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Classical Music

MIT Advanced Music Performance Series

Killian Hall, 160 Memorial Dr. Mar. 3, 12 noon. Information: 253-2826. Julia Ogrydziak '96, violin.

Tufts Symphony Orchestra

Cohen Auditorium, Tufts University, Medford. Mar. 5, 8 p.m. Information: 627-3564. Malka Yaacobi, director.

Harvard-Radcliffe Orchestra

Sanders Theatre, Harvard University, Cambridge. Mar. 4, 8 p.m. Admission: $7.50­12.50; $5.50­9.50, students. Information: 496-2222. The Harvard-Radcliffe Orchestra, directed by James Yannatos, performs the third concert of its 187th season, featuring this year's Concerto Competition winner, violinist Janet Sung '95. Program: Strauss, Don Juan; Bartòk, Violin Concerto No. 2 (with soloist Janet Sung); and Sibelius, Symphony No. 2 in D Major.

Harvard Deparment of Music

John Knowles Paine Concert Hall, Music Building, Harvard University, Cambridge. Information: 496-6013. Mar. 3, 8 p.m.: The Blodgett Chamber Music Series presents the Mendelssohn String Quartet. Program: Mozart, String Quartet in B-flat Major, K. 458 "Hunt"; Christoph Neidhöfer, String Quartet (Winner, 1994 Blodgett Composers Competition); and Schubert, String Quartet No. 14 in D minor, D. 810. Mar. 5, 8 p.m.: The Harvard Group for New Music - works by Fernyhough, Kim, Nichols, Al-Zand, Horne, and Tuli.

Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum

280 The Fenway, Boston. Both concerts begin at 1:30 p.m. Admission (additional to museum admission): $4, $2 members. Information: 734-1359. Mar. 5: Sunday Concert Series - Eliot Fisk, guitar. Program: Turina, Fantasia - Sevillana, Op. 29; Bach, Partita in E Major, BWV 1006; Rochberg, Selections from "American Bouquet"; and Paganini, Caprice No. 13 in B-flat Major & No. 24 in A minor.

Longy School of Music

Edward Pickman Concert Hall, 27 Garden St., Cambridge. Information: 876-0956 x120. Mar. 4: Annual Preparatory Division Performathon. Scholarship fundraiser for preparatory school: includes all-day free concerts, bake sale, t-shirt sale, and raffle. Call 876-0956 x122. Mar. 5, 7 p.m. Longy's Sunday at Seven Series presents Elizabeth Anker, contralto, with guest artists Ellen Hargis, soprano; Frances Conover Fitch, harpsichord; Doublas Freundlich, lute; Phoebe Carrai, cello; and Eda Mazo-Shlyam, piano. Music of Handel, Purcell, Legrenzi, and Mahler. Mar. 9­11, 8 p.m. Opera at Longy, directed by Donna Roll, presents scenes taken from operas by Weill, Mozart, Bizet, von Weber, and Verdi.

Boston Musica Viva

Tsai Performance Center, Boston University, 685 Commonwealth Ave., Boston. Mar. 5, 3 p.m. Admission: $6. Information: 353-0556. The Boston Musica Viva presents its Third Annual Family Concert, featuring the BMV's six-member ensemble (flute, clarinet, violin, cello, piano, and percussion) led by Music Director Richard Pittman in a performance of Poulenc's Babar the Elephant, narrated by Joyce Kulhawick, and the world premiere of Peter Child's Sing Song Merry Diggle, a playground cantata. Pre-concert activities start at 2 p.m.

Boston Conservatory

First and Second Church, 66 Marlborough St., Boston. Mar. 5, 4 p.m. Admission: $10; $7, students/seniors. Information: 536-6340. Boston Conservatory Chamber Ensemble; Michael Lewin, artistic director. Faculty guest artist Owen Young, cello, joins the Ensemble for a performance of the following: Haydn, Piano Trio in A, Hob. XV:18; Schubert, "Arpeggione" Sonata; and Brahms, Piano Quartet No. 3 in C minor, Op. 60.

