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POST-GAZETTE, MARCIH 19, 2010 Page 11 NOW PLAYING UPTOWN &amp; DOWNTOWN During the 1970s, a new brand of pop music was born- one that was steeped in African and African-American styles-particularly jazz and R&B but appealed to a broader cross-section of the listening public. As founder and leader of the band Earth, Wind & Fire, Maurice White not only embraced but also helped bring about this evolution of pop, which bridged the gap that has often separated the musical tastes of black and white America. It certainly was successful, as EWF combined high-caliber musicianship, wide-ranging musical genre eclecticism, and '70s multicultural spiritualism. "I wanted to do something that hadn't been done before," Maurice explains. "Although we were basically jazz musicians, we played soul, funk, gospel, blues, jazz, rock and dance music ... which somehow ended up becoming pop. We were coming out of a decade of experimentation, mind expansion and cosmic awareness. I wanted our music to convey messages of universal love and harmony without force-feeding listeners' spiritual content." Check Out Music section for more details. BOSTON OPERA HOUSE 539 Washington St., Boston, MA YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN - April 20 through May 2, 2010. Don't miss the sensational cast delivering all your favorite moments from the clas- sic film, plus brand-new show-stop- ping numbers for the stage, inc|ud- ing "Transylvania Mania," "He Vas My Boyfriend" and "Puttin' on the Ritz." For tickets and more information please call 1-800-982-2787 or www.broadwayacrossamerica.com. LOEB DRAMA CENTER 64 Brattle St., Cambridge, MA JOHNNY BASEBALL - May 14 through May 30, 2010. An exhilarat- ing blend of fact, fiction, and the mys- tical power of the game. It traces the origin of the Curse to a collision of three orphaned souls: Johnny O'Brien, a hard-luck right-hander on the 1919 Sox; his idol, the man- child Babe Ruth; and Daisy Wyatt, a dazzling African American blues singer and the love of Johnny's life. Johnny Baseball ia a fun and spirited musical. For more information, call 617-547-8300 or visit the web site at www.americanrepertorytheater.org. PARADISE LOST - Now through March 20, 2010. This American drama voices the anger and hope of a family struggling to find solid ground in a sink- ing economy. Written by one of the greatest 20th-century American play- wrights, Paradise Lost is a poetic, humane, and distinctly American drama that examines the impact of money and greed on family, business, and love. Visionary director Daniel Fish creates a bold, production of this play. Call 617-547-8300 or log onto www.americanrepertorytheater.org. LOWELL MEMORIAL AUDITORIUM 50 E. Merrimack St., Lowell, MA TONY ORLANDO - April 17, 2010 at 8:00PM. Orlando has been a re- cipient of three American Music Awards and a People's Choice Award. For outstanding achievements to the entertainment industry, Tony was awarded a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 1990. Tony has ]played to packed arenas and for five Prresidents. A string of hits continued iincluding "Tie a Yellow Ribbon", "Sweeet Gypsy Rose", "He Don't Love You.," "Who's In The Strawberry Patch Witth Sally". "Cupid", "Steppin' Out (Gonma Boogie Tonight)" and "Mornin' Beauttiful". Log onto www.lowellauditoriurm.com or www.ticketmaster.com for tiickets. SYMPHONY HALL 301 Mass Ave., Boston, M/A SONNY ROLLINS' 80TH[ BIRTH- DAY CONCERT - Sunday, Alpril 18 at 7:00 p.m. "The last jazz imlmortal" - THE VILLAGE VOICE, "Nobody rivals his fluid mastery of the tenor sax." - BOSTON GLOBE, "Executing the im- possible-shaping cogent poeltic musi- cal architecture on the teraor saxo- phone while navigating the ]high wire night after night-is the operaltive trope of Rollin's astonishing career-." DOWN BEAT. Call 1-888-266-1200 or log onto www.bso.org for tickets. CITI