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Classical Music

Classical Music at MIT

Kresge Auditorium, 84 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge. Information: 253-2826. May 12, 8:15 p.m. Admission: $2. MIT Festival Jazz Ensemble and MIT Concert Jazz Band. James O'Dell and Everett Longstreth, directors. May 14, 8 p.m. MIT Wind Ensemble. John Corley, director. Program includes: Stabat Mater and works by Brahms, Copeland, and others.

Student Center, 84 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge. May 18, 12 p.m. Free admission. MIT Brass Ensemble, Lawrence Isaacson, director.

Boston Pops

Through July 9. Tues.­Sat. 8 p.m., Sun. 7:30 p.m. Admission: $36.50-$11.50. Tickets: 266-1200. Information: 266-1492.

Directed by John Williams. May 12, 17­18 ("Salute to Hollywood"), and May 14, 21, 7:30 p.m. ("Pops in Love"). Special guest artists include soprano Mary Ann Bozzuti, BSO violinist Bo Youp Hwang, and pianist Max Levinson. With a program to include Kern's "I'm Old-Fashioned," Rodgers' "Falling in Love with Love," and "Ten Minutes Ago" from Rogers and Hammerstein's Cinderella, as well as works by Gounod, Tchaikovsky, and Gershwin.

Directed by Keith Lockhart. May 15, 8 p.m.: Guests include Penn & Teller, and young artist, Helen Huang. She will perform Mozart's Piano Concerto No. 23 in A, K.488. The program includes works by Stravinsky, and Ravel. May 13: family matinee and evening concert featuring vocalist Livingston Taylor. For the matinee Taylor will narrate Stephen Simon's "The Tortoise and the Hare" on a program that also includes works by Rossini, Stravinsky, Beethoven, and Villa-Lobos. For the evening concert, Taylor will preform popular songs such as "When Sunny Gets Blue," and "Over the Rainbow."

All Newton Music School

321 Chestnut St., West Newton. Free admission. Information: 527-4553. May 12, 7 p.m.: Children's Chorus directed by Joanne Olshansky Hamill presents a spring recital. May 14, 4 p.m.: Laura Sanders, soprano give a recital including works by Poulenc, Wolf, Briteen, Schubert, Grandi, Bernardi, Piazza.

Harvard University

John Knowles Paine Concert Hall, Music Building. May 14, 8 p.m. Free admission. Information: 496-6013. The Thelma E. Goldberg Concert: music of Harvard undergraduate and graduate composers.

Cambridge Multicultural Arts Center

41 Second St., Cambridge. May 12, 8 p.m. Admission: $10; $5 students/seniots/members. Information: 577-1400. Minimalist, Elodie Lauten. "Tronik Involutions from the Gaia Cycle."

Longy School of Music

Edward Pickman Concert Hall, 27 Garden St., Cambridge. Free admission. Information: 876-0956 x120 unless otherwise indicated. May 12, 8 p.m.: Chamber Music concert featuring degree and diploma students from Longy's Professional Studies Department. May 13, 8 p.m.: Jubal's Lyre. Information: 738-9912. May 14, 4 p.m. Early Music Sunday Music from 18th century Germany.

Federal Reserve Bank of Boston

600 Atlantic Ave., Boston. May 18, 12:30 p.m. Free admission. Information: 973-3453. The Boston Viola Quartet.

Popular Music

Aardvark Jazz Orchestra

Kresge Auditorium, 84 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge. May 13, 8 p.m. Free admission. Information: 253-2826. Founder, Mark Harvey and the Aardvark Jazz Orchestra perform the preimiere of Harvey's new work in progress: Damnation Follies: A Political Fable featuring the Grand Newtonian March and Backwards Two-Step.

MIT Muses and MIT/Wellesley Toons

Rm 6-120, 77 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge. May 12, 7:30 p.m. Free admission. Information: 225-8632. Joint concert with a guest group from Brown University.

Museum of Our National Heritage

33 Marrett Rd., Lexington. May 13, 7:30 p.m. Free admission. Information: 484-9012. Program of Armenian music, presented by the Komitas Choral Society.

Strand Theatre

543 Columbia Rd., Dorchester. May 17­31: Thu., 7:30 pm. Admission: $5. Information: 282-8000. A four week series of Amateur Nights, featuring new hip-hop artists. May 14, 7 p.m. Admission: $15. information: 786-7959. Popular music performers to celebrate television station Ekran Marabou.

Sweetie's Cafe

11 Garden St., Cambridge. May 13, 8 p.m. Admission: $7 advance, $10. "Choirs of Angels Concert" gospel and modern groups: Deadline Poet (7 women a cappella), The Tufts Amalgamates (coed a capella), Dow Warren (gospel singer), Anointed Praise Gospel Singers (90's gospel).

