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Popular Music

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Next: 423-NEXT, 617-262-2437

13 Lansdowne St.

Mar. 24: Reveille.

Apr. 8: 3 Doors Down.

Apr. 10: Methods of Mayhem.

Avalon

617-262-2424

15 Lansdowne St.

Mar. 17: The Push Stars.

Mar. 29: No Doubt.

Apr. 4: Rollins Band.

Apr. 11: Tower of Power.

Apr. 15: Violent Femmes.

Apr. 26: Deep Banana Blackout.

Apr. 27: Joe Satriani.

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.

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

Mar. 26: Ryuichi Sakamoto, TBA.

Mar. 30-31: Arturo Sandoval.

Apr. 4: Steve Sweeney Ship Of Fools.

Apr. 14: New Friends Live Dance Performance.

May 5: Alex Fox Guitar On Fire Tour 2000.

May 6: Lorie Line.

May 7: New England Bodybuilding Championships.

May 14: Maynard Ferguson and Arturo Sandoval.

May 20: Regina Belle.

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. 17: Joel Cage & Tom Dean.

Mar. 18: Odetta.

Mar. 22: Sandi Hammond & Jody Blackwell.

Mar. 25: SONiA.

Mar. 29-30: Kevin So.

Mar. 31: Rose Polenzani.

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. 17: Al and the Transamerican with Members of the bands moe. and Strangefolk for a night of improv jam rock.

Mar. 17: Ragin' Teens.

Mar. 18: The Donnas.

Mar. 18: Waltham.

Mar. 20: Honeysuckle Vine with opening acts Steelhead, Fell Threw, and Almost Speechless.

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. 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. 17: Canine.

Mar. 18: Jim's Big Ego.

Mar. 19: Nimmmer, Carry the Zero, The Dot, and Digital Blue.

Mar. 21: Chelsea on Fire.

Mar. 22: Best Friend Josh with opening acts Kung Fu Grip and Jericho.

Jazz Music

Regattabar

Concertix: 876-7777

Mar. 17-19: McCoy Tyner Trio.

Mar. 21: Michelle Willson & Her Evil Gal Festival Orchestra.

Mar. 22: Anton Schwartz Quartet.

Mar. 23-25: Kenny Barron Quintet.

Mar. 28: Galindo/Phaneuf Sextet.

Scullers Jazz Club

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

Mar. 17: Walter Beasley.

Mar. 22: Eric Marienthal.

Mar. 23: The Joyce DiCamillo Trio.

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. 17-18, 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.

Apr. 1, 4, 5, 6: Krystian Zimerman, piano; Seiji Ozawa, conductor. Berlioz: Roman Carnival Overture; Dutilleux: Symphony No. 2, Le Double; Rachmaninoff: Piano Concerto No. 2. Pre-concert talk given by Jessie Ann Owens Apr. 1, 4. Apr. 5, 6 at Carnegie Hall in NY: call 212-247-7800 for tickets.

BankBoston Celebrity Series

Tickets: 482-6661.

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

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.

May 12 at 8 p.m.: Audra McDonald. Theater's youngest three-time Tony award winner presents songs from her latest album How Glory Goes, her debut album Way Back to Paradise, as well as standards by Arlen, Kern, and Weill. At the Sanders Theater, Memorial Hall, Harvard University, 45 Quincy St., Cambridge, A. Tickets $42, $38, $35 and available by calling CelebrityCharge 617-482-6661.

Schubert and Brahms

Apr. 7 at 8 p.m.: The Handel and Haydn Society Orchestra and Chorus present a program of music by Schubert, Brahms, and Rossini, conducted by Harry Bicket. At the New England Conservatory’s Jordan Hall, 30 Gainsborough St., Boston. Tickets $49, $37, $25, available at the H&H box office, 300 MAss. Ave. M-F 10 a.m.-6 p.m. or call 617-266-3605 or visit <www.handelandhaydn.org>. Also available at all Ticketmaster locations or by calling 617-931-ARTS.

The Messiah

Apr. 9 at 3 p.m.: The boston Cecilia performs Handel’s Messiah in New England Conservatory’s Jordan Hal. Music Director Donald Teeters will conduct the Cecilia Chorus and Period Instruments Orchestra, with soloists Sharon Baker, soprano, Jeffrey Gall, countertenor, Richard Clement, tenor, and Mark Risinger, bass. Tickets are $60-411 and may be purchased by calling the Boston Cecilia office at 617-232-4540 or the Jordan Box Office at 617-536-2412. Discounts available for students and senior citizens. For more info., call the Boston Cecilia office or visit <http://www.bostoncecilia.org>.

Theater

The After-Rhyme

Mar. 24, 25, 26, 31, Apr. 1, 2, 6, 7, 8. Sun. at 2 p.m., all others at 8 p.m. The Boston theater company, Rough & Tumble Theatre, presents a new comedy in the absurd tradition. It concerns such pressing issues as: Can a Butcher do more than Butch? What do old Pie Men dream of? and What does fruit really mean? At the Black Box theater in the Boston Center for the Arts, 539 Tremont Street, near the Back Bay stop on the Orange Line. Tickets $10 for all shows. For more information, email rough-and-tumble@usa.net. For reservations, call the BCA box office at 617-426-ARTS (2787).

4 Saints in 3 Acts

Apr. 6-8 at 8 p.m. at th Boston Conservatory Theater, 31 Hemenway St., Boston. Presented by the Boston Conservatory Opera Department. Based on the poetry of Gertrude Stein, this groundreaking modern opera deals with he lives of the saints. The opera caused controversy when it debuted in 1934 and is considered a landmark of the avant-garde. Tickes $16, $10 students under 15, $7 student rush.

The Jungle Book

Apr. 7-May 7, Fri. at 7:30 p.m., Sat., Sun. at 3:00 p.m.: The Wheelock Family Theatre (180 The Riverway, Boston) presents a exciting, charming, and humorous adaptation of Rudyard Kipling's classic book for children. Tickets are $10-$17. ASL and Audio description May 5, 7. 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

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.

The Contemporary Artist in the Museum

Apr. 11: a Food fo Thought: Dialogues on Art lunchtime talk by Judy Fox, Curator of the Davis Museum and Cultrual Center, Wellesley, on Tue., apr. 11, at 12:15 p.m. Reservations required; call 617-278-4150. free with Museum admission.

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>

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

Through Mar. 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. 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

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.

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 forsolitude 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.

"Mission Control: We have a Problem"

Apr. 17: Marking the 30th anniversary of Apollo 13, NASA Mission Control Director Gene Kranz will discuss his new book, Failure is not an Option, providing an insider's account of the entire manned space program including the flights of Alan Shepard and John Glenn, Neil Armstrong's moonwalk, and the memorable return to earth of Apollo 13. Kranz will also discuss Hollywood's dramatization of the flight by showing clips from the movie in which he was protrayed by Ed Harris.

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 classics with rarely screened archival films.

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. 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.