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POST-GAZETTE, JULY 18, 2014 Page 11 NOW PLAYING UPTOWN & DOWNTOWN Don't miss pop/rock superstar, Katy Perry, at the TD Garden this summer! Check the SPECIAL EVENTS section for more details. TD GARDEN I00 Legends Way. Boston 617-624-1050 KATY PERRY -- August I-2. Inter- national superstar. Katy Perry, will kick off the North American leg of her highly anticipated PRISMATIC WORLD TOUR on June 22nd in Ra- leigh, North Carolina. The tour arrives at Boston's TD Garden on August 1st with a second show on August 2nd. The 46-city tour is presented by Goldenvoice, a division of AEG Live. She will be touring in support of PRISM, which debuted at number one on The Billboard 200 and remains in the Top Ten three months after re- lease. The platinum album has given Katy her biggest ever single with "Roar," while "Dark Horse" just be- came her lucky 13th Top Ten hit on The Billboard Hot 100. Capital Cities, Kacey Musgraves and Tegan and Sara will open for Katy in different markets during the 4-month North American tour. 'THE PRISMATIC WORLD TOUR is coming to light up some of my favor- ite North American cities this sum- mer, as well as some new cities that you introduced me to through your video requests" said Katy. "This col- orful show will bring you all the songs you know as well as ones from my new album, PRISM. I'm so excited that I got to hand-select some of my favor- ite artists to join me on this journey - I know you'll love Capital Cities, Kacey Musgraves and Tegan and Sara as much as I do." GILLETTE STADIUM I Patriot Place, Foxborough, MA (800) 543-1776 www.Gillett 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). COLLINS CENTER FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS I00 Shawsheen Road, Andover 608-893-8863 FRANCO CORSO -- October 4. If you are a fan of Andrea Bocelli, you will love Franco Corso. Dubbed "The Voice of Romance," Corso's voice runs the range of baritone to tenor and has a magical quality that seems to mesmerize his audiences. His music, which is influenced by Caruso, An- drea Bocelli, Luciano Pavarotti, and Josh Groban, will take you on a mu- sical journey through Italy. Born and raised in Ventimiglia on the Italian Riviera, Corso began performing at private and public events throughout Italy and Europe at the age of 1 I. Now residing in Florida, Fraco Corso has performed for Donald Trump's Mar-a- Lago Club, and to sold out shows throughout the United States. His performance is a unique blend of Pop Italian and operatic styles. BOSTON OPERA HOUSE 539 Washington Street, Boston 617-259-3400 PHANTOM OF THE OPERA -- Through July 20. A mysterious de- formed musical genius stalks the Paris Opera, passing his time terrorizing the members of the company and its own- ers. 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 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 "Italia Oggi" -- Sundays 11:00 am to Noon with host Andrea Urdi 1460 AM. Go to "Dolce Vita Radio" -- DJ RocGardarco Mesiti I l:00 am-l:00 pm; Sundays 90.7 FM or online "The Nick Franclosa 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 MusieAmerica WPLM FM 99.1 -- Sundays 9:00 pm-10:00 pm on MusicAmerica. Host Ron Della Chiesa presents Tony's Place. Visit "L'Italia Chiamo Italian Radio Show" hosted by Stefano Marchese and Emanuele Capoano -- Thursdays 2:00 pro-4:00 pro. Visit or; email: litaltachiamoshow@gmaiLcorrL Tel. 857-334-0868. under his tutelage. But when she be- comes engaged to another man, he hatches a terrifying plot to kidnap her, and he will murder anybody 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. THE LION KING -- September 9- October 12. Experience the phenom- enon. The most eagerly awaited stage production ever will leap onto the stage. Visually stunning, technically astounding and with a musical score like none other you've ever heard. Giraffes strut, birds swoop, gazelles leap. The entire savannah comes to life and as the music soars, Pride Rock slowly emerges from the mist. See the Tony Award-winning Broadway sen- sation that Newsweek calls "a land- mark event in entertainment." The New York Times says, "There is sim- ply nothing else like it." Marvel at the breathtaking spectacle of animals brought to life by a cast of more than 40 actors. Wonder at the inspiration of award-winning director Julie Taymor, who created visual images for this show that you'll remember for- ever. Thrill to the pulsating rhythms of the African Pridelands. REAGLE MUSIC THEATER 617 Lexington Street, Waltham 781-891-5600 ME AND MY GIRL -- Through July 20. Mix a legitimate cockney heir with the nobility of Hareford Hall and get a rollicking, hilarious Downton Abbey laced with engaging song and dance! The late Viscount Hareford had a youthful, unfortunate marriage - and kept discreetly out of sight, a son and heir. The Hareford Hall set are despondent when the family so- licitor finds the legitimate heir in Lambeth. There is a cockney invasion of the hall - Bill, his girlfriend