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A weekly guide to the arts in Boston June 4 - 10 Compiled by Fred Choi

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Popular Music


Next: 423-NEXT.

Jul. 29: Alabina, $25.

Berklee Performance Center

Ticketmaster: 931-2000

Jun. 11: Mike Ness, $18.

Jun. 20: David Cassidy, $22.50.

Jun. 23: The Art Ensemble of Chicago, $25.

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

Fleet Center

Ticketmaster: 931-2000.

Jun. 14: Shania Twain. Sold out.

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

Tweeter Center for the Performing Arts (Great Woods)

Ticketmaster: 931-2000.

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. Both shows Sold Out.

Jun. 18: Motley Crue + Scorpions + Flash Bastard, $50 pav., $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. $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. Both shows sold out.

Jul. 15: Poison + Ratt + Great White + L.A. Guns, $25 pav., $15 lawn.

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. 27: Jewel + Rusted Root, $35 pav., $25 lawn. On sale 7/12 at 10:00 a.m.

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. 27: Goo Goo Dolls + Sugar Ray + Fastball, $25 pav., $20 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. Both shows Sold out.

Sep. 11: R.E.M. $39.50 pavilion, $29.50 lawn.

The Middle East

Ticketmaster: 931-2000.

Call for schedule.

Paradise Rock Club

Next: 423-NEXT.


Jun. 11: Melissa Ferrick Band + Faith Salloway Band, $15.

Jun. 18: Coolio, $20 adv., $22.50 d.o.s.

Jun. 26: Verve Pipe + Papa Vegas, $12.

Jazz Music


Concertix: 876-7777

Jun. 11-12: Deborah Henson-Conant: Jazz Harp, Fri. $14, Sat. $16.


Tickets: 562-4111

Ticketmaster: 931-2000

Jun. 11: James Williams and ICU, Thurs. $18, Fri. $20.

Jun. 13: Women in Song - Featuring the area's new female vocalists, $10.

Jun. 16: 8 and 10 p.m., Tingstad and Rumbel, $16.

Jun. 22-23: 8 and 10 p.m., Ivan Lins, $21.

Jun. 24-25: Th. 8, 10 p.m., Fri. 8, 10:30 p.m., Kenny Garrett. Price tba.

Classical Music

Boston Pops

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

Jun. 13: Celtic Night at Pops, Keith Lockhart, conductor. Only $33 tickets available.

Jun. 15-16: Star-Spangled Spectacular, Keith Lockhart, conductor, The U.S. Army Field Band and Soldiers' Chorus. Sold out.

Jun. 18: James Orent, conductor. $14-$33.

Jun. 19: Swing Night at Pops, James Orent, conductor. $17-$31.

Jun. 20: Tribute to Father's Day, Keith Lockhart, conductor. $13-$33.


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.

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 Last Resort

Through Jun. 26, Wed.-Sat. at 8 p.m.: The world premiere of Beau Jest's latest collaboration. The play takes place at the Rondelet Lodge, a secluded resort where sex, death, and taxes intersect in

surprising ways. Written by Beau Jest, directed by Davis Robinson. The Boston Globe raves, "[They are a] seamless ensemble, handling extremely eclectic material with seeming effortlessness. The snappiest satire since the vintage days of Saturday Night Live...polished to the point of near perfection." Reservations strongly recommended, seating very limited. $15. Call 437-0657 for more info.


Through Jun. 19, Thu.-Sat. 8 p.m.: Play by Milcha Sanchez-Scott, directed by Brendan Hughes. The Peabody House Cooperative present their season finale at the Peabody House Theatre, 277 Broadway, Somerville. The play balances humor, poignance, and powerful drama, to probe into the problems besetting an Hispanic-American family in the rural Southwest, and the growing conflict between a ne'er-do-well father and his rebellious son. Tickets $14, $10 students/seniors (Thu. only). For reservations call 625-1300.


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 Our National Heritage

33 Marrett Rd., Lexington, 02421. (781-861-6559). Mon.-Sat. 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sun. 12 p.m.-5 p.m. Admission free.

The Museum presents an exhibition of 93 rare and beautiful photographs drawn from the celebrated collection discovered in the attic of the Medford Historical Society in 1990. One of the most extensive and well-preserved collections of Civil War photographs to survive, the Medford pictures are nationally known for their breadth and depth of subject matter. Through Nov. 14.

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." 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.

Alive in the Body: Portraits of Yoga

Through Jun. 29. Andree Lerat presents a gallery at the Main Hall of the Newton Free Library, 330 Homer St., Newton Centre, MA. Opening reception, Jun. 10, 7-9 p.m. Call 738-9553 for gallery hours and directions.

