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POST-GAZETTE, NOVEMBER 23, 2012 e 11 NOW PLAYING UPTOWN & DOWNTOWN r MUSEUMS p THEATER Mona Golabek tells the story of her mother, pianist and author Lisa Jura, in The Pianist of Willesden Lane at the Jackie Liebergott Black Box Theater. See THEATER SECTION for further details. MUSIC TD GARDEN 100 Legends Way, Boston, MA 617-624-1050 www.TDGarden.com 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-platinum rock opera, "The Lost Christmas Eve." A modern classic that can 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 longtime 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, "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, SYMPHONY HALL 301 Mass Avenue, Boston, MA 888-266-1200 www.BSO.org HANDEL AND HAYDN SOCIETY: HANDEL'S MESSIAH -- November 30 to December 2. A tradition for 159 years -- make it yours! Harry Christophers conducts the Period Instrument Orchestra, Chorus and in- ternationally acclaimed soloists in Handel's dramatic masterwork. Don't miss Canadian superstars soprano Karina Gauvin and counter- tenor Daniel Taylor, British tenor ITALIAN EVENTS & PROGRAMS FOXWOODS RESORT CASINO, FOX THEATER Trolley Line Blvd, Ledyard, CT (800) 200-2882 www.Foxwoods.com 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" I0:00 am to 12 Noon every Friday with host Tom Zappala and Mike Lomazzo and "The Italian Show" with Nunzio DiMarca every Sunday from i0:00 am-l:00 pm. Go to www.1110wccmarrrconz "Italia Oggi" Sundays 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm with host Andrea Urdi 1460 AM www.1460WXBR.com. "Dolce Vita Radio" DJ Rocco Mesiti 11:00 am-l:00 pm Sundays 90,7 FM or online www.djrocco.com. "The Nick Ftanclosa Show" Sundays from 12 Noon to 3:00 pm on WLYN 1360 AM and WAZN 1470 AM. "Guido Ollva Italian Hour" 8:00 am-9:00 am Sundays on WSRO 650 AM and online at www.wsro.com. "Radio Italia Unita" - Thursdays 2:00 pm-3:00 pm on www.zumix.org/ radio or itunes, college radio click on Zumix. For more information, log onto www. italiaunita, org. "Tony's Place" on MuslcAmerlca WPLM FM 99.1 - Sundays 9:00 pm- I0:00 pm on MusicAmerica. Host Ron Della Chiesa presents Tony's Place. Visit www.MusicNotNoise.com. extraordinaire James Gilchrist, and local baritone Sumner Thompson in this season's unique rendition of this Boston tradition. No holiday season is complete without Handel's stun- ning oratorio. For tickets and more info visit www.handelandhaydn.org. LOWELL MEMORIAL AUDITORIUM 50 East Merrimack St., Lowell, MA 978-454-2299 www.LowellAuditorium.com HOLIDAY POPS FEATURING KEITH LOCKHART AND THE BOSTON POPS ESPLANADE ORCHESTRA -- Sunday, December 16, 2012. Kick offyour holiday season with Keith Lockhart and the Boston Pops. "America's Orchestra" joins nationally acclaimed vocal group Five by Design whose style embraces un- forgettable melodies, lush harmonies, and swinging rhythms. Enjoy unique takes on classic favorites and brand new originals, plus a special visit from Jolly Ole' St. Nick and a time-hon- ored audience sing along. Treat your- self and your loved ones to a holiday tradition that millions cherish! NORTH SHORE MUSIC THEATRE 62 Dunham Road, Beverly, MA 978-232-7200 www.NSMT.org A CHRISTMAS CAROL -- Decem- ber 7-23. Based on the Charles Dickens classic, A Christmas Carol tells the tale of curmudgeonly 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 bril- liant musical, an original adaptation written for NSMT audiences, follows 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 www.CitiCenter.org 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 nar- rates as the mean and scheming Grinch, whose heart is "two sizes too small," decides to steal Christmas away from the Holiday loving Whos. THE "JACKIE LIEBERGOTT BLACK BOX THEATER AT THE PARAMOUNT CENTER 559 Washington St.. Boston, MA 617-824-8400 www.ArtsEmerson, org THE PIANIST OF