PERFORMING ARTS WANG THEATRE NORAH JONES - March :25, 2010 at 8PM. Multiple Grammy Award win- ning singer and songwriter Norah Jones has announced U.S. tour dates in support of her critically acclaimed new album "The Fall," re- leased by EMI's Blue Note Records. CHELSEA HANDLER - Saturday. April I0, 2010 at 8PM and 10:30PM. Night talk show host, author and stand up comedian Chelsea Handler will celebrate the release of her third book, CHELSEA CHELSEA BANG BANG, by headlining a 21 city tour presented by Belvedere Vodka with special guest Heather McDonald. For a lot of laughs check out this show. ALVIN AILEY AMERICAN DANCE THEATER - April 15-18, 2010. With the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, beauty, spirit, hope and passion know no bounds. The ge- nius of Alvin Ailey changed forever the perception of Americam dance. Judith Jamison's remarkab)le vision has preserved and extendeCd Alley's legacy. For tickets Io)g onto www.telecharge.com or ca[l[ the box office at 1-866-348-9738. AGGANIS ARENA 925 Comm(mwealth Ave., Bostom MA DAUGHTRY - Saturday, Mlarch 20, 2010. American Idol singing ensation Chris Daughtry embarked on his sing- ing career in the 6 th season of "Idol." Although he didn't make it, ]he is still a star by creating his own brand. Don't miss this rocking time! ALICIA KEYS - March 22, 2010 at 7:30PM. Since her 2001 debut of Songs In A Minor, the New York native has built an unparalleled repertoire of hits and accomplishments. Among others. some of the hits include "Fallin," "If I Ain't Got You," "You Don't Know My Name," and "No One." For tickets call i -800-745-3000 or visit www.ticketmaster.com. BANK OF AMERICA PAVILION 290 Northern Ave., Boston, MA EARTH, WIND & FIRE - Thurs- day, June 10, 2010 at 7:30 PM. With songs like "Shining Star', "Got to Give", "Let's Groove" and "Boogie Wonderland" it is no wonder that they can rock the house. For tickets log onto www.ticketmaster.com. COOLIDGE CORNER THEATER 290 Harvard St., Brookline, MA DECORDOVER AT THE COOLIDGE - Monday, March 29, 2010 at 7PM. Come to the Coolidge Corner Theater for an off-site event with two of the artists from the 2010 DeCordova Biennial. Join Laurel Sparks, Xander Marro and Assistant Curator Dina Deitisch for an evening of art, art films and a Q&A. For ticket information www.coolidge.org/showtimes. THE WILBUR THEATRE 246 Tremont St. Boston, MA. TOWER OF POWER - Wednesday March 24, 2010 at 7:30PM. Tower of Power is a ten-piece soul band from the San Francisco Bay area that has been performing around the world since 1968. Led by Emilio Castillo, they were signed to Bill Graham's San Fran- cisco Records in 1970. Currently, the band hosts five of the original ten members, with six newer members on the roster. In 2009, the band released the "Great American Soulbook" a col- lection of classic soul, and a DVD of their 40 th anniversary concert at the Fillmore in San Francisco. GABRIEL IGLESIAS: THE FLUFFY SHOP TOUR - Thursday March 25, 2010 at 7:00PM and 9:45PM. Known to fans around the world as "The Fluffy Guy," Gabriel was brought into the spotlight by the show Last Com/c Stand/ng, which he was a final- ist on the fourth season of the show. More recently, he has filmed a new Comedy Central Special, titled "I'm Not Fat ... I'm Fluffy" which debuted this past November (2009). Gabriel is rec- ognized for his clean show, loud aloha shirts and hilarious voices, characters and storytelling. GILBERT GOTTFRIED - Friday, March 26, 2010 at 7:30PM. Known by his distinctively loud, grating voice, Gilbert Gottfried is a comedian who began doing stand-up at open mike nights in New York City at the age of 15. In 1980, after spending several years mastering the art of stand-up comedy, Gottfried was hired as a cast member of the legendary NBC late night show, Saturday Night Live. Gotffried's work in television soon led to roles in film. After his performance as Iago, the parrot in Disney's Aladdin, Gottfried became one of the most rec- ognizable voiceover talents. He can be heard in commercials, cartoons, movies and even in commercials as the AFLAC duck. In his standup rou- tine, Gottfried puts aside political cor- rectness to fire an onslaught of jokes that know no boundaries. Call Ticketmaster at 800-745-3000 or log onto www.ticketmaster.com. ST. PAUL CHURCH Corner of Bow and Arrow Streets Cambridge, MA THE TALLIS SCHOLARS - Satur- day, March 27. 