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POST-GAZE'I-I'E, DECEMBER 12, 2014 Page 11 NOW UPTOWN & DOWNTOWN Be sure not to miss Newpoli, Boston's own Italian Folk Music ensemble, for their annual Christmas concert Musica Di Natale" A Traditional Italian Christmas. For further details see MUSIC SECTION. MUSIC YMCA THEATRE 820 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge, MA 617-661-9622 www.CambridgeYMCA, org NEWPOLI CHRISTMAS CONCERT -- December 12. Join Newpoli, Boston's own Italian Folk Music ensemble, for their annual Christmas concert Musica Di Natale: A Traditional Italian Christmas. Newpoli presents the Christmas Story as told through the folk music of Southern Italy, from shepherd songs of the Appennini Mountains to music from the courts and piazzas of Naples. Two singers and six instrumentalists bring an Ital- ian Christmas celebration to life in dramatic fashion using original dia- lects and traditional instruments. The repertoire will include traditional folk prayers, artful polyphonic songs dat- ing back to the Renaissance, and cap- tivating tarantellas that will make you want to dance. Joining the group on stage will be professional dancer Ornelia luorio, performing Italian tra- ditional dances. Christmas readings in the dialects of Southern Italy will enhance and complement the music, adding to the magic of the evening (English translations will be provided). Advance tickets can be purchased on www. newpolimusic, com Rosie," "Song Sung Blue," "Longfellow Serenade," "I've Been This Way Before," "If You Know What I Mean," "Desiree," "You Don't Bring Me Flowers," *America." *Yesterday's Songs," "Heartlight," "I'm a Believer" and Red Sox Nation's anthem "Sweet Caroline." A show not to be missedl Tickets are now on sale. FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH 561 Main Street, Melrose, MA (781) 665-4470 event/895584 ITALIAN OPERA AND WHAT BROADWAY DID TO IT -- Friday, January 23, 2015. Starring sopranos, Laura Hansen and Kristyn Taylor, and baritone, Frank Walker, singing arias, duets and trios from favorite Italian operas followed by Broadway's version of "drama, drama, drama!" SANDERS THEATRE AT HARVARD UNIVERSITY 45 Quincy Street, Cambridge, MA VERDI UN BALLO IN MASCHERA -- January 18, 2015. A semi-staged opera performance with Federico Cortese, Conductor and Edward Ber- keley, Stage Director. This perfor- mance is a full opera, over 3 hours in length. It therefore is not designed for young children and recommended for audiences I0 years of age and older. COMEDY TD GARDEN 100 Legends Way, Boston 617-624-1050 NElL DIAMOND -- March 23, 2015. Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Neil Diamond will release his new CD "Melody Road," on October 21st. =Melody Road," his first album of new songs since 2008. Come March, Dia- mond will embark on a North Ameri- can concert tour that includes dates in the Unites States, Mexico and Canada. Diamond's career began in the 1960s and continues on today with such fan favorites as: =Cracklin' SHUBERT THEATRE 270 Tremont Street, Boston, MA 617-482-9393 Shubert RUDOLPH THE RED-NOSED REINDEER: THE MUSICAL -- Now through December 14. First airing in 1964, Rudolph The Red-nosed Reindeer has become a beloved Christmas clas- sic -- capturing the hearts and won- der of generations of fans. Now, 50 DAN(:E ITALIAN RADIO PROGRAMS "The Sicilian Corner" -- 10:00 am to Noon every Friday with hosts Tom Zappala and Mike Lomazzo and "The Italian Show" with Nunzio DiMarca l every Sunday from 9:00 am to Noon. Go to www.1110wccmarrLcorrL "Italia Oggi" -- Sundays 11:00 am to Noon with host Andrea Urdi 1460 AM. Go to www.1460WXBR.corru "Dolce Vita Radio" -- DJ Rocco Mesiti 11:00 am-l:00 pm; Sundays 90.7 FM or online www.djrocco.cor~ "The Nick Franciosa Show" -- Sundays from 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 "Tony's Place" on MusieAmerica WPLM FM 99.1 -- Sundays 9:00 pm-10:00 pm on MusicAmerica. Host Ron Delia Chiesa presents Tony's Place. Visit "L'Italia Chiamo Italian Radio Show" hosted by Stefano Marchese and Emanuele Capoano -- Thursdays 2:00 pro-4:00 pm. Visit or; email: Tel. 857-334-0868. "Intervallo Musicale" -- Sundays 10:00-10:30 am; Host Carmine Guarino on WUNR 1600 AM and online at years later, something magical is hap- Jenn and Spencer, and Words -- pening as the beloved classic soars January 21-25, 2015. Mark Morris re- off the screen and onto the Shubert turns to the ICA for the first time since Theatre stage this holiday season. 