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Popular Music

Avalon

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

Feb. 21: Crystal Method, with DJ-92s David Holmes, BT and Taylor. $15.

Feb. 25: Creed, with Big Wreck & Moist. $12.

Mar. 11: Ben Harper and The Innocent Criminals, with Finley Quaye. $12.

The Orpheum Theatre

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

Mar. 4: Third Eye Blind & Smash Mouth, with Fat. $20.50.

Mar. 19: G. Love and Special Sauce, with Alana Davis. $18.50.

Apr. 3: Steve Miller Band. $36, $26.

Berklee Performance Center

136 Massachusetts Ave., Boston. Tickets: 931-2000. Info: 747-2661.

Feb. 23: Joe Jackson. $22.50.

Tsongas Arena

Lowell, MA, 27 miles northwest of Boston. Tickets: 931-2000.

Feb. 21: Liza Minnelli, featuring Cortes Alexander Trio and Bill LaVorgna. $74, $45, $25.

Mar. 6: Swatch Sno-Core 98 Tour featuring Primus, Blink-182, Tha Alkaholiks, The Aquabats. $22.50.

Paradise Rock Club

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

Feb. 21: Hepcat, with The Slackers and Gadjits. $8.

Feb. 26: Division Street, with Mindflow. $5.

Feb. 27: From Good Homes, with Jump Little Children. $8.

Mar. 6: Chantal Kreviazuk. $10 advance, $12 door.

Mar. 7: Rustic Overtones, with Everything and Canine. $7.

Mar. 13: Jen Trynin, with Gravel Pit. $9.

Mar. 15: Sawdoctors. $20.

Mar. 17: rubyhorse. $7.

Mar. 22: Joe Satriani. $25.

Mar. 25: The Aware Tour, Gibb Droll, Thanks to Gravity, Train. $6.

Mar. 27: Space Monkeys, with Ivy. $8 advance, $10 door.

The Middle East

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

Feb. 20: Luna, Jack Drag, the Lothars. $10.

Feb. 21: God Lives Underwater, Fluorescein, Count Zero, Skingame. $7.

Feb. 22: Isotope 217, The Lonesome Organist, The Phalen-Moore Trio. $7.

Feb. 23: "Vinnie By Van Go Go" Written by Peter Holm. $5.

Feb. 24: Gil Scott-Heron ("The Revolution Will Not Be Televised"), Jeff Robinson Trio. $15.

Feb. 25: 16 Horsepower (A&M rec.), Trona, Swizzle. $7.

Feb. 26: Hum, Swervedriver. $10.

Feb. 27: Moon Boot Lover, Freeball'n, Apartment 3. $8.

Feb. 28: Angry Hill, New Born Kings, Rookie, Hollow Point. $7.

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.

Feb. 19, 20, 21, 24: Andr Previn, conductor, Kyung-Wha Chung, violin; Brahms, Variations on a Theme by Haydn; Haydn, Symphony No. 102; Brahms, Violin Concerto.

Feb. 25-28: Andr Previn, conductor, Jules Eskin, cello; Mozart, Divertimento in D, K.251; Barber, Cello Concerto; Rachmaninoff, Symphony No. 3.

Jazz Music

Regattabar

Charles Hotel, Harvard Sq., Cambridge. 661-5000.

Feb. 20, 21: McCoy Tyner Trio with Bobby Hutcherson.

Feb. 24: The Greg Hopkins Big Band.

Feb. 25: David Maxwell's Maximum Blues.

Feb. 26, 27, 28, Mar. 1: The Elvin Jones Jazz Machine.

Mar. 3: The Gary Jones Quintet.

Mar. 4: The Bruce Barth Trio.

Mar. 5 The Donald Fox Quartet, with John Stubblefield, Kenny Davis, and Pheeroan Aklaff.

Mar. 6, 7: The Eddie Palmieri Septet.

Mar. 10: Crosscurrent, Luciana Souza.

Mar. 11: The Odeon Pope Trio.

Mar. 12: Sergio Brandao and Manga-Rosa.

Mar. 13, 14, 15: The Jazz Passengers, with special guest vocalist Debbie Harry.

Sculler's

400 Soldiers Field Rd., Boston. 562-4111.

Feb. 20, 21: Abbey Lincoln.

Feb. 26: The Mark Rossi Group

Feb. 27: Roy Hargrove.

Feb. 28: Larry Clothier.

Mar. 4, 5: The Jazz / Blues Guitar Summit, Duke Robillard, J. Geils, Gerry Beaudoin.

Mar. 6, 7: Stanley Turrentine Quintet.

Mar. 11: Annie Royer.

