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Classical Music

MIT Chamber Orchestra

Kresge Auditorium. May 6, 8 p.m. Free admission. Information: 253-9800. Steven McDonald, Director. Program: Mozart, Divertimento in Bb, K. 136; Vaughan-Williams, Concerto for Oboe Solo with Lisa Putukian; Schubert, Symphony No. 6.

Boston Symphony Orchestra

Jorge Hernandez Cultural Center, Villa Victoria, South End, Boston. May 6, 8 p.m. Admission: $50 (Benefactor); $30 (Patron); $10 (General admission); $5 (Senior or child under 15 years); and $15 (Family). Information: 266-2492. Members of the BSO and the Boston Pops, joined by local guest musicians, will perform an evening of light classical and popular music with a Spanish Flavor. All proceeds from this fundraising event directly benefit the Boston Symphony Orchestra.

The Cantata Singers & Ensemble

New England Conservatory, Jordan Hall, 30 Gainsborough St., Boston. May 6, 8 p.m. Admission: $8­30, $7 for students, $2 discount for seniors. Information: 267-6502. 1) David Hoose, Music Director. Lynn Torgove, soprano; Randy McGee, tenor; David Kravitz, bass: Robert Schumann, Mass in C Minor. 2) Zheng-Rong Wang, violin: works by Carl Nielsen and Donald Sur.

Harvard University

John Knowles Paine Concert Hall, Music Building. May 6, 8 p.m. Admission: $12, $6 for students/seniors. Information: 496-6013. W.A. Mozart: Fortepiano Music for Two Players. Malcolm Bilson and Robert Levin, fortepianists.

Boston Symphony Orchestra

Symphony Hall, 301 Massachusetts Ave., Boston. May 6­7, 10 a.m. & 11:50 a.m. Admission: Call for details. Information: 266-1492. The BSO's final concerts of the 1993-94 Youth Concert Series aim to capture the spirit, atmosphere, and musical color of various countries around the world; led by Thomas Dausgaard, BSO Assistant Conductor. Program: Mendelssohn, Bartók, Rossini, Grieg, Lumbye, and Falla.

Boston Baroque

New England Conservatory, Jordan Hall, 30 Gainsborough St., Boston. May 7, 8 p.m. Admission: $14.50­21.50. Information: 641-1310. The Grammy-nominated Boston Baroque presents the American premiere of a new completion of the Mozart Requiem by Harvard music professor and Mozart specialist Robert Levin, along with other Mozart works. Soloists: Dominique Labelle, soprano; Pamela Dellal, mezzo-soprano; Steven Tharp, tenor; David Arnold, baritone. Martin Pearlman, Music Director.

Convivium Musicum

Church of St. John the Evangelist, 35 Bowdoin St., Boston. May 7, 8 p.m. Admission: $9, $6 seniors and students. Information: 288-7393. David Hodgkins, Musical Director. The seven-year-old choir for Renaissance Music devotes and entire program to nearly 40 years of the work of Heinrich Schütz, featuring five German pieces, with two double-choir works.

MIT Faculty Series

Kresge Auditorium. May 7, 8 p.m. Free admission. Information: 253-9800. Marek Zebrowski, piano. Program: Haydn, Sonata in C Minor; Schumann, Waldszenen; and works by Chopin and Szymanowski.

Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum

280 The Fenway, Boston. Admission (in addition to museum admission, see "Museums"): $4, $2 for students/seniors/museum members. Information: 566-1401. May 7, 1:30 p.m.: Young Artists Showcase, featuring So Yeun Ahn, piano. May 8, 1:30 p.m.: Sunday Concert Series, featuring the Orion String Quartet.

Longy School of Music

All events are at the Edward Pickman Concert Hall, 27 Garden St., Cambridge (except where noted). Information: 876-0956.

Master of Music Recital

May 8, 4 p.m. Free admission. Marta Zurad, violin; William Wright, piano. Program: Piston, Sonatina for violin and piano (1945); Chausson, Poeme, Op. 25; Wieniawski, Polonaise in A-Major.

The Longy Chamber Orchestra

May 10, 8 p.m. Suggested donation: $5. Jeffrey Rink, conductor. Soloists: Elizabeth Anker, contralto; Noriko Yasuda, harpsichord; Fernando Brandao, flute; Kasuo Watanabe, violin. Program: Bach, Brandenburg Concerto No. 5; Mahler, Rückert Lieder; Sibelius, Canzonetta; Galindo, Sinfonia Breve.

Sundays at Seven Series

May 15, 7 p.m. Suggested donation: $5. Longy Chamber Singers; Lorna Cooke deVaron, conductor. Soloists: Michael Collver, Laurie Monahan, and Robert Honeysucker. Program: Purcell, Come Ye Sons of Art; Ginestera, Lamentations; Hindesmith, Six Chansons.

Chamber Music

May 17­18, 8 p.m. Free admission. Student ensembles.

Opera at Longy

May 19­21 (Thu, 8 p.m.; Fri­Sat, 7 & 8:30 p.m.). Admission: $5, $2 for children under 12. Program: Britten, Noye's Fludde; Sirota, Tailor of Gloucester.

