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F)OsT:GAZEYi'E, JANUARY 16, 2015 Page 1T NOW PLAYING UPTOWN & DOWNTOWN Be sure to see "Dancing with the Stars Live" at the Wilbur Theatre. See DANCE section for details. TD GARDEN 100 Legends Way. Boston 617-624-1050 www.TDGarden.com GARTH BROOKS & TRISHA YEARWOOD -- January 22-25, 2015. Since 1989, Garth Brooks has been one of the biggest country art- ists, with six Diamond-certlfled al- bums. Brooks is currently on his first major tour in over a decade. The elec- trifying return of America's most pow- erful concert force makes his first Massachusetts appearance on The World Tour and his first time in Boston in over 17 years! NEIL DIAMOND -- March 23, 2015. Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Neil Diamond will release his new CD *Melody Road," on October 21st. "Melody Road," his first album of new songs since 2008. Come March, Dia- mond will embark on a North Ameri- can concert tour that includes dates in the Unites States, Mexico and Canada. Diamond's career began in the 1960s and continues on today with such fan favorites as: "Cracklin' Rosie," *Song Sung Blue," "Longfellow Serenade," *I've Been This Way Before," "If You Know What I Mean," "Desiree," "You Don't Bring Me Flowers," "America," "Yesterday's Songs," =Heartlight," "I'm a Believer" and Red Sox Nation's anthem "Sweet Caroline." A show not to be missed! Tickets are now on sale. BETTER MIDLER -- June 12, 2015. More than 40 years after her debut album, Bette Midler continues to own the stage no matter where she performs, thanks to her charismatic presence and divine voice. With sev- eral classics in her catalog including "The Rose" and "Wind Beneath My Wings," seize the opportunity to see the legendary Bette Midler sing live. BARRY MANILOW -- June 16, 2015. From No. 1 hits to multi-Plati- num-selling albums and numerous awards, this Brooklyn-born singer- songwriter's skills have captivated fans around the world for decades, so get your Barry Manilow tickets for the next tour to experience the legendary art- ist llve in concert. U2 -- July I0, 11, 14 & 15, 2015. Join U2 on their iNNOCENCE + eXPERIENCE Tour 2015. The band are heading out on the road again, play- ing indoor arenas for the first time in a decade. The iNNOCENCE + eXPERIENCE Tour will see U2 play 19 cities worldwide next year, with pairs of shows in each city. Special shows are being planned for Dublin for the end of next year to benefit the U2- initiated Music Generation project and details will follow once they are finalised. "We are going to try to have a completely different feeling from night one to night two," said Bono, *and have some fun playing with the idea of innocence and experience. More to be revealedI" r DANCE ORPHEUM THEATRE I Hamilton Place, Boston, MA 617-482-0106 www.OrpheumTheatreBoston.com JEFF BECK--April 19, 2015. Beck's career took off in the mid-1960s, after replacing Eric Clapton as lead guitar- ist for The Yardbirds on the recom- mendation of his friend Jimmy Page. He played on several of the rock group's hits, such as Heart dl of Soul, Shapes of Things and Over Under Side- ways Down. Over the years, Beck has collaborated with Stevie Wonder, MUSEUMS ITALIAN RADIO PROGRAMS =The Sicilian Corner" -- I0:00 am to Noon every Friday with hosts Tom Zappala and Mike Lomazzo and "The Italian Show" with Nunzio DiMarca every Sunday from 9:00 am to Noon. Go to www.II10corn. "Italia Oggi" -- Sundays II:00 am to Noon with host Andrea Urdi 1460 AM. Go to www.1460WXBR.com. "Dolce Vita Radio" -- DJ Rocco Mesiti 11:00 am-l:00 pm; Sundays 90.7 FM or online www.djrocco.cortL "The Nick Franciosa Show" -- Sundays from Noon to 3:00 pm on WLYN 1360 AM and WAZN 1470 AM. "Guido Oliva Italian Hour" -- 8:00 am-9:00 am Sundays on WSRO 650 AM and online at www.wsro.conL "Tony's Place" on MusicAmeriea WPLM FM 99.1 -- Sundays 9:00 pm-10:00 pm on MusicAmerica. Host Ron Della Chiesa presents Tony's Place. Visit www.MusicNotNoise.com. "L'Italia Chiamo Italian Radio Show" hosted by Stefano Marchese and Emanuele Capoano -- Thursdays 2:00 pm-4:00 pro. Visit www.zumix.org/radio or litaliachiamo.wordpress.com; emaih litaliachiamoshow@gmail.corru Tel. 857-334-0868. "IntervaUo Musicale" -- Sundays I0:00-I0:30 am; Host Carmine Guarino on WUNR 1600 AM and online at www.