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Classical Music

MIT Advanced Music Performance Series

Killian Hall, 160 Memorial Dr. Mar. 17, 12 noon. Information: 253-2826. Arley Kim '95, clarinet; Andrew Newberg, piano. Program: works by Finzi, Debussy, Stravinsky, and Brahms.

Wellesley College Concert Series

Wellesley College. Information: 283-2028. Mar. 17, 12:30 p.m. Houghton Memorial Chapel. An introduction to the Fisk Meantone Organ. Assistant Professor of Music Jay Panetta will discuss the insturment's design, history and repertory. Mar. 17, 8 p.m. Jewett Auditorium. Student Ensembles: Prism and Yanvalou. Mar. 18, 8 p.m. Houghton Memorial Chapel. Harald Vogel in recital on the Fisk Baroque organ. Mar. 22, 8 p.m. Jewett Auditorium. The Wellesley College Chamber Music Society presents works of Milhaud and Schubert.

Boston Symphony Orchestra

Symphony Hall, Boston. Admission: $21­59; $11.50 tickets sold for Open Rehearsal at 10:30 a.m.; Rush tickets (limited) available for Tue./Thu. evening and Fri. afternoon for $7 (one per customer) beginning at 9 a.m. on Fri. and 5 p.m. on Thu. Information: 266-2378 or 266-1492. Mar. 16­18: Thu. & Sat., 8 p.m.; Fri., 1:30 p.m. Valery Gergiev, conductor. Program: Shostakovich, Symphony No. 7, "Leningrad" - performance commemorates the 50th anniversary of the end of World War II. Mar. 23, 25, 28: 8 p.m., Mar. 24, 1:30 p.m., Mar. 22, 7:30 p.m. (open rehearsal with a pre-rehearsal talk at 6:30 p.m.) Austrian conductor Hans Graf makes his Boston Symphony debut with this all-Mozart program. The program includes Piano Concerto No. 15 in B-flat, K.450, with piano soloist Imogen Cooper; the Masonic Funeral Music; ballet music from "Idomeneo"; and the Symphony No. 41, "Jupiter."

Longy School of Music

Edward Pickman Concert Hall, 27 Garden St., Cambridge. Admission: $10, $5 for students/seniors (unless noted). Information: 876-0956 x120. Mar. 17, 7 p.m. Master class with violinist Bayla Keyes. Mar. 18, 7 p.m. Information: 876-0956 x130. Kobe Benefit Concert - A concert to benefit the children, teachers, and administration of KOBEKKO LAND, a children's music school, and the music department of Kobe Women's College. Performances include the Longy Children's Choral, faculty and staff solo performances, and Jo Ha Kyu, a group of musicians and dancers who will perform a traditional Japanese Court dance from circa A.D. 700. Mar. 19, 3 p.m. (free). Early Music Sunday - Chamber music performed by students in Longy's Early Music Department. Mar. 19, 7 p.m. (free). Sunday at Seven Series presents a duo recital by Mark Smith, viola, and Andrew Mark, cello, featuring Howard Frazin's The Monkey Who Had No Arms. Mar. 21, p.m. Master class with soprano Karol Bennett.

All Newton Music School

321 Chestnut St., West Newton. Free Admission. Information: 527-4553. Mar. 17, 8 p.m. Richard Shaughnessy, clarinet, in Recital with Timothy Steele, piano. Program includes works by Mozart, Debussy, Saint-Saëns, Rachmaninoff. Admission: $15, seniors/students: $10. Information: 527-4553. Mar. 19, 4 p.m. Benefit Concert Series - L'Histoire du Soldat; Ronald Knudsen, conductor.

Cantata Singers and Ensemble

Jordan Hall, New England Conservatory, 30 Gainsborough Street, Boston. Mar. 17, 8 p.m., Mar. 19, 3 p.m. (Pre-concert talk by Charles Fussel, one hour prior to performance in the Keller Room). Admission: $32, $20, $12; students $7; seniors, $2 discount. Information: 267-6502. Directed by David Hoose, the Cantata Singers & Ensemble will perform the Solemn Vespers of Mozart and Specimen Days, a portrait of Walt Whitman in his own words by the Boston-based composer Charles Fussell and librettist Will Graham.

Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum

280 The Fenway, Boston. Both concerts begin at 1:30 p.m. Admission (additional to museum admission): $4, $2 members. Information: 734-1359. Mar. 18: Young Artist Series - Robert Olivia, clarinet; Marc Peloquin, piano. Mar. 19: Sunday Concert Series - Christòpheren Nomura, baritone; John Gibbons, fortepiano. Schubert, Die Shöne Müllerin.