Longy Young Performers

May 22, 4 p.m. Free admission. Winners of the honors chamber music auditions will perform.

Longy Early Music Department

May 23, 8 p.m. Free admission. Student performance of chamber music and solo works.

Master of Music Recital

May 26, 7 p.m. Free admission. Jean Sawyer Twombly, violin, and assisting artists. Program: Music of Ortiz, da Rore, Simpson, Louis Couperin, and others.

Federal Reserve Bank of Boston, Midday Performance Series

Bank Auditorium, 600 Atlantic Ave., Boston. All performances, 12:30 p.m. Free admission. Information: 973-3453. May 12: Marta Zurad, violin; William B. Wright, piano accompaniment. Program: selections from Piston, Chausson, and Wienawski. May 19: Joan Mornard, soprano; William Merrill, piano accompaniment. Program: Music by Beethoven, Debussy, Barber, and Korngold.

Pro Arte Chamber Orchestra

Sanders Theatre, Harvard University. May 14, 8 p.m. Admission: $9.50­27.50, $2 off for students/seniors; student rush tickets at $5 each are available at door on day of performance. Information (tickets): 661-7067 (Pro Arte box office) or 496-2222 (Sanders Theatre box office). "Mozart vs. Salieri." A concert which recreates an event at Schönbrun Palace in Vienna in 1786 in which the two rival composers were commissioned to write a one-act opera. Gisèle Ben-Dor, conductor.

Museum of Fine Arts

465 Huntington Ave., Remis Auditorium, Boston. May 15, 3 p.m. Admission: $17, $14 for MFA members/students/seniors. Information: 267-9300 (x300, general info; x306, tickets and reservations). "Music of J.S. Bach." The Boston Museum Trio (Daniel Stepner, baroque violin; Laura Jeppesen, viola da gamba; John Gibbons, harpsichord) concludes the season and the Bach series with some of their favorite trios and duos, including transcriptions of inventions and fugues.

All Newton Music School

321 Chestnut St., West Newton. May 15, 4 p.m. Admission: $15, $10 for students/seniors. Information: 527-4553. Wu Han, pianist, is the 1993 recipient of the prestigious National Award for Outstanding Chamber Musician. She will perform piano trios by Tchaikovsky, Ives, and Beethoven, with Philip Setzer, violin, and David Finckel, cello.

All Newton Music School

321 Chestnut St., West Newton. May 21, 9 a.m.­7 p.m. Free admission. Information: 527-4553. The first annual "Performathon" will bring together students, faculty, guest musicians and many celebrity "MC's" to celebrate music and raise funds for the ANMS Scholarship Program. Snacks, lunch, and baked goods will be for sale with ANMS musical gifts.

Emmanuel Music Players

C. Walsh Theatre, Suffolk University, 41 Temple St., Boston. May 22, 4 p.m. Admission: call for details. Information: 536-3356. Lydian String Quartet performing String Quintet No. 1 in F Major Op. 88, and others.

Jazz

Jazz Composers Alliance

Emmanuel Church, 15 Newbury St., Boston. May 13, 8 p.m. Admission: $8.50; discounts available for students/seniors. Information: 964-5471. The winners of the 1994 JCA Composition Contest will give a concert featuring their new works. Bob Nieske's Consenting Adults and John Hollenbeck's Weiji will be performed, as well as new compositions by resident composers Dana Brayton and pianist Dan Stein.

Longy Jazz Department

Edward Pickman Concert Hall, 27 Garden St., Cambridge. May 24­25, 8 p.m. Free admission. Information: 876-0956. Longy Big Band and Student Jazz Ensembles (Tue and Wed, respectively).

Popular Music

Temple Ohabei Shalom Performing Arts Series

1187 Beacon St., Brookline. May 7, 8 p.m. Admission: $15 at the door, $14 advance purchase, $8 for children under 16. Information: 277-6610. Rabbi Ken Kanter performs "The Jews of In Pan Alley," a musical cabaret tracing the development of American popular music and the Jewish contribution to it. The presentation includes offerings from Berlin, Kern, Gershwin, Hart/Rogers, Irving Caesar, the Andrews Sisters, and Billy Rose.

Berklee College of Music

The Mall at Chestnut Hill, Route 9 & Hammond Parkway, Chestnut Hill. Information: 965-3037. The Berklee College continues a month-long salute to the big bands and music masters of the twentieth century. May 7, 2­4 p.m.: "Music of the ŒCotton Club' Era." With the "Happy Feet Dance Orchestra." May 8, 2­4 p.m.: "Songs by Shaye." Featuring Yas Ishibashi, piano and vocals.

Boston Pops

Symphony Hall, 301 Massachusetts Ave., Boston. May 11, 6 p.m. (includes at pre-concert reception and a gourmet picnic supper at 6:30 p.m.). Admission: $75­175 (floor seating), $60­75 (first balcony), and $35­50 (second balcony). Information: 266-1492. The Boston Pops' 109th season opens, with Boston Pops Laureate Conductor and Music Adviser John Williams conducting. Also to be featured are singer-pianist Michael Feinstein and 13-year-old violinist Tamaki Kawakubo. Program will include Feinstein's salute to George Gershwin and an orchestral salute to Arthur Fiedler, who was conductor of the Boston Pops from 1930 until 1979.