*wunr.oom. Diana Ross, Mick Jagger, Tina Turner, Roger Waters, Les Paul, Jon Bon Jovi, Stanley Clarke, Herbie Hancock and Joss Stone among many others. Beck has twice been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame: once with The Yardbirds in 1992 and once as a solo artist in 2009. He has won nu- merous Grammy Awards, including two at the 2011 Grammy Award Cel- ebration when he won Best Rock In- strumental Performance for "Hammer- head" and Best Pop Instrumental per- formance for "Nessun Donna," both from his last studio album, Emotion & Commotion. FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH 561 Main Street. Melrose, MA (781) 665-4470 www.BrownPaperTickets.com/ event/895584 ITALIAN OPERA AND WHAT BROADWAY DID TO IT -- Friday, January 23, 2015. Starring sopranos, Laura Hansen and Kristyn Taylor, and baritone, Frank Walker, singing arias, duets and trios from favorite Italian operas followed by Broadway's version of "drama, drama, drama!" SANDERS THEATRE AT HARVARD UNIVERSITY 45 Quincy Street, Cambridge, MA ofa.fas.Harvard.edu/BoxOfflce VERDI UN BALL{} IN MASCHERA -- January 18, 2015. A semi-staged opera=performance with Federico Cortese, Conductor and Edward Ber- keley, Stage Director. This perfor- mance is a full opera, over 3 hours in length. Not designed for young chil- dren and recommended for audiences I0 years of age and older. HOUSE OF BLUES 15 Lansdowne Street Boston, MA 888-693-BLUE (2583) www.HouseOfBlues.com DROPKICK MURPHYS -- March 12- 15, 2015. The Dropkick Murphys are going on their inaugural Celtic Punk Invasion Tour which will hit several dates on the east coast as well as go- ing overseas to Ireland and the UK. The Massachusetts natives then will play Boston at the House of Blues on March 12th, 13th, 14th, and 15th. The show on the 14th has the most ex- pensive average ticket, significantly higher than the tour average. Luckily for fans there is an earlier show that same day for those who can not get to the evening show. After that the Dropkick Murphys head overseas to play Dublin, Ireland on St. Patricks day for the first time in their career. WILBUR THEATRE 246 Tremont St., Boston, MA 617-248-9700 www.TheWilburTheatre.com DANCING WITH THE STARS LIVE! -- January 16, 2015. The all- new Danc/ng w/th the Stars: L/vel tour will feature a cast of the television show's most popular competitors, treating audiences to exciting and romantic performances. Dancing with the Stars dancers will choreograph brand new never-before-seen num- bers and re-create some of the show's most memorable moments. As announced on the show, Mark Ballas, Witney Carson, Valentin Chmerkovskiy, Emma Slater, Kym Johnson, Keo Motsepc and 8asha Farber are the first dancers revealed to be on the tour. INSTITUTE OF CONTEMPORARY ART I00 Northern Ave., Boston 617-478-3100 www.ICABoston,org MARK MORRIS DANCE GROUP: Italian Concerto, A Wooden Tree, Jenn and Spencer, and Words -- January 21-25, 2015. Mark Morris re- turns to the ICA for the first time since 2007. Brooklyn-based choreographer will present four works: Italian Con- certo, his interpretation of Bach's popular Italian Concerto in F Major; A Wooden Tree, a whimsical ensemble piece set to offbeat Ivor Cutler record- ings; the passionate Jenn and Spen- cer, with music by Henry Cowell; and Words, a brand-new work set to Mendelssohn's "Songs Without Words." MMDG Music Ensemble per- forms live. THE CROSBY WHISTLE STOP 24 Roland