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Otto Sander and Bruno Sander star in Faraway, So Close, featured this weekend at the Brattle Theater.

Classical Music

The Boston Conservatory

All events at Seully Hall, 8 The Fenway, Boston, except where noted. Box office: 536-3063. Information: 536-6340. 1) Dec. 9, 8 p.m.: 20th Century Music Ensemble; Works by Schuller, Barber, Ibert, Stravinsky, and John C. Adams. 2) Dec. 11, 3 p.m. - First and Second Church, 66 Marlborough St., Boston: Kabalevsky 90th Birthday Celebration; featuring the world premiere of "Seven Songs of Love," performed by baritone Robert Honeysucker and pianist Janice Weber. 3) Dec. 12, 8 p.m. Saint Cecilia's Church, Belvidere St. (off Mass. Ave.): Boston Conservatory Orchestra and Festival Chorus; Allen Lannom, conductor; C.P.E. Bach's Magnificat and Dvorak's Te Deum. 4) Dec. 13, 8 p.m.: Wind Ensemble; James O'Dell, conductor; Kabalevsky Overture to Colas Breugnon, Noon Sweelink Variations, and Gilmore Five Folksongs for Soprano. 5) Dec. 14-15, 7 p.m.: Student Chamber Music Concerts. The Boston Conservatory continues its December performances in music, dance, and theater.

Handel & Haydn Society

Symphony Hall, Boston. Dec. 9-11: Fri.-Sat., 7:30 p.m.; Sun., 3 p.m. Admission: $17-50. Information: 266-3605. The H&H chorus and orchestra offer their 141st annual production of G.F. Handel's Messiah, conducted by William Christie.

Bank of Boston Celebrity Series

Jordan Hall, New England Conservatory, Boston. Admission: $27-30. Tickets: 482-6661 or 266-1200. 1) Dec. 10, 2 p.m.: Vienna Choir Boys perform excerpts from Britten, A Ceremony of Carols; Schubert, Deutsche Messe; Mozart, The Caliph's Goose; and traditional Christmas carols. Admission: $30-36. 2) Dec. 11, 3 p.m.: Anonymous 4, a group of four women devoted to the performance of medieval vocal music, performs the Christmas program On Yoolis Night, focusing on English hymns, carols, motets, and readings from period (13th-15th-century) music and literature. Admission: $27-33.

Kaji Aso Studio

40 St. Stephen Street, Boston. Dec. 9, 8 p.m. Admission: $10. Information: 247-1719. Recital of Kaji Aso, tenor. Program: opera highlights from "La Traviata," "Don Giovanni," and more.

Emmanuel Music

C. Walsh Theatre, 41 Temple St., Beacon Hill, Boston. Dec. 11, 4 p.m. Admission: $15; $10, students/seniors. Information: 536-3356. The Brahms Series: Six Piano Pieces, Op. 118; Three Studies for the Piano (from Chopin, von Weber, and J.S. Bach; arranged by Brahms); Waltzes for Piano, Four-Hands, Op. 39; Six Vocal Quartets, Op. 112; Neue Liebeslieder, Op. 65. Jane Bryden, soprano; Gloria Raymond, mezzo-soprano; Frank Kelly, tenor; ChristAopheren Nomura, baritone; Leslie Amper and Craig Smith, piano.

Longy School of Music

Edward Pickman Concert Hall, 27 Garden St., Cambridge. Dec. 11, 8 p.m. Admission: $5. Information: 876-0956 x130. Longy Chamber Singers; Lorna Cooke deVaron, conductor. Program includes music of Pachelbel, Stravinsky, and others Eastern European and Mediterranean carols.

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. 10: Young Artists Showcase; Ya-Fei Chuang, piano. Dec. 11: Sunday Concert Series; Doroit Anthony Dwyer, flute, and Anthony DiBonaventura, piano, perform Schubert Variations "Trockne Blumen" for Flute and Piano in E minor and Charles Fussel Sonata for Flute (world premiere).

MIT Symphony Orchestra

84 Massachusetts Ave., Kresge Auditorium. Dec. 10, 8:30 p.m. Admission: $2 at the door. Information: 253-9800. David Epstein, director; Sophia Chen, piano, Harvard Œ97. Program: Prokofiev, Concerto No. 3 for Piano & Orchestra, Op. 26; Dmitri Shostakovich, Symphony No. 5 in D, Op. 47.

