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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.

The Beauty of the Baroque

Sept. 23, 8 p.m. Longy's esteemed Early Music Faculty in a concert of18th Century music from London, including Purcell, Geminiani, J.C. Bach, Haydn, and Corelli.

Haydn: The Creation

Sept. 25, 8 p.m. SeptemberFest's final event, a concert-style reading of Haydn's beloved and tuneful oratorio, led by renowned choral conductor Lorna Cooke de Varon. The audience is invited to sing along, but listeners are also welcome.

Emmanuel Music Concert

Jordan Hall, New England Conservatory, 290 Huntington Ave., Boston. Sept. 22 & 24, 8 p.m. Admission: $10­35, general seating; $50­100, special benefactor seating. Information: 536-3356. Die Fledermaus, by Johann Strauss, Jr.; narrative written by Susan Larson. Craig Smith conducts the orchestra and chorus of Emmanuel Music in this special benefit for Emmanuel Music and the Peter Faneuil House, a residence for families and people living with AIDS.

Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum

280 The Fenway, Boston. Admission (in addition to museum admission, see Museums below): $4, general; $2, members/seniors/students. Information: 566-1401. Sept. 24, 1:30 p.m.: Young Artists Showcase featuring Jong Hwa Park, piano. Sept. 25, 1:30 p.m.: Sunday Concert Series featuring the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center.

Emmanuel Music

Emmanuel Church, 15 Newbury St., Boston. Sept. 25, 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 #115.

The Boston Conservatory

Seully Hall, 8 The Fenway, Boston. Sept. 23, 8 p.m. Free admission. Information: 424-9297. Opera "unMet" presents "Elegant Contradictions." Marshall Hughes directs operatic ensemble pieces from Mozart to contemporary composer Scott Wheeler.

Harvard University, Fromm Contemporary Music Series

John Knowles Paine Concert Hall, Music Building, Harvard University, Cambridge. Sept. 24, 8 p.m. Free admission. Information: 496-6013. Speculum Musicae performs the music of Mario Davidovsky: Synchronism #6 for Piano and Electronic Tape, Quartetto for Flute, Violin, Viola, and Cello String Trio, Romancero for Flute, Clarinet, Violin, Cello, and Voice, and the world premiere of Quartet fro Guitar, Viola, Cello, and Double Bass.

Museum of Fine Arts

465 Huntington Ave., Boston. Sept. 25, 3 p.m. Admission: $17, general; $14 for MFA members/seniors/students. Information: 267-9300 x300. Music of Mozart, with Daniel Stepner, baroque violin, and John Gibbons, fortepiano. Stepner and Gibbons continue their exploration of Mozart's 44 sonatas for keyboard and violin. This program will include a sonata Mozart wrote when he was eight years old, several later sonatas, and a set of variations.

Boston Conservatory Chamber Ensemble

First and Second Church, 66 Marlborough St., Boston. Sept. 25, 4 p.m. Admission: $10, general; $7, students/seniors. Michael Lewin, artistic director, and guest artist Rhonda Rider, cello, perform: Mozart's Duo in G for violin and viola, Shostakavich's Piano Trio No. 2 in E minor (on the composer's birthday), and Dohnanyi's Piano Quintet No. 1 in C minor.

International Composition Competition for Young Composers

Tsai Performance Center, 685 Commonwealth Ave., Boston. Sept. 28, 7 p.m. Free admission. Information: 353-3340. ALEA III and the Contemporary Music Ensemble at Boston University present this 16th annual competition. Theodore Antonoiu will conduct performances of seven works that were selected among the 218 entries submitted by composers from 29 countries around the world. Following the concert the ALEA III Prize of $2,500 will be awarded. MIT Professor and award-winning composer John Harbison has been invited as one of the judges for the competition. The event is sponsored by the Greek Ministry of Culture and the Foundation for Chinese Performing Arts.

