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POST-GAZE'I-I'E, DECEMBER 4, 2015 Page 11 NOW PLAYING IPTOWN & DOWNTOWN MUSEUMS Be sure not to miss Boston Ballet's The stage now at the Boston Opera House. SECTION for more details. Nutcracker on See THEATER THEATER MUSIC LYNN AUDITORIUM 3 City Hall Square, Lynn, MA 781-599-SHOW www.LynnAuditorium.com PAUL ANKA -- December 11, 2015. Anka wrote "Diana," a love song, for the 18-year-old babysitter of his younger brother and sister. The song became America's top song in September of 1957. He wrote "Lonely Boy" for his mother, who died of a liver disease. To date, Paul has recorded 125 albums -- including songs in Japanese, German, Spanish, French, and Italian -- and sold more than 15 million worldwide. He wrote "My Way" for Frank Sinatra. He was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1993. Anka discovered Michael Bubl~, Corey Hart and David Clayton- Thomas. He was awarded a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. THE CABOT 286 Cabot Street, Beverly, MA 978-927-3100 www.TheCabot.org CHR/STMAS WITH DARLENE LOVE -- December 13, 2015. Everyone has seen Darlene bn Late Night with David Letterman singing "Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)" for 30 holiday seasons. Now "Christmas with Dar- lene Love" is coming to Beverly for an exclusive Boston-area performancel!I Darlene Love was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hail of Fame in 2011 and she was featured in 20 Feet from Stardom in 2013. In 2014, that documentary won an Academy Award and Darlene was featured from the Dolby Theater stage on the Academy Awards Show. As she raised the Oscar, the entire house stood with a cheering ovation lead by the wildly applauding Bill Murray. Darlene, who celebrated her 74'h birthday in duly, is killing it! She is touring non-stop, appearing on late night TV, and she has a hot new CD produced by Steven Van Zandt, the guitarist and member of Bruce Springsteen's E Street Band, tiffed Introducing Darlene Love. ~IDERS THEATRE AT HARVARD UNIVERSITY 45 Quincy Street, Cambridge, MA o fa. fas.Harvard~ edu/BoxOffice THE FOUR SEASONS Presented by Boston Baroque ~ December 3 i, 2015 and January i, 2016. New Year's Eve (Thursday, December 31, 2015 at 8:00 pm) and NewYear's Day, (Friday, Janu- ary I, 2016 at 3:00 pro) will once again soar -- not only with champagne and chocolates -- but this year with Antonio VivaldiT The Four Seasons, Vivaldi's most popular work. It will feature Boston Baroque's concertmaster Christina Day Martinson as she takes center stage in this mesmerizing and celebratory con- certo. Martinson is featured in Boston Baroque's recording of this work. Many of the movements of Vivaidi's Four Sea- sons have been used in movies like Tin Cup, Spy Game, A Mew to Kill, What Lies Beneath, White Chicks, Saved!, Pacific Heights, The Other Sister . . . the list keeps going. These two concerts will also include Vivaidi's Concerto for So- pranino Recorder, featuring Aldo Abreu, recorder. George Frideric Handel's Con- certo Grosso in D, op. 6, no. 5 completes the festive program. Champagne and chocolates at intermission will once again apply festive notes. TD GARDEN 100 Legends Way, Boston, MA 617-624-1050 www.TDGarden.com CARRIE UNDERWOOD -- Febru- ary 23, 2016. Seven-time Grammy winner and Pollstar's three-time top female country touring artist, Carrie Underwood, who just released her fifth studio album, Storyteller. =I can't wait to play new music from Storyteller for the fans," shares Underwood. "I am ITALIAN RADIO PROGRAMS "The Sicilian Corner" -- every Friday 10:00 am to Noon with hosts Tom Zappaia and Mike Lomazzo and "The Best in Italian Music" with Nunzio DiMarca every Sunday from 9:00 am to Noon. Go to www. 11 l~vccmam.com. "Italia Oggi" -- Sundays 11:00 am to Noon with host Andrea Urdi 1460 AM. "Dolce Vita Radio" -- Sundays DJ Rocco Mesiti 11:00 am-l:00 pm; 90.7 FM or online www.djrocco.com. "The Nick Franciosa Show" -- Sundays from Noon to 3:00 pm on WLYN 1360 AM. "Guido Oliva Italian Hour" -- Sundays 8:00 am-9:00 am on WSRO 650 AM and online at www.wsro.com. "Tony's Place" on MusicAmerica WPLM FM 99.1 -- Sundays 7:00 pm-2:00 am on MusicAmerica. Host Ron Della Chiesa pre,,ents Tony's Place. Visit www.MusicNotNoise.com. "L'Italia Chiamo Italian Radio Show" hosted by Stefano Marchese and Elisa Meazzini- Thursdays 3:00 pm-4:15 pro. Visit litaliachiamo.com; email: litaliachiamoshow@gmail.com. Tel. 857-334-0868. "Iutervallo Musicale" -- Sundays 10:00-10:30 am; Host Carmine Guarino on WUNR 1600 AM and online at www.wunr.com. so blessed