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Popular Music

Avalon

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

Apr. 15: Sister Hazel andAlan Davis. $12 advance, $15 day of show.

Apr. 17: The Specials andThe Electics. $15 advance, $17 day of show.

Apr. 25: Tori Amos andDavid Poe. $27.50. Vouchers on sale at Orpheum Theater box office Apr. 11 at 10 a.m. ONLY, two tickets per customer, picture IDrequired.

May 2: Our Lady Peace and Black Lab. $13.

May 12: Foo Fighters andRocket from the Crypt. $17.50.

MDCHatch Shell

Apr. 25:WBOS5th Annual EarthFest '98, featuring Paula Cole,Glen Frey,10,000 Maniacs, Marc Cohn,Abra Moore, Dog's Eye View,Chantal Kreviazuk,Max Carl, andBig Dance. Information:787-0929.

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, 24: Guster and Emmett Swimming (23), 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. 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. 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. NOTE:same show at MITon Apr. 24, Johnson Athletic Center. $8 advance, $10 door, available at The Source.

Paradise Rock Club

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

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. 22:Lilith Fair Acoustic Talent Search. Interested female fronted acoustic acts send demo, att: Lilith Fair Contest, 36 Bay State Road, Cambridge, MA 02138.

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

Apr. 29: The Slip and Dr. Didge.

May 2: Robin Trower.

May 3:The Call,Ramone Silver, andHarrod & Funck.

The Middle East

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

Apr. 10: Bim Skala Bim, Big D, and the Kids Table. $8.

Apr. 11: TR3 (featuring Tim Reynolds), Agents of Good Roots, and SameAsYou. $10.

Apr. 14: Superchunk andShark Quest. $8.

Apr. 15:Elliott Smith andBirddog. $7.

Apr. 16: Third Eye Blind andThe Push Stars. $15.

Apr. 17:Rippopotamus,Down Low Connection, andRype (members of Chuck &Chucklehead). $7.

Apr. 30:Amazing Royal Crowns. $8.

May 1:Groovasaurus. $8.

May 9:Jiggle the Handle and Rockett Band. $8 in advance, $10 at the door.

May 23:Skavoovie and the Epitones,Pressure Cooker, andEdna's Goldfish. $7.

Great Woods

Rt. 140 South Main Street, Mansfield. Tickets: 423-NEXT or 423-6000.

May 30: KISSConcert. Listen to the station for details.

May 31:WBCNRiver Rave. Listen to the station for details.

Jun. 3, 5 (sold out), 6: James Taylor. $36 pavilion, $20 lawn.

Jun. 12:Stevie Nicks andBoz Scaggs. $53.50, $38.50 pavilion, $25 lawn. On sale Apr. 18 at 9 a.m.

Jun. 14:The Moody Blues with Festival Orchestra. $38.50, $28.50 pavilion, $21 lawn.

Jun. 19:Allman Brothers Band. $38.50, $28.50 pavilion, $21 lawn.

Jun. 20:B-52's andThe Pretenders. $31 pavilion, $21 lawn.

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

Jun. 24: Ani DiFranco. $25 pavilion, $22 lawn. On sale Apr. 16 at 7 p.m.

Jul. 1: Further Festival, "The Other Ones"featuring Mickey Hart, Bruce Hornsby, Phil Lesh, Bob Weir, Dave Ellis, Stan Franks, John Molo,Hot Tuna, andRusted Root. On sale May 2 at 11 a.m.

Jul. 7:Ozzfest, featuring Ozzy Osbourne, Tool,Megadeth, Limp Bizkit,Soulfly, Coal Chamber and 7-Dust,Motorhead,The Melvins,System of a Down, Snot,Incubus, Ultraspank, andKilgore. $42 reserved, $28.50 lawn. On sale Apr. 11 at 9 a.m.

Jul. 8: Spice Girls. On sale Apr. 19 at noon.

Jul. 18 (sold out), 19: Metallica, Days of the New, and Jerry Cantrell. $43 pavilion, $31 lawn.

Jul. 22: Rod Stewart. Info TBA.

Jul. 23: An Evening with Michael Crawfort. $55, $45 pavilion, $25 lawn. On sale May 17 at noon.

Jul. 24: Smokin' Grooves. Line up TBA. On sale May 2 at noon.

Jul. 25: Steve Miller Band and Little Feat. $30 pavilion, $22.50 lawn. On sale Apr. 25 at 9 a.m.

Jul. 30:HORDEFestival 1998, featuring Blues Traveler,Barenaked Ladies,Ben Harper, andAlana Davis. $25 all seats. On sale Apr. 25 at 10 a.m.

Jul. 31:Allman Brothers Band. $38.50, $28.50 pavilion, $23.50 lawn. On sale Apr. 11 at 11 a.m.

Aug. 8: Deep Purple andEmerson Lake and Palmer. Info TBA.

