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Popular Music

Avalon

Next: 423-NEXT.

Apr. 20: Eve 6 (rescheduled from 2/24). $12.

Apr. 22: RZA.

Apr. 23: Wilco + Vic Chestnutt. $15..

The Orpheum Theatre

Ticketmaster: 931-2000.

Apr. 18: Neil Young. $50-150.

Apr. 22: 1999 Kahlua Boston Music Awards. $12, $22, $32 and $50.

Apr. 26: Around the World Notis Sfakianakis. $25-65.

May 3: The Cranberries. $26.

May 4, 5: Sheryl Crow + Semisonic. Sold out.

May 15: Blondie. $31, $38.50.

May 16: Hole. $26.

Berklee Performance Center

Ticketmaster: 931-2000

May 8: Jonatha Brooke. $20.

Fleet Center

Ticketmaster: 931-2000.

Jun 14: Shania Twain. Sold out.

Worcester Centrum Centre

Ticketmaster: 931-2000.

Apr. 9: Marilyn Manson + Nashville Pussy. $29.50.

May 15: Bill Gaither & Friends. $24.50, $17.50.

Tweeter Center for the Performing Arts (Great Woods)

Ticketmaster: 931-2000.

May 28: Lenny Kravitz + The Black Crowes + Everlast + Cree Summer. $39.50 pavilion, $25.00 lawn.

May 30: WBCN River Rave. Details t.b.a. on WBCN. $29.00.

Jun. 5: Kiss Concert. Details t.b.a. on KISS.

Jun. 4: Natalie Merchant.

Jun. 11: Charlie Daniels Band + Marshall Tucker Band + Molly Hatchet. $29.50, $25 pavilion, $15 lawn. On sale 4/18 at noon.

Jun. 12: John Mellencamp + Son Volt. $46 pavilion, $29.50 lawn.

Jun. 20: Journey + Foreigner. $35. On sale 4/18 at noon.

Jun. 23, 24: J. Geils Band. $39.50 pavilion, $25 lawn.

Jun. 26: Allman Brothers Band. $40.50, $30.50 pavilion, $25.50 lawn.

Jun. 29: Nickelodeon’s All That Tour with 98 Degrees + Monica + 3rd Storee + No Authority + Aaron Carter.

Jul. 9: Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers. $47.50 pavilion, $26 lawn.

Jul. 12, 13: Phish. $27.50. On sale 5/23 at noon.

Jul. 22: Bob Dylan + Paul Simon.

Jul 24, 25: ‘N Sync + Five + Jordan Knight. Sold out.

Jul. 31: Steve Miller Band + George Thorogood and the Destroyers. $32.50 pavilion, $23.50 lawn.

Aug. 20: Allman Brothers Band. $40.50, $30.50 pavilion, $25.50 lawn.

Aug. 28: WKLB’s Country Music Festival featuring Alabama. $29.50 pavilion, $19.50 lawn.

Sep. 2, 3: Jimmy Buffett and the Coral Reefer Band. $52, $40.50 pavilion, $27 lawn. Sold out.

Sep. 11: $39.50 pavilion, $29.50 lawn.

Foxboro Stadium

Ticketmaster: 931-2000

May 29: Dave Matthews Band + Santana + The Roots. Sold out.

May 30: Dave Matthews Band + Santana + The Roots. $35.50.

The Middle East

Ticketmaster: 931-2000.

Apr. 16: Actual Proof. $7.

Apr. 16: Sparklehorse. $8.

Apr. 17: Mary Lou Lord. $8.

Apr. 17: Rockett Band. $8 adv., $10 day of.

Apr. 18: Mercury Rev. $10.

Apr. 18: John Fahey. $7.

Apr. 19: Rubbertellie 2tet. $6, $5 students.

Apr. 19: Deadbolt. $7.

Apr. 20: Jupiter Coyote and Heavy Metal Horns. $8.

Apr. 20: Trans Am. $8.

Apr. 21: Compulsive Gamblers. $7.