Other Events

First Provincetown International Film Festival

Jun. 18: The Film Festival kicks off w/ the presentation of the "Filmmaker on the Edge" Award, given to John Waters. Waters, who will be in attendance, is a cult figure of underground filmmaking, and his career includes Polyester, Hairspray, Cry Baby, and Pecker. The "director's cut" of Female Trouble (1974) is slated to be reissued this coming summer and will have its world premiere in the festival. For tickets and more information for this and other shows, call 508-349-0578 or 617-739-2901.

Presented by the Museum of Fine Arts

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

MFA Summer Music Series

Each begins at 7:30. Bring a blanket or relax on the lawn, or reserve a table for four. (Limited chair seating also available.) In wet weather, concerts will take place inside in the Remis Auditorium. Tickets $15, MFA members, seniors, students; $18 general, $5 <12 y.o. Call for packages of 4 or to charge tickets: 369-3306.

Jun. 30: Patty Larkin.

Jul. 7: Klezmer Conservatory Band.

Jul. 14: Inca Son.

Jul. 21: The New Black Eagle Jazz Band.

Jul. 28: Ellis Paul.

Aug. 4: Wildest Dreams.

Aug. 11: The Boogaloo Swamis.

Aug. 18: Moloney, O'Connell & Keane.

Aug. 25: Bombay Jim & the Swinging Sapphires.

25th Annual Bastille Day Street Festival

Jul. 9: Celebrate the French National Holiday and support the French Library and Cultural Center and its programs. Join 3000 fellow Bostonians in celebrating a little early, at Malborough Street, which will be filled with cafe stands, street artists, and live music. The evening will kick off with special activities for families and children at 6:30 p.m. The Bastille Day street dance will begin at 8:00 p.m. Tickets $20 for adults, $5 for children under 12. Call 266-4351 or 912-0400 for reservations.

11th Annual Boston Festival of Bands

Jun. 5, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. The Metropolitan Wind Symphony will host the Festival at Feneuil Hall. Musical selections, played by Concert Bands from around New England, will range from Broadway showtunes to jazz to Sousa marches to classical music. Free.

Gay Pride Events

Jun. 11, 9 p.m. to 2 a.m. Unity party with remix DJ Junior Vasquez at The Roxy on Tremont St. $26 in advance, $36 at the door.

Jun. 12, 11:58 a.m. A moment of silence in Copley Square followed by The Pride March at noon which begins in Copley Square continuing to Boston Common. Grand Marshalls: Randy Price (Channel 7 News), Candace Gingrich of The Human Rights Campaign, and local activist Sue Hyde of the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force.

Jun. 12, noon to 6 p.m. The Festival with performances by local grassroots artists, food, speakers, and vendors in the Boston Common.

Jun. 12, 7:30 to 11:30 p.m. Fusion Ball youth party with entertainment and food in City Hall. $5 in advance, $8 at the door.

Jun. 13, 11 a.m. Brunch with Candace at Laruel’s, Berkley St. $30.

Jun. 13, 3 p.m. Pride Fest on LaGrange St. Street dance to benefit the Fenway Community Health Center.

"Sargent Summer" in Boston

Four local cultural institutions present exhibitions and programmes about the masterful American artist John Singer Sargent (1856-1925).

Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum

Through Sep. 26: Sargeant: The Late Landscapes: The exhibit represents the first in-depth exploration of an overlooked aspect of the artist's career. Late in his life, Sargent began refusing portrait commissions to paint landscapes professionally. The fourteen paintings and watercolors are taken from collections throughout the United States and Europe.

Museum of Fine Arts

Jun. 27-Sep. 26: An exhibit of 160 Sargent works, including his finest oils, watercolors, and studies for murals - some never before exhibited. In collaboration with the Tate Gallery, London, and the National Gallery of Art, Washington, the exhibit will feature portraits of influential figures of the time, including Monet, Rockefeller, Robert Louis Stevenson, and Isabella Stewart Gardner. To coincide with the exhibition, the MFA is restoring its famous Sargent murals, begun in 1916. For more info., call 267-9300.

The Boston Public Library

Beginning Jun. 26 and continuing each Sat. through Sep.: Tours of Sargent's murals in the library and talks on his life.

Through Jul. 30: Sargent in Context at the Public Library. on view in the Cheverus Room will feature the artist's drawings and painted sketches for his murals.

Jun. 25: Public Art for Boston: John Singer Sargent's Mural Projects: a day-long symposium, with a concluding lecture "Painting (Religious) Privacy in Public." For more information call 536-5400 ext. 238.

Harvard University Art Museums

Through Sep. 5: Sargent in the Studio: Drawings, Sketchbooks, and Oil Sketches. At the Fogg Art Museum, an exhibit drawn from one of the most significant Sargent collections in the world will reveal the working process of one of America's best known artists. Thirty-three of his rarely shown sketchbooks will also be on view. For hours and info., call 495-9400.