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Leon Golub and Nancy Spero have an exhibit entitled War & Memory at the MIT List Visual Arts Center.

Classical Music

MIT Music

Kresge Auditorium, 77 Massachusetts Ave. Apr. 21, 8 p.m. Free Admission. Marek Zebrowski, piano. Program includes Bach-Busoni, Chopin, Beethoven, Prokofiev, and Szymanowski.

Performance Series at MIT

MIT Chapel, opposite 77 Massachusetts Ave. Information: 253-2906. Apr. 27, 12 p.m. Advanced Music Performance Series: Grant Ho '97, violin with Julia Rosolovsky, piano. Program: Tartini, The Devil's Trill; Brahms, Violin Sonata No. 1, Op. 78; Saint-Saens, Introduction and Rondo Capriccioso, Op. 28; Vieuxtemps, Souvenir d'Amérique.

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. Apr. 21, 1:30 p.m.; Apr. 22, 8 p.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." Apr. 25, 8 p.m. Seiji Ozawa and the BSO perform with Imogen Cooper, piano, and Lorraine Hunt, mezzo-soprano. Program includes Krása, Schumann, and Tchaikovsky.

Harvard University Music

John Knowles Paine Concert Hall, Music Building, Harvard, Cambridge. Apr. 21, 8 p.m. Free admission. Information: 496-6013. The Mendelssohn String Quartet performs: Smetana, String Quartet No.1 in e minor; Bernard Rands, String Quartet; Janácek String Quartet No. 2, "Intimate Letters."

The Bank of Boston Celebrity Series

Information: 482-2595. Tickets: 482-6661 or 536-2412.

Jordan Hall, New England Conservatory, Boston. Admission: $27­30. 1. Apr. 21, 8 p.m. World-renowned guitarist Julian Bream gives a recital which includes: de Visée Suite No. 9 in d minor, Bach Suite No. 3 in C Major for Violincello BMV1009, Bartók Petite Suite, Mompou, Suite Compostelana, Astor Piazzolla Three Tangos. 2. Apr. 22, 8 p.m. Joan Morris, mezzo-soprano, and composer/pianist William Bolcom perform American popular songs from the late 19th century through the 20s and 30s, to cabaret and contemporary songs.

Symphony Hall, Boston. Apr. 23, 3 p.m. Admission: $20­36. World renowned pianist, Peter Serkin will perform a program which includes Stefan Wolpe, Toccata (1941); Beethoven, Sonata in f minor, Op. 57, "Apassionata"; Wolpe, Form IV: Broken Sequences; Brahms, Variations and Fugue in B-flat on a Theme by Handel, Op. 24.

Longy School of Music

Edward Pickman Concert Hall, 27 Garden St., Cambridge. Admission: $10, $5 for students/seniors. Information: 876-0956 x120. Apr. 21, 8 p.m. Apple Hill Chamber Players present an evening of chamber literature for piano and strings. Apr. 23, 8 p.m. Pianist Marian Rashkovetsky and Lilia Muchnik, violin, present an all Russian program with the music of Prokofiev, Shostakovich, Stravinsky, and Schnittke. Apr. 25, 8 p.m. Faculty Artist Series presents Phoebe Carrai, cello leading "An Evening in Vienna" with Patrick Jordan, viola; Timothy Merton, cello; and Anne Trout, bass. Music of Karl Ditters von Dittersdorf, Christoph Wagenseil, and Mozart. Apr. 26, 8 p.m. Alice Wilkinson, piano, performing the music of Rochberg, Beethoven, Debussy, and Chopin. Apr. 27, 8 p.m. Longy Flute Orchestra, conducted by Trix Kout.

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. 22: Young Artist Series - The Alford P. Rudnick Memorial Concert, Mia Chung, piano. Apr. 23: Sunday Concert Series - Orion String Quartet. Program: Haydn, String Quartet in F Major, Op. 50, No. 3; Bartók String Quartet, No. 5.

Tower Series

Tower Auditorium, Massachusetts College of Art, 621 Huntington Ave., Boston. Apr. 22, 8 p.m. Admission: $12, $10. Information: 354-7012. Tickets: 232-1555, x355. The Sound and Vision Contemporary Chamber Ensemble will perform works by Erik Lindgren.

