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POST-GAZETTE, MARCH 4, 2011 NOW PLAYING UPTOWN & DOWNTOWN spired by Victorian England's craze for Japan. The show incorporated the contemporary audience's associations with that exotic Eastern land; and through that veil of mystique, Gilbert continued his mockery of the English system. What evokes Japan to a modern day, Western audience? Sushi? Anime? Hello Kitty? All this and more can be found down the rabbit hole in our topsy-turvy world -- a kind of "Alice in Japanland," where we embrace the tradition of G&S by turning tradition on its head!" For more information, visit www.bostonconservatory.edu p,_ Special Events ITALIAN EVENTS & PROGRAMS Boston's only musical children's theatre announces that it will continue to offer free tickets to all our Military Families. For over 30 years, Kaleidoscope has been performing on stages around New England with their Classic Fairy Tale MusiCals. Since 2008, Saugus has been their Boston home at the NORTH SHORE MUSICAL CHILDREN'S THEATRE. Many children performances coming up. Check out Theater section for more details. THE LYRIC STAGE COMPANY OF BOSTON 140 Clarendon St., Boston, MA BROKE-OLOGY FAMILY AT A CROSSROADS - March 25 - April 23, 2011. A stirring portrait of an inner- city Mrican-American family's defin- ing moments, Jackson's writing con- talus "so much verve and pathos that passages...practically sing" (Variety). As they long for simpler times, ten- sion builds between two brothei-s as their conflicting interests churn into a surprising outcome. *Jackson's characters love, laugh, dance, and argue in a way that honors their bit- tersweet survival." (The New Yorker) ANIMAL CRACKERS MADCAP MUSICAL MAYHEM! - May 6 - June 4, 2011. Hilarity ensues in this classic Marx Brothers musical when Mrs. Rittenhouse's swanky house party honoring the African explorer Captain Spaulding is interrupted by the pilfering of a prominent painting. Screwball antics arise as the guests search for the thief, resulting in this "uproahous slapstick comedy." (New York Times). MY NAME IS ASHER LEV - Now through March 12, 2011. My Name is Asher Lev follows the jour- ney of a controversial young Jewish painter torn between his Hasidic up- bringing and his desire to paint. His artistic gift threatens to estrange him from his sheltered religious commu- nity in postwar Brooklyn and the par- ents he loves. While his mother is torn between her son and her husband, Asher must choose between his art and his faith. Visit www.lyricstage.com or call 617-585-5678 for tickets. NORTH SHORE MUSICAL CHILDREN'S THEATRE 466 Central St., Saugus, MA BEAUTY AND THE BEPJT - Sun- day, March 20th at 2pm. Don't miss Beauty and the Beast as part of their year-round series. The theatre also welcomes Goldilocks on April 10th, the Tanglewood Marionettes Sleep- ing Beauty on April 17th, Pocahontas on May 15th and Jack and the Beanstalk on June 5th. All custom- ers for the Beauty and the Beast per- formance will be given free tickets to Sleeping Beauty! Bring your camera for the free cast meet and greet after each showt Learn more or order tick- ets by calling 1-781-230-EXPO or www.kaleidoscopechlldrenstheatre.com JORDAN HALL 30 Gainsborough St., Boston, MA IMAGERY & INSPIRATION: KECHLEY & VAUGHAN WILLIAMS -,[darch d]9 @0-11 a,iS:00ixrn.:doa Maestro Jonathan McPhee and Longwood Symphony Orchestra for this Boston premiere by David Kechley and Vaughan Williams' Symphony No. 2 in an evening of Imagery and Inspiration. What inspires the com- poser's vision? What sparks tl lis- tener's imagination? In David Kechley's Wakeful Visions/Moonless Dreams (2009], Kechley found inspiration in four pieces of literature: the Bible, Japa- nese haiku, Shakespeare and Proust. Ralph Vaughan Williams was intrigued by the sights and sounds of his be- loved city, from its Hansom cabs to the chimes of Westminster Cathedral, and depicts these in his London Sym- phony. For information, call 617-667- 1527 or visit longwoodssymphony.org. TD GARDEN CAUSEWAY ST., BOSTON, MA ROD STEWART AND STEVIE NICKS - March 30, 2011 at 7:30 PM In a career spanning five decades, with an estimated 250 million album and single sales, Rod Stewart is a Rock and Roll Hall of Famer and indisputably one of the most successful