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ON THE TOWN

A weekly guide to the arts in Boston October 29-November 5 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

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.

Nov. 6: Irakere, $38-$30.

Nov. 7: Bryan Ferry, $40, $50.

Nov. 13: Natalie MacMaster, $20, $25.

Nov. 18: Keb' Mo', $19.50.

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

Nov. 21: Misia, $20, $25.

Centrum Centre

Ticketmaster 931-2000.

Nov. 14: Bob Dylan, Phil Lesh & Friends, $29.50.

The Middle East

Ticketmaster: 931-2000.

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

Nov. 5: Rumble, No regret, and Simple.

Nov. 5: Sloan with Deadly Snakes and The Pills.

Nov. 6: Supersuckers.

Nov. 7: Mark Robinson with True Love Always and Aden.

Nov. 9: Buck O'Nine.

Nov. 9: Gwen Mars, Elsewhere and Fat Boy.

Nov. 10: Bardo Pond.

Nov. 10: Blue Oyster Cult.

Nov. 11: Buffalo Tom.

Nov. 11: Honeyglazed.

Nov. 12: Blonde Redhead.

Nov. 12: Uncle Sammy with Ulu and Loop.

Nov. 13: Barbero.

Nov. 14: Dispatch.

Nov. 15: Troubadours with Flynet, the Rubber Band and Army of Jasons.

Nov. 16: Mr. Lif.

Orpheum Theatre

Ticketmaster: 931-2000

Nov. 13: Chris Cornell. $23.50.

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

Nov. 18: Live. $27.50.

Nov. 27-28: Sting. $125, $75, $51.

Tsongas Arena (Lowell, MA)

Ticketmaster: 931-2000.

Nov. 12: Blink 182 & Silverchair. Sold Out.

Jazz Music

Regattabar

Concertix: 876-7777

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

Nov. 5-6: The Scott Hamilton Quartet.

Nov. 9-10: Dave Weckl Band.

Nov. 11: Kendrick Oliver and the New Life Jazz Orchestra.

Nov. 12: Rebecca Parris.

Nov. 13: Mighty Sam McClain and the Bruce Katz Band.

Nov. 16: Matthias Lupri Quintet.

Nov. 17: Teresa Ines Group.

Nov. 18-20: Michael Brecker Quartet.

Nov. 21: Sol y Canto.

Nov. 23: Jinga Trio.

Scullers Jazz Club

Ticketmaster: 931-2000

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

Nov. 9-10: Richard Bona.

Nov. 11: Larry Watson.

Nov. 12-13: Jimmy Webb.

Nov. 14: Fairport Convention.

Nov. 16-17: Bob James.

Nov. 18-19: Najee.

Nov. 23: Krisanthi Pappas.

Nov. 26-27: Larry Carlton.

Nov. 30: Ida Zecco.

Classical Music

Boston Symphony Orchestra

Tickets: 266-1492.

Performances at Symphony Hall, 301 Massachusetts Ave., Boston unless otherwise noted. For MIT Students: Tickets are offered for Th. evening concerts (8pm) and Fri. afternoon concerts (1:30pm) and are available on the day of the concert only at the BSO Box Office at Symphony Hall (301 Massachusetts Ave. Open 10am-6pm). Two tickets may be obtained with two current valid MIT student IDs, subject to availability. For updated MIT student ticket availability, call 638-9478 after 10am on the day of concert.

Nov. 5-6: Copland: Appalachian Spring (complete); Knussen: Where the Wild Things Are, Fantasy opera after Maurice Sendak. Oliver Knussen, conductor; Rosemary Hardy, soprano; Lucy Shelton, soprano. Tickets available: Nov. 5: $79, $70, $34. Nov. 6: Sold out.

Nov. 11-13, 16: Schubert-Berio: Rendering; Mozart: Piano Concerto No. 21 in C, K.467; Schumann: Symphony No. 4. Roberto Abbado, conductor; Gianluca Cascioli, piano. Tickets available: Nov. 11: $24. Nov. 12-13, 16: Sold out.

