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POST-GAZETTE, SEPTEMBER 13, 2013 Page 9 00ocially Scene by dqngela Cornacchio Rock band Passion Pit closed out the Boston Calling Music Festival this past weekend in Government Center. (Photo courtesy of filtermagazine.com) Socially Scene Reviewed .... This past weekend the city hosted the 2 "d part of the Boston Calling Festival in Government Center Plaza. It was an all day Saturday and Sunday music festival with two stages set across from each other, accompanied by beer gardens, food vendors and plenty of room to mingle in between. The first part of the event held back in June featured more bands and this time around worldly DJ's. How- ever, on Sunday night the show closed out with two very popular artists; Kendrick Lamar's mixture of hip hop and rock followed by Passion Pit a good ol' fash- ioned rock band. The festival was a first for Boston and this session or- ganized by 44 Communica- tions. From what I put to- gether Boston and its con- tributors did it right! As a 30 something local (shh don't tell) I loved the event back in June, it was right up my alley. This past weekend's festival seemed to have a more college crowd appeal and why not? We are the center of the college lifestyle. My press pass granted ac- cess to the VIP area. I must say, it was pretty cool to be up on the steps of Govern- ment Center and see thou- sands of people of all ages enjoying what the city has to offer. I had a front row view of the stages, fans and the fun. I happened to be next to a DJ and his lovely lady for most of the show and he filled me in on each aci. I found myself up to speed as the show closed and knew and actually love one of Kendrick Lamar's newest songs. At that point the room in the middle to mingle was gone and by the time Pas- sion Pit was on to close the show there was nowhere to go but turn to the opposite stage. I was lucky enough to catch the two sessions of the Boston Calling Festival and enjoyed both. NO worries, if you missed out, it will be back! A Disney Classic Comes to Life .... The "inventive and visually stunning" (En- tertainment Weekly) produc- tion wholly re-imagined for the stage by Tony Award winner Mary Zimmerman (Candide) is based on Nobel Laureate Rudyard Kipling's 1893 collection of stories set in the Indian jungle and Walt Disney's 1967 ani- mated film. Zimmerman's adaptation is a music-and movement-filled adventure of young Mowgli's coming- of-age in the animal king- dom featuring the movie's best-loved songs in wholly new Indian-inspired arrange- ments. Legendary Academy Award and Grammy winner Richard M. Sherman -- whose numerous song- f Real Estate Mcrlto Gallo Appraisals Sales & Rentals 376 North Street * Boston, MA 02113 (617) 523-2100 Fax (617) 523-3530 writing credits with brother Robert B. Sherman include the motion pictures The Jungle Book, Mary Poppins, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang and The Aristocats -- collabo- rates on this production, pro- viding Music Director Doug Peck access and permis- sion to adapt songs that Sherman and his brother wrote for the film, plus never- before-heard material. Tony Award-winning choreogra- pher Christopher Gattelli with Indian dance consult- ant Hema Rajagopalan com- bine elements of classical Indian dance forms with jazz, tap and more to enhance the storytelling. "The way my team and I make a show is such a whirlwind the first time around it is always desirable to have a place to go where we can continue to work after having caught our breath," says adaptor and director Zimmerman whose 2011 production of Candide is the Huntington's highest grossing musical in its 31- year history. "And so from the beginning, we knew we wanted to partner with an- other regional theatre where the show would grow and de- velop. Candide reached a kind of nirvana at the Hun- tington, so I'm absolutely thrilled to return to Boston." The Jungle Book is produced by special arrangement with Disney Theatrical Produc- tions, which proudly sup- ports Zimmerman's develop- ment of this title, providing financial support, creative consultation and access to song material never before heard onstage. "The Hun- tington Theatre Company is one of the country's great theatres and we are thrilled to be working with them as we embark on the next chapter in The Jungle Book's evolution," said Thomas Schumacher, President and Producer of Disney Theatri- cal Productions. "Boston au- diences are legendary for their discernment and pas- sion for new work and we can't wait for them to see what Mary Zimmerman and her extraordinary company have crafted." The Jungle Book is a clas- sic, already receiving rave reviews and fun for the whole family[ The Disney hit is already on stage at the Huntington Theatre and has been extended by popular demand through October 134 . Tickets are available at huntingtontheatre.org, by I DIAMONDS 1 ROLEX ESTATE JEWELRY Bought & Sold Jewelers Exch. Bldg. Jim (617) 263-7766 Disney Classic "The Jungle Book" will be at the Huntington Stage through October 13% (Photo courtesy of ayoungertheatre.com) phone at 617-266-0800 or in person at the Box Offices at the Avenue of the Arts / BU Theatre (264 Huntington Avenue) and South End / Calderwood Pavilion at the BCA (527 Tremont Street). Pairing Wine With Fun ..... The Smith & Wollensky Restaurant ' Group an- nounces the 53 rd National Wine Week. During the celebrated event; SWRG will be pouring out its support by donating a portion of proceeds to Keep Memory Alive and the Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health. Guests can expand their palates by sampling ten international and domestic wines. Those who can't wait for Wine Week may par- ticipate in the "Catch an Early Flight" promotion -- a preview of three premium wine offerings, with a por- tion of proceeds also benefit- ing Keeping Memory Alive through September. Each day a different theme will focus around the wines poured during lunch from Wine Week partners Ferrari- Carano, Gerard Bertrand, Jordan, Vibrant Rioja Spain and Wines of South Africa. Themed days include: Mon- day, September 164 Hospital- ity Day, Tuesday, September 174 Rioja Day (featuring spe- cial Rioja wine pairing avail- able during dinner service), Wednesday, September 18 th New Vino Day, Thursday, September 19 TM South Africa Day and Friday, September @ 204 Undiscovered Gems Day. Wine Week takes place during lunch September 16th-20 th between 11:30 am and 2:30 pm at Smith & Wollensky Boston Atlantic Wharf location. To learn more about the 53  National Wine Week, please visit www.smithandwollensky.com/ liquid-assets and view each location's wine list and tast- ing menu in a downloadable PDF format. You Know Fall has Arrived in Boston When .... You hear the announcement of the 134 Annual Berklee BeanTown Jazz Festival, September 28 th in Boston's historic South End music lovers will gather! The all-day, free outdoor event will offer contempo- rary jazz, Latin, blues and soul acts on three stages. Natixis Global Asset Man- agement (NGAM), one of the world's leading asset manag- ers, is the presenting spon- sor of the festival and will present a $5,000 scholar- ship to a student musician. Past Berklee BeanTown Jazz Festivals have drawn as many as 80,000 music fans in the past. This year, the festival cel- ebrates the theme Jazz: The Next Generation, with perfor- mances by some of the genre's most acclaimed up- and-coming alumni artists, including Grammy-nomi- nated trumpeter Christian Scott; Mike Tucker Trio fea- (Continued on Page 13) 1 JUSTINE YANDLE PHOTOGRAPHY 781.589.7347 J USTINE.YANDLE@GMAIL.COM WWW.JUSTINEYANDLEPHOTOGRAPHY.COM J P