Bank of Boston Celebrity Series

Jordan Hall at New England Conservatory, 30 Gainsborough St., Boston. Mar. 18, 8 p.m. Admission: $30, $33, $27. Tickets: 536-2412 (Jordan Hall box office) or 482-6661 (Celebrity Charge). The Juilliard String Quartet in their annual concert in Boston. Program: Mozart, Quartet in B-flat Major, K. 458, "The Hunt"; Hindemith, Quartet No. 2; Beethoven, Quartet in C Major, Op. 59, No. 3, "Rasumovsky."

Harvard University Department of Music

Music Building, Harvard University. Free Admission. Information: 496-6013. John Knowles Paine Concert Hall: Mar. 18, 8 p.m. The Harvard Group for New Music presents the Gregg Smith Singers. Davidson Room: Mar. 20, 4:15 p.m. Colloquium Series: Richard Crawford, University of Michigan, "Writing the History of Music in the USA." John Knowles Paine Concert Hall: Mar. 21, 8 p.m. Admission: $5, free for students. The Consortium: The New Jersey Percussion Ensemble, directed by Raymond DesRoches, Peter Jarvis, and Gary Van Dyke. Program: Henry Cowell, Ostinato pianissimo; Robert Pollock, Chamber Symphony; Carlos Chavez, Toccato; Arthur Krieger, Caprice; David Olan, Prism; Edgar Varese, Ionisation.

The Boston Players

Tsai Performance Center, Boston University, 685 Commonwealth Avenue. March 19, 3 p.m. Admission: $15, $7.50 for students/seniors. Tickets: 353-8725 or 931-2000 (TicketMaster). Violinist Joel Smirnoff of the Juilliard Quartet will perform with clarinetist Charles Neidich and Jonathan Shames in a concert honoring the life and music of Bela Bartok. Program: Rhapsodie, Op.1 and Sonata No.1 for Violin and Piano.

Musicians of the Old Post Road

Faneuil Hall, Boston. Mar. 21, 8 p.m. Admission: $15, students/seniors: $9. Information: 648-4824. A Bach Birthday Party! The ensemble Musician of the Old Post Road will celebrate the 310th birthday of Johann Sebastian Bach with a program of two Bach cantatas - The Coffee Cantata and the Peasant Cantata. Distinguished vocal soloists will be soprano Suzanne Ehly; and William Hite, tenor; Paul Guttry, bass-baritone.

Federal Reserve Bank of Boston Spring Concert Series

Bank Auditorium, 600 Atlantic Ave., Boston. Mar. 23, 12:30 p.m. Information: 973-3453. The New England Conservatory of Music presents violinist Jason Horowitz.

MIT Contemporary Music - An Evening with Steve Reich

Kresge Auditorium, 84 Massachusetts Ave. Information: 253-4003. Mar. 22, 8 p.m. 1995 Abramowitz Lecture by composer Steve Reich. Concert of four compositions by Reich performed by Reich, MIT faculty and students. Reich, foremost 20th-century minimalist composer, will perform in Music for Pieces of Wood. Question-and-answer session moderated by John Harbison to follow. (see also under Lectures, "A Discussion with Steve Reich").

MIT Chapel Concert Series

MIT Chapel, across the street from 77 Massachusetts Ave. Information: 253-2906. Mar. 23, 12 p.m. Michele Pinet, harp. Program: works by Handel, Donizetti, Debussy, Salzedo and Pinkham.

Popular Music

Druid Pub-Restaurant

Inman Square, Cambridge. Weekly: Tue., 9 p.m.; Fri.­Sat., 5 p.m.; Sun., 4 p.m. Information: 497-0965. Authentic Irish Pub setting, with antique oak woodwork highlighted by original works of Celtic art. Traditional live Irish music sessions.

Kendall Cafe

233 Cardinal Medieros Way, Cambridge. Admission: varies. Information: 661-0993. Each week will feature local and national artists including contemporary singer-songwriters, unplugged rock acts, blues and traditional folk.

The Middle East

472/480 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge. Some shows have age limits. Unless otherwise noted, doors open at 8:30 p.m. for all downstairs shows and 9 p.m. for upstairs ones. 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.

Mar. 17: Skavengers, Flo, Jayuyah, Scamp [Upstairs, 19+, $6]; A La Modal (Jazz) [Bakery].

Mar. 18: Pure Polyester (play) [Upstairs, 18+, 6­9 p.m., $5]; Skud Mountain Boys, Push Kings, The Veronica Cartwrights, Architectural Metaphor [Upstairs, 19+, 9:30 p.m., $6]; Ross Robinson, Blue Pearl (blues) [Bakery].