Musicians of the Old Post Road

Nov. 6 at 8:00pm at Faneuil Hall and Nov. 7 at 3pm at the First Church in Marlborough. The Musicians of the Old Post Road perform one of the Romantic era's most beautiful and beloved chamber works -- Schubert's Trout Quintet. This joyously lyrical work will be given a rare period instrument performance by this award-winning ensemble. The program will also include Anton Reicha's engaging Flute Quartet in G Major, and J. N. Hummel's brilliantly virtuosic Trio in A Major for flute, cello, and piano using an original 1840 Rosenberger piano. For information and ticket reservations, call (781) 466-6694. Tickets $5 with MIT ID and will be available at the door.

Theater

Hedwig and the Angry Inch

Through Nov. 7 at 57 Theatre (200 Stuart St, Boston, MA 02116, at Charles Street, (617) 426-4499) John Cameron Mitchell and Stephen Trask's hit Off-Broadway musical about an obscure but ambitious transsexual would-be rock star. $49.50 general seating, $20 (first row rush on sale each day at 10 am at the Box Office), $25 Student Rush 1 hour before curtain at the box office only, $35 rear of the theatre. To charge by phone, call Telecharge at 1-800-233-3123.

Our Town

Through Nov. 28, Fri. and Sat. at 7:30 p.m., Sun. at 3:00 p.m.: The Wheelock Family Theatre (1800The Riverway, Boston) presents Thornton Wilder's American classic. Tickets are $17, $15, and $10. ASL Nov. 19, 21, and Audio description Nov. 26, 28. The theater is wheelchair accessible. To reserve tickets or for more information, call 617-734-4760.

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

Seascapes

Through Nov. 27: Mobius (354 Congress St., Boston, near the South Station T stop on the MBTA Red Line) presents an installation by Argentine artist Valeria Steverlynck. The exhibit was born of the artist's attempt to find roots in a foreign country and in a new culture, and is cemented in a deep appreciation for Nature. Seaweed is the focus of this installation. The darkened space is filled with glowing objects, suspended from the ceiling, crawling on the walls, and lying on the floor. All the objects are made of kelp and are lit from inside. Admission is free and the gallery is open Wed.-Sat. 12-5 p.m. For more information, call 617-542-7416.

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

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

Boston Ballet Company

At the Wang Center for the Performing Arts, 270 Tremont St., Boston, MA 02116. (617) 482-9393. Call Telecharge (800) 447-7400 for tickets.

The Nutcracker

Nov. 26-Jan. 2, 2000. Tue.-Fri. 7:30 p.m., Sat. 2 p.m., 7:30 p.m.; Sun. 1 p.m.., 5:30 p.m. Boston Ballet's 1999 Nutcracker features new choreography by Anna-Marie Holmes and Daniel Pelzig in Acts I and II, as well as the usual lavish scenery, special effects and costumes. Filled with the wonder and magic of the holidays, The Nutcracker follows a young girl named Clara on her dream adventure. The ballet is set to the music of Tchaikovsky and is choreographed by Bruce Marks and Daniel Pelzig. $59-$12.

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.

World's Best TV Ads

2-program series through Nov. 6: $10, $12.

Part 1: British Advertising Films of 1997

Nov. 5-6: (100 min.). Now in its 23rd year, this annual collection of television ads reveals the British to be the true masters of the advertising film.

Part 2: Cannes 1997 Advertising Film Festival

Nov. 5-6: (75 min.) Culled from some 5,000 entries, this compilation of ads from more than 17 countries represents the winners of last year's Cannes Advertising Film Festival, an annual event showcasing some of the most creative commercial filmmaking to be found anywhere.

Boston Jewish Film Festival

Tickets $8, $9.

Nov. 7: Mother Stayed There by Dalia Mevorach (1997, 50 min.), preceded by The Lost Tribe by Belay Workneh (1997, 13 min.). Tickets $6, children under 12.

Nov. 11: Rites and Passages: Four Short Films by Women Directors. In the Forever by Tammy Arnstein (1999), Ocean Avenue by Shari Rothfarb (1999), CYCLE: The Mikvah by Na'ama Batya Lewin (1998), and Zyklon Portrait by Elida Schogt (1998). Shari Rothfarb and Na'ama Batya Lewin present.

