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Popular Music

AXIS

Next: 423-NEXT, 617-262-2437

13 Lansdowne St.

Jul. 27: All, $10.

Aug. 1: My Life With Thrill Kill Kult, with Bomb Bang Girlz, $12.

Avalon

617-262-2424

15 Lansdowne St.

Jul. 15: Stereolab, $12.75.

Jul. 19: Spit Kickers Tour: De La Soul, Common, Pharoahe Monch, Biz Markie, Talib Kewli and Hi-Tech, TBA.

Jul. 15: Stereolab, $12.75.

Jul. 19: Spit Kickers Tour: De La Soul, Common, Pharoahe Monch,

Biz Markie, Talib Kewli and Hi-Tech, TBA.

Jul. 21: Steve Earl and the Dukes.

Jul. 28: Sister Hazel.

Aug. 1: Dido.

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.

Sep. 9: Compay Segundo.

Oct. 1: Marisa Monte.

Oct. 7: Irakere.

Centrum Centre

Ticketmaster 931-2000.

Jul. 21: Summer Jam 2000: With Dr. Dre, Eminem, Snoop Dogg, Ice Cube, and Warren G. Tickets $47.50, $37.50. Presented by JAMN 94.5 (WJMN).

Jul. 22: Dixie Chicks, $37.50, $29.50.

Club Passim

47 Palmer St, Cambridge.

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

Call for schedule.

Fleet Center

Ticketmaster: 931-2000.

Jul. 13: Diana Ross and the Supremes: Return to Love Tour. $250, $125, $85, $50, $39.50.

Aug. 8: AC/DC. $45, $35.

Foxboro Stadium

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

Ticketmaster: 931-2000.

Jul. 22-23: 'N Sync. Jul. 23 Sold Out. Jul. 22 $49.75, $39.75.

Aug. 12: Rage Against The Machine and the Beastie Boys, with No Doubt, Busta Rhymes, At the Drive In. TBA.

The Lizard Lounge

1667 Mass Ave.

617-547-0759

Jul l. 12, 19, 26: Merrie Amsterburg's Songwriter Night. Varies.

Jul. 14: Fly Seville.

Jul. 20: Mr. Airplane Man.

Jul. 21: The Gladstones.

Wednesdays: Baby Ray.

Thursdays: Club d'Elf.

The Middle East

Ticketmaster: 931-2000.

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

Jul. 12: Blue Mountain.

Jul. 12: Incus.

Jul. 13: Dillinger Escape Plan with Isis and Candiria opening.

Jul. 13: Ted Leo/Pharmacists.

Jul. 14: Bedel Gilberto.

Jul. 14: The Wine Field.

Jul. 15: Earth Suits Off.

Jul. 15: Uncle Sammy with Addison Groove Project and Cosmic Dilemma opening.

Jul. 16: Hot Rod Circuit.

Jul. 16: Simon Joyner.

Jul. 17: 6 Feet Under.

Jul. 17: J. Deringers.

Jul. 18: Garmarna.

Jul. 18: The Album Leaf.

Jul. 19: Milemarker.

Jul. 19: The Muffs.

Jul. 20: Make Lisa Rich.

Jul. 20: Percy Hill.

Jul. 21: Free Heat.

Jul. 28: Babaloo.

Jul. 29: Bim Skala Bim.

Orpheum Theatre

Ticketmaster: 931-2000

Call (617) 679-0810 for schedule.

Sanders Theatre

617-496-2222

45 Quincy St., 02138

Jul. 28: Joan Armatrading.

Oct. 6: Holly Near And Cris Williamson.

Oct. 14: WOFA-Drum and Dance of Guinea.

Nov. 1: The Whirling Dervishes.

Nov. 10: Natalie MacMaster.

Nov. 25: Capitol Steps.

T.T. the Bear's Place

10 Brookline St, Cambridge, 617-492-BEAR

Jul. 12: Unholy Trio Feat.

Jul. 13: Lower 48.

Jul. 14: Canine.

Jul. 15: The Silos.

Jul. 16: Sundog.

Jul. 18: The Great Northern.

Jul. 20: Supergenius.

Jul. 21: The Queers.

Jul. 22: The Gravel Pit.

Jul. 23: Tips Fourteens.

Tsongas Arena (Lowell, MA)

Ticketmaster: 931-2000.

Sep. 8: Mega Star Far East Indian Musical Concert.

