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Classical Music

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. 14: Ronni Schwartz, piano; works of Beethoven, Schumann, and Albeniz. Oct. 17: Jean King, composer of Song for a Name; performed by Susan Minor, piano. Oct. 18: Marshall Hughes, tenor; works of Beethoven, Schumann, and Gershwin - with Ellen Polansky, piano, and Perry Wagner, piano.

MIT Symphony Orchestra

Kresge Auditorium, 84 Mass. Ave. October 15, 8:30 p.m. Admission: $3 at the door. Information: 253-2826. David Epstein, conductor. Program: Walton, Viola Concerto (with John Ito '93, soloist), and Beethoven, Symphony No. 6, "Pastorale."

BSO Supper Talk/Concert Series

Symphony Hall, 301 Massachusetts Ave., Boston. Oct. 13 & 18, 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. Supper precedes talks, which generally take place during the final course of the meal. Oct. 13: Marylou Speaker Churchill, BSO Principal Second Violin. Oct. 18: Brian Bell, Producer of the BSO Friday-afternoon WGBH-FM Broadcasts.

Boston Symphony Orchestra

Symphony Hall, 301 Massachusetts Ave., Boston. Oct. 14­15 & 18, 8 p.m. Admission: $21­59. Information: 266-1492. BSO Music Director Seiji Ozawa leads the orchestra in two different programs. In the first, the orchestra performs 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. The second program features pianist Ursula Oppens, who will perform a solo on Mozart's Piano Concerto No. 14, on a program with Brahms's Symphony No. 4 and the Boston premiere of Japanese composer Toru Takemitsu's "Tree Line."

Federal Reserve Bank of Boston

Bank Auditorium, 600 Atlantic Ave., Boston (across from South Station). All performances start at 12:30 p.m. Information: 973-3453. Oct. 14: New England Conservatory Big Band, performing new and traditional jazz works. Oct. 20: Longy School of Music's Arden String Quartet will present an all-Schubert program.

All Newton Music School

321 Chestnut St., West Newton. Oct. 15, 8 p.m. Admission: $25. Information: 527-4553. The Boston Composers String Quartet give a performance for the benefit of the BCSQ. The audience may explore diverse musical styles and the vintage wines that are presented.

Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum

280 The Fenway, Boston. All performances begin at 1:30 p.m. Admission (in addition to museum admission, see Museums below): $4, general; $2, members/ seniors/students. Information: 566-1401. Oct. 15: Young Artists Showcase - Jeanine Bowman, mezzo-soprano. Oct. 16: Sunday Concert Series - Musicians from Marlboro.

Longy School of Music

Edward Pickman Concert Hall, 27 Garden St., Cambridge. All performances begin at 8 p.m. Admission (except where noted): $10, general; $5, students/seniors. Information: 876-0956 (except where noted). Oct. 16: Soprano Chloe Owen offers an evenings of reminiscences, masterclass, and a short recital of her favorite song repertoire selections. Oct. 17: Pianist Alexandra Eames performs the music of Schubert and Schumann (call 212/831-6863). Oct. 18: Longy's Guest Artist Series presents the Cadek Trio: Bruce Murray, piano; J. Ratrick Rafferty, violin; Carlto McCreery, cello. Program: Beethoven, Piano Trio in G Major, Op. 1, No. 2; Goosen, Piano Trio (1971); Smetana, Trio in G Minor, Op. 15 (suggested donation: $5).

Boston Conservatory

Seully Hall, 8 The Fenway, Boston. Both performances are at 8 p.m. Free admission. Information: 536-6340. Oct. 14­15: Popular opera scenes featuring Conservatory singers; Cecelia Schieve and Patricia Weinmann, directors. Oct. 17: The Boston Conservatory Orchestra; Ronald Feldman, director. Program: Stravinsky, Circus Polka; Vaughan-Williams, Fantasia on a Theme of Thomas Tallis; Mendelssohn, Scotch Symphony.

Boston Conservatory Master Class

Seully Hall, 8 The Fenway, Boston. Oct. 16, 2­5 p.m. Sponsored by the Greater Boston Flute Association (GBFA). Admission: $10; free for Conservatory students and GBFA members. Lecturer: flutist Samuel Baron.