2007. Brooklyn-based choreographer Come see all of your favorite charac- will present four works: Italian Con- ters from the special including, Santa certo, his interpretation of Bach's and Mrs. Claus, Hermey the Elf, popular Italian Concerto in F Major; A Bumble the Abominable Snow Mon- Wooden Tree, a whimsical ensemble ster, Clarice, Yukon Cornelius, the piece set to offbeat Ivor Cutler record- Misfit Toys and, of course, Rudolph, ings; the passionate Jenn and Spen- as they come to life in the all new cer, with music by Henry Cowell; and Rudolph The Red-nosed Reindeer: The Words, a brand-new work set to Musical. It's an adventure that Mendelssohn's "Songs Without teaches us that what makes you dif- Words." MMDG Music Ensemble per- ferent can be what makes you spe- forms live. cial. Don't miss this wonderful new holiday tradition that speaks to the misfit in all of us. BOSTON OPERA HOUSE 539 Washington St., Boston, MA 617-259-3400 THE NUTCRACKER -- Now through December 31. Following a lavish ball hosted by her wealthy par- ents in their well-heeled European townhouse, Clara, exhausted by the excitement falls asleep under the family Christmas tree with her new nutcracker doll. When she awakes, the tree has magically grown to over 40 feet high, and a mysterious prince who bears a striking resemblance to the doll greets Clara, and embarks with her on an adventure fighting life- sized mice, meeting beautiful fairies outlandish fairytale characters. Their journey to the Kingdom of Sweets in- dudes the famous dance sequences: Chocolate, Coffee, Tea, Trepak, Mirli- tons, The Waltz of the Flowers and of course, the regal Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy (and her Caviller). As they are waved off by the magical party, Clara settles back with her Prince and falls back to sleep. But is this just a dream or will she remember this. ad- venture in the morning? MOTOWN -- January 27 to Feb- mary 15, 2015. The smash hit Motown The Mus/ca/is making its way across the country in its first national tour! Featuring over 40 classic songs such as =My Girl," "What's Going On," "Dancing in the .Street," "I Heard it Through the Grapevine" and "Ain't No Mountain High Enough." The true story behind the beat that changed minds, touched lives and took the world by storm, Motown shows how artists like Diana Ross, Michael Jackson, Smokey Robinson, Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye, The Tempta- tions and more created the sound- track that transformed America. SEBASTIAN MANISCALCO -- January 17, 2015. "What's Wrong with People?" asks Sebastian Maniscalco in his hilarious new hit stand-up spe- cial airing on Showtime and available on DVD nationwide on March 27th. In "What's Wrong with People," he brings his witheringly sarcastic and exasperated take on modern behav- ior and decorum, trying to bridge the gap between the Italian-American Old World he grew up in and the con- temporary frenetic world we all live in today. The result is an original, highly relatable stand-up comedy tour- de-force that has Sebastian perform- ing sold-out concerts worldwide. His self-deprecating comedy reminds fans of a young Jerry Seinfeld who con- stantly challenges his audience to recognize the absurdities of everyday life. WILBUR THEATRE 246 Tremont St., Boston, MA 617-248-9700 DANCING WITH THE STARS LIVE: -- January 16, 2015. The all- new Dancing with the Stars: Live! tour will feature a' cast of the television show's most popular competitors, treating audiences to exciting and romantic performances. Dancing with the Stars dancers will choreograph brand new never-before-seen num- bers and re-create some of the show's most memorable moments. As announced during Monday's broad- cast, Mark Ballas and Witney Carson are the first two dancers revealed to be on the tour. Further announce- ments will be made throughout the season. INSTITUTE OF CONTEMPORARY ART I00 Northern Ave., Boston 617-478-3100 MARK MORRIS DANCE GROUP: Italian Concerto, A Wooden Tree, reindeer and arctic foxes. Guests of all ages will have the opportunity to meet Stone Zoo's reindeer up close during the nightly photo opportuni- ties.* 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 23rd. After visit- ing with Santa, enter a magical holi- day world filled with fairy tale charac- ters and dancing plush animals. LA SALETTE SHRINE 947 Park St., Attleborough MA THE CROSBY WHISTLE STOP THE CHRISTMAS FESTIVAL OF 24 Roland Street, Charlestown, MA LIGHTS -- Now through January 4th 978-884-7690 from 5:00-9:00 pm daffy. Dating back to 1953, when a simple but beautiful SWING DANCE EVERY FRI- outdoor manger was the only attrac- DAY NIGHT -- Come and check out tion, the annual holiday show at La Boston's most exciting swing dance. Salette Shrine has since grown into Conveniently located in Sullivan a spectacular display of more than Square less than a five minute walk 300,000 I/ghts, inspiring displays, con- from the T. Free parking is available, certs, and other events during the A killer line up of DJ's and live bands Christmas Season. See for yourself every Friday night. Beautiful 3,000 sq why so many families consider a visit ft dance hall with exposed brick. A to the shrine part of their annual beginner lesson is included in the holiday tradition. price of admission from 8:00-9:00 pm prior to social dancing from 9:00 pm- 12:00 am. No partner or prior experi- ence is required. All ages and dance levels welcome. LOWELL MEMORIAL AUDITORIUM ISABELLA STEWART GARDNER 50 East Merrimack St., Lowell, MA MUSEUM 978-454-2299 25 Evans Way, Boston, MA Information (617) 566 1401 CIRQUE DREAMS HOLIDAZE -- Box Office (617} 278 5156 December 