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POST-GAZETTE, SEPTEMBER 16, 2011 Page 11 NOW PLAYING UPTOWN & DOWNTOWN Get ready for swashbuckling excitement in the world's most complex, adventure cornfield maze. Davis Mega Maze offers a new pirate adventure, "Blackbeard's Revenge" that will transform you from landlubber to pirate and then challenge you to solve the maze, find the hidden treasure and claim a share of the loot. Davis Mega Maze is a mind-bending odyssey, unrivaled in complexity, intensity and funt See SPECIAL EVENTS for more details. NORTH SHORE MUSIC THEATRE 62 Dunham Road, Beverly, MA 2011 SEASON - The King & I September 27-October 9, Legally Blonde November 1-13, A Christmas Carol December 2-23. 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, MA 01915. Gift certificates are also on sale through the box office. ITALIAN EVENTS & PROGRAMS LOEB DRAMA CENTER 64 Brattle St., Cambridge, MA THE GERSHWINS' PORGY AND BESS - Now through October 2, 2011. In 1935, Porgy and Bess pre- miered at the Colonial Theater in Boston. Now, 76 years later, the A.R.T. brings back Porgy and Bess in a new production featuring inter- nationally renowned stars Audra McDonald as Bess, Norm Lewis as Porgy and David Alan Grier as Sporting Life. This classic American tale is set in the 1920s 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 conniving Sport- ing Life. This heartbreaking love story boasts some of the most famous and beloved works from the Great Ameri- can Songbook, including: "Summer- time," "Bess, You Is My Woman." "It Ain't Necessarily So" and "I Loves You, Porgy." AS YOU LIKE IT - December 7, 2011 - January 8, 2012. By William Shakespeare featuring members of 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 play- ers," in Shakespeare's beloved pas- toral comedy As You Like It. This classic tale follows Rosalind and her friend Celia's escape from a deadly conspiracy into nature's wild, lib- erating arms. What follows is an unconventional romance with every- thing from wrestling matches to cross- dressing shepherds culminating in a joyful finale. For further information, please call 617-547-8300 or log onto www.americanrepertorytheater.org. BOSTON OPERA HOUSE 539 Washington St., Boston, MA SOUTH PACIFIC - September 27- October 2, 2011. Nellie, a nurse on a Pacific Island during WWII, falls in love with de Becque, a local planter. However, when she learns he is a widower with two half-caste children, she cannot accept the situation. Meanwhile, Cable falls in love with a Polynesian girl named L/at. Cable and de Becque go off together on a spy mission and the two women wait in hope of their return. NIGHT OF STARS - Saturday, Oc- tober 29, 2011 at 7:00 pm. - Night of Stars, a spectacular showcase of Boston Ballet's exciting repertoire, features the talents of the entire company, including principal dancers and rising stars. This unique evening provides audiences with a taste of the upcoming season. Escape to Verona with John Cranko's ROMEO AND JULIET - November 3- 13, 2011 - Masterfully told through Cranko's choreography and Prokofiev's score, Romeo and Juliet is a triumphant must-see. Don't miss the final season of the current Boston Ballet's THE NUT- CRACKER - November 25 through December 31, 2011. Experience the magic of this beloved production one last time. The perfect holiday gift! For tickets, please go to the Colonial Theatre, 106 Boylston Street. Hours are 10:00 am-6:00 pm Monday through Saturday. On the web, visit www.broadwayacrossamerica.com / Boston or Ticketmaster.com. By phone call Ticketmaster at 800-982-2787. REAGLE MUSIC THEATRE 617 Lexington St., Waltham, MA Irving Berlin's SAY IT WITH MUSIC - October 1-2, 2011. With an ensemble of fabulous singers, talented dancers and a live orchestra, Reagle pays tribute to a man and his legendary music. With such favorites as: "Alexander's Ragtime Band," "God Bless America," "Always," Blue Skies." "Cheek to Cheek," "I Wonder Why (You're Just in Love)" and "Let Your- self Go." IT'S CHRISTMAS TIME - Decem- ber 3 - Ii. 2011. The one