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Popular Music

Avalon

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

April 17: The Specials +The Electics. $15 advance, $17 day of show.

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

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

May 12: Foo Fighters +Rocket from the Crypt. $17.50.

Fleet Center

Tickets:931-2000.

July 13:Page/Plant. $50, $35. On sale 4/18 at 10 a.m.

Aug. 21:Celine Dion "In the Round"+ Andre-Philippe Gagnon. $60, $40. On sale 4/20 at 11 a.m.

MDCHatch Shell

April 25:WBOS5th Annual EarthFest '98, featuring Paula Cole +Glenn Frey +10,000 Maniacs + Marc Cohn +Abra Moore + Dog's Eye View +Chantal Kreviazuk +Max Carl &Big Dance. Info:787-0929.

Somerville Theater

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

April 17: String Cheese Incident + Jiggle the Handle with Kellar Williams.

April 23, 24: Guster + Emmett Swimming (23), Mysteries of Life (24).

April 26: Jonatha Brooke + Dee Carstensen. $20.

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

The Orpheum Theatre

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

April 24: Medeski, Martin, & Wood + DJLogic

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

Paradise Rock Club

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

April 17: Superdrag + Apple in Stereo + Tuscadero.

April 18: Chapter in Verse + Ben Swift Band.

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

April 23: Formula + Radio & Professor & Mission.

April 29: The Slip + Dr. Didge.

April 30:Fool's Progress.

May 2: Robin Trower.

May 3:The Call +Ramone Silver +Harrod & Funck.

The Middle East

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

April 17:Rippopotamus +Down Low Connection +Rype (members of Chuck &Chucklehead). $7.

April 30:Amazing Royal Crowns. $8.

May 1:Groovasaurus. $8.

May 9:Jiggle the Handle, Rockett Band. $8 advance, $10 doors.

May 23:Skavoovie & the Epitones +Pressure Cooker +Edna'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.

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

June 12:Stevie Nicks +Boz Scaggs. $53.50, $38.50 pavilion, $25 lawn. On sale April 18 at 9 a.m.

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

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

June 20:B-52's +The Pretenders. $31 pavilion, $21 lawn.

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

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

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

July 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 +Kilgore. $42 reserved, $28.50 lawn. On sale April 11 at 9 a.m.

July 8: Spice Girls. On sale April 19 at noon.

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

July 22: Rod Stewart. Info TBA.

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

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

July 25: Steve Miller Band +Little Feat. $30 pavilion, $22.50 lawn. On sale April 25 at 9 a.m.

July 30:HORDEFestival 1998, featuring Blues Traveler +Barenaked Ladies +Ben Harper +Alana Davis. $25 all seats. On sale April 25 at 10 a.m.

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

Aug. 8: Deep Purple +Emerson 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 April 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 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.

April 23, 24, 25, 28:Gandolfi, Points of Departure"; Mozart, Piano Concerto No. 23 in A, K.488; Strauss, Suite from Le Bourgeois Gentilhomme.' Robert Spano, conductor, Maria Joao Pires, piano.

Walter Pierce Tribute Concert

April 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 St., Harvard Sq., Cambridge. Info:661-5000. Tickets:876-7777.

April 17, 18:The Abdullah Ibrahim Trio, 8pm. + 10pm. $14.

April 21, 22: The Peter Parcek Quartet, 8:30pm. $8.

April 23: The Titilayo Ngwenya Ensemble: 8:30pm. $10.

April 24, 25: Don Byron's Bug Music, 8pm. + 10pm. $14.

Sculler's

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

April 17:Livingston Taylor.

April 18, 19: Chuck Mangione.

April 22: Monsters of Folk, featuring Ramblin' Jack Elliot, Tom Russell, Dave Alvin, and Chris Smither.

April 23: John Pizzarelli Trio.

April 24, 25:New York Voices.

Theater

Amarelo

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

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. Tix $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.

Dance

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre

April 17 through 19 at the Wang Center. Info:Call 482-6661. Tickets:931-ARTS. Wang Theatre, 270 Tremont St., Boston. $50, $45, $42, $35.

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

Mark Morris Dance Group

Emerson Majestic Theatre. April 21 at 7 p.m., April 22-25 at 8 p.m., April 26 at 2 p.m. $33-$45. Info: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 April 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."

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 April 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. Free and open to the public.

