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ON THE TOWN

A weekly guide to the arts in Boston September 17 - 24 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

Bank Boston Pavilion

Ticketmaster 931-2000.

Sep. 26: Ben Folds Five, G Love Special Sauce, 311, Buckcherry. $25 for non-students, $10 for students.

Berklee Performance Center

Berklee College of Music

1140 Boylston St.

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

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

Oct. 23: Yolanda Adams.

Oct. 24: Clint Black.

Centrum Centre

Ticketmaster 931-2000.

Sep. 28: Family Values Tour: Limp Bizkit, DMX, Filter, Crystal Method. $34.50.

Fleet Center

Ticketmaster: 931-2000

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

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

The Middle East

Ticketmaster: 931-2000.

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

Sep. 20: Charlie Kolhase Quintet.

Sep. 21: Kill Holiday.

Sep. 21: Pretty Things.

Sep. 22: Del Tha Funkee Homosapien.

Sep. 23: Bis.

Sep. 24: Deep Banana Blackout.

Sep. 25: Betwixt.

Sep. 25: Freakwater.

Sep. 26: Men at Work.

Sep. 27: North Street.

Orpheum Theatre

Ticketmaster: 931-2000

Sep. 19-21: Tom Waits. $65, $49, $39.

Oct. 1: Linda Ronstadt and Emmylou Harris. $50, $35, $28.50.

Oct. 11-12: Widespread Panic. TBA.

Oct. 21: Elvis Costello. $46, $36, $26.

Nov. 2, 4: Meat Loaf. $65, $39.50, $28.50.

Nov. 18: Live. TBA.

Jazz Music

Regattabar

Concertix: 876-7777

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

Sept. 17-18: New York Voices (four shows).

Sep. 22: Mark Kross Five-Piece Trio.

Sep. 23: Either/Orchestra.

Sep. 24: Mili Bermejo & Claudio Ragazzi: Argentine Fantasy (two shows).

Sep. 25: Tiger's Baku (two shows).

Sep. 28: Laslo Gardony and Garrison Fewell Quartet.

Sep. 29: Bill Bruford's Earthworks (two shows).

Sculler’s

Ticketmaster: 931-2000

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

(All performers have two shows per day unless otherwise noted)

Sep. 17-18: Mose Allison.

Sep. 22: Kendrick Oliver and the New Life Orchestra.

Sep. 24-25: Rebecca Parris and Friends.

Sep. 27: Brad Conner (one show).

Sep. 28: John O'Neil and Jan Peters (one show).

Classical Music

West Meets East

Sep. 25 at 8 p.m. The Chinese Arts Exchange and Harvard University Chinese Students Scholar Association present contemporary classical music at Sanders Theater, Harvard University. Chinese musicians will perform a program including Chinese Art Songs and Opera Arias and the "Yellow River" Piano Concerto with the Newton Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Jeffrey Rink. Tickets $30, $25, $20. For tickets and more info. call the Chinese Arts Exchange at 627-965-2078 or Sanders Theater's Box Office at 627-496-2222.

Boston Symphony Orchestra

Tickets: 266-1492.

Performances at Symphony Hall, 301 Massachusetts Ave., Boston unless otherwise noted.

Oct. 1,2. Mahler: Symphony No. 2, “Resurrection.” Seiji Ozawa, conductor; Paula Delligatti, soprano; Florence Quivar, mezzo-soprano; Tanglewood Festival Chorus; John Oliver, Chorus conductor. Sold out.

Oct. 7-9, 12: Beethoven's Symphony No. 2, Zemlinksy's Lyric Symphony. Seiji Ozawa, conductor; Luba Orgonasova, soprano; Jose van Dam, bass-baritone. Tickets available: Oct. 7, 12: $31, $24. Oct. 8, $31. Oct. 9, 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.

1999 Out on the Edge Festival of Lesbian & Gay Theater

Presented by the TheaterZone, 100 Captains Row #306, Chelsea, MA 02150, (617) 887-2336. All performances will be held at the BCA Theater, Boston Center for the Arts, 539 Tremont Street, accessible by both the Orange and Green MBTA lines. Call theater for reservations.