Aug. 18:Shania Twain. Info TBA.

Aug. 26, 28, 30:Jimmy Buffett and the Coral Reefer Band. All shows sold out.

Sep. 15, 16 (sold out):$26.50 all seats.

Sep. 19:Allman Brothers Band. $38.50, $28.50 pavilion, $23.50 lawn. On sale Apr. 18 at 11 a.m.

Harborlights Pavilion

Fan Pier, Boston. Tickets: 423-NEXT or 423-6000.

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

Classical Music

Boston Symphony Orchestra

Symphony Hall, 301 Massachusetts Avenue, 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. 10, 11: J.S. Bach, ŒSt. 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.

Walter Pierce Tribute Concert

Apr. 26, 3 p.m., Symphony Hall, 301 Massachusetts Ave., Boston. $65, $55, $45, $30. Tickets:266-1200.

Special performance in honor of Boston impresario and former Executive Director of the BankBoston Celebrity Series. Featuring Yo-Yo Ma, Emanuel Ax, Jean-Pierre Rampal, Dubravka Tomsic, The Julliard String Quartet and Robert Mann, Isaac Stern, Bolcom and Morris, and Judith Jamison and Nasha Thomas-Schmitt of Alvin Ailey Dance Theater.

Jazz Music

Regattabar

Charles Hotel, 1 Bennett Street, Harvard Square, Cambridge. Information:661-5000. Tickets:876-7777.

Apr. 10: The Johnny Griffin Quartet.

Apr. 11: The Hilton Ruiz Quartet.

Apr. 14, 15: The Hamiet Bluiett Baritone Sax Group, featuring James Carter, Patience Higging, and Alex Harding.

Apr. 16, 17, 18:The Abdullah Ibrahim Trio.

Sculler's

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

Apr. 10, 11: Ray Brown Trio andMarlena Shaw.

Apr. 15: All-Star Tribute to Art Blakey, featuring The Jazz Messengers.

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 St, Cambridge, MA. (617) 496-2222. 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 and highly quotable lyrics and Arthur Sullivan's hummable tunes.

The Orange Show

Boston Playwrights' Theatre, 949 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston (524-5845), April 10 and 11. Curtain is at 8 p.m. Tickets $12.50.

Marty Barrett and Dave Bellenoit host their monthly exhibition of sketch comedy, video clips, live bands, and special guests.

Amarelo

Theatre-Studio, Inc., 750 8th Avenue, Suite 200 (near 46th Street), New York, NY. (212) 719-0500. April 4, 18 at 8 p.m., April 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. 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.

Tap Dogs

Colonial Theatre, 106 Boylston Street, Boston (931-2787), through April 12. Curtain is at 8 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, at 5 and 9 p.m. on Saturday, and at 2 and 7 p.m. on Sunday. Tickets are $20 to $49.50.

The industrial-strength, rocking theatrical experience featuring six guys who defy gravity with staccato hoofing and amazing physical feats while tap-dancing on a construction-site set. The show, which premiered in Australia in 1995, is the brainchild of Olivier Award-winning choreographer Dein Perry, who drew on his experience as an industrial mechanic.

Albee's Men

Presented by ART New Stages at the Hasty Pudding Theatre, 12 Holyoke Street, Cambridge (547-8300), through Aug. 11. Curtain is at 8 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and at 2 and 7 p.m. on Sunday. Tickets $25 to $35.

Actor Stephen Rowe, a founding member of the ART, in collaboration with three-time Pulitzer-winning playwright Edward Albee and director Glyn O'Malley, has compiled this one-man show exploring Albee's world from the male perspective. The piece explores fear and loss, longing and alienation, and, of course, the story of Jerry and the dog.

The Irish...And How TheyGot That Way!

Irish Repertory Theatre production. At the Wilbur Theatre, 246 Tremont Street, Boston (423-4008), through April 12. Curtain is at 8 p.m. Tuesday through Friday (with a 12:30 p.m. matinee on Thursday), at 2 and 8 p.m. on Saturday, and at 3 and 7:30 p.m. on Sunday. Tickets are $29.50 to $49.50.

This "humorous, irreverent musical" was written by the Pulitzer-winning author of Angela's Ashes, Frank McCourt; it chronicles centuries of Irish heritage "brought vibrantly to life through song, dance, and storytelling." Charlotte Moore directs.

Collected Stories

Huntington Theatre Company at the Boston University Theatre, 264 Huntington Avenue, Boston (266-0800), through April 5. Curtain is at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, at 8 p.m. on Friday, at 2 and 8 p.m. on Saturday, and at 2 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $12 to $45; $5 discount for seniors and students.

Jacques Cartier directs the Boston premiere of this refreshingly literate new play by Obie winner Donald Margulies. A finalist for the 1997 Pulitzer Prize, it's about the evolving relationship of a Greenwich Village short-story writer of some renown and the promising student who becomes her protegee and then a success in her own right.