performers of all time: He Finished 2010 at the top of both the touring and album charts -- highlighted by his critically-heralded, sold-out first run of concerts at The Colosseum in Las Vegas, a "Boxscore," chart-topping, 33-date European sum- mer tour. Throughout his prolific ca- reer, he's garneredl6-Grammy nomi- nations, including his current for *Best Traditional Pop Vocal PIbum," and sales of more than one million albums worldwide for his 2010 album FLY ME TO THE MOON ... THE GREAT AMERI- CAN SONGBOOK, VOLUME V. Stevie Nicks, Rock and Roll's reigning queen, will be releasing her highly anticipated new CD "IN: YOUR DREAMS" on May 3, 201 i. The new album, her first al- bum of new material in a decade, was co-produced by former Eurythmic Dave Stewart and Glen Ballard. The official release date of the single is February 3rd. Nicks is a multi-Grammy Award- winning, multi-platinum, Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductee and member of Fleetwood Mac. Call 800-745-3000 or www.ticketmaster.com for tickets. BOSTON CONSERVATORY THEATER 31 Hemenway St., Boston, MA THE MIKADO (OR THE TOWN OF TITIPU) - March 31 - April 3, 201 I. The Mikado has delighted audiences for more than a century, and is argu- ably the most popular comic opera ever written. This quintessential sat- ire of human nature represents both Gilbert and Sullivan at the height of their creative geniuses. It is filled with masterful Gilbertian lyrics and mag- nificent Sullivanian musical "hits," conveyed with orchestral brilliance. Populated with memorable characters and colorfully exotic costumes and sets,-The Mikado, is wildly funny. Ac+ eordll to. 3lmsa "Te, Mikado was in- MUSEUM OF SCIENCE Science Park, Boston, MA FRIDAY EVENING STARGAZING AT THE GILLILAND OBSERVA- TORY- Every Friday from 8:30 - 10:00 PM - FREE - Enjoy the Museum's roof- top observatory equipped with a com- puter-controlled 12-inch Meade LX200 telescope- you'll be amazed and astounded by it all. WEATHER-WISE - This new per- manent 2,800 square foot interactive exhibit takes you through the scales of weather. It features the CBS4 Weather Team as video guides, help- hag people to understand the science and technology behind weather pre- dictions. Some of the features are: Storm Watch Living Room, where visi- tors experience simulated severe weather conditions as if they were looking out a window of their home; Fog Tornado, where a simulated 3-D tornado shows how a real tornado can form; Walk-through Weather Front, where visitors can walk down a corri- dor in front of a canopy of clouds and experience temperature changes, wind gusts and rain sounds; and much more. The Museum of Science has more than 600 permanent hands-on exhibits, frequent traveling exhibi- tions and a staff of science interpret- ers. For more information about other aspects of the MOS, please visit www.mos.org or call 617-723-2500 or (TFY) 617-589-0417. THE WILBUR THEATRE 246 Tremont St., Boston, MA MAZ JOBRANI - Friday March 1 I, 2011 at 7:30PM. Maz Jobrani is best known as a founding member of the Axis of Evil Comedy Tour, which featured some of the top Middle Eastern-American comics in the world. The Axis of Evil Comedy Cen- tral Special premiered in 2007 as the first show on American TV with an all Middle Eastern/American cast. SHAQUILLE O'NEAL PRESENTS ALL-STAR COMEDY JAM - Satur- day March 12, 2011 at 7:00PM and 10:00PM. Shaq will appear live and host a comedy show with a lineup TBD. You may purchase tickets by calling 1-800-745-3000 or log onto www.thewilburtheatre.com. THE PEABODY ESSEX MUSEUM 161 Essex Street, Salem, MA FREEPORT [NO. 002]: MARIANNE MIIELLER - March 26 to December 31, 2011. Located in the Photogra- phy, Hilborn Gallery. Swiss artist Marianne Mueller delves into PEM's collection to create an installation that combines museum objects and the artist's personal archive of pho- tographs. Unexpected juxtapositions of time, place and Influence arise in this, the artist's first solo exhibition at a U.S. museum. FREEPORT [NO. 003]: SUSAN PHILIPSZ - May i, 2011 to Septem- ber 1, 2011. Susan Philipsz creates sound installations that explore ways in which the emotive and psycho- logical properties of song alter a listener's perception of place and time. Hearing her disembodied voice in settings where