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POST-GAZETTE, APRIL 5, 2013 Page 11 MUSEUMS NOW PLAYING UPTOWN & DOWNTOWN Don't miss Alicia Keys on Wednesday, April 10th. See MUSIC SECTION for more details. Don't miss the opportunity to see Sting at a smaller venue setting on South Boston's waterfront. eighty-minute exotic excursion fea- turing bathing beauties, philosophiz- ing pirates, and grown men in re- markably short shortsl Warning: If you want boring, stay away; this ex- perience will cause immense joy and the compulsion to spontaneously sing along. Come ashore with the Very Model of A Modern Major Gen- eral, the Pirate King. and a banjo- picking Mabel. The show features beach balls, sunshine (the artificial kind) and tons of fun music. REAGLE MUSIC THEATRE 617 Lexington St., Waltham, MA 781-891-5600 AN AFTERNOON WITH LUCIE ARNAZ -- April 21, 2013 at 3:00 pm. An Afternoon With Lucie Amaz is cel- ebrated in the concert world for her renditions of great pop standards revitalized with some stunning new arrangements, singing beautiful bal- lads, recreating her Broadway tri- umphs and entertaining audiences worldwide with memories of an iconic childhood including a hot Latin set tributing her famous Cuban father, Desi Arnaz. CUTLER MAJESTIC THEATRE 219 Tremont Street, Boston, MA 617-824-8400 ALMIRA -- June 9th through June 16th. Written when Handel was only 19, Almira tells a story of intrigue and romance at the Court of Castile. The opera features a trio of love triangles as the newly-crowned queen Almira and two princesses navigate the ever- shifting affections of a brave soldier, a loyal aide and a mysterious foreign ambassador. These lovelorn charac- ters must overcom~ misunderstand- ings, jealousies, duels and dungeons on their way to a joyously happy ending. MUSIC AGANNIS ARENA 925 Commonwealth Ave., Boston 617-358-7000 www.BU.EDU/Agannis/ THE LYRIC STAGE COMPANY ALICIA KEYS -- April I0, 2013. All- OF BOSTON cia Keys will be bringing her soulful 140 Clarendon St., Boston, MA WILBUR THEATRE voice to the Agannis Arena for one 617-585-5678 246 Tremont St., Boston, MA night only. Alicia became the second female solo artist to win five Grammy BY THE WAY, MEET VERA SPANK! -- May 30th through Awards in one night in 2002 from her STARK -- Now through April 27th. In June 1st. Part Chippendales, part first studio album Songs in A Minor, a new screwball comedy, Pulitzer Second City - all in one delicious which included such hits as Fallin', Prize-winning playwright Lynn packagel SPANK! is a high energy Girlfriend, How Come You Don't Call Nottage takes a funny and irrever- musical parody of Fifty Shades of Me. Alicia's latest hit Girl on Fire, which ent look at racial stereotypes in Hol- Grey, the risque novel which re- she.performed a rendition for Presi- lywood. By the Way, Meet Vera Stark cently surpassed Harry Potter to be- dent Obama's inauguration (Obama's is a 70 year journey through the life come the fastest selling paperback on Fire), is still tops on music charts of Vera Stark, a headstrong African- of all time. SPANK! Was conceived (be- around the world. American maid and budding actress have, now) by and directed by Jim and her tangled relationship with her Millan, whose credits include The NORTH SHORE MUSIC THEATRE boss. a white Hollywood star desper- Kids in the Hall, Larry King Standing 62 Dunham Road, Beverly, MA ately grasping to hold on to her Up, Marijuanalogues with Tommy 978-232-7200 career. When circumstances collide Chong, and Mythbusters Live. Mature and both women land roles in the audiences only. Stay after the show ENGELBERT HUMPERDINCK -- same Southern epic, the story be- for a photo with Mr, Dangerous him- Tuesday, April 9th. A major figure in hind the cameras leaves Vera with a self and meet the cast (not applicable music for nearly four decades, surprising and controversial legacy on Friday and Saturday 7:00 pm per- Engelbert Humperdinck has won the scholars will debate for years to come. formances, sorry gals). hearts of listeners throughout the world with his silky voice; sense of CHARLES PLAYHOUSE humor and steUar live performances. 