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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.

Feb. 4-5: Margaret Cho $36.50-$26.50.

Feb. 26: John Edward $69-$39.

Mar. 4: Diana Krall $38-$30.

Mar. 18: Bruce Cockburn $26.50-$24.50.

Centrum Centre

Ticketmaster 931-2000.

Mar. 25: Britney Spears. Sold Out.

Mar. 30: Korn. Sold Out.

Mar. 31: Korn $29.50.

The Middle East

Ticketmaster: 931-2000.

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

Jan. 26: Groovetube (with The Annonymus Richard, Dr. Akward and Raymond.)

Jan. 27: New Wet Kojak.

Jan. 27: Project Logic (featuring DJ Logic from Medeski, Martin and Wood)

Jan. 28: Uncle Sammy.

Jan. 29: Rippopotamus.

Jan. 29: Solpatch.

Feb. 12: Lee “Scratch” Perry.

Orpheum Theatre

Ticketmaster: 931-2000

Feb. 6: Marc Anthony. $56, $43.50, $30.50.

Feb. 19: The Kids in the Hall. $37.50, $32.50, $27.50.

Jazz Music

Regattabar

Concertix: 876-7777

Jan. 27-29: Ahmad Jamal. CD release party.

Feb. 2-5: Toots Thielemans and Kenny Werner.

Feb. 11-13: Tommy Flanagan Trio.

Scullers Jazz Club

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

Jan. 26-27: Jeff “Tain” Watts.

Jan. 28-29: Marian McPartland Trio.

Jan. 31: Just The Sax.

Feb. 2: Ray Santisi.

Feb. 3-4: Carol Sloane Trio.

Feb. 5-6: Jean Carne & Angela Bofil.

Classical Music

Philip Glass's Akhnaten

Jan. 26, 28, Feb. 1, 4 at 7:30 p.m., Jan. 30, Feb. 6 at 3:00 p.m. at the Shubert Theatre, 265 Tremont St., Boston, MA 02116. The Boston Lyric Opera pressents the third of famed American minimalist Glass’s “portrait operas,” based on the life of Egypt's first monotheistic ruler. Sung in English, Hebrew, Egyptian Arabic, and the ancient Semitic language Akkadian, with English surtitles. Tickets $26-$108, call 1-800-447-7400. In addition, a pre-performance lecture takes place one hour prior to each performance at the Tremont House Hotel, next to the Shubert Theatre. The lecture is free to all ticket holders. For further information, call the BLO at (617) 542-4912.

Boston Symphony Orchestra

Tickets: 266-1492.

Performances at Symphony Hall, 301 Massachusetts Ave., Boston unless otherwise noted. For MIT Students: Tickets are offered for Thursday evening concerts (8pm) and Friday afternoon concerts (1:30 p.m.) and are available on the day of the concert only at the BSO Box Office at Symphony Hall (301 Massachusetts Ave. Open 10 a.m. - 6.p.m.). 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 10 a.m. on the day of concert.

Jan. 27-29: Dvorak: The Golden Spinning Wheel; Bartok: Piano Concerto No. 1; Brahms: Symphony No. 2. Peter Donohoe, piano; Sir Simon Rattle, conductor. Call for availability. Pre-concert talk given by Jan Swafford at 7 p.m. before each performance.

Feb. 3-5, 8 : Beethoven: Leonore Overture No. 2, Piano Concerto No. 1; Poulenc: Stabat Mater. Bernard Haitink, conductor; Murray Perahia, piano; Tanglewood Festival Chorus, John Oliver, conductor. Pre-concert talk given by Jessie Ann Owens at 7 p.m. before each performance.

Luciano Pavarotti In Recital

Jan. 26 at 8 p.m. at Symphony Hall (301 Massachusetts Ave., Boston). Legendary tenor Luciano Pavarotti will perform in recital with Leone Magiera, pianist as part of the BankBoston Celebrity Series. The performance will mark the 25th Anniversary of the tenor's Celebrity Series debut. Tickets are $125, $95, $65, and $35, with special “gold” premium center orchestra seating at $250. For tickets call SymphonyCharge at 617-266-1200 (Mon-Sat., 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.) or through the Symphony Hall box office.

Theater

Hallowed Ground

Through Jan. 29 at the Boston Playwrights’ Theatre, 949 Commonwealth Ave., Boston. Boston Playwrights' Theatre in conjunction with Wellesley College Summer Theatre presents the Boston premiere of award-winning Boston playwright, Laura Harrington. The play focuses on four characters: a nineteen year old slave woman, an injured Union soldier, a Southern conscript, and a thirteen year old girl attempt to reevaluate their place within society in the face of a destruction wrought by the Civil War. Performances: Jan 26-29 at 8 p.m.; Jan. 29 at 2 p.m. Tickets $15 general, $10 student and seniors and can be reserved by calling (781) 283-2029 or (617) 353-5443. For more information, call (781) 283-2029.

Sisters Matsumoto

Through January 30 at The Huntington Theatre Company, resident professional theatre at Boston University, 264 Huntington Ave., Boston, MA 02115-4606. The Huntington Theatre Company presents Sisters Matsumoto by noted Japanese-American playwright Philip Kan Gotanda. Directed by Sharon Ott, the play depicts the lives of three Japanese-American sisters who struggle to rebuild their lives after being released from a U.S. Government internment camp after World War II. Performances: Evenings: Tues.-Thurs. at 7:30 p.m., Fri. and Sat. at 8 p.m.; Matinees Sat. and Sun. at 2 p.m.

