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POST-GAZE'I-i'E, FEBRUARY 13, 2015 Page 11 NOW PLAYING UPTOWN & DOWNTOWN Don't miss Whose Wedding Is It Anyway? at The Elephant & Castle Restaurant & Pub. See COMEDY section for further details. TD GARDEN 100 Legends Way, Boston 617-624-1050 NEIL DIAMOND -- March 23, 2015. Rock and Roll Hall of Famr Neil Diamond will released 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. BETTE MIDLER -- June 12, 2015. More than 40 years after her debut album, Bette Midler continues to own the stage no matter where she per- forms, thanks to her charismatic pres- ence and divine voice. With several classics in her catalog including "The Rose," *Do You Want to Dance, =Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy," and "Wind Beneath My Wings." Seize the oppor- tunity to see the legendary Bette Midler sing live. BARRY MANILOW -- June 16, 2015. From No. I 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 with such hits as *Mandy," *I Write the Songs," *Looks Like We Made It," =Could It Be Magic," "Can't Smile Without You"and *Copacabana (At the Cops}." Get your Barry Manilow tickets for the next tour to experi- ence the legendary artist live in concert. U2 -- July 10, 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 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 finalized. "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 revealed!" ORPHEUM THEATRE I Hamilton Place, Boston, MA 617-482-0106 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 Jimmy Page. He played on several of the group's hits, such as Heart Full of Soul, Shapes of Things and Over Under Sideways Down. Over the years, Beck has collaborated with Stevie Wonder, Diana Ross, Mick Jagger, Tins Turner, Roger Waters, Les Paul, Jon Bon Jovi, Stanley Clarke, Herbie Hancock and Joss Stone among others. Beck has 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 numerous Grammy Awards, including two at the 2011 Grammy Award Celebration when he won Best Rock Instrumental Perfor- mance for =Hammerhead" and Best Pop Instrumental performance for *Nessun Dorms," both from his last studio album, Emotion & Commotion. HOUSE OF BLLrF- 15 Lansdowne Street Boston, MA 888-693-BLUE (2583) DROPKICK MURPHYS -- March 12- 15, 2015. The Dropkick Murphys are 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.1110wccmarrLcorrL "Italia Oggi" -- Sundays 11:00 am to Noon with host Andrea Urdi 1460 AM. Go to www.1460WXBR.corru "Dolce Wits Radio" -- DJ Rocco Mesiti 11:00 am-l:00 pm; Sundays 90.7 FM or online www.djrocco.corn- "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 "Tony's Place" on MusicAmeriea WPLM FM 99.1 -- Sundays 9:00 pm-10:00 pm on MusicAmerica. Host iron Della Chiesa presents Tony's Place. Visit "L'Italla Chiamo Italian Radio Show" hosted by Stefano Marchese and Emanuele Capoano -- Thursdays 2:00 pm-4:00 pm. Visit or litaliachiamo,; email: Tel. 857-334-0868. "Intervallo Musicale" -- Sundays 10:00-10:30 am; Host Carmine Guarino on WUNR 1600 AM and online at www.wunr.corrr going on their inaugural Celtic Punk Invasion Tour which will hit several dates on the east coast as well as going 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 expensive average ticket, signifi- cantly 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. FENWAY PARK 4 Yawkey Way, Boston, MA www.FenwayPark.TicketOffice Sales.corn BILLY JOEL- July 16, 2015. Billy Joel defines consummate pop profes- sionalism to a T. From start to finish, Joel is known for providing a reliably buoyant, bounding performance at his gigs and is eager to thrill his adoring audience with upbeat renditions of his old favorites. Joel is one of the highest grossing touring artists in the world and has a long-running fran- chise performance deal with Madison Square Garden. Having sold more than 150 million records over the past quarter century, he's ranked as one of the world's most popular recording artists and respected entertainers in history. SHUBERT THEATRE 270 Tremont Street, Boston, MA 617-482-9393 www. Shubert DISHING WITH THE DIVAS -- A MUSICAL COMEDY -- March 27, 2015. The high-energy performance surrounds the final live 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. Lauds (think Sofia Vergara), are going out in style! The ladies love to dish about life, love, sex, marriage, relationships, friendships, motherhood, careers, food, alcohol, and, yes. men in any capacity. This show viii 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 morel BOSTON OPERA HOUSE 539 Washington St., Boston, MA 617-259-3400 www" BstnOperaHuseOnline'cm COLONIAL THEATRE 106 Boylston Street Boston, MA (617) 482-9393 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 Soleil: La Nouba), while Jillian Mueller (Ameri- can Idiot) is the Baby to his Johnny. WILBUR THEATRE 246 Tremont St., Boston, MA 617-248-9700 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 concmded 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. Ferguson 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." SYMPHONY HALL 301 Massachusetts Avenue Boston, MA 617-266-1492 CAROL BURNETT AN EVENING OF LAUGHTER & REFLECTION -- April 19, 2015. A great evening of fun, nostalgia and true reflections, as leg- endary comedian Carol Burnett dis- cusses memorable moments from her career and her classic TV show. An interactive experience where the au- dience asks the questions. Carol will take questions from the audience, in a format that harkens back to the leg- endary openings of The Carol Burnett Show where her studio audience had an unfiltered opportunity to engage Carol with questions and receive spon- taneous answers. "I love the sponta- neity of these evenings," said Carol. "I never know what anyone is going to ask, or say, or do, so it keeps me on my toes!" Come with your questions for what