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POST-GAZETTE, NOVEMBER 6, 2015 Page 11 DAN(:E PLAYING UPTOWN & DOWNTOWN Twelve of the best bhangra teams from North America will compete to be crowned the Boston Bhangra Champions! See DANCE SECTION for more details. MUSIC THEATER WILBUR THEATRE 246 Tremont St., Boston, MA 617-248-9700 www.TheWilburTheatre, corn FRANKIE VALLI -- November 6-8, 2015. Frankie Valli, who came to fame in 1962 as the lead singer of the Four Seasons, is hotter than ever in the twenty-first century. Thanks to the volcanic success of the Tony Award winning musical Jersey Boys, which chronicles the life and times of Frankie and his legendary group, such classic songs as "Big Girls Don't Cry," "Walk Like a Man," "Rag Doll," and "Can't Take My Eyes Off You" are all the rage all over again. With the play in its seventh blockbuster year on Broadway, and five other casts per- forming Jersey Boys nightly from Las Vegas to London, the real Frankie Valli is also packing venues around the world. ALFIO IN CONCERT -- Novem- ber 12, 2015. Italian-Australian crooner ALFIO brings a new approach to the tenor tradition. Beloved around the world for his modem interpreta- tions of Italian standards, classical takes on contemporary chart-toppers, and original compositions that bridge musical genres. "70s to Billy Idol and Tommy Tutone of the '80"s, from Sublime & Match- box 20 of the '90s to Ben Harper and Bare Naked Ladies of the '00s, and Foster The People and Neon Trees of the '10s. Shirley has a strong follow- hag that comes back again and again to hear their unique, signature mash- ups, which combine hook lines and choruses from various pop songs into one song. The band is best-known for creating a fun-loving party atmo- sphere while blasting out their best cover songs and parodies. Hailing from the North Shore, they're bursting with hometown pride and they want to share it with you this Thanksgiving weekend. LYNN AUDITORIUM 3 City Hail Square, Lynn, MA 781-599-SHOW www.LynnAudit PAUL ANKA -- December I l, 2015. Anka wrote "Diana," a love song, for the 18-year-old babysitter of his younger brother and sister. The song became America's top song in Sep- tember of 1957. He wrote "Lonely Boy" for his mother, who died of a liver disease. To date, Paul has recorded 125 albums -- including songs in Japanese, German, Spanish, French, and Italian -- and sold more than 15 million worldwide. He wrote "My Way" for Frank Sinatra. He was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame BLUE OCEAN MUSIC HALL in 1993. Anka discovered Michael 4 Oceanfront North BublO, Corey Hart and David Clayton- Salisbury, MA Thomas. He was awarded a Star on 978-462-5888 the Hollywood Walk of Fame. ROCKIN' HOLIDAY DANCE THE CABOT PARTY with DON'T CALL ME 286 Cabot Street, Beverly, MA SHIRLEY -- November 27, 2015. Rock 978-927-3100 out with local favorite Don't Call Me Shirley as we welcome the holiday CHRISTMAS WITH DARLENE season at Blue Ocean Music HalllLOVE -- December 13, 2015. Every- Don't Call Me Shirley plays contem- one has seen Darlene on Late Night porary, popular, and classic hits from with David Letterman singing *Christ- the 1950's to today's favorites; They mas (Baby Please Come Home)" for 30 play popular music from a cross see- holiday seasons. Now "Christmas with tion of many genres and decades.Darlene Love" is coming to Beverly for DCMS is "a wicked fun band" thatan exclusive Boston-area perfor- entertains music lovers with a wide mancet!! Darlene love was inducted range of tastes from Elvis Presley & into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Johnny Cash of the '50s to The 2011 and she was featured in 2O Feet Beatles and The Stones of the '60s, from Stardom in 2013. In 2014, that from The Doobie Brothers and documentary won an Academy Award Creedence Clearwater Revival of the and Darlene was featured from the "The Sicilian Comer," -- every Friday I0:00 am to Noon with hosts Tom Zappala and Mike Lomazzo and "The