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POST-GAZETTE, NOVEMBER 30, 2012 Page 11 NOW UPTOWN & DOWNTOWN MUSEUMS Special Events r THEATER , nj An l .cpn/icA n,,,,...,___. _ ! %..uanmem Bepartam See a special performance of Sister's Christmas Cat- echism: The Mystery of the Magi's Gold for one night only at the Lowell Memorial Auditorium. See THEATER SECTION for further details. MUSIC 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-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 HANDEL AND HAYDN SOCIETY: HANDEL'S ~IAH -- November 30 through December 2. A tradition for ITALIAN EVENTS & PROGRAMS FOXWOODS RESORT CASINO, FOX THEATER Trolley Line Blvd, Ledyard, CT (800) 200-2882 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 Ma/att/a (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 "Italia Oggi" Sundays 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm with host Andrea Urdi 1460 AM "Dolce Vita Radio" DJ Rocco Mesiti 11:00 am-l:00 pm Sundays 90.7 FM or online "The Nick Franciosa 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 "Radio Italia Unita" - 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- 10:00 pm on MusicAmerica. Host Ron Della Chiesa presents Tony's Place. Visit 159 years -- make it yours! Harry Chrtstophers conducts the Period Instrument Orchestra, Chorus, and internationally acclaimed soloists in Handel's dramatic masterwork. Don't miss Canadian superstars soprano Karina Gauvin and counter- tenor Daniel Taylor, British tenor 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 information about this performance visit LOWELL MEMORIAL AUDITORIUM 50 East Merrimack St., Lowell, MA 978-454-2299 www.LowellAuditorium.eom HOLIDAY POPS FEATURING KEITH LOCKHART AND THE BOSTON POPS ESPLANADE ORCHESTRA -- Sunday, Decem- ber 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 l~sh harm0- nies, an~swinging rhythms. 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! 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 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 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. LOWELL MEMORIAL AUDITORIUM 50 East Merrimack St., Lowell, MA 978-454-2299 www.LowellAuditorium.eom SISTER'S CHRISTMAS CAT- ECHISM: THE MYSTERY OF MAGI'S GOLD --Thursday, Decem- ber 6, 2012. It's "CSI: Bethlehem" in this holiday mystery extravaganza, from the author of Late Nite Cat- echism, as Sister takes on the mys- tery that has intrigued historians throughout the ages -- whatever hap- pened to the Magi's gold? ("We know that Mary used the frankincense and myrrh as a sort of potpourri -- they were in a barn after all."). Retelling the story of the nativity, as only Sis- ter can, this hilarious holiday produc- tion is bound to become a yearly clas- sic. Employing her own scientific tools, assisted by a local choir as well as a gaggle of audience members, Sister creates a living nativity unlike any you've ever seen. With gifts galore and bundles of laughs, Sister's Christmas Catechism is sure to become the new- est addition to your holiday traditions. 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 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 I00 Years of MaglcI GILLETTE STADIUM 1 Patriot Place, Foxboro, MA 774-284-4694 JOE ANDRUZZI FOUNDATION'S ANNUAL NEW ENGLAND CELEBRI- TIES TACKLE CANCER GALA AND SYMPOSIUM -- Monday, December 3, 2012. Attended by local sports and media celebrities and hosted by former New England Patriot Joe Andruzzi, the evening will feature CITI PERFORMING ARTS a special symposium, cocktail hour, CENTER WANG dinner, speaking program and 270 Tremont Street, Boston, MA live and silent auctions offering price- 617-482-9393 less sports memorabilia and in- demand Boston sports tickets as DR. SEUSS' HOW THE GRINCH well as luxury dining, spa. enter- STOLE CHRISTMASI THE MUSI- tainment and travel packages. For CAL -- November 23 through further information, please email December 9, 2012. Big League Pro- or ductions presents the critically ac- call the Foundation at 774-284-4694. claimed, record-breaking Broadway musical production Dr. Seuss' How SCHOOL OF THE MUSEUM OF The Grinch Stole Christmasl The FINE ARTS, BOSTON classic, whimsical tale will enchant 230 The Fenway, Boston audiences of all ages. Dr. Seuss' How 617-267-6100 The Grinch Stole Christmas! The Masi- cal features the hit songs "You're A MUSEUM SCHOOL ART SALE Mean One Mr. Grinch" and "Welcome Now through December 2, 2012. With Christmas" (written by Albert Hague thousands of works