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Popular Music

AXIS

Next: 423-NEXT, 617-262-2437

13 Lansdowne St.

Aug. 22: Tonic, $10.

Mondays: Static (Gay, casual dress). $5, 19+.

Thursdays: Chrome/Skybar (progressive house, soul, disco; dress code). $10, 19+; $8, 21+.

Fridays: Spin Cycle (progressive house, 80's). $12, 19+; $10, 21+.

Avalon

617-262-2424

15 Lansdowne St.

Aug. 10: Buju Banton.

Aug. 18: A Perfect Circle. Sold Out.

Sep. 15: Dickey Betts Band.

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.

Sep. 17: Faith Hill & Tim McGraw: Soul 2 Soul Tour 2000. $59.50, $49.50, $29.50.

Club Passim

47 Palmer St, Cambridge.

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

Aug. 9: Dogwood Moon.

Aug. 10: Tom Russell.

Aug. 11: Guy Davis.

Aug. 12: Charlie Farren.

Aug. 13: Eric Schwartz and Bill Parcels.

Aug. 16: Deborah Holland and Louise Taylor.

Aug. 17: Edie Carey.

Aug. 18: Bill Morrissey.

Aug. 19: Jennifer Kimball.

Aug. 20: Hammell on Trial.

Aug. 21: Arabesque.

Aug. 23: Simon.

Aug. 24: The Steaks.

Fleet Center

Ticketmaster: 931-2000.

Sep. 15: Furthur 2000 with performances by The Other Ones (featuring Bob Weir, Mickey Hart, Bill Kreutzman and Bruce Hornsby) and Ziggy Marley and the Melody Makers. $35.

Sep. 20: Tina Turner. $85.25, $55.25, $35.25.

Foxboro Stadium

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

Ticketmaster: 931-2000.

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

Aug. 9: Fully Celebrated Orchestra.

Aug. 11: Lucky 57.

Aug. 12: Pretty Cool Chair.

Aug. 15: Natalie Flannagan and Special Guests.

Aug. 16: Michelle Malone.

Aug. 17: The Pat Burtis Band.

Aug. 18: Neon Grandma.

Aug. 19: Common Thrill.

Aug. 25: Deb Pasternak.

Wednesdays: Baby Ray.

Thursdays: Club d'Elf.

The Middle East

Ticketmaster: 931-2000.

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

Aug. 9: Midtown.

Aug. 10: Crash and Burn.

Aug. 11: Mothers Brothers.

Aug. 12: Sayhitolisa.

Aug. 13: Spot.

Aug. 14: Colepitz.

Aug. 14: The Tubes.

Aug. 15: A.C.

Aug. 16: Eric Johnson and Alien Love Child.

Aug. 16: Virtuoso.

Aug. 17: Fu Manchu.

Aug. 17: The Damn Personals.

Aug. 18: Fleshtones.

Aug. 20: Beyond Repair.

Aug. 22: The Posies.

Orpheum Theatre

Ticketmaster: 931-2000

Oct. 26, 27: Ani DiFranco.

Sanders Theatre

617-496-2222

45 Quincy St., 02138

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

Aug. 10: Aaron Perrino.

Aug. 11: The Cretins.

Aug. 12: Missing Joe.

Aug. 13: Aviators.

Aug. 15: Mike Rosenthal.

Aug. 17: Crown Victoria.

Aug. 18: The Shods.

Aug. 19: FLYNN.

Aug. 20: Rockets Burst From The Streetlamps.

Aug. 22: Sand Machine.

Aug. 24: Red Elvises.

Aug. 25: Betwixt and Mistle Thrush.

Aug. 27: Porn.

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

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. Sold Out.

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

Sep. 11. 12: Phish.

Jazz Music

Regattabar

Concertix: 876-7777

Aug. 9: Grisha Goryachev: Flamenco Guitar.

Aug. 11: Jon Jarvis Trio.

