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Film

Film & Media Studies at MIT and the Committee for Race Relations

When We Were Kings. Feb. 18, 7 p.m., Room 10-250. Academy-award winning documentary about Mohammed Ali. Producer David Sonenberg will be present. Info: 617-253-3599. Free.

Film & Media Studies at MIT, the Committee on Race Relations at MIT, and the LBGT Issues Group at MIT

Watermelon Woman. Feb. 26, 7 p.m., Room 34-101. Director Cheryl Dunye's first feature film follows a director (played by Dunye) making a video documentary about a beautiful 1930s film actress popularly known as "the Watermelon Woman." Dunye will be present. Info: 617-253-3599. Free.

Lecture Series Committee

Feb. 6, 6:30 p.m., Room 10-250. The Bridge on the River Kwai (1957). $2.50

Feb. 6, 7 and 10 p.m. and Feb. 8, 7 p.m., Room 26-100. The Full Monty. $2.50

Feb. 7, 7 and 10 p.m. and Feb. 8, 10 p.m, Room 26-100. Starship Troopers. $2.50

Classical Music

MITFaculty Concert

Feb. 7, 3 p.m., Killian Hall. William Cutter, tenor; Bret Silverman, piano; Michael Stevenson, violin. Songs of Faure and French songs of Barber and Faure's Sonata for Piano and Violin in A major, Opus 13. Free.

Feb. 20, 8 p.m., Kresge Auditorium. David Deveau, piano. Debussy, Images, Book I; Harbison, Four More Occasional Pieces (1987-91); Chopin, Sonata in b minor, Op. 58. Free.

Advanced Music Performance Student Recital

Feb. 9, 5 p.m., Killian Hall. A program of Chinese and French piano music by Jiang Wenye, Maurice Ravel and Wang Lisan. Free.

MIT Chapel Series

Feb. 12, noon, MIT Chapel. Philomela Trio: Laura Sanders, soprano; Lila Cleary, organ; Loren Pearson, violin/viola. Works of Bach, Handel, Tartini, Heiller and Holst. Free.

Feb. 19, noon, MIT Chapel. Mark Small and Robert Torres guitar duo. Free.

Freshman Seminar

Feb. 6, 8 p.m. Vivaldi's Gloria will be performed in the MITChapel. $2 or 2 cans.

Boston Symphony Orchestra

Feb. 6, 1:30 p.m., Feb. 7, 8 p.m.: Mozart, Symphony No. 40; Strauss, Ein Heldenleben.' Bernard Haitink, conductor. Feb. 12, 13, 14, 8 p.m.: Haydn, Symphony No. 44, Mourning'; Mozart, Piano Concerto No. 25 in C, K. 503; Schubert, Symphony No. 6. Bruno Weil, conductor; Christian Zacharias, piano.

Jazz Music

Muddy Charles

Wednesdays from 8:30-10:30 p.m. Members of the MITBig Band with a seasoned rhythm section and a recently added trumpet player. Admission is free, beer and pizza are inexpensive, the setting is great.

Regattabar

1 Bennett St., Harvard Square. 876-7777.

Feb. 6: Bellevue Cadillac.

Feb. 7: Tiger's Baku.

Feb. 10: Garrison Fewell/Laszlo Gardony Quartet.

Feb. 11: Bruce Katz Band.

Feb. 12, 13, 14: Tommy Flanagan Trio.

Scullers

Guest Quarters Suite Hotel, 400 Soldiers Field Rd., Boston. 783-0811.

Feb. 6, 7: Gato Barbieri.

Feb. 12, 13, 14: Poncho Sanchez.

World Music

MITHAS

Feb. 13, 7 p.m., Killian Hall. Allyn Miner, sitar; Monir Hossain, tabla. A brilliant musician and distinguished scholar, Ms. Miner received years of training in Varanasi and presently teaches at the University of Pennsylvania. Info: 258-7971. Admission $15, MITHAS and NEHT members and students $12, MIT students $8.

Popular Music

Avalon

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

Feb. 21, 6 p.m. Crystal Method, with DJ 92's David Holmes, BT and Taylor. $15.

Feb. 25, 7 p.m. Creed, with Big Wreck & Moist. $12.

Mar. 11, 8 p.m. Ben Harper and The Innocent Criminals, with Finley Quaye. $15.

The Orpheum Theatre

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

Mar. 4, 7 p.m. Third Eye Blind and Smash Mouth, with Fat. $20.50.

