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POST-GAZETTE, SEPTEMBER 28, 2012 Page 11 * The Socially Scene (Continued from Page 7) Vladimir Jurowski to lead the Boston Symphohy Orchestra October 11-13. (Photo by Roman Gontcharov) VLADIMIR JUROWSKI ... Making his Boston Sym- phony Orchestra debut, Vladimir Jurowski, principal conductor of the London Phil- harmonic Orchestra, leads the BSO October 11-13 with German violinist Arabella Steinbacher as soloist in Mendelssohn's sparkling Violin Concerto. Though the concerto is now a familiar repertoire staple, its solo- violin opening and three movements flowing together without pause were quite unusual for their time. The program concludes with Shostakovich's Symphony No. 4, a dark yet powerfully majestic work the composer finished in 1936, but that, due to Soviet censorship, did not receive its first performance for another quarter-century. Born in Moscow and son of conductor Mikhail Jurow- ski, Vladimir Jurowski com- pleted the first part of his musical studies in his na- tive town at the Music Col- lege of the Moscow Conser- vatory. In 1990 he relocated with his family to Germany where he continued his studies at high schools of music in Dresden and in Berlin, studying conducting with Roll Reuter and vocal coaching with Semion Skigin. Since 1997 Vladimir has been a guest at some of the world's leading musical institutions including the Royal Opera House-Covent Garden, Teatro La Fenice di Venezia, Opera Bastille de Paris, Theater de la Monnaie Bruxelles, Maggio Musicale Festival Florence, Rossini Opera Festival Pesaro, Edinburgh Festival, Semperoper Dresden and the Teatro Comunale di Bo- logna. To see this one of a kind leader perform with the Symphony you can call the box office at 888-266-7575 or online through the BSO's website (www.bso.org). WAR HORSE ... the Tony Award-winning drama about love, friendship and courage comes to the Boston Opera House for two weeks from October 10-21, 2012. The play, based on the book of the same name by Michael Morpurgo, was adapted by Nick Stafford for the stage production. Despite the author's hesi- tance, the play opened to huge success on Broadway in protagonist Albert's horse, Joey, is sent into the army, serving on both the British and German sides. Albert, too young to join the army but not ready to let go of his friend, embarks on a dangerous journey to search and rescue his beloved horse. Show times for "War Horse" at the Opera House are at 7:30 pm from Tuesdays to Thursdays, 8:00 pm on Fridays and Saturdays, and 6:30 pm on Sundays. Matinee perfor- mances are at 2:00 pm on Saturdays and I:00 pm on Sundays. A special mati- nee performance will be held on Thursday, Octo- ber ii at 1:00 pm. Tickets for all Broadway in Boston shows and other concerts and cultural presenta- tions are sold online at www. ticketmaster, com. SHIPWRECK ... Pirates & Treasure Exhibit Sets Sail for the Museum of Science, Boston Pirates & Treasure will open to the public at the Museum of Science Boston, on September 23, 2012. Showcasing Odyssey's world- class archaeological work in the deep ocean, the SHIP- WRECK! Exhibit contains over 500 authentic ship- wreck artifacts, a variety of interactive elements and graphic display panels. Odys- sey has discovered some of the world's most fascinating shipwrecks, including the record-breaking recovery of the heaviest and deepest cargo of precious metal from the SS Gairsoppa announced earlier this year. SHIP- WRECK! Will allows visitors to experience the thrill of shipwreck exploration while investigating some of the world's greatest maritime stories. Featuring authentic shipwreck artifacts recov- ered by Odyssey in the Atlantic Ocean, English Channel and Mediterra- nean Sea, the exhibit takes visitors on a voyage through more than 2,000 years of seafaring history. A variety of authentic shipwreck treasure, decorative porce- lain figurines, personal items like combs and tooth brushes and even the 300- year-old logarithmic cal- culator on a folding rule -- the oldest ever recovered on a shipwreck site -- will be on display at the Museum of Science, in Odyssey's SHIPWRECK[ Pirates & Trea- sure exhibit. These price- less gems will be on display at the Museum of Science, Boston, located at 1 Science Park, Boston, MA 02114. For hours of operation and ticket prices, please visit the Museum's website at http:/ /www.mos.org/. 