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POST-GAZETTE, APRIL 15, 2011 Page 11 NOW PLAYING UPTOWN & DOWNTOWN ITALIAN EVENTS & PR()GRAMS Patty Ross is one of the most sought after personalities on the national comedy scene. Patty's unique persona and bigger-than-life stage presence has attracted the attention of audiences, corporations and entertainment industry people across the country. Her charming sarcastic wit and no-holds-barred prospective on life's every day problems are components of a tough but lovable, character that is winning people over with every performance. The American Comedy Awards nominated Patty for Best Female Guest-Star in a Sitcom for one of her appearances on Roseanne. She was also the featured female performer at the Gala of the 1997 Just For Laughs Comedy Festival in Montreal, Canada. She performs regularly at the Comedy Store, Laugh Factory, and Improvisation in Los Angeles. Check out Special Events section for more details. r- 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! - 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. 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 I00 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, gul- tarist and songwriter Brad Nowell in May of 1996. But encompassing the sense of place and purpose long as- sociated with Subllme's music, Badflsh, a Tribute to Sublime contin- ues to channel the spirit of Sublime with a fury not felt for some time. What separates Badfish from other tribute bands is that they have replicated Sublime's essence, developing a scene and dedicated following most com- monly reserved for label-driven, main- stream acts. Badflsh make their mark on the audience by playing with the spirit of Sublime. They perform not as Sublime would have, or did, but as Badflsh 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 Finnei-ty 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 Brltney 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. 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-plati- num 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 internationally 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  the- ater experience to an arena setting through stage design, lighting, and projection, as well as through the spontaneity and interaetivity 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 interact with audiences and perform favorites from his best-selling albums, including his self-titled debut, Closer, and Awake, as well as songs from Illuminations. Released by 143/Reprise Records on November 15th, Illuminations debuted at No. 4 on Billboard's Top 200 chart (Groban's fourth consecutive Top 5 chart bow), selling 191,337 units in its first week. Entertainment Weekly declared that "Illuminations might be Groban's handsomest effort yet." USA Today raved: "Illuminations yields glowing music. Sturdy, deeply per- sonal statements, brimming with poignancy." The New York Times also praised the album, saying it "show- cases Groban's songwriting" and "reflects the conviction that gallantry can also be pensive and uncer- tain." Call 800-745-3000 or log onto for tickets. SANDERS THEATRE 45 Quincy St., Cambridge, MA BENJAMIN ZANDER AND THE BOSTON  PHILHARMONIC TO PRESENT SPRING CONCERT SE- RIES o Sunday. May I at 3:00 PM and Monday, May 2 at 7:00 PM. Benjamin Zander, Music Director and Conduc- tor of The Boston Philharmonic, will present the orchestra's spring concert series featuring Shostakovlch: Second Ce//o Concerto with Special Guest cel- list Natalia Gutman, and Prokofiev: Romeo and Juliet.Prokofiev's ballet Romeo and Juliet is probably the great- est "story," ballet ever composed. Its music is alternately playful, ribald, searing and ecstatic, much like the play on which it is based. Benjamin Zander has prepared an extensive suite from the three acts of the bal- let, different from what is usually heard in the concert halls, that projects the variety and tragic gran- deur of thls rich score with the vis- ceral power of an actual staged per- formance. Discounts are available to WGBH members, students and se- niors. For more information, call 617- 236-0999 or visit 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 V/ncenzo Be///n/ Eduardo di Capua Pietro Mascagni Amilcare PonchieUi Giacomo Puccini Gioachino Rossini, Giuseppe Verdi. The Waltham Philharmonic Orches- tra, a civic symphony of the MetroWest area, began in 1985 under the direc- tion of local musicians David J. Tierney and Harold W. McSwain, Jr. Comprised of almost 60 professional, semi-professional, and amateur mu- sicians, the orchestra's mission is to provide' the Waltham community with the opportunity to perform in and at- tend classical concerts of the highest quality. WPO musicians come from Waltham as well as from Boston and surrounding communities. The en- semble includes players of a wide range of ages and professions. To pur- chase tickets log onto For more information contact Sally Collura at 781-838-1130. SPINELLI'S FUNCTION FACILITY Route One South, Lynnfleld, 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- rles. Dinner 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. PAUL REVERE HOUSE North Square, Boston, MA MIDNIGHT RIDE STORYTELLING PROGRAM -Tuesday, April 19; 12:00- 1:30. Wednesday. April 20; 3:00-4:30. and Thursday, April 21; I0:00-11:30 Find out what really happened on Paul Revere's rldel Watch a short slide program that separates the facts from the myths, then retrace Revere's route from his home to the banks of the Charles R/ver. Participants don hats and carry props as they go, tak- ing on the roles of Paul and Rachel Revere, their children, British sol- diers, rowers, John Hancock, and Samuel Adams. Reservations are required and may be made by calling 617-523-2338. RACHEL REVERE: A REVOLU- TIONARY WOMAN - Friday. April 22; I:00. 