Apr. 3, 7:30 p.m. Steve Miller Band. $36, $26.

Paradise Rock Club

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

Feb. 12 and 13. Letters To Cleo, with Jules Verdone.

Feb. 21. Hepcat, with Shackers.

Feb. 26. Division Street, with Mindflow.

Middle East

472 Mass. Ave., Cambridge. Info: 497-0576.

Feb. 6. Boss Hog, The Lonesome Organist, 8 Ball Shifter.

Feb. 7, 9p.m. The Upper Crust (Emperor Norton Rec.), The Shods, Roadsaw, Doosies; 2pm: Yanni's Birthday Party with Murphy's Law, Blood For Blood, The Trouble, United We Stand.

Feb. 8, 2p.m. Dropkick Murphy's (Epitaph Rec. Release Party), Big Bad Bullocks, The Bruisers, Ducky Boys, Truents.

Feb. 11, 8 p.m. Less Than Jake, Limp, V.Card, Ann Barretta.

Feb. 12. Type 4, Dysfunkshun, Gangsta Bitch Barbie, Cooler Than Smack.

Feb. 13. WFNX Leftover Lunch Presents: Bow Wow Wow, The Elevator Drops.

Feb. 14. Two Ton Shoe, Canine, All The Queen's Men, Amusia.

Feb. 15. Tuffskins, Seks Bomba, Oscillators.

Theater

MIT Dramashop

Feb. 19, 20, 21, 26 and 27, 8 p.m., Sala de Puerto Rico, MIT Student Center: Grand Hotel under the direction of Professor Tommy DeFrantz. The dazzling sets and costumes alone should make this a not-to-be-missed event. The timeless story and brilliant tunes and lyrics make this an unforgettable theater experience. Info: 253-2903. Tickets $8, MIT/Wellesley students $6.

MIT Shakespeare Ensemble

March 12, 13, 14, 19, 20, 21 at 8 PM, Sala de Puerto Rico, MIT Student Center: Macbeth. This concise tragic classic needs no introduction. Tina Packer of Shakespeare and Company will direct. Info: 253-2903. Tickets $8, MIT/Wellesley students $6.

Blue Man Group

Charles Playhouse, 74 Warrenton Street, Boston, indefinitely. Curtain is at 8 p.m. on Wed. and Thu., at 7 and 10 p.m. on Fri. and Sat., and at 3 and 6 p.m. on Sun.; there are additional performances this month at 4 p.m. on February 14, 20, and 21, and at 8 p.m. on February 17. It would be difficult and unfair to fully catalogue 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. Go experience it. Info: 426-6912. $35 to $45.

Chicago

Colonial Theatre, 106 Boylston Street, Boston, through February 15. Curtain is at 8 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, at 2 and 8 p.m. on Saturday, and at 2 and 7 p.m. on Sunday. The ghost of Bob Fosse and the dynamite Charlotte d'Amboise as the elfin, unrepentant killer Roxie Hart are the stars of this national-touring production of the minimal yet spectacular Broadway revival that won six 1996 Tony Awards. Directed by Walter Bobbie, with choreography by Fosse protegee Ann Reinking, the sexy, stripped-down staging of the 1975 Kander & Ebb musical about jazz-age murderesses dueling for publicity also stars Jasmine Guy, Obba Babatunde, and hot choreography. Info: 426-9366 or 931-2787. Sixteen rush seats for $20 available at 10 a.m. on day of performance, except Sundays, when they are available at noon. Two-ticket limit.

Miss Saigon

Wang Center, 270 Tremont Street, Boston, through February 28. Curtain is at 8 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, with 2 p.m. matinees on Wednesday, Saturday, and Sunday; there is an additional evening performance at 8 p.m. on February 23. The return of the megahit musical by the Les Miserables team of Alain Boublil and Claude-Michel Schsnberg had a very successful first engagement here in 1993. Set in 1975 during the fall of Saigon, the musical is a reworking of Madame Butterfly that tells a story of love and self-sacrifice between a young Vietnamese woman and an American soldier. Although the much-ballyhooed on-stage helicopter is a disappointment, the show proves a cash cow with a sweet moo particularly when it's emanating from the throat of the talented Elizabeth Paw, who plays Kim. Also irresistible are the lavish stage production and Joseph Anthony Foronda's tawdry Engineer, flaunting his garish "American Dream." Info: 931-2787. $15 to $65; $20 at Wednesday matinee. $20 student rush tickets available two hours prior to all performances, excluding Friday and Saturday evenings. One ticket per valid I.D.

