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Popular Music

Avalon

15 Lansdowne St., Boston. Tickets: 931-2000. Info: 262-2424.

Mar. 67: Sandra Bernhard: One Woman Show - Aim Here...Damn It. $35 general admission.

Mar. 11: Ben Harper and The Innocent Criminals, with Finley Quaye. $12. Sold out.

Berklee Performace Center

136 Massachusetts Ave, Boston. Tickets: 931-2000.

Mar. 21: Victoria Williams, with Chris Stills. $19.50.

The Palladium

261 Main Street, Worcester. Tickets: 423-NEXT.

Apr. 11: Squirrel Nut Zippers. $17.50, on sale Mar. 6 at 10 a.m.

Somerville Theater

Davis Square, Cambridge. Tickets: 628-3390 or 931-2000.

Mar. 7: 9th Annual Winter Folk Festival, featuring Moxy Fruvous, Jim's Big Ego, June Rich, Peter Mulvey, Kevin So, and Jess Klein. $16 and $15, students and seniors $2 off, add $1 day of show.

Mar. 21: 6th Annual Festival of Women Songwriters, featuring Mindy Jostyn, Mica Richards, Faith Soloway, Elizabeth Von Trapp, and Eddie from Ohio. $16 and $15, students and seniors $2 off, add $1 day of show.

Providence Civic Center

1 LaSalle Square, Providence. Tickets: 931-2000.

Apr. 4, 5: Phish. $25. Both shows sold out.

The Orpheum Theatre

Hamilton Place, Boston. Tickets: 423-NEXT. Information:679-0810.

Mar. 19: G. Love and Special Sauce, with Alana Davis. $18.50.

Apr. 3: Steve Miller Band. $36, $26.

The Roxy

279 Tremont Street, Boston. Tickets: 931-2000. Information: 281-6946.

Apr. 1: An evening with Strangefolk. $14. On sale 3/3 at 10 a.m.

Apr. 5: Reverend Horton Heat, with face to Face & The Mighty Blue Kings. $16.50.

Apr. 10: Spring Funk Fest, featuring Liquid Soul and Brooklyn Funk Essentials. $20 advance, $23 door.

Tsongas Arena

Lowell, 27 miles northwest of Boston. Tickets: 931-2000.

Mar. 6: Swatch Sno-Core 98 Tour featuring Primus, Blink-182, Tha Alkaholiks, The Aquabats. $22.50.

Paradise Rock Club

967 Commonwealth Ave., Boston. Tickets: 423-NEXT. Information: 562-8800.

Mar. 6: Chantal Kreviazuk.

Mar. 7: Rustic Overtones, with Everything and Canine.

Mar. 13: Jen Trynin, with Gravel Pit.

Mar. 15: Sawdoctors.

Mar. 17: rubyhorse.

Mar. 19: "Band 2 Band Combat" featuring Entrain, Heavy Metal Horns, Rippopotumus, Jiggle The Handle.

Mar. 20: Fat Bag, with Epileptic Disco.

Mar. 22: Joe Satriani, with The Derek Trucks Band.

Mar. 25: The Aware Tour featuring Gibb Droll, Thanks to Gravity, Train.

Mar. 27: Space Monkeys, with Ivy.door.

Mar. 28: Splashdown, with Betwixt.

Apr. 1: Whiskeytown.

Apr. 3: Percy Hill.

Apr. 4: Babaloo, with John Browns Army.

The Middle East

472 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge. Information: 497-0576.

Mar. 6: Chelsea On Fire, Victory at Sea, Juneau, Claymore, Los Conquistadors, Quintaine Americana, Scissorfight, Porter, Los Conquistadors, Cathode, Beef.

Mar. 7: Lettuce, EKG, Elements, Sammy.

Mar. 8: Toy Dolls, Showcase Showdown, 30 Seconds Over Tokyo.

Mar. 11: Mephiskapheles, Racketball.

Mar. 12: The Ventures, The Fathoms.

Mar. 13: Slipknot.

Mar. 14: Allstonians, Big Bad Bollocks, Conehead Buddha.

Mar. 16: Blanks 77, Against All Authority, Razorwire, Saturday's Heroes.

