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Classical Music

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.

Broadway Meets Pop

Sept. 16, 8 p.m. Cabaret vocalist Belle Linda Halpern sings The Love Songs of Rodgers and Sondheim; and jazz and cabaret vocalist Lisa Thorson sings The Great American Songbook, Broadway, blues, bebop, and beyond.

The Annual Nadia Boulanger Birthday Concert

Sept. 17, 8 p.m. Presented by the Longy Artists Ensemble. The birthday of Longy's most famous former faculty member and one of this century's most renowned musicians is celebrated with the music of her students, Walter Piston and Longy alumnus Daniel Pinkham, along with her countryman Claude Debussy. Concert is preceded by a lecture, "The Music and Teaching of Walter Piston," presented by Mark DeVoto, professor of music at Tufts University.

Three Centuries of Music-1794, 1894, 1994

Sept. 18, 8 p.m. Presented by the Longy Artists Ensemble. Two Beethoven trios from the year 1794, a Brahms clarinet sonata from 100 years later, and the world premiere of a song cycle composed in 1994 by Douglas B. Johnson.

International Festival of Orthodox Liturgical Music

St. Columbkille Church, 321 Market St., Brighton. Sept. 16­18, 8 p.m. Admission: Each concert, $10. Information: 782-5774. This three-day festival, the first ever to held in the Western Hemisphere, commemorates the 200-year anniversary of Orthodox Christianity in North America. Opening night schedule: Holy Trinity Chorale (Boston), Russian Chamber Chorus (Boston), The Orthodox Singers (Moscow).

Emerson Majestic Theatre Open House

219 Tremont St., Boston. Sept. 17, 10 a.m.­4 p.m. Free admission. Information: 578-8727. This Open House is open to the public, with representatives from each of Boston's leading resident arts organizations on hand to inaugurate their seasons. The theater itself is open for general tours.

Emmanuel Music

Emmanuel Church, 15 Newbury St., Boston. Sept. 18, 10 a.m. Voluntary offering requested. Information: 536-3356. The chorus and orchestra of Emmanuel Music, under the direction of conductor Craig Smith, present a Bach Cantata as part of the morning service of worship at Emmanuel Church. Scheduled: Bach Cantata #78.

Museum of Fine Arts

Remis Auditorium, 465 Huntington Ave., Boston. Sept. 18, 3 p.m. Admission: $6. Information: 267-9300. "Metropolitan Opera National Council New England Auditions Winners Recital." Sheryl Cohen, a 1994 New England and National Winner, will present a solo recital of operatic arias and songs.

Jazz

Tufts University Music

Tufts University, Cohen Auditorium, Medford. Sept. 22, 8 p.m. Free admission. Information: 627-3564. "Tufts Jazz Big Band," a musical program directed by Allan Chase.

Scullers Jazz Club

Guest Quarters Suite Hotel, Boston. Sept. 22, 8 & 10 p.m. Admission: $10. Information: 562-4111. Jazz guitarist/composer Garrison Fewell brings his quartet to Boston, where he is joined by bassist Cecil McBee, pianist Laszlo Gardony, and drummer Kenny Wollesen. Fewell's debut CD, A Blue Deeper than Blue, garnered the Boston Music Awards' "Outstanding Jazz Album of 1993" along with other honors.

Popular Music

September Music at the Mall

The Mall at Chestnut Hill, Route 9 at Hammond Pond Parkway, Chestnut Hill. Afternoon performances. Information: 965-3037. Sept. 17: "River Boat Stompers," highlighting the music of New Orleans. Sept. 18: "Savoy Swing," a tribute to the sounds of the '40s.

The Middle East

472/480 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge. Some shows have age limits. Admission: varies; tickets may be purchased in advance at Strawberries, the In Your Ear Northhampton Box Office (1-800-THE-TICK), and the Middle East Box Office (Mon.­Sat., 10 a.m.­6 p.m.; call 492-5162 to charge tickets). Information: 497-0576.

Sept. 16: Fuzzy, Flying Nuns, Tizzy, Car [Upstairs, 19+, $7]; Sonic Boom (fr. Spacemen 3), E.A.R., Elevator Drops [Downstairs, 19+, $7]; A LA Modal, Eric Pakula Trio - Jazz [Bakery].

Sept. 17: Mecca Normal, Peter Jefferies, Trash, 18th Dye (fr. Berlin, Germany), Bimbo Shrineheads [Up, 19+, $7]; 13th Noise Anniversary Party with Concussion Ensemble, 5'10" (feat. Kevin Seconds), Hank [Down, 19+, $7­8]; T.B.A. [Bakery].