Museum of Fine Arts

Remis Auditorium, 465 Huntington Ave., Boston. Apr. 23, 3 p.m. Admission: $17, $14 members/students/seniors. Information: 369-3300. Beethoven: Music for Cello and Fortepiano. Pieter Wispelway, violincello, and Lois Chapiro, fortepiano. The program will include Cellos Sonatas Nos. 1 and 2 (Op. 5), and Variations on "Bei Männern welche Liebe fühlen," from Mozart's Die Zauberflöte, and "Ein Mädchen oder Weibchen."

The Boston Conservatory

First and Second Church, 66 Marlborough St., Boston. Information: 536-6340. Apr. 23, 4 p.m. Admission: $10; $7 students/seniors. The Boston Conservatory Chamber Ensemble, Michael Lewin, artistic director, will be joined by guest harpist Elizabeth Morse in Debussy's Danses sacrée et profane and André Caplet's Conte fantastique, along with works of Brahms and Franck.

Seully Hall, Boston Conservatory, 8 The Fenway, Boston. Free admission (unless noted). Information: 536-6340. 1. Apr. 24, 8 p.m. Allen Lannom conducts the Boston Conservatory Chorale in Robert Starer's Proverbs for a Son and Dvorák's Songs of Nature, and works by Brahms and Franck. 2. Apr. 25, 8 p.m. Free admission. Information: 536-6340. Contemporary Music Ensemble performs Copland's Appalachian Spring along with works by Schuller and others. 3. Apr. 26, 8 p.m. Free admission. Information: 536-6340. James O'Dell conducts the Wind Ensemble in a program featuring Stravinsky's Concerto for Piano and Wind Instruments, along with works by Schmitt, Epstein, Stamp, and Weinstein. 4. Apr. 27, 8 p.m. Admission: $5. Information: 536-6340. Cellist Andrew Mark, pianist Hugh Hinton, and percussionist Michael Parola perform Parsonatina and Set for Marimba by Donald Martino, along with works by Marilyn Shrude, Marc Satterwhite, Ellington, and Strayhorn.

Wellesley College Concert Series

Houghton Memorial Chapel, Wellesley College. Apr. 23, 8 p.m. Free admission. Information: 283-2028. Malcolm Bilson, fortepianist, will perform works of Hadyn, Mozart, Beethoven.

Tufts University Music

Cohen Auditorium, Tufts University, Medford. Apr. 23, 8 p.m. Free admission. Information: 627-3564. Tufts Symphony Orchestra and University Chorale perform Carmina Burana by Carl Orff. Directed by Malka Yaacobi and joined by The New England Treble Chorus, members of the drama and dance departments, and guest vocalists.

All Newton Music School

Newton Senior Centre, 345 Walnut St., Newtonville. Apr. 24, 10:30 a.m. Free admission. Information: 552-7178 or 527-4553. "Simple Melodies: Songs from a Lifetime": featuring Betty Blume, vocalist.

Tufts University Music

Alumnae Lounge, Tufts University, Medford. Free admission. Information: 627-3564. Apr. 25, 8 p.m. Donald Berman, pianist and faculty of Tufts University. Program includes works of Beethoven, Schubert-Liszt, Fauré, Ives, and Gottschalk.

Popular Music

Con Brio

Willow Jazz, 699 Broadway, Ball Square, Somerville. Apr. 21­22, 9:30 p.m. Information: 623-9874. Con Brio featuring: Jerry Bergonzi, saxophone; Mick Goodrick, guitar; Bruce Gertz, bass; Gary Chaffee, drums.

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. 21: Scavengers, Bald Guys, Strangemen, Ugly [Upstairs, 19+, $6]; Bim Skala Bim [Downstairs, 19+, $9­10]; Blue Pearl [Bakery].

Apr. 22: Tuscadero, Incinerator, Jack Frosting, Juicy [Up, 18+, $7]; Archers of Loaf, Turfola [Down, 19+, $7]; Green Factory [Bakery].

Apr. 23: Blue Moon Poets - A Reading of Silence [Up, 1­3 p.m., $3]; UYA (Jazz) [Up, 9 p.m., $5]; Soukous Dance Party [Down], Club Bohemia Review [Bakery].

Apr. 24: Showcase Mondays, SWAG, Worm, Everthing [Up, 19+, $5]; Mon. Performing Arts Series presents A Reading of Silence [Down, $3]; Alternative Acoustic Showcase [Bakery].