Through June 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 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 April 19: works by Geoffrey Beene.

Through April 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."

MITMusic

MIT Chamber Chorus

April 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.

MIT Chapel Series

April 23: Sounds of a Royal Flute: Eighteenth-Century Music from the Dresden and Berlin Courts for Flute and Harpsichord. Works of Quantz, Bach, and Graun. Mary Oleskiewicz, Baroque transverse flute; David Schulenberg, harpsichord. Noon, MIT Chapel. Free.

Mark Harvey and the Aardvark Jazz Orchestra

April 25: A retrospective of original compositions by Mark Harvey inspired by Duke Ellington, John Coltrane, Gil Evans, Jimmy Giuffre, Kip Tiernan, Fela Anikalupo Kuti, and Aung San Suu Kyi, and the premiere of a new composition for jazz orchestra. 8 PM, Kresge Auditorium. Free.

This concert concludes the 25th Season of the Aardvark Jazz Orchestra. Aardvark has recorded four CD's for the Leo Lab and Nine Winds labels. The band has performed for First Night, at the Hatch Shell, the Museum of Fine Arts, the DeCordova Museum, Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival, Wesleyan and Princeton Universities, the University of Maine at Augusta, and on the Autumn Uprising and Boston New Music Harvest Festivals among others.

The Lydian String Quartet

April 26: Marcus Thompson, viola. Haydn, Quartet in E-flat Major, Op. 20. No.1; Schubert, Quartet in A Minor, Op. 29; Sessions, Quintet for Two Violins, Two Violas and Cello with Marcus Thompson, viola. 4PM, Kresge Auditorium. Free.

Funk Music Festival

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

Moxy Frvous

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

MIT Theater

The Mystery of Edwin Drood

April 16-18. Musical Theatre Guild. Kresge Little Theater. Tickets: $9 General Admission; $8 MIT staff and faculty, other students, senior citizens; $6 MIT/ Wellesley students.

The Music Hall Royale presents the premiere performance of its adaptation of an unfinished story by Charles Dickens. Having no better source for an ending, they have chosen to let the audience decide. The lead performers, each with a vested interest in the outcome of the voting, make every effort to influence the decision.

The cast of Drood play the actors and other members of the company of the Music Hall Royale. While their performances in the musical adaptation of Dickens's story are scripted, their interactions with the audience are not. This provides the unique blend of a full musical production with improvisational portrayal of characters.

The Illusion

April 23-25, 30-May 2. $8, $6 students with ID ($1 off for seniors of groups of 10+). 8pm, Kresge Little Theater. 253-2908 or email ds_officers@mit.edu or <\http://www.mit.edu:8001/activities/dramashop/dramashop-home.html> on the web.

Dramashop's production of play by Pierre Cornielle adapted by Tony Kushner, directed by Prof. Janet Sonenberg. Pridamant, a rich citizen of 16th-century Avignon, travels to the cave of the magician Alcandre, looking for news of his long-estranged son. He finds a web of illusions instead, funny, touching, and tragic---illusions of magic, illusions of love, and illusions of the theater itself.

Shakespeare Ensemble Scene Night: "A Lighter Side of Life."

April 30-May 2. Scenes from Shakespeare and modern playwrights. 8pm, Walker 201 (142 Memorial Dr). 253-2903 or email ensemble@mit.edu or on the web see <\http://www.mit.edu:8001/activities/ensemble/home.html>.

MITFilm

Lecture Series Committee

Lillies of the Field (1963). April 17 at 7:30 p.m. in Kresge.

Good Will Hunting. April 17 at 7and 10 p.m. in 26-100, 8 and 11 p.m. in 10-250. April 19 at 7 p.m. in 26-100.

As Good As it Gets. April 18 at 7 and 10:30 p.m. in 26-100. April 19 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 Ave, Cambridge. Sponsored by MIT International Science and Technology Initiative, Film & Media Studies at MIT, the MIT Lecture Series Committee, and the Committee on Race Relations at MIT.

April 22: Room 10-250, 7 p.m. "Fun, Bar, Karaoke," (Thailand, 1997); 9p.m. "The Red Door" (India, 1997). Sponsored by MIT International Science and Technology Initiative, Film & Media Studies at MIT, the MIT Lecture Series Committee, and the Committee on Race Relations at MIT.

April 23: Room 26-100, 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.