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Classical Music

Bank of Boston Celebrity Series

Jordan Hall, New England Conservatory, Boston. Oct. 28, 8 p.m. Admission $27­33. Information (tickets): 266-2412. Approaching its 30th anniversary, the Guarneri String Quartet - Arnold Steinhardt, violin; John dalley , second violin; Michael Tree, violin; and David Soyer, cello - bring their world-class musicianship to this Boston performance. The program includes works by Arriaga, Janácek, and Mendelssohn.

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. 28: Italian piano duo Andrea Trevisan and Silvia Moretti appear with Russian-American lyric soprano Mary Arapoff in a program of opera arias by Bellini, Puccini, Verdi and Catalani, popular romances, and duo piano music by Ravel and Faure. Nov. 3: Linda Jane Beers, violin, and Yukiko Takagi, piano, will play works by Schubert, Ligeti, and Stravinsky.

Harvard University Department of Music

John Knowles Paine Concert Hall, Harvard University. 1) Oct. 28, 8 p.m. Free admission. Information: 496-6013. The Blodgett Chamber Music Series continues with the Mendelssohn String Quartet - Nick Eanet, violin; Nicholas Mann, violin; Maria Lambros, Kannen, viola; and Marcy Rosen, cello - and guest artists Laurence Lesser, cello. Program includes the "Last Great Works" by Haydn, Beethoven, Shostakovich, and Schubert. 2) Oct. 29, 8 p.m. Admission: $7; $5, students/se-niors. Information: 493-3271. The Bach Society Orchestra presents the premier concert of its 40th anniversary season. Program includes works by Beethoven, Ibert, and Wagner.

Longy School of Music

Edward Pickman Concert Hall, 27 Garden St., Cambridge. All events free unless otherwise noted. Information: 876-0956 x130. Oct. 29, 8 p.m.: The Longy Chamber Singers present the Terezenstadt Memorial Concert, with conductor Lorna Cooke deVaron. The evening includes the music of Pavel Haas, Ullmann, Klein, and poems by children in the concentration camp of Terezenstadt, set to music by Robert Convery - Admission: $5. Oct. 30, 8 p.m.: Longy's Sundays at Seven Series features the Longy Artists Ensemble: Frances Conover Fitch, harpsichord; Laurie Monahan, soprano; Takaaki Masuko, percussion; Dana Mazurkevich, violin; and Ludmilla Lifson, piano. Program includes music of Urban, Martinu, and Beethoven - free admission. Nov. 3­5, 8 p.m.: The Opera Department at Longy presents the pathway of German romantic opera. The music of Strauss, Weil, von Weber, Mozart, and others - Admission: $10; $5, students/seniors.

Harvard-Epworth Methodist Church

1555 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge. Oct. 30, 4 p.m. Donation requested. Information: 354-0837. This concert will commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Hutchings organ. Organist Andrew Paul Holman performs works by Mendelssohn, Gade, Alain, and Rheinberger; Brenda Hendricks, soprano, and Dana Patek, mezzo-soprano, will sing three duets by Gabriel Fauré.

Emmanuel Music

C. Walsh Theatre, Suffolk University, 41 Temple St., Beacon Hill, Boston. Oct. 30, 4 p.m. Admission: $15; $10, students/seniors; group discounts available. Information: 536-3356. Brahms Series Concert: Michael Beattie, piano; Bruce Creditor, clarinet; Lydian String Quartet. Program includes Brahms' Piano Pieces, Op. 116, Sonata in E-Flat Major, Op. 120, No. 2 for Clarinet and Piano, and String Quartet #3 in B-Flat Major, Op. 67.

ALEA III at Boston University

Tsai Performance Center, 685 Commonwealth Ave., Boston. Nov. 2, 8 p.m. Admission: $6; $3, students/seniors; free with BU I.D. Information: 353-3340. The BU Contemporary Music Ensemble will present its second concert of the season, "American Performer/American Composer," with several musicians performing their own recent works.

