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POST,GAZETTE, APRIL 26, 2013 Page 11 PLAYING UPTOWN & DOWNTOWN COMEDY Don't miss this ongoing performance, Blue Man Group at the Charles Playhouse. Check out the THEATER SECTION for more details. p-- FREE EVENTS TD GARDEN 100 Legends Way, Boston, MA 617-624-1050 BEYONC] -- The Mrs. Carter Show World Tour starring Beyonc will stop at TD Garden on July 23. The Mrs. Carter Show World Tour prom- ises to be the entertainer's most am- bitious undertaking to date. It is ex- pected to be bigger in scope than any of her previous shows. Beyonc is one of the most widely recognized and highly respected women in pop cul- ture. A solo recording artist, actress, philanthropist 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, in- cluding 16 Grammy Awards. Billboard named her the Top Female Artist and Top Radio Songs Artist of the 2000s decade. The Recording Industry As- sociation of America also recognized Beyonce as the Top Certified Artist of the 2000s. MUSEUMS BANK OF AMERICA PAVILION 290 Northern Ave., Boston, MA STING -- The Back to Bass Tour rolls into Boston on Friday, June 21st, 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 Tickell (electric fiddle), and Jo Lawry (vocals)! Don't miss the opportunity to see Sting at a smaller venue setting on South Boston's waterfront. ITALIAN EVENTS & PROGRAMS THE LYRIC STAGE COMPANY OF BOSTON 140 Clarendon St., Boston, MA 617-565-5678 ON THE TOWN -- May 10th through June 8th. Meet Chip, Ozzie, and Gabey - three American sailors with one day in New York City to see the sights, meet a special someone, and have the time of their lives. The light and humorous score of Leonard Bernstein (Candide, West Side Story) melds perfectly with the sharp and witty book by Betty Comden and Adolph Green (Singing in the Rain, The Will Rogers Follies) to create an uplifting and exuberant musical ex- perience including such memorable songs as "New York, New York" and "I Can Cook, Too." The show was called "Gloriously bright, witty, and off-the-waIiF by The New York Times in 1998. a small-town girl, Millie Dillmount, who comes to New York City to marry for money instead of love. Millie samples the "thoroughly modern" flap- per life, makes friends and finds un- expected romance. With rousing dance numbers and toe-tapping mu- sic, Thoroughly Modem Millie 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. AMERICAN REPERTORY THEATER Oberon, 2 Arrow St., Harvard Sq., Cambridge, MA 617-547-8300 BEOWULF: A THOUSAND YEARS OF BAGGAGE -- Now 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 eighty-minute exotic excursion fea- turing bathing beauties, philosophiz- ing pirates and grown men in remark- ably short shorts! Warning: If you want boring, stay away; this experi- ence will cause immense joy and the compulsion to spontaneously sing along. Come ashore with the Very Model of A Modem Major General, 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 CHICAGO -- June 13th through June 23rd. The longest running American musical makes its Reagle debut! This *killer" Tony and Oscar- winning musical follows the merry murderesses Roxie Hart, Velma Kelly and their slick lawyer Billy Flynn through 1920s Chicago with the fabulous choreography in the style of Bob Fosse and iconic Kander and Ebb tunes: "All that Jazz," "Razzle Dazzle," "We Both Reached for the gun" and morel STONEHAM THEATRE 395 Main Street, Stoneham, MA 781-279-2200 THOROUGHLY MODERN MILLIE -- Now through May 12, 2013. Win- ner of six Tony Awards, in 2002, Thor- ough/y Modem M////e tells the story of 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 overcome misunderstand- ings, jealousies, duels and dungeons on their way to a joyously happy ending. WILBUR THEATRE 246 Tremont St., Boston, MA SPANK! -- May 30th through June Ist. Part Chippendales, part Second City - all in one delicious package! SPANK! is a high energy musical parody of Fifty Shades of Grey. the risque novel which re- cently surpassed Harry Potter to be- come the fastest selling paperback of all time. SPANK! was conceived (be- have, now) by and directed by Jim Millan, whose credits include The Kids in the Hall, Larry King Standing Up, Marijuanalogues with Tommy Chong, and Mythbusters Live. Mature audiences only. Stay after the show for a photo with Mr. Dangerous him- self and meet the cast (not applicable on Friday and Saturday 7:00 pm per- formances, sorry gals). CHARLES PLAYHOUSE 74 Warrenton St., Boston, MA 617-931-2787 or 617-426-6912 BLUE MAN GROUP -- Ongoing. This giddily subversive off-Broadway hit serves up outrageous and inven- tive theater where three muted, blue- painted performers spoof both con- temporary art and modern technol- ogy. Wry commentary and bemusing antics are matched only by the inge- nious ways in which music and sound are created. The show has recently been updated. SHEAR MADNESS - Ongoing. This hilarious Boston-set whodunit, where the clues change every night and the laughs come fast and furious, is a worldwide phenomenon filled with up-to-the-minute spontaneous humor and quicksilver improvisation where the audience becomes part of the action and gets to solve the crime. AMERICAN REPERTORY THEATER Oberon, 2 Arrow St., Harvard Sq., Cambrldg, MA 617-547-8300 www THE DONKEY SHOW- Ongoing. Bringing the ultimate disco experi- ence to Boston, this crazy circus of mirror balls, feathered divas, roller skaters and hustle queens tell the story of A Midsummer Night's Dream through great '70s anthems you know by heart. 