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POST-GAZETTE, MAY 22, 2015 Page 11 NOW PLAYING UPTOWN & DOWNTOWN pr COMEDY Don't miss New Kids on the Block with TIC and Nelly, live at TD Garden. See MUSIC section for further details. TD GARDEN 100 Legends Way, Boston 617-624-1050 www.TDGarden.com BETTE MIDLER -- June 12, 2015. More than 40 years after her debut album, Bette Midler continues to own the stage no matter where she per- forms, thanks to her charismatic pres- ence and divine voice. With several classics in her catalog including "The Rose," "Do You Want to Dance," "Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy," and "Wind Beneath My Wings." Seize the oppor- tunity to see the legendary Bette Midler sing llve. BARRY MANILOW -- June 16, 2015. Prom No. 1 hits to multi-Platl- num-selling albums and numerous awards, this Brooklyn-born singer- songwriter's skills have captivated fans around the world for decades with such hits as "Mandy," "I Write the Songs," "Looks Like We Made It," "Could It Be Magic," "Can't Smile Without You" and "Copacabana (At the Copa)." Get your Barry Manilow tickets to experience the legendary artist live in concert. NEW KIDS ON THE BLOCK, TIC & NELLY -- June 24, 2015. One of the world's best selling groups with a record 80 million albums sold world- wide, Jordan, Jonathan, Joey, Donnie and Danny disbanded in 1994 much to the dismay of their fans. Their catchy Hip Hop and R&B-tinged POP was seemingly no more ... Now they're back and ready to take on the U.S. as they embark on The Main Event tour, featuring their greatest hits and a host of special guests. Late 80's heartthrobs New Kids on the Block were the first of the era's boybands to make a name for themselves, break- ing hearts and sending teens into a frenzy whilst hitting mufti-platinum. Joining them will be the hugely suc- cessful Urban Soul outfit TLC, one of the top-selling female R&B groups of all time, and Grammy Award-winning rapper Nelly, a force to be reckoned with on the Hip Hop and R&B scene. U2-- Jnly 10& 11, 14& 15, 2015. Join U2 on their iNNOCENCE + eXPERIENCE Tour 2015. The band are heading out on the road again, play- ng indoor arenas for the first time in a decade. The iNNOCENCE + eXPERIENCE Tour will see U2 play 19 cities worldwide with pairs of shows in each city. Special shows are being planned for Dublin for the end of next year to benefit the U2-initiated Music Generation project and details will follow once they are finalized. "We are going to try to have a completely different feeling from night one to night two," said Bono, "and have some fun playing with the idea of innocence and expe- rience. More to be revealedV FENWAY PARK 4 Yawkey Way, Boston, MA www. FenwayPark.TieketO ffice Sales.corn BILLY JOEL- July 16, 2015. Billy Joel defines consummate pop profes- sionalism to a T. Prom start to finish, Joel is known for providing a reliably buoyant, bounding performance at his gigs and is eager to thrill his adoring audience with upbeat renditions of his old favorites, such as A Matter of Trust, Big Shot, It's Still Rock and Roll to Me, Keeping the Faith, Movin" Out {Anthony's Song), My Life, New York State of Mind, Only the Good Die Young and P/ano Man, just to name a few. Joel is one of the highest gross- ITALIAN RADIO PROGRAMS "The Sicilian Corner" -- 10:00 am to Noon every Priday with hosts Tom Zappala and Mike Lomazzo and "The Italian Show" with Nunzio DiMarca every Sunday from 9:00 am to Noon. Go to www.1110corrL "Italia Oggl" -- Sundays 11:00 am to Noon with host Andrea Urdi 1460 AM. Go to www.1460WXBR.corrL "Dolce Vita Radio? -- DJ Rocco Mesiti 11:00 am-l:00 pm; Sundays 90.7 FM or online, www.djroa.conu "The Nick Franciosa Show" -- Sundays from Noon to 3:00 pm on WLYN 1360 AM and WAZN 1470 AM. "Guido OIiva Italian Hour" -- 8:00 am-9:00 am Sundays on WSRO 650 AM and online at www.wsro.com. "Tony's Place" on MusieAmeriea WPLM FM 99.1 -- Sundays 9:00 pm-10:00 pm on MusicAmerlca. Host Ron Della Chiesa presents Tony's Place. Visit www.MusicNotNoise.corrL "L'Italia Chlamo Italian Radio Show" hosted by Stefano Marchese and Elisa Meazziui -- Thursdays 3:00 pm-4:15 pm. Visit/ita//ach/amo.com; emall: /tta//ach/amoshow@gma/Lcom. Tel. 857-334-0868. "Intervallo Musicale" -- Sundays 10:00-10:30 am; Host Carmine Guarino on WUNR 1600 AM and online at www.wunr.corra ing touring artists in the world and has a long-running franchise perfor- mance deal with Madison Square Gar- den. Having sold more than 150 mil- lion records over the past quarter cen- tury, he's ranked as one of the world's most popular recording artists and re- spected entertainers in modem history. BLUE HILLS BANK 290 Northern Ave., Boston, MA www.LiveNation.com ROB THOMAS -- August 5, 2015. The Grammy winning Matchbox Twenty front-man is back with a brand new solo record and Summer tour! Get ready for an evening in the company of this charismatic crooner, with his soaring, infectious rock-in- fused pop cataloguel With the release in 1999 of Smooth his collaboration with Santana, his solo career took off, leading to work with many artists, including Mick Jagger and Willy Nelson. His first solo album Something To Be hit the billboard top spot, with hooky tunes and hard-edged an- thems. Now the nicest guy in music is on course to release his third album The Great Unknown some time this year. GILLETTE STADIUM 1 Patriot Place, Foxborough, MA 800-543-1776 www.GilletteStadium.com TAYLOR SWIFT -- July 24-25, 2015. Swift, who writes all of her own songs, is a global superstar, seven- time GRAMMY winner and the young- est winner in history of the music industry's highest honor, the GRAMMY Award for Album of the Year. Swift is the only artist in music his- tory to have an album (2010's Speak Now, 2012's RED and 2014's 1989) hit the 1 miflion-plus first-week sales fig- ure three times. She is the first artist since the Beatles (and the only fe- male artist in history) to log six or more weeks at #I in the U.S. with three consecutive studio albums. Taylor has an album on Rolling Stone's presti- gious The 50 Greatest Albums of All Time (by women) list, Time magazine has named her one of the 100 Most In.puential People in the world, and she is Billboard's youngest-ever Woman of the Year and the only artist to have been awarded this honor twice. Swift has career record sales in excess of 30 million albums and almost 80 million song downloads worldwide, and has had singles top both the pop and country radio charts around the globe. MUSEUM OF FINE ARTS, 465 Huntington Avenue, Boston 617-267-9300 www.MFA.org LEONARDO DA VINCI AND THE IDEA OF BEAUTY -- Now through June 14, 2015. In an intimate exhi- bition featuring master drawings by Leonardo da Vinci and Michelangelo, the star is a study of an angel that the art historian Sir Kenneth Clark called "the most beautiful ... in the world." Leonardo da Vinci's accom- plishments in art and science find their common ground in his drawings, into which he poured the full fervor of his intelligence and creative pow- ers. Throughout his career, Leonardo experimented with various types of drawings: scientific studies, grotesque caricatures of craggy faces, and the most beautiful faces of men and women that he could imagine. Many of Leonardo's most admired drawings are featured in this rich and varied selection of 29 sheets and a manu- script, opening on April 15, fittingly Leonardo's birthday. One revelation for visitors will be the rarely displayed Codex on Flight, one of Leonardo's most perceptive scientific explora- tions, with its nearly hidden self-por- trait of Leonardo as a young man, a recent discovery. The exhibition fea- tures rare loans from a number of Ital- ian public collections, including the Uffizi Museum in Florence, the Biblioteca Reale in Turin, and the Casa Buonarroti, the ancestral prop- erty