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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.

The Middle East

Ticketmaster: 931-2000.

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

Feb. 4: Michigan Blacksnake.

Feb. 4: Strict 9 (with Soul Machine).

Feb. 5: Dr. Didg.

Feb. 5: The Gravel Pit - Benefit show for Paul Natale.

Feb. 7: Crooked Fingers (features Eric Bachman, formerly of Archers of Loaf, with Empire Games).

Feb. 8: Piebald.

Feb. 9: Dan Rockett Band - Benefit show for Lil' Miss Bliss (with Another Planet and Stretch).

Feb. 9: Trobadours (with Chelsea on Fire, Andy Stochansky, and Megan Toohey).

Feb. 10: Half Japanese (with the Peer Group and the Forty-Fives).

Feb. 11: Barbero (with Crack Torch, R.C. Crimewave, Getto Thunder and Tracy Husky).

Feb. 11: Deep Banana Blackout.

Orpheum Theatre

Ticketmaster: 931-2000

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

Feb. 11-12: Beck, Sold Out.

Sanders Theatre

617-496-2222

45 Quincy St., 02138

Feb. 6: Ladysmith Black Mambazo, $28, $22.

Feb. 11: Leo Kottke, $25.50, $23.50.

Jazz Music

Regattabar

Concertix: 876-7777

Feb. 4-5: Toots Thielemans and Kenny Werner.

Feb. 8: Charlie Kohlhase Quintet.

Feb. 9: Ron Gill Sextet.

Feb. 10: Bruce Katz Band.

Feb. 11-13: Tommy Flanagan Trio.

Scullers Jazz Club

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

Feb. 4: Carol Sloane Trio.

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

Feb. 9: Will Mcmillan.

Feb. 10: Myanna With Wannetta Jackson.

Feb. 11-13: Abbey Lincoln.

Classical Music

Philip Glass's Akhnaten

Feb. 4 at 7:30 p.m., 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.

Feb. 4-5, 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.

Theater

The Secret Garden

Feb. 4-5 at 8 p.m., Feb. 5-6 at 2 p.m. on the Barstow Stage in Alumnae Hall at Wellesley College: The classic children's novel has been brilliantly adapted into a musical by the Pulitzer-Prize-winning playwright Marsha Norman. Directed by Pauline Yasuda '00 and Stacey Bubolz '00. Free for all Wellesley and MIT students. For more information, call 781-283-2000.

Actors from the London Stage

Feb. 8-9 on the Barstow Stage in Alumnae Hall at Wellesley College: Actors trained in various methods of acting in London theatres come Wellesley to perform minimalist Shakespeare. Free for all Wellesley and MIT students. For more information, call 781-283-2000.

A Copland Celebration

Feb. 10-13 at The Boston Conservatory Theater. Students of the Boston Conservatory Dance Division give the professional premiere of “Appalachian Spring,” choreographed by Martha Graham and music by Aaron Copland. Tickets $32, Student Rush $7. Call (617) 912-9142 for tickets.

Miss Julie

Through Feb. 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

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.

Other Events

b&w men: James Spada

Through Feb. 18, Open daily 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Call for weekend hours. At the New England School of Photography (537 Commonwealth Ave., Boston, 02115): A photographic exhibition by the author of biographies of Barbra Streisand and Bette Davis and editor of pictorial biographies of Jackie Onassis, Marilyn Monroe, Katharine Hepburn, and Jane Fonda. Call 437-1868 for more information.

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 People's Lawyer: A Tribute to Judge A. Leon Higginbotham

Feb. 6, 3 to 5 p.m.: Harvard law professor Charles Ogletree will provide the keynote address at this tribute to A. Leon Higginbotham (1928-1998) the first African American commissioner of any Federal Regulatory Agency and one of the country's most prominent and influential judges. The tribute will also include clips of Judge Higginbotham and remembrances from friends and colleagues, including William H. Brown, Stephanie Franklin-Suber, and Anita Hill.

The Journey of Howard Thurman: A Centennial Celebration

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. 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.

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.