Apr. 23, 24: Middle East NeMO '99 Music Showcase: Various music groups. $7 for upstairs shows, $8 for downstairs, $20 wristbands available at the door.

Apr. 29: Dick Dale. $12.

May 1: Babaloo. $8.

May 9: WBCN Rock ‘n’ Roll Rumble - Local Band competition. $7.

Paradise Rock Club

Next: 423-NEXT.

Apr. 16: Latin Playboys. $15.

Apr. 23: Citizen King. $5.

Apr. 24: Chapter in Verse - CD Release Show + Sara Wheeler. $8.

Apr. 25: Unwritten Law + Spring Heeled Jack + Blue Meanies. $8 adv., $10.00 d.o.s.

Apr. 28: Pat McGee Band + Fighting Gravity. $10.

Apr. 29: Jiggle the Handle + One Fell Swoop. $8 adv., $10.00 d.o.s.

Apr. 30: Bogmen. $8.

May 6: Caedmon’s Call. $14 adv., $16 d.o.s.

May 7: Robbie Williams. $10 adv., $12 d.o.s.

Axis

NEXT: 423-NEXT.

Apr. 16: Bindlestiff Family Circus.

Apr. 20. The Creatures. $15.

Jazz Music

Regattabar

Tickets: 661-5000.

Apr. 13: Steve Lacy Trio. $14.

Apr. 16-18: Ron Carter Quartet & Richie Hart Trio. $14 Sun., $16 Fri., $18 Sat.

Sculler's

Tickets: 562-4111

Ticketmaster: 931-2000

Apr.16-17: George Shearing Quintet. $28.

Apr. 21: Harvie Swartz & Eye Contact. $12.

Apr. 22: Humberto Ramirez. $14.

Apr.23: Nelson Rangell. $18.

Apr.29 - May 2: Bobby Short. $28 Thurs. and Sun., $32 Fri. and Sat.

BankBoston Celebrity Series

Tickets: 266-1200. Performances at Symphony Hall, 301 Massachusetts Ave., Boston unless otherwise noted.

Apr. 18. Preservation Hall Jazz Band. From New Orleans. Program will be chosen at the concer and announced frm the stage. $25-$42.

Apr. 28. America in Rhythm & Tune: The Ellington Tribute featuring The Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis. Annual event, this year featuring the music of Ellington lead by Pulitzer-Prize winning composer Wynton Marsalis. $30-$45.

Classical Music

Boston Symphony Orchestra

Tickets: 266-1492. 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 MIT students Tuesday evenings and Friday afternoons, call 638-9478 for availability.

Apr. 16-17: Bernard Haitink, Conductor. Maria Joao Pires, piano. Mozart, Symphony No. 35, Piano Concerto No. 9, Serenade No. 10 for thirteen winds. Sold out.

Apr. 22-24, 27: Seiji Ozawa, Conductor. Williams, world premiere of a new work. Strauss, 'Death and Transfiguration'. Bartok, Concerto for Orchestra. Sold out.

BankBoston Celebrity Series

Tickets: 266-1200. Performances at Symphony Hall, 301 Massachusetts Ave., Boston unless otherwise noted.

Apr. 18: Mozarteum Orchestra of Salzburg. Hubert Soudant, conductor. Till Fellner, piano. Katharine Goeldner, mezzo-soprano. Mozart, Symphony No. 29, Piano Concerto K. 503, Concert Arias, Symphony No. 36. $30-$48.

Apr. 21: Murray Perahia, piano. Bach, English Suite No. 5. Beethoven, Sonatas Nos. 6 and 14. Schubert, Sonata, D. 958. $35-$50.

Apr. 25: Evelyn Glennie, percussion. Works by Psathas, Albeniz, Masson, Volans and more. NEC’s Jordan Hall, 30 Gainsborough St., Boston. Tickets, call 482-6661. $35-$42.

Boston Pops

May 4: Opening Night at Pops. $50, $75. $130, $175

May 5-7: Keith Lockhart, Conductor. Aiyano Ninomiya, violin. Tanglewood Festival Chorus, John Oliver, conductor. Glazounov, Violin Concerto. Flaherty and Ahrens, 'With Voices Raised'. $17-33.

