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POST-GAZETTE, JUNE 16, 2017 PAGE 5 : A Frank De Paso uale Venture Express Yourselfs 23"d an- nual show, SOUL, that was performed at the Boch Center - Wang Theatre on Thursday, May 25th. Prior to the perfor- mance, Mass. Dept. of Mental Health and Express Yourself supporters hosted a reception in the Wang Theatre's down- stairs lobby for 200 Express Yourself partners, sponsors, and friends. Over 1,000 at- tended the performance, that was free and open to the public. Express Yourself Co-director Paula Conrad, center, with SOUL Committee members Therese Melden, left, and Debbie Ponn. SOUL, presented by the award-winning Express Your- self and the Massachusetts Department of Mental Health (DMH) in partnership with the Boch Center - Wang The- atre, features more than 200 youth performers with guest artists from Stomp, Boston soul www.de pasquaJeventures.com Boch Center President and CEO Joe Spaulding introduces the 23rd annual show on stage at the Wang. ExYo supporters Sara and Blair Villa. DMH's Dr. Janice LeBel (who has worked backstage for all 23 Express Yourself productions) and supporter Marion Freedman Gurspan. Express Yourself co-director Stan Strickland with Angela Perry, felt, and Regina Galarza. singer Toussalnt Liberator, the Boston Children's Chorus, the Joyspring Community Chorus directed by Jonathan Singleton, and the ITM dance Group. SOUL Committee member Tom Milbury, center, with guest artists Cammie Griffin and John Angeles from the Stomp National Tour. Express Yourselfs Program Coordinator Richard King and Mass. Dept. of Mental Health Dance Therapist Courtney Commissioner Joan Mikula Miranda backstage before the Claire Howley and Lexie and General Counsel Lester show. Belezos. Blumberg. Mar@ Bricco Seafood, Crudo & Oyster Bar Boutique Italian Cuisine 000 000 Mare Place 24} Hanover St, * 617,248,68(X) 223 Hgnover St, 617.723,MARE Trafforia II Panino Quattro Boston's ut Grille, Roslicceria & Pizzeria Original Trattoria OOO 000 266 Hanover St. * 617.720.0444 | 1 Parmenter St 617.720.1336 Sflzi Brlcco Panefferla Mediterranean Topos Bar Homemade Coming Soon Artisan B~eads OOO OOO 135 Richmond St. Bricco Place 241 Hanover St. 617.248.9859 Bricco Salumeria Gelateria 8, Cannoli & Pasta shoppe Factory Voted Bes! Sandwiches o o o Homemade Getato & Cannolis Bricco Place O O O 241 Hanover St. 617,248.9629 272 Hanover St. 64 Cross St. (next to Bricco Panetteria} 617.720,4243 NIT Louis ContT"ni, the Son of NANNA and BABBONONNO Turned 100 Lou "Uncle Gino" Contini and his wife Ninna. Last weekend, Lou Contini's birthday was celebrated by family and friends at Conrad's Restaurant in Sudbury. Lou, called "Uncle Gino" by his nephew, columnist John Christo- foro, is the last remaining member of the first generation of the Contini family born in America. Joining in the celebration were his wife, Ninna, his children, Richard and Donna, several grand- children, great-grandchildren, and a crowd composed of relatives, neighbors, and old friends. The enthusiastic finale of SOUL had the Wang Theatre audience on its feet. (Photos by Roger Farrington}