Sept. 18: Off the Wall - films [Up, $5]; Over the Rhine, Ted Olson [Up, 19+, $6]; Hollywood Squares, Erotic Aquarium, Bird Brain [Bakery].

Sept. 19: Rock City Photo Benefit [Up, 19+, $6]; Out Loud Theater: Poor Daddy - Written & Performed by Rebecca Saunders [Down, 19+, $5]; Alternative Acoustic showcase with Richard Mirsky [Bakery].

Sept. 20: The Cocktails, Spare Snare (fr. Scotland), Twig [Up, 19+, $6]; Agona Hardison [Bakery].

Sept. 21: Special Cheap Date Night - Scratch Record Release Party, Still Home, Resin Sect [Up, 19, $5]; Kerouac Festival with Jim Carroll, Mark Sandman (fr. Morphine) & Special Guests [Down, 19+, $11­12]; Belly Dancing w/ Nazeera, Juliette & Mimi [Bakery].

Sept. 22: Dirt Merchants, Candy Machine, Palentine, Serum [Up, 19+, $7]; Shudder to Think, God & Texas (Down, 10 p.m. door, 19+, $7]; Green Factory - Acoustic rock [Bakery].

Venus de Milo

7 Lansdowne St., Boston. Sept. 20, 11 p.m. Tickets and information: 421-9595. The band Rippopotamus celebrates the release of its debut full-length CD Butter, which represents a slick, danceable mix of funk and soul, rock and rap, jazz and pop.

Film

Japanese Friday Nights at the Flicks.

77 Massachusetts Ave., Rm. 1-390. Requested donation: $1. Information: 253-2839. Sept. 16: Tampopo (Juzo Itami, 1986); 6:30, 10:30 p.m. Dreams (Akira Kurosawa, 1990); 8:30 p.m. Both films in Japanese with English subtitles.

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. 16: Go Fish (Rose Troche and Guinevere Turner, 1994); 4:15, 8 p.m. The Hunger (Tony Scott, 1983); 6, 9:45 p.m. Sept. 17: Go Fish; 4:15, 8 p.m. Desert Hearts (Donna Rule, 1985); 2:25, 6, 9:45 p.m. Directed by Stanley Kubrick. Sept. 18: 2001: A Space Odyssey (Stanley Kubrick, 1968); 1:15, 4, 7, 9:45 p.m. Watching the Detectives. Sept. 19: After the Thin Man (W.S. Van Dyke, 1936); 4, 7:40 p.m. The Ex-Mrs. Bradford (Stephen Roberts, 1936); 6, 9:40 p.m. Beat It! Sept. 20: Burroughs (Howard Brookner, 1984); 4, 8 p.m. Naked Lunch (David Cronenberg, 1991); 5:45, 9:40 p.m. More Recent Raves. Sept. 21: Bhaji at the Beach (Gurinder Chadha, 1994); 3:50, 7:50 p.m. The Scent of Green Papaya (Tran Anh Hung, 1993); 5:45, 9:45 p.m. Reflections on German Cinema. Sept. 22: Pandora's Box (G.W. Pabst, 1928); 4, 8 p.m. Diary of a Lost Girl (G.W. Pabst, 1929); 6, 10 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. Back by Popular Demand. Film Photographers. Sept. 16: Harry Callahan (Judith Wechsler, 1994); 7 p.m. Sept. 17: Strand: Under the Dark Cloth (John Walker, 1990); 1 p.m. Sept. 22: Aaron Siskind: Making Pictures (Judith Wechsler, 1991); Harry Callahan (Wechsler, 1994); Ansel Adams: Photographer (David Meyer, 1957); all at 5 p.m. (also showing Sept. 24, 1:30 p.m.). Opera on Film. Sept. 16: Oh...Rosalinda!! (Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger, 1955); 5 p.m. Moses and Aaron (Jean-Marie Straub and Danielle Huillet, 1975); 8 p.m. Sept. 17: Boris Godunov (Vera Stroyeva, 1954); 3 p.m. Early Ozu Films. Sept. 22: Walk Cheerfully (Yasujiro Ozu, 1930, silent); 6:30 p.m. Dragnet Girl (Ozu, 1933, silent); 8:15 p.m.

Openings

"Shot to Hell in a Rocket"

Boston Center for the Arts, Black Box Theater, 539 Tremont St., South End, Boston. Sept. 16­24: Wed.­Sat., 8 p.m.; Sat., 10 p.m.; Sun. matinee, 3 p.m. Admission: $10. Information: 492-2897. Splat Productions presents a one-man burlesque depicting a story of love, lust, and codependence, written by and starring Jim Boutin, an Emerson college alumnus.