All Newton Music School

321 Chestnut St., West Newton. Mar. 5, 4 p.m. Admission: $15 (includes champagne reception); $10, students/seniors. Information: 527-4553. Robert Honeysucker performs for the "Music in the Mansion" series. Program includes seven rarely-performed Russian love songs by Kabalevsky, as well as African-American spirituals.

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. Mar. 3­4 & 7: Fri., 1:30 p.m; Sat. and Tue., 8 p.m. Marek Janowski leads the BSO in the following program: Haas, Study for Strings (performed in commemoration of the fiftieth anniversary of the end of World War II); Schubert, Symphony No. 6; Strauss, "Le Bourgeois Gentilhomme" Suite. Mar. 8­11 & 14: Wed., 7:30 p.m. (open rehearsal with a pre-rehearsal talk at 6:30 p.m.); Thu., Sat., and Tue., 8 p.m.; Fri., 1:30 p.m. Marek Janowski, conductor; Gerhard Oppitz, piano. All-Brahms Program: "Tragic" Overture, Serenade No. 2, and Piano Concerto No. 2.

MIT Chapel Concert Series

MIT Chapel, 84 Massachusetts Ave. Mar. 9, 12 noon. Information: 253-2906. Laura Park, violin, and Andres Diaz, cello; works by Kodaly and Ravel.

Federal Reserve Bank of Boston Spring Concert Series

Bank Auditorium, 600 Atlantic Ave., Boston. Mar. 9, 12:30 p.m. Information: 973-3453. Longy School of Music presents one of its student groups.

Cambridge Society for Early Music

First Religious Society, Carlton. Mar. 9, 8 p.m. Admission: $15; $10, students/seniors. Other performances held through Mar. 14: call for locations and details. Information: 423-2808. The Society ends its 14th Anniversary Season with five performances by renowned fortepianist Seth Carlin in a recital entitled "Beethoven & His Circle," featuing solo keyboard works by classsical composers Beethoven, Haydn, Clementi, Humel, and Dussek.

Popular Music

Bank of Boston Celebrity Series

Symphony Hall, 301 Massachusetts Ave., Boston. Mar. 5, 8 p.m. Admission: $20­36. Information: 482-6661 or 266-1200. Mel Tormé's Boston performance includes a tribute to Benny Goodman medley ending with Tormé's own rendition of Gene Krupa's classic drum solo, "Sing, Sing, Sing." Assisting artists include Ken Peplowski, clarinet; Chuck Redd, vibes; John Colianni, piano; John Leitham, bass; and Donny Osborne, drums.

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.

Mar. 3: Slughog, Arm, Blooletter, Luca Brasi [Upstairs, 19+, $7]; Pond, Tracey Bonham, Ovarian Trolley [Downstairs, 19+, $7]; Hung Out to Dry [Bakery].

Mar. 4: International Women's Day Celebration doors, 6 p.m. - Vitapup, Cheesecake, Shiva Speedway, Julianna Leuking (spoken word), Mo Elliott, Tizzy, Marmalade, Vest Pocket Psalm, Cobalt, Electric Bunny Hole, Mona Morgan [Up, 18+, $8]; Bill Miller, Richard Cambridge (poet) [Down, 7­9 p.m., 19+, $12]; little a, D.M. Ingalls [Bakery].

Mar. 5: International Women's Day Celebration; all ages, $8. Chapter N Verse, M'liss, Q set (ex-members of Adult Children of Heterosexuals), Gail Burton, Tina Delia [Up, doors open 8:30 p.m.]; Syrup, Fitz of Depression, Babe the Blue Ox, Incinerator, Sahar & her Multifarious Dance & Music Jam, Ruby Fall, Pinball, Meaghan McLaughlin, Incinerator, Kittywinder, Throttle, Mourn, and MC by Lisa King [Down, door open 4 p.m. for reception, bands at 6:30 p.m.]; Wendy Sobel, Mary Koumjian, Nicki Skipper [Bakery, 3­5 p.m.]; Karen Harris & Friends, Frank "She" Graham [Bakery, 9:30 p.m.­12:30 a.m.].

Mar. 6: Off the Wall Films [Up, $5]; Iginkgo, Date with Jan [Up, 10 p.m., 19+, $5]; Mon. Night Performing Arts Series Presents Ruby Slipper (Dance) [Down, $6]; Alternative Acoustic Showcase with Rich Mirsky [Bakery].

