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POST-GAZETTE, APRIL 9, 2010 ARTS NOW UPTOWN & DOWNTOWN Cyndi Lauper burst onto the world stage as the quintes- sential girl who wants to have fun. After more than 20 sterling years and global record sales in excess of 25 million, she has proven that she has the heart and soul to keep her legion of fans compelled by her every cre- ative move. With her newly minted collection, Bring Ya To The Brink, Cyndi firmly asserts her position as one of the most beguiling, innovative and downright exciting recording artists of this -- and or other -- generation. "This is an album that can be experienced in two com- pletely different ways," Cyndi says, explaining that Bring Ya To The Brink is a "dance album that you can move to and enjoy on a surface level. But if you want more than that, there's a lot to discover inside the lyrics. There are times when these songs get pretty deep." The genesis of Bring Ya To The Brink, a title culled from the lyrics of the percussive stand-out jam "Lyre," lies within Cyndi's unique, often sharp-edged observations of the world. "I am always inspired by what I see every time when I step outside my door," she says. "The world is filled with fas- cinating people struggling and surviving and living their lives the best way they can. The more I see, the more I write down." Check out Music Section for more details. ITALIAN EVENTS & PROGRAMS THEATER 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 classic film. plus brand-new show- stopping numbers for the stage, in- cluding "Transylvania Mania." "He Vas My Boyfriend" and "Puttin' on the Ritz." For tickets and more informa- tion please call 1-800-982-2787 or www.broadwayaerossamerica.eom. LOEB DRAMA CENTER 64 Brattle St., Cambridge, MA JOHNNY BASEBALL - May 14 through May 30. 2010. An exhil- arating blend of fact. fiction and the mystical power of the game. It traces the orlgin of the Curse to a collision of three orphaned souls: Johnny O'Brien. a hard-hick 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 is a fun and spirited musical. For further information, pleaes call 617-547-8300 or visit the website by Ibgging on to www. americanrepertorytheater, org. MUSIC LOWELL MEMORIAL AUDITORIUM 50 East Merrimack St., Lowell MA TONY ORLANDO - April 17. 2010 at 8:00PM Orlando has been a re- cipielat 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 Presidents. A string of hits contin- ued including "Tie a Yellow Ribbon". "Sweet Gypsy Rose", "He Don't Love You." "Who's in the Strawberry Patch with Sally", "Cupid". "Steppin' Out (Gonna Boogie Tonight)" and "Mornin" Beautiful*. Special guest who is open- ing up for Tony is East Boston's own Pat Benti, and his band. Log onto www.lowellauditorium.com or www.ticketmaster.com for tickets. SYMPHONY HALL 301 Mass Ave., Boston, MA SONNY ROLLINS' 80TH BIRTH- DAY CONCERT - Sunday, April 18 at 7:00PM. "The last jazz immortal" - THE VILLAGE VOICE, "Nobody rivals his fluid mastery of the tenor sax.". - BOSTON GLOBE. "Executing the impossible-shapil1_g cogent poetic mu- sical architecture on the tenor saxo- phone while navigating the high wire night after night is the operative 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 270 Tremont Street. Boston, MA 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 ALLEY AMERICAN DANCE THEATER - April 15-18. 2010. With the Alvin Alley American Dance Theater. beauty, spirit, hope and pas- sion know no bounds. The genius of Alvin Alley changed for- ever the perception of American dance. Judith Jamison's remarkable vision has preserved and extended Alley's legacy. For tickets log onto www.telecharge.com or call the box office at 1-866-348-9738. AGGANIS ARENA 925 Cmmmonw~u'~ Ave., ~, MA ANDRI~ RIEU Wednesday, June 23. 2010 at 8:00PM. To me, music is one of the most important things. A life without music would be unbearable for me, My whole life has been guided by music. My father was the conductor of a sylnphony orcl~es- tra. and music was the centre of our home and family life. When my father was home. he sat at the piano study- ing scores: My five brothers and sis- ters all played one or more instru- ments. For tickets call 1-800-745-3000 or visit www.ticketmaster.eoml BANK OF AMERICA PAVILION 290 Northern Ave., Boston, MA" EARTH, WIND & FIRE - Thurs- day, June 10. 2010 at 7:30PM. With songs like "Shining Star", "Got to Give'. "Let's Groove* and "Boogie Wonderland" it ]s no wonder that they can rock the house. DONNA SUMMER - August 27. 