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POST-GAZETTE, MARCH 11,2011 Page 11 ITALIAN EVENTS & PROGRAMS NOW UPTOWN & DOWNTOWN Italy will be represented in this year's Celebrity Series of Boston by Compagnia TPO's Farfalle (Butterflies), described as "visual theatre of the senses, an immersive experience that brings together theatre and contemporary art and creates an innovative, magical relationship between children and performers." The event is co-presented by ArtsEmerson. The technological centerpiece of the show is the CCC or "Children Cheering Carpet," a special sensor-covered mat which interacts with dancers and the audience in real, enchanted time. The wondrous, other-worldly "sensory gardens" of Farfalle, take audiences on a magnificent journey through a literal and symbolic story of a butterfly's life cycle. Check out Italian Events and Programs for more details. THEATER 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 African-American family's defin- ing moments, Jackson's writing con- tains "so much verve and pathos that passages...practically sing" (Var/ety). As they long for simpler times, ten- sion builds between two brothers 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 "uproarious slapstick comedy" (New York Times). Visit or call 617-585-5678 for tickets. ARTS NORTH SHORE MUSICAL CHILDREN'S THEATRE 466 Central St., Saugus, MA BEAUTY AND THE BEAST - 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 showl Learn more or order tick- ets by calling 1-781-230-EXPO or phony No. 2 in an ~ening of Imagery and Inspiration. What inspires the composer's vision? What sparks the listener's imagination? In David Kechley's Wakeful Visions/Moonless Dreams (2009), Kechley found inspi- ration in four pieces of literature: the Bible, Japanese haiku, Shakespeare and Proust. Ralph Vaughan Williams was intrigued by the sights and sounds of his beloved city, from its Hansom cabs to the chimes of Westminster Cathedral, and depicts these in his London Symphony. For further infor- mation, call 617-667-1527 or visit 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, which included four sold- out dates at London's 02 Arena. Throughout his prolific career, he's garnered 16-Grammy nominations, in- eluding his current for "Best Tradi- tional Pop Vocal Album," and sales of more than one million albums world- wide for his 2010 album FLY ME TO THE MOON ... THE GREAT AMERICAN 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, 2011. 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 for tickets. MUSIC JORDAN HALL 30 Gainsborough St., Boston, MA IMAGERY & INSPIRATION: KECHLEY & VAUGHAN WILLIAMS - March 19, 2011. at 8:00pm. Join Maestro Jonathan McPhee and Longwood Symphony Orchestra for this Boston premiere by David Kechley and Vaugkan Wiltiams'-Sym- 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 arguably the most popular comic opera ever written. This quintessential satire of human nature represents both Gtl- bert 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 charac- ters and colorfully exotic costumes and sets, The M/kado is wildly funny. According to Cairns, "The M/kado was inspired 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 mod- ern 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!" THE WHO'S TOMMY - April 8 -I0, 2011. A book by Pete Townshend and Des McAnuffMusic and Lyrics by Pete TownshendAdditional Music and Lyr- ics by John Entwistle and Keith MoonBased on The Who's rock op- era, Tommy After witnessing his father's murder, Tommy is trauma- tized into catatonia. As an adolescent, he discovers a natural knack for pin- ball, and breaking through his cata- tonia, becomes an international pin- ball superstar. Directed by Boston Conservatory Alumnus Austin Regan (B.F.A.'07). F. Wade Russo, musical director and conductor. LiUian Carter, choreographer. The Boston Conser- vatory trains exceptional young per- forming artists for careers that en- rich and transform the human expe- rience. For information, visit SYMPHONY HALL 301 Massachusetts Ave., Boston, MA THOMAS ADF.