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POST-GAZETTE, FEBRUARY 26, 2016 Parle 11 NOW PLAYING UPTOWN & DOWNTOWN COMEDY Actor-Comedian BOB SAGET will be at the Wilbur Theatre on March 4th. See COMEDY SECTION for more details. TD GARDEN 100 Legends Way, Boston, MA 617-624-1050 CARRIE UNDERWOOD -- Febru- ary 23, 2016. Seven-time Grammy winner and Poltstar's three-time top female country touring artist, Carrie Underwood, who just released her fifth studio album, Storyteller. "I can't walt to play new music from Storyteller for the fans," shares Underwood. =I am so blessed to have this career and get to do the things I do, but there is noth- ing like that moment when I get to step onto the stage to sing and all the fans are singing along with me." The Story- teller Tour-- Stories in the Round will be Underwood's first tour "in the roundf With the stage in the middle of the arena foor, the 360-degree setting wiU allow fans on all sides of the arena to get a very intimate and unique concert experience. THE WHO -- March 7, 2016. The Who announced the rescheduled dates for their The Who Hits 50! North American tour, which was postponed in September 2015 to allow lead singer Roger Daltrey time to recover from his recent bout with viral meningitis. JUSTIN BIEBER -- May 10, 2016 Global superstar Justin Bieber has an- nounced his 50+ city PURPOSE WORLD TOUR beginning March 9, 2016, in Se- attle, WA. The tour, promoted by AEG Live, will travel through arenas across North America; fans will be able to see Bieber's dynamic live show in U.S. cities including Denver, Las Vegas, Dallas, At- lanta, Minneapolis, Chicago, Boston and Miami as well as all throughout Eastern and Westem Canada. The hype around Bieber's new music continues with the smash successes of "Sorry" and "What Do You Mean?" which was crowned Justin's first # 1 on Billboard's all-format airplay/sales/streaming-based Hot 100 the week of its release, selling over 335,000 units digitally in the U.S. that week. "What Do You Mean?" also went to #1 in Justin's native Canada, and became his first # 1 UK national chart hit. The song, which hit # 1 at iTunes within five minutes of its release, and reached #1 at iTunes inmore than 90 countries, went on to easily break the Weekly Global Spotify streaming record with over 41 million streams, reaching 100 million Global streams in less than one month out. ADELE -- September 14-15, 2016. Adele will return to North America for her first tour in five years. It's been awhile since Adele said "Hello" to Bos- ton, but the Grammy-winning singer is heading back to town next year! The English megastar released the North American dates for her "Adele Live 2016" tour last week, which will be her first extensive concert series on the continent in five years. The tour is set to kick off in St. Patti, Minnesota, on July 5th and will wrap up November 15th in Mexico City. Tickets went fast, so find a friend who got some and be very nice to them! LYNN AUDITORIUM 3 City Hall Square, Lynn, MA 781-599-SHOW JOHNNY MATHIS -- April 8, 2016. With his ever-youthful voice, it's hard to believe that legendary singer Johnny Mathis has been wowing audiences for over half a century-- and he's still going strong. That unmistakable voice -- both fragile and powerful -- singing timeless classics like "Chances Are," "Misty," "Brazil," "It's Not For Me to Say" "A Cer- tain Smile" =My Funny Valentine" and "Twelfth of Never" never ceases to mes- merize listeners into a wistful trance. Anyone who has been lucky enough to get tickets to witness Johnny Mathis perform LIVE knows that he was horn to be on stage with a microphone in hand, an orchestra at his back, and a rapt crowd before him. Be it a love ballad, swing tune, or a Latin-flavored number, Johnny executes each phrase with that characteristic panache possessed by crooners of a by-gone era when sing- ers didn't have {or need!) the help of viral YouTube videos to capture the hearts of fans worldwide. Needless to say, serious fans of nostalgic music (also sung by'the likes of Michael Bubl~, MUSEUMS ITALIAN RADIO PROGRAMS "The Sicilian Corner" -- every Friday 10:00 am to Noon with hosts Tom Zappala and Mike Lomazzo and "The Best in Italian Music" with Nunzio DiMarca every