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Prof. Stephen Benton stands behind his hologram Crystal Beginning, part of the exhibit "Holography: Artists and Inventors" at the MIT Museum.

Classical Music

MIT Concert Choir

Kresge Auditorium, 84 Mass. Ave. Nov. 18, 8 p.m. Admission: $10; $5 with MIT ID, students/seniors. Haydn's The Creation, with Dominique Labelle, Richard Clement, and James Kleyla.

World Music at MIT

Kresge Auditorium, 84 Massachusetts Ave. Nov. 19, 8 p.m. Information: 253-2826. "An Evening of Balinese Music and Dance," with MIT's own Gamelan Galak Tika. MIT Professor Evan Ziporyn, director. Guest artistic directors from Bali, I Nyoman Catra and Desak Made Suarti Laksmi artists-in-residence.

Boston Chamber Music Society

Jordan Hall, Boston. Nov. 18, 8 p.m. Admission: $12­27.50. Information: 422-0086. Music by Prokofiev, Mozart, and Schubert.

Old Post Road Historic Concerts

Great Hall at Faneuil Hall, Boston. Nov. 19, 8 p.m. Admission: $15; $9, seniors/students. Information: 648-4824. Folk Song Settings of the Early Romantic - vocal and instrumental settings of folk songs and melodies from many cultures.

Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum

280 The Fenway, Boston. Both concerts begin at 1:30 p.m. Admission (in addition to museum admission): $4, $2 members. Information: 734-1359. Nov. 19: Young Artists Showcase - Theresa Santiago, lyric soprano (1994 Naumburg Vocal Competition Winner). Nov. 20: Sunday Concert Series - Gardner Chamber Orchestra.

Emmanuel Music

Emmanuel Church, 15 Newbury St., Boston. Nov. 20, 10 a.m. Information: 536-3356. Bach Cantata #5 with soloists Margaret Johnson, Gloria Raymond, Frank Kelley, and Mark McSweeney.

Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

465 Huntington Ave., Boston. Nov. 20, 3 p.m. Admission: $17; $14, MFA members/ students/ seniors. Information: 267-9300. Harpsichord Sonatas by Scarlatti and Frazelle, performed by John Gibbons.

Bank of Boston Celebrity Series

Symphony Hall, 301 Massachusetts Ave., Boston. Nov. 20, 3 p.m. Admission: $20­$36. Information: 482-6661 or 266-1200. Houston Symphony Orchestra with violin soloist Joshua Bell; works by Brahms, Bright Sheng, and Prokofiev.

Boston Conservatory Chamber Ensemble

First and Second Church, 66 Marlborough St., Boston. Nov. 20, 4 p.m. Admission: $10; $7, students/seniors. Information: 536-6340. Artistic director Michael Lewin and cellist Martha Babcock perform works by Gordon Jacob, Richard Strauss, and Beethoven.

Wellesley College Chamber Music Society

Jewett Auditorium, Wellesley College. Nov. 20, 8 p.m. Bach's Recitative and Aria from The Coffee Contata, with works by Mozart.

Fromm Contemporary Music Series at Harvard

John Knowles Paine Concert Hall, Music Building, Harvard University, Cambridge. Nov. 21, 8 p.m. Information: 496-6013. Cleveland Chamber Symphony performs Bernard Rand's The Canti Trilogy. Information: 496-6013

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. 19, 8 p.m. New England Conservatory Chamber Orchestra, Aaron Kula, conductor. More information: 734-7512. Nov. 20, 4 p.m. Early Music Sunday, in the Wolfinsohn Room. Nov. 20, 7 p.m. Boston debut of violist Michelle LaCourse with pianist Nadine Shank. Works by Benjamin Britten, Vincent Persichetti, Astor Piazzolla, and Brahms.

Cambridge Society for Early Music

Adolphus Busch Hall, Harvard University, Cambridge. Nov. 21, 8 p.m. Boston-based Renaissonics quartet in Terpsichore on the Thames - dance music of the Italian court, French and English dances, and chamber music.

Boston Conservatory Orchestra

Seully Hall, 8 The Fenway, Boston. Nov. 21, 8 p.m. Admission: $10; $7, students/seniors. Information: 536-6340. Works by Shubert and Kabalevsky, featuring cellist Owen Young.