A Real Read

Sep. 17, 18 at 8 p.m., Sep. 19 at 7 p.m. Recently featured on PBS's In the Life, this globe-trotting troupe has burst out of the Slam scene and brought the wild diversity of underground African American queer culture into the theater. The women and men of A Real Read meld the sizzling sexual confrontation of a honky-tonk jam session with the shocking revelations of a community revival meeting.

Hello (Sex) Kitty: Mad Asian Bitch on Wheels

Sep. 17, 18 at 10 p.m., Sept. 19 at 9 p.m. Entertainment Weekly proclaimed Denise Uyehara as one of the "Best Performance Artists in the West! Serious, but hilarious!" Uyehara's signature work excites all genders with a heartfelt and humorous exploration into love, dating and sexuality. Uyehara's work is no holds barred, full of humor, fearlessness, and honesty.

The King of King's and I

Sep. 23 at 8 p.m., Sep. 24, 25 at 10 p.m. Funny Gay Male Jaffe Cohen tosses the mike and steps into the footlights in his first full-length play. This comedy superstar storms the stage and takes you on a hilarious spiritual journey, and proves that even our most bizarre detours can lead us right back home.

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.

Other Events

Looking Forward, Looking Back: The Three Apples Storytelling Festival

Sep. 24-26. The 15th Annual Festival will be held in Harvard, Massachusetts. Each year New England's largest storytelling festival features over 20 different tellers with performances for all ages and interests. Sponsored in part by grants from local cultural councils, the festival draws over two thousand people each year to hear stories in the beautiful New England fall setting. For tickets and more info., call (617-499-9529. Prices start at $7 for adults and $4 for children per performance, with some free performances taking place throughout the weekend. Discount family day passes also available. Advance sales tickets receive 20 percent discount. Venues are handicapped accessible, and Saturday adult performances will be Sign Language interpreted.

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 Museum 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.

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

The Dance Complex

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

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.

Films of Marcello Mastroianni

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.

La Dolce Vita by Federico Fellini (1960, 174 min.). In the role that rocketed him to international stardom and celebrity, Mastroianni supplied the all-too-human focus of Fellini's broadest canvas to date-Rome on the eve of the Apocalypse or perhaps just another week of business as usual. Sep. 18.

Family Diary by Valerio Zurlini (Cronaca familiare, 1962, 115 min.). The premature death of a much-loved fraternal twin propels Enrico (Mastroianni) into grief-stricken seclusion, where he broods over Lorenzo's short, sad life and the history of their separation at birth and eventual reunion. In The Holt Foreign Film Guide, Ronald Bergan and Robyn Karney rave over "this leisurely, elegiac, and intolerably sad film ... directed [by] a superb visual artist [who] evokes feelings, events, and atmosphere by use of an impressionist-painter style to moving and memorable effect." Sep. 19.

Enrico IV by Marco Bellochio (1984, 95 min.). Sep. 23.

8 1/2: by Federico Fellini (Otto e mezzo, 1963, 135 min.). Fellini's Oscar-winning eighth film brilliantly connects reality, fantasy, and memory as Mastroianni plays the maestro's alter ego: a frazzled director named Guido. With a string of critical successes behind him, a wife, a mistress, a host of other women who adore him, and a crew all ready to start filming, Guido is stricken with "creative block" as he tries to envision his next movie.

“Sargent Summer” in Boston

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.

Jeff Robinson Trio: Performance and Poetry Jam

Oct. 9, 8 p.m. at the Cambridge Center for Adult Education, Blacksmith House, 56 Brattle, Cambridge, MA. The Jeff Robinson Trio will be performing their critically acclaimed CD entitled Getting Fixed, as well as hosting an open mike poetry jam. The trio is receiving wide acclaim for its music and jazz poetry projects. Tickets: $5. Call (617) 547-6789 for more information.

Chang-rae Lee Reading

Riverhead Books is pleased to announce that Chang-rae Lee, author of the critically acclaimed Native Speaker, will be coming to Boston on Friday, October 1 as part of a national tour to promote his new book, A Gesture Life. Lee will read from the book at Wordsworth (30 Brattle Street, Cambridge) at 6 pm. Reception open to the public at 5. Free, call Wordsworth for more info. at 617-354-5201.

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.