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Classical Music

Boston Conservatory

Seully and Concert Halls, 8 The Fenway, Boston. Nov. 5, beginning at 10 a.m. Admission: $30 ($25 students/members); $18 evening concert only ($15 students/members); free to Boston Conservatory students. Information: 536-6340. "Guitar Mini-Fest '94": Guitarist William Kanengiser will present a master class around 1 p.m. and a concert at 8 p.m. in Seully Hall; faculty performance by William Buonocore; lecuture-recital to 4:30­6 lecture-recital by lutenist Chris Henriksen.

Bank of Boston Celebrity Series

Jordan Hall at New England Conservatory, 290 Huntington Ave., Boston. Nov. 5, 8 p.m. Admission $27­33. Information (tickets): 266-2412. Pianist Simone Pedrone, Gold Medal Laureate of the Ninth Van Cliburn International Piano Competition, makes his Boston recital debut. Program includes pieces by Bach, Schoenberg, Haydn, and Rachmaninoff.

Emmanuel Music

Emmanuel Church, 15 Newbury St., Boston. Nov. 6, 10 a.m. Free admission. Information: 536-3356. The J.S. Bach Cantata Series Continues. This Sunday: Cantata #8; soloists include Jayne West, Gloria Raymond, Noel Vasquez, and Donald Wilkinson.

Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum

280 The Fenway, Boston. Nov. 6, 1:30 p.m. Admission (in addition to museum admission): $4, $2 members. Information: 734-1359. Sunday Concert Series: Jean Yes Thibaudet, piano.

Museum of Fine Arts

465 Huntington Ave., Boston. Nov. 6, 8 p.m. Admission: $17; $14 for students/seniors/MFA members. Information: 267-9300. Daniel Stepner, baroque violin; and Robert Levin, fortepiano. Program consists of Schumann: Sonatas for Violin and Fortepiano.

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. Nov. 10: New England Conservatory performers.

Longy School of Music

Edward Pickman Concert Hall, 27 Garden St., Cambridge. All performances begin at 8 p.m. and all events free unless otherwise noted. Information: 876-0956 x130.

Nov. 6: Li Fan, piano, will perform works by Bach, Debussy, Wang-Jian Zhong, Beethoven, and Schumann. Nov. 9: Longy's jazz faculty member Peter Cassino leads his sextet in an evening of jazz featuring Bob Moses. Nov. 10, The Longy Faculty Artist Series presents Lyubov Schlain, piano; with guest artists Clara Sandler, soprano; and, Luz Bermejo, mezzo soprano. Program includes the music of Mendelssohn, Schumann, Brahms, Offenbach, and Mozart.

Tufts University, Department of Music

1) 20 Professors Row, Tufts University, Medford. Nov. 10, 4 p.m. Information: 627-3564. Coffee Break Recitals by students and faculty of the Tufts community, held every Thursday through December. 2) Cohen Auditorium,. Tufts University. Nov. 6, 8 p.m. The Tufts Symphony Orchestra performs, directed by Malka Yaacobi

Boston Symphony Orchestra

Symphony Hall, Boston. Two series of shows, described below. 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. (1) Through Nov. 8: Sat. & Tue., 8 p.m.; Fri., 1:30 p.m. 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. (2) Nov. 10­12: Thu. & Sat., 8 p.m.; Fri., 1:30 p.m. Crescendo Concert Series: James Levine, conductor; Anne Sofie von Otter, mezzo-soprano; Ben Hepper, tenor. Program includes works by Haydn, Cage, and Mahler.

MIT Chapel Concert Series

MIT Chapel, 77 Massachusetts Ave. Nov. 10, 12 noon. Information: 253-2906. Favella Lyrica: Pamella Murray, soprano; Pamela Dellal, mezzo-soprano; Michael Beattie, harpsichord. Vocal chamber music of the 17th and 18th centuries.

MIT Chamber Chorus

77 Massachusetts Ave., Lobby 13. Nov. 10, 5:15 p.m. Information: 253-2826. John Oliver directs the MIT Chamber Chorus in a selection of standard chorale pieces.

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 Bob Halligan, Tom Kimmel, Richael Lille, and Tom Prasada-Rao.

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.

Wellesley College Choir

Houghton Memorial Chapel, Wellesley. Nov. 5, 8 p.m. Information: 283-2028. Dober Memorial Concert: The Wellesley College Chorus and the Cornell University Glee Club perform.