Boston Christmas spectacle guaranteed to warm any heart! Children of all ages are enchanted by Santa's Workshop, Teddy Bears" Nutcracker, Parade of the Wooden Soldiers, Victo- rian Christmas, precision dancers and The Living Nativity. Our cast of 200 comes gift wrapped in fabulous holi- day sets and costumes -- all backed by a full live orchestra. TD GARDEN Causeway St., Boston, MA ENRIQUE IGLESIAS - Septem- ber 22,2011 - 7:00 pm. Enrique Iglesias stormed the charts this year with hit songs heard on radio airwaves and in dance clubs across the country. Iglesias will blaze a trail into U.S. arenas with Pitbull and special guest Prince Royce for the hottest tour of the Fall, starting September 22 in Boston. With his signature vocals, driving pop and dance beats and pure passion, Iglesias will have arena audiences on their feet all night. INDIAN RANCH 200 Gore Road, Webster, MA The Summer Concert Series offers our music audience an opportunity to see their favorite artist in an inti- mate setting. Every seat nestled be- tween the scent of pine trees has a premier view of the stunning amphitheatre stage with the back- drop of the portrait cove of scenic Webster Lake. THE FABULOUS THUNDER- BIRDS - Saturday, September 17, 201 I. LONESTAR - Sunday, Septem- ber 18, 2011. MARTY STUART - Saturday, Sep- tember 24, 2011. Call 508-943-3871 or log on to the website at indianranch.com. ORPHEUM THEATRE 1 Hamilton Place, Boston, MA WEIRD AL YANKOVIC - October 15, 2011. Hugely popular singer- songwriter/comedlan whose humor- ous songs have seen him pick up three Grammy Awards and sell more than ten million albums -- more than any other comedian in history. SPINELLI'S FUNCTION FACILITY Route One South, Lynnfleld, MA NORTH END REUNION - Thurs- day, September 22, 2011 at 6:00 pm. Enjoy music from the "50s and '60s. Join your friends who grew up in the North End for fun times and memories. Contact Lolly Ciampa at 781-938-9254 or RoRo DeMarco at 781-284-5945. MUSEUM OF SCIENCE 1 Science Park, Boston A DAY IN POMPEH - Opens Sun- day, October 2 ". Tickets now on sale. The Roman city of Pompeii was destroyed by the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79 AD, vanishing beneath layers of volcanic ash. Now you can discover one of the greatest archaeo- logical treasures ever unearthed at A Day in Pompeii. For further informa- tion on this exhibit or upcoming exhibits, log on to mos.org. PEABODY ESSEX MUSEUM East India Square, 161 Essex Street, Salem, MA SURREAL & ABSURB - Saturday, October I and Sunday, October 2. Step into the surreal and experiment with surrealist techniques, experi- ence dreamlike films and make friends with odd characters from Big Nazo. Ac- tivities include: Wacky Hats -- Amaz- ing and surprising things happen at the intersection of Surrealism and fashion. Look at images of fantastic creations and then make a wild, wacky or creepy hat to wear around the museum. Surreal Collage -- Free your mind from logical thought and create amazing artwork inspired by two unrelated objects. Random- /zeal Poetry -- Arrange random words and phrases into a poem of your own or add to an existing group poem. Adjust the words to create a flowing poem, even if it is unintelligible. Big Nazo! -- Meet Big Nazo, the interna- tional and intergalactic creature troupe from Providence, R.I., that united to create bizarre and hilarious larger-than-life characters and spec- tacles. Surreal Landscapes -- Cre- ate your own landscape then have it projected on the wall and step into your creation! There's a Nightmare in My Closet-- In Mercer Mayer's book there is a big, scary nightmare living in a boy's bedroom closet. Find out what happens when the boy decides to confront the unwanted guest. Laby- rinth -- With a cast of Jim Henson's imaginative puppets, Jennifer Con- nelly and glum-rocker David Bowie, Labyrinth takes us on an amazing and at times musical journey to the City of Goblins and the castle of their king. Rated PG. Reservations by Septem- ber 29. Alice in Wonderland -- In Victorian England, a bored young girl dreams that she has entered Won- derland, a world populated by fantas- tic characters. This black-and-white version features an amazing cast in- cluding Gary Cooper, Cary Grant and Richard Arlen. 