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POST-GAZETTE, MAY 20, 2011 Page 11 NOW PLAYING UPTOWN & DOWNTOWN LEGALLY LEGALLY BLONDE - This much fun shouldn't be legal: The hit comedy film of the same name is now on stage at North Shore Music Theatre! LEGALLY BLONDE tells the story of a woman who's far more than the typical blonde. Elle Woods, a Southern California sorority girl, is as headstrong as she is dainty. Her boyfriend goes off to Harvard Law School, leaving her for "someone serious." Not one to settle at this loss, Elle decides to get into Harvard Law and prove she's got what it takes to be some- one serious on her own terms. With great songs and fun dance numbers, and enormous heart, LEGALLY BLONDE, and Elle Woods, will charm North Shore Music Theatre audiences. Check out Theater Section for details. ITALIAN EVENTS & PROGRAMS NORTH SHORE MUSIC THEATRE 62 Dunham Road, Beverly, MA 2011 SEASON - My Fair Lady June 7-19, Tarzan July 12-24, Foot- loose! August 16-28, The King & I September 27-October 9, Legally Blonde November 1-13, A Christ- mas Carol December 2-23, Debbie Reynolds, July 27 & 28, Harvey Robbins' Royalty of Doo-Wopp August 6, Marie Osmond August 29, B.B. King September 1, Steve Tyrell September 10, Harvey Robbins' Royaly of Rock 'N Roll October 22, Pinocchio July 22, Snow White July 29, Cinderella's Wedding August 5, Little Red Riding Hood August 26, 2011. NSMT will continue to add concerts and special events throughout the season. For further information visit www.nsmt.org, con- tact the Box Office at 978-232-7200, or visit in person at 62 Dunham Road, Beverly, 01915. Gift certificates are also currently on sale through the box office. THE LYRIC STAGE COMPANY 140 Clarendon St., Boston, MA ANIMAL CRACKERS MADCAP MUSICAL MAYHEM! - Now through 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 www.lyricstage.com or call 617-585-5678 for tickets. LOEB DRAMA CENTER 64 Brattle St., Cambridge, MA THE GERSHWINS' PORGY AND BESS -August 17, 2011 - October 2, 2011. by George Gershwin, Dubose and Dorothy Heyward, and Ira Gershwinadapted by Suzan-Lori Parks and Diedre Murray; directed by Diane Paulus; choreographed by Ron K. Brown. In 1935, Porgy and Bess premiered at the Colonial Theater in Boston. Now, 76 years later, the A.R.T. brings back Porgy and Bess in a new production featuring internationally renowned stars Audra McDonald as Bess, Norm Lewis as Porgy, and David Alan Grier as Sporting Life. A.R.T. Ar- tistic Director and Tony Award nomi- nee Diane Paulus directs this revival adapted by Pulitzer Prize-winning play- wright Suzan-Lori Parks ITopdog/Un- derdog, The America Play, Venus) and OBIE-winning composer Diedre Murray (Running Man, Best of Both Worlds). This classic American tale is set in the 1930s in Catfish Row, a neighborhood in Charleston, South Carolina. Bess, beautiful and troubled, turns to Porgy, the crippled beggar, in search of safety after her possessive lover Crown commits murder. As Porgy and Bess's love grows, their future is threatened by Crown and the conniv- ing Sporting Life. This heartbreaking love story boasts some of the most fa- mous and beloved works from the Great American Songbook, including: "Summertime," "Bess, You Is My Woman," "It Ain't Necessarily So" and "I Loves You, Porgy." THREE PIANOS - August 17, 2011 - October 2, 2011. By Rick Burkhardt, Alcc Duffy and Dave Malloywith music from Franz Schubert's Winterreise, Op. 89, D911 (1828) directed by Rachel Chavkin The OBIE-winning hit music- theater event - that wowed audiences and critics alike in its sold-out runs at the Ontological-Hysteric Theater and New York Theatre Workshop - is a theatrical explosion of Franz Schubert's song cycle Winterreise. Filled with fantastical touches and inventive arrangements, Three Pianos is a colorful and imaginative evening exploring Schubert's music, life, and times. Set on a blustery winter night, three friends, each manning a piano, ! ' the audience through fragments of Schubert's famous work while grap- pling with fundamental questions about the nature of music and drink- ing too much. The three pianists slip into a wild reenactment of a "Schubertiad," a musical salon party thrown by Schubert and his friends, connecting the two groups through the centuries. An evening of hilarity and heartbreak unfolds, in which the audience is