Mar. 19: Blue Moon Poets [Up, 1­3 p.m.]; Dance & Music Jam [Up, 4­6 p.m.]; The Ghost of Tony Gold, Glyn Styler, The Ray Corvair Band [Up, 9 p.m., 19+, $6]; Willy Sardillo (fr. Flor De Caña), Sonabo [Down, 8 p.m., 19+]; Maniacal Pop Showcase: Black Snake Moon [Bakery].

Mar. 20: Off the Wall Films, Grief, Dog [Up, 10 p.m., 19+, $5]; Mon. Performing Arts Series Out Loud Theater presents: Dinner [Down, 6 p.m.]; So What, Sahar & Jim (Dancers) [Bakery].

Mar. 21: Best of the Bakery - Universal You, Baboon Hear, Spek, Noctis [Up, 19+, $5]; Book Cellar Cafe in the Bakery w/ Bill White [Bakery].

Mar. 22: Cheap Date Night [Up, 19+, $3]; Prickly, Car, Weeping in Fits & Starts [Up]; Belly Dancing w/ Ophelia, Najmet & Sahar [Bakery].

Mar. 23: Band of Susans, Dis-33%, The Vehicle Birth [Up, 19+, $7]; The Authority, Daddys, Moon Boot Lover [Down, 19+, $7/$8]; The Darlings (Roots Rock Country) [Bakery].

The Green Dragon Tavern

11 Marshall St., Boston. Free admission every Wed. and Thu. night with a college ID. Information: 367-0055.

Sounds of Concord

Concord-Carlisle Regional High School. Mar. 18, 1:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Admission: $10, $15 seniors: $8. Information: 944-9810. Some of the best in a cappella music will be featured on the Sounds of Concord's 25th anniversary show, "Seems Like Old Times." Women of Note, The Malden High School Concert Choir, River City All-Stars, and The Real Deal will perform.

The Folk Song Society of Greater Boston

First Parish Church, 35 Church Street, Watertown. Mar. 18, 8 p.m. Admission: $9, Members $7.50. Information: 969-5152. The Folk Song Society presents The Short Sisters. Over the years, The Short Sisters have delighted audiences with their offbeat rounds, musical curiosities and chorus songs, songs about work, family and love, Sacred Harp hymns, and ballads.

World Music

Drummers of the Burundi

Sanders Theatre, Boston. Mar. 19, 4 p.m. Admission: $22, $18. Tickets: 876-4275 (World Music), 496-2222 (Sanders Theatre), 931-2000 (TicketMaster). Information: 876-4275. The Drummers of Burundi is a mesh of intricate rhythms intertwined with leaps over waist-high drums and exotic movements that mime African animals. The 17 master drummers who play are from a long ancestral line of drummers.

Film

Lecture Series Committee

77 Massachusetts Ave., Rm. 10-250 and 26-100. Admission: $2; $3 for admission to LSC Classic plus one regular film (good for the weekend). Information: 258-8881. Mar. 17: Barcelona (Whit Stillman, 1994); 7 & 10 p.m. [26-100]. LSC Classic - The Fearless Vampire Killers (Roman Polanski, 1967); 7:30 p.m. [10-250]. Mar. 18: Forrest Gump (Robert Zemeckis, 1994); 7 & 10 p.m. [26-100] & 8:30 p.m. [10-250]. Mar. 19: Buffy the Vampire Slayer (Fran Rubel Kuzui, 1992); 7 & 10 p.m. [26-100].

List Visual Arts Center

Bartos Theater, 20 Ames St. Information: 253-4400. Continuing film/lecture series presented in conjunction with "The Masculine Masquerade" exhibit (see "Exhibits" below). Male Identities. Mar. 19, 3 p.m.: Unforgiven (Clint Eastwood, 1992); Posse (Mario van Peebles, 1993). Panel discussion which concludes this film series will be held on Mar. 25, 2 p.m.; moderated by Henry Jenkins, associate professor of literature at MIT.

MIT Women's Studies Program

77 Massachusetts Ave., Rm. 6-120. Information: 253-8844. "The New Women Warriors: A Festival of Cutting Edge Media by/about Asian and Asian American Women," program running through Mar. 22. Mar. 22, Two Lies (Pam Tom, 1989); Memories from the Department of Amnesia (Janice Tanaka, 1991); Be Good My Children (Christine Chang, 1992).

Boston Public Library

Rabb Lecture Hall, Central Library, Copley Square, Boston. Information: 536-5400. Mar. 20, 6 p.m.: Dark Passage (Delmer Daves, 1947); part of "The Look: Lauren Bacall," a film and video series featuring eight Bacall films of the 1940s and 50s.