Mar. 12: Chuck Loeb

Mar. 13, 14: Danilo Perez Ensemble

Film

Lecture Series Committee

Throne of Blood (1957). Feb. 20, 7:30pm in 10-250.

In & Out: Feb. 20, 7 & 10pm in 26-100; Feb. 22, 7:00pm in 26-100.

Seven Years in Tibet: Feb. 21, 7 & 10:30pm in 26-100; Feb. 22, 10:00pm in 26-100.

Krippendorf's Tribe: Feb. 26, 8:00pm in 26-100.

Evening of Film Music

MIT Senior Lecturer Martin Marks presents an evening of music to accompany a sequence of early silent films. Presented in conjunction with series of lectures by Tom Gunning. Feb. 2426, 810p.m., Killian Hall (14W-111, 160 Memorial Dr). 253-3599.

The Brattle Theatre

1691 Beacon St., Brookline. Info: 867-6837.

Fallen Angels:

Feb. 20-26 8:00, 10:00

The Wind In the Willows

Feb. 20, 23-26: 4:00, 6:00

Feb 21, 22: 2:00, 4:00, 6:00

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. There are additional performances at 4 p.m. on February 20 and 21. 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.

Peter Pan

Colonial Theatre, 106 Boylston Street, Boston. 931-2787, through March 1. Curtain is at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and at 2 and 7:30 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. Ticlets are $25 to $68.50.

Tony Award nominee, Olympic gymnast, and maxi-pad huckster Cathy Rigby reprises her role as the flyboy who refuses to grow up in this new production of the Broadway musical taken from J.M. Barrie.

The Male Intellect (An Oxymoron)

57 Theatre, 200 Stuart Street, Boston. 426-4499. Playing through March 15. Curtain is at 8 p.m. on Thursday and Friday, at 7 and 9:30 p.m. on Saturday, and at 3 p.m. on Sunday. Tickets are $29.50 to $34.50; $20 on Wednesdays.

Following successful runs in Denver and Chicago, playwright and actor Robert Dubac settled into Boston with his one-man comedy about a recently jilted guy trying to answer the Freudian query "What do women want?" in order to get his girl back. Dubac straddles the genre, if not the gender, gap with a piece that hovers somewhere between theater and stand-up, as he plays not only new lonelyheart Bobby but also a quintet of chauvinist mentors who have contributed to making him a candidate for remedial romance. The premise is pretty silly and the development schematic, but Dubac is a witty, likable performer whose routines about male thinking are amusing if not profound.

Miss Saigon

Wang Center, 270 Tremont Street, Boston. 931-2787. Playing 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. Tickets are $15 to $65; $20 at Wednesday matinee.

The return of the megahit musical by the Les Miserables team of Alain Boublil and Claude-Michel Schsnberg, which 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 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."

Peer Gynt

Trinity Repertory Company, 201 Washington Street, Providence, Rhode Island. 401-351-4242. Playing through March 8. Curtain is at 7 p.m. on Tuesday and at 8 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday, with 2 p.m. matinees on selected Wednesdays, Saturdays, and Sundays. Tickets are $24 to $34. There are discounts for seniors, students, and the disabled.

Timothy Crowe and Fred Sullivan Jr. play the protagonist of Ibsen's epic poetic drama, at different stages of his marathon journey to onionhood, in this new adaptation by David Henry (M. Butterfly) Hwang and director Stephen Miller.

Grand Hotel

Dramashop, Sala de Puerto Rico, 2nd floor Stratton Student Center, 84 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge. 253-2908 or email ds_officers@mit.edu. Feb. 1921, 2627 at 8 p.m. $8, $6 students with ID ($1 off for seniors or groups over ten).

Dramashop's production of the full orchestra musical by Davis, Forrest, Wright and Yeston directed by Assistant Professor Thomas DeFrantz. A grand musical set in Berlin's legendary hotel in 1928, Grand Hotel explores the glamorous life of the hotel's patrons - and the societal disease lurking beneath its mirrored facade.

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 $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 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; "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."

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.

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 Feb. 22: "Unfolding the Light: The Evolution of Ten Holographers."

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-6 p.m.; Friday, noon-8 p.m. Through Mar. 22: "The Squeeze Chair Project."

Wolk Gallery, Building 7, 3rd Floor 77 Massachusetts Ave. 258-9106. Through Jul. 7: "Reflections: Drawings and Projects by Wellington Reiter."

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 Mar. 8: "Utagawa Kuniyoshi: The Dyed Image."

Through Apr. 5: "Working the Stone: Process and Progress of Lithography."

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 St. Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m.4 p.m.; Sunday, 25 p.m. Through Feb. 15: "Sculpture Department Exhibition."