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Next: 423-NEXT, 617-262-2437

13 Lansdowne St.

Mar. 8: Agent Orange.

Mar. 10: Long Beach Dub Allstars.

Mar. 24: Reveille.

Avalon

617-262-2424

15 Lansdowne St.

Mar. 4: The Pretenders.

Mar. 15: Paula Cole.

Mar. 16: Kenny Wayne Shepherd.

Mar. 17: The Push Stars.

Mar. 29: No Doubt.

Apr. 4: Rollins Band.

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. 26: John Edward $39-$69.

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

Mar. 5: Tony Kenny, $25.

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

Mar. 26: Ryuichi Sakamoto, TBA.

Centrum Centre

Ticketmaster 931-2000.

Mar. 25: Britney Spears. Sold Out.

Mar. 30: Korn. Sold Out.

Mar. 31: Korn. $29.50.

Club Passim

47 Palmer St, Cambridge.

Ticket prices vary. Call 618-492-7679 for more info.

Mar. 4: Melissa Ferrick.

Mar. 5: Eric Anderson.

Mar. 8: IndieGrrl Music Showcase: Forum for local singer-songwriters.

Mar. 9: Anne Hills & Michael Smith.

Mar. 10: Barbara Kessler.

Mar. 11: Grey Eye Glances.

Mar. 15: Don Conoscenti.

Mar. 16: Pierce Pettis.

Mar. 17: Joel Cage & Tom Dean.

Mar. 18: Odetta.

Fleet Center

Ticketmaster: 931-2000.

Mar. 26-27: Crosby, Stills, Nash, and Young. $201, $76, $51, $40.50.

The Lizard Lounge

1667 Mass Ave.

617-547-0759

Mar. 18: Astro Slut.

The Middle East

Ticketmaster: 931-2000.

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

Mar. 4: Krakow with Bishop Strike, Troy's Bucket, and Zipper Girl.

Mar. 4: Roadsaw with Leadfoot (formerly Corrosion of Conformity),

Throttle, and There.

Mar. 5: Lou Barlow of The Folk Implosion.

Mar. 6: Ann Berreta with Cops and Robbers, The Statue Factor, Jersey,

Suspect Device, and Lower 48.

Mar. 6: Echo Chamber Ensemble, DJC, Ross Hamlin, and Dr. T.

Mar. 7: Cloud Art, EP release party "Trick of the Light."

Mar. 8: Mekons with Johnny Dowd and the Tarbox Ramblers.

Mar. 8: Razorwire, The Humanoids, and spoken word with Rich Makin and Duncan Wilder.

Mar. 9: Bitch and Animal with Mehan Toohey.

Mar. 9: Steady Earnest with Beat Soup and Perfect Thyroid.

Mar. 10: Foxtrot Zulu.

Mar. 10: Wheat, CD release party , "Hope and Adams."

Mar. 11: Actual Proof with Loop Dreams, Balkan Tribes, and DJ. Seishi.

Mar. 11: Jennifer Teft Band with Crash 22, Lunar Plexus, and Beth Boche.

Mar. 25: Femi Kuti.

Apr. 22: Dick Dale.

Orpheum Theatre

Ticketmaster: 931-2000

Apr. 6: Tracy Chapman. $36-$26.

Apr. 7: Bryan Adams. $51, $38.50, $31.

Apr. 8-10: Phil Lesh & Friends. $37.

Apr. 15: Bela Fleck and the Flecktones, TBA.

Apr. 24: Third Eye Blind. $25.

Apr. 27: Oasis. $26.

Sanders Theatre

617-496-2222

45 Quincy St., 02138

Mar. 5: Dave Brubeck Quartet.

Mar. 17: National Song and Dance Company of Mozambique.

Mar. 19: Salute to Robert Shaw, presented by the Masterworks Chorale.

T.T. the Bear's Place

10 Brookline St, Cambridge, 617-492-2327

Mar. 4: Bill Janovitz (lead singer for the rock gorup Buffalo Tom).

Mar. 5: Football, 8 Days Without Cable, Emergency Music, and Kelly Scar.

Mar. 7: Elf Power with Charlene and Summer Hymns.