The Folk Song Society of Greater Boston

First Parish Church, 35 Church St., Watertown. May 21, 8 p.m. Admission: $9. Information: 623-1806. The Folk Song Society presents the Copper Family, from Sussex, England, who for the last 200 hundred years has been renowned for its singing at sheep-shearing suppers, Harvest Homes, family parties, and pub "sing-songs."

World Music

MIT Premiere Orchestra

Kresge Auditorium. May 8, 8 p.m. Admission: $5. Information: 253-1533 (tickets) or 253-2982 (general info). Steve Reich's "Tehillim," which is based on the text of four Hebrew psalms, will be performed as a multimedia production for singers, dancers and orchestra. Alan Pierson will conduct the MIT Premiere Orchestra.

Museum of Our National Heritage

33 Marrett Rd., Lexington. May 14, 11 a.m. Admission: $4. Information: 861-6559. Mixashawn, a Connecticut Mohegan, combines the music of both traditional and contemporary Native peoples of the Western Hemisphere into a unique sound. In the performance he features flutes, saxophones, mandolins, and multiple percussion instruments with a compelling and powerful voice.

Film

MIT Japan Program

77 Massachusetts Ave., Rm. 1-390. Free admission. Information: 253-2839. May 6: Twenty-Four Eyes (1954), 7 p.m. A portrayal of the experiences of a schoolteacher and her first class of 12 pupils in a provincial Inland Sea village. Set starting in 1928 through the early 50s, this film is particularly good at chronicling this important period of Japanese history. Starring Hideko Takamine and Chishu Ryu. Wild Geese (1953), 9:45 p.m. Starring Hideko Takamine as a beautiful young woman who, to support her indigent father, becomes the mistress of a man she later learns is a married money-lender.

Brattle Theater

40 Brattle St., Harvard Square, Cambridge. Admission: $6 for all shows; $4 for Brattle members; $3 for seniors/children under 12. Information: 876-6837. May 6­15, 4:30 & 8 p.m. (Sat & Sun matinees, 1 p.m.): The Wonderful Horrible Life of Leni Riefenstahl (Ray Muller, 1993). An unflinching documentary which traces the rise and fall of the real-life actress, from her widely-praised acting and cinematic talents to her dark association with Hitler and the Nazi Party in the 1930s.

French Library and Cultural Center, Ciné Club

53 Marlborough St., Boston. Admission: $5, $4 for members. Information: 266-4351. May 7­9, 8 p.m.: Pot Bouille (Julien Duvivier, 1957). From Emile Zola's novel about the rise of the unprincipled Octave Mouret in the hypocritical society of the Second Empire. May 13­15: La Silence de la Mer (Jean-Pierre Melville, 1947). Based on a classic novel of the resistance movement, depicting a German officer billeted in a French country house. May 20­22: Les Portes de la Nut (Marcel Carné, 1946). Without sub-titles. Set in February, 1945, as accounts are being settled among black marketeers and collaborators after the Occupation, a Spanish workman carries on a doomed love affair.

Harvard-Epworth Film Series

Harvard-Epworth United Methodist Church, 1555 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge. May 8, 8 p.m. Admission: $3. Information: 354-0837. The Gang's All Here (Busby Berkeley, 1943); Technicolor extravaganza with Alice Faye, Carmen Miranda, Charlotte Greenwood, Edward Everett Horton, and Benny Goodman and his orchestra.

Museum of Fine Arts

465 Huntington Ave., Boston. All Films screened in Remis Auditorium. Unless otherwise noted, admission is $6.50, $5.50 for MFA members/students/seniors. Information: 267-9300.

Gaumont Presents: A Century of French Cinema

1) Part Five: Comedies by Sacha Guitry. May 6: Three Make a Pair (Les Tois Font la Paire, 1957), 6 p.m.; Murderers and Thieves (Assassins et Voleurs, 1957), 8 p.m. A burglar is horrified to learn that the house he intends to rob is occupied-and that the tenant will pay the burglar to kill him.

2) Part Six: 1950-1990, Bresson to Besson. May 19: A Man Escaped (Un Condamne a Mort s'est Echappe, Robert Bresson, 1956), 6 p.m.; Caroline Cherie (Richard Pottier, 1950), 8 p.m. May 20: Les Tontons Flingueurs (Georges Lautner, 1963), 5:45 p.m.; La Boum (Claude Pinoteau, 1980), 8 p.m. May 26: Spoiled Children (Des Enfants Gatés, Bertrand Tavernier, 1977), 6 p.m.; Série Noire (Alain Corneau, 1979).Double feature admission: $10, $9 for MFA members/students/seniors.