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. Mar. 17: The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert (Stephan Elliot, 1994); 4:15, 7:50 p.m. Pink Flamingos (John Waters, 1972); 6, 9:40 p.m. Mar. 18: The Adventures of Priscilla; 3:45, 8 p.m. Ed Wood (Tim Burton, 1994); 1:15, 5:30, 9:45 p.m. Beyond the Wild Bunch. Mar. 19: Ride the High Country (Sam Peckinpah, 1962); 3:35, 7:45 p.m. Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid (Peckinpah, 1973); 1:15, 5:25, 9:30 p.m. Oscar Noir. Mar. 20: All About Eve (Joseph Mankiewicz, 1950); 3, 7:30 p.m. Suspicion (Alfred Hitchcock, 1941); 5:30, 9:55 p.m. Tarkovsky Returns. Mar. 21: The Sacrifice (Andrei Tarkovsky, 1986); 7:50 p.m. Recent Raves. Mar. 22: Heavenly Creatures (Peter Jackson, 1994); 4, 6, 8, 9:55 p.m. Three Chinese Directors. Mar. 23: Raise the Red Lantern (Zhang Yimou, 1991); 3:30, 7:40 p.m. Red Sorghum (Zhang Yimou, 1987); 5:50, 10 p.m.

Coolidge Corner Theater

290 Harvard Ave., Brookline. Through Apr. 8; Sat., 12 noon. Admission: $6, single admission; $10, double feature; $50, series pass (12 films). Information: 491-5877. "Hong Kong 5," a salute to modern Hong Kong action films. Mar. 18: From Beijing With Love (Directed by Steven Chow); Better Tomorrow 2 (Directed by John Woo).

French Library and Cultural Center, Ciné Club

53 Marlborough St., Boston. Admission: $5, $4 for members. Information: 266-4351. Mar. 16­17, 8 p.m.: Danton (Andrej Wajda, 1982); Mar. 23­24, 8 p.m.: May Fools (Louis Malle, 1990). Videotheque - free screening, Mar. 22, 1:30 p.m.: Haiti Dreams of Democracy (Directed by Jonathan Demme);

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.

1. All listings are part of the Asian American International Film Festival. Mar. 18, 12:30 p.m. (Parts 1­2); Mar. 17, 7:30 p.m. and Mar. 18, 3 p.m. (Parts 3­4): The Buddha of Suburbia (Roger Michell, 1993). Mar. 23, 6:50 p.m. and Mar. 25, 11:30 a.m. Broken Journey (Sandip Ray, 1994). Women's Shorts. Mar. 17, 5:45 p.m. Program includes Red, White, Blue & Yellow (Angela De Chou, 1993); White Monkey (Alena Tam, 1992); I'm British But... (Gurinder Chadha, 1990); Acting Our Age (Gurinder Chadha, 1994). Comedy Indian Style. Mar. 23, 5:30 p.m. What Do You Call an Indian Woman Who's Funny (Gurinder Chadha, 1990); Corner Store Blues (Kaizad Gustad, 1993). Men's Shorts. Mar. 23, 8:40 p.m. Program includes Thick Lips, Thin Lips (Paul Lee, 1994); White Christmas (Michael Magnaye, 1993); Hysterio Passio (Quentin Lee, 1993); Stolen Ground (Lee Mun Wah, Linsey Jang, 1993). 2. Back by Popular Demand. Mar. 18, 11 a.m. Twitch and Shout (Laurel Chiten, 1994).

Wang Center for the Performing Arts

268 Tremont St., Boston. Through Apr. 10: Mon., 7:30 p.m. Admission: $6. Information: 482-9393. The Wang Center presents its Classic Film Series, featuring favorite films on the largest screen in New England. Mar. 20: Jaws (Steven Spielberg, 1975). Mar. 27: Lawrence of Arabia (David Lean, 1962). Apr. 10: Mary Poppins (Robert Stevenson, 1964).

Theater Openings

"The Three Sisters"

La Sala de Puerto Rico, 84 Massachusetts Ave. Mar. 16­18 & 24­26, 8 p.m. Admission: $7; $5, students. Information: 253-2903. The MITShakespeare Ensemble presents Chekhov's naturalistic play about three Russian sisters in the early 1900s.

"Hannah Free"

Triangle Paramount Penthouse Theater, 58 Berkeley St., Boston. Mar. 22­Apr. 15: Wed.­Sat., 8 p.m., Sun. 3 p.m. Admission: $15, students: $10. Information: 426-3550. "Hannah Free" is set in a nursing home where Hannah now lives, bedridden after a life of obsessive wandering; Rachel her off-again, on-again lover of some 60 years, lies a few doors away on life-support. It is a play that adresses issues of aging and love.