1:45. 2:30 - Paul has left on his ride, now what? Professional story- teller Joan Gatturua 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 - Sat- urday, April 23 from 1:00-3:00 - Enjoy a lively concert of music that accom- panied colonists as they marched, danced, wooed their beloveds, and waged war. For more information log onto KOWLOON'S Route 1 North, Saugus, MA KOWLOON KOMEDY PRESENTS - "Patty Ross", Todd Parker and Chris Pennie. April 22 and 23. 2011 at 8:30. For a complete list of comedy shows and entgertainment schedule please log onto www. or call 781.233.0077. THE PEABODY ESSEX MUSEUM 161 Essex Street, Salem, MA PERFECT IMRAIANCE, EXPLOR- ING CHINESE AESTHErIC8 - Now through December 31, 201 I. 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 arf made in China for the export market. ITALIAN RADIO PROGBAMS "The Sicilian Corner" 1 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 IPM to 2PM with host Andrea Urdi 1460 AM www. "Dolce Vita Radio" DJ Rocco Mesiti 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 Italiau 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. "Tony's Place" on Mus/3m___erlca WPLM FM 99.1 - Every Sunday night from 9 to ]0pm on MusicAmeT/ea host Ron Della Chlesa presents Tony's Place on WPLM FM Easy 99.1. 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, "Radio Italia Unita" -. Every Thurs- day from 2-3PM on radio or Runes, college radio click on Zumix. For more information log onto www.italiaunita,org - PARAMOUNT THEATER 560 Washington St., Boston MA COMPAGNIA TPO TO LIGHT UP BOSTON WITH 'FARFALLE" - May 10-15, 2011. 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 graphlcs/interac- tive technologies} associated with dance, music and movement. For tick- ets log onto SCULLERS JAZZ CIAYB 400 Soldiers Field Rd., RoaaL 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 WRITTEN ON THE WAVES: SHIPBOARD LOGS AND JOURNALS - Now through October 1, 2012. Delve into the world of maritime manu- scripts. Explore the log books of 18th- century sea eaptalns as they voyaged around the globe recording extraor- dinary details of their adventures. For more info log onto or call l- 978-745-9500, 866 745-1876. For the Hearing Impaired please call 1-978-740-3649. ISABELLA STEWART GARDNER 280 The Fenway, Boston MA ONCE-June 18-20, 2010. ONCE is a dynamic act of live narration, using sound and image as the lan- guage of expression. The perfor- mance was built on an interchange between music and painting, merg- ing the rhythm and time of the mu- sic with the volume and space of the painting. In the exhibition gallery a series of acrylic paintings were cre- ated in front of an audience, with the images evolving and disappear- ing one over the next--a visual meta- morphosis set to music. ONCE ex- plores the quality of time, space and memory, challenging the idea of per- manence of any physieal object. The erasing of the finished paintings as- signs them the temporary dimension of music. ONCE is a tribute and re- flection on the power of constant change. Call 617-566-1401 or log onto 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 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/ Emarcy), a collection of 14 hauntingly beautiful melodies, with the legend- ary pianist, Hank Jones. The music was recorded in one afternoon; Roberts 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. CONSULATE OF ITALY, BOSTON 600 Atlantic Ave 17th floor Boston, MA ARTIST FRANCA DIPIETRO ART DISPLAY - "Notes On An American Journey'. Now through May 6, 201 I. The Italian-born painler has lived in the United States for eight years, hut for her entire career, she has taken stylistic inspiration from the tonali- ties traditionally found in northern Europeari art. All these influences now come together in a new gallery exhibit of oil paintings, Di Pietro di- vides the 20-work collection into four diverse series that she painted be- tween 2005 and 2011: New York, American Aerial Views, Seaside and Boston Ghost Town. Though each section has its own distinct qualities and content, Di Pietro ties them to- gether with her "love of gray," a color that she says fascinates her and re- lates to her appreciation of Danish art.'l've always taken an interest in women and their world," says Di Pietro, who pays homage to one of her heroines, Louisa May Alcott, by depicting her with the "fabulous" golden dome of the State House in the background. ARTIST'S BOSTON STUDIO 450 Harrlson Ave, #22313, Boston MA MARIAN DIOGUARDI - First Fri- day 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 show- cased. Marian Dioguardi was born and raised in the Italian-American neighborhood of urban East Boston. She pursued her childhood ambi- tion, art, only after a more traditional career in education gave way to more colorful careers including undercover investigations and gem stone buying. For more information log onto