New England Film and Video Festival

Most of the individual films range from 10 to 40 minutes in length. May 12: Program 1-Onion Skin Blue (videotape by Ellen Piskorski and Main Marinelli, 1993), E Pluribus Unum (David E. Tabares, 1992), Turn Off Your Headlights (Arge O'Neal, 1993), and Leaving Bakul Bagan (videotape by Sandeep Ray, 1993); 5:30 p.m. Program 2-Papa Qu(h)erido (videotape by Maria Guadalupe Rivarola, 1993), Palindrome (David Melito, 1992), Love Knots (Allison Humenuk, 1993), and Haze (Tim Bridwell, 1993); 8 p.m. May 13: Program 3-Hype T.V. (videotape by Al Morris, 1994), And You from Yours (videotape by Lynn Robinson, 1993), and 87 Prospect St. (Paul Turano, 1993); 5:30 p.m. Program 4-The Kitchen Blues (videotape by Charlene Gilbert, 1994), Castor Oil Can Do That (videotape by Amy Wilson, 1992), and Defending Our Lives (Margaret Lazarus, 1994); 8 p.m. Double feature admission: $10, $9 for MFA members/students/seniors.

Theater Openings

"Persephone and Hades"

Mobius, 354 Congress St., Boston. May 6­7 & 13­14, 8 p.m. Admission: $10, $8 for students/seniors. Information: 542-7416 (reservations are highly recommended). A play which is based on the myth of Persephone's yearly descent into the underworld, and the performer's actions are shaped by signals from the audience.

"Back to Black Women"

Strand Theatre, 543 Columbia Rd., Dorchester. May 7­8 (Sat, 8 p.m.; Sun, 3:30 & 7:30 p.m.). Admission: $16.50­19.50. Information: 282-8000. Just in time for Mother's Day, the Strand presents the return engagement of the popular comedy/drama, an original work about Black family, Black love, and Black Womanhood by Boston playwright/poet Alda Marshall.

"The Bible Belt and Other Accessories"

Institute of Contemporary Art Theater, 955 Boylston Ave., Boston. May 12­15, 7:30 p.m. Admission: $10, $9 each if purchased in groups of three or more. Information: 542-4214. The third feature of ¡Spic Out!, as series of Lesbian and Gay Latina/Latino Theater. A poignant look at queer culture developing amidst the Fundamentalist Church and the Dairy Queen in middle America. Written and performed by Paul Bonin-Rodriguez, directed by Steve Bailey.

"Meat My Beat"

Institute of Contemporary Art Theater, 955 Boylston Ave., Boston. May 12­15, 9:30 p.m. Admission: $10, $9 each if purchased in groups of three or more. Information: 542-4214. The fourth feature of ¡Spic Out! A one-show which presents an embracing, sexy, humorous, and inspirational affirmation of gay male culture. Written and performed by Beto Araiza.

"Shlemiel the First"

Loeb Drama Center, 64 Brattle St., Cambridge. May 13­June 12 (Tue­Fri, 8 p.m.; Wed (5/25 & 6/8), 2 p.m.; Sat, 2 & 8 p.m.; Sun, 2 & 7 p.m.). Admission: $18­42. Information: 547-8300. An adaptation of the charming folk tales of Nobel-Prize-winning author Issac Bashevis Singer with a rousing, authentic score played by the Boston based Klezmer Conservatory Band, achieving a lively mix of music and theatre.

"Judy Sings from Broadway to Hollywood"

The Charles Playhouse, 76 Warrenton St., Boston. May 18, 20­22 and May 31­June 5 (Tue­Fri, 8 p.m.; Sat, 6 & 9 p.m.; Sun, 6 p.m.). Admission: $25­35. Information: 426-6912. Jim Bailey, internationally-acclaimed singer-character-actor-illusionist, performs as Judy Garland in a performance that does not qualify as a gaudy camp display, but, according to L.A. Times Critic Lawrence Christon, "takes him beyond the drag queen genre and into one of the central enigmas of our time-the question of what constitutes our sexual identity."

"Barbara Streisand: Live in Concert"

The Charles Playhouse, 76 Warrenton St., Boston. May 24, 26­29 and June 7­12 (Tue­Fri, 8 p.m.; Sat, 6 & 9 p.m.; Sun, 6 p.m.). Admission: $25­35. Information: 426-6912. Jim Bailey (see above listing in "Judy Garland" performance) now performs as Barbra Streisand, along with Streisand's repertoire, including "Send in the Clowns," "People," "The Way We Were," and "Somewhere."

"LIFE: this is how we do it"

Strand Theatre, 543 Columbia Rd., Dorchester. May 19­21 (Thu­Sat, 7:30 p.m.; Thu matinee, 10 a.m.). Admission: $5. Information: 282-8000. The Strand Teen Players present this original production, which examines inner-city life through a teen's perspective.

"El Hombre Nuevo"

Old Cambridge Baptist Church, 1151 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge. May 19­22, 8 p.m. Admission: $10, $9 each if purchased in groups of three or more. Information: 542-4214. The fifth feature of ¡Spic Out!, as series of Lesbian and Gay Latina/Latino Theater. A story in which friendship, truth, political philosophy and love collide with the social pressures of post-revolutionary Cuba. Performed entirely in Spanish; written by Senel Paz, directed by Josean Ortiz.

