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POST-GAZETTE, JUNE 20, 2014 Page 11 NOW PLAYING UPTOWN & DOWNTOWN Don't miss hilarious comedian, Mike Birbiglia, this summer: Check the COMEDY section for more details. TD GARDEN ! I00 Legends Way, Boston 617-624-1050 LADY GAGA -- June 30. One of the top global toung acts of our time, having sold nearly 4 million tickets during her first 3 tours, Lady Gaga is hitting the road in support of her new album ARTPOP. Live Nation Global Touring announced that Lady Gaga's artRave: The ARTPOP Ball will begin May 4th in Ft. Lauderdale. The tour will include several cities that have not hosted Lady Gaga before as well as cities that missed her tour in 2013 following a hip injury, which forced her to cancel. GILLETTE STADIUM I Patriot Place, Foxborough, MA (800) 543-1776 JAY-Z & BEYONCE m July 1. On the Run Tour: Beyonc and Jay Z in partnership with #BeyGood benefit- ting the Shawn Carter Foundation. Jay-Z and Beyonce are heading out On the Run this Summer, bringing their superstar talent to stadiums across the nation. Easily this generation's most iconic power couple, Mr. and Mrs. Carter have teased us since 2008 by making guest appearances on each other's solo albums, but this is the first time you can see the two together in one flawless show, which will in- clude smash collaborations such as Crazy in Love, Deja Vu and the epic Drunk in Love. A dream come true for fans of the married couple, this is the closest to perfection we can imaginel ONE DIRECTION -- August 9. Niall Horan, Zayn Malik, Liam Payne, Harry Styles and Louis Tomlinson - formed in 2010 and have since amassed a loyal fan base and fame all across the globe. It has been an in- credible year for the boys, as they took home a BRIT Award, three Billboard Music Awards, six TEEN CHOICE Awards, three MTV EMAs, two 2013 American Music Awards and a moonman for Best Song Of The Sum- mer at the 2013 MTV Video Music Awards. With two albums to date, UP ALL NIGHT and TAKE ME HOME, the boys have sold more than 35 million records worldwide and have achieved a total of 67 #1's (including albums). STONEHAM THEATRE 395 Main Street, Stoneham 781-279-2200 MENOPAUSE, THE MUSICAL -- Through June 29. This hilarious mu- sical parody staged to classic tunes from the '60s, '70s and '80s will have you cheering and dancing in the aisles. See what millions of women worldwide have been laughing about for over 10 years! Set in a department store, four women with seemingly nothing in common but a black lace bra on sale, come to find they have more to share than ever imagined. The all-female cast makes fun of their woeful hot flashes, forgetfulness, mood swings, wrinkles, night sweats and chocolate binges. A sisterhood is created between these diverse women as they realize that meno- pause is no longer The Silent Pas- sage, but a stage in every woman's life that is perfectly normall "Most women know intuitively that every other woman is experiencing hot flashes or night sweats," says author Jeanie C. Linders. "There is always a close friend or two who can sympa- thize or identify, but when they are sitting in a theatre with hundreds of other women, all laughing and shout- ing rhat's me! That's me on stage!' They know what they are experienc- ing is normal. They aren't alone or crazy. It becomes a sisterhood." It's the Hilarious Celebration of Women and The Change! ITALIAN RADIO PROGRAMS "The Sicilian Comer" -- 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.1110wccmancorrr "Italia Oggi" -- Sundays 11:00 am to Noon with host Andrea Urdi 1460 AM. Go to "Dolce Vita Radio" -- DJ RocGardarco Mesiti ll:00 am-l:00 pm; Sundays 90.7 FM or online www.djrocco.con "The Nick Franciosa Show" -- Sundays from Noon to 3:00 pm on WLYN 1360 AM and WAZN 1470 AM. "Guido Oliva Italian Hour" -- 8:00 am-9:00 am Sundays on WSRO 650 AM and online at "Tony's Place" on MusicAmerlca WPLM FM 99.1 -- Sundays 9:00 pm-10:00 pm on MusicAmerica. Host Ron Della Chiesa presents Tony's Place. Visit www.MusicNotNoise.conz "L'Italia Chiamo Italian Radio Show" hosted by Stefano Marehese and Emanuele Capoano -- Thursdays 2:00 pro-4:00 pm. Visit or; email: Tel. 857-334-0868. BOSTON OPERA HOUSE 539 Washington St., Boston, MA 617-259-3400 PHANTOM OF THE OPERA m June 26 through July 20. A mysteri- ous deformed musical genius stalks the Paris Opera, passing his time ter- rorizing the members of the company and its owners. But when he hears the beautiful and innocent chorus girl Christine Daae sing he falls in love, teaching this young soprano to sing the Music of the Night. Believing him to be her guardian angel, Christine blossoms under his tutelage. But when she becomes engaged to another man, he hatches a terrifying plot to kidnap her, and he will murder any- body who gets in his way. Andrew Lloyd Webber's smash musicalization of the Gaston Leroux novel won the 1988 Tony Award for Best Musical. Now a new era beckons for Broadway megahit Phantom -- beginning with the launch of a national tour of a newly reimagined production. REAGLE MUSIC THEATER 617 Lexington Street, Waltham 781-891-5600 www.reaglemusictheat