2010 at 8:00PM. The Tallis Scholars will present a program of works by Loyset Compere, Jean Mouton, Nicholas Gombert and the incomparable Josquin des Pres. For more information, call: 617-661-1812 or visit www.bemf.org. HARVARD'S BRIGHT HOCKEY CTR. 79 North Harvard St. Allston, MA AN EVENING WITH CHAMPIONS - Friday, April 16 and Saturday, April 17. 2010. The show will feature would-class skaters doing triple axels and toe loops to raise money for the Jimmy Fund. A silent auction will also take place 30 minutes before each show, with a prize drawing after in- termission. For info visit call 617-493- 8172 or www.jimmyfund.org/skating. PEABODY ESSEX MUSEUM 161 Essex Street, Salem, MA M KENNEDYS [ PORTRAIT OF A FAMILY - April 17, 2010 through July 18, 2010. Created by the National Museum of American History and or- ganized for travel by the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service, The Kennedys I Portrait of a Family is supported by the Rudolf Eickemeyer. Jr. Fund and Collins Design, this exhibition was prepared for PEM by Curator of Photography, Phfllip Prodger. Please call 1-866-745- 1876 or visit www.pem.org for gallery information. ITALIAN EVENTS & PROGRAMS ITALIAN RADIO "The Sicilian Corner" I I:00AM to I:00PM every Friday with host Tom Zappala and Mike Lomazzo and "The Italian Show" w/Nunzio DiMarca every Sunday from 10AM to IPM www. 1110wccmam.com "Italia Oggi" (Italy Today) Sun- days IPM to 2PM with host Andrea Urdi 1460 AM www.1460WXBR.com "Dolce Vita Radio" DJ Rocco Mesiti IIAM-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 650AM in Framingham and online at www.wsro.com. "Don Giovanni Show" Saturday mornings from 6AM-8AM and Sun- day evenings 5PM-7PM on 950 AM WROL. www.dongiovannishow.com. YMCA-EAST BOSTON 215 Bremen Street, East Boston BASIC ITALIAN FOR ADULTS - Tuesday evening's beginning on Tues- day, April 20, 2010. The basic course is for students who have little or no experience with the Italian language. The goal of the course is to familiar- ize the students with the phonetics and grammar to develop speaking, reading and writing skills in basic Italian. CHILDREN CLASSES - will be of- fered for children ages 4:7 years old. Classes will he held on Saturdays be- ginning Saturday, April 10, 2010 from 10AM-II:30AM and will run for 8 weeks. For more information log onto www.italiaunita.org or call 617-561- 3201. PARADISE ROCK CLUB 967 Comm Ave., Boston, MA JOVANOTTI - Wednesday, April 28, 2010 at 8:00PM. Italy's number one recording artist JovanottI an- nounces Oyeah, the debut US album release by the chart topping Tuscan singer, songwriter and rapper for the legendary Verve Forecast label. An acclaimed pioneer in the international hip hop scene renown for working in his native Italian language, Jovanotti again breaks new ground on Oyeah's 20 tracks featuring all new live ver- sions of original repertoire drawn from his long career. For tickets call 617- 562-8800 or www.livenation.com. i SUNDAY, APRIL 11, 4 PM * TD GARDEN TICKETS ON SALE AT STARSONICE.COM Phone Charge: 1-800-745-3000 Groups (10+): 617-624-1805 Kids and Senior Discounts Also appearing at Verizon Wireless Arena in Manchester, NH on April 14 smuckers.com an ] G eveat tk:ketmash ys & Gr|s Clbs of Arnerica w receive a clonat for ever./ticket d. [:)ate,  arc[ t Ic  to Chnoje. O .m'.uck's s a tgis"t ettbd acmt k of Th J.M. Smuc.kM Cmf:any. 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