"Milk of Amnesia"

Old Cambridge Baptist Church, 1151 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge. May 19­22, 9:30 p.m. Admission: $10, $9 each if purchased in groups of three or more. Information: 542-4214. The final feature of ¡Spic Out! Written and performed by Carmelita Tropicana, focusing on Pingalito, the philosopher, who muses on life while coping with his own as a bus driver in Havana.

Ongoing Theater

MIT Playwrights' Workshop

Kresge Theater, Rehearsal Rm. B. May 6­7, 8 p.m. Free admission. Information: 253-2877. The MIT Music and Theater Arts Section presents Playwrights-in-Performance directed by Alan Brody and featuring original student-written scripts from the Playwrights Workshop class.

"F.O.B."

Kresge Little Theater. May 6­7, all shows 8 p.m. Admission: $7, $5 for MIT students. Information and reservations: 253-2908. MIT Dramashop production of the play by David Henry Hwang; directed by Kim Mancuso.

"Fiddler on the Roof"

Mary Norton Hall, Old South Church, 645 Boylston St., Copley Square, Boston. May 6­7, 8 p.m.; May 1, 2 p.m. Admission: $10. Information: 536-1970. The Theatre at Old South presents an evening of laughter and song, celebrating the triumph of the human spirit through the characters in this endearing musical.

"Pretty, Witty, and Gay"

C. Walsh Theater, Suffolk University, 41 Temple St., Boston. May 6­8, 8 p.m. Admission: $9­12. Information: 542-4214. The second feature of ¡Spic Out!, a series of Lebian and Gay Latina/Latino Theater. Star of Comic Relief, Comedy Central and the New York Shakespeare Festival, Marga Gomez makes her Boston theatrical debut in a one-woman show. The exotic comedienne's shtick spares no cultural icon or construct for the sake of comedy.

"June in White"

New Theatre Production, First and Second Church Theatre, 66 Marlborough St., Boston. Through May 8 (Thu­Sat, 8 p.m.; Sun, 7 p.m.). Admission: $15, $9 for students/seniors. Tickets and information: 247-7388. Comedy about estranged relatives gathering for a wedding and the sexual conflicts that are uncovered.

"The Mad Dog Blues"

Coyote Theatre, Institute of Contemporary Art, 955 Boylston St., Boston. Through May 8 (Thu­Sat, 8 p.m.; Sun, 7 p.m.) Admission: $15­18. Information: 695-0659. Adventure comedy by Sam Shepard, following two rock-and-rollers, with an eccentric entourage, traveling the globe to find a buried treasure.

"Marry Me You Dick"

Charlestown Working Theater, 442 Bunker Hill, Charlestown. May 6­8, 12­14: Thu­Sat, 8 p.m.; Sun, 7 p.m. Admission: $12, $10 for students/seniors. Information: 242-3285. A farcical detective story in the film noir style, melding hip-grinding dance with gender bending comedy.

"Hot 'n' Throbbing"

American Repertory Theatre, Hasty Pudding Theatre, 12 Holyoke St., Cambridge. Through May 21 (Tue­Sat, 8 p.m.; Sun, 7 p.m.; Sat & Sun, 2 p.m.). Admission: $18­36. Information: 547-8300. New play by Paula Vogel that deals with the comic and tragic aspects of female pornography and sexual abuse in a woman's life.

"Washed-Up Middle-Aged Women"

Underground Railway Theater, 41 Foster St., Arlington. Through May 21 (Fri­Sat, 8 p.m.; Thu, May 12, 8 p.m.). Admission: $17 at door, $15 advance purchase, $8 for students/seniors. Information: 643-6916. A witty, eloquent collection of songs and stories about women growing older an coming into their own. This cabaret-style play, based on real-life stories, includes such musical highlights as "The Personals," "Calendar Ladies," and "The Menopause Rap."

"Whoop-Dee-Doo"

The Lyric Stage, 140 Clarendon St., Copley Square, Boston. Through May 22: Wed­Fri, 8 p.m.; Sat, 5 & 8:30 p.m.; Sun, 2 p.m.; Thursday matinees on May 12, 2 p.m. Admission: previews-$15­23; regular shows-$17­26, except $10 for seniors at Thursday matinees. Student, senior, and group discounts available. Information: 437-7172. A joyous musical revue, created by Howard Crabtree, which pokes fun at Broadway musicals, pretentious dance companies, pompous nightclub singers, B-grade movies, operettas, and more.

"I Hate Hamlet"

New Repertory Theatre, 54 Lincoln St., Newton Highlands. Through May 29: Wed, 2 & 8 p.m.; Thu­Fri, 8 p.m.; Sat, 5 & 8:30 p.m.; Sun, 3 & 7:30 p.m. Admission: $16­23; student and senior discounts available. Information: 332-1646. Paul Rudnick's Broadway comedy about an actor who must decide between a lucrative television career or the daunting challenge of portraying Shakespeare's doomed Dane. Michael Allosso directs.