Mar. 17: The Rackateers, Brooklyn Bums, The Agents .

Mar. 19: Mors Syphilitica , The Moors, Reflecting Skin, Sabot.

Mar. 20: Rocket From The Crypt.

Mar. 21: The Damned, Tura Satana, Man Will Surrender.

Mar. 22: John Brown's Body, Motion, The Mighty Charge.

Mar. 25: Lagwagon, Ducky Boys, Carpet Patrol.

Mar. 26: Hypnotic Clambake, Smokin Grass, Acoustic Syndicate, Larry Keel Experience.

Mar. 27: Canine, Viper House, Miracle Orchestra.

Mar. 28: Helium, Sleater-Kinney, Fan Modine.

Mar. 29: Sleater-Kinney, Helium.

Mar. 31: Rorshack Multi-Media Event w/ Roger Miller of Binary System, Jake Trussle of Toneburst Collective.

Apr. 1: Los Fabulosos Cadillacs, Cherry Poppin' Daddies.

Apr. 2: Skatalites, Let's Go Bowling.

Apr. 4: The Charlie Hunter Quartet, Galactica.

Apr. 6: The Promise Ring, Jimmy Eat World.

Apr. 11: TR3 (featuring Tim Reynolds).

Apr. 24: Dick Dale.

Apr. 29: Nashville Pussy, Gaunt, Cosmic Psychos

Great Woods

Tickets: 423-NEXT or 423-6000.

Jun. 3, 5: James Taylor. $36 pavilion, $20 lawn.

Folk Music

Club Passim

47 Palmer Street, Harvard Square, Cambridge. Tickets: 492-7679.

Mar. 6: Lucy Kaplansky, 7pm & 10pm.

Mar. 7: Jules Shear.

Mar. 8: Billy Novick & Guy Van Duser.

Mar. 9: Anatolia with Najeeb Shaheen.

Mar. 10: Open Mike.

Mar. 11: Raelinda Woad performs "And Single People Are From Earth (A One Woman Show About Being One Woman)"

Mar. 12: Deb Pasternak.

Mar. 13: Ratsy (CD Release), with Chris Elliott.

Mar. 14: Howard Armstrong.

(617) 492-7679.

Classical Music

Boston Symphony Orchestra

Symphony Hall, 301 Massachusetts Ave., Boston. 266-1492, 266-1200. Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays, 8 p.m.; Fridays, 1:30 p.m. $23-$71; rush seats $7.50 day of concert, on sale Fridays from 9 a.m., Tuesdays and Thursdays from 5 p.m. Free tickets for MITstudents Tuesday evenings and Friday afternoons. Call 638-9478 for ticket availability.

Mahler's Symphony No. 3 on Mar. 6, 7, 10 at 8 p.m.

Boston Lyric Opera

Emerson Majestic Theater, 219 Tremont St., Boston. 542-OPRA. Tickets: $25-$98.

Jules Massenet's Werther on Mar. 6, 10 at 7:30 p.m., Mar. 8 at 3 p.m.

Jazz Music

Regattabar

Charles Hotel, Harvard Sq., Cambridge. 661-5000.

Mar. 6, 7: The Eddie Palmieri Septet.

Mar. 10: Crosscurrent, Luciana Souza.

Mar. 11: The Odeon Pope Trio.

Mar. 12: Sergio Brandao and Manga-Rosa.

Mar. 13, 14, 15: The Jazz Passengers, with special guest vocalist Debbie Harry.

Sculler's

400 Soldiers Field Rd., Boston. Tickets: 931-2000. Info: 562-4111.

Mar. 6, 7: Stanley Turrentine Quintet.

Mar. 11: Annie Royer.

Mar. 12: Chuck Loeb

Mar. 13, 14: Danilo Perez Ensemble.

Mar. 18: Everett Harp.

Mar. 19: Carol O'Shaughnessy, Jan Peters, and John O'Neil.

Mar. 20, 21: Jimmy Scott.

Mar. 25: Carol Akerson, with Bob Winter and Herb Pomeroy.

Mar. 26, 27: Monty Alexander and Yard Movement.

Mar. 29: Fatal Mambo.

Apr. 1: Bo Winiker Band, with Harb Pomeroy.