Mar. 7: Trollin' Withdrawal, Mary Timony & Joan Wasser, Astroboy, Faeriekin (featuring Seana from Syrup & Cynthia from Mourn), Chymer, The Stickies (featuring Colleen from Cheesecake), Tipili [Up, 8 p.m., 18+, $6]; After Hours Quartet (jazz) [Bakery].

Mar. 8: Special Cheap Date Night - Trench Mouth, Candy Machine, Pie Rec. Rel. Party, The In Out [Up, 19+, $5]; Caspar Brotzman Massaker, Engine Kid [Down, 19+, $7]; Belly Dancing with The Goddess & Aisha [Bakery].

Mar. 9: Gamelon Night with Expanding Man, Senor Happy, Yep [Up, 19+, $6]; Harpoon Night with Throat Culture, Chuck, Hi Hats, Beat Soup [Down, 19+,$6­7]; Fontanelle [Bakery].

The Green Dragon Tavern

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

Jazz

Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum

280 The Fenway, Boston. Both concerts begin at 1:30 p.m. Admission (additional to museum admission): $4, $2 members. Information: 734-1359. Mar. 4: Young Artists Showcase - Jazz at the Gardner; John Shutza, alto saxophone.

Tufts Jazz Big Band and Small Jazz Ensemble

Cohen Auditorium, Tufts University, Medford. Mar. 9, 8 p.m. Information: 627-3564. Tufts Jazz Big Band, directed by Allan Chase, and Tufts Small Jazz Ensemble, directed by Ron Reid, perform with guest artists.

World Music

World Music's Festival of the Nile

Sanders Theater, Harvard University, Cambridge. Mar. 9, 7:30 p.m. Admission: $17­20, available through Sanders Theater (496-2222), TicketMaster (931-2000), or World Music (876-4275). Free tickets available on a per-person basis through the MIT Council for the Arts at the Office of the Arts, E15-205 (Wiesner Building, 2nd Floor), 20 Ames St. ; valid MIT student I.D. required, $5 returnable deposit required. Information: MIT Office of the Arts, 253-2826. Music song, and dance of Egyptian culture spanning six millenia, with a program ranging from the martial artistry of the Tahtib (stick dance) to the Raks Sharki (belly dance).

Film

Lecture Series Committee

77 Massachusetts Ave., Rm. 10-250 and 26-100. Admission: $2; $3 for admission to LSC Classic plus one regular film (good for the weekend). Information: 258-8881. Mar. 3: Interview with the Vampire (Neil Jordan, 1994); 7 & 10 p.m. [26-100]. LSC Classic - La Strada (Federico Fellini, 1954); 7:30 p.m. [10-250]. Mar. 4: Tampopo (Juzo Itami, 1986); 3, 7 & 10 p.m. [26-100]. Mar. 5: Hope and Glory (John Boorman, 1987); 7 & 10 p.m. [26-100].

List Visual Arts Center

Bartos Theater, 20 Ames St. Information: 253-4400. Continuing film/lecture series presented in conjunction with "The Masculine Masquerade" exhibit (see "Exhibits" below). Male Rituals. Mar. 5, 3 p.m.: Requiem for a Heavyweight (Ralph Nelson, 1962); Raging Bull (Martin Scorsese, 1980). Male Sexualities. Mar. 7, 7 p.m.: Rock Hudson's Home Movies (Mark Rapapourt, 1993); Pillow Talk (Michael Gordon, 1959).

MIT Women's Studies Program

77 Massachusetts Ave., Rm. 6-120. Information: 253-8844. "The New Women Warriors: A Festival of Cutting Edge Media by/about Asian and Asian American Women," program running through Mar. 22. Mar. 8, 7 p.m.: Knowing Her Place (Indu Krishnan, 1990); On Cannibalism (Fatimah Tobing Rony, 1993); Sin City Diary (Rachel Rivera, 1992); Foreign Talk (Joyce Lee, 1993). Mar. 9, 7:30 p.m.: Director Alisa Lebow will screen and discuss her documentary on transgender activist and author of the acclaimed novel Stone Butch Blues, Leslie Feinberg; cosponsored by the MIT Program in Gay and Lesbian Studies.

