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POST-GAZETTE, JANUARY 24, 2014 Page 9 ! 1 ;!ii~ili~il) iiiiiiili!iiii b9 ,flngela Comacchio i iliil i i!i i i! !iiiiiiiiii i ii!i i ili i iiiiiiii!!}iiiilili i i i! i !iiiiiii !ii!ili !i!iii! i lii i i!i i ii!iii i iiiiiiii i i!i i ii i i iiiiil i!i!iiiiiiiii!ii i ii i i ill i i!i!ii!ii i iii i ii!iiiiiiiiiiii!i i i!ii i i! i if! i!ii This past week Christina K. Pierce showroom was host to a fashion show that brought much needed awareness on Human Traf- ficking to Boston. (Photo courtesy of Angela Cornacchio) Socially Scene Reviewed ... This past week I attended a fabulous yet very educa- tional fashion event at the Christina ~K. Pierce show room on Newbury Street. The night was a planned peek at a spring 2014 G. Kim collection that was accompa- nied by d'andra handbags with proceeds going to a very serious cause through The Eva Center right here in Boston. CKPFashion put on a chic event as they always do that was host to cocktails, plenty of paparazzi, glamorous mod- els with flawless faces put together with Makeup By Anavaldi and of course a VIP guest list. There were tons of goodies to buy and Dry Bar chipped in on the charity event with blowout and cock- tail gift certificates for raffle. I must say it was rather rewarding to know that the scarf I purchased had 100% of the proceeds going to Human Trafficking. Most everyone has heard of "Human Trafficking" as it is a disturbing situation that has gone on for many gen- erations yet I was shocked at the cold hard facts. Christina's agency was very committed to the cause and had printed out information on the actual statistics and even personal stories from survivors. I truly had no idea of the kind of percentages that Countries all over the world harbor including right here in the United States. The night was incredible between the fashion, min- gling, heartwarming giving and the blessing I felt for what kind of life God has granted me. CKPFashion is always giving back and mak- ing a great time of it, so if you would like to see what events are upcoming visit www. christina-pierce, com. The Eva Center here in Bos- ton formally known as "Kim's Project" has plenty of aware- ness tactics as well as cri- sis counseling. If you have interest in volunteering or have questions they can be reached at 617-779-2133 or by email at theevacenter@ gmail.com. Also if you would like more information on Human Trafficking you can visit www.equalitynow.org. SpeakEasy Stage Pre- sents ... The Color Purple, an acclaimed Broadway mu- sical based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel by Alice Walker and the Warner Bros./Amblin Entertainment motion picture, has hit Boston and will continue through February 8th. Featuring a book by Marsha Norman, and music and lyr- ics by Brenda Russell, Allee Willis and Stephen Bray, this sweeping saga tells the story of Celie, a young African- American woman living in rural Georgia in the early 1900s who overcomes tre- mendous odds to discover her own unique voice. All her life, Celie has known only hardship and cruelty. Her abusive father married her off at the age of 14 to a callous man who separated her from her only true friend in the world, her sister Nettie. But with every reason to despair, Celie clings to hope, and the prom- ise that love will lead her to healing and joy. Roxbury native and rhythm and blues recording artist Lovely Hoffman will portray Celie in the SpeakEasy pro- duction. A teacher at Smith Matt6o Gallo Appraisals Sales & Rentals Real Estate 376 North Street Boston, MA 02113 (617) 523-2100 * Fax (617) 523-3530 Leadership Academy in Dor- chester by day, Ms. Hoffman has also toured with Grammy Award-winning artist T-Pain and performed alongside such R&B artists as Ne-Yo, Jaheim and Dennis Edwards of The Temptations. Her local theatre credits include Little Shop of Horrors (New Repertory Theatre), Ain't Misbehavin' (Lyric Stage Company), Ragtime (Emerson Umbrella), Sunfish (Stone- ham Theatre) and Hairspray {Reagle Music Theatre). Two-time Norton Award winner Paul Daigneault, SpeakEasy's Founder and Producing Artistic Director, will direct this production, which will feature choreog- raphy by Christian Bufford and music direction by Nicholas James Connell. The Color Purple will run through February 8th in the Virginia Wimberly Theatre in the Stanford Calderwood Pavilion at the Boston Center for the Arts located at 527 Tremont Street in Boston's South End. For tickets or more info you can call 617-933-8600 or visit www. SpeakEasyStage. com. Jazz Favorite Stops in the City ... Nat Baldwin of Dirty Projectors will pop into Boston for one night only for a performance at the Museum of Fine Arts on January 31st. The double bassist/ singer- songwriter will be playing songs from his critically acclaimed album Most Valu- able Player, as well as music from a new demo called Dome Branches: The MVP Demos (out now), which fea- tures the original demos from this 2008 release. After studying avant-garde jazz and improvisation with jazz legend Anthony Braxton, Nat Baldwin started writing songs featuring double bass and vocals. In 2005 he joined Dirty Projectors. In addition to his work with Dirty Pro- jectors, he has performed on Grizzly Bear's Shields, Vam- pire Weekend's Contra and Department of Eagles' in Ear Park. In between touring and recording with Dirty Projec- tors, Nat made time to record his 2011 album People Changes, an album that led Pitchfork to say "... whether Baldwin is singing with his throat or his bow, there's a thrilling feeling of freedom to it all." More recently, he's been writing, recording and arranging songs for a new album to be released in 2014. This is going to be a rare I DIAMONDS 1 ROLEX ESTATE JEWELRY Bought & Sold Jewelers Exch. Bldg. Jim (617) 263-7766 The Color Purple is now in Boston and you can catch this touching Broadway production through February 8th at the Boston Center for the Arts. (Photo courtesy of arizionfoothillsmagazine.com) and lively event to catch and is only a one night extrava- ganza. If you want to catch Nat Baldwin of Dirty Projec- tors live on January 31St at the Museum of Fine Arts visit www.mfa.org for more information. Laugh it Up Boston ... A brand new comedy club is located at the Westin Water- front and is packing a hilari- ous schedule hitting the Hub. April Macie will take the stage January 24t~-25tu. April travels the world collecting stories and experiences, which she then translates into humorous, relatable tales in front of audiences worldwide. April was a final- ist on NBC's "Last Comic Standing" in 2006, and has appeared on E! Entertain- ment, Sirius and XM Radio, "Access Hollywood"," Talk Soup," and HLN. April is a regular guest on the Howard Stern show, where in 2008 she was voted the "Funniest and Hottest" comedian in America. Joe Matarase will be in Boston January 30t~ through February 1st. Joe's com- pletely autobiographical act pokes fun at his subtly dys- functional Italian family, his own neuroses, life with a five year old and baby daughter as well as his marriage to a psychologist. 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