Apr. 5: Fairport Convention.

Apr. 18, 19: Chuck Mangione.

University Lutheran Church

66 Winthrop St., Harvard Square, Cambridge. Info: 876-3256.

Mar. 15: Evening Prayer, featuring Blue Note recording artist Makanda Ken McIntyre, with Makanda Ken McIntyre, reeds; John Kordalewski, piano; Brian McCree, bass; Bobby Ward, drums.

Film

Lecture Series Committee

The Man with the Golden Arm (1955). Mar. 6, 7:30 p.m., 10-250.

Kiss the Girls. Mar. 6, 7 & 10 p.m., 26-100. Mar. 8, 7 p.m., 26-100.

Tomorrow Never Dies. Mar. 7, 7 & 10 p.m., 26-100. Mar 8, 10 p.m., 26-100.

Theater

Blue Man Group

Charles Playhouse, 74 Warrenton Street, Boston. 426-6912. Playing indefinitely. Curtain is at 8 p.m. on Wednesday and Thursday, at 7 and 10 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, and at 3 and 6 p.m. on Sunday. There are additional performances at 4 p.m. on February 20 and 21. Tickets $35 to $45.

It would be difficult and unfair to catalogue fully the antics of the Drama Desk Award-winning trio of cobalt-painted bald pates who have settled into long runs Off Broadway and at the Charles Playhouse. They begin their delightful and deafening evening of anti-performance art beating drums that are also deep buckets of primary paint, so that sprays of color jump from the instruments like breaking surf, and end by engulfing the spectatorship in tangles of toilet paper.

In the Jungle of Cities

American Repertory Theatre at the Loeb Drama Center, 64 Brattle Street, Cambridge. 547-8300, through Mar. 14. Curtain is at 8 p.m. on Mar. 6, 7, 10, 11, 13, and 14; at 7 p.m. on Mar. 1 and 8; and at 2 p.m. on Mar. 1, 7, 8, and 14. Tix $22 to $52; senior and student discounts available.

Robert Woodruff, who directed the premieres of several Sam Shepard plays and staged a stunning 1991 Baal at Trinity Rep, helms this production of Brecht's play in a new translation by Paul Schmidt. Written in 1922 and set in the playwright's idea of a seedy Chicago, the play is billed as "a poetic meditation on the ideals and harsh realities of the American dream." The cast includes that Click and Clack of the ART, Alvin Epstein and Jeremy Geidt, as well as The Bacchae's Randy Danson.

Wait Until Dark.

Wilbur Theatre, 246 Tremont Street, Boston (423-4008), through March 22. Tickets are $35 to $62.50. Curtain is at 8 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday (except Thursday March 5, at 7 p.m.), with 2 p.m. matinees on Saturday (excepting February 28) and Sunday; there is an additional evening performance at 7:30 p.m. on Sunday March 1.

Oscar winners Quentin Tarantino and Marisa Tomei star in this Broadway-bound revival of Frederick Knott's 1966 thriller about a blind woman menaced by a real scary guy. Leonard (Master Class) Foglia directs.

The Male Intellect (An Oxymoron)

57 Theatre, 200 Stuart Street, Boston. 426-4499. Playing through March 15. Curtain is at 8 p.m. on Thursday and Friday, at 7 and 9:30 p.m. on Saturday, and at 3 p.m. on Sunday. Tickets are $29.50 to $34.50; $20 on Wednesdays.

Following successful runs in Denver and Chicago, playwright and actor Robert Dubac settled into Boston with his one-man comedy about a recently jilted guy trying to answer the Freudian query "What do women want?" in order to get his girl back. Dubac straddles the genre, if not the gender, gap with a piece that hovers somewhere between theater and stand-up, as he plays not only new lonelyheart Bobby but also a quintet of chauvinist mentors who have contributed to making him a candidate for remedial romance. The premise is pretty silly and the development schematic, but Dubac is a witty, likable performer whose routines about male thinking are amusing if not profound.

The Taming of the Shrew

American Repertory Theatre at the Loeb DramaCenter, 64 Brattle Street, Cambridge. 547-8300, through March 21. Curtain is at 8 p.m. on Mar. 12, and 17 through 21, and at 7 p.m. on Mar. 15; there are matinees at 2 p.m. on Mar. 15 and 21 and at 10 a.m. on Mar. 18 and 19. Tickets are $22 to $52; discounts for seniors and students.

