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Popular Music

AXIS

Next: 423-NEXT, 617-262-2437

13 Lansdowne St.

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

Apr. 29: H20, $10.

May 5: Supergrass, $10.

May 16: Dilated People, $15.

Avalon

617-262-2424

15 Lansdowne St.

Apr. 28: The The, $20.25 day of, $18.25 in advance.

May 6: Reverend Horton Heat, $15.25.

Jun. 15: Sonic Youth, $22.75.

Jun. 25: Dropkick Murphys, $12.25.

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.

Centrum Centre

Ticketmaster 931-2000.

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. 28: Mary Gauthier.

Apr. 29: Kate Campbell.

Fleet Center

Ticketmaster: 931-2000.

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

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

Foxboro Stadium

60 Washington St, Foxboro, MA 02035, 508-543-3900

Ticketmaster: 931-2000.

May 27: WBCN River Rave, Sold Out.

Jun. 30: Metallica with Korn, Kid Rock, Powerman 5000 and System of a Down, $65. Tickets on sale Apr. 29 at 9 a.m. Call (617) 931-2000.

Jul. 8-9: Dave Matthews Band with Ben Harper and the Innocent Criminals and Ozomatli, $45.50.

Jul. 12: 'N Sync, Sold Out.

The Lizard Lounge

1667 Mass Ave.

617-547-0759

Apr. 28: Deb Pasternak.

Wednesdays: Baby Ray.

Thursdays: Club d'Elf.

The Middle East

Ticketmaster: 931-2000.

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

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.

Orpheum Theatre

Ticketmaster: 931-2000

May 6: Alison Krauss and Union Station, $32.50-$22.50.

May 14: Ellen Degeneres, $38.50, $33.50, $28.50.

Sanders Theatre

617-496-2222

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.

Tweeter Center for the Performing Arts (Great Woods)

885 South Main St., Mansfield, MA 02048

Ticketmaster: 931-2000

May 17: Steve Miller Band, $38.50, $27.

May 30: REO Speedwagon with STYX and Eddie Money, $34.

Jun. 12-13: KISS (farewell tour) with Ted Nugent, $80.25, $65.60, $36.50.

Jun. 14: The Cure, $40.50, $25.

Jun. 15: 311 with Incubus, $24.50.

Jul. 3: The Who. Ticket prices TBA.

Jul. 8: Poison, with Cinderella, Slaughter and Dokken, $30, $20.

Jul. 15: Steely Dan, $67.50, $27.50.

Jul. 16: Red Hot Chili Peppers, $40.50, $30.50.

Jazz Music

Regattabar

Concertix: 876-7777

Apr. 29: Roomful of Blues.

Scullers Jazz Club

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

May 3: The New Black Eagle Jazz Band.

May 4: Dave Liebman Quartet.

May 8-9: Brad Mehldau.

May 10-13: Rita Moreno - the only woman to have won all four of the awards: Grammy, Emmy, Oscar and Tony.

May 16: Lazlo Gardony.

Classical

Music

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.

Vanessa

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.

Two Baroque One Acts

May 11, 13 at 8 p.m. at NEC's Jordan Hall, 30 Gainsborough St., Boston. The two-time Grammy nominee Boston baroque closes its season with two sparkling spoofs on the music business of the late 18th century: Mozart's one-act opera The Impresario and Cimarosa's humorous intermezzo for baritone and orchestra Il Maestro di Cappella (The Music Director). The Impresario features a competition between two dueling divas, "Madame Heart" and "Mademoiselle Silvertone", and includes the highminded "Herr Birdsong" and "Buff the Buffo." Both works will be semi-staged. Tickets are $42, $35, $28, $18 and are available by calling Boston Baroque at 617-484-9200 and at the Jordan box office at 536-2412.

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, 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>.

Theater

Unlaunch'd Voices: An Evening with Walt Whitman

May 18-Jun. 4, Thu.-Sat. at 8 p.m., Sun. at 3 p.m. at The Brimmer Street Studio Theatre, 69 Brimmer St., Boston. An exciting new play about America's greatest poet, his art, and his times, told through slides, poetry, and Whitman's own words. The play follows Whitman's struggles as a man and an artist through a remarkable period in American History. Written and directed by Boston playwright Michael Z. Keamy and performed by Stephen Collins. Theater is accessible via the Park St., Charles St., and Arlington St. T Stops. Parking available at the Boston Common garage. Tickets are $17, $12 students/seniors. For reservations, call Bostix/Ticketmaster (931-2000). Tickets also available at theatre box office one hour prior to performance. Group rates available. For more info., call 617-290-5978.

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

Through-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.

St. Nicholas

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Visions by Deaf Artists

Through May 16 at Northeastern University's McLeod Suites, Curry Student Center, 360 Huntington Ave., Boston. Elements of Culture: Visions by Deaf Artists is a travelling exhibition featuring the work for 16 Deaf artists. Call 617-373-3064 or email asl@lynx.neu.edu for hours or to arrange group tours. Free, wheelchair accessible, and open to the public.

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.

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. 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.

16th Annual Gay & Lesbian Film/Video Festival

Starts May 4. Tickets: $8, $7. Opening-night programs with reception and filmmaker present: $12, $10. Series pass: $100, $80. Special 10-ticket pass: $60, $50. The first price is general admission. The second price is for MFA members, students, and seniors. Call 369-3770 for schedule.