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POST-GAZETTE, JUNE 19, 2015 Page11 NOW PLAYING UPTOWN & DOWNTOWN You've seen them on Dancing with the Stars, now you can catch JULIANNE HOUGH & DEREK HOUGH live at the Wang Theatre. See DANCE SECTION for further details. TD GARDEN 100 Legends Way, Boston 617-624-1050 www.TDGarden.com NEW KIDS ON THE BLOCK, TLC & NELLY -- June 24, 2015. One of the world's best selling groups with a record 80 million albums sold world- wide, Jordan, Jonathan, Joey, Donnle 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, send- ing teens into a frenzy whilst hitting multi-platinum. Joining them will be the hugely successful 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. INDIAN RANCH 200 Gore Road, Webster, MA 508-943-3871 www.IndianRanch.com DWIGHT YOAKAM -- June 28, 2015. Few entertainers have attained the iconic status of Dwight Yoakam. He has sold more than 25 million al- bums worldwide, placing him in an elite cadre of global superstars. He has 12 gold albums and nine platinum or multi-platinum albums, including the triple-platinum "This Time". Five of those albums have topped Billboard's Country Albums chart with another 14 landing in the Top 10. More than 30 singles have charted, with 22 going Top 20, including the incom- parable hits *Honky Tonk Man," "Please Please Baby," *Little Ways," "I Sang Dixie," "It Only Hurts When I Cry," "Fast as You" and "Thousand Miles from Nowhere." He has won two Grammys and earned a stagger- ing 21 nominations. Yoakam's latest album, 3 Pears, exemplifies his ability to incorporate multiple, competing influences into a piece of cohesive art. U2--July 10 &ll, 14 & 15, 2015. Join U2 on their iNNOCENCE + eXPERIENCE Tour 2015. The band is heading out on the road again, play- ing 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 revealedI" FENWAY PARK 4 Yawkey Way, Boston, MA www.FenwayPark.TicketO ffice Sales.corn BILLY JOEL- July 16, 2015. Billy Joel defines consummate pop profes- sionalism to a T. From 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 ITALIAN RADIO PROGRAMS "The Sicilian Corner" -- i0:00 am to Noon every Friday 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.1110wccmanLcom. "Italia Oggl" -- Sundays 1 I:00 am to Noon with host Andrea Urdi 1460 AM. Go to www.1460WXBR.corn, "Dolce Vita Radio" -- DJ Rocco Mesiti 11:00 am-l:00 pm; Sundays 90.7 FM or online www.djrocco.com. "The Nick Franciosa Show" -- Sundays from Noon to 3:00 pm on WLYN 1360 AM and WAZN 1470 AM. "Guido Ollva Italian Hour" -- 8:00 am-9:00 am Sundays on WSRO 650 AM and online at www.wsro.corn, "Tony's Place" on MusicAmerica WPLM FM 99.1 -- Sundays 9:00 pm-10:00 pm on MusicAmerica. Host Ron Delia Chiesa presents Tony's Place. Visit www.MustcNotNoise.com. "L'Italia Chlamo Italian Radio Show" hosted by Stefano Marchese and Elisa Mcazzini -- Thursdays 3:00 pm-4:15 pm. Visit llto//ach/amo.eom, email: litaliachiamoshow@gmaiLcorr Tel. 857-334-0868. "IntervaUo Musicale" -- Sundays 10:00-10:30 am; Host Carmine Guarino on WUNR 1600 AM and online at www.wunr.com. 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- ing touring artists in the world and has a long-running franchise per- formance deal with Madison Square Garden. Having sold more than 150 million records over the past quar- ter century, he's ranked as one of the most popular recording artists and respected entertainers in modern history. 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 million-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 #1 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 T/me (by women) list, Time magazine has named her one of the 100 Most In 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. BLUE HILLS BANK PAVILION 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 catalogue! With the release in 1999 of Smooth, his collaboration with Santana, his solo career took off, leadlng to work with many artists, including Mick Jagger and Willy Nelson. His first solo album Someth/ng 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. 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 st annual production of free Boston theater. This year's performance revisits one of Shakespeare's most heart-rending yet ultimately uplifting 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 thinking 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. BOSTON OPERA HOUSE 539 Washington St., Boston, MA 617-259-3400 www.BostonOperaHouseOnline.com KINKY BOOTS -- August 11-30, 2015. Set in 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 underneath it all, we' re not so different. WILBUR THEATRE 246 Tremont St., Boston, MA 617-248-9700 www.TheWilburTheatre.com STEVE RANNAZZISI - COMEDY CENTRAL SPECIAL TAPINGS -- June 21, 2015. Actor/comedian Steve Rannazzisi plays "Kevin," the League Commissioner on FX's hit show The League. Rannazzisi got his first taste of television