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POST-GAZETTE, JUNE 24, 2011 Page 15 NOW PLAYING UPTOWN & DOWNTOWN Soprano, Dominique Labelle The Boston Landmarks Orchestra presents free concerts at 7 pm at the DCR's Hatch Shell every Wednesday night, July 13 th through August 31 st. There will also be free concerts in the neighborhoods of Boston. This is the Orchestra's 11 th season and its 5 th with the Hatch Shell as its home. Boston Landmarks Orchestra Christopher Wilkins, conductor, Kristen Watson, soprano, Dominique Labelle, soprano Ryan Turner, tenor, Robert Honeysucker, bass, With the New World Chorale, Holly Krafka, Director are performing an Opening Night Concert. The program includes Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Magic Flute Overture W. A. Mozart, Exsultate jubilate, W. A. Mozart, Mass in C Minor. Check out Music Section for more details. Special Events ITALIAN EVENTS & PROGRAMS BOSTON'S COLONIAL THEATRE 100 Boylston St., Boston, MA WEST SIDE STORY Now through July 9, 2011. Set in New York City in the mid-1950s, the mu- sical explores the rivalry between the Jets and the Sharks, two teen- age street gangs of different ethnic backgrounds. The members of the Sharks from Puerto Rico are taunted by the Jets, a white working-class group. The young protagonist, Tony, one of the Jets, falls in love with Maria, the sister of Bernardo, the leader of the Sharks. The dark theme, sophisticated music, ex- tended dance scenes, and focus on social problems marked a turning point in American musical theatre. Bernstein's score for the musical has become extremely popular; it in- cludes "Something's Coming", "Maria", *America", "Somewhere", "Tonight", "Jet Song", "I Feel Pretty", *A Boy Like That", "One Hand, One Heart", "Gee, Officer Krupke" and "Cool". "So exciting it makes you ache with pleasure." - John Lahr, The New Yorker. To purchase tickets log onto www.livenatlon.com NORTH SHORE MUSIC THEATRE 62 Dunham Road, Beverly, MA 2011 SEASON - ToJan July 12- 24, Footloose! August 16-28, The King & I September 27-October 9, Legally Blonde November 1-13, A Christmas Carol December 2-23, Debbie Reynolds, July 27 & 28, Harvey Robbins" Royalty of Doo- Wopp August 6, Marie Osmond Au- gust 29. B.B. King September 1, Steve Tyrell September I0, Harvey Robbins' Royaly of Rock 'N Roll Oc- tober 22, INnocchio July 22, Snow White July 29, Cinderella's Wed- tinue to add concerts and special events throughout the season. For further information, please visit www.nsmt.org, contact 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. LOEB DRAMA CENTER 64 Brattle St., Cambridge, MA THE GERSHWINS" PORGY AND BESS - August 17, 2011 - October 2, 2011. by George Gersbwin, 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 pre- miered at the Colonial Theater in Bos- ton. 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 Prlze-winning play- wright Suzan-Lori Parks (ropdog/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." AS YOU LIKE IT - December 7, 2011 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. 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 graduating Institute Class of 2012. For info call 617-547-8300 or log onto www.americanrepertorytheater.org. Join as a subscriber to receive dis- counts and special promotions. The A.R.T. Institute was established in 1987 by the American Repertory The- ater (A.R.T.) as a training ground for professional American theater. It is a two-year training program for young theater professionals, in association with the Moscow Art Theater School. DCR'S HATCH SHELL ON THE ESPLANADE BOSTON LANDMARKS ORo CHESTRA OPENING DAY - Wednes- day, July 13 , 2011 at 7pm. Featur- ing Christopher Wilkins, conductor, Kristen Watson, soprano, Dominique Labelle, soprano. Ryan Turner, tenor, Robert Honeysucker, bass, With the New World Chorale, Holly Krafka, Di- rector are performing an Opening Night Concert. The program