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ON THE TOWN

A weekly guide to the arts in Boston October 8 - 15 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

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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, $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.

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

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.

Oct. 9: Fuzzy.

Oct. 9: Two Ton Shoe.

Oct. 11-13: Jonathan Richman.

Orpheum Theatre

Ticketmaster: 931-2000

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.

Tsongas Arena (Lowell, MA)

Ticketmaster: 931-2000.

Oct. 27: Kid Rock, $20.

Jazz Music

Scullers Jazz Club

Ticketmaster: 931-2000

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

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

Oct. 12: Melissa Walker.

Oct. 13: Sado Watanabe Quartet.

Oct. 15, 16: Russell Malone Quartet.

Oct. 19, 20: Al Di Meola's World Sinfonia.

Oct. 21, 22: Tuck & Patti.

Oct. 26, 27: Great Guitar Summit.

Oct. 28, 29: Miles Evans & the Gil Evans Orchestra.

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

Boston Symphony Orchestra

Tickets: 266-1492.

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

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

Theater

The Tempest

Through Oct. 23, Presented by The Theatre Cooperative at The Peabody House Theatre, 277 Broadway, Somerville, MA 02145. The Theatre Cooperative presents William Shakespeare's classic The Tempest in the round. Confined to a mysterious idland but endowed with magical powers, Prospero weaves his spells on those that once betrayed him in an effort to restore the balance between freedom and enslavement, love and revenge. This stripped-down, actor-driven production features a cast of eight and live music. Directed by Lesley Chapman. Call 617-625-1300 for more information.

One Man Band

Oct. 14-16, 21-23 at 8 p.m. at Mobius, 354 Congress St., Boston, near the South Station T stop on the MBTA Red Line. Mobius proudly presents performance solos by Marjorie Morgan with lighting by Holly Ratafia and slides by Whitney Robbins. Ms. Morgan captivates her audience with her humorous and incisve characters and rich blend of movement, text, and song. This series of showing marks the first time Ms. Morgan has presented a program exclusively comprised of solos, and the range of themes includes real estate and hunger to rape and redemption. Reservations are strongly recommended, Tickets $12, $10 students, seniors, and Friends of Mobius. $5 coupons will be available at Mobius during the Fort Point Channel Open Studios, Oct. 16, 17. For more information or to make reservations, call 617-542-7416.

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

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 and parking free. <http://www.mnh.org>

Civil War Exhibit

Through Nov. 14. 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.

George Washington, American Symbol

Through Feb. 27, 2000. In observance of the 200th anniversary of his death, the Museum is hosting a unique exhibition which presents the most comprehensive exploration of the enduring nature of Washington’s image. The exhibit will present more than 150 paintings, prints, sculptures, decorative objects, and memorabilia, including works by Peale, Gilbert Stuart, Norman Rockwell, and N.C. Wyeth.

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

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.

John F. Kennedy Library Public Forums

All events willl occur at the John F. Kennedy Library and Museum, Columbia Point, Boston and are free and open to the public. For more info., call 617-929-4571.

Ahmed Kathrada

Oct. 10 from 2:00-3:45 p.m. The author of Letters from Robben Island shares his experience as a prisoner for 26 years on Robben Island after being convicted of sabotage by the South African government in 1964, alongside Nelson Mandela and Walter Sisulu. Kathrada, who was elected to parliament in South Africa's first free election and appointed as Nelson Mandela's representative to parliament from 1994 through 1999, will also share his insights on the shistory of apartheid and the ongoing transformations of South Africa today.

The Presidency in Perspective

Oct. 12 from 5:30-7:15 p.m. 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.

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

Dirty Like an Angel (Sale Comme un Ange)

Oct. 15: Breillat’s tale of intense desire, betrayal, shame, and remorse centers on a romantic triangle. Deblache is a 50-year-old cop who shares interrogations and drinking binges with his younger, more good-looking double, ThÉron. One day, ThÉron introduces Deblache to his new wife, Barbara. The love between Deblache and Barbara is physical -- no words are spoken -- and so intense that her body is wracked with sobs. As their passion grows, their need to be together becomes even more urgent... if only ThÉron weren’t in the way.

Art on Film Festival

HonorÉ Daumier: One Must Be of One's Time

Oct. 16, 21. Directed by Judith Wechsler (1999, 60 min.). Daumier was the leading caricaturist of 19th-century France, mirroring the pretentions, diversions, and foibles of the bourgeoisie in his social caricatures. His cartoons, which appeared in the French daily press, were an unintentional catalyst for radical change, instigating the dissolution of three governments. Wechsler’s film majestically traces Daumier’s life and work in a Paris on the brink of the modern age.

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.

Who Cares (Besides Your Mother)? A Memoirist’s Case Against Memoir

Oct. 13 at 4 p.m. at The Bunting Institute, Radcliffe College, Cambridge. Natalie Kusz speaks as part of the bunting Institute’s Bunting Fellows Colloquia series. Free. For more information, call 617-495-8212.

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.