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Classical Music

MIT Brass Quintet

Killian Hall, 160 Memorial Dr. Feb. 10, 5:30 p.m. Information: 621-7829. The MIT Brass Quintet performs: Peter Greene '96, Brian Blatnik '95, Chad Musser '97, Andrew Garcia '97, and Erik Bailey '98. Program: works by Mozart, Bach, Victor Ewald, MIT's John Harbison, Vittorio Rieti, and pieces arranged by the Canadian Brass.

Sixth Annual Gospel Concert

Cambridge Rindge and Latin High School, Fitzgerald Auditorium, 459 Broadway, Cambridge. Feb. 10, 7:30 p.m. Admission: $10; $8, advanced purchase; $5, seniors, people 19 and under. Information: 349-6227. This concert, commemorating black history, features seven different school and church gospel ensembles, as well as soloist Ife Franklin.

MIT World Premiere Work

Jordan Hall, 30 Gainsborough St., Boston. Feb. 10, 8 p.m.; pre-concert lecture, 7:15 p.m. Admission: $10­20; 20% student/senior discount. Information: 494-5049. Metamorphosen, a new chamber ensmemble of the country's top young musicians, presents the world premiere of Shimmer, by MIT Lecturer Elena Ruehr. Program also includes Dvorak's Serenade, Vivaldi's Concerto for Viola d'amore, Britten's Lachrymae, and Wolf's Italian Serenade.

The Boston Conservatory

Seully Hall, 8 The Fenway, Boston. Box office: 536-3063. Information: 536-6340. Feb. 10, 8 p.m.: The Boston Conservatory Orchestra; Ronald Feldman, director. Program: Schumann's Symphony No. 3, Rhenish, and the winners of the Conservatory's Concerto Competition. Feb. 13, 8:30 p.m.: Piano Honors Concert. Conservatory piano students perform 20th century American and French music.

Handel & Haydn Society

Symphony Hall, Boston. Feb. 10 & 12, 8 p.m. Admission: $17­50. Information: 266-3605. Christopher Hogwood conducts a program featuring Bach (Brandenburg Concerto No. 4 in G, BWV 1049; Missa Brevis in G minor; BWV 227) and Handel (Dixit Dominus; Sonata in G minor, HWV 404).

Boston Symphony Orchestra

Symphony Hall, Boston. Admission: $21­59; $11.50 tickets sold for Open Rehearsal at 10:30 a.m.; Rush tickets (limited) available for Tue./Thu. evening and Fri. afternoon for $7 (one per customer), beginning at 9 a.m. on Fri. and 5 p.m. on Thu. Information: 266-2378 or 266-1492. 1) Feb. 11, 8 p.m. Seiji Ozawa conducts the BSO, with James David Christie, organ. Program: Haydn (Symphony No. 6, "Morning"), Lutos/lawski (Symphony No. 4), and Saint Saëns (Symphony No. 3, "Organ"). 2) Feb. 10, 1:30 p.m.; Feb. 14, 8 p.m. Seiji Ozawa conducts, with Dubravaka Tomsic, piano. Program: Beethoven (Piano Concerto No. 5, "Emperor") and Strauss ("Ein Heldenleben").

Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum

280 The Fenway, Boston. Both concerts begin at 1:30 p.m. Admission (in addition to museum admission): $4, $2 members. Information: 734-1359. Feb. 11: Young Artists Showcase - Zheng Ron Wang, violin (First Prize Winner, Geneva Competition). Feb. 12: Sunday Concert Series - Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center; Ana Kavafian, violin; Gary Hoffman, cello; Charles Neidich, clarinet; Lee Luvisi, piano. Program: Haydn, Brahms, and Messiaen.

All Newton Music School

321 Chestnut St., West Newton. Feb. 11, 8 p.m. Admission: $15; $7.50 student tickets available (limited). Information: 527-4553. "Music with the Masters" - The Boston Composers String Quartet performs with special guest Eugene Lehner, world-famous violist, in discussion and performance of Bartok's String Quartet No. 6.

Musicians of the Old Post Road

Faneuil Hall, Boston. Feb. 11, 8 p.m. Admission: $15; $9, students/seniors. Information: 648-4824. The ensemble will present a concert of late 17th-century chamber music entitled If Music Be the Food of Love: English Courtly Lovesongs of Henry Purcell. Performers include Suzanne Ehly, soprano; Paul Guttry, bass-baritone; Roy Sansom, recorders; Suzanne Stumpf, recorder and traverso; Daniel Ryan, bass violin; and Peter Sykes, harpsichord.

