On The Town
Symphony Hall, 301 Massachusetts Ave., Boston. May 2, 8 p.m.; May 4, 3 p.m. Admission: $18, $24, $35, $45. Information: 266-3605. Christopher Hogwood conducts the Handel and Haydn Society period orchestra in this program that marks the 200th birthday of Franz Schubert and the deaths of Johannes Brahms and Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy. This concert gives audiences a unique opportunity to hear the music of these three nineteenth-century Romantic composers. The program includes Mendelssohn, Overture to A Midsummer Night's Dream, Op. 21; Schubert, Symphony No. 5 in B flat, D485; Brahms, Serenade No. 1 in D, Op. 11.
Musicians from Marlboro
Isabella Stwart Gardner Museum, 2 Palace Rd., Boston. May 4, 1:30 p.m. Admission: adults, $15; senior citizens, $11; college students, $9; ages 1217, $7; ages 511 $4; members $5. Information: 734-1359. Naomi Katz and Scott St. John, violins. Ellen dePasquale and Steven Tenenbom, violas. Paul Watkins, cello. Mary Nessinger, mezzo-soprano. Program includes Boccherini, String Quartet inG Major, Op. 60, No. 5; Respighi, "Il Tramonto"for Mezzo-Soprano andString Quartet; Dvorak, String Quintet in E-flat Major, Op. 97.
Claudio Ragazzi Quintet
Café Teatro, 405 Shawmut Ave., Boston. May 2, 8 p.m. Admission: $10. Information: 927-1715. Nationally acclaimed guitarist and composer Claudio Ragazzi offers an evening of New Tango, a new blend of South American Jazz and a refreshing new voice in Latin Jazz.
Shubert Theatre, 265 Tremont St., Boston. Through May 23. 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.
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.
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.
John F. Kennedy Library and Museum, Columbia Point, Boston. May 6, 5:30 p.m. Admission: free. Information: 929-4571. Anthony is the author of As We Remember Her: Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis in the Works of Family and Friends. The public image of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis is misleading.Behind the myths, careful biographers find a substantive, yet irreverently humorous, woman who felt uncomfortable in the public eye. She was, writers conclude, an extremely intelligent human being who adored her family, relished her privacy, possessed exquisite taste and effortless style, and pursued her interests with passion. Carl Anthony is also the author of First Ladies: The Saga of Presidential Wives and their Power, 1789-1990. His storytelling approach to history has made him a popular lecturer and news commentator.
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.
On the Surface of Things: Images in Science and Engineering by Felice Frankel.
Compton Gallery, 77 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge. Through June 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.
Museum of Our NationalHeritage
33 Marrett Rd, Lexington. Starting May 4, through September 14. Admission: free. Information: 861-6559. The Museum of Our National Heritage presents a major exhibition of Native American paintings and Southwestern Hispanic textiles. Collecting the Southwest:The Harvey Family Legacy comprises two traveling exhibitions drawn from Arizona museums in Phoenix and Flagstaff. It has been assembled from Personal Passion, Profitable Pursuit: The Katherine Harvey Collection of Native American Fine Art organized by the Museum of Northern Arizona, and the Heard Museum's Classics and Dazzlers: Textiles from the Fred Harvey Company Collection.
Botticelli's Witness: Changing Stile in a ChangingFlorence
2 Palace Rd., Boston. Through May 11. Admission: adults, $15; senior citizens, $11; college students, $9; ages 1217, $7; ages 511, $4; members, $5. Information: 734-1359. The work of Sandro Boticelli, one of the most influential artists of the Italian Renaissance, is examined in an exhibition exploring each decade of his artistic career. Changing society, politics, and religion in 15th century Florence influenced Botticelli's style. The exhibition follows his work as it evolved.
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.
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.
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.
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.