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Twisted Sister more wholesome?

Published Sep. 1, 2005

Wasn't it just yesterday that Al and Tipper Gore were accusing big-hair metal band Twisted Sister of endangering the morals of American youth?

Actually, it was 1985, and apparently enough time has passed that the band is now deemed wholesome enough to play two of New Jersey's most family-friendly venues _ the Meadowlands State Fair and Six Flags Great Adventure.

There was one proviso: The band promised to refrain from profanity at its shows.

Lead singer Dee Snider said the band, known for its hits We're Not Gonna Take It and I Wanna Rock, initially balked at playing amusement parks because members would rather play for their fans. Then he was told the sad truth. "(The organizers) said, "Dee, your fans are in their 30s. Where do you think they are on the Fourth of July weekend? They're out with their families at amusement parks,' " Snider said. "And that was, like, a real rude awakening."

Artwork strikes at Giuliani

Four years ago, former New York Mayor Rudolph Giuliani blasted the Brooklyn Museum of Art for hanging a painting of the Virgin Mary that was decorated with elephant dung.

An exhibit that opened at the Whitney this week strikes back _ with a portrait of Giuliani that has elephant dung painted on it.

Libertas, De Te Servent! (Liberty, May the Gods Protect You!), by Chinese artist Zhou Tiehai, is part of an exhibition about America's global image at the Whitney Museum of American Art through Oct. 12.

The wall text draws parallels between Giuliani's stance and that of Communist leaders and says the dung is a reference to the 1999 controversy over Chris Ofili's work, Holy Virgin Mary. Giuliani tried to pull public funding from the Brooklyn museum after it featured the work.

The Bradys go back to Hawaii

Thirty years after their family vacation was almost ruined by the curse of an ancient tiki doll, the Bradys are back in Hawaii.

Several original cast members from the '70s sitcom The Brady Bunch have been in the islands this week filming a 90-minute documentary for the Travel Channel. Robert Reed, who played father Mike Brady, died in 1992.

Cast members have visited most of the locations the TV family toured 30 years ago. Even crooner Don Ho shows up and sings with Carol Brady herself, Florence Henderson.

Other cast members taking part are Barry Williams (Greg), Christopher Knight (Peter), Mike Lookinland (Bobby) and Susan Olsen (Cindy). The documentary is scheduled to air early next year.