On the Town
The Spectrum Singers and Music Director Jown W. Ehrlich perform Frohliche Weihnachten as their annual holiday concert on Sunday at 4:15 p.m.
Boston Symphony Orchestra
Symphony Hall, Boston. Admission: $2159. Information: 266-2378. Tickets and reservations: 266-1200. The Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra: with Mariss Jansons, conductor; Truls Mork, cello; Otto Berg, viola. Program: Strauss, Shostakovich, and Ravel.
Wellesley Classical Music
Pendleton Concerton Salon, Wellesley College. Dec. 2, 12:30 p.m. Information: 283-2028. Art songs from Russia's Golden Age; works by Verstovsky, Alaibiev, and Glinka. Commentary by Charles Hodge, Assistant Professor of Russian.
Sanders Theatre, Harvard University. Dec. 2, 8 p.m. Admission: $712; $59, students. Information: 496-2222. The second concert of the orchestra's 187th season features selections from Bernstein, Beethoven, and Brahms. James Yannatos, conductor.
Boston Conservatory Orchestra
Seully Hall, 8 The Fenway, Boston. Dec. 23, 8 p.m. Information: 536-6340. "Opera Scenes," directed by Cecelia Schieve and Patricia Weinmann.
Church of the Advent, 30 Brimmer St., corner of Mt. Vernon Street, Boston (Dec. 2, 8 p.m.) and All Saints Church, 1773 Beacon St., corner of Dean Rd., Brookline (Dec. 4, 3 p.m.). Admission: $1027; student/senior/group discounts available. Information: 232-4540. Featuring Susan Trout, soloist, in Copland's virtuoso vocal piece "In the Beginning," with selections by Poulenc and Bruckner, and the Boston Cecilia Chamber Singers performing yuletide music by Berlioz and Brahms. Donald Teeters, musical director.
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. Dec. 3: Young Artists Showcase - "Jazz at the Gardner," with Patrice Williamson, vocalist. Dec. 4: Sunday Concert Series - New England Conservatory Concert Opera; John Moriarty, pianist and musical director, performs scenes from French opera.
Harvard Department of Music
John Knowles Paine Concert Hall, Music Building, Harvard University. Two separate performances, listed below. Information: 496-6013. 1) Dec. 3, 8 p.m. Harvard Group for New Music presents works by Alexandros Kalogeras, Donald Martino, Stefan Hakenberg, Arnold Schönberg, and others. 2) Dec. 7, 8 p.m. Performers from the department perform the works of Betsy Jolas for harp, clarinet, violin, and piano performance.
Handel & Haydn Society
Symphony Hall, Boston. Dec. 34, 811: Sun., 3 p.m.; all other shows, 7:30 p.m. Admission: $1750; rush tickets, $7 each, available on Dec. 8 at Symphony Hall. Information: 266-3605. The H&H chorus and orchestra offer their 141st annual production of G.F. Handel's Messiah, conducted by William Christie.
MIT Two-Piano Student Recital
Kresge Auditorium, 84 Massachusetts Ave. Dec. 4, 1 p.m. Information: 253-2826. Performers include Julia Rosolovsky '97, Dan Brooks '98, Shuaichen Susan Shi '97, Mohab Gurunathan '97, and others.
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
465 Huntington Ave., Boston. Dec. 4, 3 p.m. Admission: $17; $14, MFA members/students/seniors. Information: 267-9300. Saturday Brass Quintet, a group in residence at the Manhattan School of Music, features music by Gabrielis, Bach, and Schiedt, as well as some works that celebrate the holiday season.
The Spectrum Singers
First Congregational Church, 11 Garden St., Cambridge. Admission: $15. Information: 469-3723. The Spectrum Singers and Music Director John W. Ehrlich present Fröhliche Weihnachten! as their annual holiday concert, featuring the works of German baroque composer Heinrich Schütz, with Schütz's Historia der Gerburt Jesu Christi as the centerpiece.
Bank of Boston Celebrity Series
Jordan Hall, New England Conservatory, Boston. Dec. 4, 3 p.m. Admission: $2730. Tickets: 482-6661 or 266-1200. Emerson String Quartet performs works by Haydn, Bartok, and Dvorak. Walter Pierce, Executive Director.
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.