Museum of our National Heritage

33 Marett Rd., Lexington. May 13, 11 a.m. Admission: $3; children, $1 accompanying adult. Information: 861-6559. "The Earth Awakens," a family concert with singer/storyteller Jennifer Smith, about the victory of spring over the long winter season. Song and stories come from Woodland Indians, the Appalachian mountains, and Korea.

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.

May 12: Matador Record Artists - Railroad Jerk, Queer, Babe the Blue Ox, Pie [Upstairs, 19+, $8]; WBCN Rock Œn' Roll Rumble Prelims - Curtian Society, Rippopotamus, The Vehicle Birth, Slide [Downstairs, 19+, $6]; Sylke Music [Bakery].

May 13: Rock A Billy Boogie Night - The Cranktones, The Royal Crowns, Deadbolt (fr. CA), The Invaders [Up, 19+, $6]; WBCN Rock Œn' Roll Rumble Prelims - Fly Spinach Fly, Pooka Stew, Still Home, Curious Ritual [Down, 19+, $6]; Slide [Bakery].

May 14: Blue Moon Poets presents a reading by poets Shelby Allen, Rebecca D'Alise, Mary Shaner, Martha Wright, and Carolyn Yaffee [Up, 1:30­3:30 p.m.]; Tortoise (thrill Jockey), The Lune, Ui fr. NY [Up, 9 p.m., 19+, $7]; Molly Bennett, Roger Nicholson [Bakery, 9­9:40 p.m.]

May 15: Showcase Mondays - Bottom, Grasshopper, Guttersnipe [Up, 19+, $5]; The Out Loud Theater presents "Wuthering Heights," written and directed by Bill White [Down, doors open at 7:30 p.m., $5]; Brendon Murray 9­10, Ross Robinson, Garage A Trois [Bakery].

May 16: Eric Gaffney (fr. Sebadoh), Todd Philips (fr. Bullet LaVolta), Swordplay, Chymer [Up, 18+, $6]; Benefit for Casa Myrna Vasquez w/ Groovasaurus, Expanding Man, The Daddys [Down, 19+, $7]; Darlin's, Alan Charing [Bakery].

May 17: Milkmoney, Kill Rock Stars Rec. Art. Excuse 17, Mo Elliott, Yuk [Up, 18+, $5]; Belly Dancing w/ Nazeera, Cleopatra, Korina [Bakery].

May 18: Lars Vegas, Soilomatic, Hollywood Squares, Elvis Impersonator, Soothing Sounds for Baby, Usalos, Goddess Dancing, Chucklebucket, MC by Ken Chesterfield [Up, 19+, $7]; WBCN Rock Œn' Roll Rumble (Semi-Finals) [Down]; Russ Gershon Intimate Ensemble w/Special Guests [Bakery].


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. May 12: Timecop; 7 & 10 p.m. Easy Rider; 7:30 p.m. [10-250]. May 13: The Shawshank Redemption; 7& 10:30 p.m. May 18: Disclosure (Barry Levinson, 1994); 7 & 10 p.m. May 19 (last spring term feature): Red (Krzysztof Kieslowski, 1994); 7 & 10 p.m.

Brattle Theatre

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

Special Engagement. May 12­13: I, the Worst of All (Maria Luisa Bemberg, 1990); Fri. & Sat. 4, 8 p.m. Heavenly Creatures. (Peter Jackson, 1994); Fri. & Sat. 6,10 p.m. Sat. matinee 2 p.m. Reel Novels. May 14: Reflections in a Golden Eye (John Huston, 1967); 3, 7:10 p.m. Wise Blood (John Huston, 1979); 1, 5:05, 9:15 p.m. Bogart! May 15: The Maltese Falcon (John Huston, 1941); 3:30, 7:30 p.m. Across the Pacific (John Huston, 1942); 5:30, 9:30 p.m. New from Hong Kong. May 16: Once Upon a Time in China V (Tsui Hark, 1994); 7:45, 9:50 p.m. Recent Raves. May 17: Tom and Viv (Brian Gilbert, 1994); 3:20, 5:30, 7:45, 9:55 p.m. French Thrills. May 18: Breathless (Jean-Luc Godard, 1960); 4, 7:45 p.m. Alphaville (Jean-Luc Godard, 1965); 5:45, 9:30 p.m.

French Library and Cultural Center, Ciné Club

53 Marlborough St., Boston. All screenings at 8 p.m., unless noted. Admission: $5; $4, members. Information: 266-4351. May 11­13: A Tale of Winter (Eric Rohmer, 1994); Fri.­Sat., 8 p.m.; Sun., 2 p.m. Videotheque - Free screening, 1:30 p.m. May 17. May 18­19: Farenheit 451 (François Truffaut, 1966).

