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

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

Dec. 10: Jane Oliver, $35, $28.50.

Dec. 12: Miami Boys Choir, $180-$10.

Dec. 17: George Winston, $23.50-$19.50.

Centrum Centre

Ticketmaster 931-2000.

Nov. 30: Rage Against the Machine, all seats $25.

Dec. 21: Neil Diamond, $39.50, $29.50.

Dec. 29: Barenaked Ladies, $35, $27.50.

The Middle East

Ticketmaster: 931-2000.

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

Nov. 19: Soulive with Otiel Burbidge of Allman Brothers.

Nov. 20: The Promise Ring.

Nov. 21: Andre Williams.

Nov. 22: DRI (with Tree, All-Out War, and Shutdown).

Nov. 23: Andrew Bird’s Bowl of Fire. Cancelled.

Nov. 24: Coke Dealer (Blackstone Valley Crew, Drama Queen, and Getto).

Nov. 27: Mary Lou Lord.

Orpheum Theatre

Ticketmaster: 931-2000

Nov. 21: Megadeth, $28.50.

Nov. 27-28: Sting. Sold Out.

Dec. 1: Foo Fighters, $25.

Dec. 3: Queensryche, $29.50.

Dec. 10: Gregg Allman, $38.50, $28.50.

Dec. 11: Yes, $51, $41, $31.

Dec. 12: Barenaked Ladies, Sold Out.

Jazz Music

Regattabar

Concertix: 876-7777

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

Nov. 19-20: Michael Brecker Quartet.

Nov. 21: Sol y Canto.

Nov. 23: Jinga Trio.

Nov. 24: Carol O'Shaughnessy with the Tommy LaMark Trio.

Nov. 26-27: New Black Eagle Jazz Band and Ralph Sutton Trio.

Nov. 30: David Azarian Trio.

Scullers Jazz Club

Ticketmaster: 931-2000

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

Nov. 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. 19-20: Vasks: Cantabile for strings; Shostakovich: Cello Concerto No. 2; Rachmaninoff: Symphony No. 2. Yakov Kreizberg, conductor; Lynn Harrell, cello. Available tickets: Nov. 19: $65, $31. Nov. 20: $27.

Nov. 26-27, 30: Musgrave: Phoenix Rising (American premiere); Dvorak: Violin Concerto; Elgar: Enigma Variations. Sir Andrew Davis, conductor, Ida Haendel, violin. $70-$27.

The Boston Conservatory

Tickets: 912-9142.

Nov. 14: Chamber Players perform at the First & Second Church, 66 Marlborough St., Boston. Beethoven: Flute Serenade; Hindemith: Piano Quartet; Rachmaninoff: Five Songs for Voice and Piano. Michael Lewin, artistic director. Tickets $32.

Nov. 17: Chorus and Women’s Chorus at the St. Clement’s Church, 1105 Boylston St. Schubert: Miriams Seigesgesang; FaurÉ: Tantum Ergo and Ave Verum; Brahms: 12 Lieder und Romanzen. Free admission.

Theater

Waiting In the Wings

Through Nov. 27 at the Colonial Theatre, 106 Bolyston St., Boston. Lauren Bacall and Rosemary Harris star in Noel Coward's 1960 comedy about long-simmering rivalries at a home for retired actresses. Tickets $64-$25. Call 617-426-9366 for more info.

Our Town

Through Nov. 28, Fri. and Sat. at 7:30 p.m., Sun. at 3:00 p.m.: The Wheelock Family Theatre (1800 The 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>

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.

Festival of Films from Iran

Nov. 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. 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.

Boston Film Artists Present:

Dec. 2, 5, 11, 19: Once Removed by Julie Mallozzi (USA, 1999, 55 min.). Filmmaker Julie Mallozi grew up in rural Ohio with a Chinese mother and an Italian-American father. Her debut documentary, Once Removed, tells the story of her trip to China to meet her mother's family after a 50-year separation. Weaving together dreams, historical footage, and scenes from her relatives' lives, Mallozzi meditates on the complications of remembering and forgetting the past.

Dec. 11, 18: Time Capsule: Message in a Bottle by Cathleen O'Connell (1999, 55 min.). At the end of the Millennium, as interest in time capsules is skyrocketing, this documentary explores this fascinating phenomenon. Featuring interviews with experts and interested people, Time Capsule takes an engaging look at time capsules across the ages, tracing their evolution from ancient Mesopotamia to today's intergalactic capsules. Fresh from its world premiere at the International Time Capsule Society.

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. 19: Tufts Small Jazz Ensembles.

Nov. 20: Tufts Gamelan.

The Boston Conservatory

Nov. 19-20, 8 p.m., Nov. 21, 2 p.m.: The Boston Conservatory Dance Theater presents excerpts from different works: JosÉ LimÓn: “Concerto Grosso;” Peter Anostos: “The Exiles;” August Bournonville and Donna Silva: “La Sylphide.” At the Boston Conservatory Theater, 31 Hemenway St. Tickets $32. Call 536-6340.

West African Drum and Dance

Tickets: $10. Call 547-9363.

Nov. 20 at 9 p.m. Traditional dance and song from West Africa. Mohammed K. Camara, director. At the Dance Complex in Central Square, 536 Massachusetts Ave.

Isabella Stewart Gardner's Holiday Table

Nov. 20-Jan. 2: The renowned art collector and philanthropist Isabella Stewart Gardner, who created the Gardner Museum on the Fenway, was famous for her dinner parties. The opulence of a turn-of-the-century holiday table, set for elegant dining with Gardner's china, glassware, and silver, has been recreated.

Shirim Klezmer Orchestra

Nov. 28: At the Regattabar (1 Bennett St., Cambridge) Fresh from an appearance on the sound track to Woody Allen's acidulous 1997 film, Deconstructing Harry, Shirim ushers in the holiday season with a "Nutcracker" sweet and rollicking. Some might be a bit taken aback by hearing Tchaikovsky's "Nutcracker Suite done klezmer style by the abundantly skilled, local-based sextet Shirim. Led by the outstanding clarinetist Glenn Dixon, and featuring the trombonist David Harris, Shirim recasts the entrancing ballet score into a succession of pithy, lively folk dances. $12, $8 children < 12. For tickets call 876-7777.

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.

Su Alma

Dec. 3-4: A company of dancers and musicians performs original movement pieces choreographed by Mary Vyn at the Green Street Studios, 185 Green St. Tickets $5. Call 864-3191.

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.

Boston Pops Holiday Concert with Keith Lockhart

Dec. 12, at the Centrum Centre at 1:30 p.m. Join conductor Keith Lockhart and the Boston Pops Esplanade Orchestra for an afternoon of beloved holiday songs as Fallon Healthcare System presents The Boston Pops Holiday Concert. Tickets $35, $25. Call 931-2000.

Pharaohs of the Sun: Akhenaten, Nefertiti and Tutankhamen

Through Jan. 16: The Museum of Fine Arts (465 Huntington Ave., Boston) presents an exhibit that captures the revolutionary epoch known as the Amarna Age (1353 to 1336 B.C.) when the Pharaoh Akhenaten assumed the throne of Egypt at its peak of imperial glory. This is one of the most important international presentations of Egyptian art and culture in recent decades. Tickets: Weekday: Adults, $15, Senior/Student $13, Ages 6-17, $6, Chilrden < 5 free. Weekend: Adults, $17.50, Senior/Student $15, Ages 6-17, $6, Chilrden < 5 free. For tickets call 617-542-4MFA.