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Classical Music

MIT Advanced Music Performance Series

Killian Hall, 160 Memorial Dr. Mar. 24, 12 noon. Information: 253-2826. Julia Rosolovsky Œ97, piano.

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. 1. Mar. 25 & 28, 8 p.m., Mar. 24, 1:30 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." 2. Mar. 30, 8 p.m., Mar. 31, 1:30 p.m., Apr. 1, 8 p.m., Apr. 4, 8 p.m., and open rehearsal on Mar. 30, 10:30 a.m., following a pre-rehearsal talk at 9:30 a.m. Conductor Andrew Davis leads the Boston Symphony Orchestra in Prokofiev's Violin Concerto No. 1, "Classical," and Vaughan Williams' Symphony No. 5. The concert features violinist Kyoko Takezawa in BSO debut.

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. 25, 7:30 p.m. Young Performers Senior Orchestra conducted by Jeffrey Rink. The music of Bruckner, Beethoven, and Fauré. Mar. 26, 8 p.m. Longy Chamber Singers, conducted by Lorna Cooke deVaron. Mar. 27, 8 p.m. Faculty Artist Series presents a joint faculty chamber music concert with Eric Rosenblith, violin; Wayman Chin, piano; and Mark Goodman, piano; with friends from the Yellow Barn Festival. Music of Tchaikovsky and Aaron Jay Kernis. Mar. 28, 8 p.m. Faculty Artist Series presents pianist Brian Moll with mezzo-soprano Beatrice Petitet in a recital of French art songs. Mar. 30, 8 p.m. Artist Diploma candidate Antonio Anselmi, violin, in recital. Music of Tartini, Mozart, Schumann, Shnittke, and Prokofiev.

All Newton Music School

321 Chestnut St., West Newton. Mar. 24, 7:30 p.m. Free Admission. Information: 527-4553. Young Artists Series featuring Jong Gyung Park, piano. Pupil of famed pianist Russell Sherman, Park has won grand prizes in Korea, won the Boston Symphony Orchestra Youth Concerts Concerto Competition, among many others.

Handel & Haydn Society

Jordan Hall, New England Conservatory, Boston. Mar. 26, 8 p.m. Sanders Theatre, Cambridge. Admission: $27.50, $22, $16.50. Tickets: 266-3605, 931-ARTS (Ticketmaster). Information: 262-1815. "Purcell: Anthems for the Chapel Royal": The Handel & Haydn Society Chamber Series pgives an all-Purcell program celebrating the 300th anniversary year of Henry Purcell. Concert features selected anthems and Sonata VI in G minor and Sonata X in D major.

Boston Baroque

Jordan Hall, New England Conservatory, Boston. Mar. 25, 8 p.m. Admission: $15, $21.50, $28.50. Information: 641-1310. Boston Baroque invites music-lovers to celebrate the 310th birthday of J. S. Bach with a concert devoted to three of his best loved works: Cantata BWV 80, Ein'feste Burg ("A Mighty Fortress"), Cantata BWV 140, Wachet auf ("Sleepers, Awake!"), Orchestral Suite No. 4. Performers include: Dominique Labelle, soprano, Pamela Dellal, mezzo-soprano, Frank Kelley, tenor, Sanford Sylvan, baritone. Conductor: Martin Pearlman.

ALEA III, Contemporary Music Ensemble at Boston University

Tsai Performance Center, 685 Commonwealth Ave., Boston. Mar. 25, 6 p.m. (Symposium) 8 p.m. Millenium Concert. Free admission. Information: 353-3340. The Symposium is a panel discussion by musicians, historian, and scholars exploring historical, social, musical, and political perspectives of the decade 1940­50. The Millenium Concert conducted by Theodore Antoniou includes works by Shostakovich, Copland, Lutoslawski, and Stravinsky.

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. 25: Young Artist Series - New England Conservatory Wind Ensemble directed by Frank Battisti. Mar. 26: Gardner Chamber Orchestra. Douglas Boyd, oboe, Jeffrey Kahane, piano. Program includes: Mozart Piano Concerto in B-flat, K. 595, and Strauss Oboe Concerto.

Museum of Our National Heritage

Museum of Our National Heritage, Lexington. Mar. 26, 2 p.m. Admission: $6. Information: 862-6541. Members of the Boston Symphony Orchestra present "500 Years of Brass Music" with music by Josquin, Gabriele, Purcell, Couperin, Mozart, Beethoven, and Bartok.

Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.

Mar. 26, 3 p.m. Admission:$17, $14 (members/seniors/students). Information: 369-3300. A Bach Harpsichord Recital. The resident harpsichordist, John Gibbons, performs music of Bach, including the Fourth Partita in D major, and the Sixth Partita in E minor.

Bank of Boston Celebrity Series

Jordan Hall at New England Conservatory, 30 Gainsborough St., Boston. Admission: $27­33. Tickets: 536-2412 (Jordan Hall box office) or 482-6661 (Celebrity Charge). Andras Schiff, pianist in recital. Program includes Bartok's Six Dances in Bulgarian Rhythm from Mikrokosmos Band 6, and Suite, op. 14, J. S. Bach's 4 Duets from Klavierubung, Vol. III, Chromatic Fantasy & Fugue in D minor, BWV 903., Beethoven's Sonata in B-flat major, op. 106, "Hammerklavier".

New Music Festival at Tufts University

Alumnae Lounge, Tufts University. Mar. 29, 8 p.m. "The Flute in Many Forms," featuring Jean DeMart, flutes with John McDonald, piano. Program includes works by Willian Still, Rochberg, Kalogeras, McDonald, Loevendie, Swafford, and Poulenc. Mar. 30, 8 p.m. "NME Sax Appeal," with Allan Chase and Stan Strickland, saxophones with the New Music Ensemble. Improvisations and works by Cage, McDonald, and New Music Ensembles.

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. 24: "Mommy & I are One" Benefit - Elevator Drops, Cheesecake, The Ghost of Tony Gold, El Tiante, Pin Ball [Upstairs, 19+, $6]; Jiggle the Creek (members of Jiggle the Handle & Max Creek), Synaesthesia, Grandparent Village [Downstairs, 19+, $7­8]; Betty Goo (w/ Aaron of Dante's Grin) [Bakery].

Mar. 25: WZBC/WMFO/WMBR & the Noise present "Benefit for Aids Brigade [Up and Down, 19+, $6]. Smackmelon, 360's, Barnies, Mick Mondo, Spool [Up]; Kustomized, 6L6, Flower Tamers, Jabbering Trout, Dante's Grin [Down]; Universal You [Bakery].

Mar. 26: Blue Moon Poets [Up, 1­3 p.m.]; Dance & Music Jam [Up, 4­6 p.m.]; Lounge Night with The Maximum Leader [Up, 19+, $2]; Club Bohemia Review with Mickey Bliss [Bakery].

Mar. 27: Off The Wall Films [Up, $5]; Brawl Park, Funeral Barkers [Up, 10 p.m., 19+, $5]; Mon. Performing Arts Series presents Dances by Isadora [Down, $6]; Alternative Acoustic Showcase [Bakery].

Mar. 28: Charlie Chesterman and the Legendary Mototbikes, Rattleheatre, Austin, Tex., Hippy Johnny, Hunt Hayes (fr. Fireproof Women) [Up, 19+, $5]; Rhoda Bernard & Tom Pendergas [Bakery].

Mar. 29: Cheap Date Night - Dirty Three, Sydra, Shit Spangled Banner, Matt Fein [Up, 19+, $3]; Shellac, Kustomized [Down, 19+, $7]; Belly Dancing w/ Tamara, Natalie, & Coleen [Bakery].

Mar. 30: Scratch [Up, 19+, $6]; Dambuilders, Fuzzy, Sugarplants, [Down, 19+, $7­8]; Paulo Danay Jazz Jam [Bakery].

The Green Dragon Tavern

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

Bagels 'n' Bop

Jamaica Plain Firehouse Mulitcultural Art Center, 659 Center St., Jamaica Plain. Mar. 26, 11 a.m.­2 p.m. Free admission. Information: 524-3816. Paul Coombs Duo.

Jazz

Jazz Composers Alliance

Emmanuel Church, 15 Newbury St., Boston. Mar. 26, 8 p.m. Admission: $7; $6, students/seniors. Information: 964-5471. Guests artists Semenya McCord, vocal, and the Bevan Manson Trio, with the Jazz Composers Alliance Orchestra perform the music of 5 resident JCA composers: Darrell Katz, Bevan Manson, Bob Nieske, Bob Pilkington, and Izhar Schejter.

Film

Lecture Series Committee

77 Massachusetts Ave., Rm. 26-100. Admission: $2. Information: 258-8881. Mar. 24: Hamlet (Franco Zeffirelli, 1991); 7 & 10 p.m..

