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Popular Music

Avalon

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

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

Jun. 10:Edwin McCain andPete Droge. $13. On sale 5/9 at 10 am.

Jun. 11:Squeeze andGreat Big Sea. $17.50. On sale 5/8 at 10 am.

Jun. 16:Slayer, Clutch, andSystem of a Down. $17.50.

Fleet Center

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 Apr. 20 at 11 a.m.

Paradise Rock Club

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

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 9:Jiggle the Handle and 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, and Mariah Carey.

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

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.

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.

Jun. 26: Hanson. $28.50 pavilion, $20 lawn. On sale 5/16 at 11 am.

Jun. 30:John Fogerty. $38.50, $31, reserved only. On sale 5/16 at 10 am.

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. 11:Boyz IIMen, Destiny's Child,NEXT,Uncle Sam, andMYA. $40 pavilion, $25 lawn.

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

Jul. 21: Rod Stewart. $78.50 gold circle, $48.50 reserved, $28.50 lawn. On sale TBA.

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

Jul. 24: Smokin' Grooves with Busta Rymes,Public Enemy,Wyclef Jean,Cypress Hill, Gangstar, Charlie Baltimore, andCam'ron. $30 all tickets, on sale May 16 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, Alana Davis,Innocent Criminals,Marcy Playground,Catatonia, andJiggle the Handle. $25 all seats.

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

Aug. 4:Andrea Bocelli andthe Pittsburgh Symphony. $75, $50 reserved, $30 lawn. On sale May 11 at 10 a.m.

Aug. 8: Deep Purple andEmerson Lake and Palmer. $38.50, $28.50 pavilion, $20 lawn.

Aug. 11:Lilith Fair with Sarah McLachlan, Natalie Merchant, Emmylou Harris, Luscious Jackson, Neneh Cherry, Letters to Cleo, Abra Moore, Chantal Kreviazuk, Bic Runga, Syd Straw, Laurie Geltman. $49.50, $39.50 pavilion, $28.50 lawn.

Aug. 12:Lilith Fair with Sarah McLachlan, Emmylou Harris, Luscious Jackson, Neneh Cherry, Lisa Gerard, Abra Moore, Wild Strawberries, Syd Straw, Melanie Doanne, Melissa Ferrick. $49.50, $39.50 pavilion, $28.50 lawn.

Aug. 18:Shania Twain. $38.50, $31 pavilion, $23 lawn. On sale May 16 at 9a.m.

Aug. 26, 28, 30:Jimmy Buffett and the Coral Reefer Band. All shows 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. 26:Harry Connick Jr. $43, $33, $25.50. On sale May 10 at noon.

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 May 3 at noon.

Jul. 7:Chicago andHall &Oates. $48.75 and$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 5/9 at 11 a.m.

Jul. 18: Soul Explosion '98 with Ben E. King, Lloyd Price, Irma Thomas, Jerry Butler, Percy Sledge, Chick Jackson, Gene Chandler, Peter Wolf, G.E. Smit and the Uptown Horns. $38.50, $28.50, $21. On sale May 17 at 10 a.m.

Jul. 21:British Rock Symphony ansChoir 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 5/10 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 5/9 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.

Jazz Music

Regattabar

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

May 8, 9:Joe Lovano Gonzalo Rubalcaba Duo.

May 12:Myanna and Tracy Gibbs.

May 13:Carol O'Shaughnessy andSteve Heck.

May 14:Annie Royer.

May 15:Christian McBride Quartet andBenny Green.

May 19:Patrice Williamson Quartet.

Sculler's

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

May 10: Patricia Smith and The Jeff Robinson Trio.

May 13:Ron Gill CD Release Party.

May 1416:Joe Williams.

May 20:Loudon Wainwright III.

Theater

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.

Laughter on the 23rd Floor

Lyric Stage, 140 Clarendon Street, Boston (437-7172), through May 17. Curtain is at 8 p.m. Wednesday through Friday, at 5 and 8:30 p.m. on Saturday, and at 2 p.m. on Sunday. Tix $21 to $30; discounts for seniors and students.