"Picasso at the Lapin Agile"

Hasty Pudding Theatre, 12 Holyoke St., Cambridge. Through June 5: Tue­Sat, 8 p.m.; Sun, 7 p.m.; Sat and Sun matinees, 2 p.m. Alternating with "Hot 'n' Throbbing" through May 21, call theatre for details. Admission: $18­36. Information: 547-8300. First full-length play by Steve Martin (Roxanne, L.A. Story), about a fictional meeing between the young artist Pablo Picasso and the young scientist Albert Einstein, before fame consumed them, along with other historical figures and a surprise visitor from the future.

Dance

Boston Ballet

Wang Center for the Performing Arts, 268 Tremont St., Boston. May 6­15 (Wed, 7 p.m.; Sat­Sun, 2 p.m.; Fri­Sat, Tue, Thu, 8 p.m.). Admission: $12­58 (Thu­Sat eves); otherwise, $12­54. Information: 695-6950. Boston Ballet's season finale, a performance of John Cranko's Onengin, a dazzling and powerful dance-drama that tells a story of honor, pride, heartbreak, and regret in 19th-century Russia.

Dances by Isadora at MIT

Kresge Little Theater. May 13­14, 8 p.m. Admission: $8, $7 for students, $5 for MIT students. Information (reservations): 543-3028. Dances by Isadora, a non-profit dance company organized to preserve the repertoire and technique of modern dance pioneer Isadora Duncan, will perform solo, duet, and group works choreographed by Duncan to music by Schubert, Chopin, Brahms, Scriabin, and Strauss.

Academy of Indian Performing Arts at MIT

Kresge Theater. May 15, 6:30 p.m. Admission: $10­25, $7 for students. Information: Jothi Raghavan at 259-1482 or Mala Umapathy at (508) 689-9240. "Jaya Jaya Devi," a dance ballet celebrating various aspects of Parvathi, will be performed. Composed by Lalgudi Jayaraman; choreographed by Shrimathi Radha.

Dance Umbrella

C. Walsh Theatre, Suffolk University, 55 Temple St., Boston. May 13­14, 8 p.m.; May 15, 3 p.m. Admission: $12, $10 for students/seniors. Information: 573-8680. "Border Crossing," dances by Paula Josa-Jones.

Comedy

Simmons College

Alumnae Hall, 321 Brookline Ave., Boston. May 9, 8 p.m. Admission: $6 (tickets available at Simmons College, Boston College, and Northeastern University). Information: 521-2422. The popular comedian Flex, who has appeared on HBO's Def Comedy Jam, Black Entertainment Television's Uptown Comedy Club, and the sitcom "Where I Live," will perform.

Lectures

Boston New Jewish Agenda

The Bunting Institute, 34 Concord Ave., Cambridge. May 8, 3 p.m. Suggested donation: $3. Information: 623-1921. Boston New Jewish Agenda and the Boston Tikkun Magazine Study Group will present a forum on "Intervention for Non-Interventionists: The Case of Bosnia." Speakers will be writers Leonard Fein, former editor of Moment magazine, and Jasminka Udovicki, a Yugoslav native and professor at the Massachusetts College of Art.

Harvard Law School

1563 Massachusetts Ave., Pound Hall 102, Cambridge. May 9, 7:30 p.m. Free admission. Information: 495-9362. Harvard Law School's Human Rights Program presents "Brazil: Social Rights and Economic Realities." Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, President of the Brazilian Workers' Party and current leading Presidential Candidate in upcoming Brazilian elections, will speak on the issue of human rights in his country.

MIT Communications Forum

The Wiesner Building, E15 Lower Level. May 12, 4­6 p.m. Information: 253-0008 or 253-3144. "Motorola's Strategy." This forum will discuss how technological changes in the communications industry have been shaping structural changes, as a way to introduce new products into new markets. James Caile, Vice President of Marketing for the Motorola Cellular Subscriber Group, will speak.

The Ford Hall Forum

Northeastern University, Blackman Auditorium, 360 Huntington Ave., Boston. May 12, 7 p.m. Information: 373-5800. "Moving Beyond Words." Writer and feminist Gloria Steinem will discuss where the women's movement is today.

The Ford Hall Forum

Old South Meeting House, 310 Washington St., Boston. May 17, 7 p.m. Information: 373-5800. United States Surgeon General Joycelyn Elders will attempt to demystify the problem of health-care reform. Co-sponsored by the Bank of Boston.

Exhibits

MIT Libraries

Rotch Library, Rm. 7-238. On display through June 3.

The Libraries' Staff Programs Committee and the Rotch Library Exhibits Group announce the opening of an exhibit which will showcase artworks created by library staff members, including paintings, photography, sculpture, and mixed media by 14 different artists.

MIT Museum

265 Massachusets Ave

Tues­Fri, 9­5; Sat­Sun, 1­5. Free to members of the MIT community, seniors, and children under 12. For all others there is a requested donation of $2. Information: 253-4444

Holography: Artists and Inventors-The Museum of Holography Moves to MIT.

Crazy After Calculus: Humor at MIT. The history of MIT "hacks."

Doc Edgerton: Stopping Time. Photographs, instruments and memorabilia documenting the invention and use of the strobe light by the late Harold E. Edgerton ScD '27.

