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Popular Music

Avalon

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

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

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

May 28:The Roots,Goodie Mob, andDJGuest Love. $15 advance, $17 day of show.

FleetCenter

Tickets:931-2000.

May 21:Van Halen andKenny Wayne Sheperd. $35, $25.

Jul. 13:Page/Plant. $50, $35.

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

Somerville Theater

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

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.

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

Paradise Rock Club

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

May 1:Lisa Loeb andTara MacLean.

May 2: Robin Trower.

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

May 7:Heavy Metal Horns andTwo Ton Shoe.

May 8:Dvision Street andAngry Salad.

May 10:Southern Culture on the Skids andThe Woggles.

May 12:Freddy Jones Band andFighting Gravity.

May 14:Mike Watt.

May 15:Holly Cole andChris Stills.

May 16:Letters to Cleo.

May 19:Harvey Danger.

May 22:The Urge,Two Kinne J's, andGoldo.

The Middle East

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

May 1:Groovasaurus. $8.

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

May 23:Skavoovie & 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, with Matchbox 20, Third Eye Blind, Mariah Carey.

May 31:WBCNRiver Rave, with Big Wreck, Semisonic, Jerry Cantrell, Creed, Green Day, Scott Weiland. $28.

Jun. 3, 5, 6: James Taylor. $36 pavilion, $20 lawn. Sold out June 5.

Jun. 12:Stevie Nicks andBoz Scaggs. $53.50, $38.50 pavilion, $25 lawn.

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, and Jo Dee Messina. $28.50 pavilion, $18.50 lawn.

Jun. 24: Ani DiFranco. $25 pavilion, $22 lawn.

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.

Jul. 8: Spice Girls. Sold out.

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

Jul. 22: Rod Stewart. 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 andLittle Feat. $30 pavilion, $22.50 lawn.

Jul. 30:HORDEFestival 1998, featuring Blues Traveler,Barenaked Ladies,Ben Harper, and Alana Davis. $25.

Jul. 31:Allman Brothers Band. $38.50, $28.50 pavilion, $23.50 lawn.

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

Aug. 18:Shania Twain. TBA.

Aug. 26, 28, 30:Jimmy Buffett and the Coral Reefer Band. Sold out.

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

Sep. 19:Allman Brothers Band. $38.50, $28.50 pavilion, $23.50 lawn.

Harborlights Pavilion

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

Jun. 13:Anne Murray. $36, $26.

Jun. 17:The Chieftains andSinead O'Connor. $38.50, $28.50.

Jun. 18:Richard Thompson ,Dar Williams,Bruce Coburn, andDavid Wilcox. $28.

Jun. 19:Jonathan Butler, Marc Antoine,Kirk Whalum,Richard Elliot, andMaysa. $31.50, $26.50.

Jun. 24:Michael Bolton. $47.50, $37.50. On sale May 3 at noon.

Jun. 25:Grover Washington Jr. andRoy Hargrove Sextet. $31, $26.

Jun. 28:Phil Collins Big Band in Concert andOleta Adams and Gerals Albright. $33.50.

Jun. 30:Yes andAlan Parsons Project. $53.50, $40, $31. On sale 5/3 at noon.

Jul. 7:Chicago andHall &Oates. $48.75,$36.25.

Jul. 8:Widespread Panic,G Love &Special Sauce, andGuster. $26. On sale May 9 at 9 a.m.

Jul. 9:Mary Chapin Carpenter andJoe Ely. $38.50, $28.50. On sale May 4 at 7 p.m.

Jul. 10:Pat Metheny Group. $33.50, $26. On sale May 9 at 10 a.m.

Jul. 12: Dan Fogelberg. $33.50, $26. On sale May 9 at 11 a.m.

Jul. 21:British Rock Symphony &Choir with Roger Daltrey playing Beatles, Rolling Stones, The Who, Led Zeppelin, and Pink Floyd. $46, $38.50, $32. On sale May 10 at 11 a.m.

Aug. 1:Huey Lewis &the News. $36, $26. On sale May 9 at 11 a.m.

Aug. 3:Buddy Guy,Johnny Lang, andSusan Tedeschi. $33.50, $26. On sale May 9 at 11 a.m.

Aug. 6:Patti Labelle. $36, $26. On sale May 3 at 11 a.m.

Aug. 13:The Robert Cray Band. $33.50, $26. On sale May 10 at noon.

Aug. 18:Tony Bennett. $48.50, $36.50. On sale May 10 at 1 p.m.

Aug. 22:Franki Valli &the Four Seasons. $32, $26. On sale May 3 at 10 a.m.

Aug. 25:Blues Music Festival 1998 with B.B. King,The Neville Brothers,Dr. John, and Storyville. $43.50, $33.50. On sale May 10 at noon.

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

Aug. 27:The Temptations andThe Four Tops. $36, $26. On sale May 3 at 10 a.m.

Aug. 28:Bonnie Raitt. $38.50, $28.50. On sale May 9 at noon.

Sep. 4:Wynonna. $33.50, $26. On sale May 10 at 11 a.m.

Sep. 9, 10:Gypsy Kings. $43.50, $33.50. On sale May 16 at 11 a.m.

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.

May 1, 2:Shostakovich, Symphony No. 1. Barber, ŒMedea's Meditation and Dance of Vengeance.' Ravel, ŒDaphnis et Chloe' Suite No. 2. Staislaw Skrowaczewski, conductor.

Jazz Music

Regattabar

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

May 1:Ron Carter Quartet, 7:30 and 10 p.m. $18. The Thelonious Monk Institute Sextet, 7:30 and10 p.m. $18.