"The Bacchae"

Studio Theatre, 69 Brimmer St., Boston. Mar. 22­26: Wed.­Sat., 8 p.m., Sun., 2 p.m. Admission: $10, $7 for Pro-Arts Consortium students. Information: 578-8780. Emerson Stage presents Euripides' The Bacchae, a tragic drama focusing on the conflict between reason and religious excess. Directed by Ron Jenkins and Balinese theatre artist I Nyoman Catra, this production will feature Asian theatre traditions.

"What Goes Around, Comes Around"

Strand Theatre, 543 Columbia Road, Dorchester. Mar. 16­18, 8 p.m.; Mar. 18 & 19, 3:30 p.m.; Mar. 19, 7:30 p.m. Admissions: $15.50­$21.50. Information: 282-8000. David E. Talbert's hit play premieres in Boston for a weekend of "Hot-rageous & Sex-sational" comedy. Audiences will be in hysterics as the play's female protagonist, Doreen, played by Cheryl Pepsi-Riley, turns the tables on her unfaithful lover.

"The Berlin Wall/The Iron Curtain Between Private & Public"

Mobius, 354 Congress Street, Boston. Mar. 23­25, 8 p.m. Admission: $10, $8, students/seniors. Information: 542-7416. A new performance piece by Czech emigre and member of the Czec underground, Milan Kohout and American performance artist Mari Novotny-Jones. The two performance artists, representing both sides of a divided world will use stories both collective and personal, in an interactive structure that mimicks the reality fo the Cold War.

Ongoing Theater

"Candide"

Boston Lyric Opera, 114 State St., Boston. Mar. 17 & 19. Call for times and admission. Information: 248-8660. Based on Voltaire's satire, Leonard Bernstein's musical production features a well-loved overture; lyrics by Richard Wilbur, Stephen Sondheim, and others. It tells the story of two children and their cousin who blindly accept their tutor's philosophy that everything happens for the best; but, after a series of catstrophes and perilous adventures, the group reunites for a more realistic point of view.

"School for Wives"

Emerson Stage, Brimmer Loft Theatre, 69 Brimmer St., Boston. Through Mar. 19: Fri.­Sat., 8 p.m.; Sun., 2 p.m. Admission: $5; seating is limited, theatre capacity is 50 seats. Information: 578-8727. Emerson Stage performs Moliere's comic French classic; student-directed by Christina Iovita.

"Henry V"

Loeb Drama Center, 64 Brattle St., Cambridge. Through Mar. 25: Tue.­Sat., 8 p.m.; Sun., 7 p.m.; Sat. & Sun., 2 p.m.; Wed. matinees (Feb. 22­23), 2 p.m. Admission: $19­45. Information: 547-8300. William Shakespeare's classic play that describes the young king's saga to unify his country and a climactic battle against France, in which he must prove his worth both as soldier and as statesman.

"A Face with a View"

Boston Baked Theatre, 255 Elm St., Davis Square, Somerville. Through Apr. 1: Thu.­Sat., 8 p.m. Admission: $15; senior and student discounts available; preview performance Mar. 15, $10. Information: 628-9575. Boston native and stand-up comedienne Maria Falzone stars in this one-woman comedy/drama that details her eccentric upbriging in Sicilian culture and her effort to keep ties to her family while pursuing a life of her own.

"Hearts Beating Faster"

Coyote Theatre, Boston Center for the Arts, 539 Tremont St., Boston. Through Apr. 2: Thu.­Sat., 8 p.m.; Sun., 7 p.m. Admission: $15.25; $18.25 for Saturdays. Information: 695-0659. A passionate play by Ralph Pape about an alluring drifter who irrevocably alters the course of a young woman's life. Jeffrey Mousseau, artistic director.

"The Guardsman"

Huntington Theatre Company, 264 Huntington Ave., Boston. Through Apr. 9: Tue.­Sat., 8 p.m. (excluding Mar. 19 at 7 p.m.); Sat. & Sun. matinees, 2 p.m. Admission: $12­39; students/seniors, $5 discount. Information: 266-0800. Production of Ferenc Molnar's theatrical contest in which two leading married actors struggle with jealousy and infidelity, and love perhaps prevails. Jacques Cartier directs a translation by Frank Marcus.

"Someone Who'll Watch Over Me"

New Repertory Theater, 54 Lincoln St., Newton Highlands. Through Apr. 9. Admission: $14­26. Information: 332-1646. Nominated for Best New Play of last year's Broadway season, a tale of triumph of hope and humanity that involves three hostages who struggle through brutal differences to forge bonds of love and companionship.

