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POST-GAZETTE, NOVEMBER 9, 2012 Page 11 NOW PLAYING UPTOWN & DOWNTOWN Smokey Robinson will be appearing at the Wilbur Theater for one night only on January 16, 2013. See MUSIC SECTION for further details r COMEDY FOXWOODS RESORT CASINO FOX THEATER Trolley Line Blvd, Ledyard, CT (800) 200-2882 THE DIAMONDS Silver Bells and Diamonds Holiday Show -- Novem- ber 28, 2012. The Diamonds' new holi- day show Silver Bells and Diamonds combines the best of The Diamonds with high energy holiday favorites along with classic tunes from the '50s and '60s. Highlights include: "Little Darlin" and "Why Do Fools Fall in Love?" combined with holiday favor- ites, "Let It Snow" and "I'll Be Home for Christmas." Silver Bells and Diamonds Holiday Show is truly electrifying! TD GARDEN 100 Legends Way, Boston, MA 617-624-1050 TRANS-SIBERIAN ORCHESTRA -- Sunday, December 23, 2012. Trans-Siberian Orchestra (TSO) is teaming up with Hallmark Channel to present the live debut of the band's multi-platinUri rock opera, "The Lost Christmas Eve." A modem classic that carl stand side by side with a Charles Dickens tale, "The Lost Christmas Eve" is the newest chapter in the TSO holiday tradition. "The Lost Christmas Eve" has been called *a story of loss and redemption" and features a di- verse soundtrack fusing elements of rock, classical, folk, Broadway and R&B, which takes you on a journey into the "Capra-esque" world of TSO creator/producer. Paul O'Neill. En- compassing a rundown hotel, an old toy store, a blues bar, a Gothic cathe- dral, and their respective inhabitants all intertwined during a single en- chanted Christmas Eve in New York City, this year's show is sure to start any TSO fan's holiday season off right. "The Lost Christmas Eve" will be per- formed in its entirety and will feature the hit single, "Wizards in Winter," as well as Iongtime crowd favorites, "Christmas Nights in Blue" and "Sibe- rian Sleigh Ride." It will be followed by brand new songs from TSO's Fall EP release from Lava/Republic, ITALIAN EVENTS & PROGRAMS FOXWOODS RESORT CASINO, FOX THEATER Trolley Line Blvd, Ledyard, CT (800) 200-2882 www, PEPPINO DI CAPR -- December 9, 2012. Peppino began singing and playing the piano at age 4, entertaining the American army troops sta- tioned on the island of Capri with a repertoire of American standards. After 6 years of classical studies and playing at nightclubs around Capri, Peppino and his group The Rockers released their First single, with the songs Malattia (Illness) and Nun  Peccato (It's not a sin), sung in Napoletano in 1958. A string of hit singles soon followed, usually alternating between Italian versions of American rock "n' roll and twist songs and originals in Italian and Napoletano and Peppino became one of the top acts in the country. Featuring special guest Cosetta Gigli. 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 10:00 am-l:00 pm. Go to www.1110wccmarrucom- "Italia Oggi" Sundays l:00 pm to 2:00 pm with host Andrea Urdi 1460 AM "Dolce Vita Radio" DJ Rocco Mesiti 1 i:00 am-1:00 pm Sundays 90.7 FM or online "The Nick Franciosa Show" Sun-days from 12 Noon to 3:00 pm on WLYN 1360 AM and WAZN 1470 AM. "Guido Olivs Italian Hour" 8:00 am-9:00 am Sundays on WSRO 650 AM and online at "Radio Italia Units" - Thursdays 2:00 pm-3:00 pm on 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- I0:00 pm on MusicAmerica. Host Ron Della Chiesa presents Tony's Place. Visit "Dreams of Fireflies (On a Christmas Night)," classics from TSO's debut al- bum, "Christmas Eve & Other Stories" and the rest of the heralded catalogue of rock operas. TWIN RIVER EVENT CENTER 100 Twin River Rd, Lincoln, RI 1-877-82-River 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 llke "Can't Fight This Feeling" up through the new "Can't Stop Rockin'." AGANNIS ARENA 925 Commonwealth Ave., Boston 617-358-7000 www.BU.EDU/Agannis/ THE KILLERS -- December 17. The group has released four studio albums, Hot Fltss (2004), Sam's Town (2006), Day & Age (2008) and Battle Born (2012). They have also released one compilation album, Sawdust (2007) and