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POST-GAZETTE, NOVEMBER 25, 2011 Page11 NOW PLAYING UPTOWN & DOWNTOWN "Peascod" breastplate for foot service, 1575-1600 Northern Italy (Milan) Spend a Knight in our Shining Armory: Our popular OVERKNIGHT program is an interactive parent-child adventure perfect for youth groups, scouts, and school groups studying the Middle Ages and the Renaissance. Visitors will be immersed in a unique educational experience, focusing on chivalry, heraldry and the history of the knight-in-shining-armor. Spending the night at Castle Higgins is an exciting enrichment opportunity, especially appropriate for children in grades 1-6. See MUSEUM SECTION for further details. THEATER NORTH SHORE MUSIC THEATRE 62 Dunham Road, Beverly, MA A CHRISTMAS CAROL Decem- ber 2-23. With dazzling special effects that have grown even more exciting over time, traditional and original songs, and colorful costumes, A CHRISTMAS CAROL has become a holiday favorite throughout New En- gland. 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 brilliant musical, an original adapta- tion written by former NSMT Artistic Director, Jon Kimbell, follows Scrooge through a series of strange and magical journeys, where he ulti- mately discovers the true spirit of the holiday season• For further in- formation, visit www.nsmt.org, or the Box Office at 978-232-7200 or visit in person at 62 Dunham Road, Beverly• ITALIAN EVENTS & PROGRAMS LOEB DRAMA CENTER 64 Brattle St., Cambridge, MA AS YOU LIKE IT - December 7, 2011-January 8, 2012. "All the world's a stage, and all the men and women merely players," in Shakespeare's beloved pastoral comedy As You Like It. This classic talefollows Rosalind and her friend Celia's escape from a deadly conspiracy into nature's wild, liberating arms. What follows is an unconventional romance with everything from wrestling matches to cross-dressing shepherds culminat- ing in a joyful fmale. For further in- formation call 617-547-8300 or visit www.americanrepertorytheater.org. BOSTON OPERA HOUSE 539 Washington St,, Boston, MA Don't miss the final season of the current Boston Ballet's THE NUTCRACKER - November 25- December 31, 2011. Experience the magic of this beloved production one last time. For tickets: Colonial Theatre Box Office, 106 Boylston Street, online at www.broadwayacross america.corn/Boston, Tlcketmaster.com or Ticketmaster 800-982-2787. REAGLE MUSIC THEATRE 617 Lexington St., Waltham, MA IT'S CHRISTMAS TIME - Decem- ber 3-11, 2011. The one Boston Christmas spectacle guaranteed to warm any heart! Children of all ages are enchanted by Santa's Workshop, Teddy Bears', Nutcracker, "Parade of the Wooden Soldiers, Victo- rian Christmas, precision dancers and The Living Nativity. Our cast of 200 comes gift wrapped in fabulous holiday sets and costumes -- all backed by a full live orchestra. SHUBERT THEATRE 270 Tremont Street, Boston, MA THE ADDAMS FAMILY - Febru- ary 7-19, 2012. They're creepy and they're kooky, mysterious and spooky -- c'mon, you know that tune! A dream cast takes on the quirky characters in a new and original Addams Family tale. As the musical begins, there are storm clouds gathering over the Addams Family home. Wednesday is falling in love, young Pugsley, jealous of his sister's attention, begs her to keep torturing him severely, while mother Morticia fears being upstaged and discarded by her daughter's lurch into womanhood ... like yesterday's roadkill. But when outsiders come • to dinner, the events of one night will change forever this famously macabre family -- a family so very different from your own -- or maybe not. Tick- ets can be purchased at the Wang Theatre Box Office or by phone at 866-348-9738. DCU CENTER 50 Foster Street, Worcester, MA BOB SEGER & THE SILVER BULLET BAND - November 29. Bob Seger & The Silver Bullet Band are back out on the road this Fall for a second leg to their 2011 North Ameri- can Tour, Gary Graft of Billboard Magazine said "Seger and company delivered an energetic and exhaus- tive show." The 65-year-old Rock and Roll Hall of Famer is one of those rar- efied performers who has built a large canon of hits: Ramblin' Gamblin' Man, Katmandu, Against the Wind, Holly- wood Nights, Night Moves -- that ab- solutely have to be played or he won't get out of the building alive ... The Silver Bullets appeared honed and well-rehearsed, bolstering the tight arrangements with solos by saxo- phonist Alto Reed, keyboardist Craig Frost and guitarist Mark Chattfield. Tickets available at the DCU Center Box Office, Ticketmaster locations, by phone at 800-745-3000 and online at ticketmaster.com. BOSTON POPS HOLIDAY CON- CERT- December 11. 