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Classical Music

Boston Symphony Orchestra

Symphony Hall, 301 Massachusetts Ave., Boston. Two programs: Sept. 30, 1:30 p.m. & Oct. 1, 8 p.m. and Oct. 6­8, 8 p.m. Admission: $21­59. Information: 266-1492. BSO Music Director Seiji Ozawa leads the orchestra in two different programs. In the first, the BSO with guest Ursula Oppens perform Mozart's Piano Concerto No. 14, along with Penderecki's Threnody for the Victims of Hiroshima and Brahm's Symphony No. 4. The second program features acclaimed pianist Dubravka Tomsic in her BSO debut as soloist in Beethoven's "Emperor" Concerto, as well as a performance of Strauss's Ein Heldenleben.

Tufts University, Department of Music

Cohen Auditorium, Tufts University, Medford. Free admission. Information: 627-3564. "In Concert: Students and Faculty from the Music Department."

Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum

280 The Fenway, Boston. Oct. 2, 1:30 p.m. Admission (in addition to museum admission, see Museums below): $4, general; $2, members/seniors/students. Information: 566-1401. Sunday Concert Series: Benjamin Pasternak, piano.

King's Chapel Concert Series

58 Tremont St., Boston. Oct. 2, 5 p.m. Voluntary donation requested. Information: 227-2155. The concert, for soloists, chorus, and orchestra, will be conducted by Daniel Pinkham. Program: works by Bach, Schubert, Mozart, and Haydn.

Wellesley College

Houghton Memorial Chapel, Wellesley. Oct. 2, 8 p.m. Free admission. Information: 283-2028. Boston Shawm and Sackbut Ensemble: a performance of the music of Orlando di Lasso in commemoration of the 400th anniversary of his death.

Emerson Majestic Theatre

219 Tremont St., Boston. Oct. 3, 8 p.m. Admission: $16; discounts available for students and seniors. Information: 578-8727. The Mondrian String Quartet will perform new pieces by Neely Bruce, Gerald Shapiro, and Chiel Meyering that were specially commissioned by this ensemble from the Netherlands.

MIT Artist-Behind-the-Desk Series

Killian Hall, 160 Memorial Dr. Detailed below in the Museums section. All performances start at noon. Information: 253-2826. Oct. 4: Nick Altenbernd, piano. Program: works of Chausson and Debussy. Oct. 5: Rosemary MacKown, piano. Program: works of Telemann, Scarlatti, Schubert, and Schuman with Karyl Ryczek, soprano; Ruth Levitsky, flute; and Ian Greitzer, clarinet.

MIT Chapel Concert Series

Opposite 77 Massachusetts Ave. Oct. 6, 12 noon. Free admission. Information: 253-2906. Richard Schilling, guitar. Works of Bach, Regondi, and Harris.

Federal Reserve Bank of Boston, Midday Performance Series

Bank Auditorium, 600 Atlantic Ave., Boston. Oct. 6, 12:30 p.m. Free admission. Information: 973-3453. Andrew Kohji Taylor, violin. Program: Paganini, Janacek, and Ravel.

Jazz

Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum

280 The Fenway, Boston. Oct. 1, 1:30 p.m. Admission (in addition to museum admission, see Museums below): $4, general; $2, members/seniors/students. Information: 566-1401. Young Artists Showcase: Jazz at the Gardner; Vox One, vocal ensemble.

Fifteenth John Coltrane Memorial Concert/Celebration

Oct. 2­9. Various locations. Symposia: The MIT Office of the Arts hosts two symposia at MIT with Village Voice music critic Greg Tate. Location to be announced; Oct. 6 & 8. Concert: NU Blackman Auditorium, 360 Huntington Ave., Boston. Oct. 8, 8 p.m. Admission: $12. Information: 373-3141. Sponsored by MIT, Northeastern University, and Berklee College of Music, the concert features special appearances by Dr. Hugh Morgan Hill, Brother Blue, and poet/author Patricia Smith. Guest host for the evening is Eric Jacson, a WGBH radio-host.

Popular Music

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. 30: Lyres, Eric Martin & the Illyrians, Ukla, The Timmy's (Upstairs, 21+, $7); Green Magnet School, Neurosis, Spore (Downstairs, 19+, $7); Jazz Losenges (Bakery).

