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Classical Music

Classical Music at MIT

Kresge Auditorium, 84 Massachusetts Ave. Free Admmission. Information: 253-2906. Endellion String Quartet from England will be in residence from Apr. 3­13. Praised in The Boston Globe for an overall sound that is substantial but not overproduced, freshness and subtlety in the attack and phrasing, projection, and personality. Three concerts, each with a program of quartet pieces. Apr. 7, 8 p.m. Haydn's Op. 71, No. 1; Tippet's No. 2; Beethoven's Op. 127. Apr. 8, 8 p.m. Haydn's Op. 71, No. 2; Britten's No. 3; Schumann's A Major. Apr. 13, 8 p.m. Haydn's Op. 71, No. 3; Weir's Quartet; Brahms' A Minor.

The Boston Conservatory

Boston Conservatory Theater, 31 Hemenway Street, Boston. Apr. 7­9, 8 p.m. Admission: $10, $7 students/seniors. Information: 536-6340, x52. Cecilia Schieve and Patricia Weinmann, co-directors. "An Evening of Dueling Divas," featuring Donizetti's Viva La Mamma and Mozart's Impressario.

Harvard-Radcliffe Orchestra

Sanders Theatre, Harvard University, Cambridge. Apr. 7, 7:30 p.m. Admission: $7.50; $5.50, students; $3.50, children. Information: 496-2222. The Harvard-Radcliffe Orchestra, under the direction of quest conductor Benjamin Zander, will present "A Children's Concert": The program includes Beethoven's Coriolan Overture, selections from Stravinsky's Firebird Suite, Mozart's Divertimento I in D.

All Newton Music School

321 Chestnut St., West Newton. Information: 527-4553. Apr. 7, 11 a.m. Admission: $8; $10 with luncheon. Con Brio Performance Series features Patricia Weinmann, director, and company in "Backstage at the Opera." Apr. 7, 8 p.m. Free Admission. Nancy Hair, cello recital with guests Sue Rabut Cartwright, violin, and Guy Urban, piano. Program includes premiere piece by Les Thimmig and works by Foss, Beethoven, and Brahms. Apr. 8, 9:30 a.m. Admission: $6, "Historical Journey Through Music of the String Quartet: Performed by Boston Composers String Quartet." Program includes works by Pozzi Escot, Robert Kyr, William Thomas McKinley, and Philip Glass. Apr. 9, 4 p.m. Admission: $15. Music in the Mansion Series presents "The Golden Age of the Piano," with pianists Virginia Eskin and Phyllis Moss; works by Brahms, Mendelssohn, Chopin, Liszt, and Dvorak.

Bank of Boston Celebrity Series

Jordan Hall at New England Conservatory, 30 Gainsborough St., Boston. Admission: $14.50, $8.50. Tickets: 536-2412 (Jordan Hall box office) or 482-6661 (Celebrity Charge). Apr. 7, 8 p.m. Soprano Dominique Labelle with assistance from Margaret Ulmer, pianist, will give a song recital featuring works by Schubert, Granados, Poulenc, Debussy, and Vores. Dominique Labelle is known for the luminous beauty of her voice, her committed stage presence, and impeccalbe musicianship which she brings to her appearances in opera, concert, and recital.

Symphony Hall, Boston. Apr. 9, 3 p.m. Admission: $30, $20. Tickets: 482-6661 (Celebrity Charge), 266-1200 (Symphony Charge). World-renowned violinist Isaac Stern will appear with pianist Yefim Bronfman. The program will include: Mozart Sonata in E Minor, K. 304, Janacek Sonata in D-flat Major, Schubert Sonatine in G Minor, Op. 137, Bartok Sonata No. 1 (1921).

