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POST-GAZETTE, SEPTEMBER 14, 2012 Page11 NOW PLAYING UPTOWN & DOWNTOWN Alpaca Owners and Breeders Association (AOBA) invites you to visit their member farms and ranches on National Alpaca Farm Days on September 29 th and 30 th. See SPECIAL EVENTS for further details. CITI PERFORMING ARTS CENTER WANG 270 Tremont Street, Boston, MA (617) 482-9393 www.Citicenter.org CELTIC THUNDER VOYAGE m September 22. Surpassing sales of one million units combined the musical phenomenon that is Celtic Thunder has just been hailed as Billboard's Top World Music Artist, along with Top World Music Imprint and Top World Album of 2011 for their album, Heritage. Celtic Thunder began 2012 with a new CD and DVD concert spe- cial, Voyage. Voyage continues to pay homage to the musical culture of Ire- land, while exploring the musical jour- ney each soloist has undertaken since the beginning of Celtic Thun- der four years ago. The group perfor- mances highlight the diversity of Irish music and song; from the powerful rendition of "Dulaman" to the love song "Maid of Culmore," the collection also features a rousing performance of "Galway Girl" and beloved Irish party song "My Irish Molly-O." Celtic Thunder's successful resume in- cludes performing for President Obama at The White House's St. Patrick's Day celebration in 2009, opening New York City's famed St. Patrick's Day Parade two consecutive years in a row (2008 & 2009), and most notably six hit Public Television spe- clals and numerous sold out concerts all across America. IDINA MENZEL -- September 29. Tony Award-winnlng actress, singer and songwriter. Idina Menzel, star of Broadway's Wicked and the original stage production of Rent, will bring her new live show backed by a full orches- ITALIAN EVENTS & PROGRAMS WILBUR THEATRE - 246 Tremont St., Boston, MA www.TheWilburTheatre.com SEBASTIAN MANISCALCO -- September 14, 2012. "What's Wrong With People?" asks Sebastian Maniscalco in his hilarious new hit stand- up special airing on Showtime. In "What's Wrong with People," he brings his witheringly sarcastic and exasperated take on modem behavior and decorum, trying to bridge the gap between the Italian-American Old Wodd he grew up in and the world we live in today. The result is an original, highly relatable stand-up comedy tour de force that has Sebastian per- forming sold-out concerts woHdwide. BERKLEE PERFORMANCE CENTER - 136 Mass Ave., Boston 617-747-2261 www.BerkleeBPC.com FRANCO CORSO: A TRIBUTE TO ANDREA BOCELLI & FRIENDS -- Saturday, September 15. With a voice that melts hearts and instills pas- sion, Franco Corso is the newest Italian singing sensation in America. His distinctive and powerful baritone voice has been called elegant and pro- vocative. With award-winning singer-songwrlter Briana Cash. ITALIAN RADIO PROGRAMS "The Sicilian Corner" 10:00 am to 12 Noon every Friday with host Tom Zappala and Mike Lomazzo and "The Italian Show" with Nunzio DiMarca every Sunday from i0:00 am-l:00 pm. Go to www.1110wccmam.com. "Italia Oggi" Sundays I:00 pm to 2:00 pm with host Andrea Urdl 1460 AM www.1460WXBR.com. *Dolce Vita Radio" DJ Rocco Mesiti 11:00 am-l:O0 pm Sundays 90.7 FM or online www.djrocco.com. "The Nick Franciosa Show" Sun-days from 12 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.com. "Radio Italia Unita" - Thursdays 2:00 pm-3:00 pm on www.zumix.org/ radio or itunes, college radio click on Zumix. For more information, log onto www.italiaunita.org. "Tony's Place" on MusicAmerica WPLM FM 99.1 - Sundays 9:00 pm- 10:00 pm on MusicAmerica. Host Ron Della Chiesa presents Tony's Place. Visit www.MusicNotNoise.com. tra. Garnering huge critical acclaim, Menzel reached superstardom on Broadway with her Tony Award-wln- ning performance as Elphaba, the mis- understood green girl, in the block- buster Wicked and in her Tony-nomi- nated role as Maureen in the revolu- tionary Rent. "I am so thrilled to be going back on tour. I am eager to re- connect with my audience, perform my favorite songs and explore some exciting new material," said Menzel. REAGLE MUSIC THEATRE 617 Lexington St., Waltham, MA 781-891-5600 www.ReaglePlayers.com SHA NA NA - September 22. Sha Na Na brings its rock "n' roll celebra- tion to town in a dynamic, crowd pleas- ing show that includes highlights of the group's four decade journey from Woodstock, the movie Grease, The Sha Na Na TV Show, and worldwide con- cert touring. In an interactive show where the audience sings along, dances along and participates in a "Greaser Olympics," a good time is had by all ages. Hey all you teen angels and party dolls: twist, stroll and hand jive to the classics as performed by the crowned princes ofdoo-woj? and rock "n' roll, Sha Naar. ' REMEMBERING THE 40'8 -- October 13 and 14. Reagle's Classic, Popular Wartime Revue! Stroll down Memory Lane revisiting America's greatest generation during the war years. Delight once again in the sights of the 1940's -- and oh, those incred- ible, unforgettable songsl The War Front, Home Front, Big Band beat, Swing, Radio and '40s Hollywood and Broadway share center stage in our loving tribute. This is one from the heartl Of course, all WWII vets are admitted free -- as our honored guestsl THE RAT PACK -- November 1 i. Straight from Las Vegas! Your favor- ite Trio just the way you remember them! Fronted by three phenomenal performers, this show brings you down memory lane to relive those crazy days at the Sands Hotel. Singing all your favorite Rat Pack songs, each per- former has studied the characters of Frank, Sammy and Dean to make sure that every detail of the original Rat Pack shows comes to life! MGM GRAND THEATER FOXWOODS RESORT CASINO Trolley Line Blvd, Ledyard, CT (800) 200-2882 www.Foxwoods.com LEANN RIMES -- October 12. LeAnn Rimes has sold more than 37 million albums, won two Grammy Awards, three Academy of Country Music Awards and 12 Billboard Music Awards. Rimes is the youngest recipi- ent of a Grammy Award, and was also the first country recording artist to win in the "Best New Artist" category. Rimes has placed 42 singles on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart, 13 of which are top-10 hits, and has scored numerous hit singles in her career, including "Can't Fight the Moonlight" which went # 1 in 11 coun- tries, and "How Do I Live," which is the second longest charting song ever on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. TWIN RIVER EVENT CENTER 100 Twin River Rd, Lincoln, RI 1-877-82-River www.TwinRiver.com REO SPEEDWAGON -- Novem- ber 16. Sure, you can call the mem- bers of REO Speedwagon rock stars. But if you have to label them, here's the more accurate term they prefer: Working musicians. By the early '70s the band's unrelenting drive, non- stop touring and recording jump- started the burgeoning rock move- ment in the Midwest. It carved a path eventually followed by STYX, Kansas, Cheap Trick and more. Platinum al- bums and freeform FM radio staples such as "Ridin' The Storm Out" fol- lowed, setting the stage for 1980's explosive Hi Infidelity. Its 9 million in sales was fueled by huge hit singles in "Keep On Loving You" and "Take It On the Run." The strong run contin- ued with hits like "Can't Fight This ,Feeling" up through the new *Can't Stop Rockin'." NORTH SHORE MUSIC THEATRE 62 Dunham Road, Beverly, MA 978-232-7200 www.NSMT.org 9 TO 5: THE MUSICAL - Septem- ber 25 - October 7. Based on the wildly popular movie, with new inusic and lyrics by Dolly Parton, 9 to 5: The Musical tells the story of three un- likely friends who conspire to take control of their company and learn there's nothing they can't do -- even in a man's world. Outrageously funny, thought-provoklng and even a little romantic, it's about teaming up and taking care of business ... about get- ting credit and getting even. CITI PERFORMING ARTS CENTER WANG 270 Trcmont Street, Boston, MA (617) 482-9393 www.Citicenter.org DR. SEUSS' HOW THE GRINCH STOLE CHRISTMAS! THE MUSI- CAL m November 23 through December 9, 2012. Big League Pro- ductions presents the critically ac- claimed, record-breaking Broadway musical production Dr. Seuss' How The Grinch Stole Christmas! The classic, whimsical tale will enchant audiences of all ages. Dr. Seuss" How The Grinch Stole Christmas/ The Musi- cal features the hit songs "You're A Mean One Mr. Grinch" and "Welcome Christmas" (written by Albert Hague and Dr. Seuss) from the original animated series. Max the Dog narrates as the mean and schem- ing Grinch, whose heart is "two sizes too small," decides to steal Christmas away from the Holiday toying Whos. COLONIAL THEATRE 106 Boylston Street Boston, MA (617) 482-9393 www.Boston-Theater.com MEMPHIS - THE MUSICAL- December 11 through December 23. Turn up that dial ... From the under- ground dance clubs of 1950s Mem- phis, Tennessee, comes a hot new Broadway musical that bursts off the stage with explosive dancing, irresist- ible songs and a thrilling tale of fame and forbidden love. Inspired by actual events, Memphis is about a white radio DJ who wants to change the world and a black club singer who is ready for her big break. Come along on their incredible journey to the ends of the airwaves -- filled with laugh- ter, soaring emotion and roof-raising rock 'n' roll. Winner of four 2010 Tony Awards including Best Musical, Mem- ph/s features a Tony-winning book by Joe DiPietro (I Love You, You're Per- fect, Now Change) and a Tony-win- ning original score with music by Bon Jovi founding member David Bryan. Directing is Tony nominee Christo- pher Ashley (Xanadu), and choreog- raphy is by Sergio Trujillo (Jersey Boys). Get ready to experience Broadway's most exciting new desti- nation ... Memphis. PROWSE FARM 5 Blue Hill River Road Canton, MA [781) 828-FARM (3276) www.ProwseFarm.org LIFE IS GOOD FESTIVAL -- Sep- tember 22-23. The Life is good Festi- val is a one-of-a-kind fundraiser held at Prowse Farm in Canton, MA. This two-day celebration of music and op- timism, features three stages of na- tionally known musical talent, hands- on games, interactive arts activities, and the "Good Kids" zone -- home to the top acts in kids