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Classical Music

MIT Affiliated Artist Concert

Killian Hall, 160 Memorial Dr. Feb. 17, 8 p.m. Information: 253-2826. Pianist Charles Shadle, affiliated artist at MIT, and soprano Margaret O'Keefe perform works by Mozart, Fauré, R. Strauss, and Shadle's of 3 Love Songs to Poems by James Joyce II.

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. 17­18 & 21, 8 p.m. Seiji Ozawa, conductor, and Leon Fleisher, piano. Program: Tchaikovsky, Serenade for Strings; Foss, Piano Concerto for the Left Hand; and Dukas, "The Sorcerer's Apprentice." 2) Feb. 23 & 25, 8 p.m.; Feb. 24, 1:30 p.m. Seiji Ozawa, conductor; Malcolm Lowe, violin; and the Hawthorne String Quartet. Program: Haydn, Symphony No. 88; Schulhoff, Concerto for String Quartet with Chamber Orchestra; and Brahms, Violin Concerto.

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. 18: Young Artists Showcase - Benjamin Brecher, tenor; Beth Beeson, French horn; and Kayo Iwama, piano. Feb. 19: Sunday Concert Series - Musicians from Marlboro; Hiroko Yajima, violin; Samuel Rhodes, viola; Yoshiko Kawamoto, viola; Zvi Plesser, cello; Joseph Carver, bass; Jo-Ann Sternberg, clarinet; Mark Timmerman, bassoon; and Christine Chapman, horn. Program: Haydn, Hindemith, and Beethoven.

ALEA III at Boston University

Tsai Performance Center, 685 Commonwealth Ave., Boston. Feb. 18, 8 p.m. Information: 353-3340. ALEA II, the Contemporary Music Ensemble at Boston University, presents the annual Composers' Workshop Concert, with works by the following composers: Edward Jacobs, Arthur Jarvinen, Babis Kanas, Carson Kievman, Michael Leese, Christoph Neidhöfer, Andrew Rindfleisch, and Thomas Whitman. Theodore Antoniou, music director.

Bank of Boston Celebrity Series

Symphony Hall, Boston. Feb. 19, 3 p.m. Admission: $30­36. Tickets: 482-6661 or 266-1200. Jean-Pierre Rampal, flute, and John Steele Ritter, piano. Program: Bach, Sonata in G Minor, BWV 1020; Schumann, Three Romances, Op. 94; Mozart, Sonata in B-flat Major, K. 454; Debussy, "Bilitis" for Flute and Piano; and Bolling, Suite for Flute and Jazz Piano, No. 1.

The Boston Conservatory Chamber Ensemble

Seully Hall, 8 The Fenway, Boston. Feb. 19, 4 p.m. Box office: 536-3063. Information: 536-6340. "All-American Presidents' Day Program," with guest artists Robert Honeysucker, baritone, and Peter Cokkinias, clarinet; Michael Lewin, artistic director. Program: Bernstein, Clarinet Sonata; Carter, Cello Sonata; Ives, Three Songs; Copland, Vitebsk Piano Trio; William Grant Still, The Citadel; and Barber, Dover Beach.

Longy School of Music

Edward Pickman Concert Hall, 27 Garden St., Cambridge. Admission: $12; $6, students/seniors (unless noted). Information: 876-0956 x130. Feb. 18, 8 p.m.: Renowned pianist Anton Kuerti in recital, performing music of Haydn, Czerny, and Schumann. Feb. 19, 1 p.m.: Master class with Nico Caster, tenor; Italian Songs and Arias. Auditors: $10; $5, students/seniors. Feb. 19, 4­6 p.m.: Master class with Anton Kuerti, piano. Auditors: $10, $5, students/seniors.

Wellesley College

Houghton Memorial Chapel, Wellesley. Feb. 21, 12:30 p.m. Information: 283-2028. The Midday Muse series presents "The Internal Dynamics of a String Quartet," a lecture and performance by the Muir Quartet, featuring music of Beethoven.

MIT Chapel Concert Series

MIT Chapel, 84 Massachusetts Ave. Feb. 23, 12 noon. Information: 253-2906. Ventus: Barbara Shinn-Cunningham, oboe; Rebecca Carson Rogers, flute; Tom Kazier, clarinet; Stephen Rogers, horn; Stephen Korbet, bassoon. Works by Bozza, Farkas, Le Febvre, Beethoven, and Nielsen.