Jazz

Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum

280 The Fenway, Boston. Nov. 5, 1:30 p.m. Admission (in addition to museum admission): $4, $2 members. Information: 734-1359. Featured Series: Jazz at the Gardner - The Teodross Avery Quartet.

Museum of Our National Heritage

33 Marrett Rd., Lexington. Nov. 6, 3 p.m. Admission: $4. Information: 861-6559. "Dixieland Revisited: The Jazz Revival"; the New New Orleans Jazz Band returns with a program of Dixieland music.

World Music

Boston Rhythm

Kresge Auditorium, 84 Massachusetts Ave. Nov. 5, 8 p.m. Admission: $15. Information: 876-9240. Boston's second annual rhythm festival celebrates the styles of dancers and musicians from Trinidad and Tobago, Venezuela, Puerto Rico, and the Andes. Performances will feature the Caribbean sounds of Sunsteel, the bomba of Cella Ayala y Su Ballet Folklorico Cultural, and South American Music from Inca Son, all from Boston's own immigrant communities. Co-sponsored by the MIT Office of the Arts.

Jamaica Plain Firehouse Multicultural Art Center

659 Centre St., Jamaica Plain. Nov. 6, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Free admission. Information: 524-3816. Bagels 'n Bop music series: After Hours Trio.

Wellesley College

Tower Court, Wellesley. Nov. 9, 12:30 p.m. Free admission. Information: 283-21028. Sol y Canto Trio: Rosi Amador, Brian Folkins, and Eugenio Huanca perform music of Spain, Central American, and the Andean countries.

Film

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. Nov. 4­10: What Happened Was... (Tom Noonan, 1994); 4, 6, 8, 10 p.m. (Sat. & Sun. matinees, 2 p.m.). The 1994 Winner of the Sundance Film Festival Grand Jury Prize and Screenwriting Award makes its week-long premiere at the Brattle.

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. Nov. 4­6: Au Dela de Grilles (The Walls of Malapaga, R. Clément, 1953).

Harvard-Epworth Film Series

Harvard-Epworth United Methodist Church, 1555 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge. Nov. 6, 8 p.m. Admission: $3. Information: 354-0837. Pickpocket (Robert Bresson, 1959, in French w/subtitles).

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.

Jewish Film Festival. Nov. 10: Chuppa: The Wedding Canopy (Sascha Schneider, 1993), preceded by the short film High Five (Rob Aden, 1992); 5:45 p.m. Also, Bye, Bye America (Jan Schütte, 1994); 7:30 p.m. Premiere Engagements. Nov. 4: In the Land of the Death (Nicholas Philibert, 1992); 5 p.m. (also Nov. 5 at 1 p.m.). Festival of Films from Iran. Nov. 5: The Actor (Mohsen Makhmalbaf, 1993); 3:30 p.m.

Theater Openings

"Safe Snacks" & "The Exact Location of the Soul"

Mobius, 354 Congress St., Boston (near South Station). Nov. 4­5, 8 p.m. Admission: $8; $6, students/seniors. Information: 542-7416. Mari Novotny Jones, performance artist & Mobius Artists Group member with entr'acte by Rochelle Fabb, blends two solo performances, evoking a strange mix of intimacy, ironing, and food.

Dramashop Student-Written One Acts

Kresge Little Theater, 84 Massachusetts Ave. Nov. 10­12, 8 p.m. Information: 253-2908. MIT student-written one-act plays: Big Man by Rick McKern '94, directed by Ivana Komarcevic '96; Something to Drink by Lin Ching '98, directed by David Dettmer '95; Wisdom and Song by Joseph E. Bondaryk G, directed by Joshua Abrams '95.

"The Mikado"

Kresge Little Theater, 84 Massachusetts Ave. Nov. 10­13 and 17­19, 8 p.m. (except Nov. 13 at 2 p.m.). Admission: $6­10. Information: 253-0190. An MIT Gilbert & Sullivan Players production.

"Jelly's Last Jam"

Shubert Theatre, 265 Tremont St., Boston. Nov. 8­20: Tue.­Sat., 8 p.m.; Sun., 7 p.m.; Sat. & Sun. matinees, 2 p.m. Admission: $45­60. Information: Ticketmaster, 931-2787. This Tony-Award winning adult musical comes to Boston for a limited two-week run. Maurice Hines and Savion Glover, two of America's premier tap musical performers, star in this sophisticated tale about the birth of jazz through the eyes of jazz legend Jelly Roll Morton.

