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Classical Music

Longy School of Music

Edward Pickman Concert Hall, 27 Garden St., Cambridge. All events free unless otherwise noted. Information: 876-0956 x130. Oct. 21, 8 p.m. Pianist Luise Vosgerchian presents a solo recital featuring works by Shapero, Beethoven, Mendelssohn, and Schumann. Oct. 24, 10 a.m. Pianist Luise Vosgerchian presents a masterclass. Oct. 26, 7 p.m. Violin masterclass with concert master of the Chilean National Symphony, Alvaro Gomez, violinist. Oct. 27, 8 p.m. The Longy Chamber Orchestra, conducted by Sophia Vilker, will perform works by Nordgren, Arnold, Schnittke, and Mahler.

Bank of Boston Celebrity Series

Jordan Hall, New England Conservatory, Boston. Oct. 21, 8 p.m. Admission $27-$33. Information: 482-2595. The Beaux Arts Trio, a world-renowned chamber ensemble, will perform works by Mozart, Shostakovich, and Dvorak.

Symphony Hall, Boston

Oct. 23, 3 p.m. Admission $30-$40. After a 20-year absence, the Philadelphia Orchestra returns to Boston. Program includes works by Brahms, Strauss, and Schumann. Oct. 26, 8 p.m. Admission $10-$25. The Century Orchestra Osaka, Japan's newest orchestra, will make its debut in Boston performing works by Schoenberg, Bartók, and Dvorak.

All Newton Music School

321 Chestnut St., West Newton. Oct. 22, 9:30 a.m. Admission: $6. Information: 527-4553. "Historical Journey through Music of the String Quartet," this week featuring the baroque period.

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. 22: New England Conservatory Wind Ensemble. Oct. 23: Gardner Chamber Orchestra.

MIT Guest Artist Series

Kresge Auditorium, 84 Massachusetts Ave. Oct. 22, 8 p.m. Free admission. Information: 253-4523. The Brentano String Quartet, an emerging young ensemble in residence at New York University will perform works by Kurtag, Mozart, and Debussy.

The Boston Cecilia

Jordan Hall, New England Conservatory, Boston. Oct. 23, 3 p.m. Admission $10­$27; student/ senior group discounts available. Information: 232-4540. A program of cantatas, movements of which were later extracted and altered by Bach for use in the B Minor Mass.

Museum of Fine Arts

Remis Auditorium,465 Huntington Ave., Boston. Oct. 23, 3 p.m. Admission: $13­$17. Information: 369-3300. Daniel Stepner and Laura Jeppesen of the Boston Museum Trio, along with baritone David Ripley and organist Peter Sykes, present the music of Buxtehude, Bruhns, Biber, and Bach.

Boston University School for the Arts

Admission: Free. Information: 353-3349. Tsai Performance Center, 685 Commonwealth Ave., Boston. Oct. 24, 7:30 p.m. Prof. Lukas Foss presents a lecture entitled "A Twentieth Century Composer's Confessions About the Creative Process." Oct. 25, 8 p.m. Performance by Boston University Chamber Chorus. SFA Concert Hall, 855 Commonwealth Ave., Boston. Oct. 21, 12 noon. Empire Brass Performance Class in Room 167. Oct. 25, 8 p.m. Performance by Boston University Wind Ensemble. Oct. 27, 6:30 & 8 p.m. Guest Artist Sonia Maria Vierra, piano.

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. 25: Cindy Wooley, flute, performing works by Bolling, Hoover, Muczynski, and Feld; with Paul Hoffman, piano; Tony D'Amico, string bass; Walter Halvorsen, cello. Oct. 26: Julie-Marie Andersen, soprano, performing works by Handel, Fauré, Wolf, Offenbach, and Mechem; with Steven Finch, piano.

Wellesley College

Jewitt Auditorium, Wellesley College. Oct. 27, 12:30­1:30 p.m. Free admission. Information: 283-2028. Prof. Robert Levin of Harvard University presents a lecture demonstration called "Improvisation in the Classical Style."

The Boston Symphony Orchestra's Youth Concert Series

Symphony Hall, Boston. Oct. 26­27, 10 a.m. Information: 266-1492. Program highlights music inspired by famous paintings and includes works by Mussorgsky, Respighi, Wagner, Saint-Saens, and Bartók.

Federal Reserve Bank of Boston

Bank Auditorium, 600 Atlantic Ave., Boston (across from South Station). Oct. 27, 12:30 p.m. Information: 973-3453. Korean pianist Kyu-Hee Kim, a graduate student at the Boston Conservatory of Music, performs works by Debussy, Barber, and Chopin.

MIT Chapel Concert Series

MIT Chapel, 77 Massachusetts Ave. Oct. 27, noon. Information: 253-2906. Jean Dalton, soprano; Thomas Stumpf, organ/harpsichord; Dennis Alves, trumpet; John Bumpstead, cello. Program contains works by Bach and Handel.