Street. Charlestown. MA 978-884-7690 www.BostonSwingCentral.com SWING DANCE EVERY FRI- DAY NIGHT -- Come and check out Boston's most exciting swing dance. Conveniently located in Sullivan Square less than a five minute walk from the T. Free parking is available. A killer line up of DJ's and live bands every Friday rdght. Beautiful 3,000 sq ft dance hall with exposed brick. A beginner lesson is included in the price of admission from 8:00-9:00 pm prior to social dancing from 9:00 pm- 12:00 am. No partner or prior experi- ence is required. All ages and dance levels welcome. WILBUR THEATRE 246 Tremont St., Boston, MA 617-248-9700 www.TheWilburTheatre.com SEBASTIAN MANISCALCO -- January 17, 2015. "What's Wrong with People?" asks Sebastian Maniscalco in his hilarious new hit stand-up spe- cial airing on Showtime and available on DVD nationwide on March 27th. In "What's Wrong with People," he brings his witheringly sarcastic and exasperated take on modern behav- ior and decorum, trying to bridge the gap between the Italian-American Old World he grew up in and the con- temporary frenetic world we all live in today. The result ,is an original, highly relatable stand-up comedy tour-de- force that has Sebastian performing sold-out concerts worldwide. His self- deprecating comedy reminds fans of a young Jerry Seinfeld who constantly challenges his audience to recognize the absurdities of everyday life. CRAIG FERGUSON'S HOT & GRUMPY TOUR: WALKING THE EARTH -- February 14, 2015. Craig Ferguson entered the world of late night comedy following a diverse and eclectic career that encompasses film, television and the stage. On Decem- ber 19th, 2014, Ferguson concluded his nine-year run as the host of CBS's "The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson," which has set all-time viewer records and earned him a Primetime Emmy nomination during its run. Ferguson can currently be seen as the host of the new syndi- cated game show =Celebrity Name Game," from executive producers Courteney Cox and David Arquette. Fergnson recently lent his voice to the animated features "How to Train Your Dragon" and its sequel, "How to Train Your Dragon 2," as well as the Disney animated features, *Winnie The Pooh" and "Brave." Ferguson has be- come a huge success on the North American comedy circuit, having per- formed to sold out theaters all over the country, including Carnegie Hall and Radio City Music Hall. Addition- ally, Craig has released three widely acclaimed stand-up comedy specialS, including, *I'm Here to Help," which garnered him a Grammy nomination for Best Comedy Album. Fergnson is also a New York Times bestselling author, having released his first novel, Between The Br/dge and The , and his memoir, America On Purpose - a book about why and how the late night funnyman became an American. SHUBERT THEATRE 270 Tremont Street, Boston, MA 617-482-9393 www.CitiCenter.org/Theatres/ Shubert DISHING WITH THE DIVAS -- A MUSICAL COMEDY -- March 27, 2015. The high-energy performance surrounds the final I/ve studio broad- cast of the hit talk show "GIRL TALK  on WPMS radio. The two radio hosts and their most popular regular guest, sex therapist Dr. Lauda (think Sofia Vergara), are going out in stylel The ladies love to dish about life, love, sex, marriage, relationships, friendships, motherhood, careers, food, alcohol, and, yes, men in any capacity. This show will have audiences dishing, dancing, laughing and singing from start to finish as these three talented ladies belt out hits by artists such as The Pointer Sisters, Jennifer Lopez, Carrie Underwood, Aretha Franklin, and many more! BOSTON OPERA HOUSE 539 Washington St., Boston, MA 617-259-3400 www.BostonOperallouseOnline.com MOTOWN -- January 27 to Feb- ruary 15, 2015. The smash hit Motown The Mus/ca/is making its way across the country in its first national tour! Featuring over 40 classic