Aug. 10-12: Ahmad Jamal.

Aug. 17-19: The Joe Lovano Nonet.

Aug. 22: The Robin McElhatten Quartet.

Scullers Jazz Club

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

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.

Aug. 22: Alma Vucinic.

Sep. 7: Nelson Rangell.

Classical Music

Boston Symphony Orchestra

Tickets: 266-1492.

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

Aug. 10: The Fromm Concert at Tanglewood. Berio: Sequenzas (complete). In celebration of Luciano Berio's 75th birthday. Note that this is an extended concert. There will be two intermissions of 20 minutes duration. At the Seiji Ozawa Hall, Lenox, MA. Available tickets: $26, $12.50 (lawn).

Aug. 12: All-Mozart program. Symphony No. 36, Linz; Flute Concerto in G; Piano Concerto in C minor, K.491. Andre Previn, conductor and piano; Jacques Zoon, flute. Available tickets: $16, $14 (lawn).

Aug. 19: Beethoven: Romances for violin and orchestra; Mozart: Symphony No. 29; Brahms: Symphony No. 4. Itzhak Perlman, conductor and violin. Available tickets: $15 (lawn).

Sep. 28-30, Oct. 3: Beethoven, Missa Solemnis. Seiji Ozawa, conductor; Emiko Suga, soprano; Anna Larsson, mezzo-soprano; Kurt Streit, tenor; Williard White, bass; Tanglewood Festival Chorus, John Oliver, conductor. At Symphony Hall, Boston. Tickets on sale Sep. 7.

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>.

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.

Two Wheel Deal

Through Sep. 29. Photographic exhibition by Tom McCarthy of motorcycles, with works since 1980. Daily 9-5 p.m.; call for weekend hours. At the New England School of Photography, 537 Commonwealth Ave., Boston, MA 02215. Call 617-437-1868 for more info.

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.

Films of Hou Hsiao-Hsie

Aug. 19: Dust in the Wind (1986, 109 min.). In the crowded city of Taipei, two young lovers struggle to find work and happiness in the face of 1960s economic reality. Hou draws again upon his own life experience in Dust in the Wind, lending the film an emotional immediacy.

Aug. 19: Good Men, Good Women (1995, 108 min.). Good Men, Good Women blends three stories into one stunning film. An actress is ambushed by her own past; simultaneously she prepares for the role of Chiang Bi-yu, an anti-Japanese resistance fighter who is later imprisoned as a subversive. Moving between past, present, and a historical account of Chiang, Hou displays breathtaking formal control.

Aug. 20: The Puppetmaster (1993, 142 min.). Adapted from the memoirs of Li Tien-lu, Taiwan's most famous puppeteer and an officially designated "national treasure," The Puppetmaster is an exploration of Li's 84 years of life. Hou strings together staged scenes, performances, and Li's spirited direct addresses to the camera to splendid effect.

Aug. 20: Flowers of Shanghai (1998, 120 min.). Set in the ornate brothels of 19th-century Shanghai, this exquisite film portrays the elaborate rituals of "callers" and their chosen flower girls. Golden lamplight, gambling, rich food, and opium surround the film's inhabitants, whose passions are buried along with their despair in a mesmerizing and seductive tale of sexual intrigue.

Looking Forward, Looking Back: The Three Apples Storytelling Festival

Sep. 22-24. The 16th Annual Festival will be held in Harvard, Massachusetts. Each year New England's largest storytelling festival features over 20 different tellers with performances for all ages and interests. Sponsored in part by grants from local cultural councils, the festival draws over two thousand people each year to hear stories in the beautiful New England fall setting. For tickets and more info., call 617-499-9529 or visit <www.threeapples.org>. Prices start at $7 for adults and $4 for children per performance, with some free performances taking place throughout the weekend. Discount family day passes and advance sales tickets also available. Venues are handicapped accessible, and Saturday daytime adult performances will be Sign Language interpreted.