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Classical Music

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. Sept. 8: "New England Winds," the woodwind quintet of the The U.S. Air Force Band of Liberty, presents the first program in the new season of midday concerts. The 40-minute program will include traditional selections from the 18th to the 20th centuries, as well as popular, Broadway, patriotic, jazz, and folk pieces.

Film

Brattle Theatre

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. Sept. 2­4: White (Krzystof Kieslowski, 1994); 4, 8 p.m. Thirty-Two Short Films About Glenn Gould (Francois Girard, 1993); 6, 9:55 p.m. Watching the Detectives. Sept. 5: The Big Sleep (Howard Hawks, 1946); 3:30, 7:45 p.m. The Maltese Falcon (John Huston, 1941); 1:30, 5:45, 9:50 p.m. Beat It! Sept. 6: Paul Bowles: The Complete Outsider (Catherine Warnow and Regina Weinreich, 1993); 4, 6, 8, 9:55 p.m. More Recent Raves. Sept. 7: Blue (Krzystof Kieslowski, 1993); 4, 6, 8, 10 p.m. Reflections on German Cinema. Sept. 8: The Blue Angel (Josef von Sternberg, 1930); 4, 7:35 p.m. The Last Laugh (F.W. Murnau, 1924); 6, 9:35 p.m.

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.

Film Concerts. True Believers: The Music Family of Rounder Records (Robert Mugge, 1994): Sept. 2, 7 p.m. The film is followed by a performance from Steve Riley and the Mamou Playboys (Film plus concert admission: $8, $10). The Kingdom of Zydeco (Mugge, 1994): Sept. 3, 1:30 p.m. Gather at the River: A Bluegrass Celebration (Mugge, 1994): Sept. 3, 3 p.m. Premiere Engagements. Talk 19 (Janis Lundman and Adrienne Mitchell, 1993): Sept. 7, 7:15 p.m.; Sept. 8, 7 p.m.; Sept. 9, 5:30 p.m.; Sept. 10, 2:15 p.m.; Sept. 14, 9 p.m. Frosh (Daniel Geller and Dayna Goldfine, 1993): Sept. 7, 8:15 p.m.; Sept. 9, 8:15 p.m.; Sept. 10, 3:15 p.m.; Sept. 11, 11:30 a.m.; Sept. 14, 5:15 p.m. Back by Popular Demand. Twitch and Shout (Laurel Chiten, 1994): Sept. 9, 6:30 p.m.; Sept. 10, 10:30 a.m. Talk 16 (Lundman and Mitchell, 1994): Sept. 7, 5:15 p.m.; Sept. 10, 12 noon; Sept. 14, 7 p.m. Film Photographers. The Photographer (Willard Van Dyke, 1948): Sept. 8, 5:30 p.m.

Openings

"Picasso at the Lapin Agile"

Hasty Pudding Theatre, 12 Holyoke St., Cambridge. Sept. 6­17: Tue.­Sat., 8 p.m.; Sun., 2 p.m. Admission: $18­36. Information: 547-8300. Return engagement: 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.

Ongoing Theater

"The Complete History of America (Abridged)"

American Repertory Theatre, Loeb Drama Center, 64 Brattle St., Cambridge. Through Sept. 3: Fri.­Sat., 8 p.m. Admission: $30, reserved seating. Information: 547-8300. The Reduced Shakespeare Company - formerly having presented "The Complete Works of Shakespeare (Abridged)" in less than two hours - presents its own hilariously irreverent brand of humor, poking fun at pop culture icons ranging from Beavis and Butthead to Ronald Reagan.

"Assassins"

MIT Musical Theatre Guild, Kresge Little Theater, 84 Mass. Ave. Sept. 2­4 and 8­10: all shows 8 p.m., except 2 p.m. on Sept. 4. Admission: $9, general; $8, MIT community/seniors/students; $6, MIT/Wellesley students. Information: 253-6294. Presentation of Stephen Sondheim's musical look at history's most renowned assassins.

Comedy

ImprovBoston

Back Alley Theater, 1253 Cambridge St., Cambridge. Ongoing: Fri.­Sat., 8 p.m.; Sat., 10:30 p.m. Admission: $10; $5 with college I.D. Information: 641-1710. The area's longest-standing improvisational comedy group (12 years old) continues with a new season, composed of funny, energetic, creative performers who create scenes, dialogue, and characters on the spot, based entirely on audience suggestions.

Exhibits

MIT Museum

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

"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.

"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.

Sloan School Dean's Gallery

E52-466, 50 Memorial Drive. Mon.­Fri., 8 a.m.­5 p.m. Information: Michelle Fiorenza, 253-9455. Through Sept. 5: "In Retrospect: Four Views." Group exhibition featuring photographs, watercolors, and monotypes by Sloan School of Management community members Michelle Fiorenza, Margaret Scoppa, Martina Willer-Schrader, and Mary Bucci McCoy.