St. Valentine's Concert

Tsai Performance Center, 685 Commonwealth Ave., Boston. Feb. 11, 8 p.m. Information: 492-1861. Admission: $8; anyone in red sneakers admitted free. "Composers in Red Sneakers," with music by David Cleary, Howard Frazin, Herman Weiss, and special guest John Harbison, plus favorite love songs.

Bank of Boston Celebrity Series

Jordan Hall, New England Conservatory, Boston. Feb. 11, 8 p.m. Admission: $10­15. Tickets: 482-6661 or 536-2412. Pianist Nicola Frisardi performs a program of Scarlatti, Rachmaninoff, Muczynski, and Chopin.

Bank of Boston Celebrity Series

Symphony Hall, Boston. Feb. 12, 3 p.m. Admission: $30­36. Tickets: 482-6661 or 266-1200. Pianist George Shearing and clarinetist Richard Stoltzman perform in a pre-Valentine's Day concert featuring romantic classical, popular, and jazz favorites, from Debussy to Gershwin.

Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

465 Huntington Ave., Boston. Feb. 12, 3 p.m. Admission: $17; $14, MFA members/students/seniors. Information: 267-9300. "Love Songs from Broadway": celebrate Valentine's Day with a bouquet of love songs and duets from the Broadway stage. Nancy Armstrong, soprano, and Robert Honeysucker, baritone, will be joined by Daniel Stepner, electric violin, and Laura Jeppesen, electric viola da gamba.

Longy School of Music

Edward Pickman Concert Hall, 27 Garden St., Cambridge. Admission: $17 (unless noted). Information: 876-0956 x130. Feb. 15, 8 p.m.: Apple Hill Chamber Players present an evening of chamber literature for piano and strings including both traditional and contemporary chamber music (call (603) 847-3371 for ticket information). Feb 16, 8 p.m.: Ensemble P.A.N. present O Virgo Splendens. Featuring Guillaume de Machaut's Le lay de la fonteinne and other ars nova and ars antiqua songs in honor of the Virgin Mary - with guest women's ensemble.

MIT Chapel Concert Series

MIT Chapel, 84 Massachusetts Ave. Feb. 16, 12 noon. Information: 253-2906. Pentamerus Winds: Robin Baker, flute; Ronald Kaye, oboe, Carolyn Grant, clarinet; Whitacre Hill, horn; Leo Kenen, bassoon. Program: Sweelinck's Variations on a Folksong; Mozart's Romanze and Menuetto from Serenade for 13 Instruments; Klughardt's Quintet in C Major, Op. 79; and Ligeti's Sechs Bagatellen.

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.

Folk Song Society of Greater Boston

First Parish Church, 35 Church St., Watertown. Feb. 11, 8 p.m. Admission: $9. Information: 623-1806. Priscilla Herdman performs from a repertoire as eclectic and diverse as songs like "Waltzing with Bears" and Eric Bogle's "The Band Played Waltzing Matilda."

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. 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.

TT the Bear's

Brookline Ave., Central Square, Cambridge. Feb. 10, 11 p.m. Expanding Man, with supporting acts Poundcake, Brain Hammer, and Talking to Animals.

Jamaica Plain Firehouse Multicultural Arts Center

659 Center St., Jamaica Plain. Feb. 12, 10 a.m.­1 p.m. Information: 524-3816. "Bagels n' Bop" live music series: Michael Shea Trio.

The Green Dragon Tavern

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


Journey into a Dream: Musical Tribute to Martin Luther King.

Kresge Auditorium, 84 Massachusetts Ave. Feb. 11, 8 p.m. Information: 253-4003. Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration/Tribute, performed by jazz vocalist Semenya McCord and Associates.

World Music

Boston University Concert

Tsai Performance Center, 685 Commonwealth Ave., Boston. Feb. 12, 8 p.m. Admission: $10; $5, students/holders of Boston University I.D. Information: 353-3329. Quetzal, "Music of the Americas": performed in conjunction with the "Visions of Modernity" exhibit at the BU Art Gallery (see "Museums" below).


