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POST-GAZETTE, APRIL 29, 2011 Page 11 NOW PLAYING UPTOWN & DOWNTOWN ITALIAN EVENTS & PROGRAMS The Dante Alighieri Society, The Boston Chapter of the Associazione Lucchesi nel Mondo and the Fondazione Giacomo Puccini proudly present "Puccini e Lucca nel Mondo," an exhibit on the composer Giacomo Puccini. Check out Italian Special Events and Programs for details. THE LYRIC STAGE COMPANY 140 Clarendon St., Boston, MA ANIMAL CRACKERS MADCAP MUSICAL MAYHEMI - May 6 - June 4, 2011. Hilarity ensues in this classic Marx Brothers musical when Mrs. Rittenhouse's swanky house party honoring the African explorer 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. For more info log onto or call 1-800-745-3000. TD GARDEN Causeway St., Boston, MA JOSH GROBAN - July 26, 2011. This is Groban's first full-scale global arena tour since 2007, when the in- ternationally 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 a theater experience to an arena setting through stage design, lighting, and projection, as well as through the spontaneity and interactivity 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 inter- act with audiences and perform fa- vorites from his best-selling albums, including his self-titled debut, Closer, and Awake, as well as songs from Illu- minations. Released by 143/Reprlse Records on November 15th, Illumina- tions debuted at No. 4 on Billboard's Top 200 chart (Groban's fourth con- secutive Top 5 chart bow), selling 191,337 units in its first week. Enter- tainment Weekly declared that "Illu- minations might be Groban's hand- somest effort yet." USA Today raved: *Illuminations yields glowing music. Sturdy, deeply per-sonal statements, brimming with poignancy.* Log onto for tickets or call 800-745-3000. SYMPHONY HALL 301 MASS AVE., BOSTON, MA LINDA EDER SINGS JUDY GAR- LAND- May 11. 12 and 13 at 8 PM. Linda Eder is coming back to Boston! Enjoy the sounds of Judy Garland at this special event! Eder will sing such favorites as "By Myself," "Almost Like Being In Love," "Zingl Went the Strings of My Heart." and "Over the Rainbow." HOORAY FOR HOLLYWOOD - May 25, 2011 at 8PM. Our own Boston Pops Laureate Conductor, John Wil- liams, the brilliant composer and con- ductor behind films including Jaws, Star Wars, Indiana Jones, and the Harry Potter series, brings you a night of some of the most memorable movie music and film clips of all time with special emphasis on the villians and heroes we've all grown to love. The concert also features the world pre- miere of Williams' Concerto for Oboe, written for Pops principal oboist Keisuke Wakao. MARDI GRAS - May 17, 2011 8:00 PM. The Boston Pops pays tribute to the music of Mardi Gras celebrations from around the world, including New Orleans and Rio de Janeiro. Globe- trotting jazz ambassadors the Dukes of Dixieland join the Pops to infuse strands of pop, gospel, and country with authentic New Orleans sounds and songs like "Honky Tonk Train Blues" and "When The Saints Go Marching In." The program will also include a brand new medley about the glories of food called "What's Cookin'V For tickets and more information log onto SANDERS THEATRE 45 Quincy St., Cambridge, MA BENJAMIN ZANDER AND THE BOSTON PHILHARMONIC TO PRESENT SPRING CONCERT SE- - Sunday, May 1 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 Shostakovich: Second Cello Concerto with Special Guest cel- list Natalia Gutman, and Prokofiev: Romeo and Juliet. 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 wonderful 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 area. Join us for a memorable evening com- plete with a full-course Italian dinner and wonderful music by great Italian composers. Featuring Soloists Diana McVey, Soprano, Ray Bauwens, Tenor. Celebrating lhe works of Vincenzo Bellini Eduardo di Capua Pietro Mascagni Amilcure Ponchielli Giacomo Puccini Gioachino Rossini, Giuseppe Verdi. The Waltham Philhar- monic 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. To pur- chase tickets, please log on to or contact Sally Collura at 781-838-1130. THE PEABODY ESSEX MUSEUM 161 Essex Street, Salem, MA PERFECT IMBALANCE, EXPLOR- ING CHINESE AESTHETICS - Now through December 31, 2011. Objects included reveal key aesthetic clues that define the art of China, and dis- tinguish It from aftproduced by neighboring regions. For more infor- mation log onto SPINELLI'S FUNCTION FACILITY Route One South, Lynnfleld. MA