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POST-GAZETTE, APRIL 8, 2011 Page11 NOW PLAYING UPTOWN ARTS Oh, what a story. Frankie Valli, who came to fame in 1962 as the lead singer of the Four Seasons, is hotter than ever in the 21st century. Thanks to the volcanic success of the Tony-winning musical Jersey Boys, which chronicles the life and times of Frankie and his legendary group, such classic songs as "Big Girls Don't Cry," "Walk Like a Man," "Rag Doll," and "Can't Take My Eyes Off You" are all the rage all over again. As the play enters its third sold-out year on Broadway, and two touring companies of Jersey Boys travel around the U.S., Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons is packing concert halls coast to coast. For more information check out music section. ITALIAN EVENTS & PROGRAMS THEATER THE LYRIC STAGE COMPANY OF BOSTON" 140 Clarendon St., Boston, MA BROKE-OLOGY FAMILY AT A CROSSROADS - Now through April 23, 2011. 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.t - May 6 - June 4, 201 I. 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. cated Sublime's essence, developing a scene and dedicated following most commonly reserved for label-driven, mainstream acts. Badfish make their mark on the audience by playing with the spirit of Sublime. They perform not as Sublime would have, or did. but as Badfish does. THE DAN BAND - Saturday, April 30, 2011 at 7:00PM and 10:00 PM It's hard to stand out in today's crowd of pop divas, but Dan Finnerty is making himself heard. Start with the obvious fact that he's a man, then add that he belts out covers of girl anthems, from Donna Summer's "Hot Stuff to Britney Spears's "Slave 4 U," and smears obscenities over the lyrics. As comedy, maybe even as pop -- it works. Finnerty, with his group The Dan Band have become one of the hottest, weirdest club acts. For more info log onto or call 1-800-745-3000. BOSTON CONSERVATORY THEATER 31 Hemenway St., Boston, MA THE WHO'S TOMMY - April 8 -10, 2011. A book by Pete Townshend and Des McAnuff Music and lyrics by Pete Townshend, Additional music and lyrics by John Entwistle and Keith Moon. Based on The Who's rock op- era, Tommy. After witnessing his father's murder, Tommy is trauma- tized into atatonia. 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 di- rector and conductor. Lillian Carter, choreographer. The Boston Con- servatory trains exceptional young performing artists for careers that enrich and transform the human experience. For information visit MUSIC WILBUR THEATRE 246 TREMONT ST., BOSTON, MA FRANKIE VALLI & THE FOUR SEASONS - May 4, 5 and 6, 2011 at 8:00 PM. Frankie Valli -- A true American pop music icon. His incredible career as a solo artist and with the Four Seasons has produced 19 top ten hits and sold over 100 mil- lion records world wide. He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1990 and named longevity champ of the rock era by Billboard Magazine. "BADFISH, A TRIBUTE TO SUB- LIME" WITH SPECIAL GUESTS: SCOTTY DON'T, FORGETFUL JONES & DUBBEST Friday, April 29, 2011 at 8:00. The phenom- enon known as Sublime, arguably the most energetic, original and uniquely eclectic band to emerge from any scene, anywhere, ended with the untimely death of lead singer, gui- tarist and songwriter Brad Nowell in May of 1996. But encompassing the .sense of place and purpose long as- sociated with Sublime's music, Badfish, a Tribute to Sublime con- tinues to channel the spirit of Sub- lime with a fury not felt for some time. What separates Badfish from other tain." Call 800-745-3000 or log onto tribute bands is that they ave :reph-, ~ ...~w'vi~,fR~t~a~te~:~oM~ for tl~kel~'~ WESTIN HOTEL 70 Third Avenue, Waltham, MA ITALIAN NIGHT AT THE OPERA - Thursday, May 19, 201 I. 