to have this career and get to do to the things I do, but there is nothing like that moment when I get to step onto the stage to sing and all the fans are singing along with me." The Storyteller Tour -- Stories in the Round will be Underwood's first tour "in the round." With the stage in the middle of the arena floor, the 360-degree setting will allow fans on all sides of the arena to get a very intimate and unique concert experience. ORPHEUM THEATRE I Hamilton Place, Boston, MA 617-482-0106 www.OrpheumTheatreBoston.com BONNIE RAITT -- March 29, 2016. Bonnie Lynn Raitt is an American blues singer, songwriter and slide guitar player. During the 1970s, Raitt released a series of roots-influenced albums which incorporated elements of blues, rock, folk and country. In 1989, after several years of critical acclaim but little commercial success, she had a major return to form with the release of her album Nick of Time. The follow- ing two albums Luck of the Draw (1991) and Longing in Their Hearts {1994) were also multi-million sellers generating several hit singles, including =Some- thing to Talk About," "Love Sneakin' Up on You," and the ballad "I Can't Make You Love Me" (with Bruce Hornsby on piano). Raltt has received 10 Grammy Awards. She is listed as number 50 in Rolling Stone magazine's list of the 100 Greatest Singers of All Time and num- ber 89 on their list of the 100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time. BOSTON OPERA HOUSE 539 Washington St., Boston, MA 617-259-3400 www.BostonOperaHouse.com THE NUTCRACKER -- Novem- ber 27-December 31, 2015. Mikko Nis- sinen's The Nutcracker captures your imagination and transports you to a magical world of brave toy soldiers and dancing candy canes. Follow Clara as she embarks on her journey filled with colorful characters, breathtaking cos- tumes, and majestic scenery. PIPPIN -- February 2-14, 2016. A young prince sets out on a journey to find the ultimate meaning of life in the vaudevillian spectacular of Pippin, from Godspell creator Stephen Schwartz. Told by a roving cast of an anachronistic acting troupe, the musical first wowed audiences in 1972, seducing them with an astonishing musical fable set to a rousing 1970's rock score, including the hits =Magic to Do" and "I Guess I~l Miss the Man." With elements of sur- realism and naughtiness, there is a moving core to this quest for fulfilment, told through a medieval fable that still connects with contemporary audiences. Revived on Broadway by director Diane Paulus (Porgy and Bess and Hair); this new incarnation of Pippin won four 2013 Tonys, and is now hitting the road for a bombastic and vivid tour of the USA! WANG THEATER Citi Performing Arts Center 270 Tremont Street Boston, MA 800-982-2787 www.CitiCenter.org ELF THE BROADWAY MUSICAL -- Now through December 6, 2015. ELF The Musical is the hilarious tale of Buddy, a young orphan child who mistakenly crawls into Santa's bag of gifts and is transported back to the North Pole. Unaware that he is actually human, Buddy's enormous size and poor toy-making abilities cause him to face the truth. With Santa's permission, Buddy embarks on a journey to New York City to find his birth father, discover his true identity, and help New York remember the true meaning of Christmas. This modern day Christmas classic is sure to make everyone embrace their inner ELF. Based on the beloved 2003 New Line Cinema hit, ELF features songs by Tony Award nominees Matthew Sklar and Chad Beguelin (The Wedding Singer), with a book by Tony Award winners Thomas Meehan (Annie, The Producers, Hairspray) and Bob Martin (The Drowsy Chaperone}. SHUBERT THEATRE 265 Tremont Street, Boston, MA 866-348-9738 www.CitiCenter.org LOVE LETTERS -- February 2-7, 2016. One of the most famous on screen couples of all time is back together for the national tour ofA. R. Gurney's Love Letters. Ryan O~leil and All MacGraw first set hearts a flutter in 1970 when they starred in the iconic weepie Love Story. A massive commercial success, the movie was nominated for seven Academy Awards and its tagline alone -- Love means never having to say you're sorry -- is still enough to get millions reaching for a box of tissues. What is Love Letters About? Melissa and Andrew have been in love since second grade, yet circumstance and their own crushing insecurities have resulted in this inevitable romance never materi- arising. Opting instead for the safety of friendship, the pair keep up a constant correspondence through letters, cards, notes and invitations, a 50-year-old paper trail which details all of their vic- tories, defeats