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Popular Music

Avalon

Next: 423-NEXT.

Sept. 15: Edwin McCain + the Beth Hart Band, $15.

Sept. 16: Cheap Trick + Guided by Voices, $20.

Berklee Performance Center

Berklee College of Music

1140 Boylston St.

Free student recitals and faculty concerts, 4pm and 7pm some weekdays. For info. on these concerts, call the Performance Information Line at 747-8820.

Sept. 10: John Prine, $26.50, $22.50. Call Ticketmaster for tickets.

Oct. 16: Cesaria Evora, $28, $24.

Centrum Centre

Ticketmaster 931-2000.

Sept. 10: Alan Jackson with Andy Griggs & Brad Paisley, $27.

Sept. 12: Lenny Kravitz, Smashmouth, Buckcherry, $35, $25.

Fleet Center

Ticketmaster: 931-2000

Aug. 25-30: Bruce Springsteen & The E-Street Band. Sold Out.

Sept. 10: Barry White + Earth, Wind, & Fire, $38.50, $25.

Sept. 21-22: Backstreet Boys. Both shows sold out.

Sept. 24: Celine Dion, $75, $59.50 and $39.50.

Tweeter Center for the Performing Arts (Great Woods)

Ticketmaster: 931-2000.

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.

Aug. 27: Victory at Sea.

Aug. 27: The Muffs.

Aug. 28: Random Road Mother.

Aug. 28: Kevin Coyne.

Aug. 29: Spring Heeled Jack.

Aug. 29: Humans Being.

Aug. 30: Franco DeGrazi/

Gianni Lenoci Duo.

Aug. 31: Corkscrew.

Paradise Rock Club

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Sept. 14: L7 + School Of Assassins (cd release). $10 adv., $12. day of.

Sept. 15: Manic Street Preachers + Remy Zero. $10 adv., $12. day of.

Jazz Music

Regattabar

Concertix: 876-7777

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

Aug. 26-28: Milt Jackson/Hank Jones Duo (five shows).

Aug. 31: Krisanthi Pappas Quintet.

Sept. 1: Billy Novick and Guy Van Duser.

Sept. 2-4: James Carter Quintet (five shows).

Sept. 8: Edu Tancredi y el Bandon 33.

Sept. 9: Dane Vannatter Quartet.

Sept. 10-11: Ronnie Earl & The Broadcasters (four shows).

Sept. 14: Dominique Eade Quartet.

Sept. 15: Eric Reed Trio.

Sept. 16-18: New York Voices (five shows).

Sculler’s

Ticketmaster: 931-2000

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

(All performers two shows per day unless otherwise noted)

Aug. 26-28: Gato Barbieri.

Classical

Music

Boston Pops

Tickets: 266-1492.

Aug. 30: Koussevitzky Music Shed, Lenox, MA. John Williams, conductor. $16-$48 tickets left.

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.

Mad Forest

TheaterZone, 100 Captains Row #306, Chelsa, MA 02150, (617) 887-2336. Through Sept. 5, Fri. and Sat. at 8 p.m., Sun. at 7 p.m. at Actors Workshop, 40 Boylston St., Boston. TheaterZone presents Mad Forest by Caryl Churchill. Love and society collide in this insiders view of the infamous Romanian Revolution of 1989. Tickets $10 in advance, $12 at the door, call (617) 887-2336 to reserve.

Exhibits

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.

Commonwealth Museum

220 Morrissey Blvd., Boston, 02125. Located across from the JFK Library. Hours: M-F 9-5, S 9-3. Admission is Free. For more info. or to arrange a tour, call 617-727-9268.

The Archaeology of the Central Artery Project: Highway to the Past

The exhibit focuses on life in Colonial Boston as interpreted through artifacts recovered from the “Big Dig” before the construction began. Artifacts and information on display examine leisure activities, tavern life, the life of three colonial women, and Native Americans.

DNA Gallery

288 Bradford St., Provincetown, MA 02657, (508) 487-7705. Hours M-Th 11-6, F-Sun 11-8.

Through Sept. 8. Main Gallery: Works by Gregory Amenoff, Hiroyuki Hamada, and Joel Meyerowitz. Side Gallery: Bernard Toale Presents: Ambreen Butt, Leslie Dill, and Ellen Driscoll.

Other Events

The End of the World hosted by Crash 22

Oct. 2, 1:00 p.m. to 1:30 a.m. at The Revolving Museum (288-300 A St., Boston, MA) A millenium-end arts explosion to benefit AIDS Action. Boston-based band Crash 22 will host a charity event at the Revolving Mseum designed to infuse new life into the Boston Arts community and to benefit the AIDS Action Committee. The twelve-hour event will feature live music (including the Allstonians, Jess Klein, and others), visual art, readings from writers and poets, film, fashion, and interactive events. The event is co-sponsored by WBCN 104.1 FM and Tremont Ale. Tickets $15 available at the door or by calling 617-868-0198.

Ringling Bros. and Barnum and Bailey

Ticketmaster 931-2000.

“The Greatest Show on Earth” is returning to the FleetCenter. Fun for the whole family! Oct. 15-24. $35 (VIP), $25, $15 and $10.

The Dance Complex

526 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge, MA, 02139, (617) 547-9363.

Sept. 9 at 9 p.m.: 9.9.99. Each studio will be filled with dance works having to do with the number nine. A benefit to make the Dance Complex theater space fully accessible. $9.99.

Sept. 19 at 5 p.m. Recycled Lives. New and recent works by Nancy Marsh. $5.

Oct. 15, 16 at 8 p.m. debrabluth/jesterfly. A multi-media performance event.

Herbert Hoover: Examining the Evidence

Sept. 13 at the John F. Kennedy Library and Museum (Columbia Point, Boston, MA, 02125). A one-day conference exploring the life, the career, and the myths surrounding the 31st President of the United States. From 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Includes the lectures “Herbert Hoover: Political Orphan,” “Hoover and the Progressive Ideal,” “Hoover

Confronts the Great Depression,” and “Hoover’s Unlikely Friendships: Joseph P. Kennedy and Harry S. Truman,” plus others. Free to the public, but reservations are recommended. For reservations or more information, call (617) 929-4571.

Music on Film Festival

At the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, 02115. For tickets and more information, call 369-3770. Tickets are $7, $6 MFA members, seniors, students, unless otherwise noted.

The Righteous Babes. Aug. 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 Amos, and Ani Difranco.

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.

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.

The Samaritans 5K Run/Walk

Oct. 16: At 10 a.m., first annual Run/Walk along the Charles River, designed to boost awareness about suicide prevention, and to raise funds for the only suicide prevention center in Greater Boston. All proceeds from the event will be used to benefit The Samaritans’ supportive and life-saving services. Prizes given to the top finishers of various age categories, and first 250 registrants will receive complimentary t-shirts. Pre-reg. fee: $12. For more info., call 617-536-2460.