Mar. 8: Stuffis with Cool Grape Goodness, Down Home Souls and Bluehouse Effect.

Mar. 9: Edable Gray.

Mar. 10-11: The Gravel Pit, "Reverse the Curse" benefit show for Paul Natale.

Mar. 12: Happy Hour with opening acts Choke, Revelation and Room with a View.

Mar. 13: Our Lady Peace.

Mar. 18: Jim's Big Ego.

Jazz Music

Regattabar

Concertix: 876-7777

Mar. 4: Ruth Brown & Friends.

Mar. 7-8: Bud Shank Quartet.

Mar. 9-12: Elvin Jones Jazz Machine.

Mar. 14: Steve Lacy Quartet.

Mar. 15: Michael Williams, with Sugar Ray Norcia, Bruce Katz, and David “Fathead” Newman.

Scullers Jazz Club

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

Feb. 25-26: Ray Barretto & Kenny Burrell with New World Spirit.

Mar. 8: Rachel Z Trio.

Mar. 9: Erica Leopold with Doug Hammer.

Mar. 10-11: Yellowjackets.

Mar. 14: Wesla Whitfield.

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 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.

Mar. 9-11, 14, Vadim Repin, violin; Semyon Bychkov, conductor. Gubaidulina: Offertorium, for violin and orchestra; Tchaikovksy: Symphony No. 6, “Pathetique.” Pre-concert talk given by Harlow Robinson prior to each performance.

Mar. 16-18, 21: Janice Watson, soprano; Andre Previn, conductor. An All-Strauss Program including Sextet, Moonlight Music, and Closing scene from Capriccio and the Symphonia domestica. Pre-concert talk given by John Daverio.

BankBoston Celebrity Series

Tickets: 482-6661.

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

Mar. 5 at 3 p.m.: Academy of St. Martin in the Fields. J.S. Bach: Brandenburge Concerto No. 3 in G Major, BWV 1048; Concerto for Three Violins in D Major, BWV 1064; Schoenberg: Verklarte Nacht, Op. 4; Shostakovich: Two Pieces for String Octet, Op. 11. $48, $45, $42.

Mar. 18 at 8 p.m.: Beaux Arts Trio. Beethoven: Variations on “Ich bin ein der Schneider Kakadu” in G Major, Op. 121A; Trio in B-flat Major, Op. 97 (“Archduke”); Shostkovich: Trio No. 2 in E minor, Op. 67. At NEC's Jordan Hall, 30 Gainsborough St., Boston, MA. $45, $42, $38.

Theater

Spalding Gray

Mar. 10-11 at 8 p.m., Mar. 12 at 3 p.m. at the Emerson Majestic

Theatre (219 Tremont St., Boston): As part of the BankBoston Celebrity Series, Obie-award winner Spalding Gray will perform his monologue Morning, Noon and Night. The monologue examines a day in the life of Gray's family in their small town on Long Island. Tickets are $35 and $32 and are available by calling CelebrityCharge (617-482-6661, M-F 10-4) or at the Emerson Majestic Theatre.

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.

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.

Sprout

Through Mar. 17 at the Kaji Aso Studio Gallerby, 40 St. Stephen St., Boston, 02115, near Symphony Hall. The Kaji Aso Studio presents the pottery of Yasuko Dower and the calligraphy of Kaji Aso. Yasuko Dower specializes in raku and pit fired works, and has a studio on Cape Cod. Kaji Aso has calligraphy featured in the permanent collection of the National Musem of Modern Art in Tokyo, the Modern Museum of Art in New York, and the MFA in Boston. Opening Reception Sat. Mar. 4 from 7 to 9 p.m. For more information and gallery hours call 617-247-1719.