Piano Recital

New England Conservatory, Jordan Hall, Boston. Oct. 16, 3 p.m. Admission: $12­22, general; $7, students (at the door). Information: 536-2412. The Van Cliburn Foundation and the Hamazkayin Armenian Educational and Cultural Society of Boston jointly present international prize-winning pianist Armen Babakhanian. Program: Haydn, Sonata in B minor, Hob. XVI/32; Franck, Prelude, Chorale & Fugue; Babajanian, Six Pictures for a Piano; Gould, Ghost Waltzes (Boston premiere); Mussorgsky, Pictures at an Exhibition.

Boston University School for the Arts

SFA Concert Hall, 855 Commonwealth Ave., Boston. Oct. 18, 6 p.m. Free admission. Information: 353-3349. Program: Ein Liederabend.

Boston University School for the Arts

Tsai Performance Center, 685 Commonwealth Ave., Boston. Oct. 19, 8 p.m. Free admission. Information: 353-3349. SFA Faculty Concert: Bayla Keyes, violin, and Maria Clodes Jaguaribe, piano. Program: Beethoven, Sonatas for Piano and Violin: Op. 24 in F Major; Op. 30, No. 1 in A Major; Op. 30, No. 2 in C Minor.

MIT Chapel Concert Series

MIT Chapel, 77 Massachusetts Ave. Oct. 20, 12 noon. Information: 253-2906. The Cambridge Quartet: Elizabeth Abbate, violin; Barbara Englesberg, violin; Kenneth Stalberg, viola; Lynn Nowels, cello. Program: Beethoven's String Quartet in B Major, Op. 130, and Grosse's Fuge, Op. 133.

Tufts University, Department of Music

20 Professors Row, Tufts University, Medford. Oct. 20, 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. 20, 8 p.m. Free admission. Information: 627-3564. Tufts University Wind Ensemble; directed by John McCann.

Boston University School for the Arts

SFA Marshall Room, 855 Commonwealth Ave., Boston. Oct. 20, 8 p.m. Free admission. Information: 353-3349. SFA Faculty Concert: John Daverio, violin. Program: Arvo Pärt, Fratres; Andy Vores, Violin Sonata "Emma Lee"; Ernest Bloch, Nigun; Lou Harrison, Grand Duo for violin and piano; and a new work by Chris Culpo.

Jazz

MIT Family Weekend Concert

Kresge Auditorium, 84 Massachusetts Ave. Oct. 14, 7 p.m. Free admission. Information: 253-2826. MIT Concert Band, MIT Brass Ensemble, and MIT Festival Jazz Ensemble. Directors: John Corley, Lawrence Isaacson, and James O'Dell.

Bank of Boston Celebrity Series

Symphony Hall, 301 Massachusetts Ave., Boston. Oct. 16, 8 p.m. Admission: $20­36. Information (tickets): CelebrityCharge at 482-6661, or Symphony Charge at 266-1200. The legendary Newport Jazz Festival troupe is on tour and has come to Boston. The program will include music from three great periods - New Orleans Jazz, Swing, and Bebop.

Wellesley College Fall Improvisation Fest

Jewett Auditorium, Wellesley. Oct. 16, 8 p.m. Free admission. Information: 283-2028. Latin Jazz with the Danilo Perez Quartet.

Popular Music

Kendall Cafe

233 Cardinal Medieros Way, Cambridge. Admission: varies, see below. Information: 661-0993. Each week's will feature local and national artists including contemporary singer-songwriters, unplugged rock acts, blues and traditional folk.

Oct. 14: Harvey Reld, Caryne Lynne opening. 8 p.m., $6.

Oct. 15: INTERNET QUARTET, Don White, Jabbering Trout, Jamie Notar Thomas, Hamellon Trial. 7:30 & 10 p.m., $7.

Oct. 17: Kendall Jazz with Mitch Seldman Trio. 7:30 p.m., free.

Oct. 19: OPEN MIKE (featuring Barb Martin), sign-up starts 7:30 p.m. Voluntary "pass the hat" contribution.

Oct. 20: Freddie White. 8 p.m., $5.

Museum of Our National Heritage

33 Marrett Rd., Lexington. Oct. 16, 3 p.m. Admission: $4. Information: 861-6559. "Let's Make Believe"; vocal trio Ayriel presents songs of the Cocktail Era by Gershwin, Porter, and Kern.