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- derful 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 PonchieUi Giacomo Puccini Gioachino Rossini, Giuseppe Verdi. To purchase tickets or to sponsor this special event go to: 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 prpvide 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. required and may be made by calling 617-523-2338. Rachel Revere: A Revolutionary Woman - Friday, April 22; 1:00, 1:45, 2:30 - Paul has left on his ride, now what? Professional storyteller Joan Gatturna takes on the role of Paul Revere!s second wife. Listen to her dramatic account of a woman's struggle to hold home and family together in a time of war. Patriot Fife and Drum - Satur- day, April 23; I:00-3:00 - Enjoy a lively concert of music that accompanied colonists as they marched, danced, wooed their beloveds, and waged war. David Vose and Jim Snarski provide fascinating insight into each selec- tion they perform. More information at www. PauIRevereHouse. org. THE PEABODY ESSEX MUSEUM 161 Essex Street, Salem, MA PERFECT IMBALANCE, EXPLOR- ING CHINESE AESTHETICS - Now through December 31, 2011. Chinese culture is diverse, longstanding and ever-changing. Yet common ties unite. 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. 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 1PM www. "Italia Oggi" Sundays 1PM to 2PM with host Andrea Urdi 1460 AM www. "Dolce Vita Radio" DJ Rocco MesRi IIAM-IPM Sundays 90.7 FM or online "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 "Don Giovanni Show" Saturday mornings from 6AM-8AM and Sunday evenings 5PM-7PM on 950 AM WROL. www. dongiovannishow, com. "Tony's Place" on MuslcAmcrica WPLM FM 99.1 - 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 "Radio Italia Unita" - Every Thurs- day from 2-3PM on radio or Runes, college radio click on Zumix. For more information log onto SPINELLI'S FUNCTION FACILITY ROUTE ONE SOUTH, LYNNFIELD, .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 memo- TD GARDEN ries. Dinner and dancing to the music Causeway St., Boston, MA from the 50's and 60's. Contact Lolly JOSH GROBAN- July 26, 2011. On Ciampa at 781-938-9254 or RoRo Valentine's Day, Josh Groban thrilled DeMarco at 781-284-5945. Seating is fans by announcing the launch of his limited. PARAMOUNT THEATER 2011 World Tour. Now, the multi-plati- 560 Washington St., Boston MA num recording artist has announced PAUL REVERE HOUSE COMPAGNIA TPO TO LIGHT UP the North American tour dates and North Square, Boston BOSTON WITH 'FARFALLE' - May ticket on-sale dates for the "Straight A VISIT WITH PAUL REVERE - 10-15. 2011. Italy will be represented To You" Tour, which visits cities across Saturday, April 16; 1:00-4:00. On the in this year's Celebrity Series of the U.S. This is Groban's first full-scale 236th anniversary of Revere's famous Boston by Compagnia TPO's Farfalle global arena tour since 2007, when ride, David Connor brings Boston's fa- (Butterflies), described as "visual the internationally renowned singer vorite patriot vividly to life in the mu- theatre of the senses, an immersive and songwriter hit the road for his scum courtyard. Ask him about the experience that brings together hugely successful, sold-out 81-city details of his midnight ride, inquire theatre and contemporary art and Awake World Tour. The "Straight To about his 16 children, or engage him creates an innovative, magical rela- You" Tour will bring the feel of a the- in conversation about his activities tionship between children and per- ater experience to an arena setting as a member of the Sons of Liberty. formers." The event is co-presented through stage design, lighting, and BOOK SIGNING: MIDNIGHT by ArtsEmerson. The technological projection, as well as through the RIDE, INDUSTRIAL DAWN - Sun- centerpiece of the show is the CCC spontaneity and interactivity Groban day, April 17; I:00-3:00 - Robert or *Children Cheering Carpet," a spe- delighted his fans with during last Martello's new book highlights Paul cial sensor-covered mat which inter- year's "Before We Begin" shows. As a Revere's continuously evolving career acts with dancers and the audience result, for the "Straight To You" shows, as an example of society's transition in real, enchanted time. The won- Groban will continue to interact with from a craft to an industrial economy, drous, other-worldly "sensory gar- audiences and perform favorites from The author, whose early research was dens" of Farfalle, take audiences on his best-selling albums, including his funded in part by the Paul Revere a magnificent journey through a lit- self-titled debut, Closer, and Awake, Memorial Association, and who is now eral and symbolic story of a butterfly's as well as songs from Illuminations. a professor at Olin College of Engi- life cycle. In Butterflies