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ACTING FOR PEACE

Art is already a powerful thing, and on March 3 that power will be taken to a whole new level. In communities all around the globe, people will be staging productions of Lysistrata, an ancient Greek anti-war comedy by Aristophanes. Many performances will offer proceeds to peace and humanitarian organizations working in Iraq.

To find out if theres a performance in your community, visit www.lysistrataproject.com. And if theres not, the Web site tells you how you can plan one and will also help you publicize it. People from all walks of life are scheduled to put on performances.

THE ORGAN

Inspired by the coolest sounds of the 1980s the Cure, Joy Division and New Order, to name a few The Organ are creating a buzz in the indie music scene. Their debut album, Sinking Hearts, has a pop attitude thats offset by the haunting sounds of the Hammond organ, reminiscent of cathedrals and horror films. This five-member girl band explores a range of emotions in their music, from melancholy to humor. Find out more about the band and watch their first video at www.theorgan.ca. Copies of Sinking Hearts are available at www.hmv.com.

YOUTH RADIO

Are you sick of turning on your radio to hear the same songs and commercials over and over again? Try www.youthradio.org for a mix of music, news and commentary made for and by youth. Find articles and broadcasts on everything from politics, society and education to entertainment, lifestyle and sports. Or if youre in more of a music mood, listen to a variety of shows featuring different music genres. You can listen to streaming audio broadcasts or pick and choose selected reports, interviews or commentaries. Also, the archives could be a useful tool if you need ideas for a class assignment. Log on to Youth Radio to find a wide range of commentaries and reports on different youth issues.

DENIM DIVAS

Jeans are a staple in any fashion divas closet (or most peoples closets, come to think of it). But whats a glam girl to do when she wants some oomph in her jean world? Simple. She opts for a dreamy denim skirt. Theyre as versatile and comfortable as your standard jeans. Only they have more cachet. Jean skirts come in a wide variety of styles. Long. Short. Embroidered. Zipped up. Buttoned down. Isnt it time you got one? On a tight budget? No problem, try to score one secondhand.

DIDJA KNOW

The word salary refers to a workers fixed pay. In the early days of Rome, soldiers were given money so they could purchase salt, a valued commodity. The money received was referred to as their salt allowance or salarium. Eventually, the term made its way into medieval France, and from there into the English language. Hence the origin of salary.

WISE WORDS

Every gun that is made, every warship launched, every rocket fired, signifies, in the final sense, theft from those who hunger and are not fed, those who are cold and are not clothed. The world in arms is not spending money alone. It is spending the sweat of its laborers, the genius of its scientists, the hopes of its children.

Dwight David Eisenhower, president of the United States, April 16, 1953.

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