Apr. 25: Jim's Big Ego, The Push Stars, Chronic Pleasure [Up, 19+, $5]; Invasion of the Bakery by the Book Cellar [Bakery].

Apr. 26: Cheap Date Night - Sunbeams, 8-Ball Shifter, Descent (x-Grace Budd) [Up, 19+, $3]; Institue of Technology, Clay People, Acumen [Down, 18+, $6]; Belly Dancing w/ Ophelia, Najmet, & Sahar [Bakery].

Apr. 27: The Lune, Supreme Dicks, Pin Ball, June Star [Up, 19+, $6]; T.B.A. [Down]; Slide [Bakery].

World Music

Scottish Music

Norwood Theatre, 111 Central St., Norwood. Apr. 22, 8 p.m. Admission: $12.50 (advance), $15. Information: 255-0404. Wailing bagpipes, hard driving rhythms, and rich vocals define the sound of Scotland's Tannahill Weavers. Led by Roy Gullane, guitar, and Phil Smillie, flute, the five member group also includes John Martin, fiddle, Kenny Forsyth, bagpipe, and Les Wilson, keyboard.

French Music

St. Joseph Veterans Hall, 99 Louise St., Woonsocket. and Woonsocket High School, 666 Cass Ave. Apr. 22, 5 p.m. soirie 7 p.m. concert. Admission: $14 donation for soirie (includes admission to the concert), $10 donation for concert only. Information: 769-0699 or 769-8928. French Connections, traditional musicians, and dancers.

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.

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. 21: The Professional (Luc Besson, 1994); 7 & 10 p.m. Metropolis (Fritz Lang, 1926), accompanied on piano by Marty Marks; 7:30 p.m [Rm. 10-250]. Apr. 22: Quiz Show (Robert Redford, 1994); 7 & 10 p.m. Apr. 23: A Clockwork Orange (Stanley Kubrick, 1971); 7 & 10 p.m.

Boston Public Library

Rabb Lecture Hall, Central Library, Copley Square, Boston. Information: 536-5400. Apr. 24: How to Marry a Millionaire (Jean Negulesco, 1953); final film of "The Look: Lauren Bacall," a film and video series featuring eight Bacall films of the1940s 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 Engagement. Apr. 21­25: An Unforgettable Summer (Lucian Pintilie, 1994); 4:30, 6:15, 8, 9:40 p.m.; Sat. & Sun. matinees at 1 & 2:45 p.m.; Tue., 8 & 9:40 p.m. only. Third Annual Boston International Festival of Women's Cinema. Apr. 27­May 4: Call for details. Featured Apr. 26, 6 p.m.: The Incredibly True Adventures of Two Girls in Love, a film screening and reception sponsored by Soujourner: The Women's Forum, a feminist newspaper. Admission: $20 (for screening and reception), $7 (screening only). Information: 524-0415.

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. 20­21: Mama, There's a Man in Your Bed (Colline Serreau, 1990). Apr. 27­28: The Wages of Fear (Henri-Georges Clouzot, 1955). Videotheque - Free screening, 1:30 p.m. Apr. 26: Confidentially Yours (François Truffaut, 1983).

Harvard-Epworth Film Series

Harvard-Epworth United Methodist Church, 1555 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge. All films shown at 8 p.m. Contribution: $3. Information: 354-0837. April 23: Exit Smiling (Sam Taylor, 1926); accompanied by Rob Humphreville on piano.

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. 21, 5:30 p.m. The Decalogue parts 3-6. Apr. 22, 12:30 p.m. The Decalogue parts 7-10.

Premiere Engagement. Apr. 27, 4:30 & 8 p.m. The Last Lieutenant (Hans Petter Moland, 1994); additional screenings Apr. 28­29 and May 4­6. Iranian Cinema Apr. 27, 6:30 p.m.The Key (Ebrahim Forouzesh, 1987); also on Apr. 29, 3:30 p.m.

Theater Openings

"The Wild Place"

Arlington Center for the Arts, 41 Foster St., Arlington. Apr. 21­22, 8 p.m. Admission: $8. Information: 964-8918. Directed by Jon Lipsky, performed by actors Kim Mancuso, Kermit Dunkelberg, Susan Thompson, and musicians Eve Lindi and Stephen Elliott, The Wild Place is an expansion of work begun earlier this season. It takes you through the dreamscapes of a woman about to have her second child.

