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POST-GAZETTE, JANUARY 17, 2014 Page 3 POST-GAZETTE Pamela Donnaruma, Publisher and Editor 5 Prince Street, P.O. Box 130135, Boston, MA 02113 617-227-8929 617-227-8928 FAX 617-227-5307 e-mail: Website: Subscriptions in the United States 830.00 yearly Published weekly by Post-Gazette, 5 Prince St., P.O. Box 130135, Boston, MA 02113 USPS 1538 - Second-Class Postage paid at Boston, MA POSTMASTER: Send address changes to the POST-GAZETTE - P.O. Box 130135, Boston, MA 02113 James V. Donnaruma Caesar L. Donnaruma Phyllis F. Donnaruma 1896 to 1953 1953 to 1971 1971 to 1990 Vol. 118 - No. 3 Friday, January 17, 2014 OUR POLICY: To help preserve the ideals and sacred traditions of this our adopted country the United States of America: To revere its laws and inspire others to respect and obey them: To strive unceasingly to quicken the public's sense of civic duty: In all ways to aid in making this country greater and better than we found it. NEW PHOTO EXHIBIT Traces West End's Transition from 1961-1980 17 th Pirandello Bel Canto Opera Aria Concert Bradley Pennington, artistic director of the Boston Bel Canto Opera, praises the Bel Canto vocalists following the beautiful Pirandello Bel Canto Italian Aria Opera Concert. L-R: Bradley Pennington, Michelle Trainor, Salvatore Atti, Joanna Porackova, Thomas Rowen, Lisa Correnti and William Peacock. On January 12 th, the Pirandello Lyceum opera lovers at the Dante Alighieri Cultural presented the 17th Bel Canto Opera Aria Center in Cambridge. The opera aria Concert. President Rosario Cascio intro- selections were beautifully sung by the duced Boston Italian Vice-consul General Bel Canto vocalists under the direction of Luigi Munno who welcomed a full house of Bradley Pennington, artistic director. Boston's West End neighborhood will continue its transi- tion into a dynamic residential and corporate address. In some ways, the changing neighborhood is a reminder of the incredible transformation that occurred more than half a century ago as residents of the old West End relocated amid the slum clearance project that gave rise to a mod- ern urban landscape. On January 24 a, the West End Museum will premiere a new exhibit, A Neighborhood in Transition: 1961 - 1980, fea- turing the photographs of West End resident Charles Frani, who snapped hundreds of images of his changing neigh- borhood over the course of two decades. The opening recep- tion takes place at 6:30 pro. Concurrent programs will be offered throughout the run of the show, which concludes on May 11, 2014. The exhibit, reception and most of the concurrent programs are free and open to the public. Exhibit Co-Curators Duane Lucia and Giselle Valdes spent hours poring through a large collection of Frani photographs to select those that most vividly depict the transformation and evolution of Boston's West End. Valdes then painstak- ingly restored all of the chosen images both original photo negatives and digital scans. The resulting exhibit captures the contrasting currents that swept out old West Enders while welcoming in new ones. Frani's photographs provide a stark reminder of how thousands of Bostonians were driven from their well-worn tenement homes while others moved into gleaming, high-rise apartments. "Most of the 8,000-plus West End residents evicted from their homes by 1960 had moved on, according to Lucia. "However, seeing images of the final stages of the destruc- tion of the neighborhood and the lingering few people and businesses left going about their daily chores as if normal resonates of a wartime surrealism." Frani captured key moments in Boston's transition from an old, economically depressed city to a gentrified, world- class center of education, healthcare and technology. One of the featured photos shows a crowd watching as firefighter's battle smoke and flames at the Old Howard Theater in Scollay Square. The Howard, which had become a burlesque house and was closed by city censors in 1951, was razed after the mysterious 1961 fire. In its place, Bos- ton built its new Government Center. A Neighborhood in Transition is free and open to the public during regular Museum hours. For further information, please contact Duane Lucia at or by calling 617-416-0718. The   b.j our mu/comr/butors are net necessar/ the same as those of The Post,6zette, its pubUsher or ed/tor. Photo subm/s- s/ons are bU the/'ost-azette prov/ded th are dear. or/ lotos. There can be  v/a inc/u a self L-R: Rosario Cascio, Pirandello Lyceum President; Michelle Trainor, soprano; Salvatore Atti, tenor; Joanna Porackova, mezzo-soprano; Lisa Correnti, soprano; Thomas Rowen, baritone; Luigi Munno, Italian Boston Vice-consul General; Maria Luisa Saraceni, Pirandello Recording Secretary; and William Peacock, countertenor. Donne 2000 Celebrates Christmas Italian Style Once again this year on January 5 th la Befana paid a visit to the members of Donne 2000 and their grandchildren. Joe Pagliuca of Big Joe Productions kept the children entertained with his origi- nal children stories until the Befana arrived. She came down the stairs with broom in hand, dressed in worn garb, her face covered with soot and a ker- chief on her head. The children were all in awe as the Befana gave each one of them a gift. She also gave out bags of treats to the adults. The treats consisted of a tan- gerine, torrone and chocolates. On the bag was tied an old poem passed down from our grandmothers that read: La befana va per i tetti Porta regali, pasti e confetti Adagio..adagio..pianino..pianino Apra l'orecchio presso il camino Se fan chiasso, alcun si muove Cammino altrove. Ma che cattivelli non vann' a letto, Io per dispetto getto carbone. It loses a little in translation. The Befana goes over rooftops carrying toys and treats for good little girls and boys. Very slowly and very quietly she puts her ear to the chimney to listen. "If anyone stirs or makes noises, I will move to the next house", she says. "What! These little rascals are not yet in bed, I will throw them down coal instead!" La Befana is one of Italy's oldest and most celebrated legends. Each year on January 6 a, the day of the Epiphany, the children of Italy awaken in hopes that la Befana has made a visit to their house. This is a significant day for Italians because it marks the end of the Christmas season and it is the day that the three Wise Men arrive at the manger of the La Befana with children. The purpose of recounting this story is to teach our children our customs and tradi- tions from our old paese and pass them along to future generations. Donne 2000 is a non-profit organization formed primarily to educate and aid women and also to celebrate and preserve our Italian heritage from generation to generation. Christ child honoring Him with presents of . Gold,-Frankincense- and Myrrh ................. I Befana and Donne-2000. Boagd Members.