Movies in Taiwan Festival

77 Massachusetts Ave., rooms noted in brackets. Through Mar. 5, Fri.­Sun. Information: 253-6546 or 225-1138. The Republic of China Student Association at MIT presents a film festival that explores the role of Chinese women in films and society. Mar. 4 [54-100]: Rouge, 10 a.m.­12 p.m.; Lecture (in English), 2­4 p.m.. Mar. 5 [10-250]: Rouge of the North, 1­3 p.m.; That Day, On the Beach, 3­5 p.m.

Boston Public Library

Rabb Lecture Hall, Central Library, Copley Square, Boston. Information: 536-5400. Mar. 6, 6 p.m.: Two Guys from Milwaukee (David Butler, 1946); part of "The Look: Lauren Bacall," a film and video series featuring eight Bacall films of the 1940s and 50s.

Brattle Theatre

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

Special Engagement. Feb. 3­9: Mamma Roma (Pier Paolo Pasolini, 1962); 3:30, 5:40, 7:50, 10 p.m. (Sat. & Sun. matinees, 1:20 p.m.).

Coolidge Corner Theater

290 Harvard Ave., Brookline. Mar. 4­Apr. 8; Sat., 12 noon. Admission: $6, single admission; $10, double feature; $50, series pass (12 films). Information: 491-5877. "Hong Kong 5," a salute to modern Hong Kong action films. Mar. 4: Ashes of Time (Directed by Wong Kar Wai); Bodyguard from Beijing (Directed by Yuen (Fong Sai Yuk) Kwai).

French Library and Cultural Center, Ciné Club

53 Marlborough St., Boston. Admission: $5, $4 for members. Information: 266-4351. Mar. 2­3: I Married a Shadow (Robin Davis, 1982); 8 p.m. Mar. 9­11: Traffic (Jacques Tati, 1972); Thu.­Fri., 8 p.m.; Sat., 2 p.m. Videotheque - free screening, Mar. 8: Rhythms of Haiti and Art of Haiti; 1:30 p.m.

Harvard-Epworth Film Series

Harvard-Epworth Methodist Church, 1555 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge. Mar. 5, 8 p.m. Contribution: $3. Information: 354-0837. Make Way for Tomorrow (Leo McCarey, 1937).

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.

Asian American International Film Festival. Mar. 3­4: Chungking Express (Wong Kar-Wai, 1994); Fri., 8 p.m.; Sat., 3:15 p.m.

Wang Center for the Performing Arts

268 Tremont St., Boston. Through Apr. 10: Mon., 7:30 p.m. Admission: $6. Information: 482-9393. The Wang Center presents its Classic Film Series, featuring favorite films on the largest screen in New England. 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

"Someone Who'll Watch Over Me"

New Repertory Theater, 54 Lincoln St., Newton Highlands. Mar. 2­Apr. 9. Admission: $14­26. Information: 332-1646. Nominated for Best New Play of last year's Broadway season, a tale of triumph of hope and humanity that involves three hostages who struggle through brutal differences to forge bonds of love and companionship.

"Candide"

Boston Lyric Opera, 114 State St., Boston. Mar. 8, 10, 12, 14, 17, and 19. Call for times and admission. Information: 248-8660. Based on Voltaire's satire, Leonard Bernstein's musical production features a well-loved overture; lyrics by Richard Wilbur, Stephen Sondheim, and others. It tells the story of two children and their cousin who blindly accept their tutor's philosophy that everything happens for the best; but, after a series of catstrophes and perilous adventures, the group reunites for a more realistic point of view.

"Hay Fever"

77 Massachusetts Ave., Rm 54-100. Mar. 9­10, 8 p.m. Information: 253-2530. MIT Community Players' production of Noel Coward's comedy of bad manners.

"From the Annals of Art"

Mobius, 354 Congress St., Boston. Mar. 9­11, 8 p.m. Admission: Thu., pay what you can; otherwise $7; $5, students/seniors. Reservations recommended. Information: 542-7416. Fragments of an epic street-performance cycle will be presented with blueprints for the Potato Pancake Truck. Featuring Malgosia Askanas, Arnold Vance, and many others.