"Bigger than a Bread Box"

Boston Center for the Arts Theater, 541 Tremont St., Boston. Sept. 16­17, 7 p.m. Admission: $11.75 day-of-show; $9.75 advance tickets; $2 off for students/seniors. Information: 542-4214. Seattle's popular African-American lesbian comedy group, 4 Big Girls, make their Boston debut with a revue of sketches in which the performers break through myths and stereotypes and confront the ways that racism and sexism affects people's everyday attitudes. Part of "Out on the Edge 3," a festival of lesbian and gay theater.

"Shlemiel the First"

Loeb Drama Center, 64 Brattle St., Cambridge. Sept. 21­Oct. 8: Tue.­Sat., 8 p.m.; Sun., 7 p.m.; Sat. & Sun. matinees, 2 p.m. Two special weekday matinees (Wed.­Thu., Oct. 5­6) held at 2 p.m. Admission: $25­42. Information: 547-8300. This musical, adapted by Robert Brustein from the play by Isaa Bashevis Singer, matches up the charming folk tales of Singer with a rousing, authentic score played by the Boston-based Klezmer Conservatory Band.

"An Evening of Beckett"

Zero Church Street Performance Space, at the corner of Harvard Square, Cambridge. Sept. 21­Oct.2: Tue.­Sat., 8 p.m.; Sun. 2 & 7 p.m. Admission: $25­42. Information: 547-8300. The works of Samuel Beckett have carried profound significance to account for his constant fascination for theater artists and audiences alike. The evening constists of threee compact works with the common theme of consultation: "A Piece of Monologue," "Krapp's Last Tape," and "Ohio Impromptu."

"Downtown"

Boston Center for the Arts Theater, 541 Tremont St., Boston. Through Sept. 22 & 29, 8 p.m. Sept. 23­24, 30 & Oct. 1, 9 p.m. Admission: $11.75 day-of-show; $9.75 advance tickets; $2 off for students/seniors. Information: 542-4214. Luis Alfaro presents a signature performance peace of city life as "a true poet of the city, flooded with deep affection and splattered with wry humor" (L.A. Times). Part of "Out on the Edge 3," a festival of lesbian and gay theater.

Ongoing Theater

"Picasso at the Lapin Agile"

Loeb Drama Center, 64 Brattle St., Cambridge. Through Sept. 17: Fri.­Sat., 8 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.

"Naked Breath"

Boston Center for the Arts Theater, 541 Tremont St., Boston. Through Sept. 17: 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. Part of "Out on the Edge 3," a festival of lesbian and gay theater.

"The Phantom of the Opera"

Wang Center for the Performing Arts, 270 Tremont St., Boston. Through Sept. 24: Mon.­Sat, 8 p.m.; Wed.­Sat. matinees, 2 p.m.; Sun., 3 p.m. Admission: $15­60. Information: 482-9393. Andrew Lloyd Webber's award-winning musical concludes its Boston engagement. The musical, adapted from the novel by Gaston Leroux, tells the story of a deformed Phantom who lurks beneath the Paris Opera stage, and the tragic love he develops for one of the performers.

"The Woman Warrior"

Huntington Theater Company, 264 Huntington Ave., Boston. Through Oct. 9: 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.

Dance

MIT Japan Program Presentation

Kresge Little Theater, 84 Massachusetts Ave. Sept. 17, 8 p.m. Admission: $12, general; $9 for students/seniors; $5 for MIT students. Information: 868-3382. The MIT Japan Program and the Jo Ha Kyu Performance Group present a concert fo GAGAKU and BUGAKU, Japanse Imperial Court Music and Dance, with Suenobu Togi and the dancers and musicians of Jo Ha Kyu. Also included: "The Warrior of Outrageous," choreographed by Arawana Hayashi.

Federal Reserve Bank of Boston, Midday Performance Series

Bank Auditorium, 600 Atlantic Ave., Boston. Sept 22, 12:30 p.m. Free admission. Information: 973-3453. "Jump, Jive, and Swing": a lively performance featuring swing in all its forms.

Comedy

U.S. Improvisational Theatre League

The Lyric Stage, 140 Clarendon St., Copley Square (across from the Hard Rock Cafe), Boston. Sept. 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

Harvard Book Store, 1994 Fall Author Series

Different locations. Information: 661-1515. Sept. 19, 6 p.m., Cambridge Public Library: Larry McMurtry, the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Lonesome Dove, and his screenwriting partner Diana Ossana, will present a reading of their new novel, Pretty Boy Floyd. Fast-paced and "soon to be a major movie," it traces Charley Floyd's career from small-time crime to national notoriety in a roller-coaster ride of bank robberies, shootings, love affairs, and newspaper headlines. Sept. 21, 6 p.m., Boston Public Library: Doris Kearns Goodwin will discuss her new biography of Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt, No Ordinary Time. Goodwin is the author of The Fitzgeralds and the Kennedys and Lyndon Johnson and the American Dream. A portrayal of the Roosevelts in the war years, No Ordinary Time illuminates the partnership that raised America from the Depression, forged military victory, and transformed the nation into a superpower.

