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POST-GAZETTE, FEBRUARY 14, 2014 Page 9 il;!iiiiii!ill 8ocially Scene by 3qngela Cornacchio The Museum of Fine Arts has many exhibits that change with the season and the "Art of Asia" exhibit is one that is rich in history and tradition. (Photo courtesy of Angela Cornacchio) Socially Scene Reviewed ... This past week I went on an adventure that has been on my to-do list for some time. I often write about the marvelous exhibits at the Museum of Fine Arts, but I am guilty of letting the busy Boston life take control of making time to enjoy the beautiful things this city has to offer, such as art. As I approached the museum I paused to enjoy how breathtaking it looked from the outside. It was like the building itself had some sort of mystical energy that had already brought my city pace of life to a calmness. When I got inside, the staff was ever so friendly and happy to fill me in on which direction to head and why wouldn't they be, when they spend every day at a Job like that. I began to mosey my way to the main entrance and again was stopped dead in my tracks from the detail of something as simple as a staircase. It was lined with vases and the ceiling graced with painted angels failing from the heavens. I was planning to head straight to the "Think Pink" exhibit which was described to be a few lefts through a hallway or two but quickly lost my direction with all that was in front of me. I found myself bearing to the right from what appeared to be a tremendous Roman statue of sorts. I was drawn directly to it and was stand- ing and staring at the "Juno" statue herself. She is the largest classical sculpture in any museum within the United Sates at 13 feet and 13,000 pounds. The room was filled with ancient Egyp- tian art such as: "Relief of Nofer" from Giza tomb, "King Menkaura (Mycerinus) and queen" from Giza, Menkara Vally Temple and so many more. The exhibit had me so intrigued as this form of art has always been of interest to me, yet I had to move on. Still not being able to pull myself to the path I had planned I was holding back how emotional I became from what had just stole my sight. There was the tiniest sign outside this monstrous room labeled, "Art of Europe." I am a favorite of classical music and clearly old world Italia, the art hoisted on these walls were so power- ful that it took me a minute to focus. The deep colors and depth to the passion that each artist had poured into the oil canvases was intense. There were many timeless pieces in this enormous room and I could hardly pay full attention to one before being distracted by another. Gracing the walls of the exhibit were works by: Theodoor Van Loon's 1620's, "The Adoration of the Shepherds," Peter Candid's 1590's, "The Mystic Mar- riage of Saint Catherine." Peter Paul Ruben's 1632- 33's, "Hercules as Heroic Virtue Overcoming Discord" and so very many more! At one point I sat on a bench placed in the center of the room, enjoyed the quiet calm and just got lost in the aura of the room. I have no idea how long I sat there as the power of art took Real Estate Matt6o Gallo Appraisals Sales & Rentals 376 North Street Boston, MA 02113 (617)523-2100 Fax(617)523-3530 . . over and put my general day to day concerns so far away. I lucked out, coming back to reality to no- tice I had ten minutes left to spend at the museum and only made it maybe fifty steps in. I rushed as best I could through the "Art of Asia" exhibit which had so much to offer with tradition and education. I had to at least sneak a peek at "Think Pink." When I finally found my way there, I decided not to walk in so I could fully enjoy the glamorous fashion exhibit when I return. As a social columnist, it is tough to admit that was my first trip to the Museum of Fine Arts. I am well informed of the amazing exhibits that come and go as I fill you all in each time a new one comes around. Being a Boston resident brings a sort of fast pace lifestyle that tends to get us lost in the mix. When I visited the MFA I felt like a care free kid and will take that moment into every day life. It is important to enjoy those moments and Socially Scene will be back on site soon to experience "Think Pink" and more. Stay tuned, also you can visit their website at www.mfa.org for more on what is current and upcoming. A Bronx Tale Told ... See the classic coming of age story brought to life in the original, autobiographical, one