invited to the party. Com- positional mayhem, shifting rivalries, and some unfortunate butchery of the German language ensue. AS YOU LIKE IT - December 7, 2011 - January 8, 2012. By William Shakespearefeaturing members of The A.R.T./MXAT Institute for Ad- vanced Theater Training Class of 2012 "All the world's a stage, and all the men and women merely players" in Shakespeare's beloved pastoral comedy As You Like It. This classic tale follows Rosalind and her friend Celia's escape from a deadly con- spiracy into nature's wild, liberating arms. What follows is an unconven- tional romance with everything from wrestling matches to cross-dressing shepherds culminating in a finale so joyful that spring will seem just around the corner. Building on the success of the 2010 -2011 Season's sold-out Alice vs. Wonderland on the Loeb Mainstage, As You Like It will feature members of the graduat- ing Institute Class of 2012. For more information call 617-547-8300 or log onto www.americanrepertorytheater.org. .You may also join as a 2010/2011 sub- scriber to receive discounts and special promotions. CITIWANG THEATRE 270 Tremont St., Boston, MA DEEP PURPLE: THE SONGS THAT BUILT ROCK - June 7, 2011 at 8 pro. This is Deep Purple's first tour in North America in four years and will feature classic members Ian Gillan (lead vocals), Roger Glover (bass) and Ian Paice (drums, percus- sion) along with Steve Morse (guitar) and Don Airey (keyboards). It will also be the bands first time in North America with a symphony orchestra. Throughout its career, DEEP PURPLE -- who formed in England in 1968 and released their debut album that year--has sold over 100 million albums worldwide. Iconic hits include "Smoke On The Water," "Highway Star," "Space Truckin'," "Hush" and "My Woman From Tokyo." Log onto www.telecharge.com for tickets. OLD SOUTH CHURCH'S CHAPEL 645 Boylston St., Boston, MA ALLA COHEN PRESENTS: "AN EVENING CONCERT OF OPERA- BUFFA AND INSTRUMENTAL CHAMBER ENSEMBLES" FEATUR- ING THE CUNNING HOUSEKEEPER - Tuesday, June 7 at 7:30 PM. Alla Elana Cohen is a distinguished composer, pianist, music theorist and teacher who came from Russia to the United States in 1989. She had received her education in Moscow, graduating from The Moscow State Tchaikovsky Conservatory with the highest honors of distinction. In December of 2010, The National Academy of Music's Greece office in conjunction with the Municipal Conservatories in Neapolis and Sykies, Greece awarded Ms. Cohen the International Prize for Excellence in Composition. Tickets are available now at www.allacohen.tix.eom and some will also be available at the door. For further information, call 617-536-1970. 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 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 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. Log onto www.ticketmaster.com for tickets or call 800-745-3000. SYMPHONY HALL 301 Mass Ave., Boston, MA HOORAY FOR HOLLYWOOD - May 25, 2011 at 8PM. Our own Boston Pops Laureate Conductor, John Williams, the brilliant composer and conductor behind films includ- ing Jaws, Star Wars, Indiana Jones, and the Harry Potter series, brings 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 premiere of Williams' Concerto for Oboe, written for Pops principal oboist Keisuke Wakao. Log onto www.bso.org. SCULLERS JAZZ CLUB 400 Soldiers Field Rd., Boston, MA REBECCA PARRIS WITH MIKE TURK - Friday, May 27, 2011 at 8pm. Rebecca Parris was born in Newton, Massachusetts. She was born of a fam- ily of musicians and educators. Her parents encouraged her to pursue the study of music. She studied with world-famous vocal coach, Blair MacClosky (her uncle) and attended the Boston Conservatory. Rebecca started her professional career in music working with various top 40's bands in the Northeast. She found that she preferred singing jazz and embarked upon a career in the jazz world. Rebecca has performed all over the world with her own groups, as well as with some of jazz's greatest legends, including Dizzy Gillespie, Buddy Rich, Woody Herman, Terry Gibbs, David "Fathead" Newman, Norman Simmons. Harold Jones, Andy Simpkins, Gerry Wiggins, Bill Cunliffe, Red Mitchell, Buster Cooper, Nat Pierce, and many others. Rebecca's other passion is teaching, both in a private, one-on-one and workshop/clinic setting. Her lessons