MIT Chapel Concert Series

MIT Chapel, 77 Massachusetts Ave. Nov. 3, noon. Information: 253-2906. Nov. 3: Barbara Winchester, soprano, and Robert Ward, guitar; performing songs by Seiber, Tarrago, and Child.

Tufts University, Department of Music

1) 20 Professors Row, Tufts University, Medford. Nov. 3, 4 p.m. Information: 627-3564. Coffee Break Recitals by students and faculty of the Tufts community, held every Thursday through December. 2) Alumnae Lounge, Tufts University. Nov. 3, 8 p.m. Music by Tufts composers.

Boston Symphony Orchestra

Symphony Hall, Boston. Nov. 3­8: Thu., 10:30 a.m. (preceded by a 9:30 a.m. pre-rehearsal talk); Thu., Sat. & Tue., 8 p.m.; Fri., 1:30 p.m. Admission: $21­59; open rehearsals priced at $11.50; limited number of Rush tickets, one per customer, sold for Tue., Fri., and Thu. eve concerts at $7 each. Information: 266-2378. German conductor Heinz Wallberg leads the BSO, along with guest violinist Frank Peter Zimmermann. Program includes: Schubert, Symphony No. 5; Mozart, Violin Concerto No. 3 in G, K.216; and Beethoven, Symphony No. 1.

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.

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 features Dave's True Story, Michael McNevin, Buddy Mondlock and Ellis Paul.

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. 28: Amongus, Pat the Burning Dog [Upstairs]; Helium [Downstairs, 19+, $7].

Oct. 29: Slughog (Goodbye Show), Picasso Trigger, Joe Harvard Band, Otis [Up, 19+, $7]; Sleep Chamber [Down]; WMFO Unplugged w/ Mikey-Dee-The Timmys, Butterscott, The Erotic Aquarium [Bakery].

Oct. 30: Blue Moon Poets [Up, 2­4 p.m.]; Off the Wall Films [Up, 6:45­9:15 p.m., $5]; Sara Wheeler (CD Release), Chris Trapper, Jim Infantino [Up, 19+, $5]; Alice Donut, 7 Year Bitch, Cadillac Tramps [Down, 19+, $7]; Paulo Danay Jazz Jam [Bakery].

Oct. 31: Upside Down Cross, Spore, Shiva Sppedway Bunnyhole [Up, 19+, $6]; Dance into Day of the Dead [Down, 9 p.m., $5]; Hollywood Squares Halloween Party [Bakery].

Jazz

The Mall At Chestnut Hill

Route 9 at Hammond Pond Parkway, Chestnut Hill. Live Jazz during weekends in October, 2­4 p.m. Oct. 29: Paul Broadnax, piano/vocals; Alice Johnson, vocals; Peter Kontrimas, bass. Oct. 30: Sherma Andrews, vocals; Orville Wright, piano; Winston Maccow, bass.

World Music

Jamaica Plain Firehouse Multicultural Art Center

659 Centre St., Jamaica Plain. Oct. 28, 8­10 p.m. Admission: $8. Information: 524-3816. The Firehouse Cafe, open Friday nights, features an eclectic mix of music, words, art, and performance.

Film

MIT Japanese Friday Night at the Flicks

77 Massachusetts Ave., Rm. 1-390. Oct. 28, 6:30 & 8:45 p.m. Suggested donation: $1­2. Information: 253-2839. A Taxing Woman (Juzo Itami, 1987), followed by A Taxing Woman's Return. Both films are in Japanese with English subtitles.

Gay and Lesbian Film Studies at MIT

77 Massachusetts Ave., Rm. 6-120. Nov. 3, 7:30 p.m. Free admission. Information: 253-3599. Queering the (New) Deal, by David Lugowski, instructor in Cinema Studies at NYU. Lugowski examines the abundance of characters coded as gay or lesbian in Hollywood films of the 1930s and the effects of the film industry's self-imposed Production Code in changing the nature of these representations.