songs such as "My Girl," "What's Going On," "Dancing in the Street," "I Heard it Through the Grapevine" and "Ain't No Mountain High Enough." The true story behind the beat that changed minds, touched lives and took the world by storm, Motown shows how artists like Diana Ross, Michael Jackson, Smokey Robinson, Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye, The Tempta- tions and more created the sound- track that transformed America. COLONIAL THEATRE 106 Boylston Street Boston, MA (617) 482-9393 www.Boston-Theater.com DIRTY DANCING -- April 28 to May 10, 2015. The 1987 movie is an untouchable musical classic, and has sealed the sadly departed Patrick Swayze's place in the cult movie canon. A massive box office success at the time, it has spawned numer- ous imitators, a belated sequel and "nobody puts Baby in the corner" branded merchandise for toddlers. The stage version made its debut in 2004 in Australia. Adapted by the movie's original scribe Eleanor Bergstein, this North American tour- ing production hews closely to the plot of the movie, packing in all its anthemic anthems (I Had the Time of My Life, Hungry Eyes) and cheesy one- liners with aplomb. It delivers every- thing the audiences can hope for -- lots of sexy dancing and rock 'n' roll. Taking on the unenviable task of rep- licating Swayze's charm (and hunky good looks) in this tour is Samuel Pergande {Cirque Du Soleih La Nouba), while Jiliian Mueller (Ameri- can Idiot) is the Baby to his Johnny. DCU CENTER 50 Foster Street Worcester, MA 800-653-8000 www.DCUCenter.com PROFESSIONAL BULL RIDERS- February 7-8, 2015. The Professional Bull RIders announced that fans wl]l again be able to watch the best bull riders and top bucking bulls when the PBR Touring Pro Division (TPD) retums to the DCU Center. Fans will witness thrilling 8-second rides and jaw-dropping wrecks throughout the adrenaline-soaked performance as the PBR's insanely brave cowboys risk it all against monstrous animal athletes that can weigh as much as 2,000 pounds. This year's event will feature a special opportunity for bull riding fans to get the ultimate in fan experience. MONSTER JAM -- February 13- 15, 2015. Welcome to Monster Jam, an incredible family-friendly experi- ence starring the biggest performers on four wheels: Monster Jam mon- ster trucks. These twelve-feet-tall, ten-thousand-pound machines will bring you to your feet, racing and rip- ping up a custom-designed track full of obstacles to soar over -- OR Smash through. Monster Jam provides a massive night's entertainment tailored perfectly for your family's bud- get, and these colorful larger-than- llfe beasts are sure to capture the hearts of both young and old. TD GARDEN 100 Legends Way, Boston 617-624-1050 www.TDGarden.com WWE SMACKDOWN -- January 27, 2015. WWE is returning to Boston Just 2 days after Royal Rumblel John Cena, Randy Orton, Roman Reigns & Dean Ambrose vs. Money in the Bank Con- tract Winner Seth Roliins, Kane, Big Show & Bray Wyatt[ See your favorite _WWE Superstars: The Usos Rusev and many more! Card is subject to change. ISABELLA STEWART GARDNER MUSEUM 25 Evans Way, Boston, MA Information (617) 566 1401 Box Office (617) 278 5156 www.GardnerMuseum.org POLLY THAYER STARR ARTIST SERIES: 3D Printing with Nadeem Mazen and dangerlawesome -- January I0, 2015 at lh00 AM. Drop into the Studio to explore art-making processes alongside artists from the Boston community. Find connections between living artists and artworks in the Gardner collection while creating your own art to take home. Visitors under 12 must be accompa- nied by an adult. Free with Museum admission, danger!awesome is an open-access studio, makerspace and learning center, offering laser cutting and 3D printing capabilities. Nadeem Mazen is a photographer, interactive video fabrication expert and former faculty o the School of the Museum of Fine Arts.