Dance

Dance Umbrella

Emerson Majestic Theatre, 219 Tremont Street, Boston. Mar. 22­25: Wed.­Thu., 7 p.m.; Fri.­Sat., 8 p.m.; Sat., 2 p.m. Admission: $30, $25, $20. Information: 492-7578. Performance artist Michael Moschen explores the theatrical art of juggling. Called the "Nijinsky of juggling," Moschen uses his mastery of balance and timing to transform simple objects into beautiful sculptures in motion.

Boston Ballet

Wang Center, 268 Tremont St., Boston. Mar. 23­Apr. 9. Admission: $12­52. Student Rush tickets are available. Tickets: 931-ARTS. Information: 695-6950. "American Festival II" features three decidedly different ballets by three choreographers whose visions embody the spirited individualism of the American dream. Eliot Feld's Contra Pose is set to excerpts from C.P.E. Bach's Symphonies No. 2, 3, and 5. Twyla Tharp's Waterbaby Bagatelles is set to an inventive mix of music. Who Cares? is the result of Balanchine's affinity for American popular music, and his particular admiration of composer George Gershwin.

Comedy

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. Now playing through Apr. 1: Fri.­Sat., 8 p.m. "Confessions of a Happily Married Man," a new romantic comedy starring Chris Zito, who examines the plight of being a young family man in a not-so-family oriented America. Note: On Mar. 17, "Confessions" will be interpreted for the deaf and hard-of-hearing.

Poetry

An Evening of Contemporary Chinese Poets

Fairbank Center, 1737 Cambridge Street, Cambridge. Mar. 23, 7:30 p.m. Free Admission. Information: 731-5907. A two-part performance featuring the writing of four major poets. The first half will be readings by Bei Dao and Zhang Zhen. Bei Dao is the founder of Jintian (Today) the first unauthorized literary magazine in the People's Republic of China. Zhang Zhen is perhaps the most forceful woman poet to emerge in the younger generation of Chinese writers. The second half of the evening consists of a reading of The City, Gu Cheng's last poem and of several poems by Xie Ye.

Lectures

Boston Area New Jewish Agenda

Bunting Institute, 34 Concord Avenue, Cambridge. Mar. 19, 3:30 p.m. Information: 623-1921. A public forum entitled "Israel/Palestine: Where Are We? Where Do We Go From Here?" Professor Hergert C. Kelman, professor of Social Ethics at Harvard University, and Professor Elaine Hagopian, a Sociology professor at Simmons, will discuss the current status of Israeli/Palestinian peace negotiations.

The Ford Hall Forum

Information: 373-5800. 1. Blackman Auditorium, Northeastern University, 360 Huntington Avenue, Boston. Mar. 19, 7 p.m. U.S. Congressman Barney Frank and Massachusetts State Senator Dianne Wilkerson look at the uncertain future of civil rights under the Republican-controlled Congress. 2. Old South Meeting House, 310 Washington Street, Boston. Mar. 23, 7 p.m. Controversial scholar Charles Murray discusses the findings of his book The Bell Curve: Intelligence and Class Structure in American Life.

Human Rights Program

Harvard Law School, 1536 Massachusetts Ave., Pound Hall Room 401, Cambridge. Mar. 21, 12:30 p.m. Information: 495-3107. "In Quest of Inter-civilizational Human Rights": Yasuaki Onuma, Professor of International Law, University of Tokyo.

Kennedy Library Public Forums

John F. Kennedy Library, Columbia Point, Boston. Mar. 21, 5:30­7:15 p.m. Free Admission. Limited Attendance. Reservations: 929-4571. Information: 929-4554. "The Gun Problem in America: Pushing the Debate Beyond the Issues of Crime, Politics and the Constitution."

MIT Women's Studies Events and MIT Japan Program

292 Main St., Building E38, 7th Floor, Cambridge. Mar. 21, 5:30 p.m. Free Admission. Information: 253-2839. "The Impact of Gender and Academic Status on Young Japanese Women's Career Choices" an informal talk by Dr. Carol Kinney, Dept. of Sociology, University of Michigan.

Special Lectures at MIT

Bartos Theater, 20 Ames St., Cambridge. Mar. 21, 8 p.m. Free Admission. Information: 253-4003. "The Cave: A Discussion with Steve Reich." Featuring discussion and film clips of the groundbreaking multi-media work by Steve Reich and pioneering video artist Beryl Korot.

MIT Program in Women's Studies

Bartos Theater, 20 Ames St. Mar. 18, 8 p.m. Admission: $6; $5, students/seniors. Information: 422-1716. Screenings of provocative new films/videos on the following themes: "Mothers/Madness/Morals/more." Part of the "(mal)ADJUSTMENT" Performance/Media Series This performance is part of a month-long series of new performance, film/video events and discussions exploring women's psychological and political realities on the brink of the 21st century.