NORTH END REUNION - Thurs- day, September 22, 2011 at 6PM. En- joy music from the 50's and 60's. Join your friends who grew up in the North End for fun times and memo- ries. Contact Lolly Ciampa at 781-938- 9254 or RoRo DeMarco at 781-284- 5945. Tickets Available in May. FOXWOODS CASINO BUS TRIP - Sunday, May 15, 201 I. An East Bos- ton Kiwanis fundraiser to benefit the New England Foundation/Kiwanis Trauma Institute (KPTI). Bus leaves from the Salesian's Boys & Girls Club at 7:30 AM. Bus returns at 7:30 PM. Tickets include bus ride, keno voucher and buffet vouchers. No refunds. Please call Marisa DiPietro at 617-650- 3442 for more information. ITALIAN RADIO PROGRAMS "The Sicilian Comer" 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 IPM to 2PM with host Andrea Urdi 1460 AM www. "Dolce Vita Radio" DJ Rocco Meslti I1AM-1PM 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 www, "Don Giovanni Show" Saturday mornings from 6AM-SAM and Sunday evenings 5PM-7PM on 950 AM WROL. www. dongiovannishow, com. "Tony's Place" on MusicAmerica WPLM FM 99.1 - Every Sunday night from 9 to 10pro 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, "Radio Italia Unita" - Every Thurs- day from 2-3PM on radio or Itunes, college radio click on Zumix. For more information log onto DANTE ALIGHIERI SOCIETY 41 Hampshire St., Cambridge MA GIACOMO PUCCINI EXHIBIT - May 22 -29, 201 I. Monday. May 23 to Sunday, May 29 from I:00 pm to 7:00 pm: The exhibit will be free and open to the public. Sunday, May 22 at 4:00 pm: Grand Opening ceremony; There is an admission fee. Program for the ceremony: Keynote speaker Gabriella Biagi Ravenni. Pianist Matt Aucoin, tenor Brian Landry, and sopranos Barbara Quintiliani and Lisa Tamagini will perform a selection of arias from Puccini's operas. Refresh- ments, wine and canapes will be served. Tuesday, May 24, at 7:00 pm: "Puccini at the Pictures," a lecture by Prof. Deborah Burton with piano ac- companiment and soprano Chelsea Basler from the Boston University Opera Institute. Free admission. Sat- urday, May 28, at 8:00 pro: "Oh Soave Fanciulla," a performance by sopra- nos Margaret Felice, Christine Tee- ters, Rebecca Teeters, Natalie Polito and Jennifer Hoffman from the Bos- ton Opera Collaborative. Free admis- sion. Visit cambridge or call 617-876-5160. 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 lhat brings together theatre and contemporary art and creates an innovative, magical rela- tionship between children and per- formers." The wondrous, other worldly "sensory gardens" of Farfalle, take au- diences on a magnificent journey through a literal and symbolic story of a butterfly's life cycle. In Butter- flies the audience is immersed in the many folds of this life, *told" by two dancers moving inside a sensitive environment made of music and digi- tal images. For tickets 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. 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/Emarey), a collection of 14 hauntingly beautiful melodies, with the legendary 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 head- phones, no over dubs," Gambarini re- members. "The sound would be just what you would hear had you been in some-one's living room playing among friends." That is the magic of Hank Jones. Call 617-562-4111 or for tickets. CONSULATE OF ITALY, BOSTON 600 Atlantic Ave 17th fl Boston, MA ARTIST FRANCA DIPIETRO ART DISPLAY - "Notes On An American Journey". Now through May 6, 2011. The Italian-born painter has lived in the United States for eight years, but for her entire career, she has taken stylistic inspiration from the tonali- ties traditionally found in northern European 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. "I've always taken an interest in women and their world," says Di Pieiro, who pays homage to one of her heroines, Louisa May Alcott, by depicting her with the "fabulous" olden dome of the State House in the background. Log on to for more information. A ROMANCE. A ROBBERY. A MYSTERY. NOTHING IS WHAT IT SEEMS. "THE BEST MOVIE OF ITS SINCE 'TELL NO ONE!' You may want to see it a second or even a third time to decipher its secrets... you don't want it to end' 'i ] --Stephen Holdcn, THE NEW YORK TIMES . v 771,, [ '"'"! A twisty Italian thriller that keeps us guessing.., deliciously, maliciously deft" lo Neumaier, DAILY NEWS THE FIUPPO TIMI OUB00E "OUR START FRIDAY, APRIL 29 lWc,-,b,s?u"u 1'...,o..BCl'O-oN Clllr=l I