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Popular Music

Avalon

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

Mar. 27: They Might Be Giants, with Lincoln and Double Dong.

Apr. 15: Sister Hazel.

Apr. 17: The Specials.

May 2: Our Lady Peace, with Black Lab and Headswim.

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.

Somerville Theater

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

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.

Apr. 17: String Cheese Incident, Jiggle the Handle with Kellar Williams.

Apr. 23, 24: Guster, with Emmett Swimming (Apr. 23), Mysteries of Life (Apr. 24).

Apr. 26: Jonatha Brooke, with Dee Carstensen. $20.

May 8: Babatunde Olatunji, with Abdoul Doumbia and his West African Drum Ensemble.

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.

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

Apr. 24: Medeski, Martin, & Wood, and DJLogic

May 5, 6: Bonnie Raitt, with Keb Mo. $36, $26.

The Roxy

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

Apr. 1: An evening with Strangefolk. $14.

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.

Apr. 14: Funk Music Festival, featuring Maco Parker, Fishbone, and Five Fingers of Funk. $25.

Paradise Rock Club

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

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.

Apr. 7, 8: Leftover Salmon.

Apr. 11: Marc Cohn.

Apr. 13: Mono.

Apr. 16: Slipknot.

Apr. 17: Superdrag, with Apple in Stereo and Tuscadero.

Apr. 18: Chapter in Verse, with Ben Swift Band.

The Middle East

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

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 with 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. 3: The Fall, Bush Tetras, Botswanas.

Apr. 4: The Charlie Hunter Quartet, Galactica, Pound for Pound.

Apr. 5: The Elevator Drops, Godboy.

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

Apr. 9: Aaron Flynn, 3 Percent, Cottonmouth.

Apr. 10: Bim Skala Bim, Big D & the Kids Table.

Apr. 11: TR3 (featuring Tim Reynolds), Agents of Good Roots, SameAsYou.

Apr. 14: Superchunk.

Apr. 16: Third Eye Blind.

Great Woods

Tickets: 423-NEXT or 423-6000.

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

Jun. 21: WKLBBoston Country Festival, festuring Randy Travis, Joe Diffie, Martina McBride, Lee Roy Parnell, Jo Dee Messina. $28.50 pavilion, $18.50 lawn.

Aug. 26, 28, 30: Jimmy Buffett and the Coral Reefer Band. $51, $39.50 pavillion, $26 lawn. On sale Mar. 21 at 9 a.m., limit 4 pavilion, 8 lawn.

Jazz Music

Regattabar

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

Mar. 20: Roomful of Blues.

Mar. 21: Rebeccas Parris with Ian Shaw and the Kenny Hadley Big Band.

Sculler's

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

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.

Harvard-Epworth United Methodist Church

1555 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge. Information: 253-8778.

Mar. 28: Aardvark Jazz Orchestra.

Theater

Macbeth

La Sala de Puerto Rico, MITStudent Center. Tickets and Information:253-2903. Mar. 20-21. Tickets:$6 students and seniors, $8 general public. Group rates available.

Directed by Tony Simotes, MIT's Shakespeare Ensemble presents the Bard's classic tragedy.

Iolanthe

Harvard-Radcliffe Gilbert and Sullivan Players. Agassiz Theater, Radcliffe Yard, Harvard. Information: 496-HRGS. Tickets at Sanders Theater Box Office, 45 Quincy St, Cambridge. 496-2222. Apr. 2­5 and 9­11. Opening night black tie required. Closing night hack night. Produced by Jesse Kellerman and Eileen Woo. Directed by Vladimir Zelevinsky G. Music directed by David Lyczkowski.

A tale of a lovelorn sheperd, his fairy mother, her magical sisters, and their fight with the Britain's House of Lords. Combining whimsical humor, political satire, and romantic drama, "Iolanthe" is a spectacle to be remembered, featuring W.S.Gilbert sharp dialogue and highly quotable lyrics and Arthur Sullivan's hummable tunes.

Molly Sweeney

Boston Playwrights' Theatre, 949 Commonwealth Ave., Boston Information: 491-2026, through March 29. Curtain is at 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and at 2 p.m. on Sunday (March 29 only). Tickets $17 to $20; $15 for seniors and students.

The award-winning Nora Theatre Company presents the Boston premiere of Brian Friel's three-hander about a blind, married woman who, at her husband's behest, undergoes a series of operations to restore her sight. "In an almost musical counterpoint, the characters reveal the story of Molly's world before and after surgery and her clash with Śsightedness.'" Scott Edmiston, who staged Friel's Dancing at Lughnasa at Worcester Foothills Theatre, directs a cast that includes Judith McIntyre, Paul Kerry, and Richard Mawe.

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.

Wait Until Dark.

Wilbur Theatre, 246 Tremont Street, Boston. Information: 423-4008. Through March 22. Tickets are $35 to $62.50. Curtain is at 8 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, with 2 p.m. matinees on Saturday and Sunday.

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.

Oscar Wilde:Diversions and Delights

Copley Theatre, 505 Boylston Street, Boston. Information: 266-7262. Through April 5. Curtain is at 8 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday, with 3 p.m. matinees on Saturday and Sunday. Tickets are $29.50 to $38.50.

A one-person show written by John Gay and featuring well-known West Coast theater veteran Ken Ruta as the eminently quotable author of The Importance of Being Earnest. The play is set in 1899 in a dilapidated Paris opera hall which Wilde, impoverished, disgraced, and exiled following his stint in prison for sodomy, has rented for a lecture in pursuit of quick cash.

The Search for Signs of Intelligent Life in the Universe

Threshold Theater at the Boston Center for the Arts, 539 Tremont Street, Boston. Information: 426-0320. Through April 4. Curtain is at 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and at 2 p.m. on Sunday. Tickets are $15; $12 for seniors and students.

Kate Caffrey heads an ensemble staging of Jane Wagner's play. Lily Tomlin played all the parts in the original version, from Trudy the Bag Lady, giving her extraterrestrial companions an introduction to earth, to unemployed aerobics addict Chrissy to angry young performance artist Agnus Angst to earnest Lynn, whose feminist journey is a play in itself.

The Taming of the Shrew

American Repertory Theatre at the Loeb DramaCenter, 64 Brattle Street, Cambridge. Information: 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

"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." Through Mar. 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.

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre

April 14 through 19 at the Wang Center. Call 482-6661 for information.

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 Ś70s 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 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, noon­6 p.m.; Friday, noon­8 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 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."

Talks

Poetry and Music:Emily Dickinson

Mar. 30, 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Killian Hall (14W-111).

A joint literature and music lecture will be offered by Professor of Literature John Hildebidle and Professor Music and Theater Arts Peter Child. The talk will focus on the poetry of Emily Dickinson and how to set it to music.

The class will feature a performance of Peter Child's "Emily Dickinson Songs" by Janna Baty, soprano, and Elaine Chew G, piano and will including the premiere of two new songs. The lecture is part of Hildebidle's class Major Poets (21L.004), and is made possible by the Kelly Fund at MIT.