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Classical Music

Performance Series at MIT

Killian Hall, Rm. 14W-111, 160 Memorial Drive, Cambridge. Information: 253-2826. Apr. 14, 12 noon. Advanced Music Performance Series: Eric Scheirer, trombone, performs five of his own compositions as as well as works by S. Turrentine, J. Levano, and M. Davis.

MIT Chapel (opposite 77 Mass Ave) Information: 253-2906. Apr. 20, 12 p.m. Chapel Concert Series: Jay Rosenberg, guitar; June Howe, soprano. Songs for voice and guitar by Villa Lobos, Ovalle, Almeida, Tavares and traditional Brazilian and Hispanic songs in Portuguese and Spanish.

The Boston Conservatory

Seully Hall, 8 The Fenway, Boston. Admission: $10; $7 students/seniors. Free admission. Information: 536-6340. Apr. 17, 7 p.m. Student Chamber Concert. Apr. 19, 8:30 p.m. Performance Series: The Atlantic Brass Quintet presents "A Mostly American Program," including brass transcriptions of Gershwin's An American in Paris, Bernstein's On the Town, and Bizet's Carmen. Apr. 20, 8 p.m. Faculty Recital (Boston Conservatory's Concert Room): Violist Patricia McCarty with pianist Martin Amlin present a concert of contemporary American works for viola. The program includes works by local composers as well as works by Elliott Carter, David Schiff, and Lowell Liebermann.

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. 14, 1:30 p.m.; Apr. 15 & 18, 8 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. 2. Apr. 20 & 22, 8 p.m.; Apr. 21, 1:30 p.m.; Open rehearsal on Apr. 20, 10:30 a.m. Seiji Ozawa and the BSO perform with Maxim Vengerov, violin, and Lorraine Hunt, mezzo-soprano. Program: Krása, Symphony for Small Orchestra, with mezzo-soprano (performed in commemoration of the fiftieth anniversary of the end of World War II); Mozart, Violin Concerto No. in D, K.218; Tchaikovsky, Symphony No. 3, "Polish."

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 x120. Apr. 17, 8 p.m. Faculty Artist Series - Holly Barnes, viola, plays Schubert, Dohnánhi, and Haydn. Apr. 20, 8 p.m. Artist Diploma recital with the Linden String Quartet.

Tufts University Department of Music

Tufts University, Medford. Free Admission. Information: 627-3564.Apr. 17, 8 p.m. Student Chamber Concert (Alumnae Lounge), directed by William Wright. Apr. 20, 8 p.m. Tufts Spring Jazz Concert (Cohen Auditorium): featuring Tufts Jazz Big Band directed by Allan Chase and Tufts Small Jazz Ensemble directed by Ron Reid.

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. 15: Young Artist Series - Gilad Karni, viola with Gila Goldstein, piano. Apr. 16: Sunday Concert Series - Musicians from Marlboro: Ossie Borosh, piano; Ivan Chan, violin; Peter Wiley, cello; Naomi Katz, violin; Robert Chen, violin; Nancy Goeres, bassoon. Program: Mozart Sonata in B-flat Major for Bassoon & Cello, K. 292; Verdi String Quartet in e minor; Dvorák Piano Quintet in A Major, Op. 81.

Federal Reserve Bank of Boston

600 Atlantic Avenue, Boston. Apr. 20, 12:30 p.m. Free Admission. Information: 973-3453. Bridgewater State College Chamber Singers directed by Jacob Liberles will present an a capella program of music from the 16th through 20th centuries.

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.

The Green Dragon Tavern

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

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.

Ryles Jazz Club

Inman Square, Cambridge. Apr. 20, 9 p.m. Information: 876-9330. Made in the Shade performs in a CD release party.

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. 14: 6L6, Scissorfight, Tripe [Upstairs, 19+, $7]; Mistlethrush, Bowery Electric & special guests [Downstairs, 19+, $6­7]; Val Runs Amok [Bakery].

Apr. 15: Uppercrust, The Friggs, Black Velvet Flag, Mildred Pierce [Up/Down, 19+, $8]; Inhale, Roadsaw CD Release Party, Grind, Bison [Down]; Molly Bennett [Bakery].