1) Dec. 4: Benefit Concert Series. Renowned pianist Abbey Simon performs the music of Schumann, Brahms, and Liszt. Admission: $12; $6, students/seniors. 2) Dec. 6: Longy Chamber Orchestra; Jeffrey Rink, conductor. Program features seasonal music of Corelli and Respighi.
MIT Chamber Music Society
Killian Hall, 14W-111, 160 Memorial Dr. Dec. 515. Information: 253-9800 or 253-2826 for complete schedule.
Tufts Early Music Ensemble
Alumnae Lounge, Tufts University, Medford. Dec. 5, 8 p.m. Information: 627-3564. Italian Renaissance Music, with Frottole, Carmine, and dances for violas da gamba, recorders, lute, harpsichord, and voices. Jane Hershey, director.
Federal Reserve Bank of Boston Concert Series
Bank Auditorium, 600 Atlantic Ave., Boston. Dec. 8, 12:30 p.m. Information: 973-3453. Li San of the Longy Music School presents a piano solo performance.
MIT Chorallaries Winter Concert
77 Massachusetts Ave., Rm. 10-250. Dec. 3, 7:30 p.m. Information: 225-8884. MIT's coed a capella singing group with guest groups, the New Group from Wesleyan and the Spizzwinks from Yale.
MIT Concert Band
Kresge Auditorium, 84 Massachusetts Ave. Dec. 3, 8 p.m. Information: 253-2826. The Concert Band, performs original works: Russian Christmas Music by Reed, Al Fresco by Husan, Canzona by Mennin. John Corley, director; Lawrence Isaacson, assistant director.
Premiere Orchestra Concert
Kresge Auditorium, 84 Massachusetts Ave. Dec. 4, 5 p.m. Information: 225-6615. Works by MIT Affiliated Artist Julian Wachner, New England Conservatory graduate student Jake Parker, and Professor Noam Elkies of Harvard University. David Alt '93, guest conductor.
MIT Brass Ensemble
Houghton Memorial Chapel, 106 Central St., Wellesley College. Dec. 4, 8 p.m. Information: 253-2826. Christmas Vespers performance of Gabrieli Hodie Christus Natus Est with the Wellesley and Harvard Choirs. Lawrence Isaacson, director.
233 Cardinal Medieros Way, Cambridge. Admission: varies, see below. Information: 661-0993. Each week will feature local and national artists including contemporary singer-songwriters, unplugged rock acts, blues and traditional folk. Dec. 3, 8:30 p.m. ($7 cover): Richard Shindell performs songs from his latest album, a diverse mix of folk and country.
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.
The Green Dragon Tavern
11 Marshall St., Boston. Free admission every Wed. and Thu. night with a college ID. Information: 367-0055.
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.
Boston Musicians' Festival for Project Bosnia
Berklee Performance Center, 136 Massachusetts Ave., Boston. Dec. 4, 7 p.m. Admission: $13.50; $5, students. Information: 621-9595. Featured jazz performers Mili Bermejo, Luciana Souza, Bevan Manson, and Bob Moses will perform in a concert to raise funds to send medical supplies to Bosnia.
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. Dec. 23: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly (Sergio Leone, 1966); 7 p.m., w/ Sat. matinee at 1:30 p.m. McCabe and Mrs. Miller (Robert Altman, 1971); 4:30, 10 p.m. Shakespeare. Dec. 4: Throne of Blood (Akira Kurosawa, 1957); 2:10, 7 p.m. Macbeth (Roman Polanski, 1971); 4:20, 9 p.m. Forbidden Hollywood. Dec. 5: Fog over Frisco (William Dieterle, 1934); 5:10, 8 p.m. Three on a Match (Mervyn LeRoy, 1932); 3:50, 6:35, 9:30 p.m. The Monster Within. Dec. 6: Eraserhead (David Lynch, 1976); 5, 8 p.m. The Blood of a Poet (Jean Cocteau, 1930); 3:45, 6:45, 9:45 p.m. Recent Raves. Dec. 7: The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert (Stephan Elliott, 1994); 4, 7:30 p.m. Glen or Glenda? (Ed Wood, 1953); 6, 9:30 p.m. Bergman and Friends. Dec. 8: Smiles of a Summer Night (Ingmar Bergman, 1955); 4, 7:50 p.m. Wild Strawberries (Bergman, 1957); 6, 9:50 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: Maigret Tend un Piège (Jean Delannoy, 1957).