Simmons College

Alumnae Hall, 321 Brookline Ave., Boston. Sept. 20, 7 p.m. Information: 521-2363. Marcia Ann Gillespie, editor-in-chief of Ms. magazine, will discuss "Women and Minorities in the Corporate World."

Harvard Divinity School

Andover Hall, Sperry Room, Cambridge. Sept. 21, 7:30 p.m. Information: 446-9770. "What Does it Mean to be a Human Being": an evening with spiritual teacher and author Andrew Cohen. Exploring major themes of his forthcoming book on "Impersonal Enlightenment," Cohen will address the profound evolutionary implications of spiritual awakening for the human race. Sponsored by the Harvard Philosophical Union.

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 $3. 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.

"MIT Hall of Hacks." Reopening of the exhibition which chronicles MIT's rich history of wit and wizardry, featuring historic photographs and a fascinating collection of artifacts, including props used in the recent police-car-on-the-dome hack.

"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.

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.

"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.

"MRC 50s/90s." Retrospective exhibition of the work of Muriel Cooper, graphic designer and pioneer in the field of design for information-rich electronic environments. Professor Cooper, who died May 26, cofounded and directed MIT's Visible Language Workshop at the Media Laboratory. Her teaching and research focused on how computers can enhance the graphic communication process and, inversely, how high-quality graphics can improve computer systems. Held at the Philippe Villers Experimental Media Facility ("The Cube"). Through Oct. 31.

Sloan School Dean's Gallery

50 Memorial Dr., Rm. E52-466. Hours: Mon.­Fri., 8 a.m.­5 p.m. Information: Michelle Fiorenza, 253-9455. "Sculptures by Glen Urban." Exhibit of works by the dean of the Sloan School of Management.

The Computer Museum

300 Congress St., Boston. Hours: 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.

Mobius

354 Congress St., near South Station, Boston. Through Sept. 17: video installation and gallery exhibition of score materials opens at 7:50 p.m.; actual presentation occurs at 8:30 p.m. Admission: $10, general; $8 for students/seniors. Information: 542-7416. "Expansions" is a 90-minute, multi-media work combining written and improvised music, taped music and abstract video by composer/performer David Peck.

Kaji Aso Studio, Institute for the Arts

40 St. Stephen Street, Boston. Hours: Tue., 1­8 p.m.; Wed.­Sat., 1­5 p.m.; or by appointment. Information: 247-1719. Instructors' exhibit.

Definitive New Art Gallery

286 A Bradford St., Provincetown. Hours: noon­10 p.m. daily, or by appointment. Information: (508) 487-7700. 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.

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.

Bromfield Gallery

107 South St., Boston. Hours: Tue.­Fri., 12 noon­5 p.m.; Sat., 11 a.m.­5 p.m.; Thur. until 7:30 p.m. Information: 451-3605. Through Oct. 1: Recent paintings by Robert Morgan; Recent landscapes by Petri Flint; Pastel landscapes by Thomas J. Curry.

Concord Art Association

37 Lexington Rd., Concord. Hours: Tue.­Sat., 10 a.m.­4:30 p.m.; Sun., 2­4:30 p.m.; Closed Mondays. Information: (508) 369-2578. Through Oct. 1: Featured exhibition - "The New England Watercolor Society Juried Show."

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.

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.

"Bodies and Boundaries, 1500-1800: Works from Wellesley Collections." At the Gerald and Marjorie Schecter Bronfman Gallery: an exhibition of European prints, drawings, books, and maps from three centuries, selected by Wellesley College participants. The works focus on various topics in our evolution and concepts of the body, humanity, gender and sexuality, and ethnic pluralism. Through Dec. 18.

"The Body as Measure." At the Chandler Gallery: the major emphasis on this exhibition is on the meanings of the body's physical form, not of its internal functions. Each artist addresses the body's external characteristics in relation to its social standing or expression of emotion. Through Dec. 18.

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.

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. Through Oct. 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.

Events

Central Square World's Fair

Central Square, Cambridge. Sept. 18, 1­6 p.m. Rain date: Sept. 25. Free admission. Information: 349-4380. The Central Square Business Association and the Cambridge Arts Council sponsor this third annual event, which will close Massachusetts Avenue and begin with an ecumenical service followed by a day of live music on three stages, international foods, street performers, crafts, children's activities, and more, all reflecting the cultural diversity of Central Square.