Federal Reserve Bank of Boston, Fall Midday Concerts

Federal Reserve Auditorium, 600 Atlantic Ave. (across from South Station), Boston. Sept. 29, 12:30 p.m. Free admission. Information: 973-3453. Japanese-born pianist Hiroko Takahashi will play selections from Bach, Chopin, and Debussy. A former teacher at Kyoto University, Ms. Takahashi is a Master's degree candidate at the Boston Conservatory, where she studies with Janice Weber.

Boston Symphony Orchestra, Opening Night

Symphony Hall, Boston. Sept. 29, 6:30 p.m. Admission: $45-75; benefactor tickets, priced at $325, allow admission to a black-tie dinner the Four Seasons Hotel following the concert. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. for a champagne reception open to all attending the concert. Information: 266-1492. The BSO's 114th season begins, led by Seiji Ozawa, conductor, and guest Itzhak Perlman, violin. Program: Copland, "Fanfare for the Common Man"; Barber, Violin Concerto; Williams, "Remembrances" from Schindler's List; and Bernstein, Serenade for violin, strings, harp, and percussion, and the Overture to Candide.

Jazz

Aardvark Jazz Orchestra

Harvard Epworth Methodist Church, 1555 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge. Sept. 24, 8 p.m. Admission: $8. Information: 253-8778. Mark Harvey and the Aardvark Jazz Orchestra begins its fall season with a concert of music from its recent CD Aardvark Steps Out and a brand-new piece, "The Pygmy Mammoth & the Giant Shrim p" (a political fable). Aardvark continues to explore the possibilities of collective improvisation and extended form structure while "recognizing the roots of jazz and creating broad new frontiers in which the art form can flourish" (Boston Globe).

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. 24: "Light 'n' Lively," featuring the Dick DiBona quintet. Sept. 25: "Music of the Swing Era," with Steve Taddeo and the Swing Senders.

Museum of Our National Heritage

33 Marrett Rd. (corner of Route 2A and Massachusetts Ave.), Lexington. Sept. 25, 2 p.m. Free admission. Information: 861-6559. The music of Broadway and Hollywood will be performed when conductor Eddie Madden leads the 50 musicians fo the orchestra and chorus of The Greater Bostonians. Show tunes will include the Sinatra ballad "Just the Way You Look Tonight," a rousing salute to "Old Broadway U.S.A.!," and more.

All Newton Music School

Newton Centre Green, West Newton. Sept. 25, 2 p.m. Free admission. Information: 527-4553. An "Old-Fashioned Band Concert," conducted by Ronald Knudsen.

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. 23: Goober & the Peas, Doo Rag, Uncle Joe's Big Ol' Driver, Bongo Fury [Upstairs, 19+, $7]; Peter Wolf [Downstairs, 21+, $11­13]; Erotic Aquarium, Ellen Cross [Bakery].

Sept. 24: Mark Eitzel (from American Music Club), Mo Elliott (fr. Spore) [Up, 7:30 p.m., 19+, $7]; Teen Beat Circus Tour - Versus, Air Miami, Blast Off Country Style, Tuscadero [Up, 10:30 p.m., 19+, $7]; Peter Wolf [Down, 21+, $11­13]; WMFO Unplugged w/Mickey Dee featuring Universal You and Butterscott [Bakery].

Sept. 25: Off the Wall - Blue Moon Poets [Up, 2­4 p.m., free]; Off the Wall - Films [Up, 6:45­9:15 p.m., $5]; Doc Hopper, Horace Pinker, Jose Fist, Sons of John Glenn [Up, 9:30 p.m., 19+, $6]; John Cale [Down, 19+, $14­15]; Jazz Jam w/ Paulo Danay [Bakery].

Sept. 26: Texas Instruments [Up, 19+, $5]; Out Loud Theater - Poor Daddy, a new play written & performed by Rebecca Saunders [Down], T.B.A. [Bakery].

Sept. 27: Sleigho, Usalos, SF Envelope (fr. SF), Lazy Galut [Up, 19+, $6]; Terror Bull Tuezdayz (Industrial Gothic Night) [Down]; Mary Koumjian [Bakery].

