On the Town
Sanders Theatre, Cambridge. Oct. 7, 8 p.m. Admission: $56. Information: 496-2263. The Harvard University Wind Ensemble and Band present a 75th anniversary concert, with guest conductors James Walker and Frank L. Battisti and tubist Sam Pilafian. The program includes the premiere of Alan Feinstein's Guide to the Band and music of Peter Mennin, Howard Hanson, and Leroy Anderson.
BSO Supper Concert Series
Symphony Hall, 301 Massachusetts Ave., Boston. Oct. 7 & 8, 6 p.m. Admission: $23, individual, or $22 each when purchased for a series of three or more. Information: 266-1492. The Boston Symphony Orchestra continues its series of pre-concert events throughout the season. Concerts are followed by a catered supper at 7 p.m.; supper precedes talks, which generally take place during the final course of the meal. Oct. 7: Supper Talk with Steven Ledbetter, BSO Musicologist and Program Annotator. Oct. 8: Chamber music to include Beethoven's String Quartet, Op. 74.
Boston Symphony Orchestra
Symphony Hall, 301 Massachusetts Ave., Boston. Oct. 78 and 1315, 8 p.m. Admission: $2159. Information: 266-1492. BSO Music Director Seiji Ozawa leads the orchestra in two different programs. The first (Oct. 78) 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. The second (Oct. 1315) performance is an all-Berlioz program, which includes the Boston premiere of the recently-discovered "Messe Solennelle," which was believed to have been destroyed by the composer himself but recently surfaced in an autographed manuscript which he gave to a friend.
Boston University School for the Arts
Tsai Performance Center, 685 Commonwealth Ave., Boston. Free admission. Information: 353-3349. Oct. 7, 8 p.m.: SFA Faculty Concert. Maria Clodes Jaguaribe, piano; program includes Chopin's 24 Preludes, Op. 28 and Schumann's Fantasia in C major, Op. 17. Oct. 11: Boston University Symphony Orchestra; David Hoose, conductor.
Emerson Majestic Theatre, 219 Tremont St., Boston. Oct. 8, 8 p.m. Admission: $16, general; discounts available for students/seniors. Information: 578-8727. The Modriaan String Quartet and composer/pianist Neely Bruce present new works commisioned from Bruce, Gerald Shapiro, and Dutch Composer Chiel Meyering.
Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum
280 The Fenway, Boston. Oct. 9, 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: Orion String Quartet.
Bank of Boston Celebrity Series
Symphony Hall, 301 Massachusetts Ave., Boston. Oct. 9, 3 p.m. Admission: $2036. Information: 266-1200. Dame Moura Lympany returns to Boston after her Symphony Hall recital debut two years ago at the age of 76. Her program includes Beethoven, Mozart, Brahms, Debussy, Rachmaninoff, and Liszt.
Longy School of Music
Edward Pickman Concert Hall, 27 Garden St., Cambridge. Free admission; ticket information available for third concert. Information: 876-0956. Oct. 10, 8 p.m.: Violinist Dianne Pettipaw, along with Joan Esch on cello and Guy Urban on piano, perform Ravel's Piano Trio in A Minor and Beethoven's Piano Trio in G Major, Op. 1 No. 2. Oct. 12, 8 p.m.: As part of Longy's cultural and musical exhange with the Konservatorium Zurich, Konservatorium students, while students at Longy, will present a concert of Schoeck, Bruch, Schostakovich, and Respighi. Oct. 13, time TBA: Maria Tagzes, soprano, and Geoffrey Burlsen, piano, present cabaret music by Schönberg, Marie Galante, Eisler, Britten, Debussy, and Poulenc.
Seully Hall, 8 The Fenway, Boston. Oct. 12, 8 p.m. Free admission. Information: 536-6340. Wind Ensemble and Chamber Winds, directed by James O'Dell: Gordon Jacob, Concerto for Band; Jack Stamp, Gavorkna Fanfare; Charles Gounod, Petite Symphonie; John Barnes Chance, Incantation and Dance.
Tufts University, Department of Music
20 Professors Row, Tufts University, Medford. Oct. 13, 4 p.m. Information: 627-3564. Coffee Break Recitals by students and faculty of the Tufts community, held every Thursday through December.
Alumnae Lounge, Tufts University, Medford. Oct. 13, 8 p.m. Free admission. Information: 627-3564. NME (New Music Ensemble); directed by John McDonald.
Boston University School for the Arts
SFA Concert Hall, 855 Commonwealth Ave., Boston. Oct. 13, 6 p.m. Free admission. Information: 353-3349. Student Recital: Collaborative Piano.
Fifteenth John Coltrane Memorial Concert/Celebration
Through Oct. 9. 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. 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.
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.