"Romeo and Juliet"

Wheelock Family Theatre, 180 The Riverway, Boston. Apr. 21­May 14. Fri. & Sat.: 7:30 p.m., Sun.: 3 p.m. Admission: $9, $10. Information: 734-4760. Shakespeare's classic love story of two teenage lovers from feuding families. A contemporary interpretation.

"The Ice Farm"

Spingold Theater, Brandeis University, Waltham. Preview: Apr. 25, 8 p.m. Opening Night: Apr. 26, 8 p.m. Apr. 27­29, 8 p.m., Apr. 30, 2 & 7 p.m. Admission: $9­11; Preview price, $7. Information: 736-3400. The premiere of a new play by Brandeis playwright Peter Maeck, directed by Alex Davis. It is the story of the struggle between brothers - whether to save their company or expose the fraud that will inevitably bring one of them down.

Ongoing Theater

"Romance/Romance"

Kresge Little Theatre, 84 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge. Through Apr. 22: Fri.­Sat., 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. 21­22, 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.

"Merrily We Roll Along"

Emerson Majestic Theatre, 219 Tremont St., Boston. Through Apr. 22: Fri.­Sat., 8 p.m.; Sat., 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 Fourth Annual Playwrights' Festival

Emerson Stage, 69 Brimmer St., Boston. Through Apr. 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.

"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. 21, 25­26, 29 & May 4­5, 8 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.

"The Bible: The Complete Word of God (abridged)"

C. Walsh Theatre, Suffolk University, Boston. Through 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.

"Open Studio Redux"

88 Room, 107 Brighton Ave., Allston. Through May 20. Wed. 5­8 p.m., Sat. 12-5 p.m., and by appointment. Information: 562-0840. The second installment of a project by Boston-based artists' team Dear Me Suz which examines the odd cycle of behavior and interactions that occur between artists and audience during Boston's popular "open studio" events.

"Later Life"

54 Lincoln St., Newton Highlands. Through May 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.

"Les Misérables"

Colonial Theatre, 106 Boylston St., Boston. Through June 17: Tues.-Sat. 8 p.m., Sun. 7:30 p.m., Sat. & Sun. 2 p.m. Admission: $15­65. Apr. 19-30: Rush tickets are available at the Colonial Theatre box office one hour prior to the performance for $15 with student ID Tickets: 931-2787. Information: 426-3444. The musical based on Victor Hugo's novel, is an epic saga which sweeps through three turbulent decades of 19th century French history. It is also the story of fugitive Jean Valjean, who is pitted against police inspector Javert.

Dance

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater

The Wang Center, 270 Tremont St., Boston. Apr. 25­30. Admission: $40-$25. Tickets: 931-ARTS or 482-2595, x24. Information: 482-2595. Under the direction of artistic director, Judith Jamison, the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater performs a medley of Carmina Burana, Scissors Paper Stone, Revelations, Hymn, Vespers, The Winter in Lisbon, Blues Suite, Cry, Masekela Langage, and Night Creature on six different nights.

FOUR Women

The Boston Conservatory Theater, 31 hemenway St., Boston. Apr. 23, 2 p.m. Free admission. Information: 536-3063. Seniors of The Boston Conservatory on their way to the world of professional choreography present FOUR Women, an afternoon concert featuring four premiers. Georgia Bailey's piece "The Iris" is set the music of Ralph Vaughn Williams; Karina Ringeisen choreographed "The Moon is Falling" to a piece by Bohuslav Martinu; Nikki Sell presents "Vertigo" and Ann Yee presents "Irony Unrelated."

Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company

The Wang Center, 270 Tremont St., Boston. Apr. 21, 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.

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.

Naked Brunch

Lyric Stage, 140 Clarendon St., Boston. Admission: $8. Information: 859-8163. Friday evenings through June 16; 10:30 p.m. The gay improv comedy troupe Naked Brunch returns to the Lyric 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

MIT Experimental Study Group

77 Massachusetts Ave., Rm. 24-619. Apr. 25, 7­8 p.m. Free admission. Information: 253-7787. Poetry on Video Series, featuring poet Czeslaw Milosz.