Sept. 28: Special Cheap Date Night - MAGIC HOUR Record Release Party, Syrup, Fully Celebrated Orchestra, Sydra [Up, 19+, $5]; Orangutang, Stachel, Silkworm [Down, $7]; Belly Dancing [Bakery].

Sept. 29: Gas Huffer, Slughog, Liquor Bike (fr. Baltimore), 3 Day Stubble (fr. SF), Truth from Sam [Up, 19+, $8]; Arthur & Lee Love, Inhale Mary [Down, 19+, $8­9]; Unplugged w/Mark Hamilton of WZBC [Bakery].

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. 23­24: Easy Rider (Dennis Hopper, 1969); 4, 6, 8, 10 p.m. (Sat. mat., 2 p.m.). Directed by Stanley Kubrick. Sept. 25: Barry Lyndon (Stanley Kubrick, 1975); 12:45, 8 p.m. Spartacus (Kubrick, 1960); 4:20 p.m. Watching the Detectives. The 39 Steps (Alfred Hitchcock, 1935); 4:15, 7:45 p.m. Bulldog Drummond (F. Richard Jones, 1929); 6, 9:30 p.m. Beat It! The Life and Times of Allen Ginsburg (Jerry Aronson, 1993); 7:50, 9:30 p.m. More Recent Raves. Ciao, Professore (Lina Wertmuller, 1994); 4:15, 6, 7:50, 9:45 p.m. Reflections on German Cinema. The Wonderful Horrible Life of Leni Riefenstahl (Ray Muller, 1993); 3, 8 p.m. The Blue Light (Leni Riefenstahl, 1932); 6:30 p.m.

French Library and Cultural Center, Ciné Club

53 Marlborough St., Boston. Admission: $5, $4 for members. Information: 266-4351. The Ciné Club presents a retrospective of the career of French actor Jean Gabin, lasting through December. Sept. 23­25: Pépé le Moko (Julien Duvivier, 1936); Fri.­Sat., 8 p.m.; Sun., 7 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.

Back by Popular Demand. Sept. 24: Samba to Slow Fox (Maria Stratford, 1986); 12 noon. Film Photographers. Sept. 24: Aaron Siskind: Making Pictures (Judith Wechsler, 1991); Harry Callahan (Wechsler, 1994); Ansel Adams: Photographer (David Meyer, 1957); all at 1:30 p.m. Sept. 29: Portrait of Imogen (Meg Partridge, 1987); The Woman Behind the Image: Photographer Judy Dater (John A. Stewart, 1981); Blood Ties: the Life and Work of Sally Mann (Stephen Cantor, 1993); all at 5 p.m. (also on Oct. 1 at 12:30 p.m.) Opera on Film. Sept. 24: Katerina Izmailova (Mikhail Shapiro, 1966); 3 p.m. Early Ozu Films. Sept. 29: That Night's Wife (Yasujiro Ozu, 1930, silent); 7:15 p.m. What Did the Lady Forget? (Ozu, 1937); 8:30 p.m. The Legacy of Alan Clarke. Sept. 23: Director: Alan Clarke (Corin Campbell-Hill, 1991, free program); 6 p.m. Pendah's Fen (Alan Clarke, 1974); 7:15 p.m. Scum (Clarke, 1977); 8:45 p.m.

Harvard Film Archive

Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts, 24 Quincy St., Cambridge. Admission: Call for information, 496-6046.

Early Ozu Films, 1929­1937. (Program conducted jointly with the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston - see above.) Sept. 23: The Lady and the Beard (Yasujiro Ozu, 1931, silent); 6 p.m. Sept. 24: I Flunked, ButŠ (Ozu, 1930, silent); 6 p.m. Sept 25: An Inn in Tokyo (Ozu, 1935, silent with music soundtrack); 6 p.m.