and dreams as life pulls them ever further apart. SHRINER'S AUDITORIUM 99 Fordham Rd., Wilmington, MA 978-657-4202 or 781-665-6466 www.AleppoShriners.com NORTHEAST COMIC CON AND COLLECTIBLES EXTRAVAGANZA -- December 5-6, 2015. A line-up of family fun including celebrity guests, KIDZ activities, cosplay, video games and holiday shopping. As a spe- cial event offering the largest selec- tion of coHectibles, geek crafts, com- ics, toys, comic art and pop culture artifacts for sale in New England, this show has become the holiday shopping place for nerds and the people who love them. Everything a fan or collector could possibly want, that you could not find any- where else, is displayed on over 300 tables. I'IYNES CONVENTION CENTER 900 Boylston Street, Boston 617-954-2000 www.MassConvention.com CRAFT BOSTON HOLIDAY -- December 11, 2015. Comprised of 175 exhibitors, CraftBoston Holiday is a highly regarded, must-attend event for artists, collectors, and craft enthusiasts. CraftBoston Holiday is conveniently located in a fashionable, concentrated shopping district perfect for the holiday season. Come for the day to shop for unique, one-of-a-kind gifts, meet and support the makers, and learn about fine contemporary craft. This year, SAC is pleased to announce that Nick Offer- man will be speaking at CraftBoston at 1:30 pm. In his talk, tiffed Sawdust and Mirth, Offerman will discuss the impor- tance of handmade objects. Offerman, an American actor, writer, comedian, and carpenter, is widely known for his breakout role as Ron Swanson in the acclaimed NBC sitcom Parks and Recreation. TD GARDEN 100 Legends Way, Boston, MA 617-624-1050 www.TDGarden.com WWE TLC: Tables, Ladders, and Chairs-- December 13, 2015. For the first time ever, TLC comes to Boston! See your favorite WWE Superstars includ- ing Seth Rollins, Roman Reigns, Bray Wyatt, Dean Ambrose, Randy Orton, Sheamus, and many more! Card is subject to change. OMNI PARKER HOUSE 60 School Street, Boston, MA 877-613-0134 www.Boston-Theatre.com INTIMATE ILLUSIONS -- Decem- ber 26-27, 2015. Brilliant, hilarious & enthralling. World-renowned illu- sionist and entertainer Ivan Amodei delights in creating one-of-a-kind stage experiences using a blend of magnifi- cent magic, music, drama and comedy that transport you, the audience, into a fantastic new world! Utterly enthrall- ing, Amodei's myriad talents range from daring telekinesis to dazzling telepathy, and much more, including world-class illusions! Featuring an incredible score including everything from Mozart to Hans Zimmer and Celine Dion's concert Cellist, Intimate IUustions is a spectacu- lar, spontaneous and witty show about destiny, courage, life and love. It is most definitely like nothing you've ever seen before! MUSEUM OF FINE ARTS, BOSTON 465 Huntington Avenue, Boston 617-267-9300 www.MFA.org KENNETH PAUL BLOCK ILLUSTRA- TIONS -- December 12, 2015 - August 14, 2016. Kenneth Paul Block (1925- 2009) is arguably the most important fashion illustrator of the second half of the 20~" century. His versatility and abil- ity to create a graceful gesture or evoke the high energy of the post-WWII gen- eration make his work stand out among illustrators of his time. Throughout his career, mainly with Women's Wear Daily and W Magazine, he chronicled fashionable designs and the lifestyles of the people who wore them. Blending il- lustration and portraiture, his drawings of figures like Jacqueline Kennedy, Babe Paley and Gloria Guinness capture the sophistication of the era's socialites and celebrities. This chronological survey contains approximately 30 works span- ning Block's career from the 1950s into the 1990s -- drawing from the MFA's repository of Block's extensive archive of drawings. Including examples of fash- ion illustrations and society portraits, works range from early black-and-white drawings in charcoal to later works in watercolor and colored pencil. MUSEUM OF SCIENCE I Science Park, Boston, MA 617-723-2500 www.MOS.org THE POLAR EXPRESSTM 4-D EXPERIENCE -- Now through Janu- ary 3, 2016. Go on an extraordinary 4-D adventure this holiday season on THE POLAR EXPRESS! When a doubting young boy takes an extraordinary train ride to the North Pole, he embarks on a journey of self-discovery that shows him that the wonder of life never fades for those who believe. THE POLAR EX- PRESSTM 4-D Experience is based on the inspiring and beloved Caidecott Medal children's book by Chris Van Allsburg. Featured in digital 3-D and brought to life with 4-D multisensory effects, this is an immersive experience for the whole family to enjoy!