Boston Symphony Orchestra

Symphony Hall, Boston. Admission: $21­59; $11.50 tickets sold for Open Rehearsal; 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) Apr. 7­8 & 11, 8 p.m. John Mauceri will lead the Boston Symphony Orchestra, with guest soloists soprano Ute Lemper, tenors Richard Clement and Frank Kelley, baritone Kelly Anderson, and bass Andrew Wentzel. Program includes Hindemith's Prelude to "When Lilacs Last in the Dooryard Bloom'd", Weill's The Seven Deadly Sins, for soprano, male vocal quartet, and orchestra, and Korngold's Symphony in F-sharp. 2) Apr. 13, 15 & 18, 8 p.m.; Apr. 14, 1:30 p.m. Open Rehearsal: Apr. 12, 7:30 p.m. Music Director Seiji Ozawa leads the Boston Symphony Orchestra in performances of Mozart's Exsultate, Jubilate, Ravel's Shéhérazade, and Debussy's La Damoiselle ...lue, all featuring soprano Sylvia McNair; also included - the Suite from Fauré's Pelléas et Mélisande and Schoenberg's Verklarte Nacht. Mezzo-soprano Susan Graham and the women of the Tanglewood Festival Chorus, John Oliver, conductor, will also participate in the Debussy piece.

Longy School of Music

Edward Pickman Concert Hall, 27 Garden St., Cambridge. Admission: $10, $5 for students/seniors (unless noted). Information: 738-9912 or 876-0956 x130. Apr. 8, 8 p.m.: Jubal's Lyre. Apr. 10, 7:30 p.m. (Free Admission): Longy's String Department presents Generations, a concert of popular music for strings played by Longy faculty and students of all ages. Apr. 12, 8 p.m. (Free Admission): Faculty Artist Series presents jazz sextet Side Out, featuring faculty members Peter Cassino, piano, and Stan Strickland, saxophone. Apr. 13, 8 p.m.: Benefit Concert Series presents Boston debut concert of van Swieten Quartet, featuring the music of Werner, Mozart, von Dittersdorf, and Hardn as performed on period instruments.

Tufts University Department of Music

Tufts University, Medford. Free Admission. Information: 627-3564. Apr. 7, 8 p.m. Applied Music Student Recital (Alumnae Lounge). Apr. 9, 2 p.m. Elizabeth Verveer Tishler Piano Competition (Alumnae Lounge). Apr. 11, 8 p.m. Tufts University Wind Ensemble (Cohen Auditorium), directed by John McCann.

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.

Apr. 8: Young Artist Series - Harry F. Rice Memorial Concert, with the Boston University Chamber Chorus; Ann Howard Jones, conductor and director of choral activities. Apr. 9: Sunday Concert Series - Alexander Schneider Scholarship Concert, with Julian Houston, speaker; Masuko Ushioda, violin; Scott Nickrenz, viola; Laurence Lesser, cello; peforming Haydn, The Seven Last Words.

Boston Symphony Chamber Players

Jordan Hall, New England Conservatory, Boston. Apr. 9, 3 p.m. Admission: $12-$19. Information: 266-2378 or 266-1492. Soprano Jayne West will join the ensemble for Kurt Weill's Frauentanz, Op. 10, for soprano, viola, flute, clarinet, bassoon, and horn, on a program also to include an arrangement by Halvorsen for violin and viola of Handel's Passacaglia from the G minor suite for harpsichord; Dutilleux's Les Citations, for oboe, double bass, percussion, and harpsichord; and Beethoven's Piano Trio in E-flat, Op. 70, No. 2. Pianist Gilbert Kalish will join the Boston Symphony Chamber Players for this performance.

Harvard University ­ Department of Music

John Knowles Pain Concert Hall, Music Building, Harvard University. Apr. 13, 8 p.m. Admission: $5; free for students. Information: 496-6013. Performers Parnassus, Anthony Korf, conductor, and Susan Narucki, soprano present Stephen Hartke: Ascent of the Equestrian in a Balloon; Paul Hidemith: Die Serenaden; Oliver Knussen: Songs without Voices; Alba Potes: Caniones Nocturnas.