T.T. the Bear's

10 Brookline Ave., Boston. Sept. 30, 11:30 p.m. Admission: $6 (ages 18 and over). Information: 492-0082. Heavy pop-rock by Boston's Expanding Man (formerly known as City This), with special guests Thrillcat and the Pontoons (from New York City).

World Music

Museum of Our Natural Heritage

33 Marrett Rd., Lexington. Oct. 2, 3 p.m. Admission: $4. Information: 861-6559. Traditional and original folk music from England, Ireland, Scotland, and America, by Atwater-Donnelly.

Film

MIT Japan Program: Friday Night at the Flicks

77 Massachusetts Ave., Rm. 1-390. Requested donation: $1­2. Information: 253-2839. Sept. 30: In the Realm of Passion; 6:30 & 10:30 p.m. The Mistress (Wild Geese); 8:15 p.m.

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. 30­Oct. 1: Naked Killer (Clarence Leung, 1991); Fri. at 3, 5, 10 p.m., and Sat. at 3:30, 8, 10 p.m. Armour of God II: Operation Condor (Jackie Chan, 1991); Fri. at 7 p.m., Sat. at 1, 5:30 p.m. Directed by Stanley Kubrick. Oct. 2: The Killing (Stanley Kubrick, 1956); 3:20, 8 p.m. Paths of Glory (Kubrick, 1957); 5, 9:40 p.m. Killer's Kiss (Kubrick, 1955); 2, 6:40 p.m. Watching the Detectives. Oct. 3: The Blue Dahlia (George Marshall, 1946); 4, 8 p.m. Kiss Me Deadly (Robert Aldrich, 1955); 6, 9:50 p.m. The Fifty Greatest Cartoons. Oct. 4: Cartoon Program I: Ten of Top 12 (various directors); 4:15, 6, 7:30, 10 p.m. More Recent Raves. Oct. 5: Fiorile (Raolo and Vittorio Taviani, 1994); 7:45, 9:55 p.m. Reflections on German Cinema. Oct. 6: Nosferatu (F.W. Murnau, 1922); 4:15, 8 p.m. Nosferatu the Vampyr (Werner Herzog, 1975); 5:45, 9:30 p.m.

French Library and Cultural Center, Ciné Club

53 Marlborough St., Boston. Admission: $5, $4 for members. Information: 266-4351. All screenings are Fri.­Sat., 8 p.m., or Sun., 7 p.m. The Ciné Club presents a retrospective of the career of French actor Jean Gabin, lasting through December. Sept. 30­Oct. 1: La Grande Illusion (Jean Renoir, 1937)

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 Photographers. Oct. 1: 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 12:30 p.m. Opera on Film. Oct. 1: Prince Igor (Roman Tikhomirov, 1970); 3 p.m. The Legacy of Alan Clarke. Sept. 30: Diane (Alan Clarke, 1975); 5:30 p.m. Beloved Enemy (Clarke, 1980); 7 p.m. Psy-Warriors (Clarke, 1981), 8:30 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

"Chuckle Bucket"

Leland Center, Boston Center for the Arts, 539 Tremont St., Boston. Through Oct. 9: Thu. & Sun., 8 p.m.; Fri.­Sat., 8 & 10:30 p.m. Admission: $6, payable at the door. This comedy hodgepodge, put on by Laff Baskit Productions, is a multi-media performance, featuring sketches, video, and dance. Cast members haver performed with the local band Orangutang at the Middle East and Local 186 and plan to tour with the band to the West Coast after their run in Boston.

"The Philanderer"

The Lyric Stage, 140 Clarendon St., Copley Square, Boston. Sept. 30­Oct. 23: Wed.­Fri., 8 p.m.; Sat., 5 & 8:30 p.m.; Sun., 2 p.m.; two Thu. matinees, Oct. 13 & 20, 2 p.m. Admission: $17­26; senior/student/group discounts available. Information: 437-7172. George Bernard Shaw's comedy of advanced ideas conflicting with old-fashioned love, depicting the actions of the title character caught in a romantic triangle.

"It Doesn't Get Any Stiffler Than This"

Back Alley Theatre, 1253 Cambridge St., Inman Square, Cambridge. Oct. 2, 7 p.m. Admission: $8, $5 for students/seniors. Information: 576-1119. Improvisational comedian Scott Stiffler performs his new one-man show, a hodgepodge of character monologues, music, stand-up, and improv. He touches on subjects like his own tortured childhood ("A Walk Through My Neighborhood, circa 1976") and his entanglement in popular culture.