2011. The Bos- ton Pops Holiday Concert presented by TD Bank is back by popular de- mand! Kick off your holiday season on with Keith Lockhart, the Boston Pops Esplanade Orchestra and vocal powerhouse Rockapella! For the first time ever, "America's Orchestra" joins America's leading a cappella group for an unforgettable holiday show. Enjoy unique takes on classic favorites and brand new originals, plus a special visit from Jolly Ole' St. Nick and a time- honored audience sing along. Treat yourself and your loved ones to a holi- day tradition that millions cherish! Tickets available at the DCU Center Box Office, Ticketmaster locations, by phone at 800-745-3000 and online at ticketmaster.com. NEW ENGLAND CONSERVATORY JORDAN HALL 30 Gainsborough St., Boston, MA VIENNA BOYS CHOIR HOLIDAY PROGRAM - December 4, 201 I. Since 1498, the angelic voices of the Vienna Boys Choir have been charming and moving audiences• Theirs is a ringing sound of timeless purity, the sound of a great choral tradition passed down through the ages with care. Don't miss the chance to ring in your holiday sea- son with a dose of old world charm from the beloved Vienna Boys Choir. For further information call 617-585- 1260 or necmuslc.edu. WILBUR THEATRE 246 Tremont Street, Boston, MA CANADIAN TENORS - Decem- ber 5, 2011. The Canadian Tenors' music is an exciting blend of classical and contemporary pop that is thrill- ing audiences of all ages around the world. The Tenors are the incredibly powerful voices of four gifted young men with diverse vocal styles, unde- niable charm and international solo success. Tickets may be pur- chased in a variety of ways: In person at the Box Office, online at http:// thewilburtheatre.com, any area Ticketmaster outlet. Call Ticketmas- ter at 800-745-3000 or Ticketmaster Express at 866-448-7849. TD GARDEN Causeway Street, Boston TRANS-SIBERIAN ORCHESTRA- November 27, 2011. With more than 7 million albums sold TSO has in- spired generations of fans to redis- cover the multi-dimenslonal art form of the rock opera. On the road, mean- while, they have become one of the world's top acts including a recent mention in Billboard magazine as one of the top touring artists of the past decade• The newest album "Night Castle" released in October of 2009 debuted at #5 and was certified gold by year's end. "Night Castle" is a sweeping two-discs of genre-blending epics and an affecting story that takes you around the world, through time and to points beyond. MUSEUM' OF SCIENCE 1 Science Park, Boston A DAY IN POMPEH - Now through February 12, 2012. Tickets now on sale. The Roman clty of Pompeii was destroyed by the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79 AD, vanishing beneath layers of volcanic ash. Now you can discover one of the greatest archaeo- logical treasures ever unearthed at A Day in Pompeii. For further informa- tion on this exhibit or upcoming exhibits, log on to mos.org. DCU CENTER 50 Foster Street, Worcester, MA CIRQUE DU SOLEIL - QUIDAM December 14-18 - Young Zo is bored; her parents, distant and apathetic, ignore her. Her life has lost all mean- ing. Seeking to fill the void of her existence, she slides into an imagi- nary world -- the world of'Quidam -- where she meets characters who encourage her to free her soul. Quidam: a nameless passerby, a solitary figure lingering on a street corner, a person rushing past and swallowed by the crowd. It could be anyone, anybody. Someone coming or going at the heart of our anonymous society. A member of the crowd, one of the silent majority. The one who cries out, sings and dreams within us all. This is the "quidam" whom this show allows to speak. This is the place that beckons -- a place for dreaming and genuine relations where all quidams, by proclaiming their individuality, can finally emerge from anonymity. Tickets available at the DCU Center Box Office, Ticketmaster locations, at 800-745- 3000 arid online at ticketmaster.com. TSONGAS CENTER AT UMASS LOWELL 300 Martin Luther King Jr. Way Lowell, MA DISNEY LIVE! PHINEAS AND FERB - Saturday, November 26, 201 i. Phineas, Ferb, and the whole tri-state area gang embark on a bold escape jumping out from behind your TV and onto the stage in a live action adven- ture right in your hometownl And, before you can wonder, "Hey, Where's Perry?." the beloved pet platypus shifts to his secret double fife as Agent P to foil another one of Dr. Doofensh- mirtz's evil plans. Musical madness abounds in an escapade so awesome that even Candace can't help but join the hilarious hijinks. Purchase tick- ets at Tsongas Center Box Office, www.tsongascenter.com or by calling 866-722-8780. BOSTON SCAVENGER HUNT - See Boston with new eyes on a scav- enger hunt! On teams of up to six people, you'll tackle tricky, humorous questions about the cool things and amazing places you discover• Along the way, you'll uncover surprising secrets. Our acclaimed hunts are like walking tours spiked with caffeine. Don't have a team? We'll help you find kindred spirits at the start of the hunt. No knowledge of any hunt location is required -- you just need a sharp mind and a good pair of shoes• Advance purchase is required for all hunts• For dates, times, locations or to purchase tickets log on to watsonadventures.com or by phone at OvationTix at 866-811-411 I. MUSEUM OF FINE ARTS 465 Huntington Avenue, Boston DEGAS AND THE NUDE - Now through February 5, 2012. The first ITALIAN RADIO PROGRAMS "The Sicilian Corner" ii:00 am to i:00 pm every Friday with host Tom Zappala and Mike Lomazzo and "The Italian Show" with Nunzio DiMarca every Sunday from I0:00 am to 1:00 pro. Go to www. i 110wccmam.com. "Italia Oggi" Sundays 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm with host Andrea Urdi 14,50 AM www.1460WXBR.com. 