Dance

Tap and Flamenco Jam and Showcase

Apr. 17, The Dance Complex, 536 Mass. Ave., Cambridge, (547-9363), 8 pm, Tickets $5.

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater

Apr. 20-25. Under the direction of Judith Jamison. part of the BankBoston Celebrity Series. At The Wang Theatre, 270 Tremont St., Boston. Tickets (800) 447-4700, $35-$55 (Sat. matinne, $20-$40.)

Champions on Ice

Apr. 18 at 2 pm, 7 pm, at the Fleet Center. This year includes Michelle Kwan, Brian Boitano, Todd Eldredge, and more. Tickets are $35, $50, $65. Tickets through Ticketmaster: 931-2000.

Lord of the Dance

June 3, at 8pm, 4 at 8pm, 5 at 2pm and 8pm, The Wang Theatre. Tickets $66, $46, $36, $26 with $61 as the top price for 2 p.m. Tickets from Tele-charge, 1-800-447-7400, or Wang Theatre box office.

Theater

Blue Man Group

Charles Playhouse, 74 Warrenton Street, Boston, 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. Call 426-6912 for tickets and information on how to see the show for free by ushering.

Shear Madness

Charles Playhouse Stage II, 74 Warrenton Street, Boston (426-5225), indefinitely. Curtain is at 8 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, at 6:30 and 9:30 p.m. on Saturday, and at 3 and 7:30 p.m. on Sunday. Tickets $30-34.

The Who’s Tommy

This return of the Tony-winning multimedia production of the 1969 rock opera by the Who's Pete Townsend (with book by Townsend and director Des McAnuff) is billed as a celebration of the 30th anniversary of the release of the original album. “Set in Britain between the end of World War II and the late 1960s, Tommy chronicles the adventures of young Tommy Walker,” who survives sexual abuse and autism to become a pinball wizard. Worth Gardner is at the helm, with musical direction by Scot Woolley; the show features a cast of 20 Broadway talents and an on-stage orchestra. At the Colonial Theatre, 106 Boylston Street, Boston (931-2787), April 13 through 25. Curtain is at 8 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and at 7:30 p.m. on Sunday, with 2 p.m. matinees on Saturday and Sunday. Tix $26 to $70.

Boston Theater Marathon

The Boston Playwrights' Theatre, supported by a grant from the BU Humanities Foundation, sponsors the first annual Boston Theater Marathon, to take place just one day before the one with all the runners. The BTM will offer 10 continuous hours of theater consisting of 40 new 10-minute plays written by 40 area playwrights and produced by 40 local theater companies. Participating playwrights include Alan Brody, Laura Harrington, David Mamet. At the Boston Playwrights' Theatre, 949 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston (353-5443), April 18. Hours are from noon to 10 p.m., with a party to follow. All-day pass $15 in advance; $20 day of performance. All net proceeds to benefit the Theatre Community Benevolent Fund, which provides emergency medical funds to Boston theater artists (additional contributions accepted).

Exhibits

The Spin Wave Series, by David Kupferman

Exhibition at the Newton Free Library Gallery, 330 Homer St., Newton Centre, MA 02459 (552-7145), throuh April 29. Artist’s Reception April 17, 2-4 pm.

Computer Museum

300 Congress St., Boston. (423-6758 or 426-2800), Daily, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Admission $7, $5 for students and seniors, free for children under 5. Half-price admission on Sun. from 3-5 p.m. Tours daily of “Walk Through Computer 2000,” a working two-story model of a PC. The world’s only computer 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. In the Smart Machines Theater a multi-media show features NASA’s Mars Rover, R2-D2, Shakey, Sea Rover, and other robots. Through Nov. 30: “Wizards and Their Wonders: Portraits in Computing.” Ongoing: “Virtual FishTank.”

Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum

280 The Fenway, Boston. (566-1401), Tues.-Sun. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Admission $10, $7 for seniors, $5 for students with ID ($3 on Wed.), free for children under 18.