~S - Friday, March 25, 7 p.m.and Saturday, March 26, 8 p.m.Conductor, composer, and pianist Thomas Adds makes his BSO con- ducting debut in a program inspired by Shakespeare's The Tempest. Mak- ing his BSO debut in these concerts, Thomas Adds conducts a thoughtfully conceived program much of which was inspired by Shakespeare's great play The Tempest. Tchaikovsky's tone poem by that name, composed in 1875, is one of his s.everal Shakespeare-in- spired works. Sibelius's rarely heard incidental music for the play dates from very late in his compositional life, 1926. Ad~s's 2004 opera The Tempest was commissioned and premiered by the Royal Opera, Covent Garden. This selection of scenes features the BSO debuts of Israeli soprano Hila Plitmann, English soprano Kate Royal, and English tenor Toby Spence, along with the return to Symphony Hall of baritone Christopher Maltman. Mak- ing his BSO debut is the English vio- linist Anthony Marwood, performing Thomas Ad~s's acclaimed Violin Con- certo, Concentric Paths (2005). Tick- ets may be ordered at or by calling 888-266-1200. Discount tick- ets are available to those under 40. THE PEABODY ESSEX MUSEUM 161 Essex Street, Salem, MA PERFECT IMBALANCE, EXPLOR- ING CHINESE AESTHETICS - Now through December 3 I, 201 I. 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, 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 Kll-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 mtff~etial s" iI~ ~KtJrear~ aesthetic ~tTh di ..... ITALIAN RADIO PROGRAMS money and awareness for many "The Sicilian Corner" II:00AM to charitable causes including breast I:00PM every Friday with host Tom cancer over the years. For further Zappala and Mike Lomazzo and "The information, please contact Rita Italian Show" w/Nunzio DiMarca Susi at 617-742-7337 or E-mail: every Sunday from 10AM to 1PM www. I "Italia Oggi" Sundays IPM to 2PM SCULLERS JAZZ CLUB with host Andrea Urdi 1460 AM 400 Soldiers Field Rd., Boston, MA www. ROBERTA GAMBARINI - Friday, "Dolce Vita Radio" DJ Rocco May 13, 2011 - 8 p.m. will be in Mesiti IlAM-1PM Sundays 90.7 FM Boston this spring to present her or online, latest work, So in Love. Roberta "The Nick Franciosa Show" Every Gambarini,born in Torino, Italy, into Sunday at 12 Noon to 3PM on radio a family where jazz was much loved stations WLYN 1360 AM and WAZN and appreciated, she began listening 1470 AM. to this music as a child and started "Guido Oliva Italian Hour" taking clm-inet lessons when she was 8AM 9AM every Sunday on twelve years old. By the time she was WSRO 650 AM in Framingham 17, she began singing and performing and online at, in jazz clubs around Northern Italy "Don Giovanni Show" Saturday and at the age of 18, she decided mornings from 6AM-8AM and Sunday to move to Milan to pursue a career evenings 5PM-7PM on 950 AM WROL. as a jazz singer. On February 12, 2008, Roberta made her major label debut Tony's Place on MusieAmerica with You Are There (Groovin' High/ WPLM FM 99,1 - Every Sunday night Emarcy), a collection of 14 hauntingly from 9 to 10pm on MusicAmerica host beautiful melodies, with the legend- Ron Della Chiesa presents Tony's ary pianist, Hank Jones. The music Place on WPLM FM Easy 99.1. During was recorded in one afternoon; the hour Ron will feature recordings Roberta and Hank had no concept by his good friend Tony Bennett. for the album -- just 25 tunes they You'll hear all your Bennett favorites liked and thought would be interest- from his early hits to his latest Grammy ing to record. "There were no isola- winners, tion booths, no headphones, no over dubs," Gambarini remembers. PARAMOUNT THEATER "The sound would be just what you 560 Washington St., Boston MA would hear had you been in COMPAGNIA TPO TO LIGHT UP someone's living room playing among BOSTON WITH 'FARFALLE' - May friends." That is the magic of Hank 10-15, 2011. Italy will be represented Jones. Please call 617-562-4111 or log in this year's Celebrity Series of Bos- onto for tickets ton by Compagnia TPO's Farfalle and more information. (Butterflies), described as "visual the- atre of the senses, an immersive ex- perience that brings together theatre and contemporary art and creates an innovative, magical relationship between children and performers." The event is co-presented by ArtsEmerson.The technological cen- terpiece of the show is the CCC or "Children Cheering Carpet," a spe- cial sensor-covered mat which inter- acts with dancers and the audience in real, enchanted time. The won- drous, other-worldly "sensory gar- dens" of Farfalle, take audiences on a magnificent journey through a lit- eral and symbolic story of a butterfly's life cycle. In Butterflies