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Popular Music

AXIS

Next: 423-NEXT, 617-262-2437

13 Lansdowne St.

Apr. 8: 3 Doors Down.

Apr. 10: Methods of Mayhem.

Apr. 18: Tracy Bonham, $10.

Apr. 20: MXPX, $12 in adv., $14 day of.

May 13: Petra, $20 in adv., $25 day of.

Avalon

617-262-2424

15 Lansdowne St.

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.

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.

Apr. 7: Andrea Bocelli, Limited Red Carpet Patron Tickets: $350, $195, $135, $85, $55.

May 2: Nine Inch Nails, $45, $39.50, $29.50.

May 29: Blink 182 with Bad Religion and FENIXtx opening, All seats $25; Floor is gen. admission.

Club Passim

47 Palmer St, Cambridge.

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

Apr. 7: Les Sampou.

Apr. 8: David Mallett.

Fleet Center

Ticketmaster: 931-2000.

Apr. 13: Mariah Carey, Rescheduled. Sold Out.

Jun. 8, 9: Tina Turner, Sold Out.

Jun. 21, 22: Ricky Martin, $95, $75, $55, $39.50.

The Lizard Lounge

1667 Mass Ave.

617-547-0759

Apr. 5: Wide Iris.

Apr. 13: Say Zuzu.

Apr. 14: Buck Dewey Big Band.

Apr. 15: Johnny A.

Apr. 28: Deb Pasternak.

The Middle East

Ticketmaster: 931-2000.

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

Apr. 7: Karate.

Apr. 7: The Original P - Parliament/Funkadelic.

Apr. 8: Rippopotamus.

Apr. 11: Handsome Family.

Apr. 11: Local hip-hop artists get together for a night of rap, featuring Virtuoso, 7L, Elliot Ness, The Beyonder, and an open mike session with other special guests.

Apr. 12: Alkaline Trio.

Apr. 13: Andrew Bird's Bowl of Fire.

Apr. 13: Arsonists.

Apr. 14: The Shods.

Apr. 14: Vic Firecracker with opening acts The Blank Theory, Helicopter Helicopter, Rockets to Mars, and Silo the Huskie.

Apr. 15: Angry Salad.

Apr. 15: godboy with opening acts Scout, Ms. Pigeon, Basement Poets, and Banjo Spiders.

Apr. 22: Dick Dale.

Orpheum Theatre

Ticketmaster: 931-2000

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

Apr. 16: Bob Weir (former guitarist and vocalist for the Grateful Dead) benefit show for the Farm School, with Rob Wasserman and Jonatha Brooke.

Jazz Music

Regattabar

Concertix: 876-7777

Apr. 7-8: Gonzalo Rubalcaba Trio.

Apr. 12: Ron Bosse and Pursuance.

Scullers Jazz Club

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

Apr. 11: Stacey Kent.

Apr. 12: Maria Muldaur.

Apr. 13: Linda Eder, Sold Out.

Apr. 14-15: Jon Hendricks & Annie Ross.

Apr. 19: Humberto Ramirez.

Apr. 20-22: Bobby Short And His Orchestra.

Apr. 25: Ray Vega.

Apr. 26: Carol O'Shaughnessy.

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.

Apr. 20, 21, 22: Pamela Frank, violin; Andre Previn, conductor. Previn: Diversions for orchestra (1999); Barber: Violin Concerto; Mozart: Symphony No. 39. Pre-concert talk given by Marc Mandel on Apr. 21 and 22.

Boston Pops

Tickets: 266-1492.

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

May 9-11: Best of Broadway. Keith Lockhart, conductor. Group reservations for 25 or more people are now being taken through the Group Sales Office at 617-638-9345. For more information or to purchase single tickets, please call 888-266-1200.

BankBoston Celebrity Series

Tickets: 482-6661.

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

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.

Chameleon Arts Ensemble

Apr. 21 at 8 p.m. at the First and Second Church, 66 Marlborough Street in Boston's Back Bay (Arlington Stop on the Green Line): The Chameleon Arts Ensemble of Boston presents chamber music by Mozart, Schnittke, Strauss, Britten, and Ravel. Tickets $28, $20, $14, discounts available for students and seniors. For tickets or more information, call 617-427-8200 or visit <http://www.chameleonarts.org>.

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

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. Tickets $16, $10 students under 15, $7 student rush.