Ongoing Theater

"The Gut Girls"

Charlestown Working Theatre, 442 Bunker Hill St., Boston. Through Mar. 4: Fri.­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.

"Flora the Red Menace"

Brandeis University, Spingold Theater, Waltham. Through Mar. 5: Tue.­Sun., all shows 8 p.m. except 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.

"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.

"Death and the Maiden"

Unitarian Universalist Church, 28 Mugford St., Marblehead. Through Mar. 12: Sat.­Sun., 8 p.m. Admission: $12; $10, students/seniors. Information: 643-9993. The Delvena Theatre Company presents Ariel Dorfman's passionate, award-winning thriller about a woman who decides to seek a special revenge on a man whom she believes psychologically tormented her years earlier as an enemy of the state.

"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. 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.

"Live Bird"

Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston. Through Mar. 12: Fri.­Sun., 8 p.m.; Sat. & Sun. matinees, 3 p.m. Admission: $12.50 at door; $10 in advance. Information: 266-5152. This one-man, multi-media musical drama celebrates the life of Charlie "Bird" Parker; starring saxophonist-playwright-actor Jeff Robinson as Parker. Paintings of musicians such as Parker, Count Basie, Lester Young, Billie Holiday, and others by world renowned artist Martha Glinski will be exhibited in conjunction with the play.

"Henry V"

Loeb Drama Center, 64 Brattle St., Cambridge. Through Mar. 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.

Dance

Boston Conservatory Dance Theater

Boston Conservatory Theater, 31 Hemenway St., Boston. Mar. 9­11, 8 p.m.; Mar. 12, 2 p.m. Admission: $10; $7, students/seniors. Information: 536-6340. Performed with the Boston Conservatory Orchestra; Yoichi Udagawa, guest conductor. Program: La Fille Mal Gardée, an original production choreographed by Amy Spencer and Richard Colton, and Michel Fokine's Les Sylphides, re-staged by Samuel Kurkjian and Eleanor Riley.

Comedy

Boston Baked Theater

255 Elm St., Davis Square, Somerville. Sat. evenings, 10:30 p.m. Admission: $10; $5, students. Information: 396-2470. The improvisational comedy group Guilty Children performs weekly on the stage.

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. Now playing, Feb. 24­Apr. 1, 8 p.m.: "Confessions of a Happily Married Man," a new romantic comedy starring Chris Zito, who examines the plight of being a young family man in a not-so-family oriented America.

Poetry

MIT Theater Arts

77 Massachusetts Ave., Rm. 10-250. Mar. 6, 8 p.m. Information: 253-4003 or 253-8844. "The Last Generation: Meditation on the Turn of the Century - A Dramatic Reading and Conversation with Cherrie Moraga." The Chicana poet, playwright, essayist, and author of numerous plays wil read poems and essays from her most recent book, The Last Generation, and other publications, followed by a question-and-answer period.

Boston Public Library

Codman Square Branch, 690 Washington St., Dorchester. Mar. 9, 7 p.m. Information: 436-8214. Poetry reading by Carl Phillips, whose first book, In the Blood, won the Samuel French Morse Poetry Prize from Northeastern University. The reading is part of a series sponsored by the William Joiner Center for the Study of War and Social Consequences and the creative writing program at UMass/Boston.

Lectures

Harvard Business School

Burden Auditorium, Soldiers Field Rd., Boston. Mar. 3, 2:30­7:30 p.m. Admission: $15; $10 if purchased in advance. Information: 493-5444. The Communications Industry Club presents "Surfing the Future - A Cyberposium on Interactive Services." Leading executives from America Online, Time Warner, Disney, AT&T, General Electric, and many other companies will share their views on creating new opportunities in interactive services and overcoming key challenges.