1933. Not rated. For dates and times, log on to pem.org. TD GARDEN Causeway Street, Boston RINGLING BROS. AND BARNUM & BAILEY CIRCUS - October 12-16, 2011. For almost 130 years, The R/ngling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus has been amazing and delighting audiences around the world. Now you can experience all the excitement of this three ring extravaganza live in person. See the astounding acrobats, vibrant visuals and prodigious performers for your- self. For tickets, visit the TD Garden Box Office, log on to TDGarden.com, call Ticketmaster at 800-745-3000 or Ticketmaster Express at 866-448- 7849 or ticketmaster.com. PROWSE FARM 5 Blue Hill River Rd., Canton, MA LIFE IS GOOD FESTIVAL is a one- of-a-kind fundraiser event taking place on September 24-25. The festival is a celebration of music and optimism, featuring three stages of nationally-known musical talent, hands-on games, interactive arts activities and the "Good Kids" zone -- home to the top acts in kids enter- tainment. 100% of Life is Good's prof- its from the Festival will go towards The Life is Good Playmakers, helping kids overcome life-threatening chal- lenges such as violence, illness and extreme poverty. For further details, log onto www.lifelsgood.com. DAVIS MEGA MAZE 145 Redstone Hill, Sterling, MA Do you have what it takes to sur- vive? Experience the World's most complex, 3-D adventure cornfield maze. Games Magazine calls Davis Mega Maze "The Granddaddy of the world's field mazes." Spend the entire day, this maze quite possibly offers too much to dol Created for adults but enjoyed by all ages, this 3-D twister will turn you inside out, stir your senses and blow your mind! It's an incredible experience for fam- ily and friends. In October, prepare for our ghostly, ghastly HALLOWEEN FRIGHT NIGHTS during the last three weekends (ENTER IF YOU DARE -- geared for adultsl). Also in the fall, special nighttime events include Moonlight Mazing and Starry Starry Night. For further information visit www.davlsfarmland.com. MUSEUM OF FINE ARTS 465 Huntington Avenue, Boston DEGAS AND THE NUDE, Octo- ber 9, 201 I, through February 5, 2012. The first museum exhibition devoted exclusively to the extraordinary range ITALIAN RADIO PROGRAMS "The Sicilian Corner" ll:00 am to i:00 pm every Friday with host Tom Zappala and Mike Lomazzo and "The Italian Show" with Nunzio DiMarca every Sunday from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm. Go to www. 1110wccmam.com. "Italia Oggl" Sundays 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm with host Andrea Urdi 1460 AM www. 1460WXBR.com. "Dolce Vita Radio" DJ Rocco Mesiti II:00 am-l:00 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 Oliva Italian Hour" 8:00 am-9:00 am Sundays on WSRO 650 AM and online at www.wsro.com. "Don Giovanni Show" Saturdays 6:00 am-8:00 am and Sundays 5:00 pm-7:00 pm on 950 AM WROL www.dongiovannishow.com. "Tony's Place" on MusicAmerica WPLM FM 99. I - Every Sunday night 9:00 pm to 10:00 pm on MusicAmerica host Ron Della Chiesa presents Tony's Place on WPLM FM Easy 99. I. During the hour, Ron will feature recordings by his good friend Tony Bennett. You'll hear all your Bennett favorites from his early hits to his latest Grammy winners, www.MusicNotNoise.com. "Radio Italia Unlta" - Thursdays 2:00 pro-3:00 pm on www.zumix.org/ radio or Itunes, college radio click on Zumix. For more information, log onto www.italiaunita.org. ORPHEUM THEATER I Hamilton Place, Boston, MA IL VOLO - October 18, 2011 - Young boys with big voices, II Volo is Italy's newest singing sensation. "Already certified platinum in their homeland and several other countries, IL Volo have captured the hearts of Ameri- cans of all ages following their U.S. American Idol debut and appearances on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Good Morning America and Ellen. Their single "O Solo Mio" has