May 2:Ron Carter Quartet, 8 and 10 p.m. $16.

May 5:Matt Gordy Quintet. 8:30 p.m., $8.

May 6:Luciana Souza Quintet. 8 and 10 p.m. $12.

May 7-9:Joe Lovano Gonzalo Rubalcaba Duo. 8:30 p.m. on May 7, $12. 8 and 10 p.m., $14 on May 8, $16 on May 9.

Sculler's

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

May 1, 2: Alvaro Torres.

May 3: Claude "Fiddler" Williams 90th Birthday Tour, featuring Red Richards and Norris Turney.

May 5: Warren Hill.

May 6:Ida Zecco.

May 7, 10: Patricia Smith and The Jeff Robinson Trio.

Theater

Amarelo

Theatre-Studio, Inc., 750 8th Ave, Suite 200 (near 46th St), New York, NY. (212) 719-0500. 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, Mass.

Blue Man Group

Charles Playhouse, 74 Warrenton Street, Boston. 426-6912. Playing indefinitely. 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 August 11. 8 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday; 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.

Exhibits

Museum of Science

Science Park, Boston. 723-2500, Daily, 9 a.m.­5 p.m.; Fri., 9 a.m.­9 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."

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 1970s 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, free with MITID.

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.

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 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. 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

MIT Concert Choir & Symphony Orchestra

May 1: Professor of Music and Theater Arts William C. Cutter, Director. Carl Orff, Carmina Burana; Mozart, Sinfonia Concertante in E-Flat Major. Kay Ann Chen '98, violin; Jennifer Grucza '98, viola. 8 PM, Kresge Auditorium. $5.

MIT Concert Band

May 2:Professor of Music and Theater Arts William John D. Corley Jr., Director. Spring Concert with World Premieres of Rosey Mei-kuei Lee, The Emperor's Garden; John Bavicchi, fusions; and Edward J. Madden, The Book of Kalls. Also Vittorio Giannini, Praeludium and Allegro and Gustav Holst, Moorside March. 8 p.m., Kresge Auditorium. Free.

Two-piano concert.

May 3: 1 p.m., Kresge Auditorium, Free.

MIT Festival Jazz Ensemble

May 3:Professor of Music and Theater Arts James R. O'Dell, Director. 8 p.m., Kresge Auditorium. Free.

Special guest artist concert

May 3:co-sponsored by the Boston Classical Guitar Society. Jad Azkoul, guitarist. Villa-Lobos, Five Preludes; Piazzolla, Four Seasons; and works of Coeck and Albeniz. 4 p.m., Killian Hall. Free.

Jad Azkoul is a Lebanese-American guitarist currently living in Switzerland whose musical education and career has taken him across several continents.

AMP Student Recital.

May 4: Yukiko Ueno, piano. Works of Mozart, Cage and Prokofiev. 5 PM, Killian Hall. Free.

MITCAN, MIT's African Performance Ensemble

May 7: Traditional music of Eastern and Southern Africa featuring African lyres, fiddles, harps, thumb pianos, log xylophones and drums. 8 pm Kresge Auditorium. Free.

MIT's Gamelan Galak Tika presents "Bali - Past, Present and Future"

May 8: Boston's only Balinese gamelan presents new and traditional music and dance. 8 pm Kresge Auditorium. Admission: $5, free for children under 12 or with MIT ID.

MIT Affiliated Artist Series

May 9: Chris Trakas, baritone; Marek Zebrowski, piano. Ravel, Five Greek Folk Songs; Schumann, Dichterliebe; Zebrowski, Leaving Alexandria. 8 PM, Kresge Auditorium. Free.

Moxy Fruvous

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

MITTheater

The Illusion

May 1, 2. $8, $6 students with ID, $1 off for seniors of groups of over 10. 8 p.m., Kresge Little Theater. 253-2908 or e-mail ds_officers@mit.edu.

Dramashop's production of play by Pierre Cornielle adapted by Tony Kushner, directed by Professor of Music and Theater Arts 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."

May 1, 2. Scenes from Shakespeare and modern playwrights. 8pm, Walker 201 (142 Memorial Dr). 253-2903 or e-mail ensemble@mit.edu; http://www.mit.edu:8001/activities/ensemble/home.html

Playwrights in Performance

May 7-9: Associate Provost of the Arts Professor Alan Brody directs a series of one-act plays written by members of the MIT community. This annual event is a collaboration between Prof. Brody's class, Playwrights Workshop (21M785) and authors of original scripts. Scripts are chosen each year from work submitted by the MIT community to Prof. Brody. The class, playwrights and actors work closely together on the scripts. Brotherhood by Joel M. Rosenberg '99; Heels over Head by Vladimir Zelevinsky G; "Untitled" by Katherine Varn '98. 8pm, Kresge Rehearsal Rm. B. 253-2877.

MIT Film

Lecture Series Committee

Two Mules for Sister Sara (1969). May 1 at 7:30 p.m. in 10-250.

Great Expectations. May 1 at 7 & 10 p.m. in 26-100, May 3 at 7 p.m. in 26-100.

Jackie Brown. May 2 at 7 &10:30 p.m. in 26-100, May 3 at 10 p.m. in 26-100.

Readings in Science Fiction:J MIcahel Straczynski &Alexander Jablokov. May 4, 7 p.m., Kresge.

Events

The X-Files Expo

Naval Air Station, South Weymouth, Mass. May 2 and 3. Tickets:1-888-EXPO-TIX, online at <\http://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.