Sunday from 9:00 am to Noon. Go to www. 11 UItalia Oggi" -- Sundays 11:00 am to Noon with host Andrea Urdi 1460 AM. "Dolce Vita Radio" -- Sundays DJ Rocco Mesiti 11:00 am-l:00 pm; 90.7 FM or online "The Nick l~'anciosa Show" -- Sundays from Noon to 3:00 pm on WLYN 1360 AM. "Guido Oliva Italian Hour" -- Sundays 8:00 am-9:00 am on WSRO 650 AM and online at "Tony's Place" on MusicAmerica WPLM FM 99.1 -- Sundays 7:00 pm-2:00 am on MusicAmerica. Host Ron Della Chiesa presents Tony's Place. Visit "L'Italia Chiamo Italian Radio Show" hosted by Stefano Marchese and Elisa Meazzini -- Thursdays 3:00 pm-4:15 pm. Visit; email:, Tel. 857-334-0868. "Intervallo Mnsicale" -- Sundays .10:00-10:30 am; Host Carmine Guarino on WUNR 1600 AM and online at Harry Connick, Jr. and Tony Bennett) who score Johnny Mathis tickets are always in for a =WonderfulI Wonder- ful!" time. ORPHEUM THEATRE I Hamilton Place, Boston, MA 617-482-0106 www. METRIC -- March 17, 2016. The Toronto-based Metric, who've won a large audience playing the club circuit in both Canada and the U.S., released their first album, Old World Underground, Where Are You Now?, to much acclaim from fans and critics in 2003. Backed by guitar, chirping synths and other pop'-friendly instruments, singer Emily Haines provides vocals that range from soft and breathy to bold and fierce. The album's subject matter is also diverse, featuring songs about social standing The List, difficult political issues Succexy and other wide-ranging topics. 2005's Live It Out, the group's second album, offers further proof of Metric's impres- sive versatility and knack for crafting catchy pop-rock gems. BONNIE RAITT -- March 29, 2016. Bonnie Lynn Raitt is an American blues singer, songwriter and slide guitar player. During the 1970s, Raitt released a series of roots-influenced albums which incorporated elements of blues, rock, folk and country. In 1989, after several years of critical acclaim hut little commercial success, she had a major return to form with the release of her album Nick of Time. The follow- ing two albums Luck of the Draw ( 1991) and Longing in Their Hearts (1994) were also multi-million sellers generating severaFhit singles, including "Some- thing to Talk About," "Love Sneakin' Up on You," and the ballad "I Can't Make You Love Me" {with Bruce Homsby on piano}. Raitt has received 10 Grammy Awards. She is listed as number 50 in Rolling Stone magazine's list of the 100 Greatest Singers of All Time and num- ber 89 on their list of the 100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time. THE SMASHING PUMPKINS - IN PLAINSONG -- April 9, 2016. The Smashing Pumpkins have created one of the most acclaimed bodies of work in musical history having sold more than 30 million albums, and won multiple Grammy Awards in the process. The pivotal group's many hits defined the alternative music era and continue to resonate on modern rock radio, influ- encing a whole new generation. In June 2012, the band released the critically acclaimed album Oeeaniavia Martha's Music/EMI Label Services/Caroline Distribution. It entered the Billboard Top 200 Albums Chart at #4; earned the # 1 spot on the Independent Albums Chart; and Rolling Stone hailed it as one of the best albums of the Year. Formed in Chicago in 1988, they released Gish, their influential and platinum debut in 1991, which was followed by albums including the nine-time platinum Mel- lon Collie and the Infinite Sadness and the four-tune platinum Siamese Dream, as well as the platinum certified 1998 album Adore which saw a 107-track re-issue in 2014. HOUSE OF BLUES 15 Lansdowne St, Boston, MA (888) 693-BLUE I2583) www.Houseo NICK CARTER -- March 13, 2016. Sparking his career at the tender age of 12, Nick Carter became an international pop superstar as the youngest member of iconic boy band, Backstreet Boys. Known for his boyish good looks and heartthrob status, Carter was named one of People Magazine's "50 Most Beau- tiful People in the World," dubbed the "most gorgeous celebrity on the planet" by E! Online, and named "The Biggest Teen Idol" by Teen People Magazine. To date, the Backstreet Boys are the best- selling boy band in history and are one of the world's best-selling music artists of all time. In 