74 Warrenton St.,-Boston, MA Humperdinck became a music sensa- 617-931-2787 or 617-426-6912 tion in the '60s with hit songs such as www.Charles-Playhouse.eom Release Me (And Let Me Love Again), BLUE MAN GROUP -- Ongoing. Am I That Easy to Forget? and l'm a This giddily subversive off-Broadway Better Man (For Having Loved You)." hit serves up outrageous and inven- Humperdinck has been discovered tive theater where three muted, blue- and appreciated by a new generation painted performers spoof both con- of music fans, and he continues to temporary art and modern technol- entrance audiences with his excep- ogy. Wry commentary and bemusing tional skills as a singer and live per- antics are matched only by the inge- former, nious ways in which music and sound are created. The show has recently been updated. FREE EVENTS STONEHAM THEATRE 395 Main Street, Stoneham, MA 781-279-2200 www, THOROUGHLY MODERN MILLIE -- April 18th through May 12, 2013. Winner of six Tony Awards, in 2002, Thorough/y Modem M/I//e tells the story of a small-town girl, Millie Dillmount, who comes to New York City to marry for money instead of love. Millie samples the "thoroughly modem" flap- per life, makes friends and fends un- expected romance. With rousing dance numbers and toe-tapping mu- sic, Thoroughly Modern MiUie is a thor- oughly enjoyable night of theatre. Everyone should have the opportu- nity to experience live theatre. In an effort to bring the excitement of live theatre to more of the community, the theatre offers ~Pay What You Can." One hour prior to the first Thursday performance of each Mainstage pro- duction, tickets to that performance will be sold on a *Pay What You Can" basis. Sponsored by Melrose Coopera- tive Bank. This offer may not be com- bined with any other offers. Subject to availablility. TD GARDEN 100 Legends Way, Boston, MA 617-624-1050 BEYONCE -- The Mrs. Carter Show World Tour starring Beyonc6 will stop at TD Garden on July 23. The Mrs. Carter Show World Tour promises to be the entertainer's most ambitious undertaking to date. It is expected to be bigger in scope than any of her previous shows. Beyonc6 is one of the most widely recognized and highly respected women in pop culture. A solo recording artist, actress, philan- thropist and businesswoman, she has released four # I solo albums and has sold over 75 million albums worldwide. Her work has earned her numerous awards and accolades, including 16 Grammy Awards. Billboard named her the Top Female Artist and Top Radio Songs Artist of the 2000s decade. The Recording Industry Association of America also recognized Beyonc6 as the Top Certified Artist of the 2000s. COMEDY BANK OF AMERICA PAVILION 290 Northern Ave, Boston, MA STING -- The Back to Bass Tour roils into Boston on Friday, June 21, 2013 with Sting performing many of his greatest hits joined by a 5-piece band including: Dominic Miller (gui- tar), David Sancious (keyboards), Vinnie Colaiuta (drums), Peter Ticket[ (electric fiddle), and Jo Lawry (vocals)! AMERICAN REPERTORY THEATER Oberon, 2 Arrow St., Harvard Sq., Cambridge, MA 617-547-8300 BEOWULF: A THOUSAND YEARS OF BAGGAGE -- April 16th through May 5th. The American Repertory Theater (A.R.T.) at Harvard Univer- sity, under the Artistic Direction of Diane Paulus, presents A Banana Bag & Bodice SongPlay, BEOWULF --A Thousand Years of Baggage, by Jason Craig and Dave Malloy, co- directed by Rod Hipskind & Mallory Catlett. PIRATES OF PENZANCE -- May 10th through June 2nd. The Hypocrites" bring their award- winning and audience favorite pro- duction from their native Chicago: An HAMPTON BEACH CASINO BALLROOM 169 Ocean Boulevard, Hampton Beach, NH 603-929-4100 www.CasinoBallroom.eom JEFF DUNHAM -- August 7th. Jeff's television specials and series have been the highest rated program- ming in Comedy Central history, his DVD sales have reached seven mil- lion units, his videos have received a half a billion views on You Tube and his live concerts have become mega- events played in front of sold-out are- nas worldwide. No wonder T/me Maga- zine wrote that he is "the most popu- lar comedian in the United States" and Forbes named hin to its Celeb- rity 100 list of most p~werful enter- tainers three years running. Dunham has, of course, plenty of help on-stage: his entourage of signature characters who are there to challenge and chas- tise his every sentence. There's Walter, the grumpy retiree; the beer-swilling, NASCAR-loving and resolutely red neck Bubba J; the furry and manic Peanut; Jos6 Jalapeo, the spicy pep- per from South of the border; the bumbling skeletal Achmed the Dead Terrorist; the almost as dead long-lost son of Achmed, AJ; and Peanut's own ventriloquist dummy: Little Jeff. They may have all been conceived and hand crafted by Dunham. but his char- acters, who are anything but dum- mies, have now taken on a life of their own, each with their own legion of fans. AGANNIS ARENA 925 Commonwealth Ave., Boston 617-358-7000 www.BU.EDU/Agannis/ TNA WRESTLING SLAM- MIVERSARY -- Sunday, June 2, 2013. "Slammiversary XI is our biggest show of the summer and we're so ex- cited to bring it to Boston for the very first time," said TNA Entertainment President Dixie Carter. "The North- east has such a great connection to the world of professional wrestling and we can't wait to