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). Panel discussion which concludes this film series will be held on Mar. 25, 2 p.m.; moderated by Henry Jenkins, associate professor of literature.

MIT Japan Program

MIT Bldg. 1-390, 77 Mass. Ave., Cambridge. Mar. 24, 6:30 p.m. Information: 253-2839. A double feature consisting of The Idiot (Akira Kurosawa, 1951) and Lower Depths (Kurosawa, 1957). In Japanese with English subtitles.

Boston Public Library

Rabb Lecture Hall, Central Library, Copley Square, Boston. Information: 536-5400. Mar. 27, 6 p.m.: Key Largo (John Huston, 1948); 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. 24­25: Red (Krzysztof Kieslowski, 1994); Fri., 5:15 & 10 p.m.; Sat., 2, 4, 6, 8, 10 p.m. Special event, Mar. 24 (admission $10; $8, students/seniors/BF-VF foundation members/Brattle members) - "An Evening with Troma," a discussion with Troma Pictures, Inc. director/producer Lloyd Kaufman and co-founder Michael Herz, with a screening of Sgt. Kabukiman N.Y.P.D. (Lloyd Kaufman, 1991). Beyond the Wild Bunch. Mar. 26: Easy Rider (Dennis Hopper, 1969); 3:30, 7:40 p.m. Midnight Cowboy (John Schlesinger, 1969); 5:25, 9:30 p.m. Oscar Noir. Mar. 27: The Lost Weekend (Billy Wilder, 1945); 3:30, 7:40 p.m. Mildred Pierce (Michael Curtiz, 1945); 5:30, 9:30 p.m. Tarkovsky Returns. Mar. 28: The Mirror (Andrei Tarkovsky, 1974); 3:30, 7:45 p.m. Nostalghia (Tarkovsky, 1983); 5:30, 9:45 p.m. Recent Raves. Mar. 29: Clerks (Kevin Smith, 1994); 4:15, 6, 7:50, 9:40 p.m. Three Chinese Directors. Mar. 30: Farewell My Concubine (Chen Kaige, 1993); 5, 8 p.m.

MIT Argentine Movie Festival

14E-310, MIT, Cambridge. Mar. 26, 5 p.m. Free Admission. Information: 225-6225. De eso no se habla (M. Luisa Bemberg, 1994)

Coolidge Corner Theater

290 Harvard Ave., Brookline. Through Apr. 8; Sat., 12 noon. Admission: $6, single admission; $10, double feature. Information: 491-5877. "Hong Kong 5," a salute to modern Hong Kong action films. Mar. 25: God of Gamblers and All for the Winner directed by Yuen (Fong Sai Yuk) Kwai.

French Library and Cultural Center, Ciné Club

53 Marlborough St., Boston. Admission: $5, $4 for members. Information: 266-4351. Mar. 23­24, 8 p.m.: May Fools (Louis Malle, 1990). Mar. 30­31, 8 p.m.: The Accompanist (Claude Miller, 1993). Videotheque - free screening, Mar. 29, 1:30 p.m.: King of Hearts (Philip de Broca, 1966).

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. Mar. 24, 6 p.m.; Mar. 25, 1:30 p.m.; Mar. 31, 8 p.m.; Apr. 6, 6 p.m.; Apr. 7, 6 p.m.; Apr. 8, 11 a.m. and 3:15 p.m.: A Short Film about Killing (Krzystztof Kieslowski, 1987). 2. Mar. 24, 8 p.m.; Mar. 25, 3:15 p.m.; Mar. 31, 6 p.m.; Apr. 6, 4 and 8 p.m.; Apr. 7, 8 p.m.; Apr. 8, 1:30 p.m.: A Short Film about Love (Kieslowski, 1988).

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. 27: Lawrence of Arabia (David Lean, 1962). Apr. 10: Mary Poppins (Robert Stevenson, 1964).

Theater Openings

"The Balcony"

Loeb Experimental Theatre, 64 Brattle St., Cambridge. Mar. 24­26, 28­31, 7 p.m.; Mar. 25 and Apr. 1, 1:30 p.m. Admission: $10; $8, ART subscribers; $5, students/seniors. Information: 547-8300. Set in a fictional South American country, Jean Genet's play begins in a brothel where bizarre fantasies are enacted while a revolution rages outside. In this hall of distorting mirrors, evil and virture merge, and a highly theatrical masquerade takes on unexpected political consequences.