WILLESDEN LA.,NE - November 23 through Decem- ber 16, 2012. Set in Vienna in 1938 and London during the Blitzkrieg. The Pianist of Willesden Lane tells the true story of pianist and author Mona Golabek's mother, Lisa Jura. A young Jewish pianist, Lisa dreams of a con- cert debut at the storied Musikverein concert hall. When Lisa is swept up in the kindertransport, to protect her from the Nazi regime, everything about her life is upended except her love of music and her pursuit of that dream. Golabek performs some of the world's most beloved piano music in this poi- gnant tribute to her remarkable mother. Directed by Hershey Felder, The Pianist of WiUesden lane is about hope, survival and how, through our darkest times, music has the power to help us survive. Appropriate for ages 12 and up. TD GARDEN 100 Legends Way, Boston, MA 617-624-1050 www.TDGarden.com DISNEY ON ICE CELEBRATES 100 YEARS OF MAGICI -- Decem- ber 27-30, 2012. Join the celebration as 65 of Disney's unforgettable char- acters 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 moments from The Lion King; Mulan; and Disney/Pixar's Finding Nemo, The Incredibles, and Toy Story films; in a skating spectacular filled with magical Disney moments you'll remember forever as Disney On Ice celebrates 100 Years of Magic! GILLETTE STADIUM 1 Patriot Place, Foxboro, MA 774-284-4694 www.JoeAndruzziFoundation.org JOE ANDRUZZI FOUNDATION'S ANNUAL NEW ENGLAND CELEBRI- TIES TACKLE CANCER GALA AND SYMPOSIUM -- Monday, Decem- ber 3, 2012. Attended by local sports and med!a celebrities and hosted by former New England Patriot Joe Andruzzi, the evening will feature a special symposium, cocktail hour, dinner, speaking program and live and silent auctions offering price- less sports memorabilia and in- demand Boston sports tickets as well as luxury dining, spa, enter- tainment and travel packages. For further information, please email gala@j oeandruzzifoundation.org or call the Foundation at 774-284-4694. LOWELL MEMORIAL AUDITORIUM 50 East Merrimack St., Lowell, MA 978-454-2299 www.LowellAudit orium, c om BUDDY VALASTRO LIVE! HOME- MADE FOR THE HOLIDAYS -- Friday, November 234. Buddy Valastro. star of TLC's "Cake Boss," brings a spe- cial live holiday show the entire ram- fly will enjoy. Sharing the holiday tra- ditions and stories from his family at Carlo's Bakery. Buddy presents an all- new show full of holiday spirit and jingle bell rock. Demonstrating the techniques that have made him the most famous cake artist in the coun- try, Buddy will share behind-the- scenes stories from his hit TV show, answer audience questions, and will bring several lucky members of the audience up on stage for cupcake and cake decorating. Pack up your sleigh and head on down to the show. "cause Buddy is coming to town! WENTWORTH INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY 550 Huntington Ave., Boston, MA 617-989-4374 www.WIT.edu BOSTON'S WEST END: MOVING FORWARD/LOOKING BACK. -- Now through November 26th. An exhibit that details the changing topography of the West End over the past 200 years. As part of the exhibit, a model of a ropewalk-a series of buildings where rope was made for Boston's bustling maritime trade from the 1700s through the early 1900s -- built by current architecture student James Cleveland, will be included. In addition, reference materials will be made available to learn more about the section of the city. The event is open and free to the public. For more details on the tour, email Professor Ascher at ascherl@wit.edu. SCHOOL OF THE MUSEUM OF FINE ARTS, BOSTON 230 The Fenway, Boston 617-267-6100 www.SMFA.edu MUSEUM SCHOOL ART SALE November 29 - December 2, 2012. With thousands of works on a chang- ing rotation, priced by the artists and sold to benefit student scholarships. the Museum School Art Sale is your opportunity to experience the excep- tional caliber of work produced