of Michelangelo in Florence, which has lent eight drawings by that master. MUSEUM OF SCIENCE 1 Science Park, Boston, MA 617-723-2500 www.MOS.org AIRIKANI: A WORLD IN FL/GHT -- Now through July 20, 2015. Air- planes: A World in Flight is a story about how the airplane has changed the world. Not long ago, traveling be- tween continents was a migration. Now, on any given day, I00,000 flights transport people and things between any two points on Earth in a matter of hours. Filmed in 18 countries across all 7 continents, it explores the count- less ways aviation affects our lives (even when we don't fly). With stun- ning visuals, the f'llm renews our ap- preciatlon for one of the most extraor- dinary and awe-inspiring aspects of the modem world. The documentary is produced and directed by Brian J. Terwilliger (One Six Right), narrated by Harrison Ford, and features an origi- nal score by Academy Award winning composer James Horner {Avatar, Titanic). WILBUR THEATRE 246 Tremont St., Boston, MA 617-248-9700 www.TheWllburTheatre.com NICK OFFERMAN: GUMPTION BOOK TOUR -- May 29, 2015. In his bestselling first book and comedic memoir, Paddle Your Own Canoe, Nick Offerman called on readers to put down their smart phones, study sy- camore leaves, and embrace good old- fashioned elbow grease. In his new book, GUMPTION: Relighting the Torch of Freedom with America's Gutsiest Troublemakers, Offerman has turned his focus to twenty-one notable per- sonages, past and present, whose lives have inspired him and whose contri- butions have helped make America the great country it is today. SYMPHONY HALL 34 Court Street, Springfield, MA 413-788-7083 www.SymphonyHall.com RON WHITE NUTCRACKER TOUR- May 29, 2015. Comedian Ron "Tater Salad" White first rose to fame as the cigar-moklng, scotch-drinking funnyman from the Blue Collar Com- edy Tour phenomenon, but now as a chart-topping Grammy-nominated comedian and a featurue film actor, Ron White has established himself as a star in his own right. White has al- ways been a classic storyteller. His stories relay tales from his real life, ranging from growing up in a small town in Texas to sharing stories of his daffy life to becoming one of the most successful comedians in America. Ron White began perform- ing comedy in 1986 and was quickly opening for legendary comedians Sam Kinison and Jeff Foxworthy. After eventually becoming a comedy club headliner, in 2000 White was asked to Join the Blue Collar Comedy Tour alongside Jeff Foxworthy, Bill Engvall and Larry the Cable Guy. The show toured for over three years to sold- out audiences. REGENT THEATRE 7 Medford Street, Arlington, MA 781-646-4849 www.RegentTheatre.com JOE AVATA: Back to Basics -- June 6, 2015. Joe Avati's comedy is unique in that he performs both English and Italian. He has that unique ability to be able to say the things that everyone thinks but no one articulates in their everyday speak. At the end of his concerts you will hear his audiences in the lobby belt out "everything he says is so true" and on the way home they will recount and hence relive their own childhood stories so in essence the Joe Avati experience continues long after the curtain has come down. BOSTON OPERA HOUSE 539 Washington St., Boston, MA 617-259-3400 www.BostonOperaHouseOnline, corn NEWSIES -- June 23 through July 5, 2015. They delivered the papers, until they made the head- lines ... Direct from Broadway comes Newsles, the smash-hit, crowd- pleasing new musical from Disney. Winner of the 2012 Tony Awards for Best Score and Best Choreogra- phy, Newsies has audiences and critics alike calling it "A musical worth singing aboutI" (The New York Times). Filled with one heart-pound- ing number after another, it's a high- energy explosion of song and dance you just don't want to miss. Based on true events, Newsies tells the captivating story of a band of under- dogs who become unlikely heroes when they stand