Spike and Mike's Sick and Twisted Festival of Animation

Coolidge Corner Theater, 290 Harvard St., Brookline. Through Oct. 9: Fri.­Sat., 9:30 p.m. and midnight; Sun., 9:30 p.m. only. Admission: $7 at the door; $6.50 plus service charge through Ticketmaster (931-2000). People must be 18 or over to be admitted - please bring I.D. The annual cartoon festival comes to the Boston area, including the premieres of Safe Sex and Home, Honey, I'm High. The show will also include old favorites, such as Beavis and Butthead in Frog Baseball.

Theater Openings

"The Misanthrope"

New Repertory Theatre, 54 Lincoln St. (close to Newton Highlands stop on the Riverside ŒD' Green Line), Newton Highlands. Through Oct. 30: Wed., 2 & 7 p.m.; Thur.­Fri., 8 p.m.; Sat., 5 & 8:30 p.m.; Sun., 3 & 7:30 p.m. Admission: $14­26. Information: 332-1646. A modern-day adaptation of Molière's play, translated and written by Neil Barlett, this comedy shines with wit and bite. Sexual tensions, explosive egos, and dangerous deceptions simmer to a comic boil in a event-filled evening as troubled Alceste vies for the love of beautiful, unattainable Celimene.

"The Opposite Sex is Neither"

Boston Center for the Arts, 539 Tremont St., Boston. Sept. 23­25 & 30, Oct. 1­2; all shows at 7 p.m. Admission: $11.75 day-of-show; $9.75 advance tickets; $2 off for students/seniors. Information: 542-4214. Kate Bornstein, veteran queer performer, author of the current book Gender Outlaw, and talk-show troubadour, roots her show in the experiences of people whose very existence challenges the tyranny of gender assumptions. Part of "Out on the Edge 3," a festival of lesbian and gay theater.

"Mort Sahl's America"

Cambridge Theatre Company, Hasty Pudding Theater, 12 Holyoke St., Harvard Square, Cambridge. Sept. 27­Oct. 16: Tue.­Thur., 8 p.m.; Fri., 7:30 & 9:45 p.m.; Sat., 7 & 9:15 p.m.; Sun, 7 p.m. Admission: $25, general; $22.50, students/seniors. Information: 496-8400. Comic Mort Sahl's show, which touches topics from Watergate to Whitewater, Roseanne Arnold to Rush Limbaugh, and other topics, comes to Boston in its original, irreverent Off-Broadway incarnation.

"The Hermit of Chestnut Hill"

Charlestown Working Theater, 442 Bunker Hill St., Charlestown. Sept. 29­Oct. 16: Thu.­Sat., 8 p.m.; Sun., 7 p.m. Ticket prices and information: 242-3285. This two-character play with music is a bout a free-spirited, but troubled college girl, Sam, and her relationship with Bill, a town hermit. Play written by Lauren Hallal, who also composed and will perform the music, a progressive folk rock score.

Ongoing Theater

"The Phantom of the Opera"

Wang Center for the Performing Arts, 270 Tremont St., Boston. Through Sept. 24: Fri.­Sat, 8 p.m. Admission: $15­60; sold out. 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.

"Shot to Hell in a Rocket"

Boston Center for the Arts, Black Box Theater, 539 Tremont St., South End, Boston. Through Sept. 24: Fri.­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.

"Downtown"

Boston Center for the Arts Theater, 541 Tremont St., Boston. Sept. 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.

"An Evening of Beckett"

Zero Church Street Performance Space, at the corner of Harvard Square, Cambridge. Through Oct. 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."

"Shlemiel the First"

Loeb Drama Center, 64 Brattle St., Cambridge. Through Oct. 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.

"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

Dance Umbrella

Emerson Majestic Theatre, 219 Tremont St., Boston. Sept. 29­Oct. 1: Thur., 7 p.m.; Fri.­Sat., 8 p.m. Admission: $20­30. Information: 492-7578. L'ESQUISSE: Centre National de Danse Contemporaine d'Angers, an influential French dance company led by co-artistic directors Joelle Bouvier and Regis Obadia. With an emotionally-driven physicality, the artists create mixed media dance/theatre pieces inspired by the archetypes of film noir.

