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Classical Music

South Indian Vocal Performance

Wong Auditorium, MIT Tang Center, 70 Memorial Dr., Cambridge. Mar. 9, 3 p.m. Admission: $10-$15; $2 with MITID. Information: 258-7971. Neyveli Santanagopalan, Karnatic vocalist. One of the most highly respected vocalists of South India.

MIT Concert Band

Kresge Auditorium, 84 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge. March 9, 8 p.m. Admission: free. Information: 253-9800. Directed by John Corley.

AMP Student Recital

Killian Hall, 160 Memorial Dr., Cambridge. March 12, 5 p.m. Admission: free. Information: 253-9800. Peter Jung '99, cello. Pieces include Beethoven Twelve Variations in G Major on a Theme from Handel's Oratorio "Judas Maccabaeus"; Schumann Fantasie-Stücke für Klavier und Violoncello, Op. 73; Shostakovich Sonata No. 4 for Cello and Piano, Op. 40 in D Minor. John Yi '97, piano.

MIT Chapel Series

MITChapel, across from 77 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge. March 13, noon. Admission: free. Information: 253-9800. Michele Pinet, harp. Works of Handel, Haydn, Debussy, Prokofieff and Joplin.

New Music Ensemble

Tufts University, Alumnae Hall, Talbot Avenue, Medford. March 13, 8 p.m. Admission: free. Information: 627-3564. The Tufts New Music Ensemble present an enlightened evening of contemporary music. John McDonald, director.

Boston Symphony Orchestra

Symphony Hall, 301 Massachusetts Ave., Boston. March 6, 8 p.m. Admission: $23­$69; open rehearsal $12.50. Information: 266-1200. Conducted by James Conlon; Maxim Vengerov, violin. PIeces include Ravel's Gaspard de la Nuit, Prokofiev's Violin Concerto No. 2, and Janácek's Sinfonietta.

Wind Soloists of the Chamber Orchestra of Europe

Jordan Hall, New England Conservatory, 20 Park Plaza, Boston. March 2, 3 p.m. Admission: $30­$40. Information: 536-2412. Program includes Hummel's Wind Octet in E-flat Major; Janácek's Mladi; Carter's Eight Etudes and a Fantasy; and Mozart's Serenade for Winds in C Minor, K. 388.

The Longy School of Music

One Follen St., Cambridge. Information: 876-0956, x120.

Faculty Artist Series. Mar. 9, 3 p.m. Three Anniversaries with duo pianists Ludmilla Lifson and Eda Mazo-Shylam in a concert of Brahms, Mendelssohn, and Schubert.

Schubert Bicentennial Celebration. Mar. 9, 7 p.m. Introduction and Variations on Trockne Blumen (from Die Schöne Müllerin) D. 802 performed by Fernando Brandao, flute, and Rieko Tanaka, piano; tenor Rockland Osgood, and pianist Brian Moll present Die Schöne Müllerin, D. 795.

Jazz Music

MITJazz Band

Kresge Auditorium, 84 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge. Mar. 8, 8 p.m. Admission: free. Information: 253-9800. Directed by James O'Dell.

Popular Music

Wind Ensemble

Cohen Auditorium, Tufts University, Talbot Ave., Medford. Mar. 8, 8 p.m. Admission: free. Information: 627-3564. The Tufts Wind Ensemble in their first concert for the spring semester. Pieces include Star Wars by John Williams and George Washington Bridge by William Shuman. John McCann, conductor.

Angry Salad

Middle East, 472 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge. 11 p.m. Admission: cover varies. Casual attire. All shows 18+. Information: 497-0576, 354-8238.

Film

Lecture Series Committee

77 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge. Admission: $2. Information: 258-8881.

Celestial Clockwork. Mar. 7, 7 p.m. and 10 p.m., Room 26-100. Ana bolts from her wedding altar and flies from Venezuela to Paris (in her wedding gown) to realize her dream of becoming a great opera star. Her Parisian director, Italo Medici, is filming an operatic Cinderella, but will Ana fit the glass slipper before she is deported back to Caracas? The evil, plotting, self-absorbed Celeste tries to thwart Ana, but Ana has a great team in her corner: her Russian voice coach, a wealthy lesbian psychoanalyst, a precient gay waiter/astrologer, and a voodoo witch doctor.

