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OF, BY AND FOR THE CHILDREN

Disney's celebrity concert hopes to raise spirits and money for kids facing AIDS

February 14, 1993|N.F. MENDOZA | TIMES STAFF WRITER

For Our Children: The Concert features family-favorite celebrities and benefits the Pediatric AIDS Foundation, co-founded by Elisabeth Glaser (see next page).

A colorfully dressed Paula Abdul, surrounded by equally colorful and energetic kid dancers, opens the show with her rendition of the classic children's tune "Zippity Do Dah."

Highlights of the show include performers singing modern versions of kids' tunes.

The show is co-hosted by Mayim Bialik ("Blossom"), Baby Sinclair ("Dinosaurs"), Kadeem Hardison ("A Different World"), Neil Patrick Harris ("Doogie Howser, M.D."), Mary Kate and Ashley Olsen ("Full House") and Jason Priestley ("Beverly Hills, 90210"). Priestley gets a lot of squealing appreciation.

Performers include Michael Bolton, Ted Danson, Celine Dion, Sheila E., Melissa Etheridge, Gerardo, Woody Harrelson, Kriss Kross, Patti LaBelle, Bobby McFerrin, Randy Newman, The Party (even more squeals), Salt-N-Pepa and Shanice.

While there's a lot of engaging and entertaining fun, there are some somber moments of talk reminding audience members why they're there.

"For Our Children: The Concert" airs Tuesday 6-8 and 8-10 p.m. Disney Channel. For ages 4 and up.

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On the day when love is honored, Nick celebrates with a Valentine's Mushfest (Sunday, 2-9 p.m.), which includes seven hours of young people in romantic encounters. Featured are episodes of "Salute Your Shorts," "Clarissa Explains It All," "Roundhouse," "Welcome Freshmen," "Fifteen," "Hey Dude," and the new special "The Adventures of Pete and Pete: The Valentine's Day Massacre." For ages 6 to 14.

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William Wyler's classic 1944 documentary "Memphis Belle" captures both the fear and patriotism of the crew of this invincible B-17, the first Flying Fortress to complete 25 missions in World War II. The documentary, presented on All American (Monday, 5-6 and 8-9 p.m. Discovery), provided the inspiration for the 1990 movie of the same name, which was co-produced by Wyler's daughter, Catherine. For ages 9 and up.

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In addition to "Don't run with the scissors" and "Always wear clean underwear," a typical parental admonition might be, "Don't stick anything in your ears." Bearing this in mind, Beakman talks about the inner workings of the ear on Beakman's World (Wednesday 5-5:30 and 8-8:30 p.m. Learning Channel). He explains that earwax provides the first line of defense against dirt and germs, and talks about why ears "pop" when air pressure changes. Later, he explains how rockets work. For ages 5 and up.

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Fans of the miniseries "Anne of Green Gables" and its sequel "Anne of Avonlea" (recently rebroadcast on Disney) may want to check out the 1934 version of Lucy Maud Montgomery's book about a lively orphan who utterly charms the elderly couple who take her in. Anne of Green Gables (Friday 7-9 a.m. AMC) star Anne Shirley took her professional name from the character she played. For ages 6 and up.

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Disney presents a rebroadcast of the live-action two-parter The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch & the Wardrobe (Part 1, Saturday, 1-2 p.m.; Part 2, Feb. 27, 1-2 p.m.), based on the series of classic books by C.S. Lewis. The series begins with the adventures of four kids who stumble onto the fantasy land of Narnia, where the cruel White Witch and the Great Lion Aslan vie for power over the realm and its mythical talking creatures. For ages 6 and up.

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