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.

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.

Feb. 17: Groovasaurus - 3rd annual birthday party, first set acoustic [Upstairs, 19+, $7]; Spectrum (with Sonic Boom, fr. Spacemen 3), Air Miami (ex-members of Unrest, Elevator Drops [Downstairs, 19+, $7]; Agona Hardison, Jack Arky [Bakery].

Feb. 18: Modern Farmer, Jen Trynin, Lenny, Delta Clutch [Up, 9 p.m., 21+, $7]; Pit Report - Anniversary Party Day & Night (Day show: All ages - Shootyz Groove, High Defiance, 6L6, and guests. Night show: 19+ - Holy Cow, Grind, Birdbrain, and others) [Down]; Hollywood Squares [Bakery].

Feb. 19: Dance & Music Jam (4­6 p.m.), Washington's Birthday Party - Ghost of Tony Gold, Dunebuggy, Spiny Anteaters (fr. Canada) (9 p.m.­2 a.m.) [Up, 19+, $5]; Club Bohemia Review with Mickey Bliss [Bakery].

Feb. 20: Off the Wall Films [Up, 8­10 p.m., $5]; Other Days, Cowlick [Up, 10 p.m., 19+, $5]; Mon. Performing Arts Series Presents - The Editing Room & Six Hugs [Down, 7:45 p.m.; $6]; So what! (R & B unplugged) [Bakery].

Feb. 21: Doc Hopper, Skavoovie & the Epitones, V-Card, Atari 2600 [Up, 18+, $5]; Best of the Bakery - Dante's Grin, Slide, Union Label, Pop Christ's, Universal You [Down, 19+, $5]; Willie T. & Dr. X [Bakery].

Feb. 22: Cheap Date Night with NANA, Betty Please, Pushkings [Up, 19+, $3]; St. Patrick's Day Benefit Unity & Recognition Parade [Down]; Belly Dancing with Ophelia, Mimi & Sahar [Bakery].

Feb. 23: The Barnies, The Gravel Pit, Frosting, Blairs Carriage [Up, 19+, $6]; Elastica [Down]; Jennifer Jackson and Jonny Polonsky [Bakery].

The Green Dragon Tavern

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

Jazz

Berklee College of Music

Berklee Performance Center, 136 Massachusetts Ave., Boston. Feb. 22, 8:15 p.m. Admission: $4. Information: 262-4998. The annual spring concert of original jazz composition, "The Write of Spring," features the music of Berklee faculty (Scott Free, Jeff Friedman, James Kachulis, Dick Lowell, Jackson Schultz, and Bill Schism) and performance by a Berklee faculty ensemble (featured instrumentalists: Greg Hopkins, Phil Wilson, Greg Badolato, Bob Patton, and Joe Hunt).

World Music

Mobius Presents Debris

Mobius, 354 Congress St., Boston. Feb. 17­18, 8:30 p.m. Admission: $7; $5, students/seniors. Information: 542-7416 (reservations recommended). The progressive group Debris performs Hubris, a composition of music and spoken word. Steven Norton and Jeff Hudgins, reeds; Arthor Weinstein, guitar and voice; Bob Ross, bass and voice; Curt Newton, drums and percussion; and guests Gretchen Bowder, voice, and David Reider, saxophone.

World Music Presents Sharon Shannon

Somerville Theatre, Davis Square, Somerville. Feb. 17, 8 p.m. Admission: $15. Information: 876-4275. Tickets: 876-4275 or 931-2000 (Ticketmaster). From Irish jigs and Scottish reels to French waltzes, accordionist Sharon Shannon has made a name for herself in contemporary music, from solo recordings to performances with The Waterboys and Arcady. She will perform with fellow ex-Waterboy Trevor Hutchinson on acoustic double bass, fiddle player Mary Custy, and Galway-based guitarist Donogh Hennessy.

Mardi Gras Dance Party

The Roxy, 279 Tremont St., Boston. Feb. 19, 7:30 p.m. Admission: $17.50. Information: 876-4275. Tickets: 876-4275 or 931-2000 (Ticketmaster). America's popular and critically-acclaimed Cajun band, BeauSoleil, combines both Cajun and zydeco music with blues, New Orleans jazz, Tex-Mex, Caribbean, and other styles of gulf-regional music. The band consists of Michael Doucet, lead vocals and fiddle; David Doucet, guitar and vocals; Al Tharp, bass, banjo, fiddle, and vocals; Billy Ware, percussion; and Tommy Alesi, drums.