2002, Nick released his debut solo album through Jive Records, Now or Never, which debuted at #17 on the Billboard 200 chart and was certified Gold in the U.S., Japan and Canada. In 2014, Carter paired up with Jordan Knight, fellow boy band member from 90's sensation New Kids on the Block, for a new collaborative album project, Nick & Knight, which debuted at #24 on the U.S. Billboard 200 and #14 on the Canadian Albums Chart. From there the guys hit the road, playing over 30 soldout shows to screaming fans across the United States. THEATER BOSTON OPERA HOUSE 539 Washington St., Boston, MA 617-259-3400 THE SOUND OF MUSIC -- March 29- April 10, 2016. The hills are alive! A brand new production of The Sound of Music, directed by Jack O'Brien, is coming to you. The spirited, romantic and beloved musical story of Maria and the Von Trapp Family will once again thrill audiences with its Tony, Grammy and Academy Award-winning Best Score, including "My Favorite Things," "Do-Re-Mi," =Climb Ev'ry Mountain," "Edelweiss" and the tire song. "We plan to look more closely at this remarkable work -- to tear off the varnish of the past and reveal one of the great, fresh glories of musical theater," says three- time Tony Award-winning Director Jack O'Brien. The Sound of Music features music by Richard Rodgers, lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II, book by Howard Lindsay and Russel Crouse, suggested by "The Trapp Family Singers" by Maria Augusta Trapp. The Sound of Music en- joyed extraordinary success as the first live television production of a musical in over 50 years when it aired live on NBC in December, 2013. SHUBERT THEATRE 265 Tremont Street, Boston, MA 866-348-9738 REALISH HOUSEWIVES OF BOS- TON: A PARODY -- March 29-April 3, 2016. Brawls! Booze! Botox! TheRealish Housewives are coming to the Shubert Theatre. Get ready for oodles of home- town reality in this totally original -- and outlandish -- parody performance, where you'll meet Rovanka, the baron- ess of an uncertain ethnicity; Claudia Louise, glamourous and conniving in equal measure; Desiree, neck super- model; Brooke, self-made business tycoon; and Gwen, the only one in the bunch with half a brain. Laugh along as these loony ladies who lunch, along with your host, Randy, take on the current events and people making headlines in Boston ... that is, if they don't strangle each other first. Even the audience gets in on the act in this can't-take-your- eyes-off-it train wreck that's guaranteed to leave you and your best frenemies laughing %il you cry your false eyelashes offi The Realish Housewives of Boston is an original play created and written by veteran Chicago-based comics Kate James and Tim Sniffen. TD GARDEN 100 Legends Way, Boston, MA 617-624-1050 2016 ISU WORLD FIGURE SKAT- ING CHAMPIONSHIPS -- March 28- April 3, 2016. The International Skating Union {ISU) awarded the United States Figure Skating and The Skating Club of Boston the rights to host the ISU World Figure Skating Championships at Boston's TD Garden. The World Fig- ure Skating Championships will bring close to 200 skaters from around the world (skaters from over 30 countries are expected to participate) to Boston's TD Garden to compete for four inter- national titles. This event is the most prestigious international competition of the year and is the most important annual figure skating competition in the world! Past U.S. winners include Dick Button, Dorothy Hamill, Scott Hamilton, Brian Boitano, Kristi Yama- guchi, Tai Babilonia and Randy Gardner, Todd Eldredge and five-time champion, Michelle Kwan. HYNES CONVENTION CENTER 900 Boylston St, Boston, MA 617-954-2000 SMALL BUSINESS EXPO -- April 7, 2016. The Nation's Largest Business to Business Trade Show, Conference & Networking Event Whether you're in the startup phase or a long-established company, the Small Business Expo has the right resources for you. We're the nation's largest business-to-business expo, and we've made it our mission to help small business owners and entrepreneurs like you achieve your business dreams. Our free, one-day expo offers invaluable insights and exclusive networking opportunities with a wide range of business-critical workshops, seminars, and presentations from top