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POST-GAZETTE, FEBRUARY 1,2013 Page 11 NOW PLAYING UPTOWN & DOWNTOWN The Boston Lyric Opera presents Cosi Fan Tutte this March at the Shubert Theater. For more information about the production see the THEATER SECTION. BOSTON OPERA HOUSE 539 Washington St., Boston, MA 617-259-3400 www.BostonOperaHouse.com SHEN YUN 2013 -- February 8-10, 2013. Shen Yun brings to llfe 5,000 years of Chinese civilization through classical Chinese dance and music in an exhilarating show you will never forget. Shen Yun captures the spirit of a culture long lost. The show moves quickly through regions, dynasties and legends. Ethnic and folk dances fill the stage with color and energy. Tre- mendous athleticism, thunderous battle drums and masterful vocalists are all set to animated backdrops that transport you to another world, It is a grand production with nearly 100 art- ists, 400 costumes and the only or- chestra in the world featuring both classical Western and Chinese instru- ments as permanent members. Shen Yun is the first company to present classical Chinese dance to the world on a large scale. And it has taken the globe by storm, performing in over I00 cities. Shows in top venues, like New York's Lincoln Center, are sold out. Think of it as a journey into a long- lost world you cannot see anywhere else -- from ancient legends to heav- enly palaces to the dusty plateaus of the Middle Kingdom. You cannot even find a show like this in China, where this ancient heritage has been de- stroyed. But now you can experience it llve on stage. For thousands of years, Chinese artists cultivated virtue, be- lieving that to create true art worthy of the heavens, there must first be inner purity. Today, Shen Yun's art- ists follow this noble tradition. The result is a performance of consum- mate beauty, purity and goodness. Find out why artists and theatergoers around the world are calling Shen Yun "breathtaking," "mesmerizing," "a miracle" and =inspiring." Allow your- self to be taken away to distant lands and ancient legends. THE BOOK OF MORMON -- April 9-28, 2013. Winner of nine Tony Awards including Best Musical. From Trey Parker and Matt Stone, four-time Emmy Award-winning creators of South Park and Tony Award-winner Robert Lopez, co-creator of the Tony Award- winning Best Musical Avenue Q, comes The Book of Mormon, a new Broadway musical that Jon Stewart of The Da//y Show describes as, "a crowning achieve- ment, so good it makes me angry" and by Entertainment Weekly as "the fun- niest musical of all time." Featuring choreography by Tony Award-winner Casey Nicholaw. The Book of Mormon is directed by Nicholaw and Parker. Don't miss your chance to see what Ben Brantley of The New York Times calls "the best musical of this cen- tury." Contains explicit language. CITI PERFORMING ARTS CENTER WANG 270 Tremont Street, Boston, MA 617-482-9393 www.CitiCenter.org JERSEY BOYS: THE STORY OF FRANKIE VALLI AND THE FOUR SEASONS -- January 30 to March 3, 2013. More than 117,000 theatergoers cheered when JERSEY BOYS made its sell-out premiere at the Citi Per- forming Arts Center Shubert Theatre and 84,000 more during its trium- phant Winter 2010 return to the Citi Emerson Colonial Theatrel World- wide, more than 13 million people have seen JERSEY BOYS. And now, the show that makes critics and au- diences cheer is "Working Its Way Back" to Boston. JERSEY BOYS, is the Tony , Grammy and Olivier Award-winning Best Musical about Rock and Roll Hall of Famers The Four Seasons: Frankie Valli, Bob Gaudio, Tommy DeVito, and Nick Massi. This is the story of how four blue-collar kids became one of the greatest suc- cesses in pop music history. JERSEY BOYS features their hit songs Sherry, Big Girls Don't Cry, Rag Doll, Oh What a Night and Can't Take My Eyes Off You. MUSEUMS REAGLE MUSIC THEATRE 617 Lexington St., Waltham, MA 781-891-5600 www.ReagleMusicTheatre, org VICKI LAWRENCE AND MAMA: A TWO WOMAN SHOW -- Sunday, February 17, 2013. Vicki Lawrence returns with the role that took her to stardom. The Emmy award winning performer gained esteem for her role as Thelma Harper (also known as Mama} from the Carol Burnett Show ITALIAN EVENTS & PROGRAMS ITALIAN RADIO PROGRAMS "The Sicilian Corner" I0:00 am to 12 Noon every Friday with host Tom Zappala and Mike Lomazzo and "The Italian Show" with Nunzio DiMarca every Sunday from 10:00 am-l:00 pm. Go to www.111com. "Italia Oggl" Sundays 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm with host Andrea Urdi 1460 AM www.1460WXBR.com. "Dolce Vita Radio" DJ Rocco Mesiti 11:00 am-l:00 pm Sundays 90.7 FM or online www.djrocco.com. "The Nick lh-aociosa Show" Sundays from 12 Noon to 3:00 pm on WLYN 1360 AM and WAZN 1470 AM. "Guido OIiva Italian Hoar" 8:00 am-9:00 am Sundays on WSRO 650 AM and online at www.wsro.com. "Radio Italia Unlta" - Thursdays 2:00 pm-3:00 pm on www.zumix.org/ radio or itunes, college radio click on Zumix. For more information, log onto www. ital iaunita, org. "Tony's Place" on MusicAmerica 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. and the celebrated show Mama's Family. She is bringing back the char- acter that made her famous in Vicki Lawrence and Mama: A Two Woman Show. Instead of revisiting the now legendary skits, this performance will feature brand new pieces that mix comedy, music and Vicki's views on the real world. This is the perfect show for audiences looking for laughs and satire. SHUBERT THEATER 270 Tremont Street, Boston, MA 617-482-9393 www.CitiCenter.org/Thcatres/ Shubert THE BOSTON LYRIC OPERA PRESENTS COSI FAN TUTTE -- March 15-24, 2013. Mozart master of the ambiguities of love explores the battle between passion and reason through the lens of a playful and, at times, deeply serious farce. Set on a sunny Neapolitan beach under the looming threat of Mount Vesuvius, two young men gamble that their fiancdes will remain faithful, even under the utmost pressure. Cosi Fan Tutte is light, airy, ravishing and yet, in the end, moving and serious; proof that love is, indeed, a dangerous game. British baritone Thomas Allen makes his BLO debut as the production's stage director as well as onstage in his signature role, Don Alfonso. Allen is an established star of the world's greatest opera houses, recently celebrating his 40th anniver- sary with the Royal Opera House,Covent Garden. Caroline Worra and Sandra Piques Eddy return as the sisters Fiordiligi and Dorabella. Performances are sung in English. CHARLES PLAYHOUSE 74 Warrenton St,, Boston, MA 617-931-2787 or 617-426-6912 www.Charles-Playhouse.com BLUE MAN GROUP -- Ongoing. This giddily subversive off-Broadway hit serves up outrageous and inven- tive theater where three muted, blue- painted performers spoof both con- temporary art and modern technol- ogy. Wry commentary and bemusing antics are matched only by the inge- nious ways in which music and sound are created. The show has recently been updated. HEAR MADNESS -- Ongoing. This hilarious Boston-set whodunit, where the clues change every night and the laughs come fast and furi- ous, is a worldwide phenomenon filled with up-to-the-minute spontaneous humor and quicksilver improvisation where the audience becomes part of the action and gets to solve the crime. AMERICAN REPERTORY THEATER Oberon, 2 Arrow St., Harvard Sq., Cambridge, MA 617-547-8300 wwwAmericanRepertoryTheater.org THE DONKEY SHOW -- Ongoing. Bringing the ultimate disco experi- ence to Boston, this crazy circus of mirror balls, feathered divas, roller skaters and hustle queens tell the story of A Midsummer Night's Dream through great '70s anthems you know by heart. ISABELLA STEWART GARDNER MUSEUM 280 The Fenway Boston, MA 617-566-1401 www.GardnerMusenm.org THE EDUCATON STUDIO PRE- SENTS WARP, WEFT, STITCH -- Saturday, February 9th at I 1 am. The Education Studio is open on Satur- days and Sundays from 11 am to 4 pm, there to spark your creativity through hands-on projects for visitors of all ages although visitors under 12 must be accompanied by an adult.Spend some time looking at the tapestries in the Museum's collection- -each one has a fascinating story to tell. Then come to the studio to try your hand at textile techniques. PEABODY ESSEX MUSEUM East India Square 161 Essex Street, Salem, MA 