Apr. 16: Lounge Night - Lars Vegas [Up, 19+, $2]; Youth Brigade, Doc Hopper, Weston [Down, All ages, 2­6 p.m., $6]; Eric Pakula & Friends [Bakery].

Apr. 17: Showcase Mondays - A Solo Performance by Mark Kozelek of the Red House Painters, Valerie from Mistle Thrush [Up, 19+, 7:30 p.m., $7]; Mon. Night Performing Arts Series presents Out Loud Theater Choices [Down, $6].

Apr. 18: Mary Timony, Mo Ellliott, Jackie Starr, Tipili [Up, 18+, $5]; Moodcrush, Notary Public, Green Factory, Uncle [Down, 19+, $6]; Mary Koumijian, Tim Mungenast [Bakery, 9­10 p.m.].

Apr. 19: Cheap Date Night - The Pods, Twig, Blanket Party, Butterscott [Up, 19+, $3]; Downstairs T.B.A.; Belly Dancing with Nazeera, Julietta & Korina [Bakery].

Apr. 20: Tenderloins [Up, 19+, $6]; WBCN/Sam Adams presents Cliffs of Doneen, Ukla, Curious Ritual [Down]; Blue Pearl [Bakery].

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. 14: Fresh (1994); 7 & 10 p.m. Apr. 8: La Femme Nikita (Luc Besson, 1990); 7 & 10 p.m. Apr. 9: Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the Eighth Dimension (W. D. Richter, 1984); 7 & 10 p.m.

Japanese Films at MIT

Rm 1-390, MIT, 77 Mass. Ave., Cambridge. Apr. 14, 6:30 p.m. Donation: $1-2. Information: 253-2839. Friday nights at the Japanese Flicks: All-Kurosawa Film Festival. Ran (Akiro Kurosawa, 1985); 6:30 p.m. High and Low (Kurosawa, 1962); 9:15 p.m.

Brattle Theatre

40 Brattle St., Harvard Square, Cambridge. Admission: $6 for all shows; $4 for Brattle members; $3 for seniors/children under 12. Information: 876-6837.

Special Engagements. Apr. 14­15: The Bicycle Thief (Vittorio De Sica, 1948); 4, 8 p.m. Apr. 14 co-feature: La Strada (Federico Fellini, 1954); 5:45, 9:45 p.m. Apr. 15 co-feature: Open City (Roberto Rosselini, 1945); 2, 5:50, 9:45 p.m. Beyond the Wild Bunch. Apr. 16: Apocalypse Now (Francis Ford Coppola, 1979); 1:45, 7 p.m. Blue Velvet (David Lynch, 1986); 4:35, 9:45 p.m. Oscar Noir. Apr. 17: Citizen Kane (Orson Welles, 1941); 3:10, 7:30 p.m. Sunset Boulevard (Billy Wilder, 1950); 1, 5:20, 9:45 p.m. Tarkovsky Returns. Apr. 18: Solaris (Andrei Tarkovsky, 1972); 5, 8:15 p.m. Recent Raves. Apr. 19: Latcho Drom (Tony Gatlif, 1994); 4, 7:55 p.m. Baraka (Ron Fricke, 1993); 6, 9:50 p.m. Three Chinese Directors. Apr. 20: Ju Dou (Zhang Yimou, 1990); 4, 8 p.m. The Story of Qiu Ju (Yimou, 1990); 6, 9:45 p.m.

French Library and Cultural Center, Ciné Club

53 Marlborough St., Boston. All screenings at 8 p.m., unless noted. Admission: $5; $4, members. Information: 266-4351. Apr. 13­14: Black Orpheus (Marcel Camus, 1959). Apr. 20­21: Mama, There's a Man in Your Bed (Colline Serreau, 1990). Videotheque - Free screening, 1:30 p.m. Apr. 19: Vagabond (Agnès Varda, 1985).

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. All films in this series directed by Kryszstof Kieslowski. Apr. 14, 5:30 p.m. 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 9­10 & 1­2. Apr. 21, 5:30 p.m. The Decalogue parts 3-6. Apr. 22, 12:30 p.m. The Decalogue parts 7-10.