Tweeter Center for the Performing Arts (Great Woods)

885 South Main St., Mansfield, MA 02048

Ticketmaster: 931-2000

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

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

Jul. 20: Def Leppard, $40.50, $30.50.

Jul. 22: Phil Lesh and Friends & Bob Dylan, $42.50, $25.

Jul. 23, 28: The Allman Brothers Band.

Jul. 29, 30: Ozzfest 2000: Pantera, Incubus, Godsmack, Methods of Mayhem, P.O.D., Static-X, Queens of the Stone Age, Ozzy Osbourne. Jul. 29 Sold Out. Jul. 20 $51.20, $36.25.

Aug. 1: Santana.

Aug. 9: Motley Crue.

Aug. 16: Counting Crows.

Aug. 26: WKLB Boston Country Saturday with Reba McEntire headlining

and special guests Mark Wells, Suzi Boggus, John Berry, Billy Dean and

Yankee Grey.

Aug. 28: Britney Spears. Sold Out.

Aug. 28-29: Pearl Jam.

Aug 31, Sep. 2: Jimmy Buffett. Sold Out.

Sep. 11. 12: Phish.

Jazz Music

Regattabar

Concertix: 876-7777

Jul. 14-15: Los Hombres Calientes. $14 Fri., $16 Sat.

Scullers Jazz Club

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

Jul. 12: Peter White.

Jul. 13: Tierney Sutton and Trio.

Jul. 14, 15: Jimmy McGriff.

Jul. 19: Allan Holdsworth Group.

Jul. 21-22: Freddy Cole.

Jul. 26: Carol Fredette.

Aug. 10: James Carter Electric Project.

Aug. 11: Shawn Monteiro.

Aug. 15: D.D. Jackson.

Aug. 18-19: Jazztimes Superband: Quintet featuring trumpeter Randy Brecker, $21.

Sep. 7: Nelson Rangell.

Classical Music

Boston Pops

Tickets: 266-1492.

Performances at the Koussevitzky Music Shed in Lenox, MA and conducted by Keith Lockhart unless otherwise noted.

Jul. 12: American classics, Broadway hits, and light orchestral music

by favorite composers. $50, $24, $15.

Boston Symphony Orchestra

Tickets: 266-1492.

Performances at the Koussevitzky Music Shed in Lenox, MA unless otherwise noted.

Jul. 15: The Leonard Bernstein Memorial Concert. Bernstein: Opening Prayer; Elgar: Enigma Variations; Verdi: Falstaff, Act 3. Seiji Ozawa (Verdi), James DePreist (Elgar) and Robert Spano (Bernstein), conducting with the Tanglewood Music Center Orchestra. $23, $16, $14.

Jul. 22: Wagner: Overture to The Flying Dutchman; Schoenberg: Verklaerte Nacht; Mozart: Exsultate, jubilate; Wagner: Prelude to acts 1 and 3 of Die Meistersingers. James Conlon, conductor; Barbara Bonney, soprano. $40, $23, $16, $14.

Theater

Comedy Connection

Mon.-Wed. at 8 p.m.; Thurs. 8:30 p.m.; Fri. and Sat. 8 p.m., 10:15 p.m.; Sun. 7 p.m. The oldest comedy club in Boston showcases big-name, national comedians on weekends and up-and-coming local talent during the week. At 245 Quincy Market Place, Faneuil Hall, Upper Rotunda, Boston. Admission $10-$8 (weekend prices vary). Call 248-9700 for more information and a complete schedule.

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

Institute of Contemporary Art

955 Boylston St., Boston, 02115, (617) 266-5152 (Hynes Convention Center T-stop). Features a wide variety of contemporary conceptual art

with shows which emphasize artists from outside the United States. Admission $6 adults, $4 students and seniors, free to children under 12 and members. Admission free on Thursday evenings. Wheelchair accessible.

Art on the Emerald Necklace

Through Aug. 20: The works of 10 artists, responding to issues of urban design and open space, will be installed (albeit temporarily) throughout the system of nine parks and greenways.

Everyday Places by Nick Tobier

Jul. 14-Aug. 24: Tobier makes artistic exhibits out of ordinary

places, like an indoor porch. At the Mills Gallery (541 Tremont St. (at Clarendon and Berkeley), Boston. (Back Bay or Copley T stops). (617) 426-8835). Wed.-Sun. 1 p.m.-4 p.m.; Thu.-Sat. 7 p.m.-10 p.m. For ticket information, call (617) 426-5000.