by SMFA students, alumni, faculty and more, and to experience the thrill of discovery. Don't wait to buy--that art- ist whose piece you fall in love with might be a student now, but you never know where their career will take them. STONE ZOO 149 Pond Street, Stoneham, MA 781-438-5100 www.ZooNewEngland.org ZOOLIGHTS -- Thursday, Novem- ber 22 (Thanksgiving) through Mon- day, Decemeber 31, 2012, 5:00-9:00 p.m. ZooLights is closed on December 25. This winter wonderland attracts thousands of visitors each year who get into the holiday spirit by strolling along tree-lined paths lit by thou- sands of twinkling lights. Upon enter- ing the Zoo, guests will visit Yukon Creek, which not only features daz- zling holiday lights but is also home to bald eagles, North American por- cupines, reindeer and (new this yearl) arctic foxes. Children will want to make sure they visit with Santa, who awaits their arrival in Santa's Castle. Jolly Old St. Nick will be available for photos through December 23. After visiting with Santa, enter a magical holiday world filled with fairy tale char- acters and dancing plush animals. For a complete listing of Holiday events, please visit the website. 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 carnival maskers. Even today, the city, when compared with ordi- nary cities, appears to be a fantasy, a dream, a hallucination. Giovanni Battista Tiepolo's voluptuous painted cloudscapes with figures opened illusionistic light-filled vistas in ceilings; his drawings and prints have a comparable aerial lightness and luminosity. He was assisted by his son Domenico. who, when he retired from painting about 1785, concentrated on making finished drawings on biblical and mythologi- cal 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 drawings. Other artists in the exhibition include Canaletto and the early Piranesi. NORMAN ROCKWELL MUSEUM 9 Route 183 Stockbridge, MA 413-298-4100 www.NRM.org NORMAN ROCKWELL: HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS -- Novem- ber 16, 2012 through January 21, 2013. During the holiday season, Norman Rockwell's anxiously awaited illustrations brought good cheer to millions of Americans who encoun- tered his images on the covers and pages of their favorite magazines and on holiday cards that brought the spirit of the holidays home. His memorable, enduring images, which reflected the best in us, are on view in this special holiday installation of original artworks and objects. Original drawings for Hallmark cards, paintings inspired by Charles Dickens' classic story, A Christmas Carol, a point-of-purchase Coca-Cola Santa and costumes and props fea- tured in Rockwell's artwork will be on view. TOWER SQUARE, MAIN STREET SPRINGFIELD, MA 413- 733-3800 SPRINGFIELD'S BIG BALLOON PARADE - November 23rd at l 1:00 am. Since 1991, the Spirit of Spring- field has helped welcome Santa Claus to town with Springfield's own 75-fooi inflatable "Cat in the Hat", a few of his inflatable friends, bands and col- orful contingents. At 11 am on the day after Thanksgiving, they prom- enade down Main Street, entertain- ing crowds estimated at 70,000. If you can't be there in person, WWLP-TV22 broadcasts the parade live. BOSTON COMMON Boston Common Visitor's Information Center 139 Tremont Street, Boston, MA 617-536-4100 x888 HOLIDAY TREE LIGHTING -- November 29 TM at 6:00 pm. Mayor Menino hosts this exciting event near the Visitors Information Center on Tremont Street, starring the special tree sent as a gift from Nova Scotia and 80+ other lighted trees through- out the Common and Boston Garden. BOSTON PUBLIC LIBRARY North End Branch 25 Parmenter Street, Boston, MA 617-227-8135 www.bpl.org HOLIDAY OPEN HOUSE - Decem- ber 1, 2012. From noon to 2:30 pm, you are invited to join the Friends of the North End Library in celebrating the holidays with a raffle and refresh- ments and music by the AI Natale Band.