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 Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday evening concerts at $7 each. Information: 266-2378. (1) Through Nov. 22: Fri., 1:30 p.m.; Sat., 8 p.m.; Tue., 8 p.m. Seiji Ozawa conducts the BSO and John Oliver conducts the Tanglewood Festival Chorus in Berlioz's Romeo et Juliette. (2) Nov. 23 at 8 p.m. Ozawa and the BSO with bass-baritone Gilles Cachemaille in works by Sessions, Berlioz, and Ravel.

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. MIT alumnus Hugh Blumenfeld '79 performs his own blend of folk and acoustic music.

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.

Boston University's Tsai Performance Center

685 Commonwealth Ave., Boston. Infomation: 237-2277. Nov. 19, 8 p.m. Admission: $35. Robert Shaw will conduct the Boston Univ. Symphonic Chorus and Orchestra performing Beethoven's Mass in C major, Op. 86 and "Choral Fantay," Op. 80 with guest artist Anthony di Bonaventura on piano. Nov. 20, 2 p.m. Admission: $15. an opportunity to sing selections with Robert Shaw and Ann Howard Jones.

Havard and Yale University Glee Clubs

Sanders Theatre, Harvard University, Nov. 18, 8 p.m. Tickets: $10­12, Adults, $5­6, Students and Seniors. Information: 495-5730. 1994 Harvard-Yale Football Concert featuring woks by Gombert, Pa"rt, Milhaud, Koda'ly, Parker/Shaw, and Jameson Marvin.

Folk Song Society of Greater Boston

Paine Hall, Harvard University, Nov. 19, 8 p.m. Admission: $16 at door, $14 advanced. Information: 623-1806. Gordon Bok, Ed Trickett, and Ann Mayo Muir perform their works.

Kendall Cafe

233 Cardinal Medeiros Ave., Cambridge, Nov. 19, 8 p.m. Information and reservations: 661-0993.

The Green Dragon Tavern

11 Marshall St., Boston. Free admission every Wed. and Thu. night with a college ID. Information: 367-0055. Nov. 18 and 19: Bark Like a Dog; Nov. 23: The View from Here; Nov. 24: Cherries.

Jamaica Plain Firehouse Multicultural Arts Center

659 Center St., Jamaica Plain, Nov. 20, 11 a.m.­2 p.m. Free admission. Information: 524-3816. Bagels 'n Bop presents the Paul Combs Duo.

World Music

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 Engagements. Nov. 18­19: Thirty-two Short Films about Glenn Gould (Francois Girard); Fri. 4, 6, 8, 10 p.m.; Sat., 1:30 & 3:30 p.m. Boston Jewish Film Festival. Nov. 19: Martha and I (Jiri Weiss, 1994); 5:30 p.m. Genghis Cohn (Elijah Moshinsky, 1993); 7:35 p.m. The Visitor (Droro Zahavi, 1992); 9:50 p.m. Nov. 20: Le Nombril du Monde (Ariel Zeitoun, 1992); 12:30 p.m. Good Evening, Mr. Wallenberg (Kjell Grede, 1992); 3:25 p.m. Yidl with his Fidl (Joseph Green, 1936); 5:40 p.m. 1001 Wives (Michal Bat-Adam, 1989); 7:30 p.m. Forbidden Hollywood. Nov. 21: Blessed Event (Roy del Ruth, 1932); 4:30, 7:45 p.m. Female (Michael Curtiz, 1933); 6:40 p.m. The Monster Within. Nov. 22: Edvard Munch (Peter Watkins, 1976); 7:50 p.m. Recent Raves. Nov. 23: Bhaji on the Beach (Gurinder Chadha, 1994); 4, 8 p.m. Widow's Peak (John Irvin, 1994); 6, 10 p.m. Bergman and Friends. Nov. 24: Best Intentions (Billie August, 1992); 4, 7:30 p.m.

French Library and Cultural Center, Ciné Club

53 Marlborough St., Boston. Admission: $5, $4 for members. Information: 266-4351. All screenings are Fri.­Sat., 8 p.m., or Sun., 7 p.m. The Ciné Club presents a retrospective of the career of French actor Jean Gabin, lasting through December. Nov. 18­20: French Can Can (Jean Renoir, 1954).

Harvard-Epworth Film Series

Harvard-Epworth United Methodist Church, 1555 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge. Nov. 20, 8 p.m. Admission: $3. Information: 354-0837. Record of a Tenement Gentleman (Yasujiro Ozu, 1947).

Boston Public Library

Copley Square, Boston. Nov. 21, 6 p.m. Information: 536-5400 ext 319. Screening of Ride the High Country (1962), starring Randolph Scott, Joel McCrea, and Mariette Hartley as a part of "A Six-Gun and a Conscience: The Western Grows Up."