SOUTH PACIFIC -- Through June 22. As haunting and evocative as the island of Bali Ha'i itself, this master- ful and deeply romantic love story be- tween an Army nurse and a mysteri- ous French planter won ten Tony Awards and the Pulitzer Prize for drama. Set in an island paradise dur- ing World War II, South Pacific's por- trayal of Americans stationed in an alien culture in wartime is as relevant today as when it first thrilled audi- ences in 1949. The lush sounds of Reagle's orchestra will bring Rodgers and Hammerstein's score to life, fea- turing such timeless songs as... "Some Enchanted Evening," "There is Nothin' Like A Dame," "Honey Bun," "Younger Than Springtime," and "I'm Gonna Wash That Man Right Out-a My Hair." REGENT THEATRE 7 Medford Street, Arlington 781-646-4849 MORT SAHL LIVE: AN EVENING WITH A COMEDY LEGEND -- July 19-20. Crowned as leading the new breed of modem comedians by Time magazine in 1960, Mort Sahi was the first entertainer ever to appear on its cover. Before comedy clubs existed, Sahl began performing at the hungry i music club in San Francisco in the early 1950s. He differed from other comedians, appearing in casual clothing rather than a suit, skewer- ing popular politicians such as Eisenhower, Joe McCarthy and JFK. Sahl's approach is energetic, tangen- tial, and deep and wide in both social and political scopes, inspiring Woody Allen, George Carlin and countless other comedians. A 1955 performance with Dave Brubeck was recorded and released (without Sahl's permission), selling as Mort Sahl At Sunset, and recently recognized by the Library of Congress as the first stand-up com- edy record album. When Kennedy was assassinated in 1963, Sahl regularly targeted the government's official Warren Commission Report during his routines, resulting in the loss of much of Hollywood's support, while main- taining audience popularity with college tours and a best-selling book, Heartland. Sahl is the longest active performing American social satirist, spanning sixty years and eleven presidents. CASINO BALLROOM 169 Ocean Boulevard Hampton Beach, NH 603-929-4100 ARTIE LANGE m July 19. One of the most sought after live comedians in the business, Lange is currently the co-host of "The Nick and Artie Show," a Fox News Radio show he created with fellow comedian Nick Di Paolo. Launched this past fall, the show has already garnered rave re- views and a massive fan base. Lange was a beloved regular on "The Howard Stem Show" for five years and during that time his memoir, Too Fat To Fish became a New York Times bestseller. Lange's breakout work with Live On Tape landed him his debut televi- sion role as one of the original series regulars on FOX's Mad TV. Artie's suc- cess on Mad TV led to being cast op- posite Norm MacDonald in Lange's first starring role in the MGM feature film Dirty Work. This lead to a string of feature films including, New Line's The Bachelor, starring opposite Chris O'Donne11 and Renee Zellweger; Lost and Found with David Spade for Warner Brothers; Kinka Usher's Mys- tery Men and the independent drama The Fourth Floor, opposite Juliette Lewis and William Hurt. Artie also had supporting roles in the Dreamworks feature film Old School and New Line Cinema's Elf. MIKE BIRBIGLIA -- July 20. In ten years Mike Birbiglia has grown from struggling comic to a popular talk show guest to a groundbreaking, origi- nal storyteller. The results? Two criti- cally-acclaimed COs, three Comedy Central Specials and a Nathan Lane- produced Off-Broadway show called "Sleepwalk with Me" that was recently nominated for both a Drama Desk Award and an Outer Circle Critics Award for "Best Solo Performance." One thing has remained constant: Birbiglia puts on one of the funniest, most unique live shows in comedy. Said Nathan Lane of Birbiglia, "Every once in a while, someone comes along who renews your faith in the art of stand-up comedy. It happened when I first saw Mitch Hedberg, and it hap- pened again when I saw Mike Birbiglia." BILL COSBY -- August 16. Over the past century, few entertainers have achieved the legendary status of William H. Cosby Jr. His successes span five decades and virtually all media, remarkable accomplishments for a kid who emerged from humble beginnings in a Philly project. In the 1960s, his stand-up act was a coast- to-coast sensation, spawning a string of hilarious, best-selling comedy albums, which went on to win eight Gold Records, five Platinum records and five Grammy Awards. His role on TV's I Spy made him the first African- American to co-star in a dramatic series, breaking television's racial barrier and winning three Emmy Awards. In the 1980s, he again rocked the television world with the The Cosby Show, a gentle, whimsical and hugely successful series that single- handedly revived the family sitcom (and rescued NBC}. With hit movies like Uptown Saturday Night and best- selling books like Fatherhood, Bill Cosby is quite simply a national trea- sure with the unique ability to touch people's hearts. WILBUR THEATRE 246 Tremont St., Boston, MA 617-248-9700 BOB SAGET -- June 21. Robert Lane "Bob" Saget (born