one live album titled Live from the Royal Albert Hall (2009). To date, the band has sold over 6 million albums in the United States, over 5 million albums in the United Kingdom, and a total of 15 million worldwide. WILBUR THEATRE 246 Tremont St., Boston, MA www.TheWilburTheatre.eom SMOKEY ROBINSON -- Janu- ary 16, 2013. Once pronounced by Bob Dylan as America's "greatest living poet," acclaimed singer- songwriter Smokey Robinson's career spans over four decades of hits. He has been inducted into the Rock 'n' Roll Hall of Fame and the Songwriters' Hall of Fame. Robinson founded The Miracles and group was Berry Gordy's first vocal group and it was at Robinson's suggestion that Gordy started the Motown Record dynasty. Their single of Robinson's "Shop Around" became Motown's first # i hit on the R&B singles chart. In the years following, Robinson continued to pen hits for the group including "You've Really Got a Hold on Me," "Ooo Baby Baby," "The Tracks of My Tears," "Go- ing to a Go-Go." "More Love," "Tears of a Clown" (co-written with Stevie Wonder) and "I Second That Emotion." LOWELL MEMORIAL AUDITORIUM 50 East Merrimack St., Lowell, MA 978-454-2299 HOLIDAY POPS FEATURING KEITH LOCKHART AND THE BOS- TON POPS ESPLANADE ORCHES- TRAm Sunday, December 16, 2012. Kick off your holiday season with Keith Lockhart and the Boston Pops. "America's Orchestra" joins nationally acclaimed vocal group Five by Design whose style embraces unforgettable melodies, lush harmonies, and swing- ing rhythms. Enjoy unique takes on classic favorites and brand new origi- nals, plus a special visit from Jolly Ole' St. Nick and a time-honored audience sing along. Treat yourself and your loved ones to a holiday tradition that millions cherish! DAN(:E THEATER NORTH SHORE MUSIC THEATRE 62 Dunham Road, Beverly, MA 978-232-7200 A CHRISTMAS CAROL -- Decem- ber 7-23. Based on the Charles Dickens classic, A Christmas Carol tells the tale of curmudgeonfy miser Ebenezer Scrooge. who is visited by the ghosts of Christmases Past, Present and Future hoping to change his destiny and save his soul. This brilliant musical, an original adapta- tion written for NSMT audiences, fol- lows Scrooge through a series of strange and magical journeys, where he ultimately discovers the true spirit of the holiday season. Songs Include: Patapan, The Apple Tree Wassail, God Rest Ye Merry Gentleman, Ding, Dong, Merrily On High, Here We Come A-was- sailing, Boars Head Carol, We Saw Three Ships and We Wish You A Merry Christmas. CITI PERFORMING ARTS CENTER WANG 270 Tremont Street, Boston, MA (617) 482-9393 DR. SEUSS' HOW THE GRINCH STOLE CHRISTMAS] THE MUSI- CAL -- 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 loving Whos. COLONIAL THEATRE 106 Boylston Street Boston, MA (617) 482-9393 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- phis 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. WILBUR THEATRE 246 Tremont St., Boston, MA 800-745-3000 PABLO FRANCISCO -- Friday, No- vember 30. When Pablo Francisco hits the stage, he immediately brings his audience to their feet with boister- ous laughter and applause. He weaves together his arsenal of char- acters, spontaneous outbursts and clever insights to create a stand-up show that resembles an hour-long co- medic jazz rift. He is an off-the-wall, animated character that points out the absurdity in an illogical, pop-cul- ture obsessed world. Pablo's unbeliev- able ability to physically morph him- self into movie stars, singers, friends, family and a multitude of nationali- ties give his show a universal appeal. His drop-dead funny spoofing often leaves his audiences struggling to catch their breath which is the driv- ing force behind his huge success. In addition to his Comedy Central spe- cials, Pablo has appeared on The To- night Show with Jay Leno, Comedy Central's The Show Biz Show w/David Spade and Mind of Mencicc He has also been a cast member on the Fox Network's sketch comedy show Mad TV, TBS's Frank TV and made his de- but appearance on Howard Stem's radio show in 2009. TD GARDEN 100 Legends Way, Boston, MA 617-624-1050 DISNEY ON ICE CELEBRATES 