Harvard Film Archive
24 Quincy St., Cambridge. Admission: $6, $5 for students/ seniors/children under 12. Information: 495-4700.
Feature Presentations. Dec. 28: Hélas Pour Moi (Jean-Luc Godard, 1993); Fri.Sun., 6:30 & 8 p.m.; Mon., 7:30 & 9 p.m.; Tue., 6, 7:30, & 9 p.m.; Wed., 6 & 9:30 p.m.; Thu., 6:30, 8, & 9:30 p.m. Through Dec. 4: Killing Zoe (Roger Avery, 1994); Fri.Sun., 9:30 p.m.; Sat.Sun., 3:30 p.m. Classics of the World Cinema I. Dec. 5 & 7: Ashes and Diamonds (Andrzej Wajda, 1958); Mon., 5:30 p.m.; Wed., 7:30 p.m. Perspectives in Film. Dec. 6: Double feature - A Walk through H (Peter Greenaway, 1978) and M is for Man, Music and Mozart (Greenaway, 1991); 7:30 p.m. Dec. 7: Until the End of the World (Wim Wenders, 1991); 5:30 p.m.
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.
The Alloy Orchestra Accompanies Silent Classics. Dec. 2: Lonesome (Paul Fejos, 1928); 6:30 p.m. Metropolis (Fritz Lang, 1926); 8:15 p.m. Dec. 3: The Lost World (Harry O. Hoyt, 1925) and Trip to the Moon (Georges Melies, 1902); 1:30 p.m. Lonesome; 3 p.m. Week of Abruzzo Cinema. Dec. 8: Condominium (Felice Farina, 1991); 10:30 a.m., 8 p.m. Cabiria (Giovanni Pastrone, 1914; accompanied by pianist Bob Winter); 5:45 p.m.
Kresge Little Theater, 84 Massachusetts Ave. Through Dec. 3: Fri.Sat., 8 p.m. Admission: $7; $5, MIT students. Information: 253-2903. The Shakespeare Ensemble's Fall Production of the Bard's most violent play, directed by MIT Theater Arts lecturer Kim Mancuso.
"The Best Christmas Pageant Ever"
First and Second Church, 66 Marlborough St., Boston. Through Dec. 3: Fri.Sat., 8 p.m. Admission: $5. Information: 578-8727. Presented by the Emerson Stage, Barbara Robinson's heart-warming story of the "worst kids in the world" who collide head-on with the Christmas spirit.
Brimmer Loft Theatre, 69 Brimmer St., Boston. Through Dec. 4: Fri.Sat., 8 p.m.; Sun., 2 p.m. Admission: $5. Information: 578-8727. Presented by the Emerson Stage, this play by Peter Shaffer explores the line between sanity and madness.
"Tales from the Vienna Woods"
Zero Church Street Performance Space, Cambridge. Through Dec. 4: Fri. & Sun., 8 p.m.; Sat., 2 p.m. Admission: $10; $8, A.R.T. subscribers; $5, students/seniors. Information: 547-8300. This comedy, by Ödön von Horváth, depicts the inner struggles and relationships among working-class Viennese in the 1920s.
Studio Theatre, 69 Brimmer St., Boston. Dec. 711: Wed.Sat., 8 p.m.; Sun., 2 p.m. Admission: $10; $7, Pro-Arts Consortium students. Information: 578-8727. Presented by the Emerson Stage, Jean-Claude Grumberg's post-holocaust drama explores the struggles and memories of women laboring in a tailor's workshop in Europe.
"The Merchant of Venice"
Spingold Theater, Brandeis University, Waltham. Through Dec. 11: Fri.Sat., 8 p.m.; Sun., 7 p.m. (except Dec. 11 at 2 p.m.); Wed.Thur., 10 a.m. Admission: $1115. Information: 736-3400. Shakespeare's magical, sardonic, and passionate play about love, trust, and money, staged by Penny Cherns of the BBC and the Royal Shakespeare Company.
