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P'(ST'-AZETTE;/IIIL7; :(}12 'l:;age' 1 1 NOW PLAYING UPTOWN & DOWNTOWN Aerosmith are a living piece of American music h/story, having sold over 150 million albums worldwide and been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. With scores of multi-platinum albums, Aerosmlth continues to in- spire generations to get their wings, get a grip and just push play. It is no wonder why they are one of the most beloved bands of all time. BOSTON OPERA HOUSE 539 Washington St., Boston, MA 617-259-3400 BEAUTY AND THE BEAST -- May 29-June 3, 2012. Tale as old as time, true as it can be. Disney's Beauty and the Beast, the smash hit Broadway musical, based on the Acad- emy Award-winning animated feature film, this eye-popping spectacle has won the hearts of over 35 miIllon people worldwide. This classic musi- cal love story is filled with unforget- table characters, lavish sets and costumes, and dazzling production numbers including "Be Our Guest" and the beloved title song. Experience the romance and enchantment of Disney's Beauty and the Beast! 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. 8IIEAR MAD - Ongoing. Thls 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 hu- mor and quicksilver improvisation where the audience becomes part of the action and gets to solve the crime. ITALIAN EVENTS & PROGRAMS 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 Nunzio DiMarca every Sunday from 10:00 am to 1:00 pro. Go to www. I "Italia Oggi" Sundays I:00 pm to 2:00 pm with host Andrea Urdi 1460 AM www. "Dolce Vita Radio" DJ Rocco Mesiti 11:00 am-l:00 pm Sundays 90.7 FM or online "The Nick Franeiosa Show" Sun- days 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 Unita" - Thursdays 2:00 pro-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 MuslcAmerica. Host Ron Della Chiesa presents Tony's Place. Visit WYNDHAM HOTEL, ANDOVER 123 Old R/ver Rd., Andover, MA 1-978-346-9496 AN EVENING OF ITALIAN ROMANCE featuring MICHAEL AMANTE and MARISSA FAMIG- LIETTI -- Saturday, June 9, 2012. Michael Amante is affectionately known as the "People's Tenor." He has been crowned the "Prince of High C's" for his ability to hit and sustain with ease, one of the highest notes of a tenor's voice. With Michael's long history of singing popular Rock and Gospel music, coupled with extensive classical Bel-Canto training, he is able to sing even higher with a strength and mastery rarely heard anywhere in the world. Being able to produce these notes consistently within the context of a moving line and in con- junction with a beautiful sound, re- quires not only talent, but skilled use of technique. The most prolific tenor of all time, Luctano Pavarotti, the "King of High C's," once described the feeling this way: "Excited and happy, but with a strong undercurrent of fear. The moment I actually hit the note, I almost lose consciousness. A physi- cal, animal sensation seizes me. Then I regain control." Amante experiences this thrilling sensation as well. BERKLEE PERFORMANCE CENTER 136 Massachusetts Avenue Boston MA 02115 PINO DANIELE LIVE IN BOSTON -- Saturday, June 9, 2012. Pino Daniele is an influential Italian jazz- fusion guitarist. From the beginning of his career, it was evident that his passion lay in rock and blues. His solo debut, Terra Mia, sung in Neapolitan, was the first example of what Daniele called "taramblfl," a combination of tarantella, rhumba, and blues. In 1979 his self tiffed record was released, fol- lowed by Nero a Metal in 1980. In 1989 Daniele took a step toward greater commercial success with the release of Mascalzone Latino, followed by 1991"s Un Uomo in Blues. 