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ON THE TOWN

A Weekly Guide to the Arts in Boston

April 23-30

Popular Music

Avalon

Next: 423-NEXT.

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

The Orpheum Theatre

Ticketmaster: 931-2000.

May 3: The Cranberries. Sold Out.

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

May 15: Blondie. Sold Out.

May 16: Hole. Sold Out.

May 28: Medeski, Martin & Wood and Marc Ribot Y Los Cubanos Postizos. $21. On Sale May 1 at noon.

Berklee Performance Center

Ticketmaster: 931-2000

May 8: Jonatha Brooke. $20.

May 15: The Rankins. $20-$25.

May 23: Daniel O'Donnell. $19.50, $24.50.

May 28: Dave Brubeck Quartet. $28, $35.

June 26: John McLaughlin: Remembering Shakti. $22.50, $26.50.

Fleet Center

Ticketmaster: 931-2000.

May 7. R. Kelly + Busta Rhymes + NAS Foxy Brown + Kelly Price + Deb Cox. $49.50, $42.50.

Jun 14: Shania Twain. Sold out.

June 17. Ani DiFranco + Maceo Parker. $25.

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. $115.00 and $69.50 pavilion, $29.50 lawn.

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. 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. 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. Built to Spill. $7.

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

Axis

NEXT: 423-NEXT

May 6. Paul Oakenfold. $15.

May 11. Planet V + Jumping Jack Frost, Bryan Gee & Moose. Cost t.b.a.

Jazz Music

Regattabar

Concertix: 876-7777

Apr. 30: Mike Stern Quartet. $16.

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

Sculler's

Tickets: 562-4111

Ticketmaster: 931-2000

Through May 2: Bobby Short and His Orchestra. $28 Sun., $32 Fri. and Sat.

May 5. Issi Rozen. $10.

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

May 8-9. Jean Carne & Angela Bofil. $25.

May 12. Kyle Eastwood Quintet. $14.

May 13-14. Warren Hill. $20.

May 19-22. Ray Brown Trio. $22 Wed. and Thurs., $24 Fri. and Sat.

May 25. Roger Kellaway & Robben Ford. $26.

May 26. Kurt Elling. $16.

Classical Music

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 Meet the Artists reception to follow the Apr. 30 performance. $12, $10 students, seniors, and members of the CMAC.

Boston Pops

Performances at Symphony Hall, 301 Mass Ave., Boston. Tickets: 266-1492.

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.

May 8. Pops in Love. Richard Hayman, conductor. $31, 33, 43.

May 9. Mother's Day Tribute. Richard Hayman, conductor. $17-49.

May 11-12. The Duke and All That Jazz. Bruce Hangen, conductor. $13-49.

May 13-14. Salute to Broadway. Keith Lockhart, conductor. Sold Out.

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.

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, 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.

Dance

Boston Ballet Company: Dracula

May 4-23 at The Wang Theatre, 270 Tremont St, Boston 02116, 482-9393. The Boston premiere of the gothic, romantic, and spine-tingling ballet based on the famous Bram Stoker novel, choreographed by Houston Ballet Artistic Director Ben Stevenson. Features the music of Franz Liszt. Stunning visual effects, including surprising transformations and pyrotechnics, and lavish costumes help tell the story. For tickets call Tele-charge at (800)447-7400. $12.50-$69; student rush tickets available at The Wang Theatre box office for $12.50 one hour before curtain.

The Dance Complex

All events held at the Complex, 536 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge, 02139. For tickets and more info, call 547-9363.

May 1, 8 pm. The Official Kick-Off Party for DanceMonth '99. Mayor Frank Duehay and dancer Rozann Kraus will host, the kick-off to Cambridge's month long city-wide celebration of dance. Events include: Official Procalamation from the City Council, foods from the International Restaurants of Central Square; Dance Belt Awards, music, raffle prizes, and dance. Free.

May 9, 7 pm. Dances from Africa and the Diaspora. The Complex will present an evening of African and Afro-Brazilian dance performed by faculty members and their companies in celebration of DanceMonth 99 to the music of master drummers from West Africa, Brazil, and the Uniter States. Internationally renowned choreographers and dancers will come together for an evening of dance, drum, and song. $10, reservations strongly recommended.

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.

Four Dances by Daniel McCusker

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

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.

Exhibits

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.

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

24th Annual New England Film & Video Festival

Through 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.

The William E. Massey, Sr., Lectures: American History on Stage and Screen

All events at 4:00 pm. Free.

May 10: History Around the Crucible. A lecture by Arthur Miller. Science Center B.

May 11: Picking a Fight: Politics, Ideas, and "Arguing the World". A lecture by Joseph Dorman, director of Arguing the World. Emerson Hall, Rm. 105.

May 12: Can Films Tell the Truth About History? A lecture by Joan Micklin Silver, director of Hester Street. Emerson Hall, Rm. 105.

1001 Real Apes

Through 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.

Japan Festival 1999

May 2, 2-6 pm at the Kaji Aso Studio, 40 St. Stephen St., Boston, 02115. Includes demonstrations of Japenese calligraphy and Sumi painting by Kaji Aso; readings by the Boston Haiku Society; Shakuhachi mini-concert; workshops in origami and paper marblizing; japanese folk-theater performance; maki sushi and japanese pancakes, and more. 247-1719 for more information. $4 donation, $1 children <12 yo.

Presented by the Museum of Fine Arts

All events will occur at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, 02115. For tickets and information, call 369-3770.

May 6, 7:45 pm. Animation artists: Paul and Sandra Fierlinger. The Fierlingers will present a program of their films, including Paul Fierlinger's acclaimed Drawn from Memory, which recounts "his life as the rebellious son of a Czechosolovakian career politician using old-fashioned cel animation with water colors backgrounds and charcoal pencil sketches to recreate a historical era... at times a touching memoir and at others a sincere effort to deal with painful recollections.. never fails to stimulate the senses with its sheer artistry." (Christian Gaines, Sundance Film Festival Catalogue. $7, $6 MFA members, seniors, and students.

May 12, 7:30 pm. Thracian Gold and Silver: The Vernacular Style. The ancient Thracians inhabited the mountains and valleys of the Balkan peninsula just north of Greece. Speaker Adriana Calinescu will examine the forms, techniques, and decorative features characteristic of the indigenous Thracian artistic tradition of the 6th through the 4th century B.C. $12, $9 for MFA members, seniors, and students.

Through May 21. Japanese Anime Festival. Includes films for all ages. Overviews the phenomenon that has gained wide popularity in the United Staets in recent years. Features rarely shown but influential films of the '40s through the '80s, as well as stunning recent achievements. For a complete schedule, call 369-3770. Single tickets, $7, $6 MFA members, seniors, and students. 6 programs, $30, $24 students, etc.