Theater Openings

Romance/Romance

Kresge Little Theatre, 84 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge. Apr. 20-22, 8 p.m. Admission: $9, $8 MIT community, $7 students/seniors/children, $6 MIT/Wellesley students. Information: 253-6294. MIT Musical Theatre Guild presents this musical by Barry Harmon and Keith Herrmann. Comprised of two one-act shows called The Little Comedy and Summer Share.

Iolanthe

La Sala de Puerto Rico, Student Center, MIT, opposite 77 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge. 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.

Out of Egypt Have I Called My Son: Five Pieces for Easter and Passover

Mobius, 354 Congress St., Boston. Apr. 14-15, 8 p.m. Admission: $8. Information: 542-7416. Taylor McLean, Mobius Artists Group member, sculptor and exploratory percussionist performs a composition for voice, found text and invented percussion. The piece is an "Easter Cantata" in five parts.

The Fourth Annual Playwrights' Festival

Emerson Stage, 69 Brimmer St., Boston. Apr. 19-23. 8 p.m. Information: 578-8727. Brimmer Studio Theatre, Admission: $10. Dinner by Lucy Hosteadt, a dark comedy about family, control and food. Brimmer Loft Theatre, Admission: $5. Brave Navigator by David Valdes Greenwood.

Merrily We Roll Along

Emerson Majestic Theatre, 219 Tremont St., Boston. Apr.19-22, 8 p.m.; Apr. 22, 2 p.m. Admission: $8-15. Tickets: 578-8727. Information: 578-8780. Emerson Stage in association with the Emerson Musical Theatre Society presents the music and lyrics of Stephen Sondheim, book by George Furth, based on the play by George S. Kaufman and Moss Hart. The story of a successful film producer, dramatizing the abandoned ideals, betrayed friendships and broken marriages.

The Bible: The Complete Word of God (abridged)

C. Walsh Theatre, Suffolk University, Boston. Apr. 18-May 7: Tue.­Sat. 8 p.m. Sun. 7 p.m. Apr. 23 & 29, May 6, 2 p.m. Admission: $19-39. Information: 547-8300. The Reduced Shakespeare Company, under the the direction of Robert Brustein, romp through the Holy book, sparing nothing from Genesis to Revelation. A comic presentation of "begats," floods, pestilences, prophecies and sermons.

Later Life

54 Lincoln St., Newton Highlands. Apr. 20­May 28: Wed. 2 & 7 p.m.; Thu.­Fri., 8 p.m.; Sat., 5 & 8:30 p.m.; Sun., 3 & 7:30 p.m. Admission: $16-26. Information: 332-1646. Directed by Michael Allosso, The New Repertory Theatre presents A. R. Gurney's play about a two people who meet each other after 30 years.

Ongoing Theater

The Remnant

Charlestown Working Theatre, 442 Bunker Hill Street, Charlestown. Through Apr. 15: Fri.­Sat., 8 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. Lovecraft'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: Fri.­Sat., 8 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.

Aesop's Fables

Boston Center of the Arts, 539 Tremont St., Boston. Through Apr. 23. 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.

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.

Once Upon a Time in the Decline of the West

Beau Jest Theater, 791 Tremont St., Boston. Through Apr. 29: Thurs.­Sat., 8 p.m. Admission: $10; $7 students/seniors/artists and 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.

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. 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.

The Accident

Hasty Pudding Theatre, 12 Holyoke St., Cambridge. Through May 7: Apr. 14, 18, 27­28, and May 2­3, 6 at 8 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.

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

Still/Here

The Wang Center, 270 Tremont Street, Boston. Apr. 19, 7 p.m; Apr. 20­21, 8 p.m. Admission: $35­45. Tickets: 931-ARTS Information: 482-9393 Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company premiere Still/Here. A two-part work expressing the emotional and spiritual challenge of vanquishing the fear of death and celebrating the fact of life.

The Boston Conservatory Dance Division

The Boston Conservatory Theater, 31 Hemenway St., Boston. Apr. 20, 8 p.m. Free admission. Information: 424-6977. Visual Voices Choreographer Elizabeth Lapuh presents Ravel Sonata for Violin and Cello an abstract ballet based on the form and content of the music. Dancer Jill Taylor will dance Jose Mateo's Schubert Adagio, described as being "a woman escaping the confinements of love" as well as other works.