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. Feb. 10­11: My Fair Lady (George Cukor, 1964); 4:30, 8 p.m. (Sat. matinee, 1 p.m.). Feb. 12: Rosemary's Baby (Roman Polanski, 1969); 2:15, 7 p.m. The Manchurian Candidate (John Frankenheimer, 1962); 4:45, 9:35 p.m. Feb. 13: Gunfight at the O.K. Corral (John Sturges, 1957); 3:30, 7:25 p.m. Kiss the Blood off My Hands (Norman Foster, 1948); 5:50, 9:40 p.m. Feb. 14: Wing Chun (Yuen Woo-Ping, 1994); 4, 6, 8, 10 p.m. Feb. 15: Red Rock West (John Dahl, 1993); 4, 7:55 p.m. Kill Me Again (Dahl, 1989); 6, 9:45 p.m. Feb. 16: The Decameron (Pier Paolo Pasolini, 1971); 3:30 p.m. Canterbury Tales (Pasolini, 1972); 5:45 p.m. Arabian Nights (Pasolini, 1974); 8 p.m.

Harvard-Epworth Film Series

Harvard-Epworth United Methodist Church, 1555 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge. Admission: $3. Information: 354-0387. Feb. 12: The Little Flowers of St. Francis (Roberto Rossellini, 1950); 8 p.m.

French Library and Cultural Center, Ciné Club

53 Marlborough St., Boston. Admission: $5, $4 for members. Information: 266-4351. Feb. 10­11: Voyage en Douce (Michel Deville, 1979); Fri., 8 p.m.; Sat., 2 p.m. Feb. 16­17: Tea in the Harem (Mehdi Charef, 1986); 8 p.m. Videotheque - free screening, Feb. 15: La Boum (Claude Pinoteau, 1983); 1:30 p.m.

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.

Premiere Engagements. Feb. 10­11: Freedom on My Mind (Connie Field and Marilyn Mulford, 1993); Fri., 7:30 p.m.; Sat., 12:45 p.m.; also Sat., Feb. 18 & 25, 11 a.m. Two on Tibet. Feb. 10­11: Compassion in Exile: The Story of the 14th Dalai Lama (Mickey Lemle, 1993) and Satya (Ellen Bruno, 1993); Fri., 5:45 p.m.; Sat., 11 a.m. Animation Festival. Feb. 16: Classic Animation from Zagreb (Program A); 6 p.m. World's Best New Animated Films (Program B); 8 p.m. Directors Present. Feb. 11: For a Deaf Son (Rob Tranchin, 1994); 3 p.m.

Theater Openings

"The Skin of Our Teeth"

Kresge Little Theater, 84 Massachusetts Ave. Feb. 9­11 & 16­18, 8 p.m. Admission: $7; $5 for MIT students. Information: 253-2908. MIT Dramashop production of Thornton Wilder's Pulitzer Prize winning play. Directed by Alan Brody, head of the Music and Theater Arts section.

"The Society for Hyper Progressive Solutions"

Mobius, 354 Congress St., Boston. Feb. 9­11, 8 p.m.; Feb. 12 (Sat. matinee), 3 p.m. Admission: $8; $4, children and regular matinee; $2, children's matinee. Information: 542-7416. A performance of science spectacle and whimsy by Caleb Brown and David Sullivan, whose characters combine 19th century medicine show flim-flam, supermarket tabloid news, and mad scientific experiments.

A Tribute to Jule Styne

Boston Conservatory Theater, 31 Hemenway St., Boston. Feb. 16­19. Admission: $15; $10, students/seniors. Box office: 536-3063. Information: 536-6340. The Boston Conservatory presents three Jule Styne musicals in concert style, running in repertory: "Bells Are Ringing" (Feb. 18, 8 p.m.; Feb. 19, 7 p.m.); "High Button Shoes" (Feb. 16, 8 p.m.; Feb. 18, 2 p.m.); and "Do Re Mi" (Feb. 17, 8 p.m.; Feb. 19, 2 p.m.).

Ongoing Theater


La Sala de Puerto Rico, MIT Student Center, 84 Massachusetts Ave. Through Feb. 11, 8 p.m. Admission: $9; $8, MIT community; $6, MIT/Wellesley students. Information: 253-6294. The MIT Musical Theatre Guild productin of the landmark Stephen Sondheim musical.

