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Classical Music

MIT Concert Recital

Killian Hall, 160 Memorial Dr. Sept. 9, 8 p.m. Free admission. Information: 253-0095, or e-mail marrin@media.mit.edu. Violinist Teresa Marrin (graduate student at the Media Laboratory) and Joann Robin will present a program of works by Handel, Beethoven, Schubert, Kreisler, and Amy Beach.

Longy School of Music: SeptemberFest '94

All performances are held at the Edward Pickman Concert Hall, 27 Garden St., Cambridge. Free admission. Information: 876-0956.

Gala Opening Concerts: Longy Artists Ensemble

Sept. 9­10, 8 p.m. Longy's artist faculty opens SeptemberFest '94 with a program of instrumental and vocal masterworks. Program includes Mozart, Liszt, Lutoslawski, and Brahms.

Family Concert

Sept. 11, 3 p.m. "Curious George Goes to Music School." Back by popular demand, this presentation is produced by the Longy Dalcroze Department faculty and students in a original story of America's most famous monkey fully staged production with acting, dancing, music, and costumes.

All Newton Music School

321 Chestnut St., West Newton. Sept. 11, 4 p.m. Admission: $15; $10 for students/seniors. Information: 527-4553. "Music in the Mansion." Laura Park, violin; and Frank Corliss, piano.

Jazz

Longy School of Music: An Evening of Big Band Jazz

Edward Pickman Concert Hall, 27 Garden St., Cambridge. Free admission. Information: 876-0956. Vocalist Semenya McCord joins Longy's 17-piece Jazz Ensemble for an evening of big band music from Count Basie, Duke Ellington, and others. Part of Longy's SeptemberFest '94.

World Music

The 17th Cambridge River Festival

Cambridge side of the Charles River, between JFK Street and Western Avenue. Sept. 10, 12 noon­6 p.m. Free admission. Information: 349-4380. Attractions for this free-form festival of music includes groups performing on the Weeks Footbridge Stage and the Weld Boathouse Stage. Musical genres include reggae, blues, jazz, Afro-Cuban, Brazilian Samba, Zairean Soukous, country and western, and folk.

The Family Singers

MIT Student Center. Sept. 14, 1:30 p.m. Free and open to the public. Information: 329-2024. The Family Singers, a musical group that sings at schools and institutions around the world, comes to MIT to give a free performance. They have performed in dozens of countries and give their audiences a positive spiritual message.

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. 9: The Crow (1994); 4, 8 p.m. Enter the Dragon (Robert Clouse, 1973); 6, 10 p.m. Sept. 10: The Crow; 3:30, 8 p.m.; Blade Runner (Ridley Scott, 1982); 1:15, 5:40, 10 p.m. Directed by Stanley Kubrick. Sept 11: Lolita (Stanley Kubrick, 1962); 1, 4, 7, 9:45 p.m. Watching the Detectives. Sept. 12: 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. 13: What Happened to Kerouac? (Richard Lerner and Lewis MacAdams, 1985); 7:45, 9:30 p.m. More Recent Raves. Sept. 14: The Blue Kite (Tian Zhuangzhuang, 1993); 4:30, 7:15, 9:45 p.m. Reflections on German Cinema. Sept. 15: Metropolis (Fritz Lang, 1926); 3:30, 7:45 p.m. M (Fritz Lang, 1931); 5:45, 9:55 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.

Premiere Engagements. Talk 19 (Janis Lundman and Adrienne Mitchell, 1993): 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. 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. Strand: Under the Dark Cloth (John Walker, 1990): Sept. 15, 5 p.m.; Sept. 17, 1 p.m. Opera on Film. Tales of Hoffmann (Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger, 1951): Sept. 11, 2:45 p.m. Early Ozu Films. The Chorus of Tokyo (Yasujiro Ozu, 1931, silent): Sept. 15, 6:30 p.m. Woman of Tokyo (Ozu, 1933, silent): Sept. 15, 8 p.m.

Theater Openings

"The Woman Warrior"

Huntington Theater Company, 264 Huntington Ave., Boston. Sept. 9­Oct. 9: opening Thu., Sept. 15, 7 p.m.; other shows Tue.­Sat., 8 p.m. (excluding Sept. 27); matinees Sat. & Sun. and Wed., Sept. 21 & 28, 2 p.m. Admission: $12­39. Information: 266-7900 x2565. Stage adaptation of Maxine Hong Kingston's The Woman Warrior and China Men, telling the story of three generations of a Chinese-American family.

"Naked Breath"

Boston Center for the Arts Theater, 541 Tremont St., Boston. Sept. 15­17: Thu., 8 p.m.; Fri.­Sat., 9 p.m. Admission: $11.75 day-of-show; $9.75 advance tickets; $2 off for students/seniors. Information: 542-4214. Internationally-acclaimed performer, AIDS activist, and leader of the new Queer Arts Movement Tim Miller brings forth a new show about the universal value of gay culture. His new show recounts his lustful adventures as a carpenter in the early '80s and the impact of AIDS on sexuality in the decade to follow.

