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The Godfather is being re-released today on its 25th anniversary. While it's not exactly Godfather: Special Edition, there is an improved print and digitally enhanced soundtrack.

Popular Music

Jiggle the Handle/The Slip/Gordon Stone Trio

Middle East. March 21, 9:30 p.m. 18+, $8. Call 864-EAST.

Luscious Jackson/The Eels

Avalon. March 25, 8 p.m. doors, 18+, $14, call 931-2000.

Percy Hill

Paradise. April 2, 8 p.m. doors, 18+, $8, call 931-2000.

moe

Somerville Theater. April 3, 8:30 p.m. doors, $12, call 931-2000.

Squirrel Nut Zippers

The Roxy Ballroom. April 4, 6:30 p.m., doors 21+ $15.50, call 931-2000.

They Might Be Giants

*half "old school" without the band*

Avalon. April 5, 6 p.m. doors, 18+, $15, call 931-2000

Classical Music

The Longy School of Music

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

Clara Schumann and Friends. March 21, 4 p.m. Admission: free. The Bunting Institute of Radcliffe presents a lecture/rectial by pianist Veronica Jochum.

Contemporary Piano Seminar. March 22, 8 p.m.; March 23, 1:30 p.m. The Piano Department at Longy presents a Concert of Contemporary PianoWorks featuring music of Schoenberg, Tcherepnin, Rahbee, Carter, and others.

Longy Chamber Singers. March 23, 7 p.m. Conducted by Lorna Cooke deVaron, presents choruses from English operas by Purcell, Vaughan Williams, Schubert's Mass in G and the 92nd Psalm "Song for the Sabbath" (in Hebrew).

Faculty Artist Series. March 24, 8 p.m. Tom Noren, guitar, performs music of Britten, Takemitsu, and others.

Master Class. March 27, 12:30 p.m. Admission: $45 participant; $10 auditor. Thomas Paul, professor at EastmanSchool of Music, presents a master class entitled Singing Schubert Lieder.

Benefit Concert Series. March 29, 8 p.m. The Naumbug-Award-winning Brentano String Quartet with guest violist Samuel Rhodes of the Julliard String Quartet presents music of Schubert, Mozart, and Osvaldo Golijov.

Schubert Bicentennial Celebration. March 30, 7 p.m. Gust bass Thomas Paul and pianist Victor Rosenbaum perform Songs for Bass and Piano; Rosenbaum also will perform the Sonata in B flat Major,D. 960.

Symphony Hall Open House

Symphony Hall, 301 Massachusetts Ave., Boston. March 22, 11 a.m.­4 p.m. Admission: free. Information: 638-9281. Tours, performances, demonstrations, and a chance to meet musicians associated with the BSO.

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.

Boston Public Library

Copley Square, Boston. Admission: free. Information: 536-5400 ext. 212.

Father of the Bride. March 24, 6 p.m

Father's Little Dividend. March 31, 6 p.m.

Boston Film Video Foundation

1126 Boylston St., Suite 201, Boston. March 27, 6 p.m. Admission: $15 members, $20 non-members. Information: 536-1540. Michael Jitlov, independent film-maker and special effects wizard, will screen selections from his work and unveil the secrets of special effects. Mr. Jitlov, who ghost-starred as the entire troop of Avenging Spirits in Paramount's mega-hit Ghost, is currently in Boston, post-producing his latest independent work, The Hiking Viking, Mike is a four-time Academy Award nominee and winner of the much harder-to-get President's Academy Award from the Academy of Science Fiction and Fantasy Films.

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.

Opening Theater

mAlice: An Improv Tabloid Odyssey

Actors Workshop, 40 Boylston St., Boston. Starting March 21, through April 12, 8 p.m. Admission: $10 if reserved in advance; $12 at door; $2 discount for students. Information: 887-2336. A foray into the surreal world of tabloid media, mAlice combines improvised scenes, music, video, and drawing as Alice negotiates the wonder world where personal tragedy has been repackaged as popular entertainment.

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.

Dance

Carmen

Boston Ballet, 19 Clarendon St., Boston. 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."

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. 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.

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.