you least expect to have such an intimate experience sets up a tension between the listener's private memories and the communal associations of song. PAINTING THE MODERN IN INDIA - April I0, 2010 to January i, 2012. It features seven renowned painters who came of age during the height of the movement to free India from British rule. To liber- ate themselves from a position at the margins of an art world shaped by the colonial establishment, they organized path-breaking associations - the Calcutta Artists Group in 1943, the Progressive Artists Group in 1947 Bombay, and the Delhi Shilpi Chakra in 1949. They pioneered new ap- proaches to painting, reposltioning their own art pra(ibea interffatign- Page11 ally and in relation to the 5,000-year history of art in India. PERFECT IMBALANCE, EXPLOR- ING CHINESE AESTHETICS - Now through December 31, 2011. Located in the: Chinese Art, E. Rhodes and Leona B. Carpenter Foundation Gal- lery. Chinese culture is diverse, longstanding and ever-changing. Yet common ties unite. This exhibition offers an approach to understanding Chinese culture through a study and celebration of the aesthetics of Chi- nese art. Objects included reveal key aesthetic clues that define the art of China, and distinguish it from art produced by neighboring regions, or art made in China for the export market. These aesthetic standards prevailed with the passing of time and foreign influences. Ultimately they are a testament to the power of art. The exhibition features 30 ob- jects that date from the Neolithic era to 2004 in a range of media including paintings, jade, textiles, porcelain and prints. AUSPICIOUS WISHES AND NATU- RAL BEAUTY IN KOREAN ART - Now through March i, 2012. Located in the: Korean Art, Yu-Kil Chun Gallery of Korean Art and Culture. Newly re- designed and reinstalled, the museum's Yu Kil-Chun Gallery of Ko- rean Art and Culture features a new exhibition - Auspicious Wishes and Natural Beauty in Korean Art - explor- ing the use of symbols and natural materials in Korean aesthetic tradi- tion. Drawing from PEM's extensive collection, the exhibition features works from the 17th century to the present, many on view for the first time. Highlights from the new gallery include a pair of 5-foot tall carved stone scholars (17-18th century) cre- ated to guard the sacred space of a family tomb and an extraordinary model of the men's quarters of an upper-class Korean home. Dating from around 1900, this 41&-foot long model is the only one of its kind known to exist. PEM's Korean collection, more than a century old, was the first of its kind in the United States and has grown to become one of the most im- portant in the country.Log onto www.pem.org. PEM is a major sponsor of Salem Film Fest, one of the region's larg- est documentary film festivals featuring remarkable works from around the world. For more infor- mation, visit salemfllmfest.eom ITALIAN RADIO PROGRAMS "The Sicilian Corner" II:00AM to I:00PM every Friday with host Tom Zappala and Mike Lomazzo add "The Italian Show" w/Nunzio DiMarca every Sunday from 10AM to IPM www. 1110wccmam.com. "Italia Oggi" Sundays IPM to 2PM with host Andrea Urdi 1460 AM www. 1460WXBR. com. "Dolce Vlta Radio" DJ Rocco Mesiti IlAM-IPM Sundays 90.7 FM or online www.djrocco.com. "The Nick Franciosa Show" Every Sunday at 12 Noon to 3PM on radio stations WLYN 1360 AM and. WAZN 1470 AM. "Guido Oliva Italian Hour" 8AM 9AM every Sunday on WSRO 650 AM in Framingham and online at www.wsro.com. "Don Giovanni Show" Saturday mornings from 6AM-8AM and Sunday evenings 5PM-7PM on 950 AM WROL. www. dongiovannishow, com. Tony's Place on MusicAmerica WPLM FM 99,1 - Every Sunday night from 9 to 10pro on MusicAmerica host Ran Della Chiesa presents Tony's Place on WPLM FM Easy 99.1. During the hour Ran will feature recordings by his good friend Tony Bennett. You'll hear all your Bennett favorites from his early hlts to his latest Grammy winners, www.MusicNotNoise.com DANTE ALIGHIERI SOCIETY 41 Hampshire St., Cambridge THE CORO-DANTE, New England's all-ltalian repertoire chorus of the Dante Alighieri Society, began on January 31st in preparation for the Spring concert. Rehearsals are every Monday night from 7:00 - 8:30 p.m. We are a four-part (Soprano./Alto/ Tenor/Bass) chorus conducted by