Film

Gay and Lesbian Studies at MIT

77 Massachusetts Ave., Rm. 10-250. Feb. 23, 7 p.m. Admission: $5. Information: 253-3599. Super 8-1/2, directed by Bruce laBruce; introduction by and Q&A with the director.

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. 17­18: Vanya on 42nd Street (Louis Malle, 1994); 3, 5:20, 7:40, 10 p.m. (Sat. matinee, 12:45 p.m.). Just for the Thrill of It. Feb. 19: Taxi Driver (Martin Scorsese, 1976); 3:30, 7:55 p.m. Silence of the Lambs (Jonathan Demme, 1991); 1:15, 5:40, 10 p.m. A Tribute to Burt Lancaster. Feb. 20: Atlantic City (Louis Malle, 1980); 3:40, 7:50 p.m. Local Hero (Bill Forsyth, 1983); 1:30, 5:40, 9:45 p.m. New from Hong Kong: All Action! Feb. 21: Treasure Hunter (Jeffrey Lau, 1994); 7:45, 9:50 p.m. Recent Raves. Feb. 22: The Lion King (Roger Allers and Rob Minkoff, 1994); 2:15, 4:05, 5:55, 7:45, 9:35 p.m. The Films of Pier Paolo Pasolini. Feb. 23: Salo or the 120 Days of Sodom (Pier Paolo Pasolini, 1975); 3:10, 5:25, 7:45, 10 p.m.

French Library and Cultural Center, Ciné Club

53 Marlborough St., Boston. Admission: $5, $4 for members. Information: 266-4351. Feb. 16­17: Tea in the Harem (Mehdi Charef, 1986). Feb. 23­24: La Balance (Bob Swaim, 1982). Videotheque - free screening, Feb. 22: Peau D'Ane (Jacques Demy, 1971); 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. 18 & 25: Freedom on My Mind (Connie Field and Marilyn Mulford, 1993); 11 a.m. Animation Festival. Feb. 23: Classic Animation from Zagreb (Program B); 6 p.m. Animated Women and Is This Me? (Patty Wineapple and Sybil DelGaudio, 1994 / Mary Kocol, 1994); 8 p.m. Directors Present. Feb. 19: When Billy Broke His Head...And Other Tales of Wonder (David E. Simpson and Billy Golfus, 1993); 1 p.m. Key Changes: A Portrait of Lisa Thorson (Cindy Marshall, 1993); 3 p.m. (includes a 30-minute performance by jazz and cabaret singer Lisa Thorson following the film).

Wang Center for the Performing Arts

268 Tremont St., Boston. Feb. 20, Mar. 6­27, and Apr. 10: Mon., 7:30 p.m. Admission: $6 for each film; $30 for six-film subscription. Information: 482-9393. The Wang Center presents its Classic Film Series, featuring favorite films on the largest screen in New England. Feb. 20: Glory (Edward Zwick, 1989). Mar. 6: Casablanca (Michael Curtiz, 1942). Mar. 13: Singin' in the Rain (Gene Kelly and Stanley Donen, 1952). Mar. 20: Jaws (Steven Spielberg, 1975). Mar. 27: Lawrence of Arabia (David Lean, 1962). Apr. 10: Mary Poppins (Robert Stevenson, 1964).

Theater Openings

"Dirt"

Cambridge Center for Adult Education, 56 Brattle St., Harvard Square, Cambridge. Feb. 17­19: Fri.­Sat., 8 p.m.; Sun., 7:30 p.m. Admission: $8. Information: 547-6789. This staged reading of a new work in progress, by Abe Rybeck, details a chain reaction of crises that hit the homes of a mayor's liaison to the gay community when sexually subversive situations manifest themselves and threaten the balance of order in the city.

"Henry V"

Loeb Drama Center, 64 Brattle St., Cambridge. Feb. 17­Mar. 25: Tue.­Sat., 8 p.m.; Sun., 7 p.m.; Sat. & Sun., 2 p.m.; Wed. matinees (Feb. 22­23), 2 p.m. Admission: $19­45. Information: 547-8300. William Shakespeare's classic play that describes the young king's saga to unify his country and a climactic battle against France, in which he must prove his worth both as soldier and as statesman.