Light Sculptures by Bill Parker '74. Vivid interactive light sculptures, each with its own personality and set of moods.

Math in 3D: Geometric Sculptures by Morton G. Bradley Jr. Colorful revolving sculptures based on mathematical formulae.

MathSpace. Hands-on exploration of geometry is the theme as visitors tinker with math playthings. Ongoing.

Strobe Alley

Ongoing. Information: 253-4444.

Optical Alchemy. Full-color fluorescent photographs of corals and anemones by Charles H. Mazel SM '76, a research engineer in the Department of Ocean Engineering, taken at night during underwater dives. Matched pairs of images offer a comparison between the subject under "normal" reflected-light photography and under illumination with ultraviolet light.

Hart Nautical Gallery

55 Massachusetts Ave. Ongoing.

Course 13, 1893-1993: From Naval Architecture to Ocean Engineering. Exhibition includes historic photos, models, and computer graphics, and highlights a sampling of current research including that performed by the department for Bill Koch's '62 successful America's Cup campaign with America3.

Permanent Exhibition of Ship Models. Models which illustrate the evolution of ship design from the 16th century through the 20th century.

List Visual Arts Center

20 Ames St. Both exhibits run through June 26 (Tue,Thu,Fri, noon­6 p.m.; Wed, noon­8 p.m.; Sat­Sun, 1­5 p.m.).

Pieter Laurens Mol. Dutch artist's exhibition which uses elusive images combined with symbolic alchemical materials to address the moral and aesthetic traditions of the modern age. Traveling exhibition sponsored by the Ministry of Culture of the Netherlands.

Sandy Walker: Woodblock Prints. A group of large, dramatic woodblock prints that hover between abstraction and representation, recalling the bold gestures of Jackson Pollock and the influences of oriental art.

Kaji Aso Studio Institute for the Arts

Gallery Nature & Temptation, 40 St. Stephen St., Boston. Free admission. Information: 247-1719. Through May 11: "Soul Landscape Painting." Oil paintings by Woon Kyung Paik, a native Korean artist. May 14­June 2: "Earth & Imagination." Recent works in clay by members and students of Kaji Aso Studio.

Northeastern University African-American Master Artist-In-Residency Program

76 Atherton St., Jamaica Plain. Through May 14, Sun­Fri, by appointment; Sat, 10 a.m.­4 p.m. Information: 373-3903.

Art Exhibit: "A Triangle of Abstraction: From the African Diaspora." Works by Deta Galloway, Khalid Kodi, and Keith Washington.

Bromfield Gallery

107 South St., Boston. Hours: Fri, noon­5 p.m.; Sat, 11 a.m.­5 p.m. Information: 251-3605. Through May 28 (Reception held May 7, 4­6 p.m.): "New Tapestries," by Erica Licea-Kane; "Fair Fish and Fowl," by David Omar White; "Places," paintings and drawings by Cathy Osman.

The French Library and Cultural Center

53 Marlborough St., Boston. Through May 31 (Reception May 3, 5:30­7:30 p.m.): Tue, noon­8 p.m.; Wed­Thu, 10 a.m.­8 p.m.; Fri­Sat, 10 a.m.­5 p.m. Free admission. Information: 266-4351. "Urban Landscapes from Paris and Angers." An exhibition of photographs by Matthew Footer.

The Computer Museum

300 Congress St., Boston. Through June 30, 2­5 p.m. daily. Admission: (museum) $7, $5 for students/seniors, free for member and children four and under; (helmet exhibit) additional $3. Information: 423-6758 or 426-2800 x310.

"Virtual Adventure: Explore a Human Cell" Explore the microscopic world of cell biology using virtual reality technology. Donning a helmet, visitors will be transported to different parts of the human body using a hand device and experiencing cell processes via animation and sound effects. Other virtual reality exhibits, including video games and prototypes, will be shown.

Museum of Fine Arts

465 Huntington Ave., Boston.

"Early Twentieth-Century Prints: Picasso to Johns." Exhibition which traces the course of printmaking in the first half of the twentieth century, from Picasso's first etching in 1904 to one of Jasper Johns' first lithographs of 1960. Prints by other artists will illustrate the diversity and vitality of expression in printmaking during early modernism. Through June 19.

"Painting the Maya Universe: Royal Ceramics of the Classic Period." Pre-Colombian painted masterpieces on pottery will be featured in this exhibition. Little-known 7th­9th century A.D. paintings that embody the highest aesthetic achievements of the Maya will be displayed. Through June 26.

"Silks for the Sultans." This exhibition features velvets and brocades made during the Turkish Ottoman period. The textiles, some of the most sumptuous ever produced, were made by the court weavers in the Ottoman capitals of Bursa and Constantinople, cities of European/Asian confluence. These works are part of the Museum's renowned permanent collection of textiles and costumes. Through September 4.

"An Oriental Odyssey: Carpets from the Permanent Collection." Currently on view in the Tapestry Gallery. Through October 2.