Best in Italian Music" with Nunzio DiMarca every Sunday from 9:00 am to Noon. Go to www.111~corr~ "Italia Oggi" -- Sundays I g:00 am to Noon with host Andrea Urdi 1460 AM. "Dolce Vita Radio" -- Sundays DJ Rocco Mesiti 11:00 am-l:00 pm; 90.7 FM or online "The Nick Franciosa Show" -- Sundays from Noon to 3:00 pm on WLYN 1360 AM. "Guido Oliva Italian Hatur" -- Sundays 8:00 am-9:00 am on WSRO 650 AM and online at "Tony's Place" on MusicAmerica WPLM FM 99.1 -- Sundays 7:00 pro-2:00 am on MuslcAmeriea. Host Ron Della Chiesa presents Tony's Place. Visit www.MusicNotNolse,com- "L'Italia Chiamo Italian Radio Show" hosted by Stefano Marchese and Elisa Meazzlui -- Thursdays 3:00 pm-4:15 pro. Visit //ta//ach/; emafl: litaliachiamoshow@gmaiLcowc Tel. 857-334-0868. "Intervallo Musicale" -- Sundays 10:00=10:30 am; Host Carmine Guarino on WUNR 1600 AM and online at Dolby Theater stage on the Academy Awards Show. As she raised the Oscar, the entire house stood with a cheer- ing ovation lead by the wildly applaud- ing Bill Murray. Darlene, who cel- ebrated her 74th birthday in July, is killing it! She is touring non-stop, appearing on late night TV and she has a hot new CD produced by Steven Van Zandt, the guitarist and member of Bruce Springsteen's E Street Band. Titled Introducing Darlene Love. songs by Tony Award nominees Mat- thew Sklar and Chad Beguelin (The Wedding Singer}, with a book by Tony Award winners Thomas Meehan (Annie, The Producers, Ha/rspray} and Bob Martin (The Drowsy Chaperone}. ORPHEUM THEATRE I Hamilton Place, Boston, MA 617-482-0106 SHUBERT THEATRE 265 Tremont Street, Boston, MA BOSTON BHANGRA COMPETI- 866-348-9738 TION --- November 14, 2015. The 12th annual Boston Bhangra Competition LOVE LETTERS -- February 2-7, will host 12 of the best bhangra teams 2016. One of the most famous on from North America who will compete TD GARDEN screen couples of all time are back to be crowned the Boston Bhangra I00 Legends Way, Boston, MA together for the national tour of A.R. Champions! The last 11 years of the 617-624-1050 Gurney's Love Letters. Ryan O'Neil and show have been very successful with All MacGraw first set hearts a flutter strong support from sponsors and has CARRIE UNDERWOOD -- Febru- in 1970 when they starred in thesold out with an attendance of 3,000 ary 23, 2016. Seven-time Grammy iconic weepie Love Story. A massive people! Bhangra is a folk dance from winner and Pollstar's three-time top commercial success, the movie was the state of Punjab and parts of Paki- female country touring artist, Carrie nominated for seven Academy Awards stan. It is a very energetic and fun Underwood, who just released her fifth and its tagline alone -- Love means dance to watch. It has been compared studio album, Storyteller. "I can't wait never having to say you're sorry -- is to a fusion of hip hop and cheerleading to play new music from Storyteller for still enough to get millions reaching with a cultural twist. It has been the fans," shares Underwood. "I am for a box of tissues. What is Love Let- integrated into many hip hop/reggae so blessed to have this career and get ters About? Melissa and Andrew have songs, and is one of the most up- to do to the things I do, but there is been in love since second grade, yet coming foreign dance forms in the nothing like that moment when I get circumstance and their own crushing world! Special guest performances by to step onto the stage to sing and all insecurities have resulted in this in- Bhangra superstar Kay V Singh the fans are singing along with me." evitable romance never materialising, from the USA. This is one of the The Storyteller Tour -- Stories in the Opting instead for the safety of friend- fastest growing forms of music/dance Round will be Underwood's first tour ship, the pair keep up a constant cor- in the world! "in the round." With the stage in the respondence through letters, cards, middle of the arena floor, the 360- notes and invitations, a 50-year-old degree setting will allow