Death of a Bureaucrat. Mar. 7, 7:30 p.m., Room 10-250. Directed by Tomás Gutierrez Alea. Starring Salvador Wood, Silvia Planas. This film is an amusng satire which presents a startling view of Cuban society after the 1959 revolution. After an exemplary worker is buried clutching his union card, his widow (Planas) finds she needs it to claim her pension. The fruitless attempts of her nephew (Wood) to obtain an exhumation order lead to a series of hilarious situations that remind us of the fact that political ideology alone cannot change society.

101 Dalmations. Mar. 8, 7 p.m. and 10 p.m., Room 26-100. Disney remakes its 1961 animated classic in live action, casting Glenn Close as Cruella De Vil, an evil villainess attempting to steal dalmatian puppies to make spotted coats. Also starts Jeff Daniels and Joely Richardson.

The Player. Robert Altman's scathing satire of power-hungry studio executives provides an insider's look at the corrupt movie studio system. Tim Robbins stars as an arrogant young executive who murders a screenwriter and steals his girlfriend -and must deal with the consequences. Dozens of top actors make cameo appearances.

The Secret Plan

The French Library, 53 Marlborough St., Boston. Mar. 7, 6:30 p.m. Admission: free. Information: 629-5984. A Fred Muchnik film

The Museum at the John F. Kennedy Library

Columbia Point, Boston. Through June 1: Fri.­Thurs., 9 a.m.­5 p.m. Admission: $6; seniors and students, $4; ages 6­12, $2; under 6, free. Information: 929-4523. Films run continuously during the day.

Cuban Missile Crisis. Film documenting the October 1962 confrontation with the Soviet Union. Through June 1.

Fight Against Segregation. A film on events leading up to JFK's national address on civil rights.

Son of Ireland. Portrays Kennedy's visit to his ancestral home. Through June 1.

Whales

Museum of Science, Science Park, Cambridge. Through April 30. Admission: $7.50; seniors and ages 3­14, $5.50 (Tues., bargain nights for all shows 7 p.m. and later, $5; seniors and ages 3­14, $3). Information: 723-2500. Film follows the life cycles and travels of blue, humpback, and right whales from Argentina to Alaska.

Leona's Sister Gerri

140 Commonwealth Ave., Chestnut Hill. Feb. 18, 7:30 p.m. Admission: free. Information: 552-4295. Part of Social Issues Film Series. Film to be introduced by its maker.

Ongoing Theater

Rent

Shubert Theatre, 265 Tremont St., Boston. Through April 27. Tues.­Sat., 8 p.m.; Sun., 7 p.m.; matinees, Sat.­Sun., 2 p.m. Admission: $25­$67.50. Information: (800)447-7400. Musical based on Puccini's 1896 opera La Boheme.

South Pacific

Turtle Lane Playhouse, 283 Melrose St., Newton. Through March 16. Admission: $12­$18. Information: 244-0169. Rodgers and Hammerstein musical.

Dance

Carmen

Boston Ballet, 19 Clarendon St., Boston. March 7, 8 p.m.; Mar. 8, 2 p.m. and 8 p.m.; Mar. 9; 2 p.m.; Mar. 12, 7 p.m.; Mar. 13, 7 p.m. Through March 23. Admission: $12.50-$67. Information: 931-ARTS. Based on Prosper Merimée's novel, Carmen is a tragic tale of fatal attraction. In 19th century Seville, the lusty Carmen seduces a naive Army corporal, Don José, newly assigned to the village fortress. José abandons his career, his financée, and even his dying mother for the love of this sultry gypsy. But soon she spurns him in favor of the toreador Escamillo. Crazed with jealousy, José begs Carmen to return to him, but her taunting declaration of independence results in tragedy. As the sultry Carmen sings in the famous Habanera, "Love is a rebellious bird that no one can tame."

Lectures

Reform Through Art: How to Make Happiness and to Awaken Social Consciousness

Chandler Gallery, Davis Museum and Cultural Center, Wellesley College, 106 Central St., Wellesley. March 13, 1:30 p.m. Admission: free. Information: 283-2034. As part of the seminar "Women, Education, and Work," Professor of Education Barbara Brenzel lectures on educational and philantropic programs at the turn of the century that expanded opportunities for programs at the turn of the century that expanded opportunities for women. The public is invited to this open class session, which is offered in conjunction with the exhibition Inspiring Reform: Boston's Arts and Crafts Movement, on view at the Davis Museum from through July 14.