2010 at 7:30PM. A five-time Grammy winner. Donna Summer was the First artist to win the Grammy for Best Rock Vocal Performance. Female (1979, "Hot Stuff') as well as the first-ever recipient of the Grammy for Best Dance Recording (1997, "Carry On"}. In 2004, she became one of the first inductees, as both an Artist Inductee and a Record Inductee (for 1977's "I Feel Love7) into the Dance Music Hall of Fame in New York City. It is esti- mated that Donna Summer has sold more than 130 million records. For tickets visit www.ticketmaster.com. FIRST CHURCH CONGREGATIONAL Lindsay Chapel Mason & Garden Streets Cambridge, MA GRAND BALLET DUCOUR Saturday, April 17. 2010 beginning at 8:00PM. Works by Moulinie. Boesset. Mesangeau, Guedron & du Caurroy. For further information, please call 617- 776-0692. THE CHILDREN'S MUSEUM 300' Congress St., Boston. MA KIDSTAGE - a state-of-the art performance space designed to introduce children to the wondrous world of performing arts. KidStage gives kids ages 2-6 years old a taste of what it's like in and around spotlights. Short plays are put on and the audience is invited to join in. Saturdays and Sundays-- 11:30 am, 12:30 pm, 2:30 pm and 3:30 pm: on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays 11:30 am and 12:30 pm: on Thursdays, 11:30 am; and Fridays, 11:30 am. 12:30 pm, 6:15 pmand 7:15 pm. For further information, pleae call 617-426-6500. Call the "What's Up Line" at 617-426-8855 for hours, exhibits and events or visit www.BostonKids.org. NEW ENGLAND AQUARIUM Central Wharf, Boston, MA Exhibits explore the "world of water." 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 at the Aquarium Medical Center, and sit in on one of the daily sea lion shows. For more in-depth information contact 617-973-5200 (voice), 617- 973-0223 (TTY], or www.neaq.org. THE HOUSE OF SEVEN GABLES 54 Turner Street, Salem, MA THE HOUSE OF THE SEVEN GABLES - was'the inspiration behind Nathaniel Hawthorne's novel. It was built in 1668: and features a secret staircase. 17t" century architecture. and three centuries of decorative arts as well as social and maritime his- tory. Open year-round. For more in- formation, call: 978-744-0991. HOUSE OF BLUES BOSTON 15 Lansdowne St., Boston, MA CYNDI LALIPER - Saturday, June 26, 2010 at 7:00 PM. The genesis of Bring Ya To The Brink. a title culled from the lyrics of the percussive stand-out jam "Lyfe." lies within Cyndi's unique, often sharp-edged observations of the world. Log onto www.houseofblues.com/tickets 1-888-693-BLUE (2583). 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 Jinlrny Fund. A silent auction will-also take place 30 minutes before each show. with a prize drawing after in- termission. For into visit call 617-493- 8172 or www.jimmyfund.org/skating. ISABELLA STEWART GARDNER MUSEUM 280 The Fenway, Boston, MA AFTER HOURS - Every third Thursday of each month from 5:00PM- 9:00PM. After Hours is art, music, cock- tails, contemporary performances, gallery explorations and so much more. For more information and to purchase tickets, please call: 617-278-5156 or visit the website at www.gardnermuseum.org. BOSTON PUBLIC LIBRARY 700 Boylston Street, Boston, MA LOWELL LECTURE SERIES - Now through April 2010. Travel the world without leaving Boston. Lecturers in- clude Paul Theroux. Frances Mayes and Alexander McCall Smith. All lec- tures to be held in the Rabb Lecture Hall. All lectures are free and open to the public, MAN IN THE STREET: BOS- TON PHOTOGRAPHS BY JULES AARONS - WhEn Jules Aarons be- gan photographing seriously in 1947. he chose the streets and neighbor- hoods of Boston as his subject. He was drawn to the way people in the neighborhoods lived their public lives and the energy with which they talked, played and interacted. Inspired by "street pho- tographers" such as Henri Cartier- Bresson and Helen Levitt, Aarons worked solidly in that tradition, find- ing a steady supply of visual inspira- tion in the juxtaposition of people against their urban background. Please Note: Gallery hours Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday: 9:00- 5:00, Tuesday, Thursday: 9:00-7:00. Sunday: 1:00-5:00 Located in the ITALIAN RADIO "The Sicilian Corner" II: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. 