the audience Released by 143/Reprise Records on neering will discuss his research is immersed in the many folds of this November ISth, Illuminations debuted process and findings. Books will be life, "told" by two dancers moving in- at No. 4 on Billboard's Top 200 chart available for sale. side a sensitive environment made of (Groban's fourth consecutive Top 5 MIDNIGHT RIDE STORYTELLING music and digital images. With But- chart bow), selling 191.,337 units in PROGRAM-Tuesday, April 19; 12:00- terflies TPO continues its experi- its first week. Entertainment Weekly 1:30, Wednesday, April 20; 3:00-4:30, ments in the expressive potential aris- declared that "Illuminations might and Thursday, April 21; 10:00-11:30 ing .from the use of new digital lan- be Groban's handsomest effort yet." Find out what really happened on guages (computer graphics/interac- USA Today raved: "Illuminations yields Paul Revere's ride! Watch a short slide tive technologies) associated with glowing music. Sturdy, deeply per- program that separates the facts from dance, music and movement. In this sonal statements, brimming with the myths, then retrace Revere's work the company has a sound/im= poignancy." The New York Times also route from his home to the banks of age interactive system based on Max/ praised the album, saying it "show- the Charles River. Participants don Msp software with Jitter. This system cases Groban's songwriting" and hats and carry props as they go, tak- makes use of various types of sen- "reflects the conviction that gallantry ing on the roles of Paul and Rachel sors, which interact with the move- can also be pensive and uncer- Revere, their children, British sol- ments of the dancers and the.public diers, rowers, John Hancock, and in real time. For tickets log onto Samuel Adams. Reservations are WRITTEN ON THE WAVES: SHIPBOARD LOGS AND JOURNALS - Now through October i, 2012. Delve into the world of maritime manu- scripts. Explore the log books of 18th- century sea captains as they voyaged around the globe recording extraor- dinary details of their adventures. For more info log onto or call 1- 978-745-9500; 866 745-1876. For the Hearing Impaired please call 1-978-740-3649. ISABELLA STEWART GARDNER 280 The Fenway, Boston MA MODELING DEVOTION: TERRA- COTTA SCULPTURE OF THE ITALIAN RENAISSANCE - Now through May 23, 2011. In Italy dur- ing the Renaissance (around 1400 to 1600), an innovative form of sculp- ture was developed using free clay that was modeled before being fired in a kiln. Called terracotta in Italian (meaning baked earth), this type of sculpture has often been overlooked in favor of sculpture carved in marble or cast in bronze. Figures were often life-sized, three-dimensional, and fully colored, giving terracotta sculpture a remarkable immediacy. In both religious scenes meant to inspire the faithful, as well as in portraits that recorded individual likeness, the naturalism of colored terracotta works conveyed emotions with great power. Call 617-566-1401 or log onto 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 12 yeai's 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 inter- esting to record. "There were no isolation 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 visit the website at for tickets and more information. 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 Sinfoniea dell'Europa Unita. Fabrizio Maria Carminati is the Conductor. Rossana Tomassi Golka on Piano. The program con~s $f Part I The Star Spangled Banner, Worldwide Premier: Hymn of Italy for Piano and Orchestra, The Leop- ard Suite, The Force of Destiny. Part II Norma: Libera Fantasia e Variazione 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 ARTIST'S BOSTON STUDIO 450 Harrison Ave, #223B, Boston MA MARIAN DIOGUARDI PRESENTS TEN NEW PAINTINGS - Every first Friday of the month, Artist Marian Dioguardi invites people to visit her Bosbon studio at 450 Harrison Ave, Studio 223B, from 5 to 9 PM. Ten new 'Laundry Line' paintings based on Burano, Venezia, will be showcased. 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 tra- ditional career in education gave way to more colorful careers including undercover investigations and gem stone buying. For further informa- tion please visit her website at www. mariandioguardi, corn I r4