MIT Women's Chorale Holiday Concert

Killian Hall, 14W-111, 160 Memorial Dr. Dec. 11, 3 p.m. Information: 484-8187. Nancy Wagner, conductor; Ingrid Eppelsheimer, piano. Program: selections by Bach, Rutter, Handel, and others. Refreshments follow.

The Boston Players

Tsai Performance Center, Boston University, 685 Commonwealth Ave., Boston. Dec. 11, 3 p.m. Admission: $15; $7.50, students/seniors. Information: 353-8725. Three Russian Styles - Glinka and Shostakovich Sonatas for viola and piano; Rachmaninoff Russian Rhapsody and Symphony Dances for two pianos.

Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

465 Huntington Ave., Boston. Dec. 15, 8 p.m. Admission: $17; $14, MFA members/students/ seniors. Information: 267-9300. "The Art of Fugue": Boston Museum Trio; Christopher Krueger, baroque flute; Stephen Hammer, baroque oboe and oboe da caccia; David Miller, viola; and Laura Blustein, cello. Program features the trio and their guest performers in their annual performance of Bach's masterwork.

MIT Chamber Music Society

Killian Hall, 14W-111, 160 Memorial Dr. Through Dec. 15. Information: 253-9800 or 253-2826 for complete schedule.

Beethoven's Birthday Concert

84 Massachusetts Ave., Kresge Auditorium. Dec. 16, 8 p.m. Information: 253-9800. Marek Zebrowski, piano; Tuncay Yilmaz, violin. Program: Beethoven's Romance in F, Op. 50; Sonata in F, Op. 24 "Spring"; Kreutzer Sonata.

Handel & Haydn Society

Two performances. 1) Dec. 16, 8 p.m.: Jordan Hall, New England Conservatory, Boston. 2) Dec. 19, 8 p.m.: Sanders Theatre, Cambridge. Admission: $16.50-27.50. Information: 266-3605. Baroque Noel - an ensemble of the Handel & Haydn Society chorus and orchestra Christmas music of the Italian Baroque, including works by Vivaldi, Corelli, and Popora. John Finney, conductor.

Popular Music

MIT Muses Concert

84 Massachusetts Ave., Kresge Little Theater. Dec. 10, 7:30 p.m. Information: 225-7279. MIT's all-women a cappella ensemble performs with a guest group from off-campus.

MIT Logarhythms Concert

77 Massachusetts Ave., Rm. 10-250. Dec. 10, 7:30 p.m. Information: Roy Rasera, 225-9587. The all-male group, MIT's oldest a cappella singing ensemble, performs in typical high spirits and humor.

MIT Brass Ensemble

Killian Hall, 14W-111, 160 Memorial Dr. Dec. 13, 8 p.m. Information: 253-2826 (call to confirm). Lawrence Isaacson, director.

Kendall Cafe

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. Featured performance, Dec. 16, 8 & 10 p.m.: contemporary folk songwriter Cliff Eberhardt, with the Agona Hardison Band as the opening act.

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.

Jazz

Jazz Composers Alliance

Old Cambridge Baptist Church, 1151 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge. Dec. 9, 8 p.m. Admission: $7.50; $6, students/seniors. Information: 964-5471. The JCA orchestra performs the music of six composers: alto saxophonist Andrew D'Angelo; Darrell Katz, director of the JCA, pianist Bevan Mason; bassist and 1994 JCA composition winner Bob Pilkington; Ken Pullig, director of Jazz Studies at the Berklee College of Music; and guitarist Izhar Schejter.

MIT Jazz and Concert Bands

84 Massachusetts Ave., Kresge Auditorium. Dec. 9, 8:15 p.m. Admission: $2 at the door. Information: 253-9800. James O'Dell and Everett Longstreth.

Federal Reserve Bank of Boston Concert Series

Bank Auditorium, 600 Atlantic Ave., Boston. Dec. 15, 12:30 p.m. Information: 973-3453. New England Conservatory of Music performance: the Honors Modern Jazz Quintet.

World Music

North Indian Classical Music and Dance

First Church of Cambridge, Congregational, 11 Garden St., Cambridge. Dec. 9, 8 p.m. Admission: $12; $8, students/seniors with ID at the door. Information: 253-4705. George Ruckert (of MIT's Music and Theater Arts Departent) plays the classical music of North India on the 25-string lute, the sarod; Gretchen Hayden (Kathak dance coordinator) and Ray Spiegel, tabla, round out the performance.