Julie Mertus

Harvard Book Store, 1256 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge. Mar. 7, 3 p.m. Admission: free. Information: 661-1515. Reading/talk and booksigning of Mertus' book The Suitcase, Refugee Voices from Bosnia and Croatia.

Samuel Shem

Cambridge Public Library, 449 Broadway, Boston. March 11, 6 p.m. Admission: free. Information: 661-1515. Reading/booksigning of the author's latest novel, Mount Misery. In 1978, The House of God, a first novel inspired by the experiences of the author as an intern at a well-known New England Hospital, was published under the pseudonym Samuel Shem. The novel became a literary phenomenon. Now, almost twenty years later, the story of Roy G. Bash, the hero of The House of God returns in Mount Misery as he experiences his psychiatric residency at a New England mental hospital for the well-off and the well-insured.

Exhibits

MIT Museum

265 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge. Tues.­Fri., 10 a.m.­5 p.m.; Sat.­Sun., noon­5 p.m. Admission: $3; non-MIT students, seniors, and under 12, $1; MIT students, free. Information: 253-4444.

What's So Funny About Science? Cartoons of Sidney Harris offer a hilarious look at unexpected and incongruous moments in science. Through May 31.

Maps from the Age of Atlases. Rare maps from the Museum's Hart Nautical Collections illuminate the golden age of cartography. Through May 4.

Gestural Engineering: The Sculpture of Arthur Ganson. Ganson's kinetic sculptures exude the wit of their creator, a self-described cross between a mechanical engineer and a choreographer. Ongoing.

Lightforest: The Holographic Rainforest. Large-scale hologram exhibit by Betsy Connors. Ongoing.

Holography. The exhibition explores the holographic universe from its inception in the late 1940s through its artistic and technical evolution and highlights works by the world's foremost holographers. Ongoing.

Math in 3D. Morton C. Bradley's mathematical sculptures inspire inventors of all ages to create their own structures in the adjacent Mathspace activity center. Ongoing.

MIT Hall of Hacks. Chronicling MIT's rich hacking tradition, this exhibition features historic photographs and a collection of artifacts. Ongoing.

Light Sculptures. Vivid interactive plasma sculptures by Center for Advanced Visual Studies alumnus Bill Parker. Ongoing.

Hart Nautical Gallery

55 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge. Mon.­Sun., 9 a.m.­8 p.m. Admission: free. Information: 253-4444.

Ships for Victory: American Shipbuilding's Finest Hour. Historic photographs and artifacts explore the shipbuilding programs of World War II, the vital and unprecedented contribution of women to these programs, and MIT's pivotal role in the shipbuilding effort. Ongoing.

Ship Models. Rare models illustrate the evolution of ship design from the 16th to 20th centuries. Ongoing.

On the Surface of Things: Images in Science and Engineering by Felice Frankel.

Compton Gallery, 77 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge. Feb. 14­June 27: Mon.­Sun., 9 a.m.­8 p.m. Admission: free. Information: 253-4444. Stunning photographs communicate recent research in a variety of disciplines at MIT and other institutions.

List Visual Arts Center

20 Ames St., Cambridge. Through March 29: Sat., Sun., Tues.­Thurs., noon­6 p.m.; Fri., noon­8 p.m. Admission: free. Information: 253-4680.

Joseph Kosuth: Redefining the Context of Art: 1968-1997. Works by this renowned Conceptual artist.

The Shape of Breath. Works by this Seattle-based artist. Explores the metaphorical properties of materials.

Port: Navigating Digital Culture. Exhibition of collaborative, performative art projects taking place over the Internet.

The Race to the Moon

The Museum at the John F. Kennedy Library. Off Morrissey Boulevard, Dorchester. Through June 1: Fri.­Thurs., 9 a.m.­5 p.m. Admission: $6; seniors and students, $4: ages 6­12, $2; under 6, free. Information: 929-4523. Exhibit on America's pioneering space exploration.