Lectures

MIT Communications Forum

Bartos Theater, MIT, E15, 20 Ames St., Cambridge. Apr. 27, 4­6 p.m. Free admission. Information: 253-0008. Local Access to the Communications Infrastructure. Some speakers include: Branko Gerovac and Sharon Gillett, both representing the MIT Research Program on Communications Policy, Tom Kalil, National Economic Council, The White House and David Tennenhouse, MIT Laboratory for Computer Science.

Architecture Lecture Series at MIT

MIT, 77 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge. Free admission. Information: 253-7791. Apr. 21, 12:30­2:30 p.m. & 6:30­9:30 p.m.: Rm 9-150. Buckminster Fuller Centenary Forum: a one-day forum to celebrate the centenary of Fuller's birthdate. Participants include: Pro.f Stanford Anderson, head, MIT Department of Architecture; Garry Davis, Shoji Sadao, Thomas Zung, Don Richter, Ed Applewhite, Amy Edmondson, Shirley Sharkey. Apr. 22-23, 9:30­5 p.m.: Rm 6-120, Topological Process and Design Theory. International conference sponsored by the Aga Khan Program at MIT and Harvard University. (To attend, register by Apr. 7). Apr. 25, 6:30 p.m.: Rm 10-250. "Place and the Architecture of Adversity." Samuel Mockbee, architect, Canton, MS.

Harvard Divinity School

Kresge Auditorium, MIT, 84 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge. Apr. 24, 7 p.m. Free admission. Information and free reserve tickets: 493-4737. Future relations between American Blacks and Jews will be the topic of a conversation between Harvard professor Cornel West and Tikkun editor Michael Lerner. Together, they have written a new book, Jews and Blacks: Let the Healing Begin.

Boston Public Library

Mezzanine Conference Room, Boston Public Library, Copley Square. Free admission. Information: 482-1740 or 536-5400, x336. Apr. 24, 6 p.m.: "Down to Earth: Indoor Air in the Urban Environment," an Earth Day forum on air quality and public health featuring the talks of Prof. John Spengler of the Harvard School of Public Health and Rosetts Robinson, an environmental activist with Commonwealth Development. Apr. 27, 6 p.m. "The Last Bastion" - Peter C. Wensberg talks about his new novel, a satire about the introduction of women into Boston's men-only social clubs.

Harvard Book Store

Cambridge Public Library, 449 Broadway, Cambridge. Apr. 25, 6 p.m. Barbara Ehrenreich presents her new collection of essays, The Snarling Citizen. With her new book she addresses the soul of the 1990's with witty social criticism.

Museum of Fine Arts

Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. Free Admission. Information: 369-3300. Gallery Talks. Apr. 22, 12 p.m. Wining and Dining in the MFA Galleries with Martha Wright. Apr. 23, 2 p.m. Resurrections and Awakenings with Henry A. Tate. Apr. 26, 6 p.m. The Etruscans with Gilian Wohlauer.

Remis Auditorium, MFA. Apr. 20-May 11, 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.

All Newton Music School

321 Chestnut St., West Newton. Apr. 21, 11 a.m. Admission: $8, $10 (with luncheon) Reservations (for lunch) and information: 527-4553. BSO program annotator and musicologist, Steven Ledbetter presents a witty and informative talk on Gilbert & Sullivan.

The Ford Hall Forum

Blackman Auditorium, Northeastern University, 360 Huntington Ave., Boston. Apr. 23, 7 p.m. Free admission. Information: 373-5800. Philosopher Leonard Peikoff takes on the crime issue. Lecture is followed by a question and answer session.

Harvard Department of Music

Davidson Room, Music Building, Harvard University, Cambridge. Apr. 24, 4:15 p.m. Free admission. Information: 496-6013. Gilbert Kaplan presents "The Inner World of Mahler."

Human Rights Program - Harvard Law School

Harvard Law School, Pound 401,1563 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge. Cambodia: Activist Responses to Human Rights Abuses. Kem Sokha: Member of the Cambodian Paliament; Chairman, Commission on Human Rights of the Cambodian National Assembly; Member, Buddhist Liberal Democratic Party.

