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, , , , , , o , . POST-GAZETTE, APRll.. 1, 20T1 "" Page 11 NOW PLAYING UPTOWN & DOWNTOWN ITALIAN EVENTS & PROGRAMS It seems no one knew what to expect when Josh Groban teamed with super-producer Rick Rubin for the singer's fifth album, Illuminations -- least of all Groban and Rubin. Fittingly, the results both defy and exceed any possible expectations as each of the collaborators stepped out of his zone and together they created an entirely new zone, one where folk meets classical, where art meets intimacy, where immediacy meets timelessness and where, most importantly, Groban was free to express himself more fully, more truly than ever before. "These are my stories," says Groban, who co-wrote 11 of the 13 songs on the collection, complemented by personalized if surprising selections written by Nick Cave and the poignant mother-son collaboration by Kate McGarrigle and Rufus Wainwright. "Every one of these songs, someone's going to know it's about them. I'm going to get a text message about every one! This is a very personal record." Check out Music Section for details. r Special Events THEATi!R THE LYRIC STAGE COMPANY OF BOSTON 140 Clarendon St., Boston, MA BROKE-OLOGY FAMILY AT A CROSSROADS - Now through April 23, 201 I. A stirring portrait of an inner-city African-American family's defining moments, Jackson's writing contains "so much verve and pathos that passages...practically sing" (Variety). As they long for simpler times, tension 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 bittersweet 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 Mrican 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 www.lyricstage.com or call 617-585-5678 for tickets. TD" GARDEN Causeway St., Boston, Ma JOSH GROBAN - July 26, 2011. On Valentine's Day, Josh Groban thrilled fans by announcing the launch of his 2011 World Tour. Now, the multi-platinum recording artist has announced the North American tour dates and ticket on-sale dates for the "Straight To You" Tour, which visits cities across the U.S. This is Groban's first full-scale global arena tour since 2007, when the interna- tionally renowned singer and songwriter hit the road for his hugely successful, sold-out 81-city Awake World Tour. The "Straight To You" Tour will bring the feel of a theater experience to an arena setting though stage design, lighting, and projection, as well as through the spontaneity and interactivity Groban delighted his fans with during last year's "Before We Begin" shows. As a result, for the "Straight To You" shows, Groban will continue to in- teract with audiences and perform favorites from his best-selling albums, including his self-titled debut, Closer, and Awake, as well as songs from Illu- minations. Released by 143/Reprise Records on November 15th, lIIumlna- tions debuted at No. 4 on Billboard's Top 200 chart (Groban's fourth con- secutive Top 5 chart bow), selling 191,337 units in its first week. Enter- tainment Weekly declared that *Illu- minations might be Groban's hand- somest effort yet." USA Today raved: "Illuminations yields glowing music. Sturdy, deeply personal statements, brimming with poignancy." The New York Times also praised the album, saying it "showcases Mr. Groban's songwriting" and *reflects the convic- tion that gallantry can also be pen- sive and uncertain." 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) - Now through 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- cording to Cairns, "The Mikado was in- spired by Victorian" England's craze for Japan. The show incorporated the contemporary audience's associations with that exotic Eastern lana; 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 headI" THE WHO'S TOY - April 8 -I0, 201 i. A book. by Pete Tovenshend and Des McAnuffMusic and Lyrics by Pete TownshendAdditional Music and Lyr- ics by John Entwistle and Keith MoonBased on The Who's rock opera, Tommy After witnessing his father's murder, Tommy is traumatized into catatonia. As an adolescent, he dis- covers a natural knack for pinball, and breaking through his catatonia, be- comes an international pinball super- star. Directed by Boston Conservatory Alumnus Austin Regau (B.F.A.'07). F. Wade Russo, musical director and conductor. Lillian Carter, choreogra- pher. The Boston Conservatory trains exceptional young performing artists for careers that enrich and transform the human experience. For informa- tion, visit www.bostoneonservatory.edu WESTIN HOTEL 70 Third Avenue, Waltham, MA ITALIAN NIGHT AT THE OPERA - Thursday, May 19, 2011. Italian Night is the WPO's Gala Finale to its 25th Anniversary Season. Sponsors receive recognition in all the Orchestra's print and on-line promotions. Sponsorship of the WPO and its mission is a won- derful way to demonstrate your company's or organization's support of the arts by helping us bring great music at affordable prices to Waltham and the Metrowest areaJoin us for a memorable evening complete with a full-course Italian dinner and won- derfu] music by great Italian compos- ers. Featuring Soloists Diana McVey, Soprano, Ray Bauwens, Tenor. Cel- ebrating the works of Vincenzo Bellini Eduardo di Capua Pietro Mascagni Amilcare Ponchielli Giacomo Puccini Gioachino Rossini, Giuseppe Verdi. To purchase tickets or to sponsor this special event go to: www.wphil.org. For information contact Sally Collura at 781-838-1130.The Waltham Phil- harmonic Orchestra, a civic symphony of the MetroWest area, began in 1985 under the direction of local musicians David J. Tierney