978-745-9500, 866-745-1876 978-740-3649 www.PEM.org NATURAL HISTORIES, PHOTO- GRAPHS BY BARBARA BOSWORTH -- Now through March 31, 2013. Over the last 20 years, renowned Boston artist Barbara Bosworth has made photographs of her family around her childhood home in Novelty, Ohio and at other locations significant to her family. Be among the first to see these touching images that explore the joy of youth and the wistfulness of aging, memory and the passage of time. Also on view, delicate natural objects col- lected by Bosworth's family show a continuity of interest in nature across generations.The photographs in Natu- ral Histories, Photographs by Barbara Bosworth are among the most suc- cessful of Bosworth's career, but most will appear for the first time at PEM.Support provided by the East In- dia Marine Associates (EIMA) of the Peabody Essex Museum. Natural His- tories, Photographs by Barbara Bosworth is part of PEM's Year of Pho- tography, which is sponsored in part by WBUR, Boston's NPR news station, Hunt's Photo & Video, and Canon. MUSEUM OF AFRICAN AMERICAN HISTORY 46 Joy Street, Beacon Hill Boston, MA 617-725-0022 www.AfroAmMuseum.org PORTRAITS OF PURPOSE: A TRIBUTE TO LEADERSHIP - BOS- TON 1980-2012 -- Now through April 15, 2013. During the 18th and 19th centuries, Boston was a leader among Northern communities of color. Black Bostonians traveled and inter- acted with leaders nationally and internationally. They were entrepre- neurs, educators, artists, authors, activists, elected officials and patriots. This tradition continues. Leaders and citizens in Boston's communities of color have continued to lead and form institutions that have proved critical to the fabric of this city. Their activ- ism, community involvement and commitment have led to a better Bos- ton and a better world. A selection of these dedicated citizens is repre- sented in Don West's Portraits of Pur- pose, a collection of life-sized photo- graphs. Portraits of Purpose gives us an understanding of the many people of Boston and beyond who have acted their conscience and made a differ- ence. Their history will not be forgot- ten. Don West, noted Boston photog- rapher, has been photographically recording the events and the people in Boston for over 35 years. He began his career as a freelance and news photographer, making a conscious choice to capture affirmative images of people of color in all facets of com- munity life. In the 1980s he worked for United Press International and Boston's black weekly paper, the Bay State Banner. West has since gone on a host of assignments with major newspapers and magazines such as the Boston Globe, New York Times, Christian Science Monitor, Ebony, People and Black Enterprise. MUSEUM OF FINE ARTS, BOSTON 465 Huntington Avenue, Boston 617-267-9300 www.MFA.org VISITING MASTERPIECES: THE CAPITOLINE BRUTUS -- Now through May I, 2013. Don't miss your chance to see one of the icons of Ro- man art on view in the MFA's Roman Art Gallery only through May 1. The Capitoline "Brutus," a world-famous bronze portrait of a Roman statesman is on loan from the Palazzo dei Conservatori/Capitoline Museum, Rome, for just a short time. The loan of this extraordinary work of art is part of an ongoing partnership between the Museum of Fine Arts and Italy that started with the transfer of thirteen antiquities to Italy in 2006. The head is believed to be of L. Junius Brutus, founder of the Roman Republic, and possibly ancestor to the Brutus who assassinated Caesar. Long associated with liberty -- and one of the earliest examples of Western portraiture -- this image has been an icon of Roman art since its discovery in the 16th century. MUSEUM OF SCIENCE I Science Park, Boston, MA 617-723-2500 www.MOS.org DESIGN ZONE -- Opens Sunday, February 10, 2013. What does it take to make a video game you can't put down? How many beats per minute do you need for rhythms that draw your friends onto the dance floor?. How do you design a roller coaster or a skate park to give riders the biggest thrills? In Design Zone, learn the sci- ence behind some of the world's most energizing experiences. Art, music, and