Andrei Serban, who helmed such memorable American Repertory Theatre outings as "The Three Sisters" and "The King Stag", makes his mark on the Bard's politically incorrect comedy in which mercenary wooer Petruchio "tames" a headstrong wife. Surprisingly, Serban does not send up the play's most troublesome speech, ex-shrew Katharina's 44-line ode to female abasement; instead he makes it part of a rite of mutual surrender and marital complicity. Kristin Flanders and Don Reilly, who first unleashed their combined Life Force locally in last season's Man and Superman, are a well-matched Kate and Petruchio, but even a pair as talented as they have trouble establishing themselves as the headliners of this zany circus of Shakespearean sexism and directorial invention. You may be incensed, but you won't be bored.

Boston Ballet

"Body Electric," features Lila York's thunderous Irish tribute "Celts," Twyla Tharp's "Waterbaby Bagatelles," and a world premiere by Boston Ballet principal dancer Laszlo Berdo. Through Mar. 12, at the Wang Center, 270 Tremont Street, Boston. Tickets: 931-ARTS, $12.50 to $69.

"Ode to Joy," featuring Lila York's uplifting premiere of same name, set to Beethoven's celebrated choral work, George Balanchine's "Capriccio for Piano and Orchestra," and Daniel Pelzig's "Cantabile." Mar. 19-29.

Dance Umbrella

"Jazz Tap/Hip-Hop: Cool Heat with an Urban Beat," born out of an understanding that a stage can share rapid fire taps with handstands, headspins and splits, by artistic director Jeremy Alliger. Mar. 19 at 7 p.m., Mar. 20 and 21 at 8 p.m., Mar 22 at 2 p.m. at the Emerson Majestic Theatre, 219 Tremont St., Boston.. Tickets: 824-8000, student rush on day of show. Info: 482-7570.

Exhibits

Museum of Science

Science Park, Boston. 723-2500, Daily, 9 a.m.5 p.m.; Fri., 9 a.m.9 p.m.; Saturday through Sunday, 9 a.m.5 p.m. Admission $9, $7 for children 314 and seniors. Free with MITID. Admission to Omni, laser, and planetarium shows is $7.50, $5.50 for children and seniors.

The Museum features the theater of electricity and more than 600 hands-on exhibits. Ongoing: "Discovery Center," "Investigate! A See-For-Yourself Exhibit," "Welcome to the Universe." Through Apr. 26: "Balancing Acts."

Through May 3: "Living on the Edge." Feb. 18, at 7 p.m.: "Reminiscences: McKinley-Matterhorn-Everest," lecture by Bradford Washburn.

Now showing in the theaters: "Laser Space Odyssey," Friday through Sunday, 5:30 p.m. "Laser Grateful Dead," Sunday, 8 p.m.; "Laser Rage Fest," Thursday through Saturday, 9:15 p.m.; "Pink Floyd: The Wall," Friday through Saturday. at 10:30 p.m.; "Laser Doors," Sunday at 9:15 p.m.

Museum of Fine Arts

465 Huntington Ave., Boston. 267-9300, Monday through Tuesday, 10 a.m.4:45 p.m.; Wednesday, 10 a.m.9:45 p.m.; Thursday through Friday, 10 a.m.5 p.m.; Saturday through Sunday., 10 a.m.5:45 p.m. West Wing open Thursday through Friday until 9:45 p.m. Admission $10, $8 for students and seniors, children under 17 are free; $2 after 5 p.m. Thursday through Friday, free Wednesday after 4 p.m. Monday through Friday, free with MITID.

Introductory walks through all collections begin at 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.; "Asian, Egyptian, and Classical Walks" begin at 11:30 a.m.; "American Painting and Decorative Arts Walks" begin at 12:30 p.m.; "European Painting and Decorative Arts Walks" begin at 2:30 p.m.; Introductory tours are also offered Sat. at 11 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.

Ongoing exhibitions: "Beyond the Screen: Chinese Furniture of the 16th and 17th Centuries"; "The Art of Africa, Oceana, and the Ancient Americas."

