It has been more than 20 years since the influential Boston band Mission of Burma released its last album of original work. In that time, the band has developed something of a cult following, influencing the school of rock that became known as alternative and leaving a notable, if often unacknowledged, imprint on modern music. Now, the power trio has returned with the release of ONoffON. Here's hoping it affords this act some of the fame it so richly deserves. If nothing else, the occasion earns itself the honor of being this week's Best Bet. Here's what else is happening:
BULLDOGS GET TOGETHER
Tonight, the Augusta Bulldog & Alumni Club will fete outgoing University of Georgia Athletics Director Vince Dooley at its annual meeting. Also attending the Big Bulldog's Augusta evening are UGA football coach Mark Richt; the university's new athletics director, Damon Evans; Bulldog basketball coach Dennis Felton; and Loran Smith, of radio fame, which begs the following question: Did the last one out turn off the lights at Sanford Stadium? Tickets to this red and black ballyhoo cost $20 in advance, $25 at the door and $10 for children12 and younger. Dinner starts at 6 p.m., and the program begins at 7. For more information, call Bobby Bentley at 855-9494 or 736-0130.
CBS GETS SENTIMENTAL
There are those who might argue that returning to classic television ground can lead only to sorrow. After all, who remembers Return to Mayberry with great fondness? But there's something about checking in with old friends that appeals to the sentimental heart. Tonight, at 9, CBS offers the generations of television viewers who have come of age with The Dick Van [filtered word] Show - either in its original run or syndication - that very chance. Dick Van [filtered word] and Mary Tyler Moore will reprise their roles as Rob and Laura Petrie in The Dick Van [filtered word] Show Revisted. Also returning are series regulars Rose Marie, Carl Reiner and Ann Guilbert.
FRASIER SAYS GOODBYE
After 11 seasons and a warehouse full of Emmys, Frasier will air its final episode tonight. And while the ratings for this Tuesday staple have slipped in recent years, the passing of a television character that has spent 20 years on the small screen is an event met with some melancholy. Of course, there are the rumors that actor Kelsey Grammer has been cruising Hollywood pitching the idea for a third series that would feature the neurotic psychiatrist. Frasier is dead; long live Frasier.
What goes around, comes around. Two years ago, the hot topic in Hollywood was the musical, with Moulin Rouge and Chicago the poster children for the form's revival. Now, it seems, the sword-and-sandal epic is gunning for a similar resurrection. The first out of the gate is Troy, based loosely on Homer's Iliad. The movie opens nationwide today.
PAPER AIRPLANE DAY
The Augusta Museum of History will hold a Family Fun Day dedicated to the underappreciated art of paper airplane folding. The workshop takes place from 1 to 5 p.m. at the museum. Expect the institution's impressive main rotunda to look like the skies over France circa 1916 or detention hall at any high school in America.
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