MIT Chapel Concert Series
Opposite 77 Massachusetts Ave. Oct. 13, 12 noon. Free admission. Information: 253-2906. Sonic Chase: Linda Chase, flute; Diane Heffner, clarinet; Kathy Halvorson, oboe; Beth Abbate, violin; Dough Freundlich, bass; Scott Free, guitar. Works by Grieg, Thelonious Monk, Mahler, and Fats Waller.
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.
Oct. 7: Godhead Silo, Cheesecake, Trenchmouth, Wreck, Juneau [Upstairs, 19+, $7]; CopShootCop, Soul Coughing, Bile, High Defiance [Downstairs, 19+, $7]; Cora Connection [Bakery].
Oct. 8: Smog, Small 23, Blonde Redhead, Betty Please, Fireproof Women [Up, 19+, $7]; Miranda Sex Garden, Sky Cries Mary, Gestalt, Transmission [Down, 19+, $78]; Eric T. Johnson Trio [Bakery].
Oct. 9: Blue Moon Poets [Up, Free, 24 p.m.]; Off the Wall Films [Up, $5, 6:459:15 p.m.]; 6L6 [Up, 9:30 p.m.]; Adult Children of Heterosexuals, The Drag King Sluts Goddesses Extravaganza [Down, 19+, $8]; Squad Car [Bakery].
Oct. 10: Out Loud Theater Presents - Mavis [Down, $5, 7:30 p.m.]; Alternative Acoustic Showcase [Bakery].
Oct. 11: Papas Fritas, Ditchcroaker (fr. NY), Pelons, Toddler [Up, 19+, $6]; T.B.A. [Bakery].
Oct. 12: Special Cheap Date Night - Mule, Twisted Roots, Throttle, Forty [Up, 19+, $6]; Judybats, Rob Rule (ex-Mary's Danish), Modern Farmer [Down, 19+, $78]; The Goddess Dancing [Bakery].
Oct. 13:Miles Dethmuffin, The Barnies CD Release Party for Dahlia Records, Rag Iron, Violet Crumbles [Up, 19+, $6]; Jazz Passengers (w/Deborah Harry), Willie Alexander [Down, 19+, $1516]; Laurie Geltman [Bakery].
Agbekor Drum and Dance Society
Ryles (upstairs), 212 Hampshire St., Cambridge. Oct. 7, 9 p.m. Admission: $10. Tickets and information: 876-9330. The acclaimed jazz and world-music ensemble Natraj performs with the Agbekor Drum and Dance Society, with special guest Godwin Agbeli. Agbeli is a leading performer and teacher of traditional West African music and dance; the other groups combine the elements of African music and dance with other cultures to create a free-form improvisational performance.
Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum
280 The Fenway, Boston. Oct. 8, 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: New World Guitar Trio.
MIT French Film Festival
77 Massachusetts Ave., Rm. 54-100. Free admission. Information: MIT Foreign Languages & Literatures Program; 253-4711. Oct. 13: Melo (Alain Resnais, 1986); 7 p.m. Program continues through Oct. 22.
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. Oct. 78: François Truffaut: Stolen Portraits (Serge Toubiana and Michel Pascal, 1993); 4, 8 p.m. Oct. 7: The 400 Blows (Francois Truffaut, 1959); 6, 9:50 p.m. Oct. 8: Jules and Jim (Truffaut, 1961); 2, 6, 9:50 p.m. Directed by Stanley Kubrick. Oct. 9: A Clockwork Orange (Stanley Kubrick, 1971); 2, 7 p.m. The Shining (Kubrick, 1980); 4:35, 9:30 p.m. Watching the Detectives. Oct. 10: The Long Goodbye (Robert Altman, 1973); 2:30, 7:15 p.m. Chinatown (Roman Polanski, 1974); 4:45, 9:25 p.m. The Fifty Greatest Cartoons. Oct. 11: Cartoon Program II (various directors); 7:45, 9:30 p.m. More Recent Raves. Oct. 12: Belle Epoque (Fernando Trueba, 1993); 3:30, 7:50 p.m. The Accompanist (Claude Miller, 1993); 5:40, 10 p.m. Reflections on German Cinema. Oct. 13: The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari (Robert Wiene, 1919); 4:30, 7:55 p.m. Aguirre: The Wrath of God (Werner Herzog, 1972); 6, 9:20 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. Oct. 79: La Bête Humaine (Jean Renoir, 1938).