Penn & Teller

Shubert Theatre, 265 Tremont Street, Boston, through February 15. Curtain is at 8 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, at 2 and 8 p.m. on Saturday, and at 2 and 7 p.m. on Sunday. "Penn & Teller have been doing magic for 23 years and are so sick of it we could spit. So in the new show, we are moving into the field of religion and will be performing real miracles." That's the modest boast of the well-known team of sadistic prestidigitators whose new show features "card tricks with forklifts, broken-bottle juggling, bunny rabbits in chipper-shredders, and shot from .357 magnums loaded by audience members the fabled bullet-catch trick." Info: 800-447-7400. $22.50 to $49.50. Half-priced student rush tickets two hours prior to show.

Exhibits

MIT Museum

265 Massachusetts Ave., Tuesday-Friday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Saturday-Sunday, noon-5 p.m. Ongoing events: "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." Info: 253-4444. Admission $3.

List Visual Arts Center

Wiesner Building, 20 Ames St. 253-4400. Tuesday-Thursday, Saturday-Sunday, noon-6 p.m.; Friday, noon-8 p.m.

Through Mar. 22: "The Squeeze Chair Project."

Hart Nautical Galleries

77 Mass. Ave. 253-4444. Monday-Sunday 9 a.m.-8 p.m. Ongoing event: "Ships for Victory: American Shipbuilding's Finest Hour."

Museum of Fine Arts

465 Huntington Ave., Boston. Monday-Tuesday, 10 a.m.-4:45 p.m.; Wednesday, 10 a.m.-9:45 p.m.; Thursday-Friday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Saturday-Sunday, 10 a.m.-5:45 p.m. West Wing open Thursday-Friday until 9:45 p.m. 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. Permanent Gallery Installations: "Late Gothic Gallery," featuring a restored 15th-century stained glass window from Hampton Court, 14th- and 15th-century stone, alabaster, and polychrome wood sculptures from France and the Netherlands; "Mummy Mask Gallery," a newly renovated Egyptian gallery, features primitive masks dating from as far back as 2500 B.C., "European Decorative Arts from 1950 to the Present", "John Singer Sargent: Studies for MFA and Boston Public Library Murals."

Ongoing events: "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."

Info: 267-9300. Admission $10, $8 for students and seniors, children under 17 free. $2 after 5 p.m. Thursday-Friday, free Wed. after 4 p.m. Monday - Friday. Gallery lectures are free with museum admission.

Museum of Science

Science Park, Boston. Open daily, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m., Friday, 9 a.m. - 9 p.m., Saturday - Sunday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. The Museum features the theater of electricity (with indoor thunder-and-lightning shows daily) and more than 600 hands-on exhibits. Ongoing events: "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. 6, at 7 p.m.: "Cloning and Its Relevance to Today's World," lecture by Machelle M. Seibel.

Info: 723-2500. Admission $9, $7 for children 3-14 and seniors. Free for MIT students with I.D.

Now showing at the Omni and laser theaters: "Laser Space Odyssey," Friday - Sunday, 5:30 p.m. "Laser Grateful Dead," Sun., 8 p.m.; "Laser Rage Fest," Thursday-Saturday, 9:15 p.m.; "Pink Floyd: The Wall," Fri.-Sat. at 10:30 p.m.; "Laser Doors," Sunday at 9:15 p.m. Planetarium shows include "Cosmic Adventure." Admission to Omni, laser, and planetarium shows is $7.50, $5.50 for children and seniors.

Computer Museum

300 Congress St., Boston. 423-6758 or 426-2800, Tuesday - Sunday, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Tours daily of "Walk Through Computer 2000," a working two-story model of a PC. 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," a tour of the Internet, "Robots and Other Smart Machines," an interactive exhibition of artificial intelligence and robots, "Tools & Toys: The Amazing Personal Computer," "People and Computers: Milestones of a Revolution," explores a number of ways computers impact everyday life.

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

Admission $7, $5 for students and seniors, free for children under 5. Half-price admission on Sunday from 3 - 5 p.m.

Events

MIT Women's Varsity Swim Team

Feb. 8. MIT Women's Varsity Swim Team's "Race the Women's Swim Team" to raise money for the American Cancer Society. 11 a.m. warmup, meet from 12-1:30pm. Race any member of the women's swim team for $5 per individual race, $3 per member of a 4-person inner-tube relay team. Over $300 in prizes. For more info, contact erhf@mit.edu.