showcase the Impact Wrestling Superstars to this audience." Impact Wrestling stars in- cluding "The Immortal" Hulk Hogan, "The Icon" Sting, current TNA World Heavyweight Champion Bully Ray, Olympic Gold Medalist Kurt Angle, "The Charismatic Enigma" Jeff Hardy, X Division standouts such as current X Division champion Kenny King and Zema Ion, plus Knockouts champion Velvet Sky and the lovely and lethal Knockouts, are among those expected to appear at Slammiversary XI. FENWAY PARK 4 Yawkey Way, Boston, MA RUN TO HOME BASE -- On Saturday, May 4th, several thou- sand runners and walkers will have the thrill of crossing home plate at Fenway Park while supporting wounded veterans and their families. The 2013 Run-Walk to Home Base presented by New Balance is a 9K (5.6 mile) run and a 3-mile walk to benefit the Red Sox Foundation and Massachusetts General Hospi- tal Home Base Program. Participants will help provide much needed clini- cal care for veterans returning from traq and Afghanistan with combat stress or traumatic brain injury. The run is a unique, fun event that also supports services and counseling for veterans' families, research to im- prove diagnosis and treatment and community education. Registered runners and walkers begin at historic Fenway Park and wind their way through scenic Boston with a timed finish at the Green Monster and a photo finish at Fenway's famous home plate. The Run-Walk to Home Base is a wonder- ful opportunity to show your support of our deserving veterans. And friends and family are invited to Fenway to cheer you on and enjoy terrific family activities. While runners must be 14 and older, families of all ages may participate in the walk. Advance registration is required. Visit their website at for more information. MUSEUM OF FINE ARTS, BOSTON 465 Huntington Avenue, Boston 617-267-9300 NEW BLUE AND WHITE -- Now through July 14, 2013. "Blue and white'~ means, at its simplest, cobalt pigment applied to white clay. Over the course of a millennium, blue- and-white porcelain has become one of the most recognized types of ce- ramic production worldwide. With roots in the Islamic world and Asia, and strong presence in Europe and the Americas, various cultures adapted blue-and-white, from the Willow pattern to isznik. Taking in- spiration from global blue-and-white traditions, today's artists continue the story, creating works that speak to contemporary ideas. They tackle diverse issues, ranging from the pub- lic, to the personal, to the aesthetic. "New Blue and White" explores the ways in which contemporary makers, working in ceramics as well as other media ranging from fiber to furniture to glass, have explored this rich body of material culture. An international selection of artists and designers is featured in the exhibition, and re- cent acquisitions of work by the ce- ramic sculptor Chris Antemann and fashion designers Rodarte are drawn from the MFA's own collection. Visi- tors can make connections between these contemporary statements and their remarkable historical predeces- sors. Illustrated labels thorught the exhibition provide some examples of blue and white ceramics currently on view -- but there are many more. HATCH SHELL, Esplanade, Charles River, Boston EARTHFEST -- Saturday, May 18, 2013. Sponsored by Radio 92.9 and Whole Foods Market. EarthFest con- cert is a free music festival that is hosted yearly on the Esplanade. The concert was created to demonstrate how everyday individuals can reduce their environmental impact. The concert is supported by a variety of sponsors such as Whole Foods Mar- ket, Subaru, MetroPCS, and Boston Globe. These sponsors, along with the other sponsors, set up booths and offer free items to promote their products and demonstrate to concert attendees how their products will aid both the individual and the environ- ment as a whole. The Radio 92.9 EarthFest concert will celebrate its 20th event on Saturday, May 18. Along with the main outdoor stage on the Hatch Shell, EarthFest offers a smaller stage in an area known as Kid's Planet, which is set up for fami- lies and a younger audience. Notable performers in years past have been KT Tunstall, The Fray, Los Lonely Boys and Shawn Mullins. Each year the concert host 14 bands that range from locally to nationally known. In 2012, Earthfest audience was esti- mated to be over 200,000 peoplee. FACILITY Specializing in the art of celebration Wedding, Anniversary, Quincea era, Reunion, Birthday, Social and Corporate Events. Convenient location and valet parking makes Spinelli's East Boston the perfect location. We are dedicated to the highest level of service and professionalism to ensure the success of your special occasion. Please Call 617.567'4499