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

Through 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.

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

Italian-American Fiestas

A different patron saint is honored almost every weekend in Boston's North End during the summer with a procession, music, carnival games, and pasta. For more information, call 536-4100 or visit <http://www.woc.org/public/edward-wharton/feast.htm>.

Jul. 16: St. Rocco Society.

Jul. 28-30: St. Joseph Society, Battery & Hanover Streets.

Aug. 4-6: Agrippina DiMineo Society, Battery & Hanover Streets.

Aug. 11-13: Madonna Della Cava Society, Battery & Hanover Streets.

Aug. 17-20: "Fisherman's Feast" of the Madonna Del Soccorso di Sciacca Society, Fleet & North Streets.

Aug. 25: St. Domenic Society.

Aug. 25-27: San Antonio Di Padova Da Montefalcione, Inc., Thatcher & Endicott Streets

Aug. 28: St. Lucy Society, Thatcher & Endicott Streets.

Sep. 10: Santa Rosalia Di Palermo Society.

London Gay Men's Chorus

Jul. 21: The 140-voice Boston Gay Men's Chorus will present the U.S. concert debut of the acclaimed London Gay Men's Chorus on Friday, July 21, at 8:00 pm at Blackman Auditorium at Northeastern University. Both choruses will perform on the program. Tickets for the London Gay Men's Chorus concert are $20 and $12 and may be charged by phone by calling the BGMC office at (617) 424-8900. Tickets can also be purchased securely online at <http://www.bgmc.org>. More information, including program info, seating charts and directions, can be found on the website. All BGMC performances are American Sign Language-interpreted and wheelchair-accessible.

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 French Film Festival

Festival runs through Jul. 26.

Jul. 16: Water Drops on Burning Rocks (Gouttes d'eau sur pierres brulantes). By Francois Ozon. Adapted from an R. W. Fassbinder play, Water Drops charts the devolution of romance between an attractive 50-year-old businessman and the 19-year-old innocent he seduces. Violence, betrayal, irony, and trust all have their place, and are well placed, in this film from France's controversial and ever intriguing director.

Jul. 14, 22: Beautiful Mother (Belle Maman). Catherine Deneuve plays the free-spirited title charactor, whose mother is a lesbian, of this blockbuster comedy. Her magnificence seduces once again-but this time the ogler is her son-in-law. An eccentric bunch of characters, including a feisty lesbian grandmother and an uptight and pregant daughter, contibutes to this madcap melee of misplaced passion.

Cinema A to Z: Treasures from the Harvard Film Archive

Through Jul. 30: For the month of July, the Harvard Film Archive has assembled a series that focuses entirely on works from the Archive's

extensive holdings of more than 5,000 prints. Taking the alphabet (minus the letter X) as its curatorial template, the series samples the diverse spectrum of cinematic expression in a lively cross-section of the Archive's collection. A single admission fee will gain entry to all the features and shorts presented on a given evening. The Harvard Film Archive is located at the lower level of the Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts, 24 Quincy St. Cambridge. Call 617-495 4700 for the complete schedule or for more information visit <www.harvardfilmarchive.org>.

Jul. 12: The Killers (Directed by Robert Siodmak, US 1946. With Burt Lancaster, Edmond O'Brien, Ava Gardner); The Killing (Directed by Stanley Kubrick, US 1956. With Sterling Hayden, Coleen Gray, Vince

Edwards).

Jul. 13: Lady Windermere's Fan (Directed by Ernst Lubitsch, US 1925. With Ronald Colman, Irene Rich, May McAvoy. With Live Piano Accompaniment by MIT Music Faculty member Martin Marks); Love Me Tonight (Directed by Rouben Mamoulian, US 1932. With Maurice Chevalier, Jeanette MacDonald, Charles Ruggles).

Jul. 14: M (Meine Stadt sucht einen Moerder) (Directed by Fritz Lang, Germany 1931. With Peter Lorre, Otto Wernicke, Ellen Widmann); Monsieur Verdoux (Directed by Charles Chaplin, US 1947. With Charles Chaplin, Martha Raye, Isobel Elsom).

Jul. 15: Melvin and Howard (Directed by Jonathan Demme, US 1980. With Paul LeMat, Jason Robards, Mary Steenburgen); A Movie (Directed by Bruce Conner, US 1958); Medium Cool (Directed by Haskell Wexler, US 1969. With Robert Forster, Verna Bloom, Peter Bonerz).