"Waiting for Godot"

American Repertory Theatre, Loeb Drama Center, 64 Brattle St., Cambridge. Through Feb. 12: Tue.­Sat., 8 p.m.; Sun., 7 p.m.; Sat. and Sun. matinees, 2 p.m. Admission:. Information: 547-8300. Samuel Beckett's famous play of the nuclear age, about two tramps on a road stop by a tree, waiting for a mysterious stranger - loitering, playing games, amusing and abusing each other, trying to waste time while time wastes them.


Boston Ballet

Wang Center, 270 Tremont St., Boston. Through Feb. 12: Fri.­Sat., 8 p.m.; Sat. and Sun. matinees, 2 p.m. Admission: $12­52; group discounts available. Information (tickets): 931-ARTS for TicketMaster. Boston Ballet presents Coppélia, a 19th century comedy-romance, with music by Léo Delibes and based on the original staging by Arthur Saint-Léon. The story concerns a high-spirited flirt named Franz who falls for a wax doll named Coppélia, Franz's beatiful - but jealous - betrothed, Swanilda, and an eccentric toymaker.

Dance Umbrella

Emerson Majestic Theatre, 219 Tremont St., Boston. Feb. 16­18: Thu., 7 p.m.; Fri.­Sat., 8 p.m. Admission: $20­30. Information: 578-8727. Contraband, a troupe of dancers and musicians, presents Mira, Cycle 2, the second installment of Contraband's theatrical trilogy based on the life and work of Mirabai, a 16th century Indian saint, politician, poet, and philanthropist.


U.S. Improvisational Theatre League

Lyric Stage, 140 Clarendon St., Copley Square, Boston. Sunday nights, 8 p.m. Admission: $10. Information: 864-1344. The highly-acclaimed league continues its 12-week winter series. Teams of improvisors square off over three periods, just like in hockey: The audience gets involved by deciding the fate of the performers.

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.


Back Alley Theater, 1253 Cambridge St., Cambridge. Ongoing: Fri.­Sat., 8 p.m.; Sat., 10:30 p.m. Admission: $10; $5 with college I.D. Information: 641-1710. The area's longest-standing improvisational comedy group (12-years old) continues with a new season, composed of funny, energetic, creative performers who create scenes, dialogue, and characters on the spot, based entirely on audience suggestions.

The Comedy Project

Hong Kong Restaurant, Third Floor, 1236 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge. Ongoing: Fri.­Sat., 9 p.m. Admission: $10. Information: 247-1110. "The Big-Time Comedy Project Show"; dinner and dancing available.


Harvard Department of Music Colloquium

Davison Room, Music Building, Harvard University. Information: 496-6013. Feb. 10, 4:15 p.m.: "Forces, Containers, and Paths: Kinesthetic Image Schemes in the Modulation Theory of Hugo Riemann," by Janna Saslaw, University of North Texas. Feb. 13, 4:15 p.m.: "My Music and Its Relation to Music Theory," by Fred Lerdahl, Columbia University.


MIT Museum

265 Massachusetts Ave. Tue.­Fri., 9 a.m.­5 p.m.; Sat.­Sun., 1­5 p.m. Free to members of the MIT community, seniors, and children under 12. For all others there is a requested donation of $3. Information: 253-4444.

"Holography: Artists and Inventors." The Museum of Holography Moves to MIT.

"Crazy After Calculus: Humor at MIT." The history of MIT "hacks."

"Doc Edgerton: Stopping Time." Photographs, instruments, and memorabilia documenting the invention and use of the strobe light by the late Harold E. Edgerton ScD '27.

"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

"mechanical e. motions@" MIT Artist-in-Residence Arthur Ganson's ingenious kinetic sculptures address emotional and philosophical issues between the animate and inanimate, human and machine. Through Feb. 15.

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.

List Visual Arts Center

20 Ames St. Hours: Tue., Thu. and Fri., 12 noon­6 p.m.; Wed., 12 noon­8 p.m.; Sat.­Sun., 1­5 p.m. Information: 253-4680. "The Masculine Masquerade: Masculinity and Representation." This exhibits explores several male archetypes of the postwar era, including father-son relationships, sexual identities, issues of power and aggression, and narratives surrounding cultural difference. Through March 26.

A film series, "Postwar Masculinity in American Film," will run concurrently with the exhibit: Henry Jenkins, associate professor of literature, will give an introductory lecture in the Bartos Theater, Feb. 14 at 7 p.m.

