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Classical Music

MIT Faculty Series

Kresge Auditorium, 84 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge. Feb. 28, 8 p.m. Admission: free. Information: 253-9800. Pianist David Deveau will perform a program of Schubert and Brahms featuring Schubert's Impromptu in A Major, Op.142, No.2; Schubert's Klavierstück in E-flat Minor, Op. Posthumous; Schubert's Wanderer Fantasy in C, Op.15; Brahm's Intermezzi in A Minor, Op.118, Nos.1 and 2; and Brahm's Variations on a Theme by Paganini, Books I and II, Op.35

MITFaculty Concert

Killian Hall, 160 Memorial Dr., Cambridge. March 1, 7:30 p.m. Admission: free. Information: 253-9800. The rich cultural heritage of Uganda, East Africa, is vibrantly expressed by this ensemble of performers whose dance, song and unique instrumentation are rooted in authentic tradition. Performed by James Makubuya, Juliet Nabakka, Dan Ssuuna, Andrew Mangeni, and Annette Nakku.

Kecak

Kresge Auditorium, 84 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge. March 2, 2 p.m. Admission: $5, free for children under 12 and with MITID. Information: 253-9800. Experience the exhilaration and excitement of the Balinese Monkey Chant in this new version specially staged by I Nyoman Cerita. Also participate in a mass "kecak-a-long" with members of the gamelan. This program will also feature traditional music and dance of Bali.

Student Senior Recital

Killian Hall, 160 Memorial Dr., Cambridge. March 4, 8 p.m. Admission: free. Information: 253-9800. Chad Musser '97, horn. Saint-Saens, Morceau de Concert; Beethoven, Sonata for Horn and Piano; Brahms, Trio for Horn, Violin, and Piano, Op. 40. Susan Shi '97, piano; John Ito '94, viola; Patrick Yacono, piano.

AMP Student Recital

Killian Hall, 160 Memorial Dr., Cambridge. March 5, 5 p.m. Admission: free. Information: 253-9800. Jason C. Wong '99, piano. Beethoven, Sonata No. 31 in A-flat Major Op. 110; Schumann, Symphonic Etudes Op. 13; Gottschalk, Souvenir De Puerto Rico.

MIT Chapel Series

MITChapel, across from 77 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge. March 6, noon. Pentamerus Winds: Robin Baker, flute; Ronald Kaye, oboe; Carolyn Grant, clarinet; R. Whitacre Hill, horn; Leo Kenen, bassoon. Works of Andriessen, Fine, and Barber.

Tufts Music Faculty Recital

Tufts University, Alumnae Hall, Talbot Avenue, Medford. March 2, 3 p.m. Admission: free. Information: 627-3564. Peter Clemente, guitar; John Baldwin, violin; Frances Fitch, harpsichord. Works by contemporary composer Joan Tower, classical composer De La Guerre and more.

Boston Symphony Orchestra

Symphony Hall, 301 Massachusetts Ave., Boston. March 6, 8 p.m. Admission: $23­$69; open rehearsal $12.50. Information: 266-1200. Conducted by James Conlon; Maxim Vengerov, violin. PIeces include Ravel's Gaspard de la Nuit, Prokofiev's Violin Concerto No. 2, and Janácek's Sinfonietta.

Wind Soloists of the Chamber Orchestra of Europe

Jordan Hall, New England Conservatory, 20 Park Plaza, Boston. March 2, 3 p.m. Admission: $30­$40. Information: 536-2412. Program includes Hummel's Wind Octet in E-flat Major; Janácek's Mladi; Carter's Eight Etudes and a Fantasy; and Mozart's Serenade for Winds in C Minor, K. 388.

The Longy School of Music

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

The Longy Chamber Orchestra. March 4, 8 p.m. With guest conductor David Katz and cello soloist Mark Verrette perform music of Shostakovich and others.

Klavierabend. March 6, 7 p.m. The students of Longy's Piano Department present Klavierabend, featuring music from the Preparatory, Continuing, and Professional Studies Divisions, including waltzes, impromptus, and sonatas.

Boston Musica Viva

Longy School of Music's Edward Pickman Concert Hall, 27 Garden St., Cambridge. Feb. 28, 8 p.m. Admission: $17; $8 for students and seniors. Information: 353-0556. Richard Pittman, music director, presents Beyond the avant-garde: new wine in old bottles, the third concert in the Remembering the Century: From the Fin de Siècle to the Millennium series. The program includes Arnold Schoenberg's Suite, op. 29; Ellen Taaffee Zwilich Passages, with Janice Felty, mezzosoprano; and Petter Child Tableaux II.