"The Well of Horniness"
Paramount Penthouse Theater, 58 Berkeley St., Boston. Through Dec. 17: Wed.Sat., 8 p.m.; matinee Sun., Dec. 11 at 3 p.m. Admission: $15; $10, students with ID; Sat., Dec. 3 - Special performance ($25) includes champagne reception with the cast and crew following the performance; reservations recommended. Information: 426-3550. A raunchy spoof of Hollywood film noir from the 1940s, written by lesbian-feminist playwright Holly Hughes.
Boston Playwrights' Theatre, 949 Commonwealth Ave., Boston. Through Dec. 18: Thu.Fri., 8 p.m.; Sat., 5 & 9 p.m.; Sun., 3 p.m. Admission: $1820; $5 off, students/seniors; student rush tickets, half price. Information: 499-9599. The play, based on David Budbill's moving collection of poems of the title, is built around the lives and relationships of more than two dozen characters living in a fictional village in northern Vermont.
"A Child's Christmas in Wales"
Lyric Stage, 140 Clarendon St., Boston. Dec. 223: Wed.Fri., 8 p.m.; Sat., 5 & 8:30 p.m.; Sun., 2 p.m; Tue. and Thu. matinees (Dec. 6, 8, 13, and 15) at 11 a.m. Admission: $1726; group, student, and senior discounts available. Information: 437-7172. Fully-staged production of Dylan Thomas's famous autobiographical story that captures the excitement of holidays past and present.
"The Oresteia: Agamemnon, The Libation Bearers, and The Eumenides"
Loeb Drama Center, 64 Brattle St., Cambridge. Through Jan. 8, 1995: Tue.Fri., 8 p.m.; Sat., 2 & 8 p.m.; Sun., 3 & 7 p.m.; some parts of trilogy shown separately - call for details. Admission: $1945. Information: 547-8300. An adaptation of the Greek dramatic trilogy by Aeschylus, by Robert Auletta, directed by François Rochaix.
"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.
Wang Center, 270 Tremont St., Boston. Through Jan. 1, 1995: Tue.Sat., 7:30 p.m.; Sun., 6:30 p.m.; Sat. and Sun. matinees, 2 p.m. Admission: $1858; group discounts available. Information (tickets): 931-ARTS for TicketMaster. The traditional holiday favorite makes its annual appearance in Boston, with the famous Tchaikovsky score and more than 100 performers on stage.
Boston Center for the Arts
539 Tremont St., Boston. Through Dec. 4: Fri.Sat., 8 p.m.; Sat., 2 p.m.; Sun., 3 p.m. Admission: $18 (advance), $20 (at door); group rates available. Information: 695-8020. Boston's Spanish dance company, Amaya, Flamenco Sin Limites, performs Pasíon Flamenca, a program of tradition and modern flamenco dance, starring dancer-choreographer Omayra Amaya.
Dance Umbrella and Ruth Birnberg Dance
C. Walsh Theatre, Suffolk University, 55 Temple St., Boston. Dec. 24: Fri.Sat., 8 p.m.; Sun., 2 p.m. Admission: $15; $10, students/seniors. Information: 573-8680. Igor Stravinsky's Rite of Spring will be performed in a version for two pianos and other dance and music works.
ALEA III at Boston University
Tsai Performance Center, 685 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston. Dec. 7, 8 p.m. Admission: $6; $3, students/seniors; free with BU I.D. Information: 353-3340. Dramatic and choreographic works, conducted by Theodore Antoniou, will be presented at a concert with dancers, mimes, singers, and actors as featured soloists. Program includes Paul Hindemith's ballet Hérodiade, Jacob Druckman's Animus II, Jani Christou's Anaparastasis, and Antoniou's Monodrama.
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.
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.
Poetry at MIT.
Bartos Theater, Bldg. E15, 20 Ames St. Dec. 8, 7:30 p.m. Information: 253-7894. Ed Barrett, senior lecturer in the MIT Program for Writing and Humanistic studies, and photographer Ben Watkins will speak.
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.
"mechanical e. email@example.com." 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.
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 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.
"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.
"The Networked Planet: Traveling the Information Highway." In one hour, visitors learn how vast "invisible" networks move and manage the flow of information and dollars all over the world. An animated ride down a phone line shows visitors what the information highway looks like on the inside. Ongoing.
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.
"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.
"Fixed 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.