up to the most powerful men in New York. It's a rousing tale about fighting for what's right ... and staying true to who you are. i CITI PERFORMING ARTS CENTER, WANG THEATRE 270 Tremont Street, Boston, MA 617-482-9393 www.CitiCenter.org MOVE LIVE ON TOUR: JULIANNE HOUGH & DEREK HOUGH -- July 7, 2015. You've seen them on Dancing with the Stars and now Julianne and Derek Hough take their incredible dance talent across the USA on their first ever U.S, tour[ There is guaran- teed to be something for every kind of dance enthusiast as the Hough's dance repertoire includes salsa, ball- room, hip-hop, tap and everything in-between. These live shows will showcase the hottest live dance styles and routines, as well as chances for you to learn some moves and join in. They'll also feature an array of dazzling sets and costumes plus a host of support dancers. Get ready to dance! THE CROSBY WHISTLE STOP 24 Roland Street, Charlestown, MA 978-884-7690 www.BostonSwingCentral.com SWING DANCE EVERY FRI- DAY NIGHT -- Come and check out Boston's most exciting swing dance. Conveniently located in Sullivan Square less than a five minute walk from the T. Free parking is available. A killer line up of DJ's and llve bands every Friday night. Beautiful 3,000 sq ft dance hall with exposed brick. A beginner lesson is included in the price of admission from 8:00-9:00 pm prior to social dancing from 9:00 pm- 12:00 am. No partner or prior experi- ence is required. All ages and dance levels welcome. EMERSON COLONIAL THEATRE 106 Boylston Street, Boston, Mix www.CitiCenter.org IN THE MOOD -- Now through May 24, 2015. Hop aboard the =Chat- tanooga Choo Choo" to "1xedo Junc- tion" and get "In the Mood" to hear a "Moonlight Serenade" performed by a 13-piece Big Band and a half dozen singer-dancers with some hot boogie woogie with In The Moodl In The Mood is a fully staged tribute to Glenn Miller, Tommy Dorsey, The Andrews Sisters and big band greats of the '40s. Com- plete with period costumes and cho- reography, In The Mood celebrates America's greatest generation that listened and boogied to up-tempo big band rhythms and danced to intimate ballads. Experience the jazzy, brassy, sentimental and patriotic music of the World War II era. BOSTON OPERA HOUSE 539 Washington St., Boston, MA 617-259-3400 www.BostonOperaHouseOnline, corn KINKY BOOTS -- August 11-30, 2015. Set in the provincial Northampton, England, London- bound Charlie Price is surprised to suddenly inherit his beloved father's shoe factory and even more surprised to find that handmade men's dress shoes are no longer quite as in vogue as they used to be. Facing closure, a dejected Charlie chances upon Lola, the charismatic, brassy and fabulous drag queen and finds himself forming an unlikely business partnership, creating custom shoes for drag queens, which will change their lives forever. Based on a true story, Kinky Boots is the uplifting story of unlikely friendship, finding your passion, overcoming prejudice and recognising that undemeath it all, we're not so different. BOSTON COMMON Parkman Bandstand, Boston, MA SHAKESPEARE ON THE COM- MON- July 22-August 9, 2015. Get ready for a magical evening of Shakespeare on the Common 2015 as the Commonwealth Shakespeare Company stages King Lear, its 21 =t annual production of flee Boston theater. This year's performance revisits one of Shakespeare's most heart-rending yet ultimately upli_Pdng tragedies involving divided family loyalties, the ravages of old age, madness, greed, love, and the power of redemption. There's nothing more perfect than enjoying one of these wonderful Shakespeare on the Common performances under the stars on a balmy Boston summer evening. Bring a blanket to sit on, and get ready to be entertained, to have your think-ing challenged in new ways, and to listen to the thrilling language of Shakespeare, as meaningful today as when he wrote this play four centuries ago.