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Popular Music

Avalon

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

Apr. 6: Hootie and the Blowfish.

Apr. 15: Sister Hazel.

Apr. 17: The Specials.

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

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.

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

Apr. 23: Guster and Emmett Swimming

Apr. 24: Mysteries of Life (24).

Apr. 26: Jonatha Brooke and Dee Carstensen. $20.

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

The Orpheum Theatre

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

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

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

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

The Roxy

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

Apr. 5: Reverend Horton Heat, Face to Face, and 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.

Apr. 3: Percy Hill and The View.

Apr. 4: Babaloo and John Browns Army.

Apr. 7, 8: Leftover Salmon.

Apr. 11: Marc Cohn.

Apr. 13: Mono.

Apr. 16: Slipknot.

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

Apr. 18: Chapter in Verse and Ben Swift Band.

Apr. 23: Formula and Radio and Professor and Mission.

Apr. 29: The Slip and Dr. Didge.

May 2: Robin Trower.

The Middle East

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

Apr. 3: The Fall, Bush Tetras, and Botswanas.

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

Apr. 5: The Elevator Drops and Godboy.

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

Apr. 8: Samiam

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

Apr. 10: Bim Skala Bim and Big D and the Kids Table.

Apr. 11: TR3 (featuring Tim Reynolds), Agents of Good Roots, and 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, featuring Randy Travis, Joe Diffie, Martina McBride, Lee Roy Parnell, and Jo Dee Messina. $28.50 pavilion, $18.50 lawn.

Jul. 18: Metallica, Days of the New, and Jerry Cantrell. $43 pavilion, $31 lawn.

Harborlights Pavilion

Tickets: 423-NEXT or 423-6000.

Aud. 26: Vince Gill. $38.50 and $28.50.

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.

Apr. 3, 4, 14: Lieberson, Piano Concerto No. 2 (world premiere; commissioned by the BSO); Dvorak, Symphony No. 7. Seiji Ozawa, conductor, Peter Serkin, piano.

Apr. 811: J.S. Bach, "St. Matthew" Passion; Seiji Ozawa, conductor, John Mark Ainsley, tenor, Wolfgang Holzmair, baritone, Christiane Oelze, soprano, Nathalie Stutzmann, contralto, Kurt Streit, tenor, David Wilson-Johnson, bass-baritone, Tanglewood Festival Chorus, John Oliver, conductor, Boys of Performing Artists at Lincoln School, Johanna Hill Simpson, artistic director.

Jazz Music

Regattabar

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

Apr. 3, 4:The Mike Stern Quartet.

Apr. 7: Brasilerinho.

Apr. 8: The Lello Molinari Quartet.

Apr. 9, 10: The Johnny Griffin Quartet.

Apr. 11: The Hilton Ruiz Quartet.

Sculler's

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

Apr. 3, 4: Gil Scott-Heron and The Amnesia Express.

Apr. 5: Fairport Convention.

Apr. 8: Ravi Coltrane Quartet.

Apr. 9-11: Ray Brown Trio andMarlena Shaw.

Apr. 15: All-Star Tribute to Art Blakey featuring Terrence Blanchard, Benny Golson, Curtis Fuller, Geoff Keezer, Peter Washington, and Lewis Nash.

Apr. 16: The Bruce Katz Band.

Apr. 17:Livingston Taylor.

Apr. 18, 19: Chuck Mangione.

Theater

Iolanthe

Harvard-Radcliffe Gilbert and Sullivan Players. Agassiz Theater, Radcliffe Yard, Harvard. Apr. 3-5 and 9-11. Opening night black tie required. Closing night hack night. Information: 496-HRGS. Tickets at Sanders Theater Box Office, 45 Quincy Street, Cambridge. (617) 296-2222. 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, highly quotable lyrics, and Arthur Sullivan's hummable tunes.

Amarelo

Theatre-Studio, Inc., 750 8th Avenue, Suite 200 (near 46th St), New York, NY. (212) 719-0500. Apr. 4, 18 at 8 p.m., Apr. 5, 19, May 3 at 2 p.m., May 2 at 5 p.m. $12.

A play by Paulo A. Pereira '95, directed by Charles Armesto '97. Amarelo tells the tale of Conceicao, a passionate woman from the Portuguese Azores Islands who struggles to achieve her dreams through the unexpected joys and sorrows of her life. In this play about hope, loss, and holding on to one's roots, we see her story unfold magically as we sail through time from Conceicao's life in Sao Miguel, Azores, to New Bedford, Massachusetts.

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.

Oscar Wilde:Diversions and Delights

Copley Theatre, 505 Boylston Street (corner of Clarendon), Boston. 266-7262, through April 5. Curtain is at 8 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday, with 3 p.m. matinees on Saturday and Sunday. Tickets: $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 living in exile, following his prison stint 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. 426-0320, through April 4. Curtain is at 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and at 2 p.m. on Sunday. Tickets: $15; $12 for seniors and students.

Kate Caffrey helms an ensemble staging of Jane Wagner's play in the original production of which Lily Tomlin played all the parts, 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.

Dance

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 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 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."

MITArts

Apr. 3: Yamada-Ryu Sokyoku, Japanese classical chamber music for voice, koto, and shakuhachi and the Eurasia Ensemble, Turkish classical music, performed on traditional instruments. 7 p.m Killian Hall. Free.

Apr. 4: Annual meeting of the New England Chapter of the Society for Ethnomusicology. 9 a.m.5 p.m. Killian Hall. Admission: $15 at the door. Information: (860) 465-5187.

Apr. 4: MITCAN, MIT's East African Ensemble, James Makubuya, Director, presents traditional music and dance of Uganda and KINIWE, Tufts University's West African Ensemble, David Locke, Director, presents traditional music and dance of the Ewe and Dagbamba people of Ghana. 7 p.m., Wong Auditorium. Free.

Apr. 4: South Asian Cultural Show, sponsored by SAAS and Sangam. Featuring dance, music, drama and other performing arts from the countries of India, Pakistan, Nepal, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh. 7 p.m., Kresge Auditorium. Admission: $4, students free. Information: x5-8611.

Apr. 4: Trichur Ramachandran, Carnatic vocalist, with G. Chandramauli, violin, Umayalpuram Mahalingam, mridangam. This distinguished South Indian singer combines a prodigious technique with a graceful and atmospheric presentation. 4 p.m.,Room 6-120. Free. Information: x8-7971.

Apr. 6: AMP Student Recital. Petra S. Chong '99, horn; Jaemin Rhee, piano; Jo Marie G. Sison '01, violin. Works of Glazunov, Beethoven and Brahms. 5 p.m., Killian Hall. Free.

Apr. 8: Brass Ensemble. Lawrence Isaacson, Director. A wild romp for brass and percussion featuring a World premiere performance of a new piece by Michael H. Weinstein. Jeremy W. Nimmer '00 will be the featured soloist in Michael Colgrass's Concerto for Timpani. Other music by Copland, Grieg, Husa, and Prokofieff. 8 p.m., Kresge Auditorium. Free.

Apr. 9: MIT Chapel Series. Arden Quartet: Rohan Gregory, Zoia Bologovsky, Charae Krueger, Louisa Sarkissian, Beethoven, Quartet Op. 59, #1. Noon, MIT Chapel. Free.