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Classical Music

MIT Performance Series

Killian Hall, 160 Memorial Dr.. Apr. 28, 12 p.m. Free admission. Information: 253-2826. Gaspar Taroncher, harpsichord.

All Newton Music School

321 Chestnut St., West Newton. Apr. 28, 8 p.m. Free admission. Information: 527-4553. Laura Sanders, soprano.

The Boston Conservatory

Seully Hall, Boston Conservatory, 8 The Fenway, Boston. Free admission (unless noted). Information: 536-6340. Apr. 28­29, 8 p.m.: Cecelia Schieve and Patricia Weinmann co-direct Conservatory Opera students in selected opera scenes. May 1, 8 p.m.: Festival Chorus and Orchestra - Conservatory President William A. Seymour conducts works of Telemann, Bruckner, and Fauré. May 2­3, 7 p.m.: Student Chamber Concert.

Boston Musica Viva

Tsai Performance Center, 685 Commonwealth Ave., Boston. Apr. 28, 8 p.m. Admission: $14; $7, students/seniors. Information: 353-0556. Music Director Richard Pittman leads the ensemble in the premiere of works by Terry Riley, Roger Marsh and Peter Homans.

Tufts University Music

Alumnae Lounge (unless noted), Tufts University, Medford. All performances, 8 p.m. Free admission. Information: 627-3564. Apr. 28 (Cohen Auditorium): Tufts University Chamber Singers and Chorale. Apr. 30: Tufts Flute Ensemble. Works by Merulo, Dittersdorf, Handel, Uber and Heiss. May 1: Early Music Ensemble. Featuring the 16th century Italy, including madrigals by Gabrieli and Verdelot, instrumental music by Ruggo, Lasso and Gardano, and dance music by Vecchi.

Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum

280 The Fenway, Boston. Both concerts begin at 1:30 p.m. Admission (additional to museum admission): $4; $2 for members. Information: 734-1359. Apr. 29: Young Artist Series - Vincent Dion Stringer, bass-baritone; Luis Battle, piano. David Alpher, "Kerouac Songs". Apr. 30: Sunday Concert Series - James Buswell, violin; Max Levinson, piano. Bartók, Sonata No. 1 for Violin & Piano, Beethoven Sonata, Op. 96.

Bank of Boston Celebrity Series

Symphony Hall, Boston. Apr. 29, 8 p.m. Admission: $27­30. Tickets: 482-6661 or 536-2412. The Philip Glass Ensemble will perform La Belle et la Bête, an opera for ensemble and film by Philip Glass.

Wellesley College Concert Series

Houghton Memorial Chapel, Wellesley. Apr. 29, 8 p.m. Free admission. Information: 283-2028. Wellesley Glee Club performs.

Jewett Auditorium, Wellesley. Both performances, 8 p.m. Apr. 28: College Orchestra. Apr. 30: Chamber Music Society.

Emmanuel Music

C. Walsh Theatre, Suffolk University, 41 Temple St., Beacon Hill, Boston. Apr. 30, 4 p.m. Jayne West, soprano, Leslie Amper, Randall Hodgkinson, piano. All-Brahms program includes Eight Songs, Opus 7 and Quartet in c minor, Opus 51, #1.

Harvard University Music

John Knowles Paine Concert Hall, Music Building, Harvard, Cambridge. Apr. 29, 8 p.m. Free admission. Information: 496-6013. Harvard Group for New Music presents works by Kirchner, Tuli, Taddie, Clingan, Koczela and Rindfleisch.

King's Chapel Concert Series

King's Chapel, 58 Tremont St., Boston. Apr. 30, 5 p.m. Free admission. Information: 227-2155. Featuring works for brass and chorus from the Baroque era and the 20th century. The Lenox Brass, organist James David Christie and narrator Bill Cavness will join the Choir of King's Chapel; works by Pachelbel, Hindemith, and Pinkham.

Longy School of Music

Edward Pickman Concert Hall, 27 Garden St., Cambridge. Free admission. Information: 876-0956 x120. Apr. 28, 8 p.m. Artist Diploma voice recital in Early Music by Fumi Yamamoto. Apr. 30, 1:30 p.m.: Young Performers Series- Amy Kim, piano. Apr. 30, 4 p.m.: Li Fan, piano; featuring the music of Bach, Debussy, and Schumann. May 1, 8 p.m.: Sally Pinkas and Evan Hirsch, duo pianists, present Messiaen's Visions de L'Amen. May 2, 8 p.m.: Longy Chamber Orchestra, conducted by Jeffry Rink, featuring winners of the Longy Concerto Competition. May 4, 8 p.m.: Longy faculty member Jocelyn Lopatin, piano, presents a concert of Bach's French Suite in G, Beethoven's Eroica Variations, and Liszt's Venezia e Napoli.