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. 8: America and Lewis Hine (Nina Rosenblum, 1984) and Conversations with Roy DeCarava (Carroll Parrott, 1983); 12:30 p.m. - also showing Oct. 13 at 5 p.m. The Legacy of Alan Clarke. Oct. 7: Contact (Alan Clarke, 1985); 5:15 p.m. Made in Britain (Clarke, 1983); 6:30 p.m. Festival of Films from Iran. Oct. 7: Sara (Dariush Mehrjui, 1993); 8 p.m. Oct. 8: The Lodgers (Dariush Mehrjui, 1985); 2:15 p.m. Homage to French Animated Film. Oct. 13: Tale of the Fox and Scarecrow (Vladyslav Starevicz, 1930 and 1921); 8:30 p.m. - also showing Oct. 15 at 11 a.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.
"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.
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 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. Through Oct. 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. Through Oct. 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 Lyric Stage, 140 Clarendon St., Copley Square, Boston. Through Oct. 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.
"Six Characters in Search of an Author"
Brandeis University, Spingold Theater, Waltham. Through Oct. 16: Wed., Fri.Sat., 8 p.m.; Sun., 2 & 7 p.m. (Oct. 16, 2 p.m. only); Thu., 10 a.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.
Boston Center for the Arts Theatre, 539 Tremont St., Boston. Through Oct. 23: 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.
"The Lisbon Traviata"
Paramount Penthouse, 58 Berkeley St., Boston. Through Oct. 29: 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.
New Repertory Theatre, 54 Lincoln St. (close to Newton Highlands stop on the Riverside D' 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.
Wang Center for the Performing Arts, 270 Tremont St., Boston. Oct. 1330: times vary, call for details. Admission: $1262; student rush tickets available a half-hour before showtime for $12. Information: 695-6950. The company performs Giselle, a passionate story of tender love and cruel betrayal that has been idealized at the pinnacle of the Romantic Ballet Era, first performed in 1841.
John F. Kennedy Library Public Forum
University of Massachusetts, Boston Campus. Oct. 13, 5:307:15 p.m. Free admission; reservations recommended, call 929-4571. Information: 929-4553 or 929-4554. "Haiti and the American News Media," a forum that is part of a larger two-day conference, will address America's divided opinion over this nation's policy toward Haiti in view of our media-exaggerated view of coups and calamities in Caribbean countries.
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. Featured in October: Mike Bent, appearing in his first one-man show, "Halloween Hijinks."
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. 7: Bruce Dale, playwright; a reading of his comedy Goodbye Observatory. Oct. 12: Greta Ward, Manual Dexterity: Woman Words; a reading of her poetry and from Elizabeth Gunderson's novel Drinking a Molotov Cocktail.
Grolier Poetry Reading Series
Adams House, Entry C, 26 Plympton St., Harvard Square, Cambridge. Oct. 11, 7:30 p.m. Donations requested. Information: 547-4648. Carol Frost and Jennifer Johnson will read from their most recent work.
Human Rights Program
Harvard Law School, Pound Hall 335, 1563 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge. Oct. 11, 4:30 p.m. Information: 495-9362. "South Africa 's Transition to Democracy: The Unfinished Work," a lecture by the Edward A. Smith Visting Fellow, Gay McDougall, who is executive director of the International Human Rights Law Group.
MIT Program in Women's Studies
Sloan School, Room E51-218. Oct. 12, 4:30 p.m. Information: 253-8844. "Our Separate Ways: Journeys of Black and White Women in Corporate America," presented by Ella Bell of the MIT Sloan School and Stella Nkomo from the University of North Carolina.
Boston Public Library Author Series
Two different locations. (1) Boston Public Library, Copley Square, Boston. Oct. 12, 6 p.m. Information: 536-5400 x366. Pulitzer-Prize winning columnist Anna Quindlen will present a lecture, "From Fact to Fiction: A Writer's Journey," outlining her lifelong techniques in writing as a columnist. (2) Jamaica Plain Branch Library, 12 Sedgewick St., Jamaica Plain. Oct. 13, 7 p.m. Information: 524-2053. Barbara Neely of Jamaica Plain, author of Blanche on the Lam, will talk about her latest mystery novel, Blanche among the Talented Tenth, whose main character is one of the first black female sleuths to emerge from the mystery genre.
French Library and Cultural Center
53 Marlborough St., Boston. Oct. 12, 6:15 p.m. Free admission; reservations recommended. Information: 266-4351. Caroline Boyle-Turner, director of the newly-founded Pont-Aven School of Art, a summer art school in Brittany, will present a lecture (in English) highligting the talk with slides explaining how artists have found inspiration there for the past 130 years.
Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum
280 The Fenway, Boston. Oct. 9, 1:30 p.m. Admission (in addition to museum admission, see Museums below): $7, general; $5, members/seniors/students; reservations recommended. Information: 566-1401. Rita Mae Brown, author of such popular books as Rubyfruit Jungle, Six of One, and Dolley speaks in the "Eye of the Beholder," lecture series.