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 Engagement. Oct. 28­Nov. 3: Dr. Strangelove, or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (Stanley Kubrick, 1964); 4, 6, 8, 10 p.m.; Sat. & Sun. matinees at 2 p.m.; Tue., Nov. 1 at 8 & 10 p.m. only. This 30th-anniversary of the dark cold-war comedy is Kubrick's breakthrough film that memorably casts Peter Sellers in three different roles. On Halloween (Mon., Oct. 31), people who come dressed as one of Peter Seller's characters get in free.

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. 28­30: Remorques (Stormy Waters, Jean Grémillon, 1939­40).

Harvard-Epworth Film Series

Harvard-Epworth United Methodist Church, 1555 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge. Oct. 30, 8 p.m. Admission: $3. Information: 354-0837. Featured: The Crimson Kimono (Samuel Fuller, 1959).

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.

Festival of Films from Iran. Oct. 28: The Runner (Amir Naden, 1985); 8 p.m. Homage to French Animated Film. Oct. 28: "Innovative Animation Styles," a 68-minute programs of 12 new films, featuring Paris 1789, Hamman, and Don Quixote; 5:15 p.m. Oct. 29: Stories Told by Duos (various artists), a program consisting of joint efforts like Dog-Song, Snails, and Pictures at an Exhibition; 11 a.m.

Theater Openings

"Guys and Dolls"

MIT Student Center, 84 Massachusetts Ave., La Sala de Puerto Rico. Oct. 28­Nov. 5: Fri.­Sun., 8 p.m., except Sun., Oct. 30, at 2 p.m. Admission: $9; $8, MIT Community/seniors/students; $6, MIT/Wellesley students. Information: 253-6294. The MIT Musical Theatre Guild presents the classic '50s musical by Frank Loesser.

"The Tempest"

Little Flags Theatre, 550 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge. Oct. 27­Nov. 12: Thu.­Sat., 8 p.m.; Sun., Nov. 13 at 2 p.m. Admission: $12. Information: 576-2800. The Theatre of Relativity presents one of William Shakespeare's most enchanting romances. The production will feature live music, new choreography, and a fusion of New York and Boston theatre artists and technicians.

"A Little Princess"

Wheelock Family Theatre, 200 The Riverway, Boston. Oct. 28­Nov. 27: Fri., 7:30 p.m.; Sat.­Sun., 3 p.m. (except Sat., Nov. 19 at 7:30 p.m. only). Admission: $9­10. Information: 734-4760. The stirring Victorian tale of Sara Crewe, who falls from great wealth and position to poverty in an English boarding school, where she must use her imagination to sustain herself. An original musical version of the story by Frances Hodgson Bunett, author of The Secret Garden. (Ages six and up.)

"Private Lives"

Lyric Stage, 140 Clarendon St., Copley Square, Boston. Oct. 28­Nov.27: Thu.­Fri., 8 p.m.; Sat., 5 & 8:30 p.m.; Sun., 2 p.m.; Thu., Nov. 17 at 2 p.m. Admission: $17­26. Information: 437-7172. Noel Coward's comedy of love and mis-marriage that stems from two divorced couples honeymooning with their new spouses and rooming within the same hotel.

"The Amphitruo"

The Strand Theatre, 543 Columbia Rd., Dorchester. Nov. 2­4: Wed.­Thu., 9:30 a.m.; Thu.­Fri., 8 p.m. Admission: $5 (morning) and $10 (evening). Information: 424-6831. Theatre Ludicrum and the Strand present Plautus' Roman comic and tragic play about the birth of Hercules.

"Top Girls"

Emerson Stage, Studio Theatre, 69 Brimmer St., Boston. Nov. 2­5, 8 p.m.; Nov. 6, 2 p.m. Admission: $10; $7, Pro-Arts Consortium students. Information: 578-8727. This funny and provocative comedy/drama with a twist is directed by Guest Artist, Jayme Koszyn.

"Bubbe Meises - Bubbe Stories"

Spingold Theater, Brandeis University, Waltham. Nov. 2­6: Wed., 2 p.m.; Thu., 10 a.m.; Thu.­Sat., 8 p.m.; Sat.­Sun., 2 p.m.; Sun., 7 p.m. Admission: $18­20, except for a benefit admission, which includes a pre-show buffet dinner, $75.