fans on all paper trail which details all of their sides of the arena to get a very inti- victories, defeats and dreams as life mate and unique concert experience, pulls them ever further apart. BOSTON OPERA HOUSE 539 Washington St., Boston, MA 617-259-3400 www.BostonOperaHouse.eom BEAUTIFUL -- Now through November 15, 2015. Looking to feel the earth move under your feet? Then you are in luck, because tickets for Beautiful: The Carole K/ng Mus/ca/ are now on sale. The Tony Award- nominated bin musical stars Abby Mueller as the titular leading lady. Beaut/f u/tells the inspiring true story of King's remarkable rise to stardom, from being part of a hit song-writing team with her husband Gerry GoiTm, to her relationship with fellow writ- ers and best friends Cynthia Weft and Barry Mann, to becoming one of the most successful solo acts in popular music history. Along the way, she made more than beautiful music, she wrote the soundtrack to a generation. Beautiful was nominated for nine 2014 Tony Awards, including Best Musical and Best Book of a Musical, and the show won the 2015 Grammy Award for Best Musical Theater Album. THE NUTCRACKER -- Novem- ber 27-December 31, 2015. Mikko Nissinen's The Nutcracker captures your imagination and transports you to a magical world of brave toy soldiers and dancing candy canes. Follow Clara as she embarks on her journey filled with colorful characters, breathtak- ing costumes, and majestic scenery. CENTRAL SQUARE THEATER 450 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge MA 617-576-9278 ARABIAN NIGHTS -- November 27, 2015 through January 3, 2016. Become enchanted by the power of storytelling one f'mal timel The Nora Theatre Company and Underground Railway Theater revive their award- winning production of Dominic Cooke's Arab/an N/ghts. Based on One Thousand and One Nights, a collec- tion of folk tales from the Middle East and Asia, Arabian Nights is rich with suspense, romance and hilarity -- sto- ries irresistible for all ages, and at its heart, the power of the imagination to heal, inspire, and transform. WANG THEATER Citi Performing Arts Center 270 Tremont Street Boston, MA 800-982-2787 ELF THE BROADWAY MUSICAL -- November 17 to December 6, 2015. ELF The Muslea/is the hilarious tale of Buddy, a young orphan child who mistakenly crawls into Santa's bag of gifts and is transported back to the North Pole. Unaware that he is actually human, Buddy's enormous. size and poor toy-making abilities cause him to face the truth. With Santa's permission, Buddy embarks on a Journey to New York City to find his birth father, discover his true identity, and help New York remem- ber the true meaning of Christmas. This modem day Christmas classic is sure to make everyone embrace their inner ELF. Based on the beloved 2003 New Line Cinema hit, ELF features BERKLEE PERFORMANCE CENTER 136 Mass Ave., Boston MA 617-747-2261 www.Berklee.Edu/Events PACO PEI~A FLAMENCO DANCE COMPANY -- November 15, 2015. Exceptional flamenco dancers and a sensational band of musicians and virtuoso singers come together in Flamencura, a new production from legendary flamenco guitarist Paco Pefia. Packed with intensity, depth, and raw energy, Flamencura is grounded in the present but also pays tribute to flamenco's rich heritage. SEAPORT WORLD TRADE CENTER 200 Seaport Blvd., Boston, MA 617-385-5000 BOSTON INTERNATIONAL KIDS INSTITUTE OF CONTEMPORARY FILM FESTIVAL -- November 6-8, 2015. The Boston International Kids ART/BOSTON I00 Northern Ave., Boston, MA Film Festival, now in its third year, is 617-478-3100 designed for moviegoers of all ages. The festival will showcase features, shorts and student-made films from THIS IS TANGO NOW -- Novem- around the world. This year's com- ber 20-22, 2015. Formed by re- edies, fantasies, and documentaries nowned, Tony-winning tango artists Fernanda Ghi and Guillermo will cover tough topics with extraor- Merlo and musician Alfredo Minetti, dinary sensitivity and imagination. There are also workshops designed This Is Tango Now represents a to inspire and empower young people unique approach to tango, reflecting an unconditional passion for the art to tell their own stories. Nearly 80 trims form. Featuring a stellar company of will be shown at the festival; a com- plete list and schedule can be found 12 dancers and musicians performing at, the world premiere of Carmen ... de Buenos Aires, this breathtaking new SHRINER'S AUDITORIUM production of Carmen blends tango and flamenco with an original score 99 Fordham Rd., Wilmington, MA based on Bizet's beloved melodies. 