Harvard Chamber Music

Houghton Library, Harvard University, Cambridge. Apr. 11, 8 p.m. Admission: $15; $8 students. Information: 495-2449. The Borromeo String Quartet: Nicholas Kitchen and Ruggero Allifranchini, violins; En Sik Choi, viola; Yeesun Kim, cello. Program: Debussy, Quartet in G minor, Op. 10; Kirchner, Quartet No. 2; Schumann, Quartet in A Major, Op. 41, No.3.

MIT Contemporary Music

Killian Hall, 160 Memorial Dr., Cambridge. Apr. 9, 8 p.m. Free Admission. Information: 253-2906. MIT Faculty Concert: John Harbison, composer and pianist. Music by John Harbison: Twilight Music and Fourteen Fabled Folk Songs. Also: tributes to Victor Young, Antonio Carlos Jobim, and Stephane Grapelli.

MIT Performance Series

Kresge Auditorium, 84 Massachusetts Ave. Apr. 12, 8 p.m. Free Admission. Information: 253-2826. MIT Brass Ensemble and France's Ensemble de Cuivres de Saint-Lo.

MIT Chapel, 77 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge. Apr. 13., 12 p.m. Free Admission. Information. 253-2906. Chapel Concert Series. Glorianne Collver Jacobson, guitar. Music from Latin America.

Killian Hall, 160 Memorial Dr. Apr. 14, 12 p.m. Free Admission. Information: 253-2826. Advanced Music Performance Series. Eric Scheirer G, trombone. Scheirer is studying at the MIT Media Laboratory where his primary research focus is the construction of music-understanding computer systems. For this concert, he will perform five compositions by himself (Miss-Stevi-Ous, Menos Macho?, Perseids, Chain Time, Puck [Speed Puck]) as well as Sugar by S. Turrentine, In the Land of Ephesus by J. Levano, and Walkin' by M. Davis.

Federal Reserve Bank of Boston

600 Atlantic Avenue, Boston. Apr. 13, 12:30 p.m. Free Admission. Information: 973-3453. Boston Conservatory of Music Honors Piano Trio performs.

Popular Music

Harvard Glee Club

Lowell Arts Center, HarvardUniversity, Cambridge. Apr. 7, 8 p.m., Admission: $12; $6 students/seniors. Information: 495-5730. The Harvard Glee Club, the oldest men's chorus in the United States, performs a special concert to celebrate the completion of the 75th Annual Spring Tour. Program: works by Tallis, Milhaud, Kodaly, and Harbison, as well as a variety of folk songs from around the world and more.

Contemporary Music at MIT

Worcester Polytechnic Institute, Gompie's Function Room, Sanford Riley Hall, Worcester. Apr. 7, 8 p.m. Free Admission. Information: 508-831-5816. "Worcester Polytechnic Institute A Capellafest," sponsored by WPI's group Simple Harmonic Motion. Guest groups include the MIT/Wellesley Toons and the MIT Chorallaries.

The Nameless Coffeehouse

First Parish of Cambridge, 3 Church St., Harvard Square, Cambridge. Apr. 8, 8 p.m. Free Admission; $3 donation requested. Information: 237-3222 x402, or 489-6878. Host: Robert Maxwell with Tanya Savory, Suzanne McDermott, Joyce Woodson, Patrick McGinley.

The Folk Song Society of Greater Boston

First Parish Church, 35 Church Street, Watertown. Apr. 8, 8 p.m. Admission: $9, $7.50 members. Information: 623-1806. Margaret MacArthus, named one of seven "New England Living Art Treasures" by New England Biennial officials in 1985, is lauded for her voice and her dedication to collecting new England's lore and performing traditional music.

Boston Jewish A Capella

84 Massachusetts Ave., MIT Student Center, Mezzanine Lounge. Apr. 8, 9:30 p.m. Free Admission. Features Brandeis's Maginah, Harvard's Mizmor Shir, and MIT's Techiya.

