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Popular Music

Jmoe

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

Squirrel Nut Zippers

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

They Might Be Giants

Avalon. April 5, 6 p.m. Doors, 18+, $15. Information: 931-2000

Classical Music

Boston Conservatory Chorale

St. Clement's Shrine, 1105 BoylstonSt., Boston. April 4, 8 p.m. Admission: free. Information: 536-6340. William A. Seymour conducts Vivaldi Gloria and works by Heinrich Schütz, Tomás Luis de Victoria, Hovhaness, and Mendelssohn.

Boston Conservatory Chamber Players

First and Second Church, 66 Marlborough St., Boston. April 6, 4 p.m. Admission: $10; students and seniors, $7. Information: 536-3063. Boston Conservatory Chamber Players, Michael Lwein, artistic director, perform Beethoven Piano Quartet in E-flat, Op. 16, Mussorgsky Songs and Dances of Death, featuring baritone Robert Honeysucker, John Clement Adams New Work for Violin and Piano, Moszkowski Suite in G minor for Two Violins and Piano, and Arthur Smith Dueling Fiddles.

Gary Steigerwalt, piano

Seully Hall, 8 The Fenway. April 8, 8 p.m. Admission: free. Information: 536-6340. Schubert Sonata in A minor, Op. 42, Copland Piano Variations and Liszt Valee d'Obermann, Petrarch Sonnet No. 104, and the Dante Sonata.

Dominique Labelle and Boston Museum Trio

Museum of Fine Arts, 465 Huntington Ave., Boston. April 6, 3 p.m. Admission: $18; MFA members, seniors, students, $15. Information: 369-3306. SopranoDominique Labelle will join the Boston Museum Trio (Daniel Sepner, baroque violin; Laura Jeppesen, viola da gamba; and JohnGibbons, harpsichord) for music of Jean-Philippe Rameau and Louis Nicolás Clérambault. The program will include Rameau's Pièces de Clavecin en Concerts, and Clerambauult's dramatic cantata, Medée.

Scubert/Brahms Vocal Ensemble

Jordan Hall at the New England Conservatory of Music, 8 The Fenway, Boston. April 11, 8 p.m. Admission: $15, $20, $25. Information: 266-3605. Soprano soloist Maragret O'Keefe and a Handel and Haydn Society ensemble perform under Handel and Haydn Society Associate Conductor Joh Finney. Program includes Schubert's Miriam's Song of Triumph D942 and Brahm's Liebeslieder, Op. 52.

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.

Ongoing Theater

mAlice: An Improv Tabloid Odyssey

Actors Workshop, 40 Boylston St., Boston. 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.