the audience is immersed in the many folds of this life, "told" by two dancers moving in- side a sensitive environment made of music and digital images. With But- terflies TPO continues its experi- ments in the expressive potential aris- ing from the use of new digital lan- guages (computer graphics/interac- tive technologies) associated with dance, music and movement. In this work the company has a sound/im- age interactive system based on Max/ Msp software with Jitter. This system makes use of various types of sen- sors, which interact with the move- ments of the dancers and the public in real time. For tickets log onto BOSTON SYMPHONY HALL 301 Massachusetts Ave., Boston, MA NOTTE TRICOLORE - April 8, SPINELLI'S FUNCTION FACILITY 2011 at 8:00PM. Italian Presidency of 282 Bennington St., East Boston the Council of Ministers, Unita CARNEVALE 2011 - Thursday, Tecnica di Mssione presents Notte March 10th, 2011 from 6:00 PM to . Trieolore an Official celebration of the 10:00 PM. This event is sponsored by 150th Anniversary of the Unification Italia Unita. Carnevale which means of Italy. Orchestra Sinfonica "goodbye to meat" has been celebrated dell'Europa Unita. Fabrizio Maria in Italy throughout its 150 years as a Carminati is the Conductor. Rossana unified sovereign nation. Please join Tomassi Golka on Piano. The program us to celebrate the. tradition of consists of Part I The Star Spangled. Carnevale in Italy and the 150th Banner, Worldwide Premier: Hymn of Anniversary of Italy's Unification! The Italy for Piano and Orchestra, The evening will consist of Music by DJ Leopard Suite, The Force of Destiny. Mike Lavecchia, presentations on Part II Norma: Libera Fantasia "Carnevale" held in various regions of e Variazione per Pianoforte e Orches- Italy, including Sciacca, Sicily where tra. Don't miss this fabulous event. Italia Unita member Pascal Gangi hails It will be a night to remember. For from. Pascal and his group will present tickets please call 617-266-1200 or a replica of traditional floats from his 1-888-266-1200 or log onto home town along with other towns, made of paper mache. The Beverly Ri- chard dancers will perform to a few ARTIST'S BOSTON STUDIO traditional Carnevale songs. So bring 450 Harrison Ave, #223B, Boston MA your masks or dr~ss up in Carnevale MARIAN DIOGUARDI PRESENTS mode or simply join us in your busi- TEN NEW PAINTINGS - Every first hess casual attire for an evening of Friday of the month, Artist Marian fun and Italian culture. Admission Dioguardi invites people to visit also includes a buffet dinner. For ticket her Boston studio at 450 Harrison information please call 617-561-3201 Ave, Studio 223B, from 5 to 9 PM. or log onto Ten new 'Laundry Line' paintings based on Burano, Venezia, will be showcased in tonight. Marian Dioguardi was born and raised in the Italian-American neighborhood of urban East Boston. She pursued her childhood ambition, art, only after a more traditional career in education gave way to more colorful careers in- cluding undercover investigations and gem. stone buying. For more information on Marian Dioguardi please visit her website at 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 APPIAN CLUB OF STONEHAM 42 Pleasant St., Stoneham, Ma. ADULT ITALIAN CLASSES - An eight week beginners class on Tues- day evenings will start on April 5th. Come join us for an adult beginners Italian class sponsored by the Appian Club. Instructor is Tiffany Bistocchi, graduate of Dickinson College in Carlisle, PA (2003) with a major in Italian and a Master's in Italian from Middlebury College in Middlebury, Vermont (2006}. She has lived in Italy for three years and has traveled the country extensively and is currently teaching in the Burlington school system. The class is casual, interest- ing and the experience will be en- joyable and fun. If you are traveling to Italy this summer or just want to relive your heritage roots, this class is for you. You'll learn the basics starting at the beginning. Advanced classes will be offered to further your progress along. The class is spon- sored by the Appian Club of Stoneham, a non-profit social, chari- table organization whose mission is. to promote Italian culture and heri- tage. Contact coordinator John Nocella at 781-438-5687 or preferably by email, or~ vnltm'e: Dorme ~000" ha~ -raised- -www.martandioguardi-.eom .........