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. "Images from 1's and 0's." Digital imagery by Phil McAlary. Through March 16.

Boston University Art Gallery

855 Commonwealth Ave., Boston. Hours: Tue.­Fri., 10 a.m.­5 p.m.; Sat. and Sun., 1­5 p.m. (gallery closed Feb. 18­19). Information: 353-3329. "Visions of Modernity: Photographs from the Peruvian Andes, 1900­1930." Through Feb. 26.

French Library and Cultural Center

53 Marlborough St., Boston. Hours: Tue., 12 noon­8 p.m.; Wed.­Thu., 10 a.m.­8 p.m.; Fri.­Sat., 10 a.m.­5 p.m. Information: 266-4351. "Impressions of a Francophile," an exhibition of photographs by Gordon Zellner. Zellner's black and white photographs isolate scenes and reduce them to their simplest elements, as in "Chatham, Then and Now," an exhibit that contrasts photos from turn-of-the-century glass plate negatives and those same locations revisited. Through Feb. 28.

Towne Art Gallery

Wheelock College, 180 The Riverway, Boston. Hours: Mon.­Fri., 12 noon­4 p.m. Information: 734-5200. "Streets are for Nobody," photographs and interviews of homeless women in Boston and other communities, by Melissa Shook. (Presentation by artist and women from Roofless Women Action Research Mobilization: Mar. 8, 4­6 p.m.) Through Mar. 10.

Boston Public Library

Copley Square, Boston. Hours: Mon.­Fri., 9 a.m.­5 p.m. Information: 536-5400 x425. "To Preserve the Union," an exhibition of books, prints, photographs, and military memorabilia from the BPL's "20th" Massachusetts Regiment Civil War Collection will be displayed. Through Mar. 31.

Museum of Science

Science Park, Boston: Mugar Omni Theater. Through April 1995: shows hourly most days, call for showtimes. Admission: $7; $5, children (3-14)/seniors. Information: 723-2500. Through April 1995: Africa: The Serengeti (George Casey, 1994), narrated by James Earl Jones.

Museum of Fine Arts

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

"Printed Allegories: Dürer to Picasso." This exhibition will feature prints from the museum's permanent collection fromt he 16th century to the early 20th century that represent allegorical subjects. Some the greatest prints of all time are allegories, including Dürer's Knight, Death, and the Devil and Picasso's Minotauromachia. Through Feb. 12.

"Willem de Kooning from the Hirshhorn Museum Collection." Joseph H. Hirshhorn assembled a large collection of the work by Dutch-American artist Willem de Kooning, a selection of 50 works - painting, drawings, and sculptures - will be presented in the exhibition in honor of the artist's 90th birthday. The exhibition will demonstrate his involvement in the emergence of Abstract Expressionism, from his early investigation of the figure to his late lyrical abstractions. Through Feb. 19

"Sweet Dreams: Bedcovers and Bed Clothes from the Collection." This exhibition of quilts, coverlets, blankets, futon blankets, lingerie and sleeping caps will be drawn primarily from the permanent collection. Asian, Western, Mediterranean, and contemporary designer approaches to the ritual of the bed will be represented. Through Mar. 12.

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

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

"The 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.

Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum

280 The Fenway, Boston. Open Tue.­Sun., 11 a.m.­5 p.m. Admission: $6, $5 for students/seniors, $3 youths (ages 12­17), free for members and children under 12; Wed, $3 for students with current ID. Information: 566-1401.

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

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

"ŒFixed in Time': Dated Ceramics of the 18th, 19th, and 20th Centuries." In celebration of their 60th anniversary, the Boston China Students' Club presents an exhibtion featuring works from the members' collections. The ceramics, 80 items in all, are displayed to give a feeling for their historical context. Through May 14.

"Gathered at the Wall: American 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 a thousand 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.

"Let It Begin Here: Lexington and the Revolution." Explore the causes and the consequences of the American War for Independence as seen through the eyes of typical New England men and women. The exhibit begins with an introductory audiovisual presentation about the events on Lexington Green. Ongoing.

The Computer Museum

300 Congress St., Boston. Hours: Tue.­Sun., 10 a.m.­5 p.m. (closed Mondays). Admission: $7, $5 for students/seniors, free for members and children four and under; half-price, Sun. 3­5 p.m. Information: 423-6758 or 426-2800 x310.

"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.