12. Renowned Director Neff Goldberg, creator of the groundbreak- DONATELLO, MICHELANGELO, ing Broadway hit Cirque Dreams CELLINI: SCULPTORS' DRAWINGS Jungle Fantasy, re-imaglnes the holl- FROM RENAISSANCE ITALY -- Now day season with Cirque Dreams through January 19, 2015. This Holidaze. An international cast of over groundbreaking exhibition examines 30 multl-talented and brilliantly cos- the multifaceted relationship be- tumed artists come to life and per- tween drawing and sculpture in Re- form astonishing feats of disbelief. naissance Italy. Because sculptors Experience gingerbread men flipping worked primarily from preparatory mid air, toy soldiers marching on thin models in wax or clay, drawing was wires, snowmen daringly balancing, not an essential part of their working and reindeer soaring high above a practical. And yet, in his self-portrait landscape of holiday wonderment. An now in the Gardner Museum's collec- original music score and some sea- tion, the prominent Florentine sculp- sonal favorites accompany hundreds tar Baccio Bandinelli points not to his of spectacular costumes and holiday most famous public monument, but dreams. The perfect way to come in rather to a drawing of it. The surpris- from the cold, forget the holiday ing gesture raises many questions stresses and rediscover the magic of about when, why, and how Renais- the season. sance sculptors drew, and provides clues about their training and their ambitions. Come and explore works by several Italian masters, many be- ing exhibited for the first time in the United States. WEST END CHRISTMAS TREE LIGHTING -- Saturday, Decem- ber 13, from 6:00-8:30 pm. The Friends of Richard Cardinal J. Cushing Memorial Park, Inc., will hold their annual West End Christmas Tree Lighting. This year the Boston Fire Department is invited to Join in the celebration. The tree at Richard Cardinal J. Cushing Memorial Park at 1 Bowdoin Square is blessed and lit in memory of his Eminence Richard Cardinal J. Cushing, as well as in remembrance of lost community members and loved ones. This year, in honor of their tremendous cour- age and sacrifice Lt. Edward J. Walsh, Jr. and firefighter Michael R. Kennedy will be remembered as well as the 50th Anniversary of the Regina Cleri Residence, and General Robert H. Quinn. The event often features local choirs, entertainment and a sur- prise visit from Santa. Free parking will be available at the Charles River Plaza Garage Lower Deck. Contact Norman Herr for parking passes at the lighting or to answer any questions at 617-869-7001 (C) or 617-720-5326 (H). STONE ZOO 149 Pond Street, Stoneham, MA 781-438-5100 ZOOLIGHTS -- Now through January 4, 2015 from 5:00 - 9:00 pm. ZooLights is set to dazzle visitors of all ages. This winter wonderland at- tracts thousands of visitors each year who get into the holiday spirit by strolling along tree-lined paths lit by thousands of twinkling lights. Upon entering Stone Zoo, guests will visit Yukon Creek, which not only features dazzling holiday lights, but is also home to bald eagles, North American porcupines, Canada lynx (including three kittens born earlier this year), NEWBURY HANDMADE MARKET 301 Newbury Street. Boston, MA www.NewburyHandmadeMarket .corn POP-UP SHOP INDEPENDENTLY ORGANIZED BY ETSY ARTISTS. Shop runs now through Christmas Eve. Newbury Street storefront filled with artist booths. Products to include watercolor paintings, scarves, eco- conscious furs, cookies, salsa, jams, jewelry for men and women, hand- made clothing, pottery, candies, home decor, vintage home decor, sea glass, photography, and hair accessories. New artists every Friday. Some artists working on-site and on-the-spot customization available. Open 11:00 am to 7:00 pm daffy. Closes at 3:00 pm on Christmas Eve. Located between the Hynes and Copley Green Line T stops, and near the Back Bay Orange Line T and commuter rail stop. DCU CENTER 50 Foster Street Worcester, MA 800-653-8000 PROFESSIONAL BULL RIDERS -- February 7-8, 2015. The Professional Bull Riders announced that fans will again be able to watch the best bull riders and top bucking bulls when the PBR Touring Pro Division (TPD) returns to the DCU Center. Fans will witness thrilling 8-second rides and jaw-dropping wrecks throughout the adrenaline-soaked performance as the PBR's insanely brave cowboys risk it all against monstrous animal athletes that can weigh as much as 2,000 pounds. This year's event will feature a special opportunity for bull riding fans to get the ultimate in fan experience. MONSTER JAM -- February 13- 15, 2015. Welcome to Monster Jam, an incredible family-friendly experi- ence starring the biggest performers on four wheels: Monster Jam mon- ster trucks. These twelve-feet-tall, ten-thousand-pound machines will bring you to your feet, racing and rip- ping up a custom-designed track full of obstacles to soar over -- OR Smash through. Monster Jam provides a massive night's entertain-ment tailored perfectly for your family's bud- get, and these colorful larger-than- life beasts are sure to capture the hearts of both young and old.