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. May 13: 11 a.m. The Spy in Black (Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger, 1939). May 13: 1:15 p.m. Contraband (Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger, 1940). New England Film and Video Festival May 12, 5;30 p.m.: God's Trombone (George Kachadorian, 1994), We Will Live Forever (Yvonne Andersen and Dominic Falcome, 1994), Leona's Sister Gerri (Jane Gillooly, 1994). May 12, 8 p.m.: Boung (Kimi Takesue, 1994), Le Poisson d'Amour (Paula Gauthier, 1994), Playing the Part (Mitch McCabe, 1994). May 13, 3 p.m.: Out of Sight (David Sutherland, 1993). Premeires of Boston Comedies May 18, 8 p.m.: The Darien Gap (Brad Anderson, 1995). Filmmakers Present May 18, 6 p.m. Teen Dreams (Ilan Ziv and Peter Kinoy, 1994).


"Annulla, An Autobiography"

Boston Playwright's Theatre, 949 Commonwealth Ave., Boston. May 18-20, 25-27, June 1­3, 8 p.m; May 21, 23 and June 4, 2 p.m. Admission: $10; $8, students/seniors. Information: 499-9482. Written by Emily Mann, starring Miriam Varon, directed by Daniela Varon. Annulla is a pacifist and early feminist, would be writer and politican among other things. She meets Emily, a young American Jewish woman who needs to borrow someone else's relative in order to understand her own history.

"The Ten Percent Revue"

Triangle Theater, 66 Charles St., Boston. May 17­June 17: Wed.­Sat., 8 p.m.; Sun., 3 p.m. Admission: Call for details. Information: 426-3550. A magical musical tour of lesbian and gay life by Ton Wilson Weinberg.

"Reality Knocks"

Strand Theatre, 543 Columbia Rd., Dorchester. May 12, 9:30 a.m. & 7:30 p.m.; May 13, 7:30 p.m. Admission: $5; $1, Fri. morning. Information: 282-8000. The Strand Teen Players, present their original musical theatre piece. This work is the culmination of a program designed to provide thirty-five youths with intensive theatre training.

"Persephone and Hades"

Mobius, 354 Congress St., Boston. May 18-20, 8 p.m. Admission: Thu., $6­8; Fri.­Sat., $8­10. Information and Reservations: 542-7416. Written by S. D. Lydenberg, this work is an audience-activated performance art piece pabed on the myth of Persephone's yearly descent to the underworld. The performance explores concepts of time and issues of dominance and control.


Kresge Rehearsal Rm B, 84 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge. May 11­13, 8 p.m. Admission: $7; $5, MIT/Wellesley students. Music and Theater Arts Section presents original student-written scripts from curricular playwriting class.

"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.

"The Wild Place"

The Black Box Theater, 539 Tremont St., Boston. Through May 20, 8 p.m.: ASL-interpreted Thu.­Fri., May 18­19. 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. Featuring MIT Theaters Arts Lecturers: Kermit Dunkelberg, Stephen Elliott, Eve Lindi, Kim Mancuso, and Susan Thompson.

"Top Girls"

Boston Center for the Arts Theatre, 539 Tremont St., Boston. Through May 21: Thu.­Sat., 8 p.m.; Sun., 7 p.m. Admission: $15.25­18.25. Information: 695-0659. The Coyote Theatre stages Caryl Churchill's award-winning play. The main character, Marlene, celebrates her new promotion by inviting six women - leaders in legend or real life - to lunch.

"American Footsteps: Jewish Souls"

Lyric Stage, 140 Clarendon, St., Boston. Information: 267-1053. May 14 & 21, 7:30 p.m. Jewish Theatre of New England, Newton. May 22, 3 p.m. A festival of three new plays by distinguished playwrights: Matthew Witten, Hindi Brooks, and Stephen Fife. The festival presents a view of the diversity in contemporary American-Jewish life.

"Good Evening"

Lyric Stage, 140 Clarendon St., Boston. Through May 28: Wed.­Fri., 8 p.m.; Sat., 5 & 8:30 p.m.; Sun., 2 p.m. Thu. matinees (May 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.

"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.

"Beverly Kills 902 UH-OH!"

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

"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. 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.


MIT Dance Troupe

La Sala de Puerto Rico, Student Center, 84 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge. May 12­13: Fri., 8 p.m.; Sat., 2 p.m. Admission: Tickets available at The Source; contact for details. The MIT Dance Troupe will hold a recital/performance, in which jazz, tap, modern, ethnic, funk, and partnering will be featured.