2011. Set World War 1, "Yappy Hour" Brought Back Old Memories Boston City Councilor Ayanna Pressley has gone to the dogs, I really mean it, gone to the dogs. She stopped off recently at Peters Park in the South End right along Washington Street. This dog park was the first along her "Yappy Hour" tour. Soon expect to see her in a dog park near you. This could be a really good reality show as Pressley travels the city looking to talk with both you and your dog. It is amazing how easily folks talk with one another when they have a pooch with them. Amazing when a city councilor stops by and folks talk about every- day issues affecting their lives. Dog owners actually make neighborhoods safer and become the eyes and ears of a community. They aren't just concerned about poop and the subject matter ranged from poop to public safety and eerything in between. Too often today folks box themselves in their living quarters and never become part of the nighborhood that is their home. Give these same folks a pooch and they have no alternative but to venture out and be- come part of their surround- ings. Too bad folks need dogs as an excuse to talk to one another. I had a good time watching the interaction between Ayanna and the dog owners and Ayanna and the dogs too. Like Ayanna, I tend toward the small dogs, easier to carry when they get tired. Try carrying a 125 pound dog, it isn't a pretty sight. Before Councilor Pressley arrived to start day one of her whirlwind citywide dog park tour, I was already by Sal Giarratani there talking with the vari- ous dog owners and their doggies. These folks like their dog parks and they pick up after their dogs. I laughed telling them about the old days way back, say, in 1962 when dog owners opened front doors in the morning letting the dogs out and telling them to stay out of trouble. These dogs stayed out but often got into trouble but were always home for dinner by 5 pm. However, their poop was another whole matter not discussed. That was between the dog and the sidewalk and owners saw nothing. I was always afraid of walking down a street when I saw a dog roaming alone. Often nearby junk yards would free their junk yard dogs during the night and the sight of a mean looking German shepherd walking toward you sent you carefully across the street to the other sidewalk until the dog was pretty much far away from you. I even heard stories that down at Jordan Marsh at night, the store released guard dogs who pro- tected the place from would be bad guys. When I was growing up on East Springfield Street I had a shepherd-collie named Friar. One day when I was i0, I was walking past Rep. Charlie lannello's place on Harrison Avenue when he gave me this puppy. He told me every boy should have a dog. When I got home and surprised my father with the dog, he just laughed and said he'd be talking to Charlie real soon. We kept the dog but it was the last time I ever brought a dog home. Today's dogs have it so 'easy as opposed to ii- owners who are paying $2500 a month for an apart- ment unit my parents paid $25 per month back in 1962. Of course, today everyone wants a pure breed, I always thought a mutt was pure breed growing up since there were so many of them roam- ing my old neighborhood streets back when I was but a kid. I like dog parks too. You bring your dog there and it plays and poops to its own content. When it is time to leave, the poop gets picked up and dog and owner are on their way in their poop-free world. I like the idea that Ayanna Pressley has come upon. Tour dog parks and find out what's happening in the neighborhood. There are a lot worse things than a dog day morning or after- noon. Remember if you ever thought of barking at a politician about some issue bothering you, check Ayanna Pressley's "Yappy Hour" tour and bark away. Celebrate Franklin Park Zoo's I O0 th Birthday! Celebration to Feature Sweet Treats, Historical Tours, Enrichment and Morel This year, Franklin Park Zoo is celebrating a century of fun and adventure. To mark the Zoo's 100 m birth- day, guests are invited to a big birthday party on Octo- ber 6 from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. To help celebrate this milestone, local bakeries have been invited to present zoo-themed birthday cakes that will not only be sampled by guests but will also be judged on creativity and Unite Conquistiamo Come and join the Donne 2000 Team for the annual "Making Strides for Breast Cancer Walk" on Sunday, October 14, 2012 at 8:30 am (rain or shine) at the Charles River Esplanade. To donate, make checks payble to The American Can- cer Society and mail to Gina Di Tirro, 357 Commercial Street, Apt. 318, Boston, MA - 02109. Contact Gina at 617-329- 9339 or gditirro@yahoo.com if , you .would like to walk with :l 'U tSc/ence} the team: taste. Participating bakeries include: K6yks Bakery, Cakes for Occasions, Cus- tom Wedding Cakes by Penny, Cakeology and Konditor Meister. Throughout the day, there will be an opportunity for visitors to sign a giant birth- day card for the zoo and take a self-gttided  hist6eal wh|k- ing tour. Th an3mals wdl also join in on the fun as they will receive birthday- themed enrichment items filled with treats. The festivi- ties will also include the burial of a time capsule. Franklin Park Zoo is located at One Franklin Park Road, Boston, MA. For further details, please ,,'all 617-541-LION or visit , www.franklinparkzoo, org. f LUCIA RISTORANTE & BAR Traditional Italian Cuisine 415 Hanover Street, Boston 61 7.367.2353 11 MountVernon Street, Winchester 781.729.0515 Peivale t=unction 00ooms foe anq Occasion Chisteninq DricJal Show+ Bcbtj qhow+ Bi,thcJaq Bcrovcmcnt, Itc. Donato Frattaroli donato @ luciaboston.com www.luciaristorante.com