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ON THE TOWN

A Weekly Guide to the Arts in Boston

April 23-30

Popular Music

Avalon

Next: 423-NEXT.

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

May 13: RZA A.K.A. Bobby Digital, $17.

The Orpheum Theatre

Ticketmaster: 931-2000.

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.

May 28: Medeski, Martin & Wood and Marc Ribot Y Los Cubanos Postizos. Cost TBA.

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.

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. 4: Natalie Merchant. $35, $27.50.

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

Jun. 11: Charlie Daniels Band + Marshall Tucker Band + Molly Hatchet. $29.50, $25 pavilion, $15 lawn.

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

Jun. 16: Ozzfest incl. Black Sabbath, Judas Priest, Primus, Slayer. Sold Out.

Jun. 20: Journey + Foreigner. $35.

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 + Lucinda Williams. $47.50 pavilion, $26 lawn.

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

Jul. 17. Cher + Cyndi Lauper + Wild Orchid. $75.25, $60.25, $30.25.

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, + Ty Herndon + The Kinleys. $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: R.E.M. $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. 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. 25: Upstairs: High Society + Good Guy Mom + Force of Habit, $6. Downstairs: Don White, $10.

Apr. 25: Naftule’s Dream. $7.

Apr. 25: Diecast, $6.

Apr. 26: Daltonic. $6.

Apr. 27: A Celebration of National Poetry Month Vox Pop. Featuring Patino Vasquez + Minimalist Poets of Burlington. $8.

Apr. 27: Tim Kinsella. $6.

Apr. 28: Live Hip Hop Nite. $9 in advance, $11 at door.

Apr. 28: Rainer Maria. $6.

Apr. 29: Dick Dale. $12.

Apr. 29: Ted Leo. $7.

Apr. 30: The Church of the Subgenius Devival. $10.

Apr. 30: The Make Up. $7.

May 1: Babaloo. $8.

May 9-11, 13-15, 20-21, 27: WBCN Rock ‘n’ Roll Rumble - Local Band competition. $7.

Paradise Rock Club

Next: 423-NEXT.

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 d.o.s.

Apr. 30: Bogmen + Bleu. $8.

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

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

May 13: Ozric Tentacles. $15.

May 20: Crash Test Dummies. $15.

May 21: Econoline Crush. $5.

May 22: Pushtars - CD Release Show + My Favorite Relative. $8 adv., $10 d.o.s.

Jazz Music

Regattabar

Concertix: 876-7777

Apr. 23-24: Branford Marsalis Quartet. $24 Fri., $26 Sat.

Apr. 27: Gernando BrandDo & The Jinga Trio. $10.

Apr. 28-30: Mike Stern Quartet. $14 Wed. and Thurs., $16 Fri.

May 27-29: Phroah Sanders. $14 Wed. and Thurs., $16 Fri., $18 Sat.

Sculler's

Tickets: 562-4111

Ticketmaster: 931-2000

Apr.23: Nelson Rangell. $18.

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

May 6-7: George Russell Living Time Orchestra. $22.

BankBoston Celebrity Series

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

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. 23-24, 27: Seiji Ozawa, Conductor. Williams, world premiere of a new work. Strauss, 'Death and Transfiguration'. Bartok, Concerto for Orchestra. Sold out.

Sounds from the Dragon and the Bear: Music from Chinese and Russian Traditions

Apr. 30, May 1: MIT student Elaine Chew G, piano. Miho Sato, soprano. Edwin Duycayet, bass. Features selections from operas and art songs by Tchaikovsky Shostakovich, and Rachmaninov, and piano selections, including a work by MIT Professor of Music Peter Child. Cambridge Multicultural Arts Center, 41 Second St, Cambridge, 02141, 577-1400. A Met the Artists reception to follow the Apr. 30 performance. $12, $10 students, seniors, and members of the CMAC.

BankBoston Celebrity Series

Tickets: 266-1200.

Performances at Symphony Hall, 301 Massachusetts Ave., Boston unless otherwise noted.

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.

Apr. 30: Krystian Zimerman, piano. Works by Chopin and Schumann’s Sonata No. 1. $25-$45.

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

Green Stree Studios, Center for Movement and Dance

185 Green St., Central Square, Cambridge, 864-3191.$15 general, $12 students and seniors for each performance. $20 for both shows.