100 YEARS OF MAGIC! -- Decem- ber 27--30, 2012. Join the celebra- tion as 65 of Disney's unforgettable characters from 18 beloved stories come to life in Disney On Ice celebrates 100 Years of Magic/ You'll be capti- vated by the one and only Mickey Mouse, the irresistible Minnie Mouse, Goofy, Donald Duck, Jiminy Cricket, Pinocchio and many Disney Prin- cesses. Be thrilled by exciting mo- ments from The Lion King; Mulan; and Disney/Pixar's Finding Nemo, The Incredibles, and Toy Story films; in a skating spectacular filled with magi- cal Disney moments you'll remember forever as Disney On Ice celebrates I00 Years of Magic! SHRINER'S AUDITORIUM 190 Fordham Rd., Wilmington, MA (978) 657-4202 or (781) 665-6466 16TH ANNUAL CASTLEBERRY FAIRE ARTS & CRAFTS FESTIVAL -- November 23-25, 2012. The crafters are coming, the crafters are coming! So why not join them at the Castleberry Faire Arts & Crafts Festi- val? The Shriner's Auditorium in Wilmington will be overflowing with more than 250 booths of American- made arts and crafts, along with the artists who made them. MUSEUM OF FINE ARTS, BOSTON 465 Huntington Avenue, Boston 617-267-9300 www. MFA. org THE INVENTION OF FANTASY: EIGHTEENTH-CENTURY VENICE -- Now through November 25, 2012. Venice in the eighteenth century, the age of Casanova, was one of the pleasure centers of Europe, famed for its theater and opera and its carni- val maskers. Even today, the city, when compared with ordinary cities, appears to be a fantasy, a dream, a hallucination. Giovanni Battista Tiepolo's voluptuous painted cloudscapes with figures opened ll- luslonistic light-filled vistas in ceil- ings; his drawings and prints have a comparable aerial lightness and lu- minosity. He was assisted by his son Domenico. who, when he retired from painting about 1785, concen- trated on making finished drawings on biblical and mythological themes. as well as remarkably playful and whimsical scenes of Venetian daily life. The Museum's The Milliner's Shop is one of the finest of these draw- ings. Other artists in the exhibition include Canaletto and the early Piranesi. BLUE HILLS TRAILSIDE MUSEUM 1904 Canton Ave Milton, MA 02186 617-333-0690 www. BlueHills @MassAudubon. org THE BLUE HILLS TRAILSIDE MUSEUM is the interpretive center for the state's Blue Hills Reservation and is managed by Mass Audubon. Indoor exhibits feature wildlife you may see while exploring the reservation's 150 miles of trails. Out- side the museum, stroll through ex- hibits featuring native wildlife such as turkey vultures, red-tailed hawks, and a pair of snowy owls. PEABODY ESSEX MUSEUM East India Square 161 Essex Street, Salem, MA 978-745-9500 HATS: AN ANTHOLOGY BY STEPHEN JONES -- Now through February 3, 2013. Explore the delight- ful realm of hats -- wildly plumed bon- nets, silk turbans, sequined caps, em- broidered crowns, Sarah Jessica Parker's lime-green fascinator and 250 other elegant and sometimes outland- ish styles. Displayed with the wit and whimsy of British milliner-to-the-stars Stephen Jones; Hats reveals the boundless creativity of hat design and our own fascination with wearing these indescribable works of art. Sup- port provided by the East India Marine Associates of the Peabody Essex Mu- seum. Exhibition organized by the Victoria and Albert Museum, London. CROSBY WHISTLE STOP 24 Roland St., Charlestown, MA SWING BOOT CAMP WITH BRIAN & KELLIAN -- December 9 2012. Have you ever wanted to learn to Lindy Hop but don't have time to commit to a weekly class? This is your chance! Our next weekend "crash course" workshop is 3 hours on Sun- day, December 9, 12:00 pm-3:00 pm. Come learn from experienced teach- ers who are also social dancers in the Lindy Hop scene. We will cover six count basic (East Coast Swing), basic eight count (Lindy Hop), and Charles- ton Basic. Moves include swing out, Lindy circle, swing out from closed, and side by side Charleston. At the end of this class, you will be able to attend a social dance and dance to music. Brian & Kellian are super fun teachers and we highly recommend you experience one of their classes. Discount for on-llne registration.