Festival of Films from Iran

Nov. 12, 19: Red (1999, 97 min.). Based on a real incident, this example of popular cinema pushes the envelope in its examination of the position of women in Iranian society and in its depiction of male-female relationships.

Nov. 12-13: Two Women by Tahmineh Milani (1999, 95 min.). Feminist writer/director Milani contrasts two friends during university days at the time of the Revoluation and at their reunion fifteen years later.

Nov. 19-20: The Lady by Dariush Mehrjui (1992, 113 min.). One of the last long-banned films to be granted a release permit in Iran, The Lady is Mehrjui's adaptation of Bunuel's Viridiana. As with his adaptations of Ibsen's A Doll's House and Salinger's Franny and Zooey, Mehrjui translates it fluidly into a completely Iranian context.

Wizard of Oz on Ice

Through Nov. 7. Producer Kenneth Feld presents The Wizard of Oz on Ice. This cherished classic has all the charm of the original story in a brand-new production that features the latest in technical magic all captured live on ice. Olympic gold medalist Robin Cousins provides the show's stars with brilliant choreography. Vocal virtuoso Bobby McFerrin will win your heart as the voice of all the key characters except Dorothy, who is brought to life through the talented voice of Laurnea Wilkerson. $12.50. Call Ticketmaster for tickets.

World Music Week at Tufts

All events will take place in Alumnae Hall in the Aidekman Arts Center at Tufts University, Talbot Ave., Meford, MA. For more information, visit <http://www.tufts.edu/as/music/> or call 781-224-4203.

Nov. 13: The Boston Classical Guitar Society and The Music Department at Tufts University present Boston Guitar-Fest '99: Women and the Classical Guitar, a series of workshops, concerts, and lectures. Guests include harpsichordist/organist Frances Conover Fitch, guitarist Berit Strong, and lutist/guitarist Olav Chris Henriksen. Admission $35 (non-members), $30 (BCGS members, students, and seniors). The fee covers all events, and tickets for individual concerts can be purchased at the door.

Nov. 16: Kiniwe West Africa Drum and Dance Ensemble.

Nov. 18: Tufts New Music Ensembles.

Nov. 19: Tufts Small Jazz Ensembles.

Nov. 20: Tufts Gamelan.

Improv-ice presented by Mohegan Sun

Dec. 2 at the Centrum Centre. Unprecedented skating performances by 12 of the world's top figure skaters. Scheduled to perform at this one-of-a-kind event: Katarina Witt, Elvis Stojko, Ekaterina Gordeeva, Philippe Candeloro, Nicole Bobek, Rudy Galindo, Lu Chen, Kurt Browning, Caryn Kadavy, Michael Weiss, Surya Bonaly, Alexei Yagudin. One hour before the event, skaters will make their draw to select a style of music. Each skater will then have one hour to listen to the music on a personal walkman with 30 minutes to rehearse on the ice prior to the exhibition and 30 minutes off the ice. Each skater will perform his or her improvisational number and then participate in group improvisational numbers in the second half of the program. Tickets: $55 (Limited On-Ice Seats), $45, $35. Groups of 20+ Save $5.00, call 508-755-6800 ext. 2125. Call Ticketmaster 931-2000.

WWF Raw is War

Dec. 6: Catch the bad boys of wrestling for an evening of non-stop, heartpounding action. Tickets $35, $28, $22, $17. Call Ticketmaster

931-2000.

Kenny Rogers: A Holiday Concert

Dec. 10 at the Centrum Centre. Let your holiday spirit shine! Join in for a night of holiday magic and country favorites as Country 99.5 WKLB proudly presents Kenny Rogers: A Holiday Concert. This will be a memorable night, as he performs all-time favorite hits and holiday classics in an intimate half-house setting with his capitvating melodic voice and harmonious guitar. Limited VIP tickets: $50, $35, $25. Call Ticketmaster 931-2000.