includes Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Magic Flute Overture W. A. Mozart, Exsultatejubilate, W. A. Mozart, Mass in C Minor. Christopher Wilkins was appointed Music Director of the Boston Landmarks Orchestra in April 2011. He also serves as Music Direc- tor of both the Orlando Philharmonic and the Akron Symphony, and is cur- rently Artistic Advisor to the Opera Theatre of the Rockies in Colorado Springs. Soprano Kristen Watson performs with Emmanuel Music in its weekly Bach cantata series, and has worked with Handel and Haydn So- ciety, Boston Baroque, Boston Lyric Opera, Opera Nc, England and Op- era Boston.Soprano Dominique Labelle's voice has been called *an- gelic," "silvery," and "vibrant," and her legendary musicianship has led to collaborations with a number of the world's most respected conductors and composers. Tenor Ryan Turner is Artistic Director of Emmanuel Mu- sic and Director of Choral Activities at Phillips Exeter Academy and has maintained an active solo career in oratorio, recital and opera. Bass Rob- ert Honeysucker is a recipient of the Boston Globe's Musician of the Year award, a member of Vldemus and the Jubilee Trio, and is on the voice faculty at The Boston Conser- vatory, New England Conservatory Extension and The Longy School of Music. The New World Chorale was founded in 1999 by Holly MacEwen Krafka and John Zielinski with the mission of performing the best Ameri- can choral music with many of the finest orchestras in New England.The Boston Landmarks Orchestra pre- sents free concerts at 7 pm at the DCR's Hatch Shell every Wednesday night, July 13  through August 3P t. There will also be free concerts in the neighborhoods of Boston. This is the Orchestra's i I th season and its 5  with the Hatch Shell as its home. Rain location: The Church of the Covenant, 67 Newbury St # 2, Bos- ton, MA 02116-3090. For weather alerts: Text Landmarks to 27138. BANK OF AMERICA PAVILION 290 Northern Ave., Boston, MA EARTH, WIND AND FIRE - June 24, 2011. During the 1970s, a new brand of pop music was born - one that was steeped in African and Afri- can-American styles - particularly jazz and R&B but appealed to a broader cross-section of the listening public. As founder and leader of the band Earth, Wind & Fire, Maurice White not only embraced but also helped bring about this evolution of pop, which bridged the gap that has often separated the musical tastes of black and white America. It certainly was successful, as EWF combined high- caliber musicianship, wide-ranging musical genre eclecticism, and '70s multicultural spiritualism. "I wanted to do something that hadn't been done before," Mare:ice explains. "Al- though we were basically jazz musi- cians, we played soul, funk, gospel, pop. We were coming out of a decade of experimentation, mind expansion and cosmic awareness. HUEY LEWIS AND THE NEWS - Saturday, July 16, 2011. Huey Lewis and the News had a series of hit singles in the mid-80s. They are best known for "The Power Of Love", which was featured in the blockbust- ing 1985 film Back To The Future and became a No.1 hit in America. For the same film they recorded the song "Back In Time". Other hits included: "Do You Believe In Love" (No.7 in 82); "I Want A New Drug", "The Heart Of Rock 'n Roll" and "If This Is It" (all reached No.6 in 84); "Stuck With You" and "Hip To Be Square" (No.l and No. 3 respectively, in 86); Jacob's Lad- der (No.l in 87); and "Perfect World" (No.3 in 88). A form of the band con- tinues to tour today. JILL SCOTT'S SUMMER BLOCK PARTY - Tuesday, July 26, 2011 7:00 PM. American soul and R&B singer- songwriter, poet, and actress. Her third studio album, The Real Thing: Words and Sounds Vol. 3, was released on September 25, 2007. For tickets log onto www.livenation.com TD GARDEN Causeway St., Boston, MA SADE - July 6, 2011 at 7:30PM. Fol- lowing the platinum selling success of Soldier of Love, Sade announces their highly anticipated return to the world's