on a changing ro- and Dr. Seuss) from the original ration, priced by the artists and sold animated series. Max the Dog to benefit student scholarships, the narrates as the mean and schem- Museum School Art Sale is your ing Grinch, whose heart is "two opportunity to experience the excep- sizes too small," decides to steal tional caliber of work produced by Christmas away from the Holiday SMFA students, alumni, faculty and loving Whos. more, and to experience the thrill of discovery. Don't wait to buy -- that THE JACKIE LIEBERGOTT artist whose piece you fall in love with BLACK BOX THEATER AT THE might be a student now, but you never PARAMOUNT CENTER know where their career will take 559 Washington St., Boston, MA them. 617-824-8400 THE PIANIST OF WILLESDEN LANE -- November 23 through Decem- ber 16, 2012. Set in Vienna in 1938 and London during the Blitzkrieg, The Pianist of WiUesden Lane tells the true story of pianist and author Mona Golabek's mother, Lisa Uura. 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 Willesden 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, the show runs 90 minutes with no intermission. ARSENAL CENTER FOR THE ARTS 311 Arsenal Street, Watertown, MA 617-923-0100 SMALL WORKS 2012 - Novem- ber 29, 2012 through January 10, 2013. ArsenalARTS presents Small Works 2012, their annual group show of artworks no larger than 12" x 12" in size, each priced at $300 and under. The timing of this exhibit allows holi- day shoppers to purchase unique gifts at affordable prices. HAMPSHIRE HOUSE 84 Beacon Street, Beacon Hill Boston, MA 617-227-9600 GINGERBREAD HOUSE BRUNCH - Every Sunday in December. Join the Hampshire House in celebrating the holidays by spending a festive after- noon on Beacon Hill as you decorate your very own Gingerbread House. Show off your creativity with candy and frosting while enjoying a delec- table classic brunch in our grand mansion. Reservations are required! To make them, or for more informa- tion, call 617-227-9600. NORMAN ROCKWELL MUSEUM 9 Route 183 Stockbridge, MA 413-298-4100 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. MUSEUM OF AFRICAN AMERICAN HISTORY 46 Joy Street, Beacon Hill Boston, MA 617-725-0022 PORTRAITS OF PURPOSE: A TRIBUTE TO LEADERSHIP - BOS- TON 1980-2012 -- Now through April 15, 2013. During the 18th and 19th centuries, Boston was a leader among Northern communities of color. Black Bostonians traveled and inter- acted with leaders nationally and in- ternationally. They were entrepre- neurs, educators, artists, authors, ac- tivists, elected officials and patriots. This tradition continues. Leaders and citizens in Boston's communities of color have continued to lead and form institutions that have proved critical to the fabric of this city. Their activ- ism, community involvement and commitment have led to a better Bos- ton and a better world. A selection of these dedicated citizens is repre- sented in Don West's Portraits of Pur- pose, a collection of life-sized photo- graphs. Portraits of Purpose gives us an understanding of the many people of Boston and beyond who have acted their conscience and made a differ- ence. Their history will not be forgot- ten. Don West, noted Boston photog- rapher, has been photographically recording the events and the people in Boston for over 35 years. He began his career as a freelance and news photographer, making a conscious choice to capture affirmative images of people of color in all facets of com- munity life. In the 1980s he worked for United Press International and Boston's black weekly paper, the Bay State Banner. West has since gone on a host of assignments with major newspapers and magazines such as the Boston Globe, New York Times, Christian Science Monitor, Ebony, People and Black Enterprise. BOSTON PUBLIC LIBRARY North End Branch 25 Parmenter Street, Boston, MA 617-227-8135 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 Al Natale Band. For more information, please contact the library at 617-227-3135 or visit the website at PAUL REVERE MALL (THE PRADO} Hanover Street, Boston, MA 2012 CHRISTMAS TROLLEY TOUR AND TREE LIGHTING - Sun- day December 9th at 2:15 pm. Mayor Thomas M. Menino invites you, your family and friends to come and join Santa Claus and his reindeer along with snowmen, gingerbread men and a host of other holiday characters as they sing, dance and spread holiday cheer in celebratoin of the tree light- ingl For more information, call Nicole Leo in the Mayor's Office of Neighbor- hood Services at 617-635-4987.