Kennedy Library Public Forums

Columbia Point, Boston. Information: 929-4554. Reservations: 929-4571. Apr. 23, 2­3:30 p.m. Refugee Families: The World Walks away. Speakers include: Catherine O'Neill, co-founder of the Women's Commission for Refuee Women and Children, Anne Goldfeld, assistant professor of medicine at The Harvard Medical School, and Babbis Cameron, a Prebyterian elder. Apr. 25, 5:30-7:15 p.m. Quebec and Canada: National and Regional Challenges in a Changing World with Rita Dionne-Marsolais, Quebec Delegate General to New York, Richard Johnston, William Lyon Mackenzie Professor of Canadian Studies at Harvard, and James Reed, president of Addis & Reed Consulting. Apr. 27, 6-7:30 p.m. Robert S. McNamara, Author of In Retrospect: The Tragedy and Lessons of Vietnam. Secretary of Defense from 1961-1968, he played a major role in the development of American policy in Vietnam.

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.

"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.

"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.

"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. 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. Through June 25. Reception held Apr. 21, 5-7 p.m.

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.

School of the Museum of Fine Arts

Grossman Gallery, 230 The Fenway, Boston. Apr. 24­May 1. Mon., Tues., Fri., Sat.: 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Wed., Thurs.: 10 a.m.­8 p.m. Sun.: 1-5 p.m. Reception: Apr. 23, 2­5 p.m. Free admission. Information: 369-3718. Exhibition of work by students competing for Museum School Traveling Scholarships.

Davis Museum and Cultural Center

Wellesley College, Wellesley. Apr. 21­June 11. "For My Best Beloved Sister Mia: An Album of Photographs by Julia Margaret Cameron" Reception: Apr. 21, 5­8 p.m. Over 100 images by the Victoriam portraitist and her contemporaries, assembled as a family album by Cameron. "Tender Buttons: Photographs of Women's Domestic Objects by Rose Marasco" Reception: Apr. 27, 5:30 p.m. Maine artist photographs cultural material of the domestic past to represent those spaces in women's lives where they have left traces of their activities.

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.

The French Library and Cultural Center

53 Marlborough St., Boston. Hours: 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. Through Apr. 29.

Museum of Science

Science Park, Boston. Through April 1995: shows hourly most days, call for showtimes. Admission: $7; $5, children under 14/seniors. Combination exhibit/theater tickets available: $11; $8, children/seniors. Information: 723-2500. 1. Through April at the Mugar Omni Theater: Africa: The Serengeti (George Casey, 1994), narrated by James Earl Jones. 2. "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.

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.

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.

Museum of Fine Arts

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

"Art in Bloom" Celebrating flower design as an art form, seventy arrangements by New England Garden Clubs interpret masterpieces throughout the Museum such as Van Gogh's Enclosed Field with Ploughman and Cézanne's Self Portrait with a Beret. Apr. 24­Apr. 27.

"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.

"Hickey's Diner." In conjunction with the exhibition "American Diner" the diner will be on display on the Museum grounds. Established in 1938, the diner was one of four lunchwagons that served food nightly on the town common in Taunton, MA.

"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.

Announcements

WMBR Radio Listings

MIT's radio station (88.1 FM) presents some of this week's programming. Apr. 22, 2­4 p.m.: "French Kisses," a weekly bilingual program of French-language songs, interviews, and reports on Francophone culture. Apr. 25, 8:30 p.m.: "Pipeline!" Bob Dubrow plays his pick of new tapes and CD's by local bands, and features a live band every week. This week's featured band: Jane Nöel.

MIT Japan Program

20 Chimneys, MIT Student Center. Apr. 27, 5­6:30 p.m. Information: 253-8737. Orientation for a year-long trip to Japan, in which MIT undergraduates and graduate students in science, technology, management, and architecture can meet the managing director, staff memgbers, and some former interns of the Program, to hear about becoming an intern in a Japanese company or university.

Events

Earth Day Sunday Festival

Harvard Square, Massachusetts Ave. and Church St., Cambridge. Apr. 23, 1­5 p.m. Free admission. New technologies, singalong, jazz, visual arts, rally speakers, booths of environmental groups, recycling demonstration, and activities for kids.

MIT Ballroom Dance Club

Morss Hall, Walker Memorial. Apr. 29, 8 p.m.­12 a.m. Admission: $7; $5, MIT BDC members. Information: 253-8907. Spring Semiformal sponsored by the MIT Ballroom Dance Club. Live band - Bob Bachelder Quintet. Hors d'oeurves provided and a dance showcase featured.