"The Cherry Orchard"

Spingold Theater, Brandeis University, Waltham. Mar. 28­Apr. 9: Mar. 28­Apr. 1 & Apr. 7­8, 8 p.m.; Apr. 2, 7 p.m.; Apr. 5­6, 10 a.m.; Apr. 9, 2 p.m. Admission: $11­15. Information: 736-3400. Chekhov's masterpiece explores painful passions and memories when a bereft and broken Madame Ranevskaya returns home to face the loss of her family's estate and the orchard which represents her dashed dreams.

"Defiant After Sleep"

Beau Jest Moving Theatre, 791 Tremont St., Boston. Mar. 30­Apr. 1, 8 p.m. Admission: $8; $5, students/seniors. Information: 437-0657. Small Change Theater Company presents a humorous look at the horrors of Bosnia through the eyes of a blind chocoholic, whose simple wisdom explores the dichotomy between day-to-day living and reality as presented by the media. Live congo and evocative dance accompany the performance.

"Demons"

Hasty Pudding Theatre, 12 Holyoke St., Cambridge. Mar. 30­May 5: Mar. 30­Apr. 1 & Apr. 11, 12, 15, 20, 21, 25, 26, 29 & May 4­5, 8 p.m.; Apr. 2 & 30, 7 p.m.; Apr. 15, 2 p.m. Admission: Call for details. Information: 547-8300. World stage premiere of Robert Brustein's irreverent modern Faust play set in the Harvard Divinity School, in which a professor sells his soul to a pair of urbane and unlikely devils in order to communicate with his dead wife.

"A Slice of Saturday Night"

Charles Playhouse, 74 Warrenton St., Boston. Mar. 25­Apr. 30: Tue.­Thu., 8 p.m.; Fri., 7 & 10 p.m.; Sat., 6 & 9 p.m.; Sun., 3 p.m. Admission: $29­35. Information: 426-6912 or 931-2787 (tickets). This award-winning London musical hit celebrating life in the early 1960s is a party filled with high energy, teenage rock and roll, and sixties' fashions that recall the mood of era with thirty original songs, written by John, Charlie, Lea, and Neil Heather.

"Time of My Life"

Lyric Stage, 140 Clarendon St., Copley Square, Boston. Mar. 24­Apr. 23: Wed.­Fri., 8 p.m.; Sat., 5 & 8:30 p.m.; Sun., 2 p.m. Information: 437-7172. Alan Ayckbourn's play revolves around a birthday party and follows the decline and fall of a successful family in a funny and bittersweet manner.

Ongoing Theater

"The Three Sisters"

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

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

Mobius, 354 Congress Street, Boston. Through Mar. 25, 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.

"Henry V"

Loeb Drama Center, 64 Brattle St., Cambridge. Through Mar. 25: Fri.-Sat., 8 p.m.; Sat., 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.

"The Bacchae"

Studio Theatre, 69 Brimmer St., Boston. Through Mar. 26: Fri.­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.

"Julius Caesar"

Strand Theatre. Mar. 30­31, 9:30 a.m. Admission: $5. Information: 282-5230. Shakespeare & Co. returns with the historical masterpiece Julius Caesar. Filled with political intrigue and larger-than-life characters, this thrilling tale of conspiracy, rivalry, betrayal, and heartbreak is given a fast-paced production with clear language and clean action.

"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.

"Hannah Free"

Triangle Paramount Penthouse Theater, 58 Berkeley St., Boston. Through Apr. 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.

Dance

Dance at MIT

Kresge Auditorium, 84 Mass. Avenue., Cambridge. Mar. 24, 8 p.m. Admission: $10, $8 students/seniors, $5 Villa Vicotria residents. Information: 262-1342 or 253-4003. Les Ballets de San Juan. Presented by MIT Office of the Arts, IBA Arte Y Cultura and La Ruta Panoramica, a touring project of Pregones Theater.

Dance Umbrella

Emerson Majestic Theatre, 219 Tremont Street, Boston. Through Mar. 25: 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. Through Apr. 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

Inman Square Theater (formerly Back Alley Theater), 1253 Cambridge St., Cambridge. Ongoing: Thu.­Sat., 8 p.m.; Sat., 10:30 p.m.; Sun., 7 p.m. Admission: $10; $5, students (Thu.). $12; $10, students/seniors (Fri.­Sat., 8 p.m.). $10; $8, students/ seniors (Sat., 10:30 p.m. and Sun., 7 p.m.). Information: 576-1253. 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. New Show: Most Thursdays are "Theatresports"; one Thu. each month is "Babe Night" (all-female show).