MIT Program in Women's Studies

Kresge Little Theater, 84 Massachusetts Ave. Admission: $8­15; $6­10, students/seniors (prices depend on performance). Tickets sold at New Words Bookstore and Crone's Harvest. Information: 422-1716. "(mal)ADJUSTMENT" Performance/Media Series This performance kicks off a month-long series of new performance, film/video events and discussions exploring women's psychological and political realities on the brink of the 21st century. 1. Mar. 3­4: Fri., 8 p.m.; Sat., 2 p.m. "Out All Night and Lost My Shoes," an autobiographical monologue presented by self-described "deaf, queer playwright, poet, essayist, and performer" Terry Galloway. 2. Mar. 4, 8 p.m. "Two or Three Things I Know for Sure" - Dorothy Allison, acclaimed author of the best-selling novel Bastard Out of Carolina, and Skin, a recent collection of essays on sex, class, and politics, will read from her work and answer questions from the audience.

Boston Public Library

Rabb Lecture Hall, Central Library, Copley Square, Boston. Mar. 8, 6:30 p.m. Information: 536-5400 ext. 296 (voice), or 536-7055 (TDD). The BPL and the Massachusetts Chapter of Deaf Women United will observe International Women's Day with a program of "Women's Trivia Games," relating to women who are deaf, hard-of-hearing, deaf/blind, interpreters, and many others.

Harvard Law School, Human Rights Program

1563 Massachusetts Ave., Pound Hall 335, Cambridge. Mar. 8, 4:15 p.m. Information: 495-9362. "The Human Rights Movement Fifty Years After San Francisco: New Directions," a lecture by the Edward A. Smith Visiting Lecturer Louis B. Sohn (Professor Emeritus from Harvard Law School and member of the Delegation of the World Court to the U.N. Conference at San Francisco, 1945). Reception will follow.

Boston Public Library

Uphams Corner Branch, 500 Columbia Rd., Dorchester. Mar. 9 & 23, 5:45­7:30 p.m. Information: 265-0139. Writers of all ages, published and unpublished, are invited to share their writing during two "Works in Progress Readings," led by Lolita Parker, Jr., facilitator of the series of workshops that emphasize fiction.

Exhibits

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. Through Mar. 17

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. "Doc" 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.

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.

Bromfield Gallery

107 South St., 3rd Floor, Boston. Hours: Tue.­Fri., 12­5 p.m.; Sat., 11 a.m.­5 p.m. All exhibits running through Apr. 1. Information: 451-3605. "Recent Paintings," by Robert Baart; "Recent Work," by Katy Schneider; and "Weighing the Options," by Susan Gartrell. Opening reception for all three exhibits held Sat., Mar. 4, 4­6 p.m.

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.

"Wood Already Touched by Fire is Not Hard to Set Alight," an exhibition of Haitian metalwork sculpture and paintings, featuring artists Fontenel Pointjour, Emmanuel Pierre-Charles, Joseph Guignard, and Ayla Gavins. Through Mar. 31.

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. Through April at the Mugar Omni Theater: Africa: The Serengeti (George Casey, 1994), narrated by James Earl Jones. "Psychology: Understanding Ourselves, Understanding Each Other." This new minds-on exhibit about everyday psychological processes allows visitors to "race" toward a lower stress level, spin "faces" to explore emotions, and examine language and thought through puzzles and activities. Through Apr. 28.

Boston Public Library

Wiggin and South Galleries, Copley Square, Boston. Hours: Mon.­Thu., 9 a.m.­9 p.m.; Fri.­Sat., 9 a.m.­5 p.m.; Sun., 1­5 p.m. Information: 536-5400 ext. 281. "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. Mar. 4­Apr. 30.

Museum of Fine Arts

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

"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 is free. Hours: Mon.­Sat., 10 a.m.­5 p.m., Sun., noon­5 p.m. Information: 861-6559.

"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. Mar. 5­Oct. 1.

"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.

"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.

Events

New Theatre Benefit Party

1st & 2nd Church Theatre, 66 Marlborough St., Boston. Mar. 4, 8 p.m.­1 a.m. Admission: $25 at door; $20 in advance, $35 per couple in advance. Information: 247-7388. The Bourbon St. Ball Mardi Gras Masquerade is the famed annual benefit party for the New Theatre. The semi-formal creative dress/costume gala will feature live New Orleans' style jazz by Made in the Shade, a free buffet, and traditional Mardi Gras amusements.