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On The Town Campus Events

Theater

Life and Death of King John

La Sala de PuertoRico, Student Center, 84 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge. March 14, 15, and 20. Admission: $5, students and seniors; $7, general public. Information: ensemble@mit.edu. The Shakespeare Ensemble presents The Life and Death of King John, a history not often played. A middle-period work, this play combines dramatic conflicts with nagging questions of succession, loyalty, and kingly rights. Direction by visiting lecturer and drama coach Tina Packer of Shakespeare and Co.

Comedy

Roadkill Buffet: Fresh Meat on Rye

77 Massachusetts Ave., Room 6-120, Cambridge. March 15, 8 p.m. Admission: free. MIT's best and only improv comedy troupe, performing with Pumpernickel.

Film

Wings of Honneamise

77 Massachusetts Ave., Room 6-120, Cambridge. March 18, 7 p.m. Admission: free. Information: 253-2839. Sponsored by the MITJapan Program and the MITAnime Club. Wings of Honeeamise is an epic tale of a civilization's first faltering steps into space, set in an alien world that is strangely familiar to our own. When cadet Shiro Lhadatt signs up with the Royal Space Force, he encounters ridicule and apathy from manipulative leaders and a cynical public. A chance encounter with a devout young woman spurs Shro on toward his destiny - to become the first man in space. While military leaders conspire to use the space program to spark an all-out war, Shro and a team of aging scientists race against time to complete the first launch.

Lecture Series Committee

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

Macross II

March 14, 7 p.m. and 10 p.m., Room 26-100. This Japanese animation is based on the mid-80s TV series, "Superdimensional Fortress Macross." In the future, the Earth is run by a secretive military government. As the Zentraedi aliens bring tensions to a boil using a song, the main characters save the day, holding together a tenuous peace.

Monkey Business

March 14, 7:30 p.m., Room 10-250. Directed by Norman McCleod. Starring The Marx Brothers and Thelma Todd. The Marx Brothers are stowaways on an ocean liner where they get mixed up with rival gangs and are involved in a kidnapping. This film brings to the screen some of their (classic) vaudeville gags.

Mars Attacks!

March 15, 7 p.m. and 10 p.m., Room 26-100.

With an excellent all-star cast, great cameos, a decent script, and Tim Burton in full form as director, Mars Attacks! is a good sci-fi parody for fans of the genre. It barely has a plot: aliens show up, kill a bunch of people, blow up buildings and monuments, and then eventually the humans get lucky and stop them. But it's still an excellent slapstick mock-up of Independence Day and 1950s invasion/disaster films. The superb special effects range from disturbingly realistic to completely surreal comic relief. The writing ranges from more-fun-than-a-bottle-of ... humans, to good-old, jaw-dropping bizarre. It's pretty strange but not bad. However, Burton could have done more with it. Maybe if it was in 3-D -Ken Clary

Sun Phantom of the Paradise

March 16, 7 p.m. and 10 p.m., Room 26-100. Brian DePalma directs this cross between Faust and Phantom of the Opera. Winslow Leach has his music stolen by the evil rock super giant, Swan (Paul Williams III). In an effort to take revenge and restore the sancity of his music, Winslow haunts the Paradise, Swan's rock palace, and insists that Phoenix (Jessica Harper) sing his music, killing anyone else who tries.

Classical Music

Vocal Scholarship Student Recital

Killian Hall, 160 Memorial Dr., Cambridge. March 14, 8 p.m. Admission: free. Information: 253-9800. Jenny Sue Smith Lanni G, soprano. Mohan Gurunathan '97 and Charles Shadle, piano. Selections from John Harbison's Mirabai Songs; Rossini's La Regata Veneziana and songs by Mozart, Berlioz, Saint-Saens, Massenet, and others.

MIT Symphony Orchestra

Kresge Auditorium, 84 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge. March 15, 8:30 p.m. Admission: $2. Information: 253-9800. David Epstein, conductor. Program includes Schubert's Overture to Des Teufels Lustschloss; Brahms' Symphony No. 4 in E Minor, Concerto in A Minor for Violin, Cello and Orchestra. Andrs Daz, cello; Rose Mary Harbison, violin.

Sarod Concert

Killian Hall, 160 Memorial Dr., Cambridge. March 15, 8 p.m. Admission: $15, $12, and $10; $2 with MITID. Information: 258-7971. MITHAS presents Buddhadev DasGupta, sarod. Calcutta's senior master of the tradtional sarod style.

MIT Brass Ensemble

Kresge Auditorium, 84 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge. March 18, 8 p.m. Admission: free. Information: 253-9800. Lawrence Isaacson, director.

AMP Student Recital

Killian Hall, 160 Memorial Dr., Cambridge. March 19, 5 p.m. Admission: free. Information: 253-9800. Susan Shi '97, piano. Program includes Haydn's Sonata Op. 60; Schumann's Kreisleriana, Op. 16; Schoenberg's Three Piano Pieces, Op. 11.

MIT Faculty Concert

Killian Hall, 160 Memorial Dr., Cambridge. March 20, 8 p.m. Admission: free. Information: 253-9800. Evan Ziporyn, bass clarinet, a program of solo non-premieres of works by Martin Bresnick, David Lang, Steve Reich, and Evan Ziporyn.

MIT Chapel Series

MITChapel, across from 77 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge. March 20, noon. Admission: free. Information: 253-9800. Marcus Thompson, viola. Music of J.S. Bach.

Lectures

Michael Dertouzos PhD '64

Wong Auditorium, Tang Center for Management, Amherst and Wadsworth Streets, Cambridge. March 19, 4 p.m. Admission: free. Information: 253-5249. Michael Dertouzos PhD '64, director of the Laboratory for Computer Science, will lecture on the topic of his new book What Will Be, just published by HarperEdge. Dertouzos has spent much of his career studying and forecasting technological shifts.