Women's Studies Around Boston

Colloquium Room, Bunting Institute, 34 Concord Ave. Cambridge. Information: 495-8212. Mar. 21, 7:30 p.m. "Women and Money: The Psychological Role of Money in a Woman's Sense of Herself and in Her Coupled Relationships." Natalie Low. Mar. 22, 4 p.m. "She's All That: One Young Girl's Life in the South Bronx." Adrian Nicole LeBlanc, Nonfiction Fellow.

MIT Sloan International Language Tables

38 Memorial Dr., E56 Penthouse, 4th floor, Cambridge. Mar. 22, 12­1:30 p.m. Admission: $10 (catered lunch); $5 (no lunch). Reservations: 621-9894. French Ambassador tot he U.S. Jacques Andreani to speak. Q & A session and informal reception to follow.

Boston Public Library

Uphams Corner Branch, 500 Columbia Road, Dorchester. Mar. 23, 5:45­7:30 p.m.. Information: 265-0139. Writers' "Works in Progress" Readings. Lolita Parker, Jr. who earned a BFA in film writing from the University of Southern California will serve as facilitator for the workshops, which will emphasize works of fiction - such as novels, short stories, and children's stories. Writers of all ages are invited to share their works.

American Repertory Theatre

Loeb Mainstage, 64 Brattle Street, Cambridge. Mar. 23, 8 p.m. Free Admission. Information: 495-2668. A symposium to discuss director Ron Daniel's staging of Shakespeare's Henry V. The panel will be moderated by Robert Brustein, and will include Marjorie Garber, Professor of English at Harvard University, Derek Pearsall, Gurney Professor of English Language and Literature, Bill Camp, Campany actor playing the role of King Henry, and Ron Daniels.

Isabella Stewert Gardner Museum

280 The Fenway, Boston. Mar. 23, 6:30 p.m. Admission: $7, students/seniors $5. Reservations: 278-5102. "Eye of the Beholder" lecture series presents Marty Ehrlich, musician and composer.

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.

"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.

Compton Gallery

"AIDS: The Challenge to Educate." Opening of the photographer Loel Poor's critically-acclaimed series of 150 black-and-white images describing the lives of people with HIV/AIDS. Through Mar. 17.

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.

The Dean's Gallery

Sloan School of Management, 50 Memorial Dr. Hours: Mon.­Fri., 8 a.m.­5 p.m. Information: Michelle Fiorenza, 253-9455. "Works from a Small Studio." This series of small acrylic paintings by Tina Dickey explores the architectonic and emotional possibilities of color light with respect to landscapes around us. Mar. 20­May 10; Opening reception held Mon., Mar. 20, 4­5 p.m.

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. "The Masculine Masquerade: Masculinity and Representation." This exhibits explores several male archetypes of the postwar era, including father-son relationships, sexual identities, issues of power and aggression, and narratives surrounding cultural difference. Through Mar. 26.

Bromfield Gallery

107 South St., 3rd Floor, Boston. Hours: Tue.­Fri., 12­5 p.m.; Sat., 11 a.m.­5 p.m. All exhibits running through Apr. 1. Information: 451-3605. "Recent Paintings," by Robert Baart; "Recent Work," by Katy Schneider; and "Weighing the Options," by Susan Gartrell.

Kaji Aso Studio

Gallery Nature & Temptation, 40 St. Stephen Street, Boston. Mar. 16­30: Tue.­Sat. 1­8 p.m.; Sun., 1­6 p.m. Information: 247-1719. "Turkish Objects of Art" Exhibition of art pieces, silver jewelry, textiles and gift items. Reception held Mar. 18, 7­9 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.

"Wood Already Touched by Fire is Not Hard to Set Alight," an exhibition of Haitian metalwork sculpture and paintings, featuring artists Fontenel Pointjour, Emmanuel Pierre-Charles, Joseph Guignard, and Ayla Gavins. Through Mar. 31.

Boston Public Library

Copley Square, Boston. Hours: Mon.­Fri., 9 a.m.­5 p.m. Information: 536-5400 x425.

"To Preserve the Union," an exhibition of books, prints, photographs, and military memorabilia from the BPL's "20th" Massachusetts Regiment Civil War Collection will be displayed. Through Mar. 31.

"Places of Remembrance," a exhibition of 20 hanging banners orginally created by Renate Stih and Frieder Schnock in Bayerische Viertel, as part of their "Memorial for Jews Living in Berlin from 1933 to 1945," represent a dark and significant historical period. Through Apr. 9.

