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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.

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

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

Dec. 17: George Winston, $23.50-$19.50. (At the Berklee Performance Center, 136 Mass. Ave.)

Centrum Centre

Ticketmaster 931-2000.

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.

Dec. 3: Bark Like A Dog with School of Assassins and All the Queens Men and Volition.

Dec. 3: KVHW (featuring Phil Kimmock).

Dec. 4: Count Zero.

Dec. 9: Andrew Bird's Bowl of Fire.

Dec. 8-12: The Mighty Mighty Bosstones. Sold out.

Dec. 31: Man or Astro Man?

Orpheum Theatre

Ticketmaster: 931-2000

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

Dec. 30: John Payne Quartet and Sax Choir. Annual New Year Eve's concert.

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.

Dec. 3-4, 7-9: Debussy: "Nuages" and "Fetes" from Nocturnes; Lutoslawski: Concerto for Orchestra; Brahms: Symphony No. 3 (Dec. 3-4); Tchaikovsky: Violin Concerto (Dec. 7-9). Seiji Ozawa, conductor; Itzhak Perlman, violin (Dec. 7-9). Limited availability. Call Symphony Charge at 888-266-1200.

Theater

Dutchman

Through Dec. 11, Thu.-Sat. 8 p.m. (no performances Thanksgiving weekend): Presented by The Theatre Cooperative at The Peabody House Theatre, 277 Broadway, Somerville, MA 02145. By Amiri Baraka (formally known as LeRoi Jones), Directed by Brett Milanowski. This play explores the brutal reality of cultural friction to reveal gaping wounds in our racial and mental landscapes decades after the Civil Rights Movement. A drama of interracial dynamic this is a ground-breaking work where the sexes and races collide in a shocking and thought-provoking evening. Tickets: $15 general admission, $10 for seniors/students (Thursday nights only). For tickets call Ticketmaster or the Theatre Cooperative Box Office at 617-625-1300.

Suddenly Last Summer

Through Dec. 5 on the Barstow Stage in Alumnae Hall at Wellesley College. Fri. and Sat. at 8 p.m., Sat. and Sun. at 2 p.m. Wellesley College Upstage in conjunction with Wellesley College Theatre presents Tennessee Williams’ Suddenly Last Summer, directed by Christine Valeo, Class of 2001. First produced in 1958, the play is a dark tale of a woman forced to witness her cousin’s death and subsequently explain the disturbing and bizarre circumstances surrounding it. Reservations strongly recommended; call 781-283-2000. Theatre is handicapped accessible. Due to the subject matter the play may not be suitable for children.

A Couple of Blaguards

Dec. 21-23 (8 p.m.), 26 (2 p.m. and 7 p.m.), 27-30 (8 p.m.), Dec. 31 (6 p.m. and 9 p.m.), Jan.1 (8 p.m.), Dec. 29 and Jan. 2 (2 p.m.). at The Terrace Room in the Boston Park Plaza Hotel. Written by Pulitzer Prize-winner Frank McCourt (Angela’s Ashes) and best-selling author Malachy McCourt (A Monk Swimming), A Couple of Blaguards is an autobiographical tale spanning the brothers’ years growing up poor in Ireland and their journey to a better life in America. In this two-man comedy Shay Duffin and Richard McElvain portray the brothers and evoke the playful truths resonating across ethnic, religious, and cultural boundaries. Tickets $38.50, $10 off for students and seniors, $10 (cash only) for available seats offered to students and seniors with valid ID on the day of perofmrance half an hour before curtain. For tickets, call Ticketmaster or 617-931-2787. For more information call 617-338-1410.

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

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

A Day’s Work

Noon Dec. 3 to Noon Dec. 4 at the Massachusetts College of Art, 621 Huntington Ave., Boston (Green Line E at Longwood Medical Stop). Ever wonder what you might accomplish in 24 hours with no distractions? No impediments? No sleep? Eventworks and Mass College of Art’s Studio for Interrelated Media invite all artists, performers, and insomniacs to do A Day’s Work. Everyone is welcome to create work in any medium, individually or in a group, with the only stipulation being that it must be conceived, excecuted, and completed in the time allotted. Explore the possibilities in a fun, supportive atmosphere. Refreshmens will be served and will include copious amounts of coffee and jolt. For more information, call Eventworks at 617-232-1555 x651 or email at Eventworks@massart.edu. Free.

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

Through 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.

Boston Film Artists Present:

Dec. 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.

Isabella Stewart Gardner's Holiday Table

Through 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.

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.

Duets

Dec. 4 at 8 p.m. at the First and Second Church, 66 Marlborough Street in Boston's Back Bay: The Chameleon Arts Ensemble of Boston present a collection of duets by Copland, Debussy, Shnittke, Ravel, Carter, and Schumann. For tickets or more information, call 617-427-8200 or visit <http://www.chameleonarts.org/>.

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.

Children's Hour at the Kennedy Library

Dec. 18 at 10:30 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. at the John F. Kennedy Library and Museum, Columbia Point, Boston. The Kennedy Library presents Pinnochio, performed by the National Marionette Theatre. Each performance is one hour long and is appropriate for family audiences and children 5+. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Free. For more info., call 617-929-1250.

Target Stars on Ice

Dec. 30 at the Fleet Center. Performers include: Tara lipinski, Kristi Yamaguchi, Scott Hamilton, Ilia Kulik, Kurt Browning, Ekaterina Gordeeva, Kelena Bechke & Denis Petrov, and more! $60 (limited availability), $48, $35. Tickets on sale Nov. 8, call Ticketmaster 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.