Bank of Boston Celebrity Series

John Hancock Hall, Boston. Dec. 9-11; Fri.-Sat., 8 p.m.; Sun., 3 p.m. Admission: $28-36. Information (tickets): 482-6661. The British percussion ensemble STOMP, winner of a prestigious Olivier award for Best Choreography (London's Tony Award), brings its unique blend of dance, movement, theatre, humor, and percussion to its performance.

Kaji Aso Studio

40 St. Stephen Street, Boston. Dec. 10, 8 p.m. Information: 247-1719. Festival of the Arts: featured composers Jonathan Lovenstein and Dennis Leclaire perform works inspired by the "12 Animals of the Chinese Zodiac."

Zamir Chorale of Boston

Northeastern University, Blackman Auditorium, Boston. Dec. 11, 3 p.m. Admission: $8-22. Information: 739-0363. Zamir's annual Chanukah concert celebrates the fiftieth anniversary of Hebrew College's Camp Yavneh by presenting Zamir and its most famous alumni, Safam.

Film

Japanese Friday Nights at the Flicks

77 Massachusetts Ave., Rm. 1-390. Donation: $1-2. Information: 253-2839. Dec. 9: Yojimbo (Akira Kurosawa, 1961); 6:30, 10 p.m. Black Lizard (Yukio Mishima, script); 8:30 p.m.

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. Dec. 9-10: Wings of Desire (Wim Wenders, 1987); Fri., 9:45 p.m.; Sat.-Sun., 1:45 & 7 p.m. Faraway, So Close (Wenders, 1993); Fri., 4:15 p.m.; Sat.-Sun., 4:15 & 9:30 p.m. Shakespeare. Dec. 11: Othello (Orson Welles, 1952); 3:20, 7:30 p.m. Julius Caesar (Joseph Mankiewicz, 1953); 1, 5:10, 9:15 p.m. Forbidden Hollywood. Dec. 12: Lawyer Man (William Dieterle, 1932); 5:10, 8 p.m. Taxi (Roy Del Ruth, 1932); 3:45, 6:30, 9:30 p.m. The Monster Within. Dec. 13: Passione D'Amore (Ettore Scola, 1981); 3:30, 7:40 p.m. Beauty and the Beast (Jean Cocteau, 1946); 5:45, 10 p.m. Recent Raves. Dec. 14: Women from the Lake of Scented Souls (Xie Fei, 1993); 4, 8 p.m. The Scent of Green Papaya (Tran Anh Hung, 1993); 6, 9:55 p.m. Bergman and Friends. Dec. 15: The Seventh Seal (Ingmar Bergman, 1956); 4:15, 7:55 p.m. The Virgin Spring (Bergman, 1959); 6:05, 9:45 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. Dec. 9­11: Le Clan des Siciliens (Henri Verneuil, 1969).

Harvard-Epworth Film Series

Harvard-Epworth United Methodist Church, 1555 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge. Dec. 11, 8 p.m. Admission: $3. Information: 354-0387. Chronicle of Anna Magdalena Bach (Jean-Marie Straub, 1967).

Harvard Film Archive

24 Quincy St., Cambridge. Admission: $6, $5 for students/seniors/ children under 12. Information: 495-4700.

Feature Presentations. Dec. 9-14: Intervista (Federico Fellini, 1987); Fri.-Sun., 5 p.m.; Sat., 9 p.m.; Mon., 7:30 p.m.; Tue.-Wed., 9:30 p.m. La Dolce Vita (Fellini, 1960); Fri., 7 p.m.; Sat., 1:30 p.m.; Sun., 7 p.m. Special Events. Dec. 10­11: Hello Photo (Nina Davenport, 1994); Sat., 7 p.m.; Sun., 3 p.m. Classics of the World Cinema I. Dec. 12 & 14: Touch of Evil (Orson Welles, 1958); Mon., 5:30 p.m.; Wed., 7:30 p.m. Perspectives in Film. Dec. 12­13: The Cook, the Thief, His Wife, and Her Lover (Peter Greenaway, 1989); Mon., 9:30 p.m.; Tue., 7:30 p.m. Dec. 13­14: Blade Runner (Ridley Scott, 1982); Tue.­Wed., 5:15 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.

Week of Abruzzo Cinema. Dec. 9: Christmas Gift (Pupi Avati, 1983); 5:45 p.m. Fontamara (Carlo Lizzani, 1980); 7:45 p.m. Dec. 10: Newlyweds (Pupi Avati, 1988); 1:15 p.m. We'll Talk about It on Monday (Luciano Odorisio, 1989); 3:15 p.m. Dec. 14: Fontamara; 10:30 a.m. Men and Wolves (Giuseppe De Santis, 1956); 5:45 p.m. Serpentine Relations (Mario Monicelli, 1992); 8 p.m.