1110wccmam.com "Italia Oggi" (Italy Today} Sun- days 1PM to 2PM with host Andrea Urdi 1460 AM www.1460WXBR.com "Dolce Vita Radio" DJ Rocco Mesiti llAM-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 1"470 AM. "Guido Oliva Italian Hour" SAM 9AM every Sunday on -WSRO 650AM in Framingham and online at www.wsro.com. "Don Giovanni Shbw" Saturday mornings from 6AM-8AM and Sunday evenings 5PM-7PM on 950 AM WROL, www.dongiovannishow.com YMCA-EAST BOSTON 215 Bremen Street, East Bostnn BASIC ITALIAN FOR ADULTS - Tuesday evening's beginning on April 20, 2010. The basic course is for stu- dents who have little or no experi- ence with the Italian language, The goal of the course is to familiarize the students with the phonetics and gram- mar to develop speaking, reading and writing skills in basic Italian. CHILDREN CLASSES - will ire of- fered for children ages 4-7. Classes will be held on Saturdays beginning Saturday, April 17, 201.0 from 10:00AM-11:30AM and will run for 8 weeks. Visit www.italiaunita.org or call 617-561-3201 for more into. APPIAN CLUB OF STONEHAM 42 Pleasant Street, Stoneham ADULT ITALIAN CLASSES Italian classes for adults will be offered. This beginners course will teach the basics of the Italian lan- guage. Instructor is Tiffany Bistocchi. a 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. Classes will be conducted on Tuesday evenings and run for I0 weeks, beginning on April 13. Class size is small and informal and the experience will be enjoyable. In September. an additional advanced course will be offered to continue your studies. For registra- tion and further details, please contact coordinator John NoeeIla at 781-438-5687 or by email at PEABODY ESSEX MUSEUM 161 Essex.Street, Salem, MA THE KENNEDYS [ PORTItAIT 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 Smithsoman Institution Traveling Exhibition Service, The Kennedys [ 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, Phillip Prodger. TRASH MENAGERIE - Now through May, 2010. This exhibit presents over 30 whimsical animals created from things most of us simply throw away. For example: A luminous moth made from piano keys and pottery shards. For further informa. tion, please call 866-745-1876 or visit www.pem.org. ) WORCESTER ART MUSEUM 55 Salisbury St., Worcester, MA EXHIBITION: WHAT MATTERS - Now through August 22, 2010 from l l:OOAM-5:OOPM. This exhibition features contemporary works be- tween 1988 and 2009 by a roster of leading artists including Claire Barclay, Willie Cole. Taylor Davis. Melvin Edwards, Heide Fasnacht, Tony Feher. Jim Isermann. Jim Lambie. Jodie Manasevit. Tim Rollins and'K.O.S., Doris Salcedo. Yinka Shonibare and Andrew Witkin. For further information, please log onto their website at information@woreesterart.com or call (508) 799-4406. number one recording artist Jovanotti announces Oyeah. the debut US album release by the chart topping Tuscan singer, songwriter and rapper for the legendary Verve Foreeastlabel. 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. To reserve your tickets today, call 617-562-8800 or www.livenation.eom. MASsAcHusETTS INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY MIT, ROOM 10-250 FRANCO MODIGLIANI (1918- 2003) an Italian MIT Nobel Laureate - April 26, 6:30-8:30PM, A celebration of his lasting contribu- tions to Economics and his passion- ate reflectiosn on Italy. hitroductury remarks by Lib0ri0 Stellino, Consul Genera] of Italy in Boston. Master of Ceremonies: Roberto Rigobon, MIT. SYMPHONY HALL 301 Mass Avenue, Boston, MA MAURIZIO POLLINI, piano - Sun- day, April 25, 2010 at 3PM. In a world of snapshots, the Maurizio PoUini is a landscape artist, A musical architect of the highest order. Pollini culpts form and structure carefully, reveal- ing keen insights along the way. With Pollini. we receive an awe-inspiOng, crystal clear view of both iconic com- positions and the newest music. The Italian Musician is one of the finest pianists of our era, For more informa- tion call. Celebrity Series 617-482- 6661 or www.eelebrityseries.org. HARVARD- KENNEDY SCHOOL 79 JFK Street, Catnbridge, MA Starr Auditorium Belier Building, Second Floor ITALIAN SOCIETY AT HARVARD KENNEDY SCHOOL AND THE CON- SULATE GENERAL OF ITALY IN BOSTON INVITE YOU TO A DIS- CUSSION HOSTED BY FORMER PRIME MINISTER OF ITALY AND BROWN UNIVERSITY PROFESSOR AT LARGE ROMANO PRODI - Fri- day, April 9 2010, 4:15-5:30PM. Re- ception to follow. The discussion will be on "The Future of Europe From the Enlargement to the New Lisbon Rules". Romano Prodi, former Prime Minister of Italy and President. of the European Commission, is retuming to New England for his academic duties as professor-at-large at Brown Univer- sity. Romano Prodi is an Italian politi- cian and statesman. He served as Central Library, 700 Boylston Street. Wiggin Gallery, McKim Building, 3rd Floor. For more information about these events and the many other pro- grams at the library please log onto www.bpl.org. john02180@yahoo.com. PARADISE ROCK CLUB% 967 Comm Ave., Boston, MA JOVANOTTI - On Wednesday, April 28. 2010 a 8:00PM Italy's President of the Council of Ministers (prime minister) of Italy twice from May 1996 to October 1998 and from May 2006 to May 2008. He was also the tenth President of the European Com- mission from 1999 to 2004.