The Importance of Being Earnest

Through Apr. 23, W-Sat. at 8 p.m., Sun. at 2 p.m. at The Works Theater (255 Elm St,; Davis Square, Red Line to Davis T Stop) Written in 1895, Wilde's "trivial comedy for serious people" is considered his greatest dramatic achievement. Follow the exploits of Jack and Algernon, two young gentlemen deeply in love with women determined to marry men named Ernest. Full of legendary characters and witty dialogue, The Importance of Being Earnest is sure to delight audiences of all ages. Tickets are $18/$14 for students and seniors. For tickets call (617) 642-1456. For more information, visit <www.petbrick.com>.

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.

American Repertory Theatre

At the Hasty Pudding Theatre, 12 Holyoke St., Cambridge. Tickets for each show are $35 and $25; senior, group, and student discounts are available. For tickets, performance times, or more information, call 617-547-8300.

The Ohio State Murders

Through Apr. 16: By Obie Award-winner Adrienne Kennedy and directed by Marcus Stern. The play is a deeply personal fable of self-discovery and loss. When a young African-American student arrives at Ohio State University, she little suspects that the academic sanctuary harbors dark forces of hatred. A haunting study of lost innocence and the birth of racial awareness.

St. Nicholas

Apr. 20-30: The American Repertory Theatre presents St. Nicholas by Conor McPherson (The Weir) and directed by Carmel O'Reilly. The play tells the story of a jaded Dublin theatre critic who becomes besotted with a young actress and walks away from his ordinary life into a series of bizarre events. A macabre yet humorous tale of obsession, seduction, and entrapment.

Spring Revels

At the Emerson Majestic Theatre (219 Tremont St., Boston's Theatre District), Apr. 28-30: Sat., Sun. at 8 p.m.; Sat. at 3 p.m., Sun. at 1 p.m. Celebrate the vernal equinox in drama, dance, and song -- from the music of a Cape Breton barn raising to the spicty meloides of a Cajun Mardi Gras. Featuring The Fiddles of Acadia, The Catfish Creek Cajun Band, and Barachois. Tickets $28-$16, available by phone M-F 9-6, Sat. 10-2 at 617-824-8000 or at the Emerson Majestic Box Office M-F 9-6. Opening Night Party to Benefit Revels on Fri., Spr. 29. With the purchase of a special benefit-priced ticket ($75 each) you will join the cast onstage after the show for a champagne toast. Benefit tickets include one seat for the performance. Children < 18 may attend the post-show reception at no additional cost. Tickets must be purchased prior to Apr. 17.

Fat Men in Skirts

Through Apr. 22, Thu., Fri., and Sat. at 8 p.m.: The Theatre Cooperative at The Peabody House Theatre, 277 Broadway, Somerville, MA 02145 presents a farce by Nicky Silver. A mother and son are marooned on a desert island for five years. When they are reunited with the husband and father who presumed them lost and his mistress (a now pregnant ex-porn star), bizarre forces of human nature unfold. A blend of comedy and tragedy, Fat Men in Skirts is hilarious and unnerving. Directed by Kara-Lynn Vaeni. Tickets are $15, $10 students and seniors. Call 617-625-1300 for tickets or more information.

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>

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 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.

Women in Massachusetts Politics

May 1, 1 to 2 p.m.: For over four decades Betty Taymor has been an outspoken advocate of women's candidacy for elective office. In her new memoir Running Against the Wind, she weaves together the fascinating story of her own experience in politics (including her work with John F. Kennedy, Eleanor Roosevelt, and Adlai Stevenson) with a blunt narrative on women's deplorable lack of success in breaking through the political glass ceiling in Massachusetts. Taymor is a former Democratic National Committeewoman and the founder of the Program in Women in Politics at UMass Boston.

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.

Apr. 19-22, 29. Now and Then: From Frosh to Senior (by Dan Gellar and Dayna Goldfine (1999, 87 min.)) Weaving cinema-verite scenes with thoughtful interviews, Gellar and Goldfine have created a fascinating portrait of ten diverse twenty-somethings traversing the path to adulthood. MFA audiences who remember the 1994 screening of its prequel, Frosh: Nine Months in a Freshman Dorm, will enjoy the surprises of Now and Then, yet it stands firmly in its own right as an entertaining and insightful film. Prospective college students and their parents will appreciate seeing this film together, as it is a compelling eye-opener to what college students face today.

Don Quixote

Through 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.