978-657-4202 or 781-665-6466 www.AleppoShriners.c0m THE CROSBY WHISTLE STOP NORTHEAST COMIC CON AND 24 Roland Street, Charlestown, MA COLLECTIBLES EXTRAVAGANZA -- December 5-6, 2015. A line-up of 978-884-7690 family fun including celebrity guests, SWING DANCE EVERY FRI- K!DZ activities, cosplay, video games DAY NIGHT -- Come and check out and holiday shopping. As a special event offering the largest selec- Boston's most exciting swing dance, tion of collectibles, geek crafts, com- conveniently located in Sullivan ics, toys, comic art and pop culture Square less than a five-minute walk from the T. Free parking is available. artifacts for sale in New England, this show has become the holiday A killer line up of DJ's and live bands shopping place for nerds and the every Friday night. A beginner lesson is included in the price of admission people who love them. Everything from 8:00-9:00 pm prior to social danc- a fan or collector could possibly ing from 9:00 pm-midnight. No part- want, that you could not find any- where else, is displayed on over 300 ner or prior experience is required. tables. All ages and dance levels welcome. TD GARDEN I00 Legends Way, Boston, MA 617-624-1050 WWE TIC: Tables, Ladders, and Chairs -- December 13, 2015. For the first time ever, TLC comes to BostonI See your favorite WWE Superstars including: Seth Rollins, Roman Reigns, Bray Wyatt, Dean Ambrose, Randy Orton, Sheamus, and many more! Card is subject to change. OMNI PARKER HOUSE 60 School Street, Boston, MA 877-613-0134 INTIMATE ILLUSIONS -- Decem- ber 26-27, 2015. Brilliant, hilarious & enthralling. World-renowned illusion- ist and entertainer Ivan Amodei delights in creating one-of-a-kind stage experiences using a blend of magnificent magic, music, drama and comedy that transport you, the audi- ence, into a fantastic new worldl Utterly enthralling, Amodefs myriad talents range from daring telekinesis to dazzling telepathy, and much more, including world-class iliusionsl Fea- turing an incredible score including everything from Mozart to Hans Zimmer and Celine Dion's concert Cellist, Intimate lllustions is-a spec- tacular, spontaneous and witty show about destiny, courage, life and love. It is most definitely like nothing you've ever seen beforel MUSEUM OF FINE ARTS, BOSTON 465 Huntington Avenue, Boston 617-267-9300 KENNETH PAUL BLOCK ILLUS- TRATIONS- December 12, 2015- August 14, 2016. Kenneth Paul Block (1925-2009} is arguably the most im- portant fashion illustrator of the sec- ond half of the 20m century. His ver- satility and ability to create a graceful gesture or evoke the high energy of the post-WWII generation make his work stand out among illustrators of his time. Throughout his career, mainly with Women's Wear Daily and W Magazine, he chronicled fashion- able designs and the lifestyles of the people who wore them. Blending il- lustration and portraiture, his draw- ings of figures like Jacqueline Kennedy, Babe Paley and Gloria Guinness cap- ture the sophistication of the era's socialites and celebrities. This chro- nological survey contains approxi- mately 30 works spanning Block's ca- reer from the 1950s into the 1990s -- drawing from the MFA's repository of Block's extensive archive of drawings. Including examples of fashion illus- trations and society portraits, works range from early black-and-white drawings in charcoal to later works in watercolor and colored pencil.