and workshops focus on technique, performance and the "business" side of music, as well as lyric delivery and scat/improvisation. Rebecca's latest release is "You Don't Know Me" on the Saying It With Jazz label. Rebecca performs some well-chosen standards with her long-time trio: Brad Harfield, piano; Peter Kontrimas, bass; and Matt Gordy, drums, plus guest artists Jerry Bergonzi and Houston Person on tenor saxophone and Gary Burton on vibes. Call 617-562-4111 or www.scullersjazz.com for tickets. SPINELLI'S FUNCTION FACILITY Route One South, Lynnfield, MA NORTH END REUNION - Thurs- day, September 22, 2011 at 6PM. Enjoy music from the 50's and 60's. Join your friends who grew up in the North End for fun times and memo- ties. Contact Lolly Ciampa at 781-938- 9254 or RoRo DeMarco at 781-284-5945. ITALIAN RADIO PROGRAMS "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" Sundays 1PM to 2PM with host Andrea Urdi 1460 AM www. 1460WXBR.com. "Dolce Vita Radio" DJ Rocco Mesiti 11AM-1PM Sundays 90.7 FM or online www.djrocco.com. "The Nick Franeiosa 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.wsro.com. "Don Giovanni Show" Saturday mornings from 6AM-8AM and Sunday evenings 5PM-7PM on 950 AM WROL. www. dongiovannishow, com. "Tony's Place" on MusicAmerica WPI,M FM 99. I - Every Sunday night from 9 to 10pm 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, www.MusicNotNoise.com "Radio Italia Unita" - Every Thurs- day from 2-3PM on www.zumLx.org/ radio or Runes, college radio click on Zumix. For more information log onto www.italiaunita.org DANTE ALIGHIERI SOCIETY 41 Hampshire St., Cambridge MA GIACOMO PUCCINI EXHIBIT - May 22 -29, 2011. Monday, May 23 to Sunday, May 29 from 1:00 pm to 7:00 pro: The exhibit will be free and open to the public. Sunday, May 22 at 4:00 pro: 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 pro: "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 admissir ,, urday, May 28, at 8:00 pm: "CI:, aw THE PEABODY ESSEX MUSEUM 161 Essex Street, Salem, MA PERFECT IMBALANCE, EXPLOR- ING CHINESE AESTHETICS - Now through December 31, 2011. 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 art made in China for the export market. WRITTEN ON THE WAVES: SHIPBOARD LOGS AND JOURNALS - Now through October I, 2012. Delve into the world of maritime manuscripts. Explore the log books of 18th-century sea captains as they voyaged around the globe re- cording extraordinary details of their adventures. For more info log onto www.pem.org or call 1- 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 music 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 metamorphosis set to music. ONCE explores the quality of time, space and memory, challenging the idea of permanence of any physical object. The erasing of the finished paintings assigns them the temporary dimen- sion of music. ONCE is a tribute and reflection on the power of constant change. Call 617-566-1401 or log onto www.gardnennuseum.org for a complete list of exhibits, including a schedule of musical and special events. Fanciullaj 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. For more info log onto www. dantealighieri, net / cambridge or you may call 617-876-5160. CONSULATE OF ITALY, BOSTON 600 Atlantic Ave 17th ft. Boston, MA ARTIST FRANCA DIPIETRO ART DISPLAY - "Notes On An American Journey". Now through June 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 divides the 20-work collection into four diverse series that she painted between 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 together with her "love of gray," a color that she says fascinates her and relates to her appreciation of Danish art. "I'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. For further information, please log onto the Consulate websie at www.consboston.esteri.it ARTIST'S BOSTON STUDIO 450 Harrison Ave, #223B, Boston MA MARIAN DIOGUARDI PRESENTS TEN NEW PAINTINGS - Every first Friday 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 showcased. Marian Dioguardi was born and raised in the Italian- American neighborhood of urban East Boston. She pursued her childhood ambition, art, only after a more tra- ditional career in education gave way to more colorful careers including undercover investigations and gem stone buying. For further informa- tion please visit her website at www.mariandioguardi.com