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ON THE TOWN

A weekly guide to the arts in Boston September 24 - October 2 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. 2: Chick Corea & Origin with Gary Burton. $27.50, $22.50.

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

Oct. 23: Yolanda Adams, $27.50-$32.50.

Oct. 24: Clint Black, $42.50.

Oct. 30: Paolo Conte, $28, $22.

Oct. 31: Eleftheria Arvanitaki, $50, $35, $25.

Nov. 19: Arlo Guthrie, $22.50-$27.50.

Centrum Centre

Ticketmaster 931-2000.

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

Oct. 9: ZZ Top & Lynyrd Skynyrd, $38.50, $29.50.

Oct. 18: Jimmy Page & The Black Crowes, $38.50, $29.50.

Fleet Center

Ticketmaster: 931-2000

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

Oct. 8: Bette Midler, $100.50, $75.50, $50.

Oct. 12: Elton John, $65, $49.50, $39.50.

Oct. 29: Monster Jam (presented by Jam'N 94.5, with Jay-Z, Jah Rule,

Destiny's Child, Ginuwine, Naughty by Nature, Shaggy, Mr. Vegas and Blaque. Sold Out.

The Middle East

Ticketmaster: 931-2000.

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

Sep. 24: Deep Banana Blackout.

Sep. 25: Betwixt.

Sep. 25: Freakwater.

Sep. 26: Men at Work.

Sep. 27: North Street.

Oct. 1: Verbena.

Oct. 1: Angry Salad.

Oct. 2: Count Zero

Oct. 3: Cat Power.

Oct. 7: Les Savy Fav.

Oct. 7: Down Low Connection.

Oct. 8: Chelsea On Fire.

Oct. 9: Fuzzy.

Oct. 9: Two Ton Shoe.

Oct. 11-13: Jonathan Richman.

Orpheum Theatre

Ticketmaster: 931-2000

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

Oct. 11-12: Widespread Panic. TBA.

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

Oct. 30: Guster, $17.50.

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

Nov. 18: Live. TBA.

Nov. 16: Richard Thompson and Lucinda Williams, $31, $26.

Paul E. Tsonagas Arena

Lowell, MA

Oct. 2: Oleander, Our Lady Peace, Creed. $24.

Jazz Music

The Aardvark Jazz Orchestra

Oct. 2 at the Central Congregational Church, 85 Seaverns Ave., Jamaica Plain, MA at 8 p.m. The Aardvark Jazz Orchestra begins its Fall Season with a concert of music by Duke Ellington, Abdullah Ibrahim, Ernie Wilkins, and Aardvark music director and MIT music professor Mark Harvey. The concert will benefit the work of the Arts Program of the Central Congregational Church. Tickets $8, for more information call 617-524-3343.

Regattabar

Concertix: 876-7777

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

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. 24-25: Rebecca Parris and Friends.

Sep. 27: Brad Conner (one show).

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

Mixfest '99 at Foxboro

Oct. 10, 11:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m.: Main Stage: Susan Tedeschi, Six Pence None the Richer, Luscious Jackson, Fastball, The Pretenders, Natalie Merchant, Sugar Ray, Melissa Etheridge, Blondie. Festival Stage: Jah Spirit, Kendall Payne, Entrain, Merri Amsterberg, Angry Salad, Citizen King. Call Ticketmaster, (617) 931-2000, $15-$35.

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. Tickets available: Oct. 1: $70, $34, $27. Oct. 2: 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, 9, Sold Out.

Oct. 15, 16: Lieberson: Red Garuda (world premiere; commissioned by the BSO), Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 5. Seiji Ozawa, conductor, Peter Serkin, piano. Tickets available: Oct. 15: $34, $27. Oct. 16: 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.

Preaching to the Perverted

Holly Hughes returns to The Theater Offensive with a brand new piece that encompasses family values, lesbian chic, and the American judicial system. In Preaching, Hughes guides us on a tour of the dark side of democracy with a stop at the Supreme Court, a trip backstage with the Teletubbies, the Clinton promises, and a delicious salisbury steak supper at the local Kiwanis Club. Sep. 29, 30, Oct. 1 and 2.

Exhibits

“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.

Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum

280 The Fenway, Boston. (566-1401), Tues.-Sun. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Admission $10 ($11 on weekends), $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.

Threads of Dissent

Oct. 22 Through Jan. 30, 2000. Inspired by the Gardner Museum's extraordinary tapestries, this exhibition illuminates the permanent collection in the light of contemporary social, political, and aesthetic issues in the work of living artists. Six works in the special exhibition gallery by the contemporary artists Edward Derwent, Leon Golub, Wojciech Jaskolka, Jorge Pardo, Lilian Tyrrell, and Murray Walker will be related to six tapestries from the collection.

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.

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

Film Festivals

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

Scandalous Cinema: The Films of Catherine Breillat

5-film series through Oct. 15: $20, $25.

Romance (1998, 105 min.). The U.S. release of this film will certainly rekindle controversy over when the artistic expression of human sexuality steps over the line into pornography. Romance paints a provocative portrait of Marie, a young woman trying to gain control of her life. Claiming he loves her but has lost his desire for her, Marie's boyfriend, Paul, refuses to engage in sexual relations, catapulting Marie into a desperate search for intimacy and erotic connection. Oct. 1.

Tapage Nocturne (1979, 100 min.). Solange, a film director, mother, and wife in a stale marriage, is looking for mad love-and mad love is what she finds. She meets Bruno, a director like herself, and quickly submits to her reserved, manipulative, and crafty lover. They set up severe codes of behavior and create a private, savage language where the word "love" is forbidden. He tortures and intoxicates her, and she weeps and breaks down in this story of destructive, merciless passions. Oct. 7.

Films of Marcello Mastroianni

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. Oct. 1.

John F. Kennedy Library Public Forums: The Presidency in Perspective

Oct. 12 from 5:30-7:15 p.m. at the John F. Kennedy Library and Museum, Columbia Point, Boston. Join retiring Kennedy Library historian Sheldon Stern as he offers an inside glimpse of the Kennedy administration gleaned from more than 20 years of study of White House documents, presidential recordings, and other historical materials, including recent discoveries concerning the Cold War and the Cuban missile crisis. Free. For more info., call 617-929-4571.

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.