Sweetie's Cafe

11 Garden St., Harvard Square, Cambridge. Apr. 8, 7 p.m. Admission: $7, $5 advance, $15 family. In the spirit of vaudeville, Sweetie's Cafe presents "Hug Our Plant," a show in celebration of Earth Day which has a unique environmental focus and features the talents of award-winning children's entertainers Jill Stein and Ken Selcer, Barbara Herson/Earthtunes, Columbian folksinger Luzelena, and Janine the magician.

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.

Apr. 7: Acoustic performance by Peter Wolf - 2 shows [Upstairs, 19+ (8:30 p.m.) and 21+ (11 p.m.), $8 each show]; Brainiac, Garden Variety, Coil [Downstairs, 18+, $6]; Canonical Ensemble [Bakery].

Apr. 8: Lyres, 1313 Mockingbird Lane (fr. Albany), Johnny Black Trio, Drysdale [Up/Down, 21+, $7]; Leftover Salmon [Down, 9 p.m., 18+, $8]; Hollywood Squares [Bakery].

Apr. 9: Lois, Vitapup, Kaia, Cheesecake, Meaghan McLaughlin [Up, 18+, $6]; Gage, Twisted Roots, Otis [Down, 3­7 p.m., all ages, $5]; Eric Padula & Friends [Bakery].

Apr. 10: Showcase Mondays - New Prime Numbers, Like, Speeny Bowl Wagon [Up, 19+, $5]; Mon. Performing Arts Series - Out Loud Theater Choices [Down, 7 p.m., $6]; Alternative Acoustic Showcase [Bakery].

Apr. 11: Spin-Art recording artists - Technical Jed, Elixir, Betty Please [Up, 18+, $5]; Our Lady Peace, Liquid Chaos [Down, 19+, $5]; Tarbox Ramblers [Bakery].

Apr. 12: Razorwire, Shaggas, Smut (fr. MN), Piss Ants [Up, 19+, $8]; Last Poets [9 p.m. door, 19+, $8]; Belly Dancing with The Goddess [Bakery].

Apr. 13: Franco (members of Shockra), Tom Hambridge Band, Mozambique [Up, 19+, $6]; Laughing Hyenas, Rex (x-Codeine), Bloodletter [Down, 18+, $8]; Steve Hurl [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. Apr. 9, 11 a.m.­2 p.m. Free admission. Information: 524-3816. Arnie Cheatham and Smoke performs.

World Music

Museum of Fine Arts

Remis Auditorium, 465 Huntington Ave., Boston. Apr. 9, 3 p.m. Admission:$17; $14, MFA members/seniors/students. Information: 369-3300. The Boston Village Gamelan, renowned as performers of classical Javanese music, will perform at the MFA. The 20-member ensemble will be joined by guest artist I. M. Harjito. the will perform on the Museum's own 19th century palace gamelan, a visually fascinating array of flutes, fiddles, large bronze gongs, and xylophones, all supported by beautifully carved teakwood stands.

Film

Lecture Series Committee

77 Massachusetts Ave., Rm. 26-100 (unless noted). Admission: $2. Classics ticket: $3, allows admission to LSC Classic plus one other film the same weekend. Information: 258-8881. Apr. 7: LSC Classic - Anatomy of a Murder (Otto Preminger, 1959); 6:30 p.m. [10-250]. Star Trek: Generations (David Carson, 1994); 7 & 10 p.m. Apr. 8: Drunken Master II (with Jackie Chan); 7 & 10 p.m. Apr. 9: Miller's Crossing (Ethan Coen, 1990); 7 & 10 p.m.