'Dolce Vita Radio" DJ Rocco Mesiti ll:O0 am-l:O0 pm Sundays 90.7 FM or online www.djrocco.com. "The Nick Franciosa Show" Sun- days from 12"Noon to 3:00 pm on WLYN 1360 AM and WAZN 1470 AM. "Guido Oliva 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 pro-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 MusicAmerica WPLM FM 99.1 - Every Sunday 9:00 pm-10:00 pm on MusicAmerica. Host Ron Della Chiesa presents Tony's Place. Visit www.MusicNotNoise.com. TAJ BOSTON 15 Arlington Street, Boston, MA VENETIAN BALL - Saturday, December 3, 2011. Travel thousands of miles away and hundreds of years in the past without ever leaving Bos- ton. Step into the beauty that is Venice for an elegant evening of magic, where everything isn't always, as it seems. You are invited to our Annual Venetian Ball, a classic celebration of carnival. Be a part of the magic, get creative and wear your Venetian mask, costume or elegant evening attire. What to expect: Ariel masked artists, celebrity dance per- museum exhibition devoted exclu- sively to the extraordinary range of nudes by Edgar Degas -- tracing their. evolution from the artist's early years, through the private and public images of brothels and bathers in the 1870s and 1880s, to the post-impressionist nudes of the end of his career will be presented. For more information, visit www.mfa.org or call 617-267-9300. JOHN F. KENNEDY PRESIDENTIAL LIBRARY AND MUSEUM Columbia Point, Boston, MA IN HER VOICE: JACQUELINE KENNEDY, THE WHITE HOUSE YEARS. In the spring of 1964, a few months after President Kennedy's death, Jacqueline Kennedy recorded a series of interviews with historian and family friend Arthur Schlesinger, Jr. At the age of thirty-four, with the White House years behind her, she was speaking for the historical record -- to preserve and shape her hus- band's legacy. The interviews, held on deposit here at the Kennedy Library, were sealed for 47 years. Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis died in 1994. In 201 l. the 50 th anniversary year of the Kennedy Presidency, her daughter, Caroline Kennedy, decided it was the right time to share these conversa- tions with the public. Call the JFK Library at 866-JFK-1960 or online at www.jfklibrary.org for more details. HIGGINS ARMORY MUSEUM I00 Barber Ave., Worcester, MA The Higgins Armory Museum evolved from a PRIVATE COLLEC- TION OF ARMS AND ARMOR FROM MEDIEVAL AND RENAISSANCE EUROPE, FEUDAL JAPAN AND ANCIENT GREECE AND ROME into a world-renowned museum. Founder, John Woodman Higgins, a leading Worcester industrialist, spent a life- time building his collection. In 1929, he constructed a four-story building to house it, and in the same year, received a charter for a museum of historical and modem metal artifacts. The Armory's collection, displayed in a Gothic castle setting is extensive. The European portion consists of 3,000 armors and components, 1,000 weapons and accessories, 500 swords and daggers; I00 firearms; a tapestry, stained glass, paintings and wood carv- ings. In addition, the non-Western collection comprises 1,000 African, Is- lamic, Indian. and Japanese body de- fenses and arms. The four-story art deco Museum was one of the first all steel and glass curtaln-wall structures built in America, and was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1980. On John Higgins' death in 1961, the budding, collections and an endowment were given to the public. In 1979 the Museum passed out of the hands of the Higgins family and into the control of a public governing board. For more details, call 508-853- 6015 or visit higgins@higgins.org. formance; classic opera aria; Venetian : minuet dance lessons; best Venetian costume prize: female & male; exquis- ite Italian delicacies; espresso, Ital- ian desserts and of course, dancing. Be prepared to expect the unexpected ... and enjoy the night of mystery. Contact Natasha Kapij at nkapij@ verizon.net or at 781-929-8077. BOSTON UNIVERSITY 808 Commonwealth Ave., (Room 117), Boston, MA A DINNER WITH MARY ANN ESPOSITO- Thursday, December I. Join Mary Ann Esposito, author, culi- nary instructor, and hostess of television's Ciao Italia, as she intro- duces you to her new book, "Ciao Italia Family Classics: More than 200 Treasured Recipes from Three Gen- erations of Italian Cooks." Mary Ann, with the help of MET Culinary Arts students, will prepare a four-course meal; her husband, Guy, will pair the wines. Recipes will be from Mary Ann's mother and grandmothers. Cost in- cludes food, wine, and a copy of "Ciao Italia Family Classics". For further de- tails, please call 617-353-8899. LOWELL MEMORIAL AUDITORIUM 50 E. Merrimack St., Lowell, MA LIDIA'S ITALY IN AMERICA LIVE! -Sunday, December 4, 2011. Lidia Bastianich is one of the best-loved chefs on television, a best-selling cookbook author, restaurateur and owner of a flourishing food and entertainment business. Lidia has married her two passions in life -- family and food, to create multiple cu- linary endeavors alongside her two children, Joseph and Tanya. For more info visit www.lowellauditorium.com.