May 17, 1956] is an American stand-up comedian, actor and television host. Although he is best known for his family-friendly roles as Danny Tanner in Full House and the original host of America's Funniest Home Videos, Saget is also known for his very vulgar stand-up routine. He has been an out of his mind, standup comedian for over thirty years. From his HBO special "That Ain't Right" to his scene-steal- ing cameos in "Entourage," and "The Aristocrats," it's always effective as Saget embraces his dark side. Bob was seen reprising the role of "Himself' on HBO's hit series "Entourage" and he starred in his own documentary comedy series for A&E tiffed, *Strange Days with Bob Saget," an exploration of unusual subcultures in America. He recently guest starred on "Law and Order Los Angeles," "Entourage: A Look Back," and "Louie," and is con- tinually playing to sold out audiences in theaters and universities across North America. MUSEUM OF SCIENCE 1 Science Park, Boston, MA 617-723-2500 PANDAS: THE JOURNEY HOME -- Pandas are a lovable, iconic, and -- unfortunately -- highly endangered species. In Pandas: The Journey Home, meet the dedicated team working tirelessly to save these captivating creatures from extinction. Filmmak- ers were granted unprecedented access to the China Conservation and Research Center for the Giant Panda to tell the story of our furry friends. The pandas' fascinating habits and unique personalities will leave you with a huge appreciation for the animals and the individuals work- ing to protect them. Witness an incredible story of survival and fall in love with these black and white gentle giants on the IMAX Dome screen! 2THEXTREME: MATHALIVE! -- Ongoing. 2theXtreme: MathAlive! is a highly entertaining, interactive ex- hibit that lets visitors experience math in action. It brings to life all the dif- ferent types of mathematics at work behind video games, sports, design, music, entertainment, space, robotics, and more. Innovative tech- nologies create fun experiences that help you understand how math is used in countless ways. Six themed sections with hands-on examples show the relevancy of math to real life: "Outdoor Action," *Build Your World," "Future Style," "Klckin' It," "Game Plan," and *Robotics and Space." Throughout the exhibit, you'll be accompanied by the BotZ, three math-loving virtual guides. With quirky personalities and kid-friendly language, the BotZ make mathemati- cal concepts more accessible to younger visitors. HYNES CONVENTION CENTER 900 Boylston Street, Boston 617-954-2000 STAR TREK CONVENTION -- June 21-22. The 2014 Star Trek Convention will include a great list of celebrities and offer attendees an off-the-hook, sensational week- end to remember. They are thrilled to add one of their favorites to the guest celebrity list, which already includes three captains, nine total guests and some fantastic events and attractions -- priced at an amazing deal for full days of live entertainment. CAFE FLEURI, LANGHAM HOTEL 250 Franklin Street, Boston 617-45 I- 1900 DECADES OF DECADENCE -- Every Saturday through June 28. The Chocolate Bar at The Langham, The acclaimed dessert paradise brings more than 200 pounds of chocolate to diners, and to celebrate the land- mark anniversary, Excutive Chef Mark Sapienza and Pastry Chef Ryan Pike present "Decades of Decadence," featuring the most popular desserts from the past 25 years. With a DJ spinning fun upbeat tunes, the all-you-can-enjoy Chocolate Bar feature stations with varying levels of chocolate intensity and flavors. There is also an adult chocolate cock- tail menu featuring cocoa-infused martinis. ROSE KENNEDY GREENWAY Boston, MA 617-292-0020 FIGMENT BOSTON -- July 26. FIGMENT is a free, inclusive, partici- patory arts event held in multiple cit- ies and drawing tens of thousands of participants each year. FIGMENT's mission is to offer free, family-frtendly and participatory art to entire com- munities. The event removes the bar- riers of museum and gallery walls and entrance fees, blurring the lines be- tween those who create and those who enjoy art. FIGMENT Boston takes place in the park along the Rose Kennedy Greenway, and is accessible from the MBTA Red Line at South Station and the Green Line at North Station. CITY HALL PLAZA I Congress St., Boston, MA GOSPELFEST --August I0. One of New England's most popular Gospel celebrations, this free gospel showcase features local and national talent. Past performers include Dottle Peoples, Kirk Franklin, and Karen Clark Sheard. Gospelfest is in its 14th year and will be return- ing to City Hall Plaza on Sunday, Ausust 10th, 2014. THE CROSBY WHISTLE STOP 24 Roland Street, Charlestown, MA SWING DANCE EVERY FRIDAY NIGHT -- Come and check out Boston's most exciting swing dance. Conveniently located in Sullivan Square less than a 5 minute walk from the T, with free parking also avail- able. A killer line up of DJ's and live bands every Friday night. Beautiful 3,000 sq ft dance hall with exposed brick. A beginning 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 experience is required. All ages and dance levels welcome.