Neil Simon's very funny comedy, culled from his years as a writer on Sid Caesar's Your Show of Shows, when he was shut up with some of the greatest comic writers in TV history, among them Mel Brooks, Carl Reiner, and Larry Gelbart.

Nothemba

Shubert Theatre, 265 Tremont Street, Boston (482-9393), through May 10. 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. Tickets are $20 to $60.

The Huntington Theatre Company and the Wang Center for the Performing Arts join forces to present this "joyful musical love story set in post-apartheid South Africa" written by Ntozake Shange, Joseph Shabalala, and Eric Simonson and featuring the acclaimed a cappella group Ladysmith Black Mambazo. The title means "Hope" in Zulu and is also the name of the young woman at the center of the piece, who leaves her quiet village and devoted fiance to seek adventure in the new South Africa.

The Imaginary Invalid

American Repertory Theatre at the Loeb Drama Center, 64 Brattle Street, Cambridge (547-8300), May 8 through June 7. Curtain is at 8 p.m. May 8, 9, 12 through 16, 19 through 23, 26 through 30 and June 2 through 6; it's at 7 p.m. on May 10, 17, 24, and June 7. And there are 2 p.m. matinees on May 10, 16, 17, 23, 24, 30, 31, and June 6 and 7. Tickets are $22 to $52; discounts for seniors and students.

The team that brought you The Servant of Two Masters and Ubu Rock at ART co-adapters Andrei Belgrader (who also directs) and Shelley Berc and composer Rusty Magee are back to do their mischief on Moliere. This is his last play, the one in which he died on stage (literally rather than in the Henny Youngman sense). It's a satire of the medical profession in which "doctors and patients alike come under scrutiny when the hypochondriac Argan is determined to marry his daughter Angelique to a physician in order to obtain the constant medical attention he craves." Will LeBow, who we hope will remain healthy through the run, is Argan.

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."

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 Avenue, Boston. 267-9300, Monday through Tuesday, 10 a.m. to 4:45 p.m.; Wednesday, 10 a.m. to 9:45 p.m.; Thursday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Saturday through Sunday., 10 a.m. to 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 3 p.m. to 5 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.

Swatch Museum

57 JFK St., Cambridge. 864-1227. Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Sun., noon to 5 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. to 5 p.m.; Sat. to 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, noon to 6 p.m.; Friday, noon to 8 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. to 8 p.m. Admission $2, $1 for seniors.

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'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 p.m. 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 p.m., Kresge Auditorium. Free.

Moxy Frvous

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

Brookline Symphony Orchestra & The Paul Madore Chorale

May 17, 8 p.m., Kresge Auditorium. The Manzoni' Requiem, by Giuseppe Verdi.

MITTheater

Playwrights in Performance

May 8, 9. 8 p.m., Kresge Rehearsal Rm B. 253-2877.

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, 21M785 (Playwrights Workshop) 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; home by Katherine Varn '98.

MITFilm

Lecture Series Committee

Shaft (1971). May 8 at 7:30 in 10-250.

The Replacement Killers. May 8 at 7 p.m. and10 p.m. in 26-100. May 10 at 7 p.m. in 26-100.

Amistad. May 9 at 7 p.m. 10:30 p.m. in 26-100. May 10 at 10 in 26-100.

Underground (1995). May 11 at 7 p.m. in 10-250.

MIT Art

List Visual Arts Center

20 Ames Street, Cambridge, Mass. (617) 253-4680, Tuesday through Thursday, Saturday, and Sunday, 12 p.m. to 6 p.m.; Friday, 12 p.m. to 8 p.m. Free.

Through June 28: Mirror Images: Women, Surrealism and Self-Representation, the first exhibition to present the self-portraits or self-representations of three generations of women Surrealist or Surrealist-influenced artists. Mirror Images will include almost 100 paintings, drawings, photographs and sculptures dating from 1928 to 1996 by twenty-two artists from North and Central America, Europe and Japan.