1993's Che Dio Ti Benedica (which had two tracks produced by Chick Corea), 1995"s Non Calpestare I Fiori Nel Deserto, 1997's Dimmi Cosa Succede SuUa Terra, and 2000's Medina. Two years later the singer teamed up with fellow Italian stars Francesco DeGregorl, Ron, and Fiorella Mannoia for a tour, captured on the appropriately tiffed In Tour. In 2005 Daniele released Iguana Caf. Between 2005 and 2010, Daniele re- leased three more studio albums: // Mio Nome e Pino Daniele e Vivo Qui, Ricomincio da 30 and Electric Jam. In 2010, Daniele released his 13 th studio album, Boog/e Boog/e Marl AMERICAN REPERTORY THEATER Oberon, 2 Arrow St., Harvard Sq., Cambridge, 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. TD GARDEN Causeway Street, Boston www.TDGarden.eom NEIL DIAMOND - June 23, 2012. Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee and 2011 Kennedy Center Honoree, will take his greatest hits on the road on a much-anticipated North American tour. Nell Diamond has had numerous hits including: "Forever in Blue Jeans," "Cherry, Cherry," "Sweet Caroline," "I'm a Believer," "Girl, You'll Be a Woman Soon," "You Don't Bring Me Flowers," "Red, Red Wine." "America" and many more. Nell's musical career spans nearly five decades. AEROSMITH- July 17 & 19, 2012. America's greatest rock and roll band, will start your summer sizzling and have you dancing around the fires of rock n' roll again. After blowing away audiences in South America and Ja- pan, the Bad Boys from Boston are back to rock America's soul, with The Global Warming Tour. The band cel- ebrated their fortieth anniversary in 2010 and shows no signs of slowing down anytime soon. This quintessen- tial live act truly defined rock and roU as we know it, bringing their heart- pounding sound and millions of fans to their feet over the past four de- cades. Aerosmlth are a living piece of American music history, having sold over 150 million albums worldwide and been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Cheap Trick will open the show. BANK OF AMERICA PAVILION 290 Northern Ave, Boston, MA AN EVENING WITH YANNI UNDER THE STARS -- Sunday, June 10. Of the artists who rose to popularity as part of the new age music boom of the 1980s and '90s, few (if any) enjoyed greater or more lasting success than Yannl. Compos- ing and performing instrumental mu- sic with a pronounced sense of drama, dynamics, and romanticism, Yanni broke through to a significantly larger audience than his peers, thanks to adult alternative radio airplay and a commanding performance style that attracted fans through frequent ap- pearances on public television as well as world-wlde concert tours. NORAH JONES -- Sunday, July 1. Norah Jones has set a May 1 release date for Little Broken Hearts (Blue Note/EMI), her stunning new album produced by Danger Mouse (aka Brian Burton). Jones has also revealed the album cover and track listing of the 12-song set, which features original songs co-wrltten by Jones and Bur- ton, Jones first emerged on the world stage 10 years ago with the 2002 re- lease of Come Away With Me, her self- described "moody little record" that introduced a singular new voice and grew into a global phenomenon, sweeping the 2003 Grammy Awards. LOWELL MEMORIAL AUDITORIUM 50 East Merrimack St., Lowell, MA 978-454-2299 HOME COMING FIGHT FEATUR- ING IRISH JOE MCCREEDY AND SEAN EKLUND -- May 9, 2012. CFC Promotions presents Home Coming Fight with local boxers Irish Joe McCreedy fighting for the USBO title and Scan Eklund will be taking on Joey Ortega on the undercard. Re- serve your tickets early because this is sure to be a sold out event. To re- serve tickets call (978) 761-8374 or email or visit or by contacting the Lowell Auditorium. THE BOSTON OPERA HOUSE 539 Washington St., Boston, MA 617-259-3400 DON QUIXOTE - April 26 through May 6, 2012. Rudolph Nureyev's ac- claimed production of Don Quixote was last performed by Boston Ballet in 2006. The production was originally staged on Boston Ballet by Nureyev himself in 1982 when Nureyev danced the leading role of Basilo, first in Boston and then on a tour of the U.S., Mexico and Europe. He first cho- reographed his version of Don Quixote in Vienna in 1966 and it would later become one of his great- est successes. Nureyev's Don Quixote is based on the Marius Petlpa- Alexander Gorsky production famil- iar to him from his days with the Kirov. The focus is not on Miguel de Cervantes' hero but on the romance