Boston Public Library

Rabb Lecture Hall, Central Library, Copley Square, Boston. Information: 536-5400. Apr. 10, 6 p.m.: Bright Leaf (Michael Curtiz, 1950); 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. Apr. 7­8: Queen Margot (Patrice Chereau, 1993); 4:30, 7:15 p.m.; Sat. matinee, 1:45 p.m. Nosferatu the Vampyr (Werner Herzog, 1994); 10 p.m. Beyond the Wild Bunch. Apr. 9: 2, 7 p.m. Pulp Fiction (Quentin Tarantino, 1994); 2, 7 p.m. Reservoir Dogs (Quentin Tarantino, 1992); 4:55, 9:50 p.m. Oscar Noir. Apr. 10: Gaslight (George Cukor, 1944); 4, 7:50 p.m. Leave Her to Heaven(John Stahl, 1945); 5:45, 9:30 p.m. Tarkovsky Returns. Apr. 11: Andrei Rublev (Andrei Tarkovsky, 1966); 4:40, 8 p.m. Recent Raves. Apr. 12: Twelve Angry Men (Sidney Lumet, 1957): 7:45, 9:40 p.m.; Sidney Lumet will present the 7:45 p.m. showing (after a 5:30 p.m. appearance at Wordsworth Books). Three Chinese Directors. Apr. 13: Life on a String (Chen Kaige, 1991); 4, 8 p.m. Horse Thief, (Tian Zhuangzhuang, 1986); 6, 9:50 p.m.

Harvard-Epworth Film Series

Harvard-Epworth United Methodist Church, 1555 Mass. Ave., Cambridge. Apr. 9, 8 p.m. Contribution: $3. Information: 354-0837. Apr. 9, 8 p.m. The Gospel According to Matthew (Pier Paolo Pasolini, 1964). Apr. 9, 11 a.m. The Reading of Passion. Apr. 13, 8 p.m. Tenebrae and the Lord's Supper.

Coolidge Corner Theater

290 Harvard Ave., Brookline. Through Apr. 8; Sat., noon. Admission: $6, single admission; $10, double feature. Information: 491-5877. "Hong Kong 5," a salute to modern Hong Kong action films. Apr. 8: Jackie Chan, Maggie Cheung and Brigitte Lin star in Police Story. Also showing: The Lovers starring Nicky Wu, Charlie Yeung, and Carrie Ng, Tsui Hark's newest film.

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. Apr. 7, 8, 6 p.m., 8 p.m. A Short Film about Killing, and A Short Film about Love dir. by Krzysztof Kiéslowski, 1987, 1988. The series: The Decalogue, parts 1-10. Apr. 13, 5:30 p.m. The Decalogue parts 1-4. Apr. 14, 5:30 The Decalogue parts 5-8. Apr. 15, 10:30 a.m. The Decalogue parts 1-5. Apr. 16, 11 a.m. The Decalogue parts 6-10. Apr. 20, 5:30 p.m. The Decalogue parts 9, 10, 1, 2. Apr. 21, 5:30 p.m. The Decalogue parts 3-6, Apr. 22, 12:30 p.m.The Decalogue parts 7-10.

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. Apr. 10: Mary Poppins (Robert Stevenson, 1964).

Theater Openings

"Iolanthe"

La Sala de Puerto Rico, Student Center, MIT, opposite 77 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge. Apr. 13, 8 p.m. (free sneak preview), Apr. 20­22, 8 p.m.; Apr. 22, 2 p.m. Admission: $9, $8 MIT community, $7 students/seniors/children, $6 MIT/Wellesley students. Information: 253-0190. MIT Gilbert & Sullivan Players presentation of the comedic operetta about mystical fairies and the British House of Lords.

"Fires in the Mirror"

C. Walsh Theatre, Suffolk University, 55 Temple St., Beacon Hill. Apr. 6, 7, 8, 8 p.m. Admission: $8, $4 students/seniors. Tickets: 573-8680. Information: 573-8282. The Suffolk Student Theatre is proud to present this play by Tony nominated actress and playwright Anna Deavere Smith. The play reflects the events and consequences of the 1991 Crown Heights riots in Brooklyn through the multiple perspective of the victim's families, witnesses, religious leaders, and community activists.