man show. Written and performed by Academy Award nominee Chazz Palminteri, A Bronx Tale tells the story of a young boy from a workin& class family who witnesses a murder and is introduced to the world of organized crime. After premiering in Los Angeles in 1989, the show moved to New York City for a critically and com- mercially successful off- Broadway run. The stage pro- duction was subsequently adapted into an acclaimed motion picture as Robert De Niro's directorial debut. After the film's worldwide success Palminteri brought the show back to New York for a Broad- way run with four-time Tony Award-winner Jerry Zaks as director. Well-known for A Bronx Tale, Palminteri originally wrote the script for the stage and performed it as a one- man show in Los Angeles. It became the hottest property I DIAMONDS 1 ROLEX ESTATE JEWELRY Bought & Sold Jewelers Exch. Bldg. Jim. (617) 263-7766 in Hollywood since Rocky. Mr. Palminteri was offered more than a million dollars to walk away from the project and with $200.00 left in the bank, he refused. He wanted to play Sonny and write the screenplay. One night Robert De Niro walked in to see the show and as they say, "the rest is history." He then moved the production to New York, where it played for four sold-out months and earned him nominations for the New York Outer Critics Circle for both acting and writing. While in New York, he completed the screen- play of A Bronx Tale and soon found himself starring opposite Robert De Niro, who chose the script for his directorial debut. This very special and unique show will be back in the city for only one day on February 28 th with doors opening at 7:00 pm with a start time of 8:00 pm. The Lynn Auditorium is located at 3 City Hall Square #311, Lynn. You can get more information on the show at www. ly nnauditorium, com or call 781-599-SHOW for tickets. An evening of Comedy, Art and Renaissance Music ... with a few of the Seven Deadly Sins thrown in on Friday February 21 st 7:00 pm at The Fenway Center. The "Pazzi Lazzi" Troupe, in three independent come- dic acts, presents "Aria Di Commedia -- An Evening of Commedia dell'Arte and Italian Renaissance Music." The evening's entertain- ment is co-sponsored by ICS, World Languages Cen- ter and the International Student and Scholar Insti- tute (ISSI) of Northeastern University. The actors, Chiara Durazzini, Emanuele Capoano and Maya Attia, interpret characters like Arlecchino, Pantalone, Pul- cinella, and Colombina with their troubles and struggles stemming from human weaknesses like envy, lust, and greed. Pazzi Lazzi is a profes- sional Commedia dell'Arte troupe, native to the Boston area. The company strives both to educate and enter- tain its audience. All mem- bers of the troupe play ;everal characters, of both Chazz Palminteri and his version of a Bronx Tale makes its way back to Boston for a one night per- formance on February 28 th. (Photo courtesy of oneononenyc.com) genders. Commedia dell' Arte is a very demanding performance art. All actors have to be in excellent physi- cal shape, and can easily go from walking with a hunch to doing summersaults on stage. Commedia dell'Arte is a form of improvisational the- atre, featuring the use of masks and unique gestures and presents characters that can be recognized in cul- tures around the world. Commedia began in Italy in the 16 m century and is con- sidered by historians to be the first professional theatre. It was also respon- sible for the introduction of female actresses and impro- vised performances based on sketches and scenarios. The closest translation of the name is "comedy of the craft." Here, arte does not refer to "art" as we currently consider the word, but rather to that which is made by artigiani (artisans). In fact, the term "arte" was coined much later. In the early period the term used in contemporary accounts is Commedia all'Improvviso. This term was used to dis- tinguish from commedia erudita, or "learned comedy", that was written by aca- demics and performed by amateurs often in royal courts. Commedia dell'arte, conversely, was performed by professional actors (com- ici) who perfected a specific role or mask. This performance is a tra- ditional one of a kind that can bring some Italian cul- ture to life. The performance takes place on February 21 st (Continued on Page 13) JUSTINE YANDLE PHOTOGRAPHY 781.589.7347 JUSTIN E.YANDLE@GMAIL.COM JUSTINEYANDLEPHOTOGRAPHYCOM I I I I I I II ," - . . , . . .