Popular Music

MIT/Wellesley Toons

Great Hall of Tower Court, Wellesley College, 106 Central St., Wellesley. Apr. 29, 7:30 p.m. Free admission. Information: 225-8461. A cappella spring concert performing pop songs by Billy Joel, James Taylor, Sting, Madonna, and Duran Duran.

Bank of Boston Celebrity Series

Symphony Hall, Boston. Apr. 30, 8 p.m. Admission: $20­36. Information: 482-2595. Tickets: 482-6661 or 536-2412. Walter Pierce, Executive Director, will present the New Orleans musicians of the Preservation Hall Jazz Band. Traditional New Orleans jazz, a style of music that was born at the turn of the century, from street parades, saloons and river boats.

Boston Center for the Arts

The Black Box Theater, 539 Tremont St., Boston. Apr. 28­29. Admission: $12. Information: 277-2539. "Clear Voices": Two evenings of jazz featuring vocalist Tierney Sutton, pianist/composer Yki Arimasa, and bassist Dave Clark.

Federal Reserve Bank of Boston

600 Atlantic Ave., Boston. May 4, 12:30 p.m. Free admission. Information: 973-3453. Jazz vocalist Patrice Williamson, performing with piano, bass and drum.

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.

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. 28: Flying Nuns, Orbit, Mineral, Hannah Crannah fr. CT [Upstairs, 19+, $7]; Heretix [Downstairs]; Eric Pakula Trio [Bakery].

Apr. 29: Swinging Steaks, Eric Martin & the Illyrians, Rag Iron, Ray Mason Band [Up, 21+, $7]; Flunky, Jayuya [Down, 19+, $6]; Judy Bonny & Friends [Bakery].

Apr. 30: Blue Moon Poets [Up, 1­3 p.m.]; WMFO Freeform Fundraiser - Debris, Chris Trapper, Vijaya & more [Up, 9 p.m.]; After Hours Quartet (Jazz) [Bakery].

May 1­4: Call for performers.

World Music

Longy School of Music

Edward Pickman Concert Hall, 27 Garden St., Cambridge. Apr. 30, 8 p.m. Free admission. Information: 944-0651. Ensember P.A.N. and Ensemble Alcatraz present "Visions and Miracles: the Cantigas of Sanga Maria": Iberian music.

Tufts University Music

Alumnae Lounge (unless noted), Tufts University, Medford. Apr. 29, 8 p.m. Free admission. Information: 627-3564. KINIWE, the West African Drum and Dance Ensemble, performs.

Zamir Chorale of Boston

Congregation Mishkan Tefila, 300 Hammond Pond Parkway, Chestnut Hill. Apr. 30, 7:30 p.m. Admission: $12­25. Information: 965-6522. "Seasons of Our Joy": music of the holidays.

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. 28: White (Kryszstof Kieslowski, 1994); 7 & 10 p.m. Jules and Jim (François Truffaut, 1961); 7:30 p.m [Rm. 10-250]. Apr. 29: Ed Wood (Tim Burton, 1994); 7 & 10 p.m. Apr. 30: A Fish Called Wanda (Charles Crichton, 1988); 7 & 10 p.m.

Japanese Films at MIT

77 Massachusetts Ave., Rm. 1-290, Cambridge. Apr. 28, 6:30 p.m./8:45 p.m. Donation: $1-2. Information: 253-2839. All-Kurosawa Film Festival The Hidden Fortress and The Seven Samurai.

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.

Third Annual Boston International Festival of Women's Cinema. Apr. 27­May 4: Call for details. Featured Apr. 30, 4­5:30 p.m: "Telling Women's Stories." How women's stories are told on the screen and isssues faced by female filmmakers in the process from concept through distribution will be the focus of this discussion with Beeban Kidron, Mina Shum, and other visiting festival participants. Admission: $6, $4 members. Information: 536-1540.

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. 27­28: The Wages of Fear (Henri-Georges Clouzot, 1955). May 4­5: The Devil Probably (Robert Bresson, 1977). Videotheque - Free screening, 1:30 p.m. May 3: Journey of Hope (Xavier Koller, 1990).