stage. Known for their one of a kind timeless sound, Sade has en- Joyed phenomenal success both in- ternatlonally and stateside through- out the span of their twenty-five year career. Their classic sound set to haunting, unmistakable vocals cre- ates the most intimate of concert ex- periences in a way that only an un- forgettable Sade performance can. JOSH GROBAN - July 26, 2011. When the internationally renowned singer and songwriter hit the road for his hugely successful, sold-out 8 l-city Awake World Tour. The "Straight To You" Tour will bring the feel of a theater experience to an arena set- ting 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. SPINELLI'S FUNCTION FACILITY Route One South, Lynnfleld, 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- ries. Contact Lolly Ciampa at 781-938- 9254 or RoRo DeMarco at 781-284-5945. WILBUR THEATRE 246 Tremont Street, Boston, MA NORM MACDONALD - Friday July 15, 2011 at 7:30 PM. What can be said about Norm that any true fan does not know about him? The man was born Norman Gene MacDonald on October 17, 1963, in Quebec Cilv, Canada. Norm's two siblings, Neff and Leslie, are both Canadian newscast- ers. Norm's distinct voice has paid off for Norm professionally. He has voiced "Lucky" the dog in three "Dr. Dolittle" movies. He's also voiced "Death" for one episode of "Family Guy" "The Fairly Odd Parents". Norm can also be heard in the Bob Saget Prim, "Farce of the Penguins." STEPHANIE MILLER'S SEXY LIBERAL COMEDY TOUR - Satur- day July 16, 20l i at 7:00 PM. For tickets call 1-800-745-3000 or www.thewilbur.com. THE PEABODY ESSEX MUSEUM 161 Essex Street, Salem, MA MAN RAY LEE MILLER PART- NERS IN SURREALISM - Now through December 4, 201 I. PAINTING THE AMERICAN VI- SION - July 30-November 6, 201 I. WRITTEN ON THE WAVES: SHIPBOARD LOGS AND JOURNALS - Now through October 1, 2012. Delve into the world of maritime manuscripts. Explore the log books of 18th-century sea captains as they voyaged around the globee- cording extraordinary details of tiler adventures. SPECIAL EVENTS - BEER TAST- ING, A PINT OF THE PAST AN- CIENT AND HISTORIC BEER - Thursday, August I I, 7:30-9:30 PM. Sample modern beers based on archaeological evidence or historic recipes - including a beer brewed specially for this program by Salem Beer Works - paired with appropri- ately themed food. TALK AND WALK, HISTORIC GARDENS - IN YOUR OWN BACK- YARD - Friday August 5, 201 i. Gar- den historian John Forti, of Straw- berry Banke Museuem, explains how to source and choose plants, plant- ing patterns, structures and furnish- ings that bring elements of the past to life. Made possible by the Ropes Botanical Garden Lecture Fund.For more information about all exhibits, please log onto www.pem.org or call 1- 978-745-9500, 866 745-1876. For theHearing Impaired please call 1-978-740-3649. SAVE THE DATE - PEM GALA - Saturday, November 5, 2011. An evening of dining, dancing and excitement. Proceeds support the museum's programs. 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 IPM www. I i 10wccmam.com. "Italia Oggl" Sundays 1PM to 2PM with host Andrea Urdi 1460 AM www. 1460WXBR.com. "Dolce Vita Radio" DJ Rocco Meslti iiAM-IPM Sundays 90.7 FM or online wtlrw.djrocco.com. "The Nick Franciosa 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 WPLM FM 99. I - Every Sunday night from 9 to 10pm on MusicAmerica host Ron Della Chlesa presents Tony's Place on WPLM FM Easy 99.1. During the hour Ron will feature recordings by his gooa 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.zumix.org/ radio or Itunes, college radio click on Zumix. For more information log onto www.italiaunita.org 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. 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 website at www.consboston.esterl.it ARTIST'S BOSTON STUDIO 450 Haxrlson 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. 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