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. 14: Groovasaurus, Talking to Animals, Tracy Bonham [Upstairs, 19+, $7]; Luscious Jackson, Ben Harper, Grind [Downstairs, 19+, $7­8]; Hung Out to Dry [Bakery].

Oct. 15: Thinking Feller's Union Local 282 (two 45-min. sets), Sexpod (fr. NY), The Lune [Up, 19+, $7]; The Selecter, The Fenwicks, Allstonians, Mephiskapheles [Down, 18+, $8­9]; Chris Trapper, Universal You [Bakery].

Oct. 16: Off The Wall films [Up, 6:45­9:15 p.m, $5]; Lungfish, Meaghan McLaughlin, This Is Not Here [Up, 6:30 p.m., 19+, $7]; Door, Benefit for Local Documentary, nine bands - Kustomized, Tulips, Bratface, AC, Cheesecake, Dog, Shiva, Speedway, Bald Guys, Speed Queen [Down, 19+, $6]; The Exi's [Bakery].

Oct. 17: David Gray, Charlie Chesterman [Up, 19+, $5]; Out Loud Theater Presents - Mavis [Down, 7:30 p.m., $5]; WMFO Unplugged with Mikey Dee [Bakery].

Oct. 18: Kicking Giant, Built to Spill, Milkmoney, Jesus Christ Superfly [Up, 19+, $7]; Jawbox, Brainiac, Jerkwater [Down, 19+, $7]; The Armadillos [Bakery].

Oct. 19: Gamelon Presents - Jiggle the Handle, Yep, Snooze Button, Ominous Seapods [Up, 19+, $4]; Cows [Down, 19+, $7]; Belly Dancing, Nazeera, Juliette & Mimi [Bakery].

Oct. 20: Moxy Fruvous, Matt Keating Band, Tongue Lash [Up, 19+, $6]; Samiam, The Toadies, Forty [Down, 19+, $7]; Alan Packowski, Buck N' Doe [Bakery].

World Music

Jamaica Plain Firehouse Multicultural Art Center

659 Centre St., Jamaica Plain. Oct. 14, 8­10 p.m. Admission: $5. Information: 524-3816. The Firehouse Cafe, open Friday nights, features an eclectic mix of music, words, art, and performance. This week, Dave Gilden's Cora Connection presents a night of Contemporary World-Music Fusion and a slide show about his recent trips to West Africa.

Mobius Artists Group: Outsider Music

354 Congress St., Boston (near South Station). Oct. 14­15, 8:30 p.m. Admission: $10, general; $8, students/seniors. Information: 542-7416. The musicians: Tom Plsek, trombone; Jon Damian, guitar and Rubbertellie; Mark Harvey, trumpet; and John Voight, bass. The performance will include solo pieces and ensemble music produced by the quartet, focusing on experimental music techniques.

Film

MIT Japanese Friday Night at the Flicks.

77 Massachusetts Ave., Rm. 1-390. Requested Donation: $1­2. Information: 253-2839. Oct. 14: Black Rain (Shohei Imamura, 1988); 6:30 p.m. The Seven Samurai (Akira Kurosawa, 1950); 8:45 p.m.

MIT French Film Festival

77 Massachusetts Ave., Rm. 54-100. Free admission. Information: MIT Foreign Languages & Literatures Program; 253-4711. An apéritif is offered by the French Cultural Services on Oct. 14 at 6:30 p.m. Oct. 14: Le Ciel de Paris (Michel Béna, 1992); 7 p.m. Et Dieu Crea la Femme (And God Created Woman, Roger Vadim, 1956); 9 p.m. Oct. 15: La Princesse de Cleves (Jean Delannoy, 1961); 7 p.m. Oct. 20: Le Lieu du Crime (Site of the Crime, André Téchiné, 1986); 7 p.m. Program continues through Oct. 22.

MIT Women's Studies Program

77 Massachusetts Ave., Rm. 66-110. Oct. 20, 6 p.m. Information: 253-8844. The Women's Film Series will hold a screening for The Joy Luck Club (1993); snacks and discussion will follow the film.

Coolidge Corner Theatre

290 Harvard St., Brookline. Admission: Call for details. Information: 734-2501.

Oct. 14: Saturday Night Fever (John Badham, 1977) begins its run at the Coolidge as part of a John Travolta tribute, which acknowledges his career revival with the current release of Pulp Fiction (Quentin Tarantino, 1994). Call for showtimes.