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 Iraq and Afghanistan with combat _ stress, o.r traumatic brn ,injury., Th e 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. HAMPTON BEACH CASINO BALLROOM 169 Ocean Boulevard, Hampton Beach, NH 603-929-4100 JEFF DUNHAM -- August 7th. JefFs 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 him to its Celeb- rity 100 list of most powerful 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-Ioving 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 charac- ters, who are anything but dummies, have now taken on a life of their own, each with their own legion of fans. 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. Taking inspiration from global blue-and- white traditions, today's artists con- tinue the story, creating works that tackle diverse issues, ranging from the public, to the personal, to the aesthetic. An international selection of artists and designers is featured in the exhibition, and recent acqui- sitions of work by the ceramic sculp- tor Chris Antemann and fashion de- signers Rodarte are drawn from the MFA's own collection. Visitors can make connections between these contemporary statements and their remarkable historical predecessors. PEABODY ESSEX MUSEUM East India Square 161 Essex Street, Salem, MA 978-745-9500, 866-745-1876 978-740-3649 FREEPORT [NO. 006] NICK CAVE -- Now through May 27, 2013. Fash- ion designer and dancer Nick Cave is world renowned for his category-bend- ing Soundsuits. Equal parts sculpture, costume and performance, Cave's life- size creations take on a larger-than- life dimension. Constructed from a colorful bricolage of materials includ- ing twigs, sisal, beads, sequins and feathers, Cave's Soundsuits are face- less and otherworldly, obscuring the wearer's identity, gender and class. At PEM, Three never-before-seen Soundsuits will make their debut. 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. Notable performers in years past have been KT Tunstall, The Fray, Los Lonely Boys and Shawn Mullins. In 2012, Earthfest audience was estimated to be over 200,000 people. BOSTON POPS FIREWORKS SPECTACULAR -- Celebrate America's birthday on July 3rd and 4th with the Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular, America's premier Inde- pendence Day celebration. The con- cert features Conductor Keith Lockhart and the Boston Pops Espla- nade Orchestra, along with special guests, at the historic DCR's Hatch Shell. "The Worst Comedy Show Ever" Saturday, April 26. Italian-American comedian, Craig Gass, brings his comedy show. notable for its spot on voice impressions, to Boston. Wilbur Theater, Boston. Screening of Caesar Must Die by Taviani Brothers April 26 and 28. Harvard Film Archive, Cambridge, MA. Gallery Talk: "Paragone: Rivalry of the Arts in the Italian Renais- sance" Saturday, June 8. Gallery talk is led by graduate student, gallery talk lecturer, Caitlin Henningsen. Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. "La Risonanza, Handel: From England to Italy" Wednesday, June 12. Concert directed by Fabio Bonizzoni. New England's Conservatory: Jordan Hall, Boston. "Atalante In Carmine Dolore: Ancient Classical and Biblical Laments of 17th-eentury Rome" Thursday, June 13. Concert directed by Erin Headley. Emmanuel Church, Boston. ITALIAN RADIO PROGRAMS "The Sicilian Corner" I0:00 am to 12 Noon every Friday with host Tom Zappala and Mike Lomazzo and "The Italian Show" with Nunzlo DiMarca every Sunday from 10:00 am-l:00 pm. Go to www.1110wccmam, corrL "Italia Oggi" Sundays 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm with host Andrea Urdi 1460 AM www, "Dolce Vita Radio" DJ Rocco Mesitl 11:00 am-l:00 pm Sundays 90.7 FM or online "The Nick Franeiosa Show" Sundays from 12 Noon to 3:00 pm on WLYN 1360 AM and WAZN 1470 AM. "Guido Oliva Italian Hour" 8:00 am-9:00 am Sundays on WSRO 650 AM and online at "Radio Italia Unlta" - Thursdays 2:00 pm-3:00 pm on radio or itunes, college radio click on Zumix. For more information, log onto "Tony's Place" on MusicAmerica WPLM FM 99.1 - Sundays 9:00 pm- I0:00 pm on MusicAmerica. Host Ron Della Chiesa presents Tony's Place. Visit