between two of the novel's minor char- acters, Basilo and Kirtri. The produc- tion is danced to the score by Ludwig Minkus, arranged by John Lanchbery with sets and costumes by Nicholas Georgiadis. FANCY FREE -- May I0- 20, 2012. Fancy Free is headlined by Jerome Robblns' Fancy Free, and includes Peter Martins' Barber Violin Concerto and Harald Lander's Itudes. Robbins' Fancy Free was the master chore- ographer's first ballet, premiered on April 18, 1944. It would become one of his greatest successes and be one of the most popular ballets in Ameri- can history. The work marked the emergence of both Robbins' talent as a choreographer and the talents of a young composer, Leonard Bemstein. Fancy Free follows the story of sailors on shore leave getting into a bit of romantic mischief. The one-act bal- let has been referred to as "an hom- age to classical ballet training." The work begins simply with dancers at a barre and ends with a sequence of thrilling choreography. PARRIS ROOM @ NED DEVINE'S Faneuil Hall Market Place, 75 State St., Boston, MA 617-263-6887 ALL THE SINGLE LADIES -- Sat- urday evenings at 7:30 pm. The latest production from Boston's award-win- ning Improv Asylum, is perfect for groups of ladies looking for a wild night of comedy, dancing and a whole lot of excitement! During your night out, you will watch four friends set out for one last wild night out before one of them gets married. After a few drinks, old feuds and new secrets threaten their good time, and only some songs and dancing can help them work through it. The performers interact and dance with all the guests! Guests who are at the show to celebrate something will also be included in the show and may get more than they bargained for! This interactive dance party is a hilarious high-energy night from start to finish. "All the Single Ladies" will have you laughing, singing and dancing with all your BFFs and maybe leave with some new ones! This event is a 21+ show. JOHN F. KENNEDY PRESIDENTIAL LIBRARY AND MUSEUM Columbia Point, Boston, MA 866-JFK- 1960 ALAN BRINKLEY ON JFK -- May 15, 2012. Alan Brinkley, the Allan Nevins Professor of American History at Columbia University, discusses his new biography in The American Presi- dents Series, John F. Kennedy: The 35th President, 1961-1963, with his- torian Ellen Fitzpatrick. LBJ: FROM SENATE MAJORITY LEADER TO PRESIDENT, 1956- 1964 -- May 16, 2012. Pulitzer Prize winning-author Robert Caro dis- cusses the fourth volume in his biog- raphy of LBJ, The Passage of Power: The Years of Lyndon Johnson, with Pulitzer Prize-wlnning Boston Globe writer Mark Feeney. A CONVERSATION WITH CONAN O'BRIEN -- May 24, 2012. Conan O'Brien discusses the art of comedy. Seats are limited to two per person. HIGGINS ARMORY MUSEUM 100 Barber Ave., Worcester, MA The Higgins Armory Museum evolved from a PRIVATE COLLEC- TION OF ARMS AND ARMOR FROM MEDIEVAL AND RENAISSANCE EUROPE, FEUDAL JAPAN AND ANCIENT GREECE AND ROME into a world-renowned museum. Founder, John Woodman Higgins, a leading Worcester industrialist, spent a life- time building his collection. In 1929, he constructed a four-story building to house it, and in the same year, received a charter for a museum of historical and modem metal artifacts. The Armory's collection, displayed in a Gothic castle setting is extensive. The European portion consists of 3,000 armors and components, 1,000 weapons and accessories, 500 swords and daggers; 100 firearms; a tapestry, stained glass, paintings and wood carv- ings. In addition, the non-Western collection comprises 1,000 African, Islamic. Indian, and Japanese body defenses and arms. The four-story art deco Museum was one of the first all steel and glass curtain-wall structures built in America, and was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1980. On John Higgins' death in 1961, the building, collections and an endowment were given to the public. In 1979 the Museum passed out of the hands of the Higgins family and into the control of a public governing board. For more details, call 508-853- 6015 or visit