industry experts. If you're looking to drive your business forward and take the next step to success, join us at one of our 14 expo locations in major cities across the country for this can't-miss eventl Want to exhibit your product or service at the Small Business Expo? SHUBERT THEATRE 265 Tremont Street, Boston, MA 866-348-9738 THE NAKED MAGIC SHOW -- May 19-21, 2016. Following sold out shows and rave reviews in Australia, New Zealand, Asia and the USA, the world's boldest and cheekiest magic show "The Naked Magic Show" is coming back to Boston! The show features magic, mirth and morethan a touch of mayhem as these two hot and hilarious magicians say abracadabra and take magic to a whole new level. Left without sleeves or pockets, their saucy magic is baffling and entertaining, bringing a new mean- ing to "now you see it." WILBUR THEATRE 246 Tremont St., Boston, MA 617-248-9700 BOB SAGEr -- March 4, 2016. For one show only, the man who has starred in many successful television shows, including two of the most family-friendly shows network TV has ever produced (Full House and America's Funniest Home ~deos}. But he's also been an out- of-his mind, standup comedian for over 30 years. From his HBO special That Ain't Right to his scene-stealing cameos in Entourage, and The Aristocrat~ it's always effective as Sager embraces his dark side. Bob just finished a 9-week run on Broadway in the Ton~ted play Hand to God. Qn A~g~, 12th he will guesf star in ~o~nt)~tamos ,ox series, Grandfathered, and he will be seen in the Netflix series, Fuller House, premiering February 26m. LISA LAMPANELLI -- March 5, 2016. Lisa Lampanelli is known as Comedy's Lovable Queen of Mean. This equal opportunity offender is a regular on Howard Stem's Sirius satellite radio shows, and she has appeared on The Tonight Show with Jay Lono, Late Show with David Letterman, Chelsea Lately, Jimmy Kimmel Live, The Dr. Oz Show and Good Morning America. She was also a cast member on Season 5 of NBC's Celebrity Apprentice. Lisa is well-known for her many Comedy Central and Friars Club roasts. LARCOM THEATRE 13 Wallis St, Beverly, MA 978-525-9093 A COUPLE OF BLAGUARDS -- March 17 & 18, 2016. Celebrate Saint Patrick's Day with A Couple of Blaguards, the rol- licking Irish comedy written by Frank McCourt (Pulitzer Prize-winning author of New York Times Bestseller Angela's Ashes) and Maiachy McCourt (author of New York Times Bestseller A Monk Swimming). Called "memorable" by the New York Times. Limited engagement at Beverly's intimate Larcom Theatre - only Boston-area production this year! This two-man show is a bubbling stew of hu- mor with a dash of poignancy to sharpen the flavor. A grand crowd-pleaser when- ever performed, the Blaguards is a story of immigration, triumph over hardship, and the love of a family. MUSEUM OF, I~INR_~$~ BOSTON REt I'PAtrL BLOCK ILLUSTRA- TIONS -- Through August 14, 2016. Kenneth Paul Block (1925-2009) is arguably the most important fashion illustrator of the second half of the 20~ century. His versatility and ability to create a graceful gesture, or evoke the high-energy of the post-WWlI generation make his work stand out among illustra- tors of his time. Throughout his career, mainly with Women's Wear Daily and W Magazine, he chronicled fashionable designs and the lifestyles of the people who wore them, Blending illustration and portraiture, his drawings of figures like Jacqueline Kennedy, Babe Paiey and Gloria Guinness capture the so- phistication of the era's socialites and celebrities. MUSEUM OF SCIENCE I Science Park, Boston, MA 617-723-2500 ICE AGE: DAWN OF THE DINO- SAURS -- THE 4-D EXPERIENCE Now through April 15, 2016. Our fa- vorite sub-zero heroes, Manny, Ellie, and Diego venture into a mysterious underground world after Sid the Sloth stumbles across three abandoned eggs and decides to care for them as his own. Once the eggs hatch, the ad- venture begins in the lost world of the dinosaurs! Featured in eye-popping 3-D with an all-star voice cast, including Ray Romano, John Legulzamo, Denis Leafy and Queen Latifah. Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs --The 4-D Experience de- livers more thrills, more chills, and more mammoth-sized laughs for audiences of all shapes and sizes[