Ongoing Theater

"Picasso at the Lapin Agile"

Hasty Pudding Theatre, 12 Holyoke St., Cambridge. Through Sept. 17: 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.

"Assassins"

MIT Musical Theatre Guild, Kresge Little Theater, 84 Mass. Ave. Through Sept. 10: all shows, 8 p.m. 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.

Dance

Dance Collective of Boston

Bartlett Mall, Route 1A, Newburyport. Sept. 10, 4 p.m. (Rain date: Sept. 11). Free Admission. Information: 576-2737. The 10 dancers of the Boston Dance Collective continue their open park performances, and they will bring their piece "Dancing in the Park" for an informal, picnic-friendly event. The park itself is transformed into a series of performance areas that surround the audience, using trees and lawns as spacious sets and props.

Federal Reserve Bank of Boston, Midday Performance Series

Bank Auditorium, 600 Atlantic Ave., Boston. Sept 15 & 22, 12:30 p.m. Free admission. Information: 973-3453. Sept. 15: MASSABDA's Argentine Tango Dancing. Sept. 22: MASSABDA's Ballroom Dancing.

Comedy

U.S. Improvisational Theatre League

The Lyric Stage, 140 Clarendon St., Copley Square (across from the Hard Rock Cafe), Boston. Sept. 9­10 & 16­17, 8 p.m. Admission: $10; $5 for students. Information: 864-1344. Competitive improvisational theatre, in which two teams of performers try to out-act each other with scenes created on-the-spot over three periods: the audience decides the final outcome.

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.

Lectures

Racism Defined

Women's Theological Center, 140 Clarendon St., Boston. Sept. 12, 6:30­8:30 p.m. Information: 536-8782. Support group for anti-racist white women.

Blanche Among the Talented Tenth

New Words Bookstore, 186 Hampshire St., Cambridge. Sept. 13, 6 & 7:30 p.m. Tickets required. Information: 876-5310. Barbara Neely reads from the much-awaits second mystery featuring black domestic extraordinaire, Blanche White. Co-sponsored by the Women's Theological Center.

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.

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. Through Sept. 21: "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.

Davis Museum and Cultural Center

Wellesley College, 106 Central St., Wellesley. Hours: Tue., Fri., and Sat., 11 a.m.­5 p.m.; Wed.­Thu., 11 a.m.­8 p.m.; Sun., 1­5 p.m.; closed Mon. Free admission. Information: 283-2051. Sept. 9­Dec. 18: "Bodies and Boundaries, 1500-1800: Works from Wellesley Collections."

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. Through Sept. 29: Landscape paintings by contemporary impressionist Maurice Lemaitre.

Museum of Fine Arts

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

"Wright Morris: Origin of a Species." Photographer Wright Morris carried out his work on extended cross-country trips from the late 1930s to the 1950s. His pictures explore the range and subtlety of life in rural and small-town America, a recurrent theme in his work. Through Oct. 16.

"Weston's Westons: California and the West." Edward Weston, the first American photographer to win a Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship, pursued what he called "an epic series of photographs of the West." This exhibition includes 120 photographs from his travels in the western United States. Through Oct. 23.

"Sol Lewitt." A Connecticut native, Sol Lewitt is a landmark figure in the Minimalist art movement. Two hundred drawings and watercolors from various collections will be included in this retrospective, ranging from the 1950s to the present. Through Nov. 20.

"Grand Illusions: Four Centuries of Still Life Painting." Selections from the MFA's permanent collection, augmented by works on loan from friends of the Museum, trace the origins, emergences, and full flowering of the still life genre. Dutch and Italian masters, Renoir, Gauguin, Millet, Maurice Prendergast, and Stuart Davis will be represented. Sept. 14 through Jan. 1, 1995.

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. Through Sept. 23: Recent constructions by Mary Behrens; Recent paintings by Jeff Hull; Recent sculpture by Pedro Pereyra; and Installation and photographs by Roy Staab. Reception held for the latter events on Friday, Sept. 9, 7­9 p.m.

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. 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.

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.

"Art's Lament: Creativity in the Face of Death." An exhibit exploring artists' responses to plagues, including the bubonic plague and its recurrent history of attack in Europe, as well as highlighting the parallels between that plague and today's epidemic of AIDS. Among the 19 artists with works on view are Boccaccio, Durer, Tiepolo, William Blake, Edvard Munch, Robert Mapplethorpe, Robert Farber, and Keith Haring. Sept. 9­Oct. 23.

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.

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. 9, 7­10 p.m., in Student Center Room 407. Information: 253-0190.

City-Wide Cut-A-Thon

Hair For a Reason, at Copley Square Park, Sept. 11 from 2­5 p.m. for the annual Hair Cares Cut-A-Thon, featuring over 100 award-winning hair stylists. For a $15 donation to the Hair Cares Foundation, a non-profit organization that helps industry professionals with AIDS and HIV manage the expense of everday living, patrons can get a new 'do and help make a difference. No appointments necessary: for more information, call 542-6363.