"Once Upon a Time in the Decline of the West"

Beau Jest Theater, 791 Tremont St., Boston. Apr. 7-29: Thurs.­Sat., 8 p.m. Admission: $10; $7 students/seniors/ artists/unemployed. Reservations: 522-2596. Information: 232-5880. Catbox Cabaret presents its original epic which was first presented in the autumn of 1993. It is a mixture of high humor, bitter despair, and unapologetic surrealism. The wild plot, focusing on the exploits and travails of the anti-hero, Cyrus Bellow, moves from a sleazy corporate underbelly of power and murder to suburban drug addiction, a supermom-turned-terrorist, among others.

"The Accident"

Hasty Pudding Theatre, 12 Holyoke St., Cambridge. Apr. 6­8, 13­14, 18, 27­28, and May 2­3, 6 at 8 p.m.; Apr. 9, 7 p.m.; Apr. 23 & May 7, 2 p.m. Information: 547-8300. The American Repertory Theatre presents Carol K. Mack's play, directed by Marcus Stern. It is a fascinating, constantly unfolding mystery that probes the depths of the human psyche. A disoriented woman searches for her identity -wiped out by an "accident" she cannot remember, she finds herself in an unfamiliar rural household, where a man who claims to be her husband coaches her through a recovery of her memory.

"Aesop's Fables"

Boston Center of the Arts, 539 Tremont St., Boston. Apr. 8­23. Admission: $8. Information: 497-8257. Out of the Blue Theater Company presents a contemporary adaptation of Aesop's Fables. Written and directed by Brian Wolfe-Leonard, original music composed by Bob Nicoll.

Ongoing Theater

"The Cherry Orchard"

Spingold Theater, Brandeis University, Waltham. Through Apr. 9: Fri.­Sat., 8 p.m.; Sun., 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.

"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.

"The Remnant"

Charlestown Working Theatre, 442 Bunker Hill Street, Charlestown. Through Apr. 15: Wed.­Sat., 8 p.m., Sun. 2 p.m. Admission: $10, $8. Information: 242-3285. Directed by Jennifer Johnson, with Kristin Johnson, John Peitso, and others. This multimedia, experimental theater piece is based on gothic horror master H. P. Lovedraft's The Case of Charles Dexter Ward, a psychological tale of myth, madness and macabre following Ward's discovery of vampirism, and black arts.

"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.

"Time of My Life"

Lyric Stage, 140 Clarendon St., Copley Square, Boston. Through Apr. 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.

"A Slice of Saturday Night"

Charles Playhouse, 74 Warrenton St., Boston. Through Apr. 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 '60s fashions that recall the mood of era with 30 original songs, written by John, Charlie, Lea, and Neil Heather.

"Demons"

Hasty Pudding Theatre, 12 Holyoke St., Cambridge. Through May 5: Apr. 11­12, 15, 20­21, 25­26, 29 & May 4­5, 8 p.m.; Apr. 15, 2 p.m.; Apr. 30, 7 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.

"Les Miserables"

Colonial Theatre, Boylston St., Boston. Through June 17: Tues.­Sat. 8 p.m., Sun. 7:30 p.m., Sat. & Sun. 2 p.m. Admission: $15-$65. Tickets: 931-2787. Information: 426-3444. The popular Broadway musical set in 18th-century France comes to Boston for a limited run.

Dance

Moving 4Ward

Dance Complex, 536 Mass. Ave., Cambridge. Apr. 7, 8, 8 p.m. Admission: $8, $7 students/seniors. Information: 328-9268 or 441-0566. An Evening of Dance by Four Women. Four local modern choreographers will present their original works.