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 30: Early Spring (Yasujiro Ozu, 1956).

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. Apr. 28, 6 p.m. Apr. 29, 11:30 a.m. The Last Lieutenant (Hans Petter Moland, 1994); additional screenings May 4­6. Apr. 28, 10:30 a.m. & 4, 8 p.m; Apr. 29, 1:30 p.m.: Richard Wright - Black Boy (Madison D. Lacy, 1994) Iranian Cinema. Apr. 29, 3:30 p.m.The Key (Ebrahim Forouzesh, 1987).

Theater

Openings

"A Winter's Tale"

Kresge Little Theater, 84 Massachusetts Ave. Apr. 27­29, May 4-6, 8 p.m. Admission: $7, $5 MIT/Wellesley students. Information: 253-2908. Dramashop production directed by Michael Ouellette, lecturer, MIT Theater Arts.

"The Wild Place"

The Black Box Theater, 539 Tremont St., Boston. May 4­20. Admission: $12. Information: 964-8918. Pilgrim Theater presents Boston playwright Jon Lipsky's work. It concerns the dreamscapes and thoughts of a woman on the verge of childbirth.

"The Wild Land"

Tower Auditorium, Massachusetts College of Art, 621 Huntington Ave., Boston. May 4-6, 8 p.m. Admission: $12-15. A Chinese period play produced by Asia On Stage and the Chinese Culture Institute. Set in early-twentieth century China, the play deals with the conflict between a mother-in-law and a daughter-in-law, an age-old problem in Chinese families.

"Good Evening"

Lyric Stage, 140 Clarendon St., Boston. Apr. 28-May 28: Wed.­Fri., 8 p.m.; Sat., 5 & 8:30 p.m.; Sun., 2 p.m. Thu. matinees (May 11 & 18) at 2 p.m. Admission: $17­26. Information: 437-7172. Created by Dudley Moore and the late Peter Cook, this show pokes fun at unlikely objects.

"Momma, I'm Sorry"

Strand Theatre, Boston. Apr. 28-29, 8 p.m; Apr. 29-30, 3:30 p.m; Apr. 30, 7:30 p.m. Melba Moore stars in Michael Matthews' hit Gospel Musical.

"The Taming of the Shrew"

Boston Ballet, Wang Center, Boston. May 4­14: Wed. & Thu. opening nights, 7 p.m.; other evenings, 8 p.m.; Sat. & Sun. matinees, 2 p.m. On Tue., May 9, a pre-performance lecture will precede the show at 7 p.m. Admission: $12­52; student rush tickets available one hour prior to curtain for $12. Information: 931-ARTS (TicketMaster). Shakespeare's comic masterpiece is combined with the elegance and pageantry of classic ballet. John Cranko's production translates the bard's prose into expressive choreographed movement.

"Beverly Kills 902 UH-OH!"

Mystery Cafe, 11 Green St., Boston. May 4­5, 7­8, 11, 12, 26; June 3, 5, & 13. Call for times. Admission: $26.50, dinner included. Information: 1-800-697-CLUE. Mystery spoof performed during a 3-course meal

Ongoing Theater

"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.

"The Ice Farm"

Spingold Theater, Brandeis University, Waltham. Apr. 26­29, 8 p.m.; Apr. 30, 2 & 7 p.m. Admission: $9­11. 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.

"A Slice of Saturday Night"

Charles Playhouse, 74 Warrenton St., Boston. Through Apr. 30: 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. 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. Apr. 28 & May 2­3, 6 at 8 p.m.; 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. 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.

"Romeo and Juliet"

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

"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. Through May 7: 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. Through Apr. 30. Admission: $25­40. 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.

Comedy

Late Nite Catechism

The Theatre at the Church of All Nations, 333 Tremont St., Boston. Apr. 18-May 28: Tues.-Fri., 8 p.m.; Sat., 5 & 9 p.m. Thurs., Sun. 2 p.m. Admission: $14­25. Information: 338-8606. An interactive comedy featuring Maripat Donovan.

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.

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.

Women's Studies Around Boston

Women's Center, 46 Pleasant St., Cambridge. Apr. 29, 1-3 p.m. Free admission. Information: 354-8807. "Support Our Sisters in the former Yugoslavia!" by Paris Gumms.