and Harold W. McSwain, Jr. Comprised of almost 60 professional, semi-professional, and amateur musicians, the orchestra's mission is to provide the Waltham community with the opportunity to perform in and attend classical con- certs of the highest quality. WPO musicians come from Waltham as well as from Boston and surrounding com- munities. The ensemble includes players of a wide range of ages and professions. CAMBRIDGE MULTICULTURAL ARTS CENTER 41 Second Street Boston, MA BOSTON CABARET SPRING FESTIVAL - Friday, April 8 and Sat- urday, April 9. Two shows per evening. Featuring the fine artistry of 20 Bos- ton Association of Cabaret Artists vo- calists at the. Doors open 6:30 pm for 7:00 P.M. show & 9:00 P.M. for 9:15 P.M. show. You are invited to browse the art galleries prior to doors open- ing. Wine and soft drinks are avail- able for purchase. Plenty of parking one block away. Friday, April 8, ac- companiment by Tom LaMark: 7-9 P.M.: Leslie Holmes, Sara Brodsky, Ted Davis and Maeve Spain duo. 9:15- 11:15 P.M.: Ronnie Springer, David Diamond, Mary Catherine Ward, Debbie Lane, Casey Thomas and Lisa Hall duo. Saturday, April 9, accompa- niment by Doug Hammer.7-9 P.M.: Mary Crowe, Peter Ambler, Joyce Fried- man, Ashley Lieberman, and Annie Sharkey. 9:15-11:15 P.M.: Louise "Van Aarsen, Andrew Celantano, Phil Kassel, Kevin Luey, Christine Fontana. Call the box office for tick- ets at 617-5771400 or www. macusa.org and BACA website: www. boston cabaret, org. SPINELLI'S FUNCTION FACILITY IK}UTE ONE SO[II LYNNFI]D, MA NORTH END REUNION - Thurs- day, September 22, 2011 at 6PM. Join your friends who grew up in the North End for fun times and memories. Din- ner and dancing to the music from the 50's and 60's. Contact Lolly Ciampa at 781-938-9254 or RoRo DeMarco at 781-284-5945. Seating is limited. NEW ENGLAND AQUARIUM Central Wharf, Boston, MA Exhibits explore the "world of wa- ter," from local Boston Harbor to the exotic Amazon River and feature aquatic animals in recreated habitats from around the world. Visit a work- ing animal care laboratory. For more information contact 617-973-5200 (voice), 617-973-0223 (TTY), www.neaq.org. THE PEABODY ESSEX MUSEUM 161 Essex Street, Salem, MA 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, 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 ITALIAN RADIO PROGRAMS "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. I 110wccmam.com. "Italia Oggi" Sundays IPM to 2PM with host Andrea Urdi 1460 AM www. 1460WXBR.com. "Dolce Vita Radio" DJ Rocco Mesiti IIAM-1PM 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. I - Every Sunday night from 9 to 10pm on MusicAmerica host Ron Della Chiesa presents Tony's Place on WPLM FM Easy 99. I. During the hour Ron will feature recordings by his good friend Tony Bennett. You'll hear all your Bennett favorites from his early hits to his latest Grammy winners, www.MusicNotNoise.com PARAMOUNT THEATER 560 Washington St., Boston MA COMPAGNIA TPO TO LIGHT UP BOSTON WITH 'FARFALLE' - May i 0-15, 201 I. 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 rela- tionship between children and per- formers." The event is co-presented by ArtsEmerson.The technological centerpiece 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 www.artsemerson.org. SCULLERS JAZZ CLUB 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/ Korean 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 traditions. WRITTEN ON THE WAVES: SHIP- BOARD LOGS AND JOURNALS - Now through October I, 2012. Lo- cated in the: Maritime Art, Mifflin Gallery. Delve into the world of mari- time manuscripts from PEM's re- nowned Phillips Library collection. Explore the logbooks of 18th-century sea captains as they voyaged around the globe recording extraordinary details of their adventures. Also fea- tured are journals, orders books, let- ters and commonplace books. For more information please log onto www.pem.org or call 1- 978-745-9500, 866 745-1876. For the Hearing Im- paired please call 1-978-740-3649. 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. Do not miss this Grammy award winning artist. Please call 617-562-4111 or log onto www.scullersjazz.com for tickets and more information. 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, john02180@yahoo.com. BOSTON SYMPHONY HALL 301 Massachusetts Ave., Boston, MA NOTTE TRICOLORE - April 8, 2011 at 8:00PM. Italian Presidency of the Council of Ministers, Unita Tecnica di Mssione presents Notte Tricolore an Official celebration of the 150th Anniversary of the Unification of Italy. Orchestra Sinfonica dell'Europa Unita. Fabrizio Maria Carminati is the Conductor. Rossana Tomassi Golka on Piano. The program consists of Part I The Star Spangled Banner, Worldwide Premier: Hymn of Italy for Piano and Orchestra, The Leopard Suite, The Force of Destiny. Part II Norma: Libera Fantasia e Varlazione per Pianoforte e Orches- tra. Don't miss this fabulous event. It will be a night to remember. For tickets please call 617-266-1200 or 1-888-266-1200 or log onto www.bostonsymphonyhall.org. ARTIST'S BOSTON STUDIO 450 Hsn-Ison Ave, #223B, Boston MA MARIAN DIOGUARDI PRESENTS TEN NEW PAINTINGS - Every first Friday of the month, Artist Marian Dioguardi invites people to visit her Boston studio at 450 Harrison Ave, Studio 223B, from 5 to 9 PM. 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 edu- cation gave way to more colorful careers including undercover inves- tigations and gem stone buying. For further information on Marian Dioguardi, please visit her website at www.mariandioguardl.com