Boston Ballet

Boston Ballet, Wang Center, Boston. Through May 14: Fri., 8 p.m.; Sat. & Sun. matinees, 2 p.m. Admission: $12­52; student rush tickets available one hour prior to curtain for $12. Information: 931-ARTS (TicketMaster). The Taming of the Shrew, 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.

Beth Soll & Company

Boston Ballet Dance Education Center, 19 Clarendon St., Boston. May 18, 7 p.m. (Wine and hors d'oeuvres at 6 p.m.) Admission: $35. Infromation: 547-8771. Benefit concert, with jazz piano by Doug Abrams.

536 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge. Admission: $10. May 12­13, 8 p.m. Information: 547-9363. Dance Complex Faculty Concert.


Roadkill Buffet

77 Massachusetts Ave., Rm. 66-110, Cambridge. May 6, 8 p.m. Information: e-mail May 12, 7­9 p.m. "The Last Supper: All You Can Eat." MIT's improv comedy troupe gives a two-hour performance; the troupe is celebrating a recent victory at the "Rockin' Rumble" comedy improv competition last week against other area schools.

Late Nite Catechism

The Theatre at the Church of All Nations, 333 Tremont St., Boston. Through May 28: Tue.-Fri., 8 p.m.; Sat., 5 & 9 p.m.; Thu. & 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.


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).


Harvard Book Store

Cambridge Public Library, Cambridge. May 18, 6 p.m. Free admission. Information: 661-1515. Daniel C. Dennett. Darwin's Dangerous Idea. The author of Consciousness Explained demonstrates the power of the theory of natural selsction and shows how Darwin's great idea transforms and illuminates the view of our place in the universe.

Museum of Fine Arts

Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. Information: 369-3300. Lectures May 17, 7:30 p.m. "Our Town: Three Boston Architects Look at Their City," Graham Gund, Graham Gund Architects. Gallery Talks. May 13, 12 p.m.: Furninshings of a Traditional Japanese Home. May 14, 2 p.m.: The Eternal Maternal. May 17, 6 p.m.: The Taste for Luxury: English Furniture, Silver, and Ceramics, 1690-1790. May 18, 11 a.m.: Medieval and Renaissance Painting. Free Programs. May 14, 3 p.m.: "Sargent in the Alps," by Richard Ormond, director, National Maritime Museum, London. Remis Auditorium.


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 explores 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 Œ74." 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 Œ62 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. 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.

Bromfield Gallery

107 South St., Boston. Hours: Tue.­Fri., 12­5 p.m.; Sat. 11 a.m.­5 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." Through May 27.

Davis Museum and Cultural Center

Wellesley College, Wellesley. Both exhibits run through June 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.

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. Free Admission. Information: 266-4351.

"Saving Graces: An exhibition of Cemetery Photographs by David Robinson." This exhibition previews Robinson's new book. Through his photographs, Robinson seeks to demonstrate that cemetries are repositories of hope and aspiration as well as of sorrow and loss. Through May 30.

May 16, 6:15 p.m. Admssion: $7; $5, students/seniors/members. "The Impressionists' Table Recipes and Gastronomy of 19th Century France" Slide presentation and booksigning with author Alexandra Leaf. Leaf will discuss the relationship between French dining and painting in the nineteenth century.

Fuller Museum of Art

455 Oak St., Brockton. Hours: Tue.­Sun., 12 noon -5 p.m. Information: (508) 588-6000.

"Symbols Pathways to Damnation and Redemption." Artist-in-residence Doublas Kornfeld presents a number of works which use the computer as a major tool in the design, creation, and redefinition of objects. Through May 21, when there will be a reception and formal "unveiling" of the finished work.

"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.


354 Congress St., Boston. May 10­27. Closing reception held Sat., May 27, 3­5 p.m. Hours: Wed.­Sat., 12­5 p.m. "Teens Show Teens Show," a visual art exhibition by Dorchester-area teens. The artwork ranges in media from photography and video to sculpture and puppetry, plus much more.

Simmons College

300 The Fenway, Boston. Free admission. Information; 521-2363. "Female Gaze/Female Voice," an exhibition featuring the photographs, text and video of Judy Gelles. Gelles' photographs and text focus on gender roles within a marriage and between mother and son. Through May 26.

Vernon Street Open Studios

6 & 20 Vernon St., Somerville. May 13­14. Free admission. Information: 483-3799. "20 years at 6 & 20." Over 40 artists will be showing their latest work in diverse media such as: drawing, quiltmaking, painting, installation, jewelry, sculpture.

Newton Free Library

330 Homer St., Newton Center. Information: 552-7145. Through May 30: Betty Gross, "Works on Paper."

Museum of Fine Arts

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

"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.

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.

"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.