Fourth Annual Wasserman Forum on Contemporary Art
Bartos Theater (E15), 20 Ames St. Oct. 13, 7:30 p.m. Information: 253-2372. "Facture/Faction: Form and Discontent in Contemporary Art"; the Wasserman Forum has been endowed in memory of Max Wasserman '35, a founding member of the Council of Arts at MIT.
Cambridge Public Library, Central Square Branch, 45 Pearl St., Cambridge. Oct. 13, 7 p.m. Information: 349-6230. "Domestic Violence" tackles topics of household abuse and violence that threatens every community.
An Evening with Lily Tomlin and Jane Wagner
Kresge Auditorium, 84 Massachusetts Ave. Oct. 30, 8 p.m. Admission: $10, general; $3 for MIT community members. Tickets may be purchased in advance at the MIT Museum Shop in the MIT Student Center. Information: 258-8410. Comedienne Lily Tomlin and writer/director Jane Wagner, renowned for stage and screen collaborations including the award-winning play The Search for Signs of Intelligent Life in the Universe, will discuss aspects of their creative collaborations in response to representatives of MIT's Women's Studies and Theater Arts Programs.
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.
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. Through Nov. 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.
The following three exhibits have an opening reception Oct. 7, 57 p.m.:
"Critical Mass." This project commemorates the 50th anniversary of the detonation of the first atomic bomb by using as its theme the actual story of Edith Warner, whose small restaurant at Otawi Bridge in New Mexico became a meeting place for Manhattan Project scientists and local Navajo Indians. Photographer Meridel Rubenstein, videographers Woody and Steina Vasulka, and writer Ellen Zweig incorporate still photographs, video, sculpture, music, and performance to depict the exhibit's serious focus. Oct. 8Dec. 18.
"The Ghost in the Machine."The capabilities of digital image-making challenge our assumptions about photography's role in relation to issues of authenticity and reality, while also revealing how sophisticated new technologies allow artists unprecedented freedom in the creation and manipulation of photographic images. Artists in the exhibition employ conceptual art strategies while maintaining a focus on the human form and human condition in relation to identity and social order. Artists include Anthony Aziz and Sammy Cucher, Keith Cottingham, Yoshinoro Tsuda, Jeff Wall, Michael Weyon and Susan Gamble. Oct. 8Dec. 18.
"Roni Horn: Inner Geography." This exhibit comprises drawings and books based directly upon New York artist Roni Horn's experiences in Iceland's preglacial landscape through her frequent visits to that country. Horn incorporates crayon, watercolor, and graphite drawings with literature, photography, and typefaced Icelandic words in her body of work, all of which is on display. Oct. 8Dec. 18.
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. 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.
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. 29: "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.
Zero Church St., Harvard Square, Cambridge. Hours: Sat. 11 a.m.5 p.m.; Sun., 12 noon4 p.m. Through Oct. 16: "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.
Concord Art Association
37 Lexington Rd., Concord. Hours: Tue.Sat., 11 a.m.4:30 p.m.; Sun., 24:30 p.m.; closed Mondays. Information: 369-2578. Through Oct. 29: "Golden Afternoon," an exhibit of new and recent work.
Newton Free Library Gallery
330 Homer St., Newton. Information and gallery hours: 552-7145. Through Oct. 30: "Faces," paintings by Miriam Ruchames; and "A Falcon, a Storm, or a Great Song," prints, drawings, and watercolors by Eleanor Rubin.
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. 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.
Boston Film/Video Foundation
1126 Boylston St., Boston. The BF/VF's fall semester of classes has begun. Oct. 10, Screenwriting; Oct. 11, Basic Filmmaking; Oct. 12, Introduction to Off-Line; Oct. 15, Editing on the Avid Media Suite Pro and Sound Designer II; Oct. 16, SampleCell (editing techniques). Special event, Oct. 15: Motion Picture & Television Writing, with former Disney executive Joe Seldner. Seldner presents a practical result-oriented workshop about writing, developing ideas, and "pitching" them. For information about class times and registration, call 536-1540.
MIT Art Walk
Departs from List Visual Arts Center, 20 Ames St. Oct. 12, 12 noon. Free admission. Information: MIT Women's League, 253-3656. This informal tour of MIT's own "gallery" shows the artistic side of MIT and will also take a look at a new show at the List.
Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus
Boston Garden, Boston. Oct. 1223. Admission: call for details; special 2-for-1 discount passes for Oct. 14 (College Night) are available from WBCN-FM radio at 536-8000. The world-famous circus swings through Boston for a traditional mix of exotic animals, acrobats, and crowd-pleasing clown antics.
MIT Women's Chorale
Thursday evening rehearsals will be held in the Emma Rogers Room (10-340). Open to all women in the MIT/Harvard community; rehearsals are scheduled 7:4510 p.m., and new members are welcome through October 27. For more information, call Marilyn Dorsey at 497-8187.