engineering -- math concepts are the foundation for amazing cre- ations from these fields. Put your own math skills to the test as you match beats to sample tracks, create and test your own roller coaster on a giant magnet wall, and more! Design Zone was created and is toured by the Or- egon Museum of Science and Indus- try, Portland, Oregon. The exhibit was made possible with funds provided by the National Science Foundation. ., c J L , BOSTON CONVENTION AND EXHIBITION CENTER 415 Summer Street, Boston, MA 617-954-2000 www.MCCAHome.com/BCEC.html THE PROGRESSIVE INSURANCE NEW ENGLAND BOAT SHOW -- Februray 16th-24th. New England's premier winter boating event. The show fills 300,000 square feet with hundreds of the newest boats from the region's top dealers, along with a wide selection of marine accessories and special features, creating a ma- rine marketplace and boater's para- dise like no otherl The Progressive Insurance New England Boat Show offers dozens of sailboats from skiffs and one design dinghy racers to Coastal Cruisers. All rigged and ready for your inspection! The show also has more than 250 exhibits of the latest in marine accessories to stock up on everything from the newest naviga- tional equipment, hardware and gal- ley ware for your boat. There will be seminars and informational clinics, interactive displays, giveaways, con- tests and morel FENWAY PARK 4 Yawkey Way, Boston, MA 617-226-6666 www.redsox.com/tours FENWAY PARK WINTER LIGHT SHOW -- Now through Februray 28th. For a limited time, the fabled Green Monster comes alive to music and lights. Experience this spectacular display of illumination at "America's Most Beloved Ballpark. Available daily on the 4 pm, 5 pm and 6 pm tours. For more info call (617) 226-6675. NICK'S COMEDY STOP 10O Warrenton Street, Boston www.NicksComedyStop.com DAVE RUSSO -- Friday and Satur- day, February 8th and 9th. Recently named "Best Male Comic" in the city by the Boston Examiner, Dave Russo has been a mainstay of Boston com- edy for the last fifteen years. As co- host of NESN's Dirty Water 7V, he pro- duces a regular comedy series, in ad- dition to reporting on the best of Bos- ton night life. He has appeared on The El TV series The Entertainer, NBC's The Today Show, FOX 25 with Gene Lavanchy, The Phantom Gour- met and was hand selected by the producer of NBC's Last Coming Stand- /ng to perform on NF_N's Comedy All- Stars. Dave was recently featured on BostonGlobe.com's "Boston, A Com- edy Capital" panel, where he partici- pated in a discussion of the history and future of Boston comedy. You can hear him every Friday on 980 WCAP. Dave performs regularly for the troops, appearing with the U.S.O. at shows all over the country. He is also heavily involved and supports many local charities. Dave has performed on Denis Leary's annual "Comics Come Home" to benefit The Neely House. He has played softball alongside Bos- ton Bruin Milan Lucic at his annual Rock & Jock Celebrity Softball game raising money for the Celebrities for Charity Foundation. Borth shows be- gin at 8:30 pm and are appropriate for ages 18 and over. WILBUR THEATRE 246 Tremont St., Boston, MA www.TheWilburTheatre.com JUSTIN WILLMAN: MAGICIAN AND HOST OF FOOD NETWORK'S CUPCAKE WARS -- Saturday, Feb- ruary 9th. Justin Willman, also known as Justin Kredible, is an American actor, magician and entertainer. He hosts two Food Network series, Cup- cake Wars and Last Cake Standing, and two shows on The Hub, Hubworld and Scrabble Showdown. He also makes appearances in live magic shows around the country. His television appearances include The Defenders, The Suite Life on Deck, Room 401 (produced by Ashton Kutcher), The Today Show and multiple appearances on the The Rachael Ray Show as well as many commercials. In March 2012 he appeared on The Ellen DeGeneres Show. Willman has his own show, Magic Meltdown on the Nerdist YouTube channel. Willman is an alumnus of Emerson College in Bos- ton and St. Louis' Ladue Horton Watkins High School. His live shows have been a hit all across the coun- try. This evening*s show begins at 7 pm and is appropriate for ages 18 and over.