Bunting Institute, 34 Concord Ave., Cambridge. May 2, 7:30 p.m. Free admission. Information: 495-8212. "How the Middle Years Get Culturally Constructed: The Case of Men," by Margaret Morganroth Gullette.

Murray Research Center, 10 Garden St., Cambridge. May 2, 12 p.m. Free admission. Information: 495-8140. "Class and Domestic Networks: Negotiating the Boundaries of Kinship," by Karen Hansen.

MIT Student Center, Room 400, 84 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge May 3, 3:30 p.m. "The Joy Luck Club: Mother/Daughter Relationships," by Jean Lau Chen.

Bunting Institute, 34 Concord Ave., Cambridge. May 3, 4 p.m. Free admission. Information: 495-8212. "Social Supports in Minority Women with Children: A Pilot Study." Karen F. Wyche, Psychology Fellow.

UMass, Rm 065, Science Building, Boston. May 4, 3:30 p.m. Free admission. Information: 287-6780. "Women and AIDS: A Panel Discussion."

Andover Hall, Harvard Divinity School, Cambridge. May 4, 10 a.m.­1 p.m. Admission: $8. Information: 235-5320. "Intentional Mothering and Nurturing: Refusing to Perpetuate the Dominant Culture," by Elizabeth Debold.

Museum of Our National Heritage

33 Marrett Rd., Lexington. Apr. 30, 12­5 p.m. Information: 861-6559. "Healing the Wounds of War." Commemorating the fall of Saigon with a program for Vietnam Veterans and those who care about them. Vietnam veterans from throughout the Commonwealth will reflect on the war in a program that includes public readings, a panel discussion and a Native American blessing ceremony.

Harvard Book Store

Cambridge Public Library, 449 Broadway, Cambridge. May 1, 11:30 a.m. Kenzaburo Oe, 1994 Winner of the Noble Prize for Literature, one of Japan's most celebrated living writers. May 1-7: Harvard Square Book Festival. A week of readings, talks, and presentations by dozens of authors, including Isabel Allende, Jane Smiley, Robert Parker, James Champy, and Connie Porter.

American Repertory Theatre

Loeb Drama Center, 64 Brattle St., Cambridge. May 3, 4 p.m. Free admission. Information: 495-2668. A director, writer, actor in theatre and film for four decades, Andre Gregory will give the biannual Theodore Spencer Memorial Lecture.

Museum of Fine Arts

Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. Free Admission. Information: 369-3300. Gallery Talks. Apr. 29, 12 p.m. "The Taste for Luxury: English Furniture, Silver and Ceramics, 1690-1790." Apr. 30, 2 p.m Proper British Tea. Free Programs. Remis Auditorium. Apr. 30, 3 p.m. (Note: Free tickets are required for admission) "Three Contemporary Ceramic Artists": Jim Melchert, Peter Voulkos, and Richard Shaw. Discussion of recent works in an illustrated lecture.

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.

Kennedy Library Public Forums

Columbia Point, Boston. Apr. 30, 2­3:30 p.m. Information: 929-4554. Reservations: 929-4571. Thomas H. O'Connor, author of The Boston Irish, A Political History. John Sears, Republican Party activist and former City Councilor will comment on the relationship between ethnic background and political leadership.

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.

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. Nancy Spero has created 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. @OTTplace:Newton Free Library

330 Homer St., Newton Center. Information: 552-7145. May 2­30: Betty Gross, "Works on Paper." Opening reception held Mon., May 8, 7­9 p.m.

Bromfield Gallery

107 South St., Boston. Tue.­Fri., 12­5 p.m., Sat. 11 a.m.­5 p.m. 1. Through Apr. 29. Gallery One: Charles Kanwischer - "Drawings and Documents." Gallery Two: Dianne Lam - "Recent Work." Gallery Three: Scott Hunsdorfer - "Figures and Other Ephemera." 2. May 2­27 (Reception held Sat., May 6, 4­6 p.m.). Galleries One and Two: Tim Nichols ­ "Tit Willow: Paintings and Drawings, 1994­1995." Gallery Three: Cathy Wysocki - "Headed Out of Time: Masks and Wooden Panels."

Fuller Museum of Art

455 Oak St., Brockton. Hours: Tue.­Sun., 12 noon -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.

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." 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" 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.

The French Library and Cultural Center

53 Marlborough St., Boston. Hours: Tues. 12 noon­8 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.

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., 12 noon­5 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.

"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.

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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. May 2, 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.