success in 2003 as one of the smart-ass cast members on MTV's Punk'd. After being recognized on stage by Ashton Kutcher at the Comedy Store in West Hollywood, Steve was quickly signed up for the show. Since then Steve has contin- ued to make audiences laugh in tele- vision, feature films and on comedy stages across the country. In addition to performing stand-up, his credits include guest starring in the FOX se- ries Kitchen Confidential, HBO's Sex/n the C/ty, and NBC's Third Watch. Steve has also performed on Comedy Central's Premium Blend, and ap- peared in the feature films Summer of Sam and For Your Consideration. KEVIN JAMES -- September 18, 2015. Kevin James, producer, co- writer, and star of the hit comedies Paul Blart: Mall Cop, Zookeeper and the recently released Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2, can also be seen in the upcoming ensemble sci-fi comedy P/xe/s. James began his career as a stand-up on the Long Island comedy scene. After be- ing discovered at the 1996 Montreal Comedy Festival, he signed a network development deal to create his own sitcom. The King of Queens, which pre- miered in 1998, ran for nine seasons on CBS with James starring and ex- ecutive producing, and it garnered him an Emmy nomination in 2006 for Out- standing Lead Actor in a Comedy Se- ries. The show concluded its run in 2007 but continues to air daily in syn- dication across the country and around the world. I n 2001, James brought his stand-up act to TV with Sweat the Small Stuff, a one-hour spe- cial for Comedy Central. In 2005, Kevin James and Ray Romano executive produced and starred in the HBO Sports Special Making the Cut: The Road to Pebble Beach; a documentary about the Pebble Beach Pro Am Golf Tournament that was nominated for a Sports Emmy. James made his fea- ture film debut in 2005 in Columbia Pictures' Hitch starring opposite Will Smith. Since, James headlined Here Comes The Boom, and starred along- side Adam Sandler in Grown Ups, Grown Ups 2, and I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry. In addition to his on-camera work, James's voice has been featured in the animated films Barnyard for Nick Movies, as well as Monster House, Hotel Transy and its upcoming sequel for Sony Pic- tures Animation. 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 live 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. BOSTON OPERA HOUSE 539 Washington St., Boston, MA 617-259-3400 www.BostonOperaHouseOnline.com NEWSIES -- June 23 through July 5, 2015. They delivered the papers, until they made the head- lines ... Direct from Broadway comes Newsies, 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 about!" (The New York Times). Filled with one heart-pound- ing number oiler 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. 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, ballroom, hip-hop, tap and every- thing 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 dancel MUSEUM OF SCIENCE 1 Science Park, Boston, MA 617-723-2500 www.MOS.org AIRPIANES: A WORLD IN FLIGHT -- Now through July 20, 2015. A/r- 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 film renews our ap- preciation for one of the most extraor- dinary and awe-inspiring aspects of the modern 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). BOSTON BRUINS FOUNDATION'S BOSTON HARBOR SUNSET CRUISE -- July 22, 6:00-9:00 pm. (boards at 5:30 pm). Provincetown II cruise ship, departing from World Trade Center Pier, 200 Seaport Boulevard, South Boston Waterfront. Experience Boston and its beauty while sailing the scenic harbor for an enjoyable evening of dancing and live music on the annual Boston Bruins Harbor Cruise. Purchase your tickets now to cruise for a cure as proceeds from this event will help raise funds for the 2015 Boston Bruins Foundation Pan-Massachu- setts Challenge Bike Team.* While onboard Bay State Cruise Lines' M/V Provincetown II, mix and mingle with the Ice Girls, Bruins alumni and spe- cial guests. Watch the sun set and enjoy the beauty of the Boston sky- line outlined with sunlight while en- joying the live music of Scott Damgaard. In addition, you'll also have the opportunity to walk away with one-of-a-kind silent auction and raffle items. ASSOCIAZIONE AMICI 17 Reardon Road, Medford, MA 781-395-0690 LEARN ITALIAN -- Registration will be held August 15 th and August 22 "d from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm. President Angelo Federico says Associazione Amici will focus on promoting the Ital- ian culture. "Associazione Amici in Italian means association of friends," he said. "With that in mind, we plan to hold various activities, such as encour- aging Italian education, fundraisers, offer scholarships, providing assistance to our members and families, hold- ing annual dinner dances, bocce tour- naments, family gatherings, etc. Associazlone Amlci members will receive a discounted rate. "r