List Visual Arts Center

20 Ames St. Hours: Tue., Thu. and Fri., 12 noon­6 p.m.; Wed., 12 noon­8 p.m.; Sat.­Sun., 1­5 p.m. Information: 253-4680. Sept. 6­21: "Annual Student Loan Art Exhibition." An annual exhibition featuring over 300 framed contemporary prints and photographs from MIT's permanent collections. Through the List Visual Arts Center's unique Student Loan Program, the original signed prints, artist-designed posters, and photographs will all find homes in the dormitories and work spaces of MIT students at the close of the exhibition. Works include those by 20th century artists Berenice Abbott, Alexander Calder, Jasper Johns, Robert Motherwell, and Andy Warhol. Lottery held Sept. 21.

The Computer Museum

300 Congress St., Boston. Hours: 10 a.m.­6 p.m., daily; starting Sept. 6 - Tue.­Sun., 10 a.m.­5 p.m. (closed Mondays). Admission: $7, $5 for students/seniors, free for members and children four and under; half-price, Sun. 3­5 p.m. Information: 423-6758 or 426-2800 x310.

"Robots & Other Smart Machines." See how "smart" robots and computers are in this exhibit focusing on artificial intelligence and robotics. Over 25 hands-on computer stations illustrate advances in creativity, games, problem-solving, and communication, including a chance to meet Robot-in-Residence "R2-D2" from the Star Wars movies. Ongoing.

"Tools & Toys: The Amazing Personal Computer." Over 35 interactive stations illustrating many leading-edge applications enable you to experience virtual reality, pilot your own DC-10 flight simulator, record music, and do much more. Ongoing.

"The Walk-Through Computer." The world's largest and only two-story model of a personal computer allows you to climb on a giant mouse, operate a larger-than-life keyboard, and watch the actual flow of information within the machine. Ongoing.

"People and Computers: Milestones of a Revolution." Travel back through computing history via "time tunnels" and trace today's personal computers back to their giant ancestors of the 1940s and 1950s, with the help of touchscreen video displays and interactive computing stations. Ongoing.

French Library and Cultural Center

53 Marlborough St., Boston. Hours: Tue., noon­8 p.m.; Wed.­Thu., 10 a.m.­8 p.m.; Fri.­Sat., 10 a.m.­5 p.m.; closed Mon. Information: 266-4351. Sept. 8­29: Landscape paintings by contemporary Impressionist Maurice Lemaitre. Opening reception held Sept. 8, 5:30­7:30 p.m.

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 opened 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 firsthand. Sponsored by the National Archives and Records Administration and organized by the Lyndon B. Johnson Library.

Museum of Fine Arts

465 Huntington Ave., Boston. Information: 267-9300.

"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 Sept. 4.

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

Definitive New Art Gallery

286 A Bradford St., Provincetown. Hours: noon­10 p.m. daily, or by appointment. Information: (508) 487-7700. Through Sept. 9: "Water Sculpture," by Rebecca Johnson; Recent paintings and constructions, by Nick Lawrence; Recent paintings and prints, by Portia Munson; and "Blessed Virgin Rubber Company - Immaculate Protection," by Jay Critchley with Peter Edlund.

School of the Museum of Fine Arts

Grossman Gallery, 230 The Fenway, Boston. Hours: Tue., Fri. and Sat., 10 a.m.­5 p.m.; Wed.­Thu., 10 a.m.­8 p.m.; Sun., 1­5 p.m.; closed Mon. and holidays. Information: 267-6100 x718. Through Sept. 14: "Visiting Faculty Exhibition 1994."

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., 1­4 p.m. Information: 552-7145. Through Sept. 29: "Traces of the Past: Images on Clay," by Roz Lyons and Pao-Fei Yang; fired-glazed stoneware paintings. Reception held Sept. 8, 7:30­9 p.m. Also through Sept. 29: "Intimate Images of Newton," an exhibit of photographs by Eric Myrvaagnes. Reception held Sept. 22, 7:30­9 p.m.

Federal Reserve Bank of Boston Gallery

600 Atlantic Ave., Boston (across from South Station). Hours: Mon.­Fri., 10 a.m.­4 p.m. Information: 973-3453. Through Oct. 21: Exhibition by the New England Sculptors Association, with works by 60 sculptors. Opening reception: Sept. 8, 5:30­7:30 p.m.

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.

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: Mon.­Sat., 10 a.m.­5 p.m., Sun., noon­5 p.m. Information: 861-6559.

"From Sea to Shining Sea." 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 decorative arts. Through Oct. 30.

"By a Fine Hand: Quilts from the SPNEA Collection." This exhibition, comprised of 30 splendid quilts from the collections of the Society for the Preservation of New England Antiquities, represents the talent and social climates of 18th, 19th, and early 20th-century New England quiltmakers. Through Dec. 4.

"Posters of Protest: Selections from the Haskell Collection." Lexington resident and attorney Mary Haskell provides several examples of contemporary graphic art from her collection, dealing with various social issues of importance from the 1960s and early 1970s. Through Jan. 8, 1995.

"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.

"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

Women's Center Discussion.

46 Pleasant St., Cambridge. Sept. 7, 7:15­9:15 p.m. Information: 354-8807. "Pathologizing Incest: Who Is Sick? The Survivor or the Society" - a think-tank discussion.

Announcements

Auditions for "The Mikado"

MIT Gilbert and Sullivan Players are auditioning for their fall production. All those interested should bring a prepared vocal solo; accompanist provided. Auditions will be held on Sept. 8­9, 7­10 p.m., in Student Center Room 407. Information: 253-0190.