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Senior Rockers Star in Preview

November 25, 2009


Senior Rockers Star in Preview

12/3 MPTV COMMUNITY CINEMA SPOTLIGHTS ROCKING SENIORS SINGING & DANCING

Milwaukee, WI -- MPTV is set to surprise, delight, and entertain its Community Cinema audience at the preview of the Independent Lens production YOUNG@HEART at 6:30 pm, on Thursday, December 3, at the Discovery World Innovation Theatre. Emmy award-winning director and New York Times best-selling author Stephen Walker (Hiroshima--A Day That Shook the World; Shockwave: Countdown to Hiroshima) documents the unforgettable seven weeks of thrice-weekly rehearsals by a New England senior citizen chorus, that performs wonderful renditions of songs by everyone from The Clash and Sonic Youth to James Brown and Coldplay. This inspiring glee club struggles through the ravages of physical aging and loss to emerge as a high-spirited, funny, creative, and driven group that celebrates the unbreakable bonds of friendship and the life-affirming power of music.

A panel discussion follows the screening. Panelists include Anne Basting, director of the UWM Center on Age & Community, Shirley Browne, co-captain of the Milwaukee Bucks SENIORGEE! dance team Powered by The Village at Manor Park "You're Never Too Old to Play," and Sean Callahan, president Manor Park Foundation. Six SENIORGEE! team members will contribute the local slant on the power of friendship and music, and will perform a 90-second routine. SENIORGEE! performs at five regular season Bucks basketball game halftimes and at other community events. Members are 60 years and older.

Admission to MPTV's monthly screenings is free. Parking is $1. Discovery World is located 500 North Harbor Drive (just south of the Milwaukee Art Museum). Groups of friends, neighbors, co-workers, clubs, senior citizens, and other affiliations are encouraged to come together. MPTV will broadcast YOUNG@HEART on MPTV 10.1 HD, Jan. 12, 2010, at 8:00 pm, and repeat Jan. 15 and 18, at 2:00 am.

Independent Lens is an Emmy® Award-winning weekly series airing on PBS. The acclaimed anthology series features documentaries and a limited number of fiction films united by the creative freedom, artistic achievement and unflinching visions of their independent producers.

Since its inception, MPTV has educated, entertained and inspired. Today, MPTV offers viewers a family of nine digital channels to choose from (10.1 HD, 36.1, 36.2 Vme, 36.3 World, 36.4 Create, 36.5 Classical, 36.6 Jazz, 36.7 Weather, 36.8 Traffic), 24 hours a day, seven days a week. MPTV is a viewer-supported service of Milwaukee Area Technical College.

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Editor's Note:
The partial song list and additional photos follow.
Allen Toussaint "Yes We Can Can"
Coldplay "Fix You"
The Clash "Should I Stay or Should I Go?"
Prince "Nothing Compares 2 U"
James Brown "I Feel Good"
Sonic Youth "Schizophrenia"