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. Oct. 14­15: Drunken Master II (Lau Kar-Leung, 1994); 3:40, 7:55, 10 p.m. Drunken Master (Yuen Wu-Ping, 1978); 1:30 (Sat. only), 5:45 p.m. First Annual Rain Forest Film Festival. Oct. 16: Listen, Caracas (Carlos Azpurua, 1979), Tong Tana: A Journey into the Heart of the Borneo Rain Forest (1990), and Anima Mundi (Godfrey Reggio, 1991); begins at 1 p.m. Fitzcarraldo (Werner Herzog, 1982); 5:15, 8:15 p.m. Watching the Detectives. Oct. 17: Father Brown (Robert Hamer, 1954); 4:15, 7:30 p.m. Meet Nero Wolfe (Herbert Biberman, 1936); 6, 9:15 p.m. The Fifty Greatest Cartoons. Oct. 18: Cartoon Program III (various artists); 7:45, 9:30 p.m. More Recent Raves. Reflections on German Cinema. Oct. 19: Wittgenstein (Derek Jarman, 1993); 8, 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. Oct. 14­16: Quai des Brumes (Port of Shadows, Marcel Carné, 1938).

Harvard-Epworth Film Series

Harvard-Epworth United Methodist Church, 1555 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge. All screenings are at 8 p.m. Information: 354-0837. Oct. 16: The Nut (1921), starring Douglas Fairbanks and Marguerite de la Motte. The film will be accompanied by Rob Humphreville at the piano.

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. 15: Berernice Abbott: A View of the 20th Century (Kay Weaver and Martha Wheelock, 1992) and Atget (narrated by Berenice Abbott, 1967); begins at 1 p.m. (also showing on Oct. 20 at 5 p.m.). The Legacy of Alan Clarke. Oct. 14: Road (Alan Clarke, 1987); 5:15 p.m. Rita, Sue, and Bob Too (Clarke, 1987); 6:30 p.m. Festival of Films from Iran. Oct. 14: From Karkeh to Rhein (Ebrahim Hatamikia, 1993); 8:15 p.m. Oct. 15: What Else is New? (Tahmineh Milani, 1993); 3 p.m. Homage to French Animated Film. Oct. 15: Tale of the Fox and Scarecrow (Vladyslav Starevicz, 1931 and 1926); 11 a.m. Oct. 20: War and Peace: Satire and Great Causes (various artists, 1967); 8:30 p.m.

Theater Openings

"Intoxicating Š an eco-cabaret"

Through Oct. 22 at the Cambridge Multicultural Arts Center, 41 Second St., Cambridge, and Oct. 26­29 at the Arlington Center for the Arts: Wed.­Sat., 8 p.m. Admission: $17, general (day-of-show); $15 general (advance); $8, students/seniors. Information: 643-6916. The Underground Railway Theater presents this original satiric comedy about environmental justice and the foibles of modern society.

"The Gospel Truth"

Strand Theater, 543 Columbia Rd., Dorchester. Oct. 14­16: Fri.­Sat., 8 p.m.; Sat.­Sun., 3:30 p.m.; Sun., 7:30 p.m. Admission: $19.50­22.50. Information: 282-8000. This uplifting Gospel musical tells the story of a father and son, both ministers, whose philosophical differences create a rift between them. It showcases a Motown-inspired score with some high-energy gospel numbers.

"Bare Essentials"

Dance Complex, 536 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge. Oct. 14­Nov. 13: Fri.­Sun., 8 p.m. Admission: $15; group/ student/senior discounts available. Information: 497-7070. Actress-comedian-dancer Daena Giardella returns to Boston in her one-woman show which offers a comic and provocative look at the challenge of being human.

"The God of Isaac"

Spingold Theater, Brandeis University, Waltham. Oct. 18­30: all shows (through Oct. 22) at 8 p.m. Admission: $7­11. Information: 736-3400. The widely-acclaimed comic and big-hearted tale of a young man's struggle with his Jewish identity.

"Grand Hotel"

Boston Conservatory Theater, 31 Hemenway St., Boston. Oct. 20­23: Thu.­Sat., 8 p.m.; Sat.­Sun., 2 p.m.; Sun. 7 p.m. Admission: $15, general; $10, students/seniors. Information: 536-6340. The popular musical melodrama (book by Luther Davis, songs by Robert Wright and George Forrest), directed by Paul Daigneault.