Bear Icons

Mar. 6-19, Open daily 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. At The Gallery at Mount Ida College (Carlson Student Center, 777 Dedham St., Newton Centre, MA): A presentation of the “Art and Artifacts of Queer Masculinity,” the presentation of this traveling exhibition reveals a vast array of self-representation of gay male “bear sensibilities” as a postmodern/avant-garde installation of two- and three-dimensional objects, multi-media, and live performance artists. The show mixes folk, commercial, documentary, and fine art vocabularies to demonstrate the rapid expansion of a new gay male archetype. Free admission. Opening Reception will be held Fri., Mar. 10, 7-9 p.m. On Sat., March 11th, there will be an Evening of Live Performance by bear-identified artists: Alan Reade, Martin Swinger, and Ernie Lijoi, in the Auditorium adjacent to the gallery from 7-9 p.m. Tickets are $8 in advance, $10 at the door.For more information, go to: <http://bearhistory.com>

The Living Room

Through Apr. 30: Born in Taiwan, Lee Mingwei's practice as an artist is to create installations that involve personal exchanges between the viewers and the artist. Lee will create a modern-day version of the salon life of Isabella Gardner used to enliven her collection. Lee and museum staff will act as hosts to the museum, spending the day interacting with visitors who enter the special exhibition gallery.

Lynn Beach Painters

Through Aug. 20: The exhibit, subtitled "Art Along the North Shore, 1880-1920," presents 60 works of the seven lyrical and evocative painters that comprised the school of American Marine Impressionists. The exhibition focuses on the significance and

cohesiveness of the group placed within the context of the period of American art.

Other Events

The End of the World

Mar. 11 at 8:30 p.m. at the Middle East Restaurant, 472 Mass. Ave., Cambridge. Local funk and blues band Crash 22 showcases the Boston arts scene with musical performances, film, fashion, dancers, tarot card readings, jugglers, visual art installations, and literary readings. $7.

John F. Kennedy Library Public Forums

At the John F. Kennedy Library and Museum, Columbia Point, Boston. Free. For more info., call 617-929-4571.

The Making of the President 2000

Mar. 5, 2 to 4 p.m.: On the eve of the Massachusetts presidential primary, former Republican Senator Alan Simpson and Democratic Congressman Barney Frank analyze the results of the early primaries and how the major candidates are positioning themselves for the general election campaign. Moderating the session will be Boston Globe columnist David Nyhan.

Robert Frost: The Nation's Poet

Apr. 2, 2 to 4 p.m.: In his recent biography, Robert Frost: A Life, Jay Parini analyzes the conflict between Frost's artistic need for

solitude and his desire for exposure to the general public. After

viewing clips of Frost's recitation at JFK’s inaugural, Jay Parini, poet, novelist, and professor at Middlebury College, will offer his analysis of the final years of one of this century's greatest poets.

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.

Nine Films by Max Ophuls

The retrospective of the German-born Max Ophuls combines revered calassics with rarely screened archival films.

Mar. 11 at 12 p.m.: Liebelei (1932, 85 min.).

Mar. 17 at 6 p.m.: The Exile (1947, 95 min.).

Hou Hsiao-Hsien: Director of the Decade

The MFA is currently the sole institution to host all 14 of Taiwanese director Hou Hsiao-Hsien's films in a complete retrospective, including his first three rarely seen films, and Boston premieres of Hou's two most recent films, The Flowers of Shanghai and Goodbye South, Goodbye. Hsien was called "the world 's greatest active narrative filmmaker" by the Village Voice.

Mar. 10 at 7:45 p.m.. Mar. 23 at 5:45 p.m.: Goodbye South, Goodbye (1996, 116 min.).

Mar. 24 at 7:45 p.m., Mar. 25, at 3:45 p.m.: The Flowers of Shanghai (1998, 120 min.).

Don Quixote

Mar. 30-Apr. 9, Tue. 8 p.m., Wed.-Thu. 7 p.m., Fri.-Sat. 8 p.m., Sat-Sun. 2 p.m.: The Boston Ballet presents Cervantes' classic tale of chivalry and romance. At the Wang Center (270 Tremont St., Boston). tickets available at the Boston Ballet box office, or by calling 617-695-6950 or Telecharge 1-800-447-7400. $73-$12.50, studnet rush tickets $12.50.

Lesbigay Film Series

Presented by Club Pride at Roxbury Community College.

Apr. 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). Woubi Cheri (Directors: Philip Brooks & Laurent Bacahut, 62 minutes, France/Ivory Coast, 1998). in French with English Subtitles. The first film to give African homosexuals a chance to describe their world in their own words. Free parking. Free and open to the public. Refreshments served.