ON THE TOWN
Next: 423-NEXT, 617-262-2437
13 Lansdowne St.
Apr. 22: Tracy Bonham, $10.
May 13: Petra, $20 in adv., $25 day of.
15 Lansdowne St.
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.
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.
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.
47 Palmer St, Cambridge.
Ticket prices vary. Call 618-492-7679 for more info.
Apr. 21: Geoff Bartley with Steve Gillette and Cindy Mangsen.
Apr. 22: Peter Mulvey.
Apr. 24: Blues showcase, hosted by the International House of Blues
Foundation program director, Kevin Ball.
Apr. 26: Carl Cacho, Bob Martin and Michael Troy.
Apr. 26: Robbie Schaffer.
Apr. 28: Mary Gauthier.
Apr. 29: Kate Campbell.
Jun. 8, 9: Tina Turner, Sold Out.
Jun. 21, 22: Ricky Martin, $95, $75, $55, $39.50.
The Lizard Lounge
1667 Mass Ave.
Apr. 28: Deb Pasternak.
The Middle East
Ticket prices vary. Call 354-8238 for more info.
Apr. 21: Disco Biscuits.
Apr. 21: Purrr.
Apr. 22: Dick Dale.
Apr. 22: Hybrasil.
Apr. 24: Tara Jane O'Neil.
Apr. 25: Charlie Hunter.
Apr. 25: Garrison with opening acts The Appleseed Cast, Prizefighter, and The National Blue.
Apr. 26: Chasing Gray.
Apr. 26: The Melvins.
Apr. 28: Scissorfight.
Apr. 29: Rival Schools United by Fate with opening act Six Going on Seven.
Apr. 29: Vibewise with John Brown's Body.
Apr. 24,25 : Third Eye Blind. $25.
Apr. 27: Oasis. Sold Out.
May 6: Alison Krauss and Union Station, $32.50-$22.50.
May 14: Ellen Degeneres, $38.50, $33.50, $28.50.
45 Quincy St., 02138
May 5: The Harvard University Choir and the Mozart Society Orchestra: John Knowles Paine's Mass in D.
May 19: Club Passim Benefit Concert, featuring Iris Dement, Suzanne Vega, Chris Smither, and Vance Gilbert.
Apr. 25: Matt Gordy Quintet.
Apr. 26: Annie Royer: "Cabaret de Paris"
Apr. 29: Roomful of Blues.
Scullers Jazz Club
(All performers have two shows per day unless otherwise noted.)
Apr. 21-22: Bobby Short And His Orchestra.
Apr. 25: Ray Vega.
Apr. 26: Carol O'Shaughnessy.
Boston Symphony Orchestra
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. 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.
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.
May 5 at 8 p.m., May 7 at 3 p.m., at the Emerson Majestic Theatre (219 Tremont St., Boston, MA 02116-4717). The Boston Academy of Music and The Boston Modern Orchestra Project present Samuel Barber's Pulitzer Prize winning opera. Fully staged and sung in English. Gil Rose, conductor; Anthony Cornish, director. For tickets call Majestix at 617-824-8000 and visit <www.maj.org>.
Metropolitan Wind Symphony
Apr. 29 at 8 p.m. at Natick High School (15 West St., Natick, MA): The Metropolitan Wind Symphony, one of New England's finest wind ensembles, will begin celebration of their Twenty-Ninth Anniversary Season with a concert conducted by Music Director David Martins. Selections will include works by Morton Gould, Thomas Duffy, and Ralph Vaughan Williams. The venue is handicapped-accessible and tickets are $8 for adults, $5 students and seniors. For more information or to reserve tickets, call 617-983-1370.
BankBoston Celebrity Series
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, MA. Sold Out.
The Turn of the Screw
May 18, 20 at 8 p.m. at St. Paul's Church (15 St. Paul St., Brookline, MA: Prism Opera presents Benjamin Britten's intimate opera. Based on the short story of the same name by Henry James, this opera is a spooky ghost story concerning two children and their governess. The venue is handicapped-accessible and tickets are $25, $20 for students and seniors. Available at Bostix, Ticketmaster (617-931-2000). Website at <www.prismopera.org>.
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 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>.
Emma Goldman: A Noise in the Silence
May 5-21 at the Threshold Theatre (791 Tremont St., Piano Craft Guild Building, Boston, MA): The Threshold Theatre presents a play by Tamara Ellis Smith in collaboration with Deborah Heimann and Claudia Traub. The play's central character is Emma Goldman the great orator and anarchist who, in 1940, suffered a stroke which left her paralyzed and unable to speak. The play follows Emma who, when faced with her possible death embarks on a tender, humorous, and sometimes devastating journey into the heart of her own revolution. Fri. and Sat. at 8 p.m., Sat. and Sun. at 3 p.m. Tickets $16, $12 students/seniors. group rates available. For tickets call the Threshold Theatre at 781-736-9694 or call Ticketmaster at 617-931-2000.
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.
Apr. 21-22: The Emerson Stage and the Musical Theatre Society of Emerson College present Emerson Colege's 47th Annual Spring Musical Follies with music and lyrics by the venerable musical theater composer Stephen Sondheim. The musical concerns the lives of two married couples at a reunion and features Sondheim’s characteristic wit, emotion, and memorable melodies. At the Emerson Majestic Theatre (219 Tremont St., Boston, MA 02116-4717). The show runs Wed.-Sat. at 8 p.m., Sat. at 2 p.m. Tickets are $18, $15, $12 and you can call the box office at 617-824-8000.
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.
Through Apr. 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.
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., Apr. 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, 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.
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.
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.
A Gardener's Diary
Jun. 16-Aug. 27: Public garden/installation artist Joan Bankemper presents an exhibition at the Gardner which will include gouache drawings and ceramic works that were inspired by plants in the Museum's courtyard and greenhouses. This installation will complement a healing garden planted in the Fenway Victory Gardens created by Bankemper in collaboration with the Senior Task Force of the Fenway Community Development Program.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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. 21-22, 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.