Simmons College Dance Performance

Holmes Sports Center, Simmons College, 331 Brookline Ave., Boston. Apr. 20, 7­9 p.m. Admission: $10 at door; free with Simmons College I.D. Information: 521-1030. The "Art of Black Dance and Music" explores movements of traditional West African Dance and involves Simmons students and members of the dance troupe, based in Somerville.

Comedy

Comedy Project

Harvard Square, Cambridge. Apr. 14, 8:30 p.m.; Apr. 15, 7 and 9 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.

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.

Lectures

MIT Japan Program

292 Main St., Bldg. E38, 5th Floor Conference Rm, Cambridge. Apr. 19, 5:30­6:30 p.m. Free admission. Information: 253-2839. "Fourth Estate of for the State? Press and Politics in Contemporary Japan." A Technology Forum Talk with Dr. Laurie Freeman, 1994-1995 Associate, Program on U.S.-Japan Relations at Harvard University.

MIT Center for International Studies

292 Main St., Rm. E38-615, Cambridge. Apr. 19, 4:30 p.m. Free admission. Information: 253-3065. Ethnic Soldiers in Southern Africa: Demilitarization of the Bushmen? Robert J. Gordon, associate professor of anthropology, University of Vermont.

MIT Communications Forum

List Visual Arts Center, Bartos Theatre, 20 Ames St. Apr. 20, 4­6 p.m. "Television News Then and Now," with speakers Reuven Frank (Former President, NBC News), Jimmie L. Reeves (Dept. of Communication. University of Michigan), Christopher Lydon (Host, The Connection, WBUR), and moderator, David Thorburn (MIT Professor of Literature).

Boston Public Library

Mezzanine Conference Room, Boston Public Library, Copley Square. Apr. 18. Information: 482-1740 or 536-5400, x366. As part of the World Affairs Lecture Series Dr. Jacquie Kay, president of WPI Inc. presents a lecture entitled, "Greater China."

Museum of Fine Arts

Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. Free Admission. Information: 369-3300. Gallery Talks. Apr. 15, 12 p.m.: Animals in Art; Abaigael Duda. Apr. 19, 6 p.m.: Proper British Tea; Jean Graves. Apr. 20, 11 a.m.: The art of Emile Nolde; Clifford S. Ackley.

Remis Auditorium, MFA. Apr. 20-May11, Thursdays at 7:30 p.m. Admission: $40, $35 students/seniors/members. Tickets: 369-3306. "The Bronze Age of China: Posing Contemporary Questions to an Ancient Culture." Diane M. O'Donoghue, senior faculty member, Department of Art History, School of the Museum of Fine Arts/Tufts University. This four-lecture series will focus on the provocative problem of how an object acquires its history. Focusing on the Museum's early Chinese collections, this series will consider how contemporary thought, with its challenges to notions of history and culture, offers a valuable perspective on the multiple layers of time and meaning that surround Bronze-Age China.

Free Programs Remis Auditorium. Apr. 19, 7:30 p.m. (Free tickets are required for admission and are available at the box office one hour before each program) Information: 369-3300. A reading from Colored People Henry Louis Gates, Jr., W.E.B. DuBois Professor of the Humanities, Harvard University.

Women's Studies Around Boston

Episcopal Div. School, Cambridge. Apr. 18, 12 p.m. Information: 868-3450, x325. "Delving in Divine Matters: Stories of Religious Difference." Feminist Liberation Theology Program Lunch.

Murray Research Center, 10 Garden St., Cambridge. Information: 495-8140.

Wellesley College, Science Center, Rm. 377. Apr. 19, 7-9 p.m. Information: 283-2538. Asian/Pacific Lesbians and Bisexuals.

Andover Hall, Harvard Div School, Cambridge. Apr. 20, 10 a.m.­1 p.m. Admission: $8 Information: 235-5320. "Our Unique Callings: Making Our Contributions to the World."

