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ON THE TOWN

A Weekly Guide to the Arts in Boston

May 7-14

Popular Music

Avalon

Next: 423-NEXT.

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

The Orpheum Theatre

Ticketmaster: 931-2000.

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.

Jun. 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.

Jun. 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. Sold Out.

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, 18: Ozzfest incl. Black Sabbath, Judas Priest, Primus, Slayer. Jun. 16 Sold Out. $50 pavilion, $35 lawn.

Jun. 19: Rod Stewart, $79.75, $59.75, $29.75.

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. On sale 5/8 at 12 pm. $35, $25 pavilion, $17.50 lawn.

Jun. 30: Bad Company + David Lee Roth. $35, $29.50 pavilion.

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. 29: Barenaked Ladies. $35 pavilion, $25.00 lawn.

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

Aug. 3: Lillith Fair '99. Incl. Sarah McLachlan, Sheryl Crow, the Pretenders, Mya, and Me'shell Ndegeocello. Tickets on sale 5/22.

Aug. 4: Roger Waters. $45 pavilion, $35 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 16. George Strait Country Music Festival. + Tim McGraw, Jo Dee Messina, Dixie Chicks, Mark Wills, Kenny Chesney and Asleep at the Wheel. $29.50, $39.50, $49.50.

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.

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

Paradise Rock Club

Next: 423-NEXT.

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

Jazz Music

Regattabar

Concertix: 876-7777

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

Sculler's

Tickets: 562-4111

Ticketmaster: 931-2000

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

Boston Pops

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

May 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.

Dance

Boston Ballet Company: Dracula

Through May 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

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

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 United States. Internationally renowned choreographers and dancers will come together for an evening of dance, drum, and song. $10, reservations strongly recommended.

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.

Titanic: A New Musical

Jun. 9-20, at the Wang Theatre. Wed.-Sat., 8pm; Sun., 7:30pm; matinees Thurs., Sat., Sun., 2pm. The Tony Award-winning musical about the legendary maiden voyage of the R.M.S. Titanic, directed by Richard Jones, dramatizes the lives and yearnings of the crew, staff and passengers aboard the Titanic. Story by Peter Stone with music and lyrics by Maury Yeston. Tickets available through Ticketmaster. Group sales of 20 or more call (617) 350-6000; $15-$68.50

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 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

Collectors Collect Contemporary: 1990-1999

Through May 28. The Institute of Contemporary Art, at 955 Boylston St., Boston, 02115, presents works from twenty-five of Boston's private contemporary art collections. The exhibit features over seventy works from fifty artists from around the world, and highlights themes characteristic of the 1990's as well as offering a look at the complexity of the contemporary art world. for information, call (617) 266-5152.

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.

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

Salman Rushdie Reading

May 10, 7 pm, at the First Parish Church, 3 Church St., Cambridge, 02138. One of only three readings the author will give to promote his new book, The Ground Beneath her Feet, in the United States. The 51 year old author of the highly controversial The Satanic Verses has gradually emerged after years of hiding due to threats from enraged Iranian fundamentalists. Rushdie's new book is a retelling of the myth of Orpheus and Eurydice, told through the characters of two Indian rock stars. Will sign only those copies of his new book bought at the event. Tickets $12, $10 students and seniors. Available at the Harvard Bookstore, 1256 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge (in person only) and Wordsworth, 30 Brattle St., Cambridge (in person only).

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

All events at 4 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.

Alasdair Fraser

May 21 at the Somerville Theatre, 55 Davis Sq., Somerville. Scotland's renowned fiddle master appears with Tony McManus, one of the most admired Celtic guitarists. Fraser has been a major force behind the resurgence of traditional Scottish fiddling and the concert will feature works ranging from hauntic Gaelic laments to classically-styled airs and raucous dance tunes. Tickets at Ticketmaster outlets, $17.50.

Fuller Museum of Art

Events occur at the museum 445 Oak St., Brockton, 02301.

MassQuilts Documention Project:

Bring Your Own Quilt Day

May 22, 11 am-4 pm. MassQuilts, a statewide organization dedicated to the identification and preservation of qulits, will be on hand to share knowledge about style, approximate date, fabrics, condition, and construction of an individual's pre-1950 quilts. Owners will obtain documented information of their quilt, tips for care and storage, and any known details about the makers. If you wish to schedule an appointment, call (508) 588-6000 x113. $10 per quilt.

From Mill Town to Architectural Mecca: H.H. Richardson and the Transformation of North Easton, Massachusetts

May 15, 1-5:30 pm at the museum and North Easton. Dr. James O'Gorman of Wellesley College, the leading living authority on Richardson, will present a lecture on one of the most respected architects of the United States. After the one hour lecture, O'Gorman and guests will board buses and travel 4 miles to North Easton to view the structures first hand. A reception and discussion will immediately follow the return to the museum. $15, $10 museum members and seniors, $5 students and teachers. Register by 5/10 by calling (508) 588-6000 x113.

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.

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 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.