entertainment. I00% of the funds you raise and prof- its from the event will go towards the Life is good Playmakers, helping kids overcome poverty, violence and illness. The full lineup for the 2012 Life is good Festival has been revealed, and Dave Matthews & Tim Reynolds are set to headline. Other acts include Sara Bareilles, Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings, and Michael Franti & Spearhead. For more information, head to the Life is good website at www.Life[sGood.com. SHERATON BOSTON HOTEL 39 Dalton Street, Boston, MA 617-236-2000 BOSTON BRIDAL BASH 2012 -- Sunday, November 4. Calling all brides-to-bel Come spend the day meeting some of Boston's most dis- tinguished wedding experts as you begin to plan your special day. The Boston Bridal Bash gives you the opportunity to get new ideas and plan with the best in the business to make your day spectacular. Spend the day browsing and planning while meet- ing face-to-face with our friendly and knowledgeable vendorsl ALPACA FARMS NATIONWIDE CELEBRATE NATIONAL ALPACA FARM DAYS -- September 29-30. Meet these beautiful, inquisitive animals in person, there will truly be something for everyone. Visitors can learn how alpacas are a green busi- ness opportunity, as they are animals that are sensitive to their environ- ment in every respectl While most alpaca farms welcome visitors throughout the year, National Alpaca Farm Days are sure to include special activities and educational opportuni- ties. Alpaca's are beautiful, intelligent animals native to the Andean Moun- tain range of South America, particu- larly Peru, Bolivia, and Chile. Alpacas are alert, intelligent, curious and pre- dictable. Alpaca's are social animals that seek companionship, they com- municate most commonly by softly humming. For a complete list of par- tlcipatlng farms and ranches, visit www.NationaIAlpacaFarmDays.com. TD GARDEN 100 Legends Way, Boston, MA 617-624-1050 www.TDGarden.com WWE NIGHT OF CHAMPIONS #WWENOC -- September 16, 2012. Coming to boston for the first time ever ... you can be part of a historic night where every championship will be defended. It's WWE Night of Cham- plons #WWENOC. A new champion was crowned at the last two 'night of champions' events. Will history repeat itself See all of your favorite super- stars of Raw and Smackdown includ- ing: John Cena, CM Punk, Randy Orton, Sheamus, The Big Show, Daniel Bryan, Alberto Del Rio, Kane, Christian, Kofi Kingston. Dolph Ziggler and moreIII Card is subject to change. RINGLING BROS. AND BARNUM & BAILEY FULLY CHARGED -- October 10-14. Don't miss Fully Charged sH, the all-new surge of cir- cus entertainment from Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey where mega- watts of thrills explode off of the arena floor with breathtaking dare-devilry, superhuman stunts and never-before- seen performances that energize chil- dren of all ages[ The most electrifying edition ever of Ringling Bros. cel- ebrates performance power that boosts circus-goers excitement. The amazing acts, which can only be seen at The Greatest Show On Earth. KELLOGG'S TOUR OF GYMNAS- TICS CHAMPIONS 2012 -- Novem- ber II, 2012. Tour of Gymnastics Champions featuring Team USA's top performing gymnasts following the 2012 Olympic Games in London. 2008 Olympic all-around champion Nastia Liukin will lead an impressive cast that will include members of the men's and women's 2011 World Cham- pionships and 2012 Olympic teams, along with past Olympians and U.S. medalists. BANK OF AMERICA PAVILION 290 Northern Ave, Boston, MA www.LiveNation.com THE BOSTON SEAFOOD FESTI- VAL- Saturday, October 6 ll:00 am to 5:00 pm. BSF is a celebration designed to enrich the cultural, economic and social vitality of Boston by promoting all aspects of the local seafood economy. Come learn about sustainability, watch some chef demonstrations and of course, eat all the seafood you can holdl We'll sea you therel SHUBERT THEATER 270 Tremont Street, Boston, MA 617-482-9393 www.ShubertTheater.org BALLET FOLKLORICO DE M]XICO -- September 22, 2012. Mexico's national dance company, Ballet Folkl6rico de M6xlco, is a visual feast of Mexican regional folk dances in whirling colors. Founded in 1952 by dancer-choreographer Amalia Her- n6.ndez, the company of 48 dancers, musicians and singers incorporates a wide range of rituals, from Mayan and Aztec to modern traditions, all with spectacular theatrical flair. SWING CITY 680 Huron Avenue, Cambridge 617-513-9841 www.SwingCityBoston.com SWING DANCING -- First and fifth Saturday on the month (when there is one) and the third Friday of each month. Swing City holds swing dances with live music for enthusiastic swing dancers of all ages and experience levels. Founded by Marie Lawlor and Dan Mezrich in 1994 and open ever since, we make it our goal to keep swing dancing alive and kickin' by teaching dance lessons, supporting bands, and simply by bringing swing- dance lovers together in a fun and energetic party. Lessons at 8:00 pm. Live music from 9:00 pm until Mid- night. Lesssons are free with cover charge No partner needed.