been seen by over one million fans on YouTube and their serf-tiffed debut, which is a mix of reimagined classics and original material produced by the multi Grammy of nudes by Edgar Degas -- tracing their evolution from the artist's early years, through the private and public images of brothels and bathers in the 1870s and 1880s, to the post- Impressionist nudes of the end of his career will be presented. The MFA will offer a groundbreaklng examination of Degas's concept of the human body during the course of 50 years, by show- ing his work within the broader con- text of his forebears, contemporaries and followers in 19th-century France. For information, visit www.mfa.org or call 617-267-9300. THE MUSEUM OF BAD ART Dedham Community Theatre 580 High St., Dedham Sq., Dedham Somerville Theatre, 55 Davis Sq., Somerville MA Brookline Access Television, 46 Tappan St., Brookline The Museum Of Bad Art {MOBA} is a community-based, private institu- tion dedicated to the collection, pres- ervation, exhibition and celebration of bad art in all its forms and in all its glory. It is only through the efforts of the worldwide Friends of MOBA that we have been able to carry out our mission: to bring the worst of art to the widest of audiences. MOBA main- tains a website as well as three bricks- and-mortar galleries, all in the Boston area. Through traveling exhibits, spe- cial events and changing exhibits, we share the best bad art ever assembled. Our collection numbers about 600 pieces, but due to limited exhibition space, we show 50 to 70 at a time. Visit museumofbadart.org. MUSEUM OF FINE ARTS 465 Huntington Avenue, Boston DEGAS AND THE NUDE, Octo- ber 9, 2011, through February 5, 2012. The first museum exhibition devoted exclusively to the extraordinary range of nudes by Edgar Degas -- tracing their evolution from the artist's early years, through the private and public images of brothels and bathers in the 1870s and 1880s, to the post-lmpres- sionist nudes of the end of his career wlll be presented. The MFA will offer a groundbreaking examination of Degas's concept of the human body during the course of 50 years, by show- ing his work within the broader con- text of his forebears, contemporaries and followers in 19th-century France. For information, visit www.mfa.org or call 617-267-9300. Award-winning Humberto Gatica and the world renowned Italian singer/ producer Tony Renis, is heading toward platinum status in the United States." For more information on II Volo, visit ILVoloMusic.com. For tickets, visit Ticketmaster.com and LiveNation. com. CLUB PASSIM 47 Palmer Street, Cambridge, MA CANZONIERE GRECANICO SAL- ENTINO - September 25, 2011 brings the power of Taranta to North America for the first time. Italy's fasci- nating dichotomy of tradition and modernity come together in the mu- sic of Canzoniere Grecanico Salentino. Hailing from the Puglia region, the seven piece band and dancer are the leading exponents in a new wave of young performers re-inventing South- ern Italy's Pizzica Taranta musical and dance traditions for today's global audience. This famed annual event has drawn the attention of noted in- ternational music figures such as Anglo-American drummer Stewart Copeland, Malian kora virtuoso Ballakd Sissoko and pan-European singer-songwriter Piers Faccini, all of whom have traveled to the Lecce prov- ince to perform with the group. Musi- cal stars of Italy's new generation a)- ready known to American audiences such as Carmen Consoli, Vinicio Capossela and Ludovico Einaudi are past and present Taranta practitio- ners and participants alongside CGS. For further information log onto www.clubpassim.org or visit www.canzonieregrecanicosalentino.net. BERKLEE PERFORMANCE CENTER 136 Massachusetts Avenue, Boston MA ZUCCHERO - October 29, 2011. Zucchero "Sugar" Fornaciari is one of Italy's most renowned artists, with 11 studio albums dating back to 1983. The Italian musician will be touring the U.S.to present his latest release, Chocabeck. To pur- chase your tickets, please log onto www.ticketmaster.com for tickets.