"Six Characters in Search of an Author"

Brandeis University, Spingold Theater, Waltham. Oct. 4­16: All shows through Oct. 8, 8 p.m. Admission: $7­11. Information: 736-3400. Luigi Pirandello's influential masterpiece of modern theater, in which the edges of reality and illusion blur when a troupe of actors encounters a wandering group of fictional characters.

"Ivy Day in the Committee Room"

The Black Rose Restaurant & Pub, Private Room, 160 State St. (next to Faneuil Hall), Boston. Oct. 5, 8 p.m. Admission: $12, general; $10 students/seniors. A play which depicts a world of lost dreams and identity in the struggle to regain the pride of Irish nationalism under the shadow of England in 1904; adapted from the James Joyce short story by Mary Manning. This is a staged reading of the play.

"The Lisbon Traviata"

Paramount Penthouse, 58 Berkeley St., Boston. Oct. 5­29: Wed.­Sat., 8 p.m.; Sun. matinees, Oct. 16 & 23, 3 p.m. Admission: $15; $10 for students; $25 for gala opening night on Oct. 8, which includes a champagne reception after the performance. Information: 426-3550. Terrence McNally's "midnight-dark comedy," in which musical highlights infuse a dramatic portrait of passion and jealousy.

"Twelfth Night"

Boston Center for the Arts Theatre, 539 Tremont St., Boston. Oct. 6­23: Thu.­Sat., 8 p.m.; Sun., 7 p.m. Admission: $18.25 on Sat.; $15.25 all other days. Information: 695-0659. The Coyote Theatre presents a story based on the play by Shakespeare, but newly conceived by writers Rob Hanning and Randy Weiner as a "new, hip-hop, rap musical." The show combines the best of today's popular culture - rap to rave, garage to grunge - with the Bard's celebration of first love.

Ongoing Theater

"The Opposite Sex is Neither"

Boston Center for the Arts, 539 Tremont St., Boston. Sept. 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.

"Downtown"

Boston Center for the Arts Theater, 541 Tremont St., Boston. Sept. 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: Fri.­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.; matinees Sat. & Sun., 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.

"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 about 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.

"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.

Dance

Dance Umbrella

Emerson Majestic Theatre, 219 Tremont St., Boston. Sept. 30­Oct. 1, 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.

Museum of Fine Arts

Remis Auditorium, 465 Huntington Ave., Boston. Oct.5­6, 8 p.m. Admission: $18, general; $15 for MFA members/students/seniors. Information: 267-9300 x306. Black Umfolosi, an eight-man group from Zimbabwe, performs traditional Zulu war dances and haunting a-cappella imbube songs. Shimmering harmonies of the ceremonial songs and hymns contrast with the sheer energy of the dances.

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.

The Comedy Project

Hong Kong Restaurant, Third Floor, 1236 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge. Ongoing: Fri.­Sat., 9 p.m. Admission: $10. Information: 247-1110. "The Big-Time Comedy Project Show"; dinner and dancing available.

Poetry and Prose

MIT Artists-Behind-the-Desk Series

Killian Hall, 160 Memorial Dr. Detailed below in the Museums section. All performances start at noon. Information: 253-2826. Oct. 3: Eve Diana, reading Eve, You're Not as Much Fun as You Used to Be. Oct. 7: Bruce Dale, playwright, reading his comedy The Goodbye Observatory.

Grolier Poetry Reading Series

Adams House, Entry C, 26 Plympton St., Harvard Square, Cambridge. Oct. 4, 7:30 p.m. Donations requested. Information: 547-4648. Forrest Gander and C.D. Wright will read from their most recent works, Deeds of Utmost Kindness and Just Whistle, respectively. The edit the literary book press, Lost Roads Publishers. A recipient of a three-year fellowship for writers from the Lila Wallace-Reader's Digest Foundation, Wright teaches at Brown University.

MIT Poetry Series

Bartos Theater, 20 Ames St., Bldg. E15. Oct. 6, 7:30 p.m. Featured speaker: Colette Inez. Sponsored by the MIT Program in Writing and Humanistic Studies and the Literature Section.