"My Grandmother Prayed for Me"

Strand Theatre, 543 Columbia Rd., Dorchester. Feb. 17­19: Fri.­Sun., 8 p.m.; Sat.­Sun., 3:30 p.m. Admission: $14.50­19.50 (Orchestra/Mezzanine reserved). Information: 338-0231. From the producer of the highly popular show "A Good Man is Hard to Find" comes this soul-stirring gospel musical in honor of Black History Month.

"Flora the Red Menace"

Brandeis University, Spingold Theater, Waltham. Feb. 21­Mar. 5: Tue.­Sun., all shows 8 p.m. except Sun., Feb. 26 (7 p.m.), Thu., Mar. 2 (10 a.m.), and Sun., Mar. 5 (2 p.m.). Admission: $9­13. Information: 736-3400. The first Broadway collaboration of the great songwriting team of Kander and Ebb, who went on to write the hits "Chicago" and "Cabaret." A sassy and enchanting musical about depression-era idealists drawn to the communist allure: Politics merge with love when a young woman comes to New York and falls for a radical WPA artist.

"Are You Ready, My Sister?"

Underground Railway Theater, Arlington Center for the Arts, 41 Foster St., Arlington. Feb. 22­25: Wed.­Sat., 2 p.m. Admission: $6. Information: 643-6916. This nationally-touring children's production tells the story of Harriet Tubman, great "conductor" on the Underground Railroad, and the Quaker women who helped her bring 300 slaves to freedom. This play is told by two actresses and one puppeteer using a giant patchwork quilt, and features audience participation.

Ongoing Theater

"The Skin of Our Teeth"

Kresge Little Theater, 84 Massachusetts Ave. Through Feb. 18, 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.

A Tribute to Jule Styne

Boston Conservatory Theater, 31 Hemenway St., Boston. Through Feb. 19. 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.).

"Spunk"

New Repertory Theatre, 54 Lincoln St., Newton Highlands. Through Feb. 19: Wed., 2 p.m.; Thu. (Feb. 10 only), 8 p.m.; Fri., 8 p.m.; Sat., 5 & 8:30 p.m.; Sun., 3 & 7:30 p.m.; Thu. (Feb. 16 matinee), 11 a.m. Admission: $16­26. Information: 332-1646. The Boston premiere of the award-winning, foot-stomping, fast-talking, blues/jazz-styled musical celebrating African-American culture and the strength of women; based on folktales by Zora Neale Hurston, adapted by George C. Wolfe ("The Colored Museum," "Jelly's Last Jam").

"That's Amore??"

Spingold Theater, Brandeis University, Waltham. Through Feb. 19, all screenings Wed.­Sun, 8 p.m., except: Feb. 12, 2 & 7 p.m.; Feb. 16, 10 a.m.; and Feb. 19, 2 p.m. Admission: $7­11. Information: 736-3400. A seriously silly romp through the idols and issues of our time, this 16th-century example of the Italian Renaissance Commedia dell'Arte takes advantage of its anachronistic humor and its relevance to contemporary issues.

"The Cryptogram"

C. Walsh Theatre, Suffolk University, 55 Temple Place, Beacon Hill Boston. Extended through Feb. 26: Tue.­Sat., 8 p.m.; Sun., 7 p.m.; Sat. and Sun. matinees, 2 p.m. Information: 547-8300. The American premiere of David Mamet's newest play, about betrayal, loss, the destruction of faith in human friendship and the fragility of the bonds of love. Featuring Ed Begley Jr.

"The Gut Girls"

Charlestown Working Theatre, 442 Bunker Hill St., Boston. Through Mar. 4: Thu.­Sat., 8 p.m. Admission: $12. Information: 965-3859. This bold and bawdy new comedy is about the fighting spirit of women who worked the gutting sheds at the Cattle Market, and how their lives were drastically changed by the Industrial Revolution.

"Winnie-the-Pooh"

Wheelock Family Theatre, 180 The Riverway, Boston. Through Mar. 5: Fri., 7:30 p.m.; Sat.­Sun., 3 p.m.; Feb. 21­24, 1 p.m. Admission: $9­10. Box Office: 734-4760. The frantic antics of Christopher Robin and his friends - Eeyore, Piglet, Rabbit, and of course, the Bear of Very Little Brain himself - are performed onstage.