Theater Openings

"Peer Gynt"

Boston Conservatory Theater, 31 Hemenway St., Boston. Dec. 9­11: Fri.­Sat., 8 p.m.; Sat.­Sun., 2 p.m. Admission: $10; $7, students/seniors. Information: 536-3063. The Boston Conservatory Theater Division presents Henrik Ibsen's romantic epic, capturing the fantasy and scope of Ibsen's vast whirlwind drama with puppetry, movement, and the music of Edvard Grieg.

"Amahl and the Night Visitors"

Edward Pickman Concert Hall, 27 Garden St., Cambridge. Dec. 14­17: 8 p.m., all showings. Admission: $10; $5, students/seniors. Information: 876-0956. Opera at Longy, directed by Donna Roll, presents Gian-Carlo Menotti's work.

"Hay Fever"

84 Massachusetts Ave., Kresge Little Theater. Dec. 16, 18­20: 8 p.m., plus 2 p.m. matinee on Sun., Dec. 18. Admission: $10; $8, MIT community/alumni; $7, MIT students. Information: 253-2530. The MIT Community Players present this production of a play by Noel Coward.

Ongoing Theater

"The Workroom"

Studio Theatre, 69 Brimmer St., Boston. Through Dec. 11: Fri.­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., 2 p.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.

"Judevine"

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.

"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.

"A Child's Christmas in Wales"

Lyric Stage, 140 Clarendon St., Boston. Through Dec. 23: 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 FranHcois Rochaix.

Dance

The Strand Theatre

543 Columbia Rd., Dorchester. Dec. 9­10: Fri., 7:30 p.m.; Sat., 1 p.m. Admission: $10; $6, children/seniors. Information: 282-8000. The Strand and the North Atlantic Ballet Company offers its own production of the holiday classic, "The Nutcracker."

Boston Liturgical Dance Ensemble

Robsham Theater, Boston College, Chestnut Hill. Dec. 9­18: Fri.­Sat., 8 p.m.; Sun., 2 p.m.; special children's matinee at 2 p.m. on Sat., Dec. 17. Admission: $10; $7, children/seniors. Information: 552-4800. "A Dancer's Christmas," a festive dance program in its fourteenth season, will feature familiar pieces along with some newly choreographed works.

Boston Ballet

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 Nutcracker," a traditional holiday favorite, makes its annual appearance in Boston, with the famous Tchaikovsky score and more than 100 performers on stage.

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.

Poetry

Kaji Aso Studio

40 St. Stephen Street, Boston. Dec. 10, 8 p.m. Information: 247-1719. Festival of the arts, poetry, and music, inspired by the "12 Animals of the Chinese Zodiac." Featured poets: Molly Barclay, Cathy Coley, Raffael De Gruttola, Ryk McIntyre, David Schuster, John Ziemba, and members of the Boston Haiku Sociey.

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. EdgertonScD'27.

"Light Sculptures by Bill Parker Œ74." 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 Œ76, 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 Œ62 successful America's Cup campaign with America#.

"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 Corbaté, 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 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.

Federal Reserve Bank of Boston

600 Atlantic Ave., Boston. Hours: Mon.­Fri., 10 a.m.­4 p.m. Information: 973-3453. Through Dec. 29: "Personal Views: Selected Works," a presentation by the Monotype Guild of New England.

French Library and Cultural Center

53 Marlborough St., Boston. Hours: Tue., 12­8 p.m.; Wed.­Thu., 10 a.m.­8 p.m.; Fri.­Sat., 10 a.m.­5 p.m. Information: 266-4351. Through Dec. 29: "Views from the Waterways of France," an exhibition of watercolors by Suzanne Underwood.

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: DCurer 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 DCurer'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.

"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.

Events

Boston Film/Video Foundation

Independent filmmaker Rose Troche will attend a screening of her film, Go Fish, at the Brattle Theater in Harvard Square, Cambridge, on Dec. 9 at 7 p.m. Admission: $10; $8, BF/VF members (screening only). $22; $18, BF/VF members (for screening and a "Meet the Director" reception). For registration, tickets, and information, call 536-1540.

MIT Gilbert and Sullivan Players

Interviews for the April 1995 production of "Iolanthe" will be held from Dec. 11 to Dec. 19 for the positions of Producer, Stage Director, and Music Director. For an appointment or information, call 253-0190.