Tufts University, Department of Music

20 Professors Row, Tufts University, Medford. Oct. 27, 4 p.m. Information: 627-3564. Coffee Break Recitals by students and faculty of the Tufts community, held every Thursday through December.

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. This week's performers: Jabbering Trout, Jamie Notar Thomas, Hamell On Trial, and Don White.

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. 21: Small Factory, IVY, Nana, Ukla, Wicked Swimming Dog (fr. Vancouver) [Upstairs, 19+, $7]; David Kilgour (fr. New Zealand & The Clean) [Downstairs]; Elixir, Ross Robinson [Bakery].

Oct. 22: Satumine 60, Flying Nuns, Envelope, Weeping in Fits and Starts [Up, 19+, $7]; Dog Faced Hermans, God is My Co-Pilot, Rhythm Activism, Turkish Delight, Dawson [Down, 19+, $7]; Great Atomic Power [Bakery].

Oct. 23: Off The Wall Films [Up, 6:45­9:15 p.m., $5]; Bug Juice CD Release Party, Garden Variety, Pork (fr. Austin, TX), Radio to Saturn [Up, 9:30 p.m., 19+, $6]; To be announced [Bakery].

Oct. 24: Kammerton, a evening of 18th-century coffee cantatas and chamber music [Down, $5]; Beck, Doo Rag [Down, 9:30 p.m., $8­10]; Union Label [Bakery].

Oct. 25: Penis Fly Trap Book Release Party, King Caesar, Underball, Gutwrench [Up, 19+, $6]; Dave Alvin (fr. The Blasters), Swinging Steaks, Trucker [Down, 19+, $9­10]; Agona Hardison [Bakery].

Oct. 26: Die 116, La Gritona, God Mammas, Gin Mill (fr. NYC) [Up, 19+, $6]; To be announced [Down/Bakery].

Oct. 27: Rent Control Benefit [Up, Down, and Bakery].

U.S. Air Force Band of the Rockies

Boston University's Air Force ROTC hosts two concerts: Oct. 25, 7:30 p.m. at George Sherman Union, 775 Commonwealth Ave., Boston; and Oct. 26, 7:30 p.m. at Sanders Theatre, Quincy and Kirkland Streets, Cambridge. Free admission. Information: 353-4705. Performances feature favorite selections from stage and screen, the Big Bands, and John Philip Sousa.


Aardvark Jazz Orchestra

Harvard Epworth Methodist Church, 1555 Mass Ave., Cambridge. Oct. 22, 8 p.m. Admission: $8. Information:253-8778. A performance of improvised music that draws on influences from free jazz, contemporary New Music, world music, and others. The evening will also feature "Music and Texts" by Craig Ellis, Peter Bloom, and Jay Keyser, poet-musicians.

The Mall At Chestnut Hill

Route 9 at Hammond Pond Parkway, Chestnut Hill. Live Jazz during weekends in October, 2­4 p.m. Oct. 22: Totem Pole bandleader pianist Bob Bachelder, featuring Nancy Carr. Oct. 23: Pianist Jimmy Neil, with Al Henderson, bass and James Wilcher, drums.

Wellesley College

Jewitt Auditorium, Wellesley College. Oct. 23, 8 p.m. Free admission. Information: 283-2028. Valerie Capers, jazz piano; John Robinson, bass; Earl Williams, drums.

World Music

Jamaica Plain Firehouse Multicultural Art Center

659 Centre St., Jamaica Plain. Oct. 21, 8­10 p.m. Admission: $8. Information: 524-3816. The Firehouse Cafe, open Friday nights, features an eclectic mix of music, words, art, and performance. This week, guitarist Joe Morris celebrates his new Soulnote release, Symbolic Gesture. His trio features Nate McBride on acoustic bass and Curt Newton on drums. Also, a "Bagels 'n Bop" performance will be held Oct. 23, 11 a.m.­2 p.m.: Eric Johnson Trio, with Bob Nieske on bass, will perform.

MIT Brazilian Students Association

Dupont Gymnasium, 77 Massachusetts Ave. Oct. 22, 9:30 p.m. Admission: $22, general; $12, students (limited number of student tickets). Tickets and information: call Rodrigo Galvao, 225-7274. The event features Paralamas Do Sucesso, one of the biggest bands in Brazil, mixing tropical rhythms with rock. Songs performed in Spanish as well as Portugeuse.


MIT French Film Festival

77 Massachusetts Ave., Rm. 54-100. Free admission. Information: MIT Foreign Languages & Literatures Program; 253-4711. Oct. 21: Kung Fu Master (Agnès Varda, 1988), 7 p.m.; La Peau Douce (François Truffaut, 1964), 9 p.m. Oct. 22: Gueule d'Amour (Jean Grémillon, 1937), 7 p.m.