"An Ideal Husband"

The Lyric Stage, 140 Clarendon St., Copley Square, Boston. Through Mar. 12: Wed.­Fri., 8 p.m.; Sat., 5 & 8:30 p.m.; Sun., 2 p.m.; Thu. matinees (Feb. 23 and Mar. 2), 2 p.m. Admission: $17­26. Information: 437-7172. An Oscar Wilde play that walks the lines between humorous, biting social commentary, and a mysterious, suspenseful story that deals with blackmail and betrayal.

Dance

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.

Dance Umbrella

Emerson Majestic Theatre, 219 Tremont St., Boston. Through Feb. 18, 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.

Comedy

U.S. Improvisational Theatre League

Lyric Stage, 140 Clarendon St., Copley Square, Boston. Feb. 19, 8 p.m. Admission: $10. Information: 864-1344. The highly-acclaimed league concludes 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.

ImprovBoston

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.

Lectures

Harvard Book Store Lecture Series

Information: 661-1515. 1) Boston Public Library, Copley Square, Rabb Lecture Hall, Boston. Feb. 22, 6 p.m. The 1994 National Book Award-winner for non-fiction Sherwin B. Nuland will discuss his book, How We Die. With clinical exactness and poetic eloquence, the distinguished surgeon addresses the mechanisms of several diseases while maintaining sensitivity recalling his own intimate losses. 2) Harvard Book Store, 1256 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge. Feb. 21, 3 p.m. Michael Eric Dyson, Director of African-American Research at the University of North Carolina, will autograph copies of his book, Making Malcolm, which probes the myths and meanings of Malcolm X for our time.

Boston Public Library

Copley Square, Boston. Information: 536-5400. 1) Feb. 22, 12 p.m. Dennis Leclaire, associate professor of composition at the Berklee College of Music, will discuss Charles Ives (1874-1954), one of America's greatest composers and a pioneer in his own unique avant-garde style of music. 2) Feb. 23, 6 p.m. Jamaica Plain author P. Carey Reid, a creative and expository writing instructor at Northeastern University, will talk about his recently published first novel - Swimming in the Starry River - as part of the BPL's "Out of Boston Author Series" continues.

MIT Women and Politics Lecture Series

77 Massachusetts Ave., Rm. 2-105. Feb. 23, 4:30 p.m. Information: 253-8844. Political theorist Cynthia Enloe will discuss her recent research on "Women and the International Politics of Sneakers," in which she unravels the relationship between women's roles as the main producers and consumers worldwide, international labor organizing, human rights efforts, and the upcoming U.N. Conference on Women in Beijing.

Exhibits

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

"AIDS: The Challenge to Educate." Opening of the photographer Loel Poor's critically-acclaimed series of 150 black and white images describing the lives of people with HIV/AIDS. Opens Feb. 22.

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 Mar. 26.

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.

School of the Museum of Fine Arts

Grossman Gallery, 230 The Fenway, Boston. Hours: Tue., Fri.­Sat., 10 a.m.­5 p.m.; Wed.­Thu., 10 a.m.­8 p.m.; Sun., 1­5 p.m.; closed Mon. and holidays. Information: 369-3718. Installation by Los Angeles performance artist and writer Bob Flanagan, collaborating with photographer/companion Sheree Rose. Through Mar. 5.

Towne Art Gallery

Wheelock College, 180 The Riverway, Boston. Hours: Mon.­Fri., 12 p.m.­4 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.

"Places of Remembrance," a exhibition of 20 hanging banners orginally created by Renate Stih and Frieder Schnock in Bayerische Viertel, as part of their "Memorial for Jews Living in Berlin from 1933 to 1945," represent a dark and significant historical period. Through Apr. 9.

Museum of Science

Science Park, Boston. Through April 1995: shows hourly most days, call for showtimes. Admission: $7; $5, children (3-14)/seniors. Combination exhibit/theater tickets available: $11; $8, children/seniors. Information: 723-2500. 1) Through April at the Mugar Omni Theater: Africa: The Serengeti (George Casey, 1994), narrated by James Earl Jones. 2) "Psychology: Understanding Ourselves, Understanding Each Other." This new minds-on exhibit about everyday psychological processes allows visitors to "race" toward a lower stress level, spin "faces" to explore emotions, and examine language and thought through puzzles and activities. Through Apr. 28.

Museum of Fine Arts

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

"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 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 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 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.

"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.