Miss Julie

Previews Jan. 28, 29 at 8:00 p.m. and Jan. 30 at 2:00 p.m.; Feb. 3-19, Th.-Sat. at 8:00 p.m., Sun. 2:00 p.m. at the Black Box Theatre in the Boston Center for the Arts, 539 Tremont St. The Coyote Theatre, a professional, non-profit theatre founded in 1991, presents August Stringberg's Miss Julie. In the play an aristocratic young woman engages in a heated sexual tryst with her father's servant. Tickets for previews $15, for performances Th. and Sun. $20, Fri. and Sat. $22.50. For more information or to reserve tickets, call the box office at (617) 426-ARTS.

Anne of Green Gables

Feb. 4-27, Fri. at 7:30 p.m., Sat. and Sun. at 3:00 p.m.: The Wheelock Family Theatre (180 The Riverway, Boston) presents the family musical based on the L.M. Montgomery classic. Tickets are $17, $15, and $10. ASL and Audio description Feb. 25 and 27. The theater is wheelchair accessible. To reserve tickets or for more information, call 617-734-4760, TTY 731-4426.

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

Pauline Lim

Through Jan. 30. “Impotence Pill” and other new works, at the Newton Free Library, 330 Homer S.t, Newton Centre, MA 02459. For more information call (617) 552-7145.

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.

Other Events

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

Feb. 5, 12, 19, 26: A Hero for Daisy By Mary Mazzio (1999, 42 min.). A moving portrait of Yale rowing legend Chris Ernst. In 1976 Ernst galvanized her rowing team to storm the Yale athletic director's office to protest the lack of locker-room facilities for women. The story was carried by all of the major international news outlets and Ernst won her fight for new locker rooms two weeks later. She went on to represent the U.S. in two Olympic games, becoming a world champion in 1986.

African Cinema 2000

Tickets 8-film series $40, $32 MFA members, students, seniors.

Feb. 3, 9, 10, 12: Pieces D'Identites By Mweze Ngangura (Congo/Belgium, 1998, 94 min.). From the director of the hugely entertaining and popular comedy La vie est belle comes an equally appealing new film that sports a zany cast of characters. Set in contemporary Europe, Piesces d'Identites tells the timeless story of an old king and his beautiful, wayward, daughter. The film addresses some of the most troubling issues of identity facing people of African descent in the ever-widening Diaspora of the late 20th century. In French with subtitles.

Feb. 23, 24, 26: Genesis By Cheick Oumar Sissoko (Mali, 1998, 102 min.). By returning to the Biblical account of Jacob and Esau, director Sissoko discovers insights into one of the most urgent problems facing Africa and indeed the world-fratricidal strife by translating this archetypal story into a distinctively West-African context. In Bambara with subtitles.

Best Lesbian Erotica 2000

Jan. 30 at 3 p.m.: Toni Amato, Dawn Dougherty, Kathe Izzo, Karin Pomerantz, Tristan Taormino (editor), Cecilia Tan, and Robin White will read from their latest anthology Best Lesbian Erotica 2000 at New Words Bookstore, 186 Hampshire Street, Cambridge. Call 617-876-5310 for additional information. This event is presented by New Words Live and is free, accessible, and open to all.

Boston Ballet Company: Without Words

Feb. 10-20 at the Schubert Theatre, 265 Tremont St., Boston. World premieres choreographed by one of Spain's great modern-dance choreographers and leader of Spain's acclaimed Compania Nacional de Danza, Nacho Duato, and by American Mark Godden, currently in residence at the Royal Winnipeg Ballet, and Paul Taylor's “Company B.” For resrevations call Telecharge 800-447-7400 or the Ballet's box office 617-695-6950. Tickets: $73-$12.50, $12.50 student rush.

Lesbigay Film Series

Club Pride at Roxbury Community College presents a monthly Lesbigay Film Series. Friday nights, February 11, March 3, April 14 at 6 p.m. at the Roxbury Community College, Academic Building, Room 121 (1234 Columbus Avenue, at the intersection of Columbus and Tremont, located directly directly across street from the Roxbury Crossing T station (Orange Line). Free parking. Free and open to the public refreshments served. Feb. 11: Greetings from Africa (US, 1994, Director: Cheryl Dunye, 8 minutes): A highly entertaining rumination on lesbian dating 90's style. Dakan (Destiny) (Guinea, 1997, Director: Mohamed Camara, 87 minutes) in French and Mandikan with English Subtitles. The first feature film on homosexuality in sub-Saharan Africa, this is a modern adaptation of the age-old Romeo and Juliet conflict between love and social convention.

Harvard Book Store Author Series

Feb. 15, 6 p.m.: Robert Wright, Non-Zero: The Logic of Human Destiny (with Daniel Dennet). At the Hasty Pudding Theater, Harvard University.

Feb. 17, 6 p.m.: Scott Ridley, Genome. At the Arthur M. Sackler Audiotrium, Harvard University.