Jazz Music

Bob the Chef's Jazz Cafe

604 Columbus Ave., Boston. Feb. 28, from 7:30 p.m. Admission: free. Information: 536-6204. The Groovin' Girls.

Essence and Friends

Tufts University, Alumnae Hall, Talbot Ave., Medford. March 1, 8 p.m. Admission: free. Information: 627-3564. An evening of soulful vocal and instrumental music by women students involved in music at Tufts. Essence and Friends is one of the premiere student music groups at Tufts, and they will perform songs by En Vogue, Sweet Honey in the Rock, Gershwin, and more.

Popular Music

Angry Salad

Middle East, 472 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge. 11 p.m. Admission: cover varies. Casual attire. All shows 18+. Information: 497-0576, 354-8238.

Film

Lecture Series Committee

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

The Celluloid Closet. Feb. 28, 7 p.m. and 10 p.m., Room 26-100. Explores the treatment of gays and lesbians in cinema, with excerpts from over 100 films and commentaries by many major motion picture artists. Narrated by Lily Tomlin.

Yojimbo. Feb. 28, 7:30 p.m, Room 10-250. Directed by Akira Kurosawa; starring Toshiro Mifune. Yojimbo (Mifune), a masterless samurai, wanders into a town to find it terrorized by two rival factions. He offers his services to the highest bidder but, uncovering treachery, he arranges events so that both sides will destroy each other. Kurosawa's love of the cinematic conventions of the Western genre shows itself in the plot and in some set-ups. This has resulted in several remakes, such as the recently released LastMan Standing.

The Mirror Has Two Faces. March 1, 7 p.m. and 10 p.m., Room 26-100. Rose (Barbara Streisand) is a professor of literature in her forties who has given up on the idea of marriage, until she meets a math professor named Gregory (Jeff Bridges). Even though Gregory simply wants a marriage of friendship, without physical affection, Rose falls in love with him and decides to try to capture the heart of the man she loves.

Bad Boys. March 2, 7 p.m. and 10 p.m., Room 26-100. Hen pecked family-man Marcus Burnet (Martin Lawrence) and smooth, wealthy ladies' man Mike Lowry (Will Smith) are Miami cops given 72 hours to reclaim $100 million worth of stolen heroin. They must track down the drugs while protecting the beautiful material witness (Tea Leone) from the bad guys.

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.

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.

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.

South Pacific

Turtle Lane Playhouse, 283 Melrose St., Newton. Through March 16. Admission: $12­$18. Information: 244-0169. Rodgers and Hammerstein musical.

Dance

Carmen

Boston Ballet, 19 Clarendon St., Boston. March 6, 7 p.m. 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."

Lectures

Dennis McFarland

Cambridge Public Library, 449 Broadway, Boston. March 4, 6 p.m. Admission: free. Information: 661-1515. Reading/booksigning of the author's latest novel, A Face at the Window. His previous novels, The Music Room and School for the Blind, were both highly acclaimed bestsellers.

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.

Inspiring Reform: Boston's Arts and Crafts Movement

Davis Museum and Cultural Center, Wellesley College, 106 Central St., Wellesley. March 6, 7-9 p.m. Admission: free. Information: 283-2034. At 7 p.m., James O'Gorman, Grace Slack McNeil, Professor of American Art, presents a short talk in the Great Hall of nearby Tower Court. At 8 p.m., Marilee Boyd Meyer, Consulting Curator of the Exhibition, presents a short talk in the Great Hall of Tower Court.

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.

Trash! Workers of the Works

The Cambridge City-wide Senior Center, 806 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge. Starting March 1, through March 31. Admission: free. Information: 349-4380. Cambridge Art Council's Massachusetts Arts Lottery recipient Ted Polumbaum presents his photographic and digital images documenting the sanitation workers of the Cambridge Public Works Department. This visual essay reveals the spirit, humor, and tireless effort of the frequently unrecognized Worker of the Works.

Fuller Museum of Art

455 Oak St., Brockton. Information: (508) 588-6000.

Dark Images. March 2, 2 p.m. Admission: $5; children free. Guest lecture by Barbara Whiteman,Founder and Executive Director of the Philadelphia Doll Museum.

Spelling Bee. March 6. Admission: free. Back for a second round ­gather your friends or co-workers and field a team for this mid-winter family party. All ages.

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

Listen & Learn Workshop

77 Massachusetts Ave., Room 6-120, Cambridge. March 2, 2­4 p.m. Admission: free. Information: 253-8800. Nightline, MIT's peer listening hotline, presents a workshop on listening and support skills. Participants will learn the approach that Nightline staffers take to peer support, and then try to apply that knowledge to a simulated dialogue. Free ice cream will be provided.