Somerville Theater, Benefit Showing

55 Davis Square, Somerville. Oct. 23, 7 p.m., and Oct. 24, 9 p.m. Admission: $5. Information: 623-9334. Terra Firma Community Support Clubhouse is sponsoring a showing of Titicut Follies, a documentary of the pre-reform mental health institution Bridgewater State Hospital. All proceeds will go to Terra Firma and its mental healthcare programs.

Gay and Lesbian Film Studies at MIT

77 Massachusetts Ave., Rm. 6-120. Oct. 26, 7:30 p.m. Free admission. Information: 253-3599. Seen Anything Good Lately? (produced by Peter Lund, Lara Mac, and Tom diMaria, 1994): A specially-edited compilation of sitcoms, dramas, news and talk shows from last year's TV season shows how lesbian, gay, and bisexual representation is expanded. Intro and discussion by MIT professors Henry Jenkins and Tara McPherson.

Comedy Central Presents "Fresh Cheese"

77 Massachusetts Ave., Rm. 10-250. Oct. 27, 8 p.m. Free admission with college ID. The comedy-oriented cable channel, already well known for its spoofs of bad science-fiction films of the 1950s and '60s with "Mystery Science Theater 3000." The film Zombie Nightmare (1986), a largely-forgotten Hollywood bomb starring Adam West (TV's Batman) and Tia Carrere (Wayne's World and True Lies). "Fresh Cheese" t-shirts will be distributed at the screening.

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. 21­22: Anchoress (Chris Newby, 1993); 3:30, 5:40, 7:50, 10 p.m. Directed by Stanley Kubrick. Oct. 23: Full Metal Jacket (Stanley Kubrick, 1987); 4:40, 9:50 p.m. Apocalypse Now (Francis Ford Coppola, 1979); 1:45, 7 p.m. Watching the Detectives. Oct. 24: Dangerous Female (Roy del Ruth, 1931); 5:15, 8:15 p.m. The Kennel Murder Case (Michael Curtiz, 1933); 3:45, 6:45, 9:45 p.m. The Fifty Greatest Cartoons. Oct. 25: Cartoon Program IV (various directors); 4, 6, 8, 10 p.m. More Recent Raves. Mi Vida Loca (Allison Anders, 1994); 4, 6, 8, 10 p.m. Reflections on German Cinema. Oct. 27: Germany in Autumn (Rainer Werner Fassbinder, 1978); 3, 7:40 p.m. The Marriage of Maria Braun (Fassbinder, 1978); 5:20, 9:55 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. 21­23: Le Jour Se Lève (Daybreak, Marcel Carné, 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. 22: The Photographer (Wilard Van Dyke, 1948); 1 p.m. The Legacy of Alan Clarke. Oct. 21: Christine with Elephant (Alan Clarke, 1989); 5:15 p.m. The Firm (Clarke, 1988); 7 p.m. Festival of Films from Iran. Oct. 21: Day of the Angel (Behruz Afkami). Oct. 22: Desert Symphony (Mohammad-Hossein Haghighi, 1993). Homage to French Animated Film. Oct. 22: "Fantastic Stories, Tales and Legends," a 100-minute program of ten short fairy-tale films.

Theater Openings

"Avivamiento en Boston"

Strand Theatre, 543 Columbia Rd., Dorchester. Oct. 21­23, 7 p.m. Free admission. Information: 551-3433. The Iglesia de Cristo Elim Church celebrates the move of its national headquarters from Walpole to Boston over its "lively" three-day run.


Huntington Theatre Company, 264 Huntington Ave., Boston. Oct. 22­Nov. 20: Tue.­Sat., 8 p.m.; Sun., Oct. 23 & 30 and Nov. 13, 7 p.m.; Sat.­Sun. matinees, 2 p.m.; Wed. matinees, Nov. 2 & 16, 2 p.m. Admission: $12­39; students/seniors, $5 off. Information (tickets): 266-0800. This off-Broadway play tells the story of an affluent Main Line Philadelphia family as they face the daily challenge of living in the 1990s. Parental discretion for those under 16 years of age is suggested for this adult comedy.

"The Proposal"

Emmanuel Church Library, 15 Newbury St., Boston. Oct. 23 & Nov. 4, 6, 13, 18­20; call for showtimes. Also playing for five performances at Pine Manor College, 400 Heath St., Chestnut Hill (Nov. 8­12). Admission: $6­15. Information: 695-0659. This performance examines the painfully common condition of people who have lost their ability to love through two Russian one-act comedies: Anton Chekov's The Marriage Proposal and contemporary dramatist Nina Sadur's Git Going.

