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POST-GAZETTE, DECEMBER 7, 2012 Page 11 NOW PLAYING UPTOWN & DOWNTOWN At the Stoneham Theater through December 23 rd, rediscover the joy of perennial holiday favorite It's a Wonderful Life. See THEATER SECTION for more details. 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 modem 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 intertwine 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* win 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. LOWELL MEMORIAL AUDITORIUM 50 East Merrimack St., Lowell, MA 978-454-2299 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" 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  Peccolo (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.1110wccmam_com. "Italia Oggi" Srmdays i:00 pm to 2:00 pm with host Andrea Urdi 1460 AM www.1460WXBR.corru "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- i0:00 pm on MusicAmerica. Host Ron Della Chiesa presents Tony's Place. Visit . .'13 ,  ,  , , ,,. '.' l'-', ,'. joins nationally acclaimed vocal group Five by Design whose style embraces unforgettable melodies, lush harmo- nies, and swinging rhythms. Enjoy unique takes on classic favorites and brand new originals, plus a spe- cial 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! WILBUR THEATRE 246 Tremont St., Boston, MA 617-248-9700 Kenny G - 2012 Holiday Show -- Sunday, December 16, 2012. Grammy Award-winning saxophonist Kenny G lights up the holidays with his 2012 December concert! You'll hear holi- day classics such as Silver Bells, Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas, Winter Wonderland, Let it Snow, Joy to the World, Silent Night and more. In a recording career that spans almost three decades and 23 albums, Kenny G has grafted elements of R&B, pop, and Latin to a jazz foundation solidifying his reputation as the pre- mier artist in contemporary jazz. Since the early 80s, his combination of unparalleled instrumental chops and indelible melodies has resulted in sales of more than 75 million records worldwide and more than a dozen climbs to the top of Billboard's contemporary jazz chart. 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 tree spirit of the holiday season. Songs Include: Polapan, 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 - Now through December 9, 2012. Big League Productions presents the critically acclaimed, record-breaking Broadway musical production Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christ- mas! The classic, whimsical tale will enchant audiences of all ages. Dr. Seuss' How The Grinch Stole Christ- mas! The Musical 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. THE JACKIE LIEBERGOTT BLACK BOX THEATER AT THE PARAMOUNT CENTER 559 Washington St., Boston, MA 617-824-8400 THE PIANIST OF WILLESDEN LANE -- Now through December 16, 2012. Set in Vienna in 1938 and Lon- don during the Blitzkrieg, The P/anist of WiUesden Lane tells the true story of pianist and author Mona Golabek's mother, Lisa Jura. A young Jewish pianist, Lisa dreams of a concert de- but at the storied Musikverein con- cert 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 mns 90 minutes with no intermission. American con- cert pianist Mona Golabek has ap- p,arett ia, t the I_qlly, p.qd Bpwl, he. Kennedy Center and Royal Festival Hall. She is a Grammy nominee and has received numerous awards. She has been the subject of several docu- mentaries including Concerto for Mona with conductor Zubin Mehta. Ms. Golabek's syndicated radio pro- gram, The Romantic Hours, combines music with poetry. Her recordings in- clude Carnival of the Animals and Ravel's Mother Goose Suite featuring Meryl Streep, both recorded with Ms. Golabek's sister, Renee Golabek- Kaye. Both daughters were taught by their mother, Lisa Jura, who is the subject of Ms. Golabek's acclaimed book, The Children of Willesden Lane. Ms. Golabek founded Hold On To Your Music, a foundation devoted to spreading the message of the power of music. With the help of the Milken Family Foundation and the Annenberg Foundation, she created educational resources which, with her book, have been adopted into school curricula across America. STONEHAM THEATER 395 Main Street, Stoneham, MA 781-279-2200 IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE -- Now through December 23rd. Alone on top of a bridge that overlooks his beloved Bedford Falls. George Bailey has con- vinced himself that his life and his work have been for nothing. Can the small victories and common decency of one man change an entire town? George will find out when he's visited by a guardian angel who will show him what life would have been like without him. See this new adapta- tion of a Christmas staple that adds back some of your favorite scenes, including the Charleston dance above the pool floor. Everyone should have the opportunity to experience live theatre. In an effort to bring the ex- citement of live theatre to more of the community, Stoneham Theatre offers "Pay What You Can." One hour prior to the first Thursday performance of each Mainstage production, tickets to that performance will be sold on a "Pay What You Can" basis. Contact the theater for more information. WILBUR THEATRE 246 Tremont St., Boston, MA 617-248-9700 CEDRIC THE ENTERTAINER -- Sunday December 30, 2012. Two shows at 7 pm and 9:45 pm. Cedric the Entertainer is best known for his crowd-pleasing roles in the hit films Barbershop, Madagascar, Johnson Family Vacation and The Original Kings of Comedy. He has many career successes including receiving the Ri- chard Pryor Comic of the Year Award, winning the Aftra Award of Excellence in Television Programming for his tv series Cedric The Entertainer Pre- sents..., and being awarded four con- secutive NAACP Image Awards for "Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series" The Steve Harvey Show. His first comedy book, Grown- Ass Man, was released in January of 2002 and sold out across the country. TD GARDEN 100 Legends Way, Boston, MA 617-624-1050 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 Magicl ARSENAL CENTER FOR THE ARTS 311 Arsenal Street, Watertown, MA 617-923-0100 SMALL WORKS 2012 - Now through January I0, 2013. ArsenaIARTS presents Small Works 2012, their annual group show of art- works no larger than 12" x 12" in iz.e,:, each priced at $300 and under. The timing of this exhibit allows holiday 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 -- Now through January 21, 2013. During the holiday season, Norman Rockwell's anxiously awaited illustrations brought good cheer to millions of Americans who encountered his im- ages on the historic covers and pages of their most 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. 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 e'viges at 617-635-4987.