Ongoing Theater

"Mort Sahl's America"

Cambridge Theatre Company, Hasty Pudding Theater, 12 Holyoke St., Harvard Square, Cambridge. Through Oct. 16: 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: Fri.­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 Philanderer"

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.

"Twelfth Night"

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.

"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

Boston Dance Company

Cambridge Rindge & Latin Auditorium, between Broadway and Cambridge Sts., Harvard Square. Oct. 14­16: Fri.­Sat., 8 p.m.; Sun., 2 p.m. Admission: $10, general; $6, students/seniors. Information: 436-6369. "Dance Visionaries of the 20th Century," starring Edra Toth and Stephanie Moy, and featuring Tzy Chiahn Dai, a soloist with the New England Conservatory Chamber String Orchestra. Works by Ruth St. Denis, Isadora Duncan, George Balanchine, plus additional choreography by Beth Soll and James Reardon, will be performed.

Boston Ballet

Wang Center for the Performing Arts, 270 Tremont St., Boston. Through Oct. 30: 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, idealized as the pinnacle of the Romantic Ballet Era, first performed in 1841.

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. Featured in October: Mike Bent, appearing in his first one-man show, "Halloween Hijinks."

Poetry and Prose

Grolier Poetry Reading Series

Adams House, Entry C, 26 Plympton St., Harvard Square, Cambridge. Oct. 18, 7:30 p.m. Donations requested. Information: 547-4648. Kevin Bowen, Martín Espada, Cheryl Savageau, and Tino Villanueva will read from the Curbstone anthology, Poetry Like Bread: Poets of the Political Imagination.

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. 19: Clara Diebold reading The Mother Holds Us (fiction/poetry).

Lectures

John F. Kennedy Library Public Forum

JFK Library, Columbia Point, Boston. Free admission; reservations recommended, call 929-4571. Information: 929-4553 or 929-4554. Oct. 16, 1:30­3:30 p.m.: "The Volunteerism Imperative: Meeting the Challenge Locally and Internationally," an evaluation of the Peace Corps extension to American cities, known as "AmeriCorps." Oct. 18, 6­9 p.m.: "Harbor Visions: Bringing the City to the Sea," a look a the city-planning aspects of the cleaning of Boston Harbor.

Museum of Fine Arts

Remis Auditorium, 465 Huntington Ave., Boston. Oct. 16, 3 p.m. Free tickets required for admission and are available at the box office one hour before each program. Information: 267-9300 x300. "With Edward Weston in California: A Photographic Adventure." Charis Wilson will reminisce about her experiences as companion, journal writer, and record keeper to photographer Edward Weston during their two years of travel on a Guggenheim Fellowship from 1937 to 1939. The work produced during this adventure is seen in the exhibition, "Weston's Westons: California and the West," currently on view.

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.

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.

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. Through Nov. 4: Mon.­Wed. & Fri., 12 noon­1 p.m. Exhibition held at the Compton Gallery, 77 Massachusetts Ave., Building 10. Through Nov. 4: Mon.­Fri., 9 a.m.­5 p.m.; Sat., 12 noon­4 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.

"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. Through Dec. 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. Through Dec. 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. Through Dec. 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.

Rotch Library Visual Collections

77 Massachusetts Ave., Rm. 7-304. Opening reception: Oct. 18, 3:30­5 p.m. Information: 253-7098. Through Dec. 16: "Silent History: Images of Israel," by Emily Corbató, photographer.

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.

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. 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.

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.

Events

Boston Film/Video Foundation

1126 Boylston St., Boston. The BF/VF's fall semester of classes has begun. Oct. 15, Editing on the Avid Media Suite Pro and Sound Designer II; Oct. 16, SampleCell (editing techniques); Oct. 17, Acting (non-technical) and TV/Signal Waveform (technical) studies. 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.

Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus

Boston Garden, Boston. Through Oct. 23. 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.

The Heart of the Freedom Trail

Faneuil Hall, Boston. Oct. 18, 10 a.m. Tour cost: $6.75. Sponsored by the MIT Women's League. An hour-and-a-half walking tour with Boston by Foot covering some of Boston's oldest and newest landmarks. Meet in front of Faneuil Hall at the statue of Samuel Adams on Congress St. The tour will begin and end at Quincy Market, and will be held rain or shine, and participants will have lunch in the Market.

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.