"Ages of Women"

Sanders Theatre, corner of Cambridge and Quincy Streets, Harvard Yard, Cambridge. Oct. 27, 7:30 p.m. Admission: $35 reserved seating with benefit reception; $20 reserved seating without reception; $15, general; $10, students/seniors. Tickets (information): 496-2222. This program of poetry about women follows the phases of a woman's life from childhood through old age, drawn from a wide range of international literary traditions and periods. Poetry includes works by Gertrude Stein, Emily Dickson, Edna St. Vincent Millay, Alice Walker, and Dorothy Parker.

Ongoing Theater

"Grand Hotel"

Boston Conservatory Theater, 31 Hemenway St., Boston. Through Oct. 23: Fri.­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.

"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.

"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.

"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 God of Isaac"

Spingold Theater, Brandeis University, Waltham. Through Oct. 30: Tue.­Wed. & Fri.­Sat., 8 p.m.; Sun., 2 & 7 p.m.; Thu., 10 a.m. Admission: $7­11. Information: 736-3400. The widely-acclaimed comic and big-hearted tale of a young man's struggle with his Jewish identity.

"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.

"Bare Essentials"

Dance Complex, 536 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge. Through Nov. 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.


Meg Wolfe/Wild Angels Unlimited

Green Street Studios, 185 Green Street, Central Square, Cambridge. Oct. 21 and 22, 8 p.m. Admission: $5­10. Information: 864-3191. Performance entitled "Anticipation of Desire: A Full-Evening Dance Work."

The Bank of Boston Celebrity Series

John Hancock Hall, Boston. Oct. 21 and 22, 8 p.m., and Oct. 23, 3 p.m. Admission: $28-$36. Information: 482-6661. Performance by The American Indian Dance Theatre.

The Massachusetts College of Art Tower Series

621 Huntington Ave., Boston. Oct. 25­29, 8 p.m., and Oct. 26,30, 2 p.m.. Admission: $15­20; $12.50 per person for groups of 10 or more. Information: 536-6989. Performance entitled Swan Pond, a hip-hop spoof on the classics.

North Atlantic Ballet

Emmanuel Church, 15 Newbury St., Boston. Oct. 27­29: Thu., 7:30 p.m.; Fri.­Sat. 7:30 & 9:30 p.m. Admission: $13; reservations strongly recommended. Information: 267-5516. North Atlantic Danceart, a division of North Atlantic Ballet, presents its full length production of Dracula, which draws inspiration from the Bram Stoker novel but also uses eclectic musical forms and innovative ballet choreography.

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.



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. 25, 7:30 p.m. Donations requested. Information: 547-4648. L.S. Asekoff and David Ferry read from their most recently published works. Asekoff's Dreams of a Work reflects a visionary's metaphysical eye informed byt he minutiae and facts of the present world. Ferry will read from his celebrated version of Gilgamesh and his volume Dwelling Places: Poem and Translations.

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. 24: Joel Sloman, poet, in a reading of Bus Poems.


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. 23, 3­4:30 p.m. "John Kennedy and the Jewish Community, 1946-1963." Oct. 25, 4­8 p.m. "Ballot Question Bazaar: The Pros and Cons of the Issues to be Decided by Massachusetts Voters in November."

Museum of Fine Arts

Remis Auditorium, 465 Huntington Ave., Boston. Free tickets required for admission and are available at the box office one hour before each program. Information: 267-9300 x300.

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.


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. 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.

"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.

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.

"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.

"Sweet Dreams: Bedcovers and Bed Clothes from the Collection." This exhibition of quilts, coverlets, blankets, futon blankets, lingerie and sleeping caps will be drawn primarily from the permanent collection. Asian, Western, Mediterranean, and contemporary designer approaches to the ritual of the bed will be represented. Oct. 21­Mar. 12, 1995.

"Printed Allegories: Dürer to Picasso." This exhibition will feature prints from the museum's permanent collection fromt he 16th century to the early 20th century that represent allegorical subjects. Some the greatest prints of all time are allegories, including Dürer's Knight, Death, and the Devil and Picasso's Minotauromachia. Oct. 26­Feb. 12, 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 College Fest Way More Weekend

Hynes Convention Center, 900 Boylston Street, Boston. Oct. 22, noon­8 p.m. and Oct. 23, noon­6 p.m. Admission: $5. Information: 859-5767. Free stuff, lots of students, live music, comedy, TV stars, raffles, contests, fashion shows, etc. Featured guests: Jon Stewart (from the ex-MTV show of the same name) and Love Spit Love (with Richard Butler, formerly of the Psychedelic Furs).

Boston Film/Video Foundation

1126 Boylston St., Boston. The BF/VF's fall semester of classes has begun. Special Event, Oct. 22­23: Two-Day Film School. This crash-course in filmmaking dispenses the real-life knowledge for first-timers who want to successfully produce and direct a quality feature with independent budgets. For information about class times and registration, call 536-1540.

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.