Kevin Galie', M.M., J.D. New members are always welcome. This is a fun group of all ages who are interested in singing in Italian, italian culture, and making friends. Contact Kellie at kellieogutman@gmail, com. LETTERE INEDITE DI GABRIELE D'ANNUNZIO - March 4, 2011 at 7-30PM. Rilettura in chlave dramma- turgica e presentazione a cura di Dacia Maraini, con l'interpretazione di Annalisa Piccone, musiche di Tatiana Paplova. For further infor- mation, please visit the web site at www.dantealighieri.net/cambridge SPINELLrS FUNCTION FACILITY 282 Bennington St., East Boston CARNEVALE 2011 - Thursday, March 10th, 2011 from 6:00 PM to i0:00 PM. This event is sponsored by Italia Unita. Carnevale which means "goodbye to meat" has been celebrated in Italy throughout its 150 years as a unified sovereign nation. Please join us to celebrate the tradition of Carnevale in Italy and the 150th Anniversary of Italy's Unification! The evening will consist of Music by DJ Mike Lavecchia, presentations on "Camevale" held in various regions of Italy, including Sciacca, Sicily where Italia Unita member Pascal Gangi hafts from. Pascal and his group will present a replica of traditional floats from his home town along with other towns, made of paper mache. The Beverly RI- chard dancers will perform to a few traditional Carnevale songs. So bring your masks or dress up in Carnevale mode or simply join us in your busi- ness casual attire for an evening of ful and Italian cmlture,Admision also includes a buffet dinner. For ticket information please call 617-561-3201 or log onto www.italiaunita.org VENEZIA RESTAURANT BOSTON 20 Ericsson Street, Boston, MA INTERNATIONAL WOMEN'S DAY -Sunday, March 13, 2011 at 12:00 PM. Donne 2000 invites you to celebrate "Festa delle Donne" with an exquis- ite brunch, entertainment and The Donne 2000 Scholarship Award Presentation. Proceeds to benefit the scholarship for a woman in col- lege studying the Italian language and or culture. Donne 2000 has raised money and awareness for many charitable causes including breast cancer over the years. For further information, please contact Rita Susl at 617-742-7337 or E-mail: ritasusi@aol.com. HILLTOP RESTAURANT Route 1, Saugus MA INTERNATIONAL WOMEN'S DAY - Sunday, March 6, 2011 at 12:30PM. Saint Domenic Society Protector of Augusta celebrates International Women's Day. Entertainment pro- vided by Ross Zagami. All Proceeds to benefit breast cancer research. For more information please call Maria Mellace at 781-289-6323, Maria Teresa Costa at 781-662-2752, Franca Daniele at 781-485-1042, Lucy Russo at 781-284-0362 or Lina Saraceno at 781-284-755 I. SPINELLI'S FUNCTION FACILITY   st., Eut Bost MA INTERNATIONAL WOMEN'S DAY - Sunday, March 6, 2011 at l:00pm. Please join us in celebrating the Cen- tenary of Women across the world to honor Aria Maria de Jesus Ribeiro da Silva di Garibaldi best known as Anita Garibaldi. For more information please contact Francesca DiBenedetto at 617-820-8885. Scarf contest: Feel free to wear your fanciest scarf to model with us! SCULLERS JAZZ CLUB l'IB[" 400 Soldiers Field Rd., Boston, MA ROBERTA GAMBARINI - Friday, May 13, 2011 - 8 p.m. will be in Boston this spring to present her latest work, So in Love. Roberta Gambarini,born in Torino, Italy, into a family where jazz was much loved and appreciated, she began listening to this music as a child and started taking clarinet lessons when she was twelve years old. By the time she was 17, she began singing and performing in jazz clubs around Northern Italy and at the age of 18, she decided to move to Milan to pursue a career as a jazz singer. On February 12, 2008, Roberta made her major label debut with You Are There {Groovin' High/ Emarcy}, a collection of 14 hauntingly beautiful melodies, with the legend- ary pianist, Hank Jones. The music was recorded in one afternoon; Roberta and Hank had no concept for the album -- just 25 tunes they liked and thought would be interest- ing to record. *There were no isola- tion booths, no headphones, no over dubs," Gambarini remembers. *The sound would be just what you would hear had you been in someone's living room playing among friends." That is the magic of Hank Jones. Please call 617-562-4111 or log onto www.scullersJazz.com fo tickets mand more infcwmatlon.' ,