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.

Lectures

Simmons College Lecture Series

Marriott Copley Place, 110 Huntington Ave., Boston. Sept. 27, 7 p.m. Information: 521-2363. Gloria Steinem, co-founder of the Ms. Foundation for Women and editorial consultant/writer for Ms. Magazine, will discuss the "Changing Role of Women Since the Women's Movement" during the kick-off to the Simmons College Graduate School of Management's 20th Anniversary Celebration.

Harvard Book Store, 1994 Fall Author Series

Different locations. Free admission. Information: 661-1515. Boston Library - Sept. 27, 6 p.m. Author Alexander Theroux will talk about his new book, The Primary Colors, a collection of essays that extend to the artistic, literary, linguistic, botanical, cinematic, aesthetic, religious, scientific, culinary, climatological, and emotional dimensions of each of the primary colors. Cambridge Public Library - Sept. 28, 6 p.m. Novelist Gail Godwin will read from her newest book, The Good Husband, which features a strong female protagonist who reaches a turning point in her life and searches for her true identity. She creates a portrait of two marriages and explores the feelings and complexities of human relationships.

MIT Women's Studies Program

77 Massachusetts Ave., Rm. 2-105. Sept. 28, 4:30 p.m. Free admission. Information: 253-8844. "From Women's Studies and Literary Studies to Cultural Studies: Political Cooptation in the Academy," a lecture and discussion with Helene Moglen, professor of English literature at UC Santa Cruz. Professor Moglen wil address the shifting orientation of these disciplines, their origins in the political movements of the 1960s, their increasing institutionalization, their current highly intellectualized status in the academy, and the questions this trajectory poses for the future of such programs.

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. 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.

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.

"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. Through Nov. 10. 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.

"The Computer in the Studio." Visitors can explore the provocative, often unexpected, ways artists use computers as creative tools. This first-time collaboration for The Computer Museum in Boston and the DeCordova Museum and Sculpture Park in Lincoln features 100 pieces by 36 New England artists. Artworks at both museums range from stained glass, mosaic, painting, and sculpture to digital collage, interactive installations, virtual reality and animation. Exhibit runs from Sept. 24 through Nov. 27.

"Robots & Other Smart chines." 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.

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.

School of the Museum of Fine Arts

Grossman Gallery, 230 The Fenway, Boston. Hours: Tue., Fri.­Sat., 10 a.m.­5 p.m.; Wed.­Thur., 10 a.m.­8 p.m.; Sun., 1­5 p.m.; Closed Mon. Information: 267-6100 x718. "Boit Competition & Exhibition 1994." A juried exhibition of returning students' work completed during the summer outside of classroom instruction. Opening reception held Sept. 27, 5­7 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. Through Jan. 1, 1995.

Fuller Museum of Art

455 Oak St., Brockton. Hours: Tue.­Sun., 12 noon­5 p.m. Free admission. Information: 588-6000.

"Artisans in Silver, 1994." A travelling exhibition of over 80 pieces of finely crafted and unique contemporary pieces of silver, holloware, and sculpture created by members of the Society of American Silversmiths. Through Oct. 30

"Brockton Present Tense." An exhibit of paintings of paintings and prints of the city of Brockton by local artist Alvin Ouellet. Vivid colors and unique perspectives give the viewer the opportunity to see real beauty in the urban world of Brockton and sense Ouellet's optimistic view of the city. Through Jan. 29, 1995.

"A is for Architect, B is for Building." A hands-on exhibit for young people which explores architecture, guest-curated by Brockton High School architecture drawing teacher Carol Bright. The exhibit includes a scale drawing of the Fuller Museum of Art on the gallery wall with architectural details and several "activity" stations at which visitors will be able to build their own models and draft their own building plans. Through Jan. 29, 1995.

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 12­17), free for members and children under 12; Wed, $3 for students with current ID. Free admission to all on Wed., Sept. 28, 11 a.m.­5 p.m. 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.