50 Vassar St., Rm34-101,Cambridge. Apr. 20, 7 p.m. Information: 253-0399. "A Buyer's Guide to Stripping, Pornography, and Prostitution: A Panel Discussion Exploring their Relationship to Equality of the Sexes."

Human Rights Program­Harvard Law School

Hauser Hall Rm 102, Harvard Law School,1575 Mass. Ave., Cambridge. Apr. 20, 4:30 p.m. "Women's Human Rights in the United States: Is Our Own House in Order?" Dorothy Thomas (Director, Human Rights Watch, Women's Rights Project; Coordinator, Namibia Project for Lawyer's Committee for Civil Rights Under Law; Peace Fellow, Bunting Institute at Radcliffe College).

Harvard Book Store Lecture Series

Boston Public Library, Rabb Lecture Hall, Boston. Apr. 20, 6 p.m. Information: 661-1515. A. S. Byatt will read from her new collection of short stories, The Matisse Stories; her three elegant, illustrated stories are touched by the paintings of Henri Matisse.

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.

"From Louis Sullivan to SOM: Boston Grads Go to Chicago." Through drawings and artifacts, this exhibition esplores the explosive growth of the city of Chicago in the last quarter of the 19th century and the contributions to this building boom by MIT and Boston architects. Through June 18.

"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

Ongoing. Information: 253-4444

"Microscapes" Color photographs by AT&T photographer Charles Lewis using advanced techniques such as photomacrography, photomicrography, interferometry, thermography, and light polarization. Items such as microprocessor chips, glass fibers, crystals and magnetic bubbles are shot at speeds as fast as 1/720,000th of a second and magnified as much as a billion times. Through May 19.

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. Apr. 18-Jun. 25. Reception: Apr. 21, 5-7 p.m. Hours: Tue., Thu. and Fri., 12 noon­6 p.m.; Wed., 12 noon­8 p.m.; Sat.­Sun., 1­5 p.m. Information: 253-4680. Leon Golub and Nancy Spero: "War and Memory," a dual career retrospective. From April 18-21, Nancy Spero will create a new site-specific wall printing in the entrance to the List Center. Working in a figurative, expressionist mode, often outside the artistic mainstream, they have created two sustained and uncompromising bodies of work that esplore themes of power and vulnerability.

Newton Free Library

330 Homer St., Newton Center. Information: 552-7145. Through Apr. 27. Paintings of Sonja Holzwarth Maneri. Journey to Poland - a family mission - a photo essay by David S. Greenfield.

Concord Art Association

37 Lexington Rd., Concord. Through Apr. 28: Tue.­Sat., 10 a.m.­4:30 p.m.; Sun., 2­4:30 p.m. Information: (508) 369-2578. FOUR Fuller F. Barnes, steel and found-metal sculptures; Judy Quinn, photography, monoprints, etchings; Richard Sabin, watercolors; Charles Shurcliff, watercolors.

Bromfield Gallery

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

Fuller Museum of Art

455 Oak St., Brockton. Hours: Tue.­Sun., 12-5 p.m. Information: 508-588-6000. "Threads of Tradition: Ceremonial Bridal Costumes from Palestine." The pieces date from the 1860s to the early 1940s and represent nine different Palestinian regions. Each region had its own highly distincitve dress style and colors, but the maker of the dress would embroider symbols indicative of the bride's own cultural and social heritage. Through July 2.

The 19th Annual Members' Exhibition. Through Apr. 29.

Jamaica Plain Arts Center

Gallery 6-5-9, Jamaica Plain Firehouse Multicultural Art Center. "Fiber Art" will feature fabric art by Jamaican Plain Artists Susan Thompson and Collette Bresilla, along with weavings by Janet Hansen, a faculty member at Mass College of Art, and quilts by Sylvia Einstein and Judy Becker. Through May 15.

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.

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 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.

"Lexington Alarm'd" The exhibition will introduce the visitor to the residents of colonial Lexington and explore how and why this community functioned as the lauch site for the Revolutionary War.

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 Robotic Artist: Aaron in Living Color." Each day, a computer-driven robot, controlled by "Aaron," one of the most highly evolved expert systems ever developed will create an original painting­the first of its kind.

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.