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ON THE TOWN

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

Send submissions to ott@the-tech.mit.edu or by interdepartmental mail to “On The Town,” The Tech, W20-483.

Popular Music

Avalon

Next: 423-NEXT.

Jul. 29: Alabina, $25.

Fleet Center

Ticketmaster: 931-2000

Aug. 21-30: Bruce Springsteen & The E-Street Band. Sold Out.

Orpheum Theatre

Ticketmaster: 931-2000

Jul. 18: Iron Maiden + Machine Head. Sold Out.

Tweeter Center for the Performing Arts (Great Woods)

Ticketmaster: 931-2000.

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.

Aug. 4: Roger Waters. $45 pavilion, $35 lawn.

Aug. 8: Lauryn Hill + Busta Rhymes. $55, $47.50 pav., $29.50 lawn.

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

Aug. 21: The Cranberries + Collective Soul. $35 pav., $25 lawn.

Aug. 23: Jeff Beck and Johnny Lang. $39.50, $29.50 pav., $19.50 lawn.

Aug. 26: Bonnie Raitt + Jackson Browne + Shawn Colvin. $45, $39.50 pav., $25 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.

Aug. 31: Tori Amos + Alanis Morissette. $39.50 pav., $25 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.

Ticket prices vary. Call 354-8238 for more info.

Jul. 7: Soilent Green.

Jul. 7: Grooveworks.

Jul. 8: Gameface.

Jul. 8: Laurel Aitken.

Jul. 9: Quick Fix.

Jul. 8: Addison Groove Project.

Jul. 10: Souled American.

Jul. 10: Bim Skala Bim.

Jul. 11: Penelope Houston.

Jul. 11: Kleenex Girl Wonder.

Jul. 17: Frank Black & The Catholics

Jul. 22: Junior Brown.

Jul. 24: Melvins.

Paradise Rock Club

Next: 423-NEXT.

Jul. 7: Ozric Tentacles + Star People. $10. (Rescheduled from May 13. All tickets will be honored)

Jul. 9: The Marvelous 3 + Shades Apart + Dovetail Joint. $8.00.

Jul. 14: Fish. $14.

Jul. 31: Nashville Pussy + The Hookers. $12.

Jazz Music

Regattabar

Concertix: 876-7777

Ticket prices vary. Call 661-5000 for more info.

Jul. 7: Annie Royer and her Cabaret Revue.

Jul. 8-10: Gonzalo Rubalcaba Trio.

Jul. 13: Rod Piazza and the Mighty Flyers.

Jul. 14: Pierre Hurel Trio.

Jul. 15: Don Braden Quartet.

Jul. 16: Luciana Souza Quintet.

Jul. 17: Rebecca Parris.

Jul. 20: Steven Kirby Quartet.

Jul. 21: Teresa Ines Quintet.

Jul. 22: Bruce Katz Band.

Jul. 23: John Patitucci Quartet.

Jul. 24: Patricia Barber.

Jul. 27: Jinga Trio.

Jul. 28: Javon Jackson Quartet.

Jul. 27: Ruth Brown and Friends.

Sculler's

Ticketmaster: 931-2000

Ticket prices vary. Call 562-4111 for more info.

Jul. 16: Down To The Bone.

Jul. 16-17: Herbie Mann and Sona Tera.

Jul. 22-24: Michael Franks.

Jul. 28-29: David Benoit.

Jul. 30: Kenny Rankin.

Classical Music

Aurelius Ensemble: Antojitos Latinos

MIT's Aurelius Ensemble will present a delectable selection of Latin American music, Jul. 22 and 23, 8 p.m. in MIT's Killian Hall. The ensemble will present works by Astor Piazzolla, Heitor Villa-Lobos, and George Gershwin, and the American premiere of Jose Elizondo's Danzas Latinamericanas. Both performances are free, suggested donation of $5.

Fleet Center

Ticketmaster: 931-2000

Jul. 16: The Irish Tenors. $49.50, $39.50, $29.50 and $20 seats available.

Boston Symphony Orchestra

Performances at Koussevitzky Music Shed, Lenox, MA unless otherwise noted.

Jul. 10: Opening Night Performance, Seiji Ozawa, conductor. All-Beethoven Program. Symphony No. 6, "Pastoral," Symphony No. 7. $23, $14.50 (lawn) tickets available.

Jul. 11: John Williams, conductor; Gil Shaham, violin. Williams: "for Seiji"; Mendelssohn, Violin Concertol Sarasate, "Carmen Fantasy" after Bizet's opera for violin and orchestra; Berstein: Symphonic Dances from "West Side Story." $16, $13.50 (lawn) tickets available.