"Song of the City" and "Bosnia: Portraits of a Shattered Soul"

Longfellow Hall, 13 Appian Way, Harvard University, Cambridge. Nov. 4, 8 p.m. Admission: $10; $7, students/seniors. Information: 499-9599. The first half of the evening is an epic imagistic poem read by its author, Erica Funkhouser, which explores the life of a city under siege. The second half is a journey to war-torn Bosnia through the evocative, critical-acclaimed pictures (slide projection) by Elizabeth Rappaport, accompanied by the poems of 19-year-old Bosnia, Elma Kahvic.

Ongoing Theater

"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"

Arlington Center for the Arts, Arlington. Oct. 28­29: 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.

"Pterodactyls"

Huntington Theatre Company, 264 Huntington Ave., Boston. Through Nov. 20: Tue.­Sat., 8 p.m.; Sun., Oct. 30 and Nov. 13, 7 p.m.; Sat.­Sun. matinees, 2 p.m.; Wed. matinees, Nov. 2 & 16, 2 p.m. Admission: $12­39; students/se-

niors, $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. 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.

Dance

Dance Umbrella

Boston University, Tsai Performance Series, 685 Commonwealth Ave., Boston. Oct. 28­29, 8 p.m. Admission: $25. Information: 492-7578. "Flying Solo," is a program dedicated to solo works featuring Jimmy Turner, Robert Davidson, and a surprise Boston dance artist. Deaf since birth, Jimmy Turner works with pictures instead of words, and draws from African, Native American, and jazz improv styles during the production.

Massachusetts College of Art Tower Series

621 Huntington Ave., Boston. Oct. 28­29, 8 p.m., and Oct. 30, 2 p.m.. Admission: $15­20; $12.50 per person for groups of 10 or more. Information: 536-6989. The Impulse Dance Company performs "A Hip Hop over Swan Pond," a modern-day, hip-hop spoof on the classics.

North Atlantic Ballet

Emmanuel Church, 15 Newbury St., Boston. Oct. 28­29: 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.

Comedy

U.S. Improvisational Theatre League

Lyric Stage, 140 Clarendon St., Copley Square, Boston. Nov. 1, 8:30 p.m. Admission: $7.50; $3, students. Information: 864-1344. The highly-acclaimed league will host Boston's first annual College Improv Tournament, in which the finest improvisational talent from local schools compete. Teams of improvisors square off over three periods, just like in hockey; presently, Boston College, Emerson, Harvard, and MIT are represented. The weekly winter series of improv matches will begin Nov. 6.

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. Nov. 1, 7:30 p.m. Donations requested. Information: 547-4648. Mark Doty, Caroline Knox, Lloyd Schwarz, and Janet Sylvester will read their own and other selections from The Best American Poetry 1994. Come prepared for an evening of language, linguistics, and a brush with pornography.

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.

Lectures

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 Architecture Series

77 Massachusetts Ave., Rm. 10-250. Nov. 1, 6:30 p.m. Information: 253-7791. "The Shaker Building Tradition: Design and Legacy," presented by John James, an architect from Sheffield, Mass.

Harvard Department of Music Colloquium Series

Davison Room, Harvard University Music Building. Oct. 31, 4:15 p.m. Free admission. Information: 496-6013. "Analysis of Analyses: The Theme of Mozart's G Minor Symphony from the Semiotic Standpoint," by Jean-Jacques Nattiez, Université de Montréal.

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. Nov. 2, 6 p.m.: "Egyptian Hieroglyphics: The Art of Language," by Millicent Jick. Nov. 2, 6:30 p.m.: "Introductory Tour of the Galleries in Spanish." Nov. 3, 11 a.m.: "Sweet Dreams: Bedcovers and Bed Clothes from the Collection," by Marianne Carlano and Nicola Shilliam.