The museum, built in the style of a 15th-century Venetian palace, 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 25: "Josiah McElheney: The Story of Glass."

Museum of Fine Arts

465 Huntington Ave., Boston. (267-9300), Mon.-Tues., 10 a.m.-4:45 p.m.; Wed., 10 a.m.-9:45 p.m.; Thurs.-Fri., 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sat.-Sun., 10 a.m.-5:45 p.m. West Wing open Thurs.-Fri. until 9:45 p.m. Admission free with MIT ID, otherwise $10, $8 for students and seniors, children under 17 free; $2 after 5 p.m. Thurs.-Fri., free Wed. after 4 p.m.

Mon.-Fri.: 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.”

Gallery lectures are free with museum admission. Thurs. 11: at 11 a.m., "Baroque Decorative Arts," presented by Joyce Geary Volk. Sat.: at noon, "17th-Century Dutch Painting," presented by Amy Daughenbaugh. Sun.: at 2 p.m., "A Valentine for Lupercalia: Lovers in Art," presented by Henry Augustine Tate. Wed.: at 6 p.m., "Maritime America," presented by Guy Jordan.

Museum of Science

Science Park, Boston. (723-2500), Daily, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; Fri., 9 a.m.-9 p.m.; Sat.-Sun., 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Admission free with MIT ID, otherwise $9, $7 for children 3-14 and seniors.

The Museum features the theater of electricity (with indoor thunder-and-lightning shows daily) and more than 600 hands-on exhibits. Ongoing: “Discovery Center"; "Investigate! A See-For-Yourself Exhibit"; "Science in the Park: Playing with Forces and Motion"; "Seeing Is Deceiving."

Ongoing: "Everest: Roof of the World"; "Living on the Edge." Through May 9: "Cats! Wild to Mild."

Admission to Omni, laser, and planetarium shows is $7.50, $5.50 for children and seniors. Now showing: "Laser Depeche Mode," Sun., 8 p.m.; "Laser Offspring," Thurs.-Sat., 8 p.m.; "Laser Rush," Sun., 9:15; "Laser Beastie Boys," Thurs.-Sat., 9:15 p.m.; "Laser Floyd's Wall," Fri.-Sat., 10:30 p.m.; "Friday Night Stargazing," Fri., 8:30 p.m.; "Welcome to the Universe," daily; "Quest for Contact: Are We Alone?" daily.

Other Events

7th Annual Boston Internatonal Festival of Women’s Cinema

Through Apr. 19 at the Brattle Theatre, in Harvard Square, Cambridge (876-6838). Featuring a wide variety of films, including the U.S. debuts of films directed by Indian director Deepa Mehta and Belgian director Patrice Toye; the Academy Award-nominated Regret to Inform, Barbara Sonneborn’s portrait of the lasting devastation of the Vietnam War as seent through the eyes of both American and Vietnamese women; films from Iran, Germany, and France; documentaries; and sneak preview screenings of international features including Lisanne Skyler’s Getting to Know You, starring Heather Matarazzo, Michael Weston, and Bebe Neuwirth, based on short stories from Joyce Carol Oats.

An Act of Conscience

Apr. 16, 7:30. A showing of a documentary about Randy Kehler and Betsy Corner of Colrain, Massachusetts, whose refusal to pay their federal income taxes as a protest against war and military spending resukted in the seizure of their home by the IRS. At the Harvard-Epworth United Methodist Church, 1555 Mass. ave., Cambridge, 02138, 354-0837. A discussion will follow. Suggested contributions: $5, $3 students.

A Tribute to Henry Hampton

Apr. 18, 2-5 pm at the John F. Kennedy Library and Museum, Columbia Point, Boston. An examination of the work of Emmy award-winning documentary film maker Henry Hampton and Blackside, Inc., the production company he founded. Will feature a distinguished panel of former and current Blackside production staff and the screening and sicussion of short segments of films he worked on. For more information, call 929-4523. For reservations, call 929-4571. Free, with reception following.