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Classical Music

Bach's Lunch Concerts

Longy School of Music, Edward Pickman Concert Hall, 27 Garden St., Cambridge. All mid-day concerts are Wednesdays at 12:15 p.m. Free admission. Information: 876-0956. June 22: Elise Jackendoff, piano; Ray Jackendoff, clarinet; Sandra Sliker, soprano; songs of Spohr, Debussy, and Poulenc. June 29: Graham Ramsay, baritone; Margaret Ulmer, piano; music of Debussy, Poulenc, and Faur. July 6: Sonja Lindblad, recorder; Jonathan Daniels, recorder; recorder duos by Telemann, Quantz, Gibbons, and Hotteterre. July 13: Susan Nagel, soprano; Karen Sauer, piano; songs of Richard Strauss, Alma Mahler, and Alban Berg.

Federal Reserve Bank of Boston, Midday Performance Series

Bank Auditorium, 600 Atlantic Ave., Boston. All concerts begin at 12:30 p.m. Free admission. Information: 973-3453. July 8: Downing College, Cambridge (England) Choir.

Popular Music

Boston Pops

All events are at Symphony Hall, 301 Massachusetts Ave., Boston. Admission: $11-35 (unless otherwise noted). Information: 266-1492. This season is dedicated to Arthur Fiedler, who was conductor of the Boston Pops from 1930 to 1979.

Hispanic Fiesta

June 22, 8 p.m. The orchestra explores the scintillating music of Spain and South America. Gisle Ben-Dor, conductor.

American Jubilee!

June 23-24, 8 p.m. The program includes Cole Porter's "Begin the Beguine" and George Gershwin's "An American in Paris." Evans Haile, conductor.

Swing, Swing, Swing

An evening of big band music, ranging from Frank Sinatra to Glenn Miller, hosted by Ron Della Chiesa of WGBH Radio in Boston. June 25, 8 p.m.: Harry Ellis Dickson, conductor. Final Season Concert -- July 10, 8 p.m.: John Williams, conductor.

Gospel Night

June 26, 7:30 p.m. This evening of gospel music is performed by the Boston Pops Esplanade Orchestra and a chorus made up of members from several local gospel choirs.

Old Timers' Night

June 28, 8 p.m. Program includes selections by George M. Cohan, Strauss, Leroy Anderson, and the ever-popular "Memories Sing-Along" arranged by Richard Hayman. Harry Ellis Dickson, conductor.

Esplanade Concerts at the Hatch Shell

June 29-July 4, 8 p.m. The Boston Pops Esplanade Orchestra presents six free public concerts. Conductors: Stephen Lord (June 29); Gisle Ben-Dor (June 30); Harry Ellis Dickson (July 1); To be announced (July 2, "Gospel Night"); Marvin Hamlisch (July 3-4). The Arthur Fiedler Memorial Concert will be held on July 1; the traditional Fourth-of-July concert will be broadcast on WCVB Channel 5 and the A&E Cable network, and will be simulcast on WCRB 102.5 FM.

A Tribute to Arthur Fiedler

July 6-7, 8 p.m. Isaiah Jackson, conductor.

John Williams Conducts

July 8-9, 8 p.m. In the last series of the Boston Pops season, John Williams will lead the orchestra in performing some of his Oscar-winning film scores (Jaws, E.T., and Schindler's List are to be included).

Film

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.

Special Engagements

Through June 23 (4:15, 6, 7:50 9:40 p.m.): Dialogues with Madwomen (Allie Light, 1993). This film tells the stories of seven women who have experienced the dark side of their imagination, often culminating in some sort of aberrations from sanity. It is an exploration of private symbols used to describe such disorders, and ultimately a metaphor for the filmmaker's own creative process. June 24-June 30 (5, 7:30, 9:55 p.m.; Sat. & Sun. mats at 2:15): The Blue Kite (Tian Zhuangzhuang, 1993). An examination of private life in the midst of political cataclysm, it tells the story of a mother and child and their search for a father between 1953 and 1967, the end of the Korean War and the height of the Cultural Revolution. This Chinese production has been banned from the People's Republic of China. July 1-July 7 (5, 7:30, 9:50 p.m.; Sat., Sun. & Mon. mats at 2:40): In Custody (Ismail Merchant, 1994). From the producer side of the famed Merchant/Ivory team, this story concerns an Indian professor's attempts to understand a poet and his work.