Four Dances by Daniel McCusker

Apr. 24, 30, May 2. Performed by Leah Bergmann, Annie Brown, Brian Crabtree, et. al.

Ruth Birnberg Dance Presents: A Concert of Dance and Music

Apr. 23, 25, 29, May 1: Choreography by Ruth Birnberg, Musicians Yukiko Takagi and Vernon Robison. 3 Premieres by “One of the most gifted voices in New England Dance.” - The Boston Globe.

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.

Fiorello!

Apr. 23-24, 8 pm, Apr. 25, 2pm, at the Mainstage Theater of the Spingold Theater Center at Brandeis University, (781) 736-3400. A musical comedy celebrating the life and career of one of New York’s flamboyant mayors, Fiorello H. La Guardia. Book by Jerome Weiman and George Abbott, music by Jerry Bock, and lyrics by Sheldon Harnick. Originally on Broadway in 1959 where it won the Pulitzer Prize, New York Drama Critic award, and the Tony award for Best Musical. Guest artist Gurner will play La Guardia, and undergarduate students of the Brandeis Theater Arts Program and members of the Professional Theater Training Program will also perform. Tickets $15.50-$19.50.

Sea Revels: In Celebration of the Sea

Apr. 30-May 2 at the Emerson Majestic Theatre, 219 Tremont St., Boston. An evening of traditional and ritual songs, drama, chanteys, and dances, featuring David Jones, Janice Allen, and David Coffin with music of the Georgie Sea Islands, children’s dockside singing games, A Foc’sle Fufu Band, Padstow ‘Obby ‘Oss, sword dancing, and mumming. For more information call 972-8300. For reservations, call 824-8000. Tickets: $26, $22, $17, Children (<12 yrs.) $22, $18, $15.

The Tempest

Through May 9, Fri at 7:30, Sat and Sun at 3:00, at the Wheelock Family Theatre, 180 The Riverway, Boston, 734-4760. Sign Language provided May 7, 9. Tickets $10-$15.

Exhibits

The Spin Wave Series, by David Kupferman

Through April 29. Exhibition at the Newton Free Library Gallery, 330 Homer St., Newton Centre, 02459, (552-7145)

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

A Celebration Service by Meredith Monk

Apr. 23, 8 pm at Sanders Theatre, 45 Quincy St., Cambridge. Performance pioneer Meredith Monk and her 16-member vocal ensemble present Monk’s new work celebrating the universal quest for sprituality by melding music, choral chants, and movements with spiritual traditions that span both centuries and cultures. For more information call 876-4725. For ticket information call 876-4275 or 496-2222 or TicketMaster. $28, $22, $18.

Corky Quakenbush: Animation Artist

Apr. 29, 8 pm at the Museum of Fine Arts. The creator of famous parodies will present a program of his short films includng those mae famous on Fox’s “Mad TV” (Furious George, Reinfather, and Clops). Also included will be the Sundance Film Festival hit, One Hand Left. $7 general, $6 members, students, seniors.

Symphony Hall Open House

Apr. 25, 12-5 pm at Symphony Hall, 301 Massachusetts Ave., Boston. This year’s Open House will give visitors the opportunity to meet Seiji Ozawa, Keith Lockhart, John Williams, and other musicians associated with the BSO, as well as hear BSO musicians perform solo and chamber music, tour the Hall and the Cohen Wing, and view the BSO’s historical instrument collection. Free.

24th Annual New England Film & Video Festival

Apr. 26-May 1 at the Coolidge Corner Theatre in Brookline, Boston. The Boston Film and Video Foundation presents winners, including the Best of Festival winner, Floating, starring Norman Reedus, Casey Affleck, and Chad Lowe, directed by William Roth. Also, on May 1 the Awards Night Gala will show highlights from top award winner, followed by an Awards Night Party. For schedules and ticket information call 536-1540 or visit http://www.newenglandfilm.com/festival.

1001 Real Apes

Apr. 23-May 8, Thurs-Sat 8pm at The Peabody House Theatre Coop, 277 Broadway, Somerville. All Thing Considered commentator David Greenberger presents selected stories from The Duplex Planet, a magazine of interviews he conducted with elderly residents of a nursing home near Boston. Features music by the internationally acclaimed eletric new music ensemble Birdsongs of the Mesozoic.