"The Who's Tommy"

Wang Center, 270 Tremont St., Boston. Nov. 9­20: Week 1 - Wed.­Thu., 8 p.m.; Fri., 6 & 9:30 p.m.; Sat, 8 p.m.; Sun, 7 p.m. Week 2 - Tue.­Sat., 8 p.m.; Sun., 7 p.m.; Sat. & Sun. matinees (both weeks), 2 p.m. Admission: $27.50­67.50. Information: Ticketmaster, 931-2787. The widely-acclaimed adaptation of Pete Townshend's original 25-year-old rock opera returns to Boston for a two-week engagment. This winner of five 1993 Tony Awards includes the songs "We're Not Gonna Take It," "Sensation," and, of course, "Pinball Wizard."

"Teibele and Her Demon"

New Repertory Theatre, 54 Lincoln St., Newton Highlands. Nov. 10­Dec. 18: Wed., 2 & 7 p.m.; Thu.­Fri., 8 p.m.; Sat., 5 & 8:30 p.m.; Sun., 3 & 7:30 p.m. Admission: $14­26. Information: 332-1646. In this story by Isaac Bashevis Singer and Eve Friedman, a poor scholar's lust for a beautiful widow in a 19th-century Polish village, and the spiral of passion and deceit which ensues.

Ongoing Theater

"Guys and Dolls"

MIT Student Center, 84 Massachusetss Ave., La Sala de Puerto Rico. Through Nov. 5: Thu.­Sun., 8 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 Amphitruo"

The Strand Theatre, 543 Columbia Rd., Dorchester. Nov. 4, 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. 4­5, 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 twistis directed by Guest Artist, Jayme Koszyn.

"The Tempest"

Little Flags Theatre, 550 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge. Through Nov. 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.

"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/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. 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.

"A Little Princess"

Wheelock Family Theatre, 200 The Riverway, Boston. Through Nov. 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. Through Nov.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.

Dance

Dance Theatre of Harlem

Wang Center, 270 Tremont St., Boston. Nov. 4­5, 8 p.m.; Nov. 6, 3 p.m. Admission: $25­40. Information: 482-6661. This year, the Dance Theatre of Harlem celebrates its twenty-fifth anniversary. The company's unique style formed through a deliberate expansion of classical ballet to contemporary performance art.

Boston Conservatory

Boston Conservatory Theater, 31 Hemenway St., Boston. Nov. 5, 8 p.m. Admission: $35; $15 for students/seniors. Information: 536-6340. Celebrating the Conservatory's 50th anniversary of Dance, this performance features alumni choreographers and performers, including members of the Paul Taylor Company, Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane and Company, the Martha Graham and José Limón Dance Companies, and the Atlanta Ballet.

Museum of Our National Heritage

33 Marrett Rd., Lexington. Nov. 6, 3 p.m. Admission: $16.50. Information: 492-8180. "The Auld Alliance," a celebration of Scottish Music and Dance. Presented by the Royal Scottish Country Dance Society, Boston Branch.

Comedy

U.S. Improvisational Theatre League

Lyric Stage, 140 Clarendon St., Copley Square, Boston. Sunday nights (beginning Nov. 6), 8 p.m. Admission: $10. Information: 864-1344. The highly-acclaimed league begins its 12-week winter series. Teams of imporvisors square off over three periods, just like in hockey: The audience gets involved by deciding the fate of the performers.

Boston Baked Theater

255 Elm St., Davis Square, Somerville. Sat. evenings, 10:30 p.m. Admission: $10; $5, students. Information: 396-2470. The improvisational comedy group Guilty Children performs weekly on the stage. Coming this month: The Improv Massacree II, Guilty Children's annual marathon of performances to benefit charity.

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 November: the comedy team Daily Cry, whose "Varnishing America" show takes an irreverent look at American pop culture.

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 the 16th century through the 20th century.

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.

"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.

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.

Newton Free Library Gallery

330 Homer St., Newton. Information and gallery hours: 552-7145. Through Nov. 29: 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. Through Nov. 29: An exhibition of contemporary lacquer work by multiple award-winning artist Nguyen Van Minh.

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.

"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. Through Feb. 12, 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.

"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.

"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.

"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. Through June 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

Guede Festival at the BCA

Boston Center for the Arts, Cyclorama, 539 Tremont St., Boston. Nov. 5, 8 p.m. Admission: $10; $5, children. Information: 426-7700 or 547-2111. The Guede is an authentic Haitian celebration of All Souls' Day - a festival known for the revelry and joyfulness of its participants and for featuring some of the best traditional Haitian music and cuisine.