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.

Lectures

Kennedy Library Public Forums

John F. Kennedy Library, Columbia Point, Boston. Mar. 28, 5:30­7:15 p.m. Free Admission. Limited Attendance. Reservations: 929-4571. Information: 929-4554. The Cartoonist's Perspective: Political Satire in a Somber Age with cartoonists Jeff Danziger (The Christian Science Monitor), Mike Peters (The Dayton Daily News), and Paul Szep (The Boston Globe), and satirist Dick Flavin.

Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.

Free Admission. Information: 369-3300. Gallery Talks. Mar. 25, 12 p.m., Mar. 29, 6 p.m.: "Depicting the American Family"; Abaigeal Duda. Mar. 30, 11 a.m.: "Dennis Miller Bunker: American Impressionist"; Deanna Griffin. Free Programs. Mabel Louise Riley Seminar Room. Mar. 26, 2 p.m. Historic Gamelans Outisde of Java: Discerning the Differences. Sam Quigley, associate curator and keeper of musical instruments, will enhance your appreciation of the subtle nuances and wild extravagances of several historic Javanese gamelan (melodic percussion orchestra).

Poetry

Women's Studies Around Boston

Colloquium Room, Bunting Institute, 34 Concord Ave., Cambridge. Mar. 28, 7:30 p.m. Free Admission. Information: 495-8212. Readings from "Forbidden Words: Poems which Explore the Overt and Hidden Forces of Language in the Lives of Women," by Patricia Traxler.

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.

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 Œ62 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. Through May 10.

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. Through Mar. 30: 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.

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 (3­14)/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.

Federal Reserve Bank of Boston

Federal Reserve Bank of Boston Gallery, 600 Atlantic Avenue, Boston. Mar. 27­Apr. 28. Reception: Mar. 30, 6­9 p.m. Free admission. Information: 973-3453. "The Artist and the Artifact: A Boston Icon by Boston Artists," an exhibition of artists' interpretations of Boston's Old Colony Railroad Bridge. Presented by The Boston Society of Architects, the exhibition includes the work of 20 Boston artists.

School of the Museum of Fine Arts

Grossman Gallery, 230 The Fenway, Boston. Mar. 29­Apr. 9. Reception: Mar. 28, 5-7 p.m. Free admission. Information: 369-3718. Annual Student Exhibition: A juried exhibition of work in all media by students of the Museum School. Master of Fine Arts Candidates: Selected works by recipients of Master of Fine Arts Degrees, 1994­1995.

Institute of Progressive Art

354 Congress St., Boston. Hours: Thu.­Sat., 12­5 p.m. Information: 536-5771. "Shadow Lands," by Phoebe Helman, 1991­93. Mar. 25­May 5; opening reception held Sat., Mar. 25, 6­9 p.m.

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, 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., 12 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.

Mar. 25, 1­3 p.m.: "Beyond Dial Tone." Animator Ed Hill will demonstrate how he created the 3-D animations that take visitors "inside a telephone line" and explain how different network connections are made-from phone and fax calls to e-mail. Staying Healthy on the "info highway": Dr. Bob Kupsc demonstrates from the exhibit's state-of-the-art office area how the increasing use of computers can impact your health. He shows visitors how to adjust the chair, keyboard, monitor, desk and light to create a healthier computing environment and answer their questions.

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.

Events

Greater Boston Antique & Collectible Toy Show

Holiday Inn, Dedham. Mar. 26, 9 a.m.­2:30 p.m. Admission: $3.50. Information: (508) 379-9733. There will be two halls filled with toys of yesteryear along with select, recent toys that are rare and collectible. Old, wooden and cast-iron toys, childhood games, character figures and dolls will line up next to outer space toys, radio, TV and movie stars and battery-operated novelties.

Cybersmith

36 Church St. (Harvard Square), Cambridge. Mar. 31, 12­2 p.m. Admission: $1; all proceeds will be donated to Cambridge Public Schools Computer Programs. Information: 492-5857 or 547-8588 (tickets). Laurie Anderson presents a sneak preview of "Puppet Motel," an original performance piece on CD-ROM. In the presentation, fans can join, alter, and even record the experience of music, book excerpts, and other strange side trips.