Laughter in the Dark: American Comedies from 1924-1955

All showings are Fri.-Sat. July 8: Duck Soup (Leo McCarey, 1933); 4:30, 8 p.m. A Night at the Opera (Sam Wood, 1935); 6:30, 9 p.m. July 9: It Happened One Night (Frank Capra, 1934); 3:50, 7:40 p.m. Twentieth Century (Howard Hawks, 1934); 2, 5:50, 9:40 p.m. July 15: Way Out West (James W. Horne, 1937); 4:45, 8 p.m. The Three Stooges Turn 60; 6:15, 9:30 p.m. July 16: Trouble in Paradise (Ernst Lubitsch, 1932); 4, 7:45 p.m. Shop Around the Corner (Ernst Lubitsch, 1940); 2, 5:45, 9:30 p.m. The Wild Ones. All are Sunday showings. July 10: The Wild One (Laslo Benedek, 1954); 3:50, 7:55 p.m. The Misfits (John Huston, 1961); 1:30, 5:30, 9:30 p.m. July 17: Once Upon a Time in the West (Sergio Leone, 1969); 1:45, 7 p.m. Johnny Guitar (Nicholas Ray, 1953); 4:50, 9:55 p.m. Film Noir. All are Monday showings. July 11: Killer's Kiss (Stanley Kubrick, 1955); times TBA. Shock Proof (Douglas Sirk, 1949); times TBA. Jackie Chan Returns. All are Tuesday showings, all feature Hong Kong director Jackie Chan. July 12: Twin Dragons; 3:30, 7:55 p.m. Wheels on Meals; 5:45, 10 p.m. July 19: Drunken Master I; 3:30, 7:55 p.m. Drunken Master II; 5:45, 10 p.m. Recent Raves. All are Wednesday showings. July 13: The Scent of Green Papaya (1993); 4, 6, 8, 10 p.m. July 20: Thirty-Two Short Films about Glenn Gould (Francois Girard, 1993); 4, 6, 8, 9:55 p.m. Bertolucci, Visconti, Antonioni. All are Thursday showings. July 14: Last Tango in Paris (Bernardo Bertolucci, 1972); 3:15, 7:45 p.m. Blow Up (Michelangelo Antonioni, 1966); 5:40, 10 p.m.

French Library and Cultural Center, Cin Club

53 Marlborough St., Boston. Admission: $5, $4 for members. Information: 266-4351. June 24 & 26, 8 p.m.: The Earrings of Madame D... (Max Ophuls, 1953). Love triangle set against the Paris of the Belle Epoque, as the earrings pass from husband to madame to moneylender to husband to mistress to lover.

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. Through June 30 (Wed., Thu., Sat. & Sun.): Talk 16 (Janis Lundman and Adrienne Mitchell, 1994). Call for time. This film follows the lives of five girls from vastly different backgrounds as they turn 16. June 22-30 (Wed., Thu., Sat. & Sun.): Life's Too Good (Hilary Weisman, 1994). Call for time. This sparkling, original comedy (shot in Chelmsford, Mass.) follows a family of three women -- two daughters and their widowed mother -- and their relationships with the opposite sex. July 1, 7, 10 & 14: Saturday, Sunday and Monday (Lena Wertmller, 1990). Sophia Loren gives one of her best performances in years as Rosa, a woman caught in her husband's web of jealousy and love.

Ongoing Theater

"Washed-Up Middle-Aged Women"

Underground Railway Theater, 41 Foster St., Arlington. Through June 25: Fri.-Sat., 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 and 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."

"Judy Sings from Broadway to Hollywood"

The Charles Playhouse, 76 Warrenton St., Boston. Through June 26: Tue.-Fri., 8 p.m.; Sat., 6 & 9 p.m.; Sun., 6 p.m. Admission: $25-35. Information: 426-6912. Jim Bailey, internationally acclaimed singer-character-actor-illusionist, performs as Judy Garland in a performance that, according to L.A. Times critic Lawrence Christon, "takes him beyond the drag queen genre and into one of the central engimas of our time -- the question of what constitutes our sexual identity."

"Barbra Steisand: Live in Concert"

The Charles Playhouse, 76 Warrenton St., Boston. Through June 26: Tue.-Fri., 8 p.m.; Sat., 6 & 9 p.m.; Sun., 6 p.m. Admission: $25-35. 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."

"Picasso at the Lapin Agile"

Hasty Pudding Theatre, 12 Holyoke St., Cambridge. Through July 3: Tue.-Sat., 8 p.m.; Sun., 2 p.m. Admission: $18-36. Information: 547-8300. First full-length play by Steve Martin (Roxanne, L.A. Story), about a fictional meeting 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.