Museum of Fine Arts

465 Huntington Ave., Boston. Mon.­Tues., 10 a.m.­4:45 p.m.; Wed.­Fri., 10 a.m.­9:45 p.m.; Sat.­Sun., 10 a.m.­5:45 p.m. Admission: $10; seniors and college students, $8; ages 17 and under, free; Wed. after 4 p.m., voluntary contribution; Thurs.­Fri., after 5 p.m., $2 discount. Information: 267-9300.

Face and Figure in Contemporary Art. Survey of the variety and complexity of contemporary approaches to the theme of the human figure. Through March.

Dressing Up: Children's Fashions 1720­1920. Explores the relationship between children's and adults' fashions in the past couple of centuries. More than 40 costumes, predominantly from the museum's permanent collection, are on view along with accessories, toys, dolls, furniture, and paintings. Through March 23.

The Art of John Biggers: View from the Upper Room. Exhibit of the black artist's drawings, prints, paintings, and sculptures. Through April 20.

Beyond the Screen: Chinese Furniture of the 16th and 17th Centuries. The exhibit aims not only to explore the beauty of Chinese art forms, but also to carry the viewer into the physical surroundings of their time. Through May 18.

This is the Modern World: Furnishings of the 20th Century. The exhibit relates the look of objects intended for everyday use to the creative vision of the artist-maker or designer, and the demands of technology, function, cost, and the needs and desires of the potential buyer or user. Through September.

Trailer Park Memoirs and Shotgun Weddings

The Revolving Museum, 228-300 A St., Boston. Starting Mar. 8, through Mar. 31. Wed.-Sat., 12-6 p.m. Admission: free. Information: 439-8617. The exhibit is a collaborative project that explores the psychological complexities of contemporary domestic lifestyles. Featuring over thirty visual, performing and literary artists, this event will create an energetic atmosphere that is humorous, heartbreaking and provocative.

Trash! Workers of the Works

The Cambridge City-wide Senior Center, 806 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge. Through March 31. Admission: free. Information: 349-4380. Cambridge Art Council's Massachusetts Arts Lottery recipient Ted Polumbaum presents his photographic and digital images documenting the sanitation workers of the Cambridge Public Works Department. This visual essay reveals the spirit, humor, and tireless effort of the frequently unrecognized Worker of the Works.

Fuller Museum of Art

455 Oak St., Brockton. Information: (508) 588-6000.

Dark Images. March 2, 2 p.m. Admission: $5; children free. Guest lecture by Barbara Whiteman,Founder and Executive Director of the Philadelphia Doll Museum.

Spelling Bee. March 6. Admission: free. Back for a second round ­gather your friends or co-workers and field a team for this mid-winter family party. All ages.

Arthur M. Sackler Museum

485 Broadway, Cambridge. Mon.­ Sat., 10 a.m.­5 p.m.; Sun., 1­5 p.m. Admission: $5; seniors, $4; students, $3; under 18 and Saturday morning, free. Information: 495-9400.

Masterworks of Ukiyo-e. Printed works by two important artists of the period, Toshusai Sharasku (active 1794­1795) and Kitagawa Utamaro (1754­1806). Through Feb. 16.

Building the Collective: Soviet Graphic Design, 1917­1937. Over 100 posters and graphic work on display. Through March 30.

Computer Museum, Museum Wharf

300 Congress St., Boston. Two blocks from South Station T station. Tues.­Sun., 10 a.m.­5 p.m. Admission: $7; seniors and students ages 5 and up, $5; ages 4 and under, free; Sun., 3­5 p.m., half-price. Information: 423-6758.

Robots! Robots! Robots! Guided explorations into the world of robots and artificial intelligence. Through Feb. 23.

Mission Impossible. Discover the difference between humans and smart machines, self-guided activities, talk with a computer program.

Botticelli's Witness: Changing Style in a Changing Florence

Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, 280 The Fenway, Boston. Through April 6: Tues.­Sun., 11 a.m.­5 p.m. Admission: $9; seniors, $7; college students with ID, $5; ages 12­17, $3; under 12, free. Information: 566-1401. Works by Sandro Botticelli, one of the most influential artists of the Italian Renaissance.

USS Constitution Museum

Navy Yard, Charlestown. Mon.­Sun., 10 a.m.­4 p.m. Admission: $4; seniors, $3; ages 6­16, $2; under 6, free; under 16 when unaccompanied by an adult, free. Information: 426-1812.

Old Ironsides in War and Peace. Retrospective celebrating the USS Constitution's upcoming 200th birthday. Includes artifacts such as the sea bag and possessions of an 1812 crew member, hands-on activities, and photographs. Ongoing.

Strengthening Old Ironsides. Color photographs documenting the four-year rehabilitation and restorations of the ship. Ongoing.

Capturing Old Ironsides on Canvas. Works by artist Cheslie D'Andrea. Ongoing.

Living with Ants and the Science of E.O. Wilson

Harvard Museums of Cultural and Natural History, 26 Oxford St., Cambridge. Through April 30: Mon.­Sat., 9 a.m.­5 p.m.; Sun., 1­5 p.m. Admission: $5; seniors and students, $4; ages 3­13, $3; Sat. 9 a.m.­noon, free. Information: 495-3045.

Cildo Meireles

Institute of Contemporary Art, 955 Boylston St., Boston. Through March 30: Wed.­Sun., noon­5 p.m.; Thurs. until 9 p.m. Admission: $5.25; students with ID, $3.25; children and seniors, $2.25; free Thurs. after 5 p.m. Information: 266-5152. Survey exhibit of the works by this Brazilian artist.

Building the Collective: Soviet Graphic Design, 1917-1937

Busch-Reisinger Museum, 32 Quincy St., Cambridge. Through March 30: Mon.­Sat., 10 a.m.­5 p.m.; Sun., 1­5 p.m. Admission: $5; seniors, $4; students, $3; under 18 and Saturday morning, free. Information: 495-9400.

Inside Fort Independence: An Archaeological View of Military Life

Commonwealth Museum, 220 Morrissey Blvd., Dorchester. Mon.­Fri., 9 a.m.­5 p.m.; Sat., 9 a.m.­3 p.m. Admission: free. Information: 727-9268.

The Pyramids and the Sphinx: 100 Years of American Archaeology at Giza

Semitic Museum, Harvard University, 6 Divinity Ave., Cambridge. Mon.­Fri., 10 a.m.­4 p.m.; Sun., 1­4 p.m. Admission: free. Information: 495-4631. Collection of photos and artifacts. Ongoing.

New England Aquarium

Central Wharf, Boston. Mon.­Fri., 9 a.m.­5 p.m.; Sat.­Sun. and holidays, 9 a.m.­6 p.m. Admission: ages 12 and up, $9.50; seniors, $8.50; ages 3­11, $5; under 3, free. Information: 973-5200.

The Otter Limits. Construction relocation of aquarium's colony of harbor seals and sea otters to a new, enlarged habitat behind the aquarium.

Ponds: The Earth's Eyes. Self-guided tour of freshwater habitats.

Go with the Flow. Problems and solutions for Boston Harbor.

Giant Ocean Tank. 187,000-gallon coral reef tank.

Rivers of Americas: Amazon and Connecticut.

Old State House Museum

State and Washington Streets, Boston. Mon.­Sun., 9:30 a.m.­5 p.m. Admission: $3; seniors and students, $2; children, $1.50. Information: 720-3290.

Trophies and Treasures: Two Centuries of Luxury at Shreve, Crump and Low. Through July 31.

When the Boys Came Marching Home. Everyday life in post-World War II Boston. Through August.

Museum of Our National Heritage

33 Marrett Rd., Lexington. Mon.­Sat., 10 a.m.­5 p.m.; Sun., noon­5 p.m. Admission: free. Information: 861-6559.

Collecting the Southwest: The Harvey Family Legacy. The Harvey Company was instrumental in opening the southwest to commercial tourism at the turn of the century.Premiere examples of native American weavings and paintings are found in two exhibitions. Through Sept. 14.

The Art and Artistry of Appliqué. These appliquéd quilts made between 1845 and 1895 are selected from the collection of Robert and Ardis James. Through March 23.

Over There: The Yankee Division in World War I. The story of the 26th "Yankee"Division is dramatized through military artifacts, documentary photographs, and memorabilia from the homefront. Through June 22.

Original Visions: Shifting the Paradigm, Women's Art 1970-1996

Boston College Museum of Art, 140 Commonwealth Ave., Chestnut Hill. Through May 18. Mon.­Fri., 11 a.m.­4 p.m.; Sat.­ Sun., noon­5 p.m. Admission: free. Information: 552-8100. Exhibit includes paintings, photographs and sculptures.