promises to be a hilarious evening with one of the country's most loved and respected performers. THE ELEPHANT & CASTLE RESTAURANT & PUB 161 Devonshire St., Boston, MA 617-350-9977 WHOSE WEDDING IS IT ANY- WAY? -- February 21, 2015. You are cordially invited to a wedding you won't soon forget ... because you are the wedding plannerl Along with fel- low audience members, you will vote for the theme, music and even the couplel Whether it turns out to be an Italian, Greek or Jewish affair it will be one to remember! But not every- one will live out this happy day. Mur- der will mar the occassion and you better plan to solve the mystery as well! DCU CENTER 50 Foster Street, Worcester, MA 800-653-8000 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 ripping 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 budget, and these colorful larger- than-life beasts are sure to capture the hearts of both young and old. TD GARDEN 100 Legends Way, Boston 617-624-1050 DISNEY ON ICE: FROZEN -- Feb- runty 13-22, 2015. The show that we've all been waiting for is finally here! Disney on Ice presents the blockbuster hit Frozen in a spectacu- lar production that promises to de- light and exhilarate fans old and young. The story of two royal sisters, kept apart by a terrible secret, Frozen is about family sticking together through thick and thin and accepting who you are. Join Elsa and Anna, with all your favorites, including the hilari- ous Olaf, adorable Kristoff and his trusty reindeer Sven, this is to be an astonishing show, from the world- class talent that will be whizzing through the wintry wonderland, to the special effects that will transport you straight to Arendelle and beyond. Fea- turing an Oscar winning soundtrack, including the epic Let it Go and Do You Want to Build a Snowman- BEACH STREET + CHINATOWN, BOSTON CHINESE NEW YEAR LION DANCE PARADE -- Sunday, March 1, 2015. Chinese-Americans, immigrant communities, and culture hounds celebrate Chinese culture with the Boston Chinese New Year. Each year ushers in a new zodiac ani- mal, promising different things for dff- ferent people depending on how the stars align. People take part in an- cient Taoist and Buddhist traditions like lighting firecrackers, burning in- cense, and making offerings at temples throughout the city. Culture buffs can watch lion dancers at the annual Chinese Lion Dance Parade held each year in Boston's vibrant and bustling Chinatown. Boston boasts the third largest Chinese community in the country and the city's Chinese New Year celebrations feature authentic sights, sounds, and flavors. Foodies at the Chinese New Year in Boston can fill up on traditional Chinese New Year dishes while music fans soak up the sounds of ancient Chinese mu- sic. Martial arts demonstrations dazzle the crowds and live family-friendly entertainment offer something for everyone. BOSTON OPERA HOUSE 539 Washington St., Boston, MA 617-259-3400 www.BostonOperaHouseOnline, corn LADY OF THE CAMELLIAS -- Now through February 26, 2015. From the 1848 novel by Alexandre Dumas comes this heartbreaking ballet. Pirst created by the iconic American cho- reographer John Neumeir, with a score from Chopin for the Pr/ma Ba//e- r/na of the the Stuttgart Ballet in 1978, The/.dy of the Came///as is a touch- ing story of what could have been, based on the tragic love life of Dumas himself. You may not know The Lady of the Came///as, but you'll have heard of it's impact on popular culture, hav- ing inspired the opera La Trav/ata, to the high energy spectacle Moulin Rouge. It's the story of a young, im- poverished artist Armand who falls for a tragically tuberculosis ridden cour- tesan, the beautiful Marguerite. Beg- ging her to run away with him to the country, she yields, leaving the trap- pings of her luxurious life behind. But it is his own father that provides the spanner in the works, convincing the Iovestruck Marguerite to leave Armand, as their association will ulti- mately destroy the reputation of the family. Watch the Boston Ballet in- terpret this beautiful tale of suffer- ing, love and fragility. THE CROSBY WHISTLE STOP 24 Roland Street, Charlestown, MA 978-884-7690 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 night. A beginner les- son is included in the price of admis- sion from 8:00-9:00 pm prior to social dancing from 9:00 pm-12:00 am. No partner or experience required. All ages and dance levels welcome. MUSEUM OF FINE ARTS, 465 Huntington Avenue, Boston 617-267-9300 LEONARDO DA VINCI AND THE IDEA OF BEAUTY -- April 15 through June 14, 2015. In an intimate exhi- bition featuring master drawings by Leonardo da Vinci and Michelangelo, the star is a study of an angel that the art historian Sir Kenneth Clark called =the most beautiful ... in the world." Leonardo da Vinci's accom- plishments in art and science find their common ground in his drawings, into which he poured the full fervor of his intelligence and creative pow- ers. Throughout his career, Leonardo experimented with various types of drawings: scientific studies; grotesque caricatures of craggy faces; and the most beautiful faces of men and women that he could imagine. Many of Leonardo's most admired drawings are featured in this rich and varied selection of 29 sheets and a manu- script, opening on April 15, fittingly Leonardo's bi.rthday. One revelation for visitors will be the rarely displayed Codex on Flight, one of Leonardo's most perceptive scientific explora- tions, with its nearly hidden self-por- trait of Leonardo as a young man, a recent discover'5'. The exhibition fea- tures rare loans from a number of Ital- ian public collections, including the Uffizi Museum in Florence, the Biblioteca Reale in Turin, and the Casa Buonarroti, the ancestral prop- erty of Michelangelo in Florence, which has lent eight drawings by that master.