Through Apr. 12: "America Draws."

Computer Museum

300 Congress St., Boston. 423-6758 or 426-2800, Tues.-Sun., 10 a.m.5 p.m. Admission $7, $5 for students and seniors, free for children under 5. Half-price admission on Sunday from 35 p.m. Tours daily of "Walk Through Computer 2000," a working two-story model of a PC. Museum features a collection of vintage computers and robots with over 150 hands-on exhibits illustrating the evolution, use, and impact of computers. Featured exhibits include "The Hacker's Garage," a recreation of a 70s hacker's garage with such items as an Apple I and Pong, "The Networked Planet: Traveling the Information Highway," an electronic tour of the Internet; "Robots and Other Smart Machines," an interactive exhibition of artificial intelligence and robots, and "Tools & Toys: The Amazing Personal Computer"; "People and Computers: which Milestones of a Revolution," explores a number of ways computers impact everyday life.

Through May 31: "Wizards and their Wonders: Portraits in Computing."

Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum

280 The Fenway, Boston. 566-1401. Tuesday through Sunday. 11 a.m.5 p.m. Admission $10, $7 for seniors, $5 for students with ID ($3 on Wednesday), free for children under 18. The museum houses more than 2500 art objects, with emphasis on Italian Renaissance and 17th-century Dutch works. Among the highlights are works by Rembrandt, Botticelli, Raphael, Titian, and Whistler. Guided tours given Fridays at 2:30 p.m.

Through Apr. 26: "Titian and Rubens: Power, Politics, Style."

Swatch Museum

57 JFK St., Cambridge. 864-1227. Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m.8 p.m.; Sun., noon5 p.m.

Ongoing: Swatch watches by Keith Haring, Christian LaCroix, Sam Francis, and others.

MITMuseum

265 Massachusetts Ave. 253-4444. Tuesday through Friday, 10 a.m.5 p.m.; Sat.Sun., noon-5 p.m. Admission $3.

Ongoing: "Gestural Engineering: The Sculpture of Arthur Ganson"; "Lightforest: The Holographic Rainforest"; "Holography: Artists and Inventors"; "MIT Hall of Hacks," chronicles of MIT's history of pranks, wit, and wizardry; "Light Sculptures by Bill Parker"; "Math in 3D: Sculptures by Morton G. Bradley, Jr."; "MathSpace," a hands-on exploration of geometry.

Through Feb. 22: "Unfolding the Light: The Evolution of Ten Holographers."

Through June 14: "Piranesi in Perspective: Designing the Icons of an Age."

List Visual Arts Center

Wiesner Building, 20 Ames St. 253-4400, Tuesday through Thursday, Saturday through Sunday, noon-6 p.m.; Friday, noon-8 p.m. Through Mar. 22: Francesc Torres, "The Repository of Absent Flesh" and "The Fury of the Saints;" Wendy Jacob with Temple Grandin, "The Squeeze Chair Project."

Rhode Island School of Design

224 Benefit St., Providence, RI. Museum of Art. 401-454-6502, Wednesday through Thursday and Saturday through Sunday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Friday 10 a.m.8 p.m. Admission $2, $1 for seniors.

Through Mar. 8: "Utagawa Kuniyoshi: The Dyed Image."

Through Apr. 5: "Working the Stone: Process and Progress of Lithography."

Through Apr. 19: works by Geoffrey Beene.

Through Apr. 26: "Artistic Expressions from the Human Spirit: Selections from the Nancy Sayles Day Collection of Modern Latin-American Art."

Ongoing: "Color and Form: 20th Century American Paintings from the Permanent Collection."

Woods-Gerry Gallery, 62 Prospect St. Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m.4 p.m.; Sunday, 25 p.m. Through Feb. 15: "Sculpture Department Exhibition."

Discounts

International Student Excange Identity Card (ISE).

The card now offers $50 off any airfare to Europe. The annual fee for a card is $20, and offers discounts on admission prices to museums, theaters, castles, and reduced prices at student hotels. There is no age limit for the card. Info: (800) 255-1000, http://www.isecard.com. To purchase, (888) ISE-CARD.