and his mates, and the Lambeth Walk is danced by all. Winner of three Tony Awards and five Drama Desk awards, this riotous british-musical comedy in- chides... "Doin' The Lambeth Walk," "Leaning on a Lamp-Post," "The Sun Has Got His Hat On," "Love Makes the World Go 'Round," and "Take It On the Chin." SINGIN' IN THE RAIN -- August 7-17. Experience all the glitz and glam- our of Hollywood's golden age: It's 1927, and Don Lockwood and Lina LaMont are the toast of the town until *talkies" come on the scene. Further- more, Don's romance with the lovely and talented Kathy Selden only com- plicates things further. The result? Big romance, big song and dance num- bers, and a big, splashy Hollywood ending - and it really rains on stagel What a glorious feeling, indeed! This audience favorite returns to Reagle by popular demand, featuring all the classic songs from the 1952 film, in- cluding: "Good Morning," "Make 'Em Laugh," "Moses Supposes," "Fit As A Fiddle," and "Singin' in the Rain." REGENT THEATRE 7 Medford Street, Arlington 781-646-4849 www.RegentTheatre.eom MORT SAHL LIVE: AN EVENING WITH A COMEDY LEGEND -- July 19-20. Crowned as leading the new breed of modern comedians by Time magazine in 19130, Mort Sahl 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. CASINO BALLROOM 169 Ocean Boulevard Hampton Beach, NH ARTIE LANGE -- 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 television role as one of the original series regu- lars on FOX's Mad TV. Attic's success on Mad TV led to being cast opposite Norm MacDonald in Lange's first star- ring role in the MGM feature film Dirty Work. This lead to a string of feature films including, New Line's The Bach- elor, starring opposite Chris O'Donnell 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. Attic 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 Birhiglia 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 Phifly 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 Street, Boston 617-248-9700 www.TheWilburTheat re. corn LIL DUVAL -- July 19. Lil Duval (born Roland Powell; 1977) is an American stand=up comedian. In 2005, he was a semifinalist on BET's com- edy competition series Coming to the Stage. Duval is a series regular to the MTV2 shows Guy Code and Hip Hop Squares. He has been hosting the vi- ral video show Ain't That America on MTV2 since July 2013. After a hilari- ous 2001 performance at a contest in Oakland, Lil caught the attention of Cedric the Entertainer's camp and was invited to hit the road with Cedric and four other comedians. That success- ful run on the road led to a featured spot on Cedric the Entertainer: Start- ing Lineup, first televised and then released on DVD. Most recently, he's added Twitter to his campaign and regularly dispenses his thoughts via @lilduval as raw and witty as only he can. So much so that he now has over 260,000 followers. Duval can currently be seen on the MTV series Guy Code. MUSEUM OF SCIENCE I 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 Cliina 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. JOURNEY TO THE SOUTH PACIFIC -- Narrated by Academy Award-winner Cate Blanchett, Jour- ney to the South Pacific takes filmgoers on a breathtaking IMAX adventure to the lush tropical islands of remote West Papua, where life flourishes above and below sea level. Join Jawi, a young islander, on a journey of dis- covery as you encounter whale sharks,, sea turtle s, manta (ays, and other iconic creatures of the deep. Home tb more than 2.000 ecies of" aquatic life. this exotic locale features the most diverse marine ecosystem on Earth.An uplifting story of hope and celebration, Journey to the South Pacific highlights the importance of living in balance with the ocean planet we all call home. FRANKLIN PARK PLAYSTEAD Pierpont Road, Boston ELMA LEWIS PLAYHOUSE IN THE PARK -- Tuesday, July 22 at 6pm with Midnight Crew, a big roekin' band. Tuesday, July 29th at 6pm with Ashanti & Sistah Soul. You'll love their oldies and dance tunes. Na- tional Night Out DJ Dance Party in Franklin Park - Tuesday, August 5 at 6pm with Brother Charles Clemons from TOUCH 106 FM and Nomadik will be the DJs. Get ready to dance! 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-friendly 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. CITY HALL PLAZA 1 Congress Street, Boston 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. HATCH SHELL, ESPLANADE Boston FREE CONCERTS WITH BOSTON LANDMARKS ORCHESTRA -- Through August 27. Made up of some of Boston's most accomplished musi- cians, the orchestra presents free concerts at the DCR's Hatch Shell along the Esplanade adjacent to the Charles River. The concerts usually start at 7:00 pm. By nightfall, the Es- planade paths and knolls surround- ing the the shell are full of happy con- cert-goers. The acoustics are great at this fun family-friendly event. THE CROSBY WHISTLE STOP 24 Roland Street, Charlestown, MA www.BostonSwingCentral, corn 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.