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

Comedy Project

Harvard Square, Cambridge. Apr. 7, 14, 8:30 p.m., Apr. 8­9 & 15, 7 and 9 p.m.; Apr. 12­13, 7 p.m. Admission: $10-$12. Information: 787-1112. Political satirist, Will Drust will open "Miss America" to benefit the Ali Fund of the New England Medical Center.

Museum of Our National Heritage

33 Marrett Road, Lexington. Apr. 12, 2 p.m. Admission: $3 for children, $1 for an accompanying adult. Information: 862-6541. Rick Davis in a performance of "Totally Useless Skills." Disappearing Body Parts, Advanced Eye Crossing, The Longest Word, Odd Finger Snapping, and more. Davis, who refers to himself as the "Master of Uselessness," spent 16 years as a professional clown with the Ringling Brothers circus.

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.

Poetry

Poetry and Readings at MIT

Bartos Theater, E15, 20 Ames St., Cambridge. Apr. 13, 7:30 p.m. Free Admission. Information: 253-7894. Gail Mazur and Robert Pinsky. Gail Mazur, author of The Common, Nightfare, and The Pose of Happiness, founded the Blacksmith House Poetry Series in Cambridge, a program of weekly readings and special poetry workshops. She teaches at Emerson College and the Harvard University Extension School. Robert Pinsky's books include An Explanation of America, The Want Bone, and History of My Heart, which was awarded the William Carlos Williams Prize of the Poetry Society of America. His collection of essays, Poetry of the World, was nominated for the National Book Critics' Circle Award in criticism.

Lectures

Program in Women's Studies

Rm 34-101, MIT, 50 Vassar St., Cambridge. Apr. 7, 4­9 p.m. Information: 253-8844. Doing Gender on the Net: An MIT Women's Studies Women in Cyberspace Mini-Conference, featuring gender-bending cyber-wizard Sandy Stone.

Religious Activities Center, 40 Massachusetts Ave., MIT, Cambridge. Apr. 11, 5 p.m. Information: 253-3260. Out of Eden and into the Promised Land. A slide-show/performance about Ethiopian Jewish women by Penina Adelman.

"Our Island Home"

Killian Hall, 160 Memorial Dr., Cambridge. Apr. 8, 9:15 p.m. Admission: $10. Information; 926-4552. The Royal Victorian Opera Company will perform "Our Island Home" at MIT. This short comic opera was written by Gilbert in 1870 for Thomas Berman Reed's Gallery of illustration, a small theatre in London. Saturday's preformance is being held in conjunction with the annual conference of the Northeast Victorian Studies Association.

Museum of Fine Arts

Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. Free Admission. Information: 369-3300. Gallery Talks. Apr. 8, 12 p.m. "The Buddist Art of China" Nancy Eder. Apr. 12, 6 p.m. "Animals in Art" Abigail Duda. Apr. 13, 11 a.m. "From Cuneiform to Computers: The Power of the Written Word" Sally Leahy. Friends of Egyptian Art Lecture Schedule Apr. 12, 7:30 p.m. Admission: $10. Information: 369-3329. Rita E. Freed, Travels in Nubia. This lecture is provided to give the people in the Boston area a greater familiarity with the Museum's outstanding collection. Performances Remis Auditorium. Apr. 12, 7:30 p.m. Admission: $15, $12 students/seniors/members. Information: 369-3306 or 267-9300. A Portrait of Edith Wharton: An Evocation of the Artist and Discovery of a Heroine. Irene Worth, actor. This performance is assembled from excerpts of Wharton's novels, letters, travels, her autobiography, and from research into her unexpected and passionate love affair.