"Venetian Ways." Mabel Louise Riley Seminar Room. Series which explores the special approaches of Venetian painters, architects, and sculptors from the 7th century through the Golden Age. Series of four lectures, lecture 4 remains. Thu, May 12 at 7 p.m. Admission: $40, $35 for students/seniors/MFA members. Tickets may be charged to Visa or MasterCard at 267-9300 x306. Information: 267-9300 x300.

Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum

280 The Fenway, Boston. Open Tue­Sun, 11 a.m.­5 p.m. Admission: $6, $5 for students/seniors, $3 youths (ages 12­17), free for members and children under 12; Wed., $3 for students with current ID. Information: 566-1401.

Special Exhibition. Isabella Stewart Gardner: The Woman and the Myth will re-examine the life and times of this 19th-century figure via paintings, vintage photographs, letters, and diaries. Through August 14.

The museum, itself an example of 15th-century Venentian palaces, houses more than two thousand arts objects, including works by Rembrandt, Botticelli, Raphael, Titian, and Matisse. Ongoing.

Museum of Our National Heritage

33 Marrett Rd., Lexington. Admission and parking for the Museum of Our National Heritage is free. Hours: Mon­Sat, 10 a.m.­5 p.m., Sun, noon­5 p.m. Information: 861-6559.

"Angler's All: 500 Years of Fly Fishing." This traveling exhibition has been hailed as the finest collection of fly fishing artifacts and memorabilia ever gathered for public view. Presented are rods and reels by the most famous makers of the past few centuries. Gear used by anglers Bing Crosby, Ernest Hemingway, and Herbert Hoover is also on view, along with a wide array of tackle, flies, and rare books. Through May 15.

"Patchwork Souvenirs: Quilts from the 1933 Chicago World's Fair." A selection of one-of-a-kind historic quilts recreates an important chapter in the history of American quiltmaking. More than half of the thirty quilts featured are commemorative quilts incorporating themes from the Fair. In addition, award-winning traditionally patterned quilts are displayed, along with photgraphs and artifacts documenting the 1933 World's Fair. Through July 17.

"Deer Camp: Last Light in the Northeast Kingdom." Sixty richly-detailed photographs by documentary photographer John Miller record the traditions and lore related to deer hunting and deer season in Vermont's fabled Northeast Kingdom. Accompanying narratives and oral histories reveal the richness of the hunting culture and its place in rural life. Through August 14.

"Shaken Not Stirred: Cocktails Shakers and Design." A variety of cocktail shakers from 1920 to 1960 are presented from the private collection of Stephen Visakay. Approximately 100 cocktail shakers will illustrate aspects of industrial design in 20th-century American decorative arts. Through October 30.

"Let It Begin Here: Lexington and the Revolution." Explore the causes and the consequences of the American War for Independence as seen through the eyes of typical New England men and women. The exhibit begins with an introductory audiovisual presentation about the events on Lexington Green. Ongoing.

Events

New England Fiberoptic Council Conference

MIT main campus. May 25, full day. Registration fee: $95, $75 for NEFC members (includes lunch), or $25 for students (does not include lunch). Information: 232-6224 or e-mail madddawg@world.std.com. The second annual NEFC conference is "Fiberoptics Futures 1994: From New England Universities to Industry." The 12 speakers will be from universities throughout New England, and they will discuss their fiber optic development projects, their relationships with the fiber optics industry, and how companies can get involved in their work.

Announcements

WMBR Radio Listings

88.1 FM. May 1994 (Saturdays, 2­4 p.m.). Information: 253-8810. "French Kisses," a weekly bilingual program featuring French-language sons as well as interviews and reports on Francophile culture. Regular features include: The Calendar, a report on all the concerts, films, exhibits and other Boston-area events (2:30 p.m.); Parler au quotidien, Radio France's educational program to improve your French (2:55 p.m.); The live Paris report, by Laurent Valière, with the latest from the French capital (3:15 p.m.); plus new and old French music and assorted contests. Special events-May 7: To close the French song festival "L'Air du Temps," the extraordinary Maxime Leforestier and Folk music great Serge Kerval perform in a live special. May 14: French-born chanteuse Florence will perform live. May 21: A promising rock band from France, Blond Amer, will be interviewed by Radio France's Eric Hauswald. May 28: Alexis Biolley brings singer Jacques Brel back from the grave for an exclusive interview.

MIT Japan Program

The AFOSR Travel Prize, made possible by a grant from the Air Force Office of Scientific Research, is open to MIT graduate students in Political Science, Technology, and Policy, and Leaders for Manufacturing doing research related to Japan in security, energy, technology policy, trade, intellectual property studies or a similar field. The winner will receive a travel grant of $2,500 for a visit to Japan during academic 1994-95 to explore current developments in his/her field of study. Applications may be obtained from Cornelia Robart at 253-2839 (E38-700) or MaryEllen Beveridge at 253-5161 (E53-470). Application deadline is 5 p.m., May 16. Please mail or deliver applications to Ms. Robart at the above address by that time.

New England Film/Video Fellowship Program

This program is designed to foster the production of independent film and video by New England media artists. For more information, contact the New England Film/Video Fellowship Program, BF-VF. 1126 Boylston Street, Boston, MA 02215, or call Cherie Martin, Artists' Resources Director, at 536-1540.