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.

Premiere Engagement. Nov. 18­27: Hélas Pour Moi (Jean-Luc Godard, 1993), with Gérard Depardieu; Fri., 8:15 p.m. (additional screening Fri., Nov. 25, 4:30 p.m.); Sat., 3:15 p.m.; Sun., Nov. 27, 1:30 p.m. Through Nov. 27: In the Land of the Deaf (Nicholas Philbert, 1992); Fri., 6:15 p.m.; Sat., 11 a.m.

Theater Openings

"Eleemosynary"

Spingold Theater, Brandeis University, Waltham. Nov. 18­20: Fri.­Sat., 8 p.m.; Sun., 2 & 7 p.m. Admission: $9­11. Information: 736-3400. Janet Morrison directs Lee Blessing's masterfully-constructed look at the tangled bond between three generations of women.

"King Lear"

Emerson Majestic Theatre, 219 Tremont St., Boston. Nov. 18­19, 8 p.m. Admission: $15­10. Information: 578-8727. The Emerson Stage presents William Shakespeare's classic tragedy of deception, avarice, and betrayal; directed by Maureen Shea.

"Twelfth Night"

Loeb Experimental Theater, 64 Brattle St., Cambridge. Nov. 23 & 26, 7:30 p.m.; Nov. 25, 6:30 p.m.; Nov. 26 & 27, 1:30 p.m. Admission: $10; $8, ART subscribers; $5, students/seniors. Information: 547-8300. David Gammons directs this performance of Shakespeare's comedy of mistaken identity, lost love, self-conceit, delusion, and division.

Ongoing Theater

"The Mikado"

Kresge Little Theater, 84 Massachusetts Ave. Nov. 18­19, 8 p.m. Admission: $6­10. Information: 253-0190. An MIT Gilbert & Sullivan Players production.

"Jelly's Last Jam"

Shubert Theatre, 265 Tremont St., Boston. Through Nov. 20: Fri.­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. Through Nov. 20: Fri.­Sat., 8 p.m.; Sun., 7 p.m.; Sat. & Sun. matinees, 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."

"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. 18­20; call for showtimes. 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.

"Teibele and Her Demon"

New Repertory Theatre, 54 Lincoln St., Newton Highlands. Through Dec. 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.

Lectures

Grolier Poetry Reading Series

Adams House, Entry C, 26 Plympton St., Harvard Square, Cambridge. Nov. 22, 7:30 p.m. Donations requested. Information: 547-4648. Cyrus Cassells will read from his new collection Soul Make a Path Through Shouting.

Dance

Boston Conservatory Dance Theater

Boston Conservatory Theater, 31 Hemenway St., Boston. Nov. 17­19, 8 p.m. Admission: $10; $7 students/seniors. Information: 536-6340. Original works choreographed by alumni.

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 improvisors 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.

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.

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.

Compton Gallery

"mechanical e. motions@mit.edu." MIT Artist-in-Residence Arthur Ganson's ingenious kinetic sculptures address emotional and philosophical issues between the animate and inanimate, human and machine. Through Jan. 31, 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. Information: Michelle Fiorenza, 253-9455."Mirage." Oil and acrylic paintings by Sal Puleo. Through Jan. 27, 1995.

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.

Brickbottom Art Association

1 Fitchburg St., Somerville, Nov. 19­20, noon­6 p.m. Free Admission. Information: 625-5965. Annual Open Studios, featuring painters, sculptors, printmakers, photographers, ceramicists, jewelers, textile artists, and others. The event draws around 5,000 visitors annually.

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 Dec. 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.

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.

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.

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.

"ŒFixed in Time': Dated Ceramics of the 18th, 19th, and 20th Centuries." In celebration of their 60th anniversary, the Boston China Students' Club presents an exhibtion featuring works from the members' collections. The ceramics, 80 items in all, are displayed to give a feeling for their historical context. Through May 14, 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

The AIDS Dance-a-thon

Hynes Convention Center, Nov. 19, 6­10 p.m. Those attending the event must obtain $50 in pledges. Pledge sheets available at Newbury Comics, Tower Records, Videosmith, or by calling information: 424-9255. The nation's fourth largest AIDS pledge dance is raising money to support the AIDS Action Committee's programs. There will be four dance floors featuring the latest dance tracks, a two-stepping room, a ballroom dance floor, and a world beat room.