HIV/AIDS Awareness Week at Northeastern University

360 Huntington Ave., Boston. Apr. 10­14. Information: 373-5426 or 373-2247. Snell Library: "Project Face to Face": An interactive multi-media exhibition telling the story of people from all walks of life living with HIV/AIDS. Dodge Hall, Room 450. Apr. 10, 4:30­6:30 p.m. "Cultural Context of HIV/AIDS Education ­ an Interactive Seminar": Apr. 13, 11:45 a.m. ­ 1:15 p.m. "Deaf People: Infected and Affected­ A Panel of Deaf People Sharing Stories About Their Own Experiences with HIV Infection," The Living and Learning Center, 8­9 p.m. @OTTplace:Harvard Department of Music Colloquium Series

Davidson Room, Music Building, Harvard University. Apr. 10, 4:15 p.m. Free Admission. Information: 496-6013. Speaker Roger Parker presents "Leonora's Last Act."

Architecture Lecture Series at MIT

Rm. 10-250, MIT, 77 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge. Apr. 11, 6:30 p.m. Free Admission. Information: 253-7791. "Landscape Appratitions." Ninth Department of Architecture Arthur H. Schein Memorial Lecutre by Antoine Predock, architect, Albuquerque, N.M.

Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum

2 Palace Rd., Boston. Apr. 11, 6:30 p.m. Admission: $7, $5 members/students/seniors. Information: 278-5106. Garden historian Mac Griswold, will lecture for the "Eye of the Beholder" series. Her talk, "Gardens Never Lie," will be based upon her research about gardens at the Museum and Green Hill, the Gardner estate in Brookline.

Harvard Law School ­ Human Rights Program

Pound 401, Harvard Law School, 1563 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge. Apr. 12, 4 p.m. Constitutional Rights of Women: The German Debate. Petra Bläss, Member of German Federal Parliament. Founding member, Independent Women's Association (Unabhängiger Frauenverband) Chairwoman, federal commission organizing the 1990 GDR elections.

Exhibits

MIT Museum

265 Massachusetts Ave. Tues.­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.

"Sailing Ship to Satellite: The Transatlantic Connection". Exhibition documents the history of transatlantic communication. The story of the conquest of the barrier of the North Atlantic Ocean is the story of a grand collaboration between the North Atlantic nations, a compelling story that is documented with rare photographs and artifacts. Through Sept. 3.

"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.

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. 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.

Bromfield Gallery

107 South St., Boston. Through Apr. 29, Tues.­Fri. 12­5 p.m., Sat. 11 a.m.­5 p.m. Reception: Apr. 8, 4-6 p.m. Gallery One: Charles Kanwischer - Drawings and Documents. Gallery Two: Dianne Lam - Recent Work. Gallery Three: Scott Hunsdorfer - Figures and Other Ephemera.

United Nations Association of Greater Boston

Ballroom at the wll Building, Northeastern University, 360 Huntington Ave., Boston. Apr. 8, 5­7 p.m. Admission: $10, $7 students. A celebration of Hispanic food and culture is being held in recognition of the Latin American and Hispanic Community's contribution over the past fifty years to the interests of the commonwealth of Massachusetts. The celebration will include a keynote address by the Honorable Michael Dukakis, speaking on the history and the role of the Latin American and Hispanic countries' involvement in teh United Nations. The address will be followed by Latin American and Hispanic entertainment.

The French Library and Cultural Center

53 Marlborough St., Boston. Through Apr. 29, Tues. 12­8 p.m.; Wed.­Thu. 10 a.m.­8 p.m.; Fri.­Sat., 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Free Admission. Information: 266-4351. Monsieur de Rainville in France. Photographs taken by Arthur de Rainville depicting images of France including Paris and the countryside are presented in an impressionistic manner, the result of the artist's particular photographic style and printing methods.

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 x281. "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. 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. Through Apr. 28.

School of the Museum of Fine Arts

Grossman Gallery, 230 The Fenway, Boston. 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. Through Apr. 9.

Institute of Progressive Art

354 Congress St., Boston. Hours: Thu.­Sat., 12­5 p.m. Information: 536-5771. "Shadow Lands," by Phoebe Helman, 1991­93. Through May 5.

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 exhibition 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 30 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 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.