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POST-GAZETTE, NOVEMBER 8, 2013 Page 9 00ocially Scene by jAngela Comacchio The fairy tale Sleeping Beauty will be brought to life with by Arts Emerson opening November 13 th. (Photo Socially Scene Reviewed .... This week's follow up is going to be a bit different than in the past, being Bos- ton has had quite the spe- cial week. I generally attend events I include in my col- umn and fill in on all the fun. In the October 25 th issue, I included the Cask 'n Flagon as my "Tasty Treat to Com- pliment Your Time in the City" and when I came to the realization that we just may walk away with the World Series I found myself on site! I was blessed to have been an employee at Fenway Park in 2004 and saw it all from start to finish that year, so my thoughts were that noth- ing could top that time and experience. I made the last minute decision to join the circus when the Sox brought the series back to Boston. It may have been a combina- tion from the lack of sleep due to the late night innings or the actual passion I could see in Big Papi that told me he is going to rally this team to take it all! The Cask 'n Flagon has been voted America's #1 baseball bar and it has al- ways lived up to the name in my heart. So after making a few phone calls and the great management there Socially Scene was able to be on site at a place I knew would make for a memory. I took the train to Kenmore that was packed solid but the singing, smiles and just good ol' fashion Boston pride was well worth it. The walk to the Cask was like watch- ing cattle being herded and I couldn't help but giggle! Now actually going over the bridge and seeing the lights of the famous ball park, I'm not ashamed that I was so overwhelmed with emotion -- there was a tear or two. Once I finally made it into the Cask 'n Flagon, I could have sworn I was inside Fen- way with the amount of ex- citement, loyalty and cheer. Maybe it had something to do with the fact we were all fans full of love that pulled ourselves into the fire just feet from the Green Monster in hopes history would be made. The Cask has been around for 30 years and has seen quite the renovation. I found my way into the ball park in 2004 while serving at the Cask and just so happened to be talking to the right per- son at the right time. Back then it was a great version, I am not a fan of fixing some- thing that's not broken but WOW the place was amazing. The rows and rows of com- fortable booths, the set up in the back with couches, high top tables, big screen TV's and a second bar made me envision I would be watching plenty of Pats games there. I just so happened to find myself a seat at the main bar, being the World Series and all, I didn't expect top notch service or the food to be outstanding. I was so very wrong! The bar staff was attentive, had some nice flare and somehow I always had a full beer. The menu was impressive, another rea- son I will soon return, but I thought on a night like that order an appetizer and hope for the best. Yet again I was pleasantly surprised as my Real Estate Matt6o Gallo Appraisals Sales & Rentals 376 North Street * Boston, MA 02113 (617) 523-2100 Fax (617) 523-3530 a puppet production put on courtesy of artsemerson.org) chicken quesadilla not only showed up in a timely man- ner but was delicious! It was hot, fresh ingredients and the presentation ... how did they even have time back there to make it look good? We all know how this story ends -- The Red Sox prove the definition of Boston Strong by going from worst to first, writing another page in history and some say the "Curse" of the great Bambino died on October 29 th. We have had quite the year in the Hub and just as Papi would say ... "This is Our $%&# City", enjoy the mo- ment Boston we deserve it! A Fairy Tale of Puppets .... Sleeping Beauty will be on the Paramount Center stage from November 13 th through the 17 th and will have a spe- cial casts to play the part. Journey into the fantasti- cal land of fairy tales as Colla Marionette's incredible puppetry takes on Sleeping Beauty. This legendary Ital- ian marionette company, considered the best in the world, depicts the beloved classic, using Tchaikovsky's score and intricately involved puppet technique to breathe new life into the story. Fan- tastic visions unfold show- ing visual movement that no book of fairy tales has ever contained, such as a luxuri- ant forest that rises up to protect Sleeping Beauty's world. Dozens of intricate puppets and settings will make theatergoers of all ages delight in the vast and lush landscape of this color- ful and spectacular rendi- tion. This is a rare opportu- nity for the whole family to experience the stunning vistas of the lost art of mari- onette theatre. The Colla family began its activity as puppeteers at the beginning of the 19 th cen- tury. The Carlo Colla and Sons Marionette Company have become a representa- DIAMONDS 1 ROLEX ESTATE JEWELRY Bought & Sold Jewelers Exch. Bldg. Jim 1617) 263-7766 The beloved classic A Christmas Story will take the Wang Theater stage on November 20 th through December 8 th. (Photo courtesy of blog.syracuse.com) tive for Italian culture and one of the most recognized puppet theatres in the world. Based in Milan, since 1980 the company has toured five continents, participating in prestigious festivals in Edin- burgh, Paris, Berlin, Sydney, Melbourne, Charleston and Mexico City, among others. In 2007, the company re- ceived accolades in the U.S. for their co-production of Macbeth with the Chicago Shakespeare Theater. In 1984, the new generation of puppeteers created the Asso- ciazione Grupporiani under the artistic direction of Eugenio Monti Colla, the last puppeteer of the Colla fam- ily. Since 2000 the Company has collaborated with the Piccolo Teatro of Milan- Teatro d'Europa, and pre- sents its performances in Milan at the Piccolo Teatro and at the Atelier Carlo Colla e Figli. Emerson's remarkable in- vestment in the Paramount Center and Cutler Majestic facilities is a gift to arts enthusiasts across greater Boston. ArtsEmerson is com- mitted to bringing world- class artists to these venues at affordable prices. The Paramount Center is located at 559 Washington Street, Boston. You can get more information on tickets or times at 617-824-8000 or by visiting artsemerson.org. A Christmas Story Re- turns to Stage .... Novem- ber 20 th through December 8 'h at the Wang Theatre and this animated story is al- ways sure to deliver a holi- day smile. A Christmas Story The Mu- sical is a stage production based on the classic 1983 movie. The Musical invites you into the Indiana home of Ralphie Parker, a 9-year- old kid who is desperate to win the most coveted holi- day prize. This Tony Award- nominated production de- buted in Seattle in 2010. Ralphie Parker wants only one thing for Christmas, An Official Red Ryder Carbine- Action 200-shot Range Model Air Rifle. Set in the 1940's in the fictional town of Hulman, Indiana A Christ- mas Story tells of Ralphie's desperate quest to ensure that this most perfect of gifts ends up under his tree this Christmas. The biggest obstacle stand- ing in his way is his mother's fear that "You'll shoot your eye out!" But Ralphie is a man with a mission and he hatches a series of schemes designed to win his beloved holiday prize. Along the way, he has to deal with his annoying little brother, a friend with his tongue frozen to a lamppost, a yellow-eyed bully, a can- tankerous department store Santa, the neighbors' dogs, his old man's obsession with a "major award" he's won in a contest, his mom's mili- tant defense of her Christ- mas turkey, a smoke-belch- ing furnace and an untimely, four-lettered slip of his tongue. A Christmas Story the movie itself was based on stories by legendary radio humorist Jean Shepherd. With songs both funny and sentimental by Benj Pasek & Justin Paul and a faithful (Continued on Page 13) O JUSTINE YANDLE PHOTOGRAPHY 781.589.7347 J USTINE.YANDLE@GMAIL.CONI WWWJ USTIN EYANDLEPHOTOGRAPHY.COM 1 " '1'1 " [ . i I I i i" ' i p. p.