"The Night Larry Kramer Kissed Me"

C. Walsh Theater, Suffolk University, 55 Temple St., Boston. Through July 3: Wed.-Fri., 8 p.m.; Sat., 5 & 8:30 p.m.; Sun., 3 p.m. Admission:$17-26. Information (tickets): 573-8680. David Drake's one man tour-de-force of gay life experiences, which ran for one year off-Broadway and received an Obie Award. Eric Paeper stars, Chuck Brown directs.

"The Grapes of Wrath"

Open Door Theatre, Pinebank Kettlebowl, Jamaica Pond Park, on the Jamaicaway in Jamaica Plain. Through July 16: Thu.-Sat., 8 p.m. Admission: $12, $10 for students/seniors/Jamaica Plain residents. Information: 524-4007. Frank Galati's adaptation of John Steinbeck's classic novel of hardship, hope and courage kicks off the Open Door Theatre's 20th anniversary season. Kevin Fennessy, of "Psycho Beach Party" fame (from 1993), directs.

Exhibits

MIT Museum

265 Massachusetts Ave. Tue.-Fri., 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sat.-Sun., 1-5 p.m. 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

"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.

"The Center for Advanced Visual Studies: 25 Years." Curated by Otto Piene, Professor Emeritus and past director of the CAVS, the installation will showcase the work of 25 former fellows. Videos, a catalogue, and a CD-ROM presentation will incorporate works by all the former fellows of CAVS. Through Oct. 2.

Compton Gallery

Through Oct. 2. Information: 253-4444.

"Charles H. Woodbury, Class of 1886: Artist." Exhibition of the paintings of one of the premiere American impressionists, who was also an MIT mechanical engineering graduate.

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., noon-6 p.m.; Wed., noon-8 p.m.; Sat.-Sun., 1-5 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.

Sloan School Dean's Gallery

50 Memorial Dr. Hours: 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Information: Michele Fiorenza, 253-9455. Through June 23. "Watercolors by Martina Willer-Schrader." Works by the wife of Sloan School Assistant Professor Stephan Schrader.

Bromfield Gallery

107 South St., Boston. Hours: Fri., noon-5 p.m.; Sat., 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Information: 251-3605. Through June 30: "Recent Adventures," paintings by Karen Chiacchia; "Primal Regions," paintings by Linda Klein; and "Painted Sculptures," by Pat McNabb.

The Newton Free Library

330 Homer St., Newton. Hours: Mon.-Thu., 10 a.m.-9 p.m.; Fri., 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sat., 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sun., 1-4 p.m. Information: 552-7145. Through June 29: "City Neighborhoods." Lainie Ingerman; oils and watercolors. July 1-28: "An Exhibit of Contemporary Sculpture by Distinguished Local Members of the New England Sculptors Association." Opening reception held Thursday, July 7 at 6:30 p.m. Various artists.

The Computer Museum

300 Congress St., Boston. Through June 30, 2-5 p.m. daily. Admission: (museum) $7, $5 for students/seniors, free for members 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.

John Fitzgerald Kennedy Library

Columbia Point, Boston. Through Sept. 5, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. (general museum hours). Museum admission: call for details. Information: 929-4500. "World War II: Personal Accounts -- Pearl Harbor to V-J Day." This exhibit opens on the 50th anniversary of the Allied landing on the beaches of Normandy, and devotes itself to commemorating history's most devastating global war. The exhibit features hundreds of letters, diaries, photographs, and objects from participants who witnessed the war's heroics and horrors. Sponsored by the National Archives and Records Administration, and organized by the Lyndon B. Johnson Library.

Museum of Fine Arts

465 Huntington Ave., Boston.

"Painting the Maya Universe: Royal Ceramics of the Classic Period." Pre-Colombian painted masterpieces on pottery will be featured in this exhibit. Little-known 7th-9th 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. These lavish textiles 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 Sept. 4.

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

Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum

280 The Fenway, Boston. Open Tue-Sun, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Admission: $6, $5 for students/seniors, $3 youths (ages 12-17), 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 Aug. 14.

Museum of Our National Heritage

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

"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 30 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 ties to rural life. Through Aug. 14.

"From Sea to Shining." For three years, renowned Magnum photographer Hiroji Kubota traveled throughout the United States documenting this country's landscape and her people. Approximately 80 photographs will be on view in this exhibition organized by the International Center of Photography. Through Sept. 25.

"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 decor. Through Oct. 30.

"The Flag in American Indian Art." This exhibition celebrates the creativity, sense of design, and highly-skilled craftsmanship of American Indian cultures. The 125 objects date from 1880 to the 1920s, represent Native American tribes from across the country, and use the American flag as a decorative element. The exhibition is drawn from the collection of the New York State Historical Association. Through Feb. 5, 1995.