Museum of Science

Science Park, Boston. Through April 1995: shows hourly most days, call for showtimes. Admission: $7; $5, children (3-14)/seniors. Combination exhibit/theater tickets available: $11; $8, children/seniors. Information: 723-2500. Through April at the Mugar Omni Theater: Africa: The Serengeti (George Casey, 1994), narrated by James Earl Jones. "Psychology: Understanding Ourselves, Understanding Each Other." This new minds-on exhibit about everyday psychological processes allows visitors to "race" toward a lower stress level, spin "faces" to explore emotions, and examine language and thought through puzzles and activities. Through Apr. 28.

Boston Public Library

Wiggin and South Galleries, Copley Square, Boston. Hours: Mon.­Thu., 9 a.m.­9 p.m.; Fri.­Sat., 9 a.m.­5 p.m.; Sun., 1­5 p.m. Information: 536-5400 ext. 281. "Boston's Art of the Poster" and "Posters by Ethel Reed," exhibits that explore the flourishing art of the poster in Boston during the 1890s, independent works of arts tied to the publishing trade, touching art exhibitions and advertising alike. Through Apr. 30.

Museum of Fine Arts

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

"Emil Nolde: The Painter's Prints" and "Nolde Watercolors in America." Emil Nolde, known best for his vibrantly colored oil paintings and watercolors, will be the focus of the first major U.S. show of the artist considered one of the greatest modern German artists. The first ehxibition reveals his printmaking activity through more than 150 etchings, woodcuts, and lithographs. The second exhibition is made up of Nolde's watercolor images of flowers, fantasy portraits, landscapes, and animal subjects. Through May 7.

"Dennis Miller Bunker: American Impressionist." Bunker was one of the most talented young American painters of the late 19th century. Featuring 50 of his finest works, this will be the first comprehensive exhibition accompanied by an extensive catalogue to examine Bunker's life and art. Complemented by an exhibit at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum. Through June 4.

"The Renaissance Print: France and Italy." Largely from the permanent collection, this exhibition presents a provocative dialogue between French And Italian graphic works from the 16th century. In France the promotion of Italian Renaissance style began not only by importing artworks by Raphael and Michelangelo but also such artists as Rosso and Primaticcio. Through June 25.

"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 18th 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.

"Degrees of Abstraction: From Morris Louis to Mapplethorpe." This exhibit presents paintings, sculptures, and photographs, by over 30 artists who make use of abstraction is a familiar concept but it continues to provoke a wide range of responses from artists, critics, and viewers. Artists include: Morris Louis, Robert Mapplethorpe, Andy Warhol, Ellsworth Kelly, Robert Raushcenberg, as well as many Massachusetts resident artists. The exhibition will also display quotations by Jackson Pollack and Robert Rosenberg. Through Oct. 22.

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.

"Dennis Miller Bunker and His Circle." This exhibit highlights the work of Bunker, an artist at the forefront of the American Impressionist movement in the late 19th century. More than thirty works by Bunker, including portraits of his patrons and innovative landscapes, will be displayed alongside works by those whom he inspired and influenced and who influenced him. Complemented by an exhibit at the Museum of Fine Arts. Through June 4.

The museum, itself an example of 15th-century Venentian palaces, houses more than 2,000 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 is free. Hours: Mon.­Sat., 10 a.m.­5 p.m., Sun., noon­5 p.m. Information: 861-6559.

"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.

"Gathered at the Wall: America 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 1,000 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.

"The Women They Left Behind." In this poignant and moving photography exhibition, photojournalist Larry Powell chronicles the experience of the women who journey to the Vietnam Veterans Memorial to pay tribute to loved ones the have lost. Presented in conjunction with the "Gathered at the Wall" exhibition. Through June 4.

"American Diner: Then and Now." The most ubiquitous example of eateries - rich in the history and lore of American life - is the subject of this interactive exhibit. Through photographs, works of art, and diner artifacts presents the impact these roadside fixtures have had on the landscape and the American psyche. Through July 30.

"Marble Dust and Magic Lakes: American Sandpaper Paintings from the Collection of Randall and Tanya Holton." Largely ignored or overlooked in the study of American folk art, sandpaper paintings were produced by the thousands in mid-19th-century America. More than 75 sandpaper paintings give visual explanation of the dramatic power possible with charcoal and chalk, capturing the thematic range of the media and include biblical, historical, memorial, and allegorical scenes. Through Oct. 1.

"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.

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 Museum has converted some exhibits to Spanish. They include "Spend a Million Dollars," "Eliza," "Just How Fast Are Computers?", "Outline and Organize," and "Wedding Planner." Call for details.

"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.