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Clubs

AXIS

13 Landsdowne St., 617-262-2437

Mondays: Static. Gay, casual dress. $5, 18+.

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

15 Lansdowne St., 617-262-2424

Thursdays: International Night. Eurohouse. $10, 19+.

Fridays: Avaland. House. $15, 19+.

Saturdays: Downtown. Modern house, club classics, and Top 40 hits. $15, 21+.

Sundays: Gay Night with Axis. Three different dance floors featuring hardcore house and techno. $10, 21+.

ManRay

21 Brookline St., Cambridge, 617-864-0400

Wednesdays: Curses. Goth. Appropriate dress required. $5, 19+; $3, 21+.

Thursdays: Campus. Popular tunes + House. Gay, casual dress. $10, 19+; $7, 21+.

Fridays: Fantasy Factory (First and third Friday of the month. Features kinky fetishes and industrial music.) Hell Night (every second Friday. 19+. Includes Goth music.) Ooze (the last Friday of the month.) $10, 21+. reduced prices for those wearing fetish gear.

Saturdays: Liquid. Disco/house + New Wave. $12, 19+; $8, 21+.

Popular Music

AXIS

Next: 423-NEXT, 617-262-2437

13 Lansdowne St.

Sep. 29: Queens of the Stone Age.

Oct. 22: At the Drive-In.

Oct. 25: Virtuoso. Local hip-hop artists. Featuring Iyadonna & Clinton Sparks, 7L & Esoteric, Skitzofreniks, Shuman, Reks, Elliot Ness, and Ray Barboza.

Avalon

15 Lansdowne St., 617-262-2424

Sep. 30: Great Big Sea.

Oct. 3: Joan Osborne.

Oct. 4: Okayplayer Tour, Featuring The Roots, Talib Kweli, Dead Prez, Slum Village, Bahamadia, Jaguar, Dice Raw and Jazzyfatnasties.

Oct. 6: Paul Weller.

Oct. 7: Splashdown.

Oct. 7: The Push Stars.

Oct. 13: The Samples.

Oct. 18: BT, $15.

Oct. 19: Moby.

Oct. 20: Soulive.

Oct. 21: Shaggy.

Oct. 22: The Beautiful South.

Oct. 24: The Gregg Allman Band.

Oct. 25: Hootie & the Blowfish.

Oct. 26: BBMak.

Oct. 28: Elliot Smith.

Oct. 29: Miguel Migs, Kid Koala, P-Love, Slum Village, Bahamadia.

Nov. 4: Sammy Hagar.

Nov. 5: 311.

Nov. 7: Rancid.

Nov. 18: They Might Be Giants.

Nov. 28: The Saw Doctors.

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.

Oct. 1: Marisa Monte.

Oct. 7: Irakere.

Oct. 14: Fourplay.

Oct. 15: Sandra Bernhard.

Oct. 17: Emmylou Harris.

Oct. 21: George Winston.

Oct. 25: Yiannis Parios.

Oct. 26: Keb Mo.

Oct. 27: Sonny Rollins.

Oct. 28: Klezmer Conservatory Band.

Noc. 10: Whispers.

Nov. 18: Plena Libre.

Club Passim

47 Palmer St, Cambridge, 618-492-7679.

Call for schedule.

The Lizard Lounge

1667 Mass Ave., 617-547-0759. 21+

Wednesdays: Baby Ray.

Thursdays: Club d'Elf.

The Middle East

Ticketmaster: 931-2000.

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

Sep. 29: New Wet Kojak.

Sep. 30: Sector 9.

Oct. 1: Les Savy Fav.

Oct. 6: Sayhitolisa.

Oct. 7: Superzero.

Oct. 9: Waxwings with Potential Getaway Driver.

Oct. 10: Victory At Sea.

Oct. 12: Hovercraft with opening act Kinski.

Oct. 13: Barbero with opening acts Throttle, Bottom and Crack Torch.

Oct. 13: The Original P.

Oct. 15: Bitch and Animal with opening act Mehan Toohey.

Oct. 18: Coldcut.

Orpheum Theatre

Ticketmaster: 931-2000

Oct. 25: Omara Poruondo. A vocalist presented by The Buena Vista Social Club. With guest Barbarito Torres, one of Cuba's greatest lute players.

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

Sep. 29: Wheat.

Sep. 30: AM Stereo.

Oct. 7: Mike Watt.

Tsongas Arena (Lowell, MA)

Ticketmaster: 931-2000.

Oct. 5: Stone Temple Pilots, Sold Out.

Nov. 21: Deftones, $24.50.

Jazz Music

Regattabar

Concertix: 876-7777

1 Bennett St.., Cambridge 02138, 617-662-5000

Sep. 29-30: Charles Lloyd Quartet.

Oct. 4: Patricia Barber Trio.

Oct. 5-7: Benny Green-Russell Malone-Ray Brown Trio.

Oct. 10: Mark Kross Five-Piece Trio.

Oct. 11: Donal Fox Trio. Local pianist's program, "Exploring Bach and Monk," mixes works by jazz and classical composers.

Oct. 12: Patrice Williamson Group.

Oct. 13: Mili Bermejo & Claudio Ragazzi.

Oct. 14: Bruce Katz Band.

Scullