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On The Town


On The Town

Classical Music

MIT Faculty Concert

Killian Hall, 160 Memorial Dr., Cambridge. Feb. 21, 8 p.m. Admission: free. Information: 253-9800. Margaret O'Keefe, soprano; Charles Shadle, piano.

Songs by Schumann, Mompou, Shadle, Persichetti, Fiday, Cohen and songs from The Lion King.

Student Recitals

Killian Hall, 160 Memorial Dr., Cambridge. Admission: free. Information: 253-9800.

Feb. 23, 3 p.m. Eric Sawyer, piano; Bayla Keyes, violin; and He-Kun Wu, cello. Eric Sawyer's Selections from Twelve Piano Pieces, Sonata for Violin and Piano, and the Sonata for Cello and Piano by Caesar Franck.

Feb. 26, 5 p.m. Admission: free. Information: 253-9800. Chris Rohrs '99, clarinet. Schumann, Fantasiestücke Op. 73, Lutoslawski, Five Dance Preludes, John Yi '97, piano; Copland, Concerto for Clarinet and String Orchestra, Cathy Labelle (G), piano.

MITString Sinfonietta

Killian Hall, 160 Memorial Dr., Cambridge. Feb. 24, 8 p.m. Admission: free. In their Sinfonietta debut concert, student musicians perform Bach's Brandenburg Conerto #3, Britten's Simple Symphony, and Grieg's Holberg Suite.

MIT Chapel Series

MITChapel, across from 77 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge. Feb. 20, noon. Mark Small and Robert Torres, guitar duo. Music of Grieg, Bach, DeFalla, Bellinatti.

The Longy School of Music

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

Opera at Longy. Feb. 21­22, 8 p.m. Directed by Donna Roll, presents opera scenes and arias by Mozart, Beethoven, Puccini, Verdi,

and others.

Schubert Celebration Series. Feb. 23, 7 p.m. Cellist Ronald Lowry and pianist Ossie Borosh perform the Sonata in A Minor, D. 821 (Arpeggione). Borosh will also perform Four Impromptus, D. 935. Violinist Eric Rosenblith and pianist Gabriel Chodos will perform the Fantasy in C Major, D 934.

Faculty Artist Series. Feb. 27, 8 p.m. Dana Mazurkevich, violin, performs with guest artists the Leontóvych String Quartet.

Jazz Music

Jazz Vespers

University Lutheran Church, 66 Winthrop St., Cambridge. Feb. 16, 6 p.m. Admission: free. Information: 876-3256. Music and meditation in the night, featuring the Jeff Robinson Trio.

Popular Music

Bad Taste '97

77 Massachusetts Ave., Room 10-250, Cambridge. Feb. 21, 11:59 p.m. Admission: free. Information: 437-7795. Chorallaries' annual concert.

Middle East

472 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge. 9 p.m. Admission: cover varies. Casual attire. All shows 18+. Information: 497-0576, 354-8238.

Feb. 14: Lilys, Syrup USA.

Feb.15: Lyres, The Prissteens, Devotions.

Feb. 16: Residency Series with Buttercup, Chris Colbourn, Voodoo Glow Skulls.

Feb. 17: Apartment Three, The Blue Route, Scott Mackey.

Feb. 18: Spacetruck, Unionsuit, Glans.

Feb. 19: The Doosies, Sameasyou, Movable.

Feb. 20: Cambridge Concerts for Housing Justice.

Feb. 21: Miracle Legion, Humidifiers, Lockgroove Lullaby.

Film

Lecture Series Committee

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

Fargo. Feb. 21, 7 p.m. and 10 p.m., Room 26-100. A charmingly dark comedy about a Minnesota car dealer who schemes to extort money from his rich father-in-law. When things begin to go sour, Marge, a pregnant cop from upstate, follows a trail of clues to his doorstep.

The 39 Steps. Feb. 21, 7:30 p.m, Room 10-250. Directed by Alfred Hitchcock; starring Robert Donat. A secret service agent is assassinated in the London apartment of Richard Hannay (Donat), but Hannay manages to escape both the police and the assassins in order to find the members of the spy ring called "The 39 Steps" in Scotland and thus clear his name. This film is Hitchcock's most famous work of his English period.

Twelfth Night. Feb. 22, 7 p.m. and 10 p.m., Room 26-100. An update of Shakespeare's comedy of the late 19th century. It is an entertaining, fast-paced story of mistaken identity, cross-dressing, and unrequited love.

Of Mice and Men. Feb. 23, 7 p.m. and 10 p.m., Room 26-100. Based on Steinbeck's novel, this film tells of George and his dimwitted brother, Lennie, as they travel across the country as migrant workers. Lennie, who doesn't know his own strength, doesn't understand why he ends up causing trouble wherever they go. Stars Gary Sinise and John Malkovich.

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.

Legacy of a Dream: Martin Luther King. Narrated by James Earl Jones, this film shows the historic chronology of the events that secured the vote for African Americans and led to the death of a great leader. Showing Feb. 21.

Eyewitness: The U.S. vs Mississippi. The story of James Meredith and the Kennedy Administration's struggle to de-segregate the University of Mississippi. Features interviews by, among others, a very young Dan Rather in one of his earliest assignments. Showing Feb. 22.

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.

Belle de Jour

The French Library and CulturalCenter, 53 Marlborough St., Boston. Feb. 21, 8 p.m. Admission: members, $10; non-members, $6; 10-pass, $40. Information: 266-4351. In French with English subtitles. Film directed by Luis Buñuel, with Catherine Deneuve, Jean Sorel, Michel Piccoli. Buñuel's wry and disturbing tale of a virginal newlywed who works the day shift in a high-class Parisian brothel, unknown to her patient husband.

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.

Openings

A Performance of No Exit

The French Library and CulturalCenter, 53 Marlborough St., Boston. Feb. 22, 6:30 p.m. Admission: $6; members, students, and seniors, $4.Information: 266-4351. In English. Play in one act conceived and directed by Julian Cairol, with the No Exit players. There are no racks, red-hot tongs, nor other instruments of torture in hell, as it is supposed, but out-of-fashion armchairs in a Second Empire drawing-room where the condemned sinners, Garcin, Ines, and Estelle are received. As we follow the hallucinating development of the play, however, we discover that the instruments of torture really do exist. The performance will be accompanied by musical illustration played by Lucienne Davidson.

Ongoing Theater

On the Town

Student Center La Sala de Puerto Rico (84 Massachusetts Ave). Feb. 14­15 and Feb 20­22, 8 p.m.; Feb 16, 2 p.m. MIT Musical Theatre Guild production of show by Leonard Bernstein, Betty Comden, and Adolph Green which follows the one-day shore leave of three sailors anxious to see the "sights and lights" of New York City. $9; MIT faculty and staff and other students, $8; MIT/Wellesley students, $6 (discount of $1/ticket for groups of 10 or more). 253-6294 or e-mail mtg-tickets@mit.edu.

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

Dance Troupe Breaking Bounds Concert

Little Kresge, Rear 48 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge. Feb. 21, 8 p.m.; Feb. 22, 8 p.m.; Feb. 23, 2 p.m. Admission: $4 in advance; $5 at the door for MIT community; non-MIT add $1 to the ticket price. Information: 225-8744. A Dance Troupe special concert showcasing works by professional dance choreographers and dancers, as well as favorites from Dance Troupe's performing past.

Lectures

The City is a Landscape: Urban Design and Landscape Architecture

77 Massachusetts Ave., Room 10-250, Cambridge. Feb. 25, 6:30 p.m. Admission: free. Information: 253-7791. Lecture by Laurie Olin, landscape architect.

Virtuality and Vaudeville: Think-a-Drink Hoffman meets the World Wide Web

Bartos Theatre, 20 Ames St., Cambridge. Feb. 22, 3 p.m. Admission: free. Information: 253-4680. This talk, being presented in connection with the current LVAC exhibition "Port: Navigating Digital Culture" (artnetweb.com/ PORT), will discuss links between turn-of-the-century vaudeville and turn-of-the-millennium digital culture while charting, historically and metaphysically, the differences between these popular social technologies. The point is to endow the Web with a sense of history while noting what has shifted in cultural experience from the days of Think-a-Drink Hoffman to the present of America Online, and the burgeoning of digital, interactive artwork.

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: Re-Defining 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.

Herb Ritt's Work. Several works of the renowned photographer. Through Feb. 23.

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.

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.

Supermercado

Children's Museum, Museum Wharf, 300 Congress St., Boston. Tues.­Sun., 10 a.m.­5 p.m.; Fri. until 9 p.m. Admission: $7; ages 2­15 and seniors, $6; 1-year-olds, $2. Information: 426-8855. Latin American supermarket exhibit.

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.

Invaluable Prints

Fogg Art Museum, 32 Quincy St., Cambridge. Through March 2: 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. Works by Durer, Canaletto, Daumier, Manet, Winslow Homer, Jasper Johns, and others that are worth comparatively little on the art market but are priceless as teaching tools at Harvard.

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.

Events

Skating on the Public Garden

Public Garden Lagoon, Boston Common. Through Feb. 23: Fri., 4­9 p.m.; Sat, Sun., and holidays, 10 a.m.­8 p.m. Information: 635-4505. Skate rentals available.