The Ford Hall Forum

Old South Meeting House, 310 Washington St., Boston. Nov. 3, 7 p.m. (forum members enter at 6 p.m.; general public enters at 6:45 p.m.) Free admission. Information: 373-5800. Legendary Boston Celtics' President Red Auerbach discusses his career in professional basketball and the prospects for his team's future.

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.

"From Louis Sullivan to SOM: Boston Grads Go to Chicago." This exhibit explores the explosive growth of the city of Chicago in the last quarter of the 19th century and the contributions to this building boom by MIT and Boston architects. Through Jan. 29, 1995.

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 tthe 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 conjunction 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, co-founded 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.

Museum of Science

Science Park, Boston. 1) Mugar Omni Theater. Through April 1995: shows hourly most days, call for showtimes. Admission: $7; $5, children (3-14)/seniors. Information: 723-2500. Through April 1995: Africa: The Serengeti (George Casey, 1994), narrated by James Earl Jones. 2) Charles Hayden Planetarium. Through December 31, 1994: Thu.­Sat., 8:30 p.m. Information: 723-2510. "LaseRage," a new show that presents vivid laser-light visuals with a rich mix of popular rock, including Pearl Jam, Smashing Pumpkins, Red Hot Chili Peppers, and Nine Inch Nails.

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.

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.

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. Nov. 2­29: An exhibit of recent works by members of the Newton Art Association; reception held Thu., Nov. 3, 7:30­9 p.m.

French Library and Cultural Center

53 Marlborough St., Boston. Hours: Tue., 12 noon­8 p.m.; Wed.­Thu., 10 a.m.­8 p.m.; Fri.­Sat., 10 a.m.­5 p.m. Information: 266-4351. Nov. 1­29: An exhibition of contemporary lacquer work by multiple award-winning artist Nguyen Van Minh; reception with the artist held Tue., Nov. 1, 5:30­7:30 p.m.

Davis Museum and Cultural Center

Wellesley College, 106 Central St., Wellesley. Hours: Tue., Fri., and Sat., 11 a.m.­5 p.m.; Wed.­Thu., 11 a.m.­8 p.m.; Sun., 1­5 p.m.; closed Mon. Free admission. Information: 283-2051.

"Bodies and Boundaries, 1500-1800: Works from Wellesley Collections." At the Gerald and Marjorie Schecter Bronfman Gallery: an exhibition of European prints, drawings, books, and maps from three centuries, selected by Wellesley College participants. The works focus on various topics in our evolution and concepts of the body, humanity, gender and sexuality, and ethnic pluralism. Through Dec. 18.

"The Body as Measure." At the Chandler Gallery: the major emphasis on this exhibition is on the meanings of the body's physical form, not of its internal functions. Each artist addresses the body's external characteristics in relation to its social standing or expression of emotion. Through Dec. 18.

Museum of Fine Arts

465 Huntington Ave., Boston. Information: 267-9300.

"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. Through Mar. 12, 1995.

"Printed Allegories: Dürer to Picasso." This exhibition will feature prints from the museum's permanent collection from 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. Through Feb. 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.

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.

"Gathered at the Wall: American and the Vietnam Veterans Memorial." This exhibit is designed to provide visitors an opportunity to examine the continuing impact of the Memorial on the generation of Americans who lived through the conflict. More than a thousand items have been selected to represent the diversity of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Collection, and award-winning photographers will further enhance the event with pictures. Oct. 30­June 4, 1995.

"Let It Begin Here: Lexington and the Revolution." Explore the causes and the consequences of the American War for Independence as seen through the eyes of typical New England men and women. The exhibit begins with an introductory audiovisual presentation about the events on Lexington Green. Ongoing.

Events

Day of the Dead Fiesta

Picante Mexican Grill, 735 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge. Oct. 29­Nov. 2. Information: 576-6744. The autumnal holiday, known as "Dia de Los Muertos," corresponds with the Catholic Church's All Souls Day. The Picante Mexican Grill will celebrate this holiday by buildings an altar to the deceased to which visitors may contribute canned goods that will help the needy. The restaurant will also serve some of its own specialities for the holiday.