Lectures

Boston Film/Video Foundation: Directors' Master Classes

1126 Boylston St., Boston. Admission: $65, $45 for BF/VF members. Information and registration: 536-1540. Oct. 1, 12 noon­5 p.m.: Lodge Kerrigan, Writer-Producer-Director of Clean, Shaven (voted "Best Film" at the 1994 Sundance Festival). Oct. 8, time TBA: Michael Lehmann, Writer-Director of Heathers. Heathers will be screened at the Coolidge Corner Theatre, 290 Harvard St., Brookline on Oct. 7, 7:30 p.m., to be followed by a "Meet the Director" reception afterward (Admission: screening only - $10, $8 for BFVF members; screening and reception - $22, $18 for BF/VF members.

MIT Architecture Series

77 Massachusetts Ave., Rm. 10-250. Oct. 4, 6:30 p.m. Information: 253-7791. "Maulnes: The Aquatic Architecture of a Sixteenth-Century Hunting Resort in Burgundy," by Jan Pieper, University of Aachen, Germany.

Ford Hall Forum

Old South Meeting House, 310 Washington St., Boston. Oct. 6, 7 p.m. Infomation: 373-5800. Former Harvard Law School Professor Derrick Bell discusses his new book Confronting Authority that looks at the issues which led to his leaving Harvards and at the act of protesting itself.

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.

MIT Presents: Artists Behind the Desk

Concerts and readings held at Killian Hall, 160 Memorial Dr. Oct. 4­Nov. 4: Mon.­Wed. & Fri., 12 noon­1 p.m. Exhibition held at the Compton Gallery, 77 Massachusetts Ave., Building 10. Oct. 4­Nov. 4: Mon.­Fri., 9 a.m.­5 p.m.; Sat., 12 noon­4 p.m. Opening gallery reception held Oct. 4, 5­7 p.m. A juried arts exhibition featuring the work of 22 MIT Support Staff members. The show will include media ranging from oil paintings to sculptures to quilts. In conjuction with the exhibition, concerts and staged readings will be held in Killian Hall during the month of October. The series, dedicated to the memory of former Vice President Constantine B. Simonides '57, aims to heighten the awareness of the MIT community to the talents of the support staff at MIT.

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. Special Event. The Fifth Harvard Cup Human vs. Computer Intel Chess Challenge: Oct. 1­2, 10 a.m.­5:30 p.m.

"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. Through Nov. 27.

"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.

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. Oct. 4­29: "Dancing Woman," collage and photography by M.I. Cake; Sculpture by Mary Mead; and "Ordinary Places," paintings by George Hancin. Receptions for last three events held Oct. 15, 4­6 p.m.

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."

Stebbins Gallery

Zero Church St., Harvard Square, Cambridge. Hours: Sat. 11 a.m.­5 p.m.; Sun., 12 noon­4 p.m. Oct. 1­16: "Symbols of Power," by Rev. Herbert F. Vetter.

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.

Newton Free Library Gallery

330 Homer St., Newton. Information and gallery hours: 552-7145. Oct. 4­30: "Faces," paintings by Miriam Ruchames; and "A Falcon, a Storm, or a Great Song," prints, drawings, and watercolors by Eleanor Rubin (opening reception held Oct. 6, 7:30 p.m.).

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.

"The Taste for Luxury: English Furniture, Silver, and Ceramics 1690-1790." This exhibition explores the influences of stylistic developments in the decorative arts throughout the eighteenth century and examines stylistic parallels among the different mediums. Masterpieces of English silver and soft-paste porcelain and pieces of English furniture will illustrate the artistic currents of this period. Through July 25, 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.

"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

Fourth Annual Ig Nobel Prize Ceremony

Kresge Auditorium, 84 Massachusetts Ave. Oct. 6, 7:30 p.m. Admission: $2, may be purchased in advance at the MIT Museum Shop in the Student Center. Information: 253-4444. A spoof on the Nobel Prize, sponsored by theMIT Museum and the Journal of Irreproducible Results, the Ig Nobel recognizes men and women whose achievements "cannot or should not be reproduced." This send-up of science, cermony, and society features a cast of hundreds, including the bona fide Nobel laureates, scientists, inventors, students, celebrities, politicians, human spotlights, a chorus of hecklers, and Ignitary Delegations.