Boston Pops

Tickets: 266-1492.

Jul. 7, 8: At the Hatch Memorial Shell. Free, Non-Ticketed Concert.

Jul. 10-11: All-Star Weekend at Symphony Hall, Keith Lockhart, conductor. Call for ticket info.

Jul. 17: James Conlon, conductor; Sarah Chang, violin. Martinu: "Memorial to Lidice"; Goldmark: Violin Concerto in A minor; Dvorak: Symphony No. 8 in G, Op. 88. $39, $23, $16 tickets available, $13.50 lawn.

Aug. 22: Boston Pops Esplanade Orch., John Williams, conductor. At the Tweeter Center. $30, $25 pav., $10 lawn.

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.

Exhibits

"Creating Eden" and "Growing in the City"

Through Jul. 25. The Somerville Arts Council presents two complementary exhibits in the windows and interior spaces of 30 Davis Square businesses, ranging from the SomeDay cafe to a McDonald's restaurant. The exhibits are inspired by the presence of nature in the urban environment and features an amazing variety of media and styles.

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.

Other Events

AIDS Action Committee of Massachusetts, Inc.

All events occur at 131 Clarendon St., 4th floor, Boston.

Jul. 8, 14, 27. "HIV Basics," an introduction to HIV and AIDS information and concepts, 3-4:30 p.m. Free, no pre-registration required. Call 450-1344 for more info.

Jul. 8, 14, 27. Volunteer orientation, 1-4:30 p.m. Call 450-1302 for more info.

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.

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.

Film Festivals

Tickets are $7, $6 MFA members, seniors, students, unless otherwise noted. Call 369-3770 for more info.

Boston French Film Festival

Man Is a Woman. Jul. 11, 22. A hilarious comedy of errors about a Yiddish chanteuse living in Paris who falls for a gay man upon hearing him play clarinet. Cosponsored by the Boston Jewish Film Festival.

Soleil. Jul. 11, 18. The magnificent Sophia Loren stars as a matriarch of a Jewish Algerian family. With her Communist husband hiding in France during WWII, the woman does what she must to keep her family intact.

Jeanne and the Perfect Guy. Jul. 10, 16. A unique musical comedy in which a free-spirited French girl pursues her favorite pastime - sex - until she meets her soul mate. She soon finds out he is HIV-positive. A feast for the senses that celebrates life and passion through the couple's romance.

The Favorite Son. Jul. 23-24. A psychological drama starring three of France's most talented actors, that tells the touching story of a turbulent family's life on the Riviera - a family torn by disupte and tragic events.

Music on Film Festival

The Righteous Babes. Aug.19, 21, 28. A powerful and timely documentary that examines the intersection of feminism with popular music by focusing on the role of female recording artists in the 1990s and their influence on modern women. Includes female musicians Courtney Love, Shirley Manson, Sinead O'Connor, Tori Aos, and Ani Difranco.

The Underground Orchestra. Aug. 12, 12, 14, 20, 21. Captures an array of striking performances from international bohemians, all united by their experiences of political repression and by a luminous spirit and boundless courage that led them to flee a variety of horrendous situations throughout the world, but finding refuge in Paris.

Zakir and His Friends. Jul. 31, 1, 5, 7, 15, 22. A poetic montage of percussionists from around the globe.

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.

Disney PremEARS Tour

Jul. 14: At the Tweeter Center. The Disney Channel and Media One present PremEARS In The Park. For one night only, see a sneak preview of a Disney Channel original movie, Johnny Tsunami. Enjoy games, activities, live music and appearances by your favorite Disney Characters. Admission is free, and tickets are first-come, first -served. Tickets available at 1:00pm day of performance. Gates open at 6:30pm. Rain or Shine.

Ill Nature Dance Party

Worcester's Centrum Centre on

Aug. 7. A 13-hour dance party featuring techno, funky mixes and house music. Featuring Neuclear Hyde, Norstrum, Commander Tom and the Atomic Babies. 12:00pm to 1:00am. $25 (first 1,000 tickets), $30 (after first 1,000 tickets are sold), $35 (day of event).

W.W.F.

Ticketmaster: 931-2000.

Raw Is War! Aug. 30, at the Fleet Center. $35, $28, $22, $17.

SmackDown! Aug. 31, at Worcester's Centrum Centre. $35, $28, $22, $17.

"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: Sargent: 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

Through 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

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.

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.