Dance

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre

April 14 through 19 at the Wang Center. Info:Call 482-6661. Tickets:931-ARTS. Wang Theatre, 270 Tremond St., Boston. $50, $45, $42, $35.

Different performances each night as part of "Ailey Week"in Boston.

Boston Ballet

An American in Paris. Apr. 10 at 8 p.m., Apr. 11 at 2 and 8 p.m., Apr. 12 at 2 p.m. Wang Center, 270 Tremont Street, Boston (931-ARTS). Tickets $12.50-$64.

Mark Morris Dance Group

Emerson Majestic Theatre. April 21 at 7 p.m., April 22-25 at 8 p.m., Apr. 26 at 2 p.m. $33-$45. Information:482-7570. Tickets:824-8000.

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 is $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 Street, Boston. 423-6758 or 426-2800, Tuesday­Sunday, 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 Street, 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 Avenue 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 Street 253-4400, Tuesday through Thursday, Saturday through Sunday, noon­6 p.m.; Friday, noon­8 p.m. Free and open to the public.

Through Jun. 28:"Mirror Images:Women, Surrealism and Self-Representation."A sirveu pf [aomtomg. sculpture, photography, and installation work by 22 women Surrealist or Surrealist-inspired artists from the 1930s to present.

Rhode Island School of Design

224 Benefit Street, 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. 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 Street. Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m.­4 p.m.; Sunday, 2­5 p.m.

Through Feb. 15: "Sculpture Department Exhibition."

MITMusic

AMP Student Recital

Apr. 13. Nicole U. Lee '98, piano. Works of Mozart, Ravel and Chopin. 5 PM, Killian Hall. Free.

MIT Chapel Series

Apr. 16. Art of Music Chamber Players, Timothy Roberts, artistic director. Noon, MIT Chapel. Free.

MIT Chamber Chorus

Apr. 17. William Cutter, conductor. William Byrd, Mass in F Minor for Four Voices with original psalm settings and introits by MIT student composers; Samuel Barber, Reincarnations; Johannes Brahms, Liebeslieder Waltzes, Op. 52. Noon, Killian Hall. Free.

Funk Music Festival

Featuring Maco Parker, Fishbone, and Five Fingers of Funk. Apr. 24, Johnson Athletic Center. $8 advance, $10 door, available at The Source.

Moxy Früvous

May 15. Sala de Puerto Rico. $8 advance, $10 door. On sale at The Source.

Technology, Innovation and the Musical Imagination

Apr. 15, 3:30 p.m., Wong Auditorium. MITBuilding E51; 70 Memorial Drive. Free. Information: 253-0180, http://web.mit.edu/tac/www/home.html.

Symposium featuring Darcy Kronen, Keeper, Historical Musical Instrument Collection, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; Gunther Schuller, Pulitzer-prize winning composer, author and renowned conductor; Barry Vercoe, Founder, MITElectronic Music Studio, professor, MITMedia Lab; moderated by Peter Child, professor and secion head, Music and Theater Arts, MIT.

MITTheater

The Mystery of Edwin Drood

Musical Theatre Guild. Kresge

MITFilm

Lecture Series Committee

The Last Detail (1973). Starring Jack Nicholson. Apr. 10 at 7:30 p.m. in 10-250.

Deconstructing Harry. Apr. 10 at 7 and 10 p.m., Apr. 12 at 7 p.m. in 26-100.

Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil. Apr. 11 at 7 and 10:30 p.m., Apr. 12 at 10 p.m. in 26-100.

Asian Film Mini-Series

A four-film mini-series highlighting recent feature films of Southeast Asia. Free and open to the public. Info 617-253-3599. April 22 in Room 10-250, 77 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge. Sponsored by MIT International Science and Technology Initiative, Film and Media Studies at MIT, the MIT Lecture Series Committee, and the Committee on Race Relations.

Apr. 22: Room 10­250, 7 p.m. "Fun, Bar, Karaoke," (Thailand, 1997); 9p.m. "The Red Door" (India, 1997).

Apr. 23: Room 26­100, 7 p.m. "12 Storeys" (Singapore, 1997); 9p.m. "A Single Spark" (Korea, 1996).

Events

The X-Files Expo

Naval Air Station, South Weymouth, MA. May 2 and 3. Tickets:1-888-EXPO-TIX, online at www.thex-files.com, 931-2000. $25 cash, $27 credit card.

An interactive road show that combines the look and feel of the hit television series with high-tech entertainment experiences makes its eighth stop of its ten city tour. Appearing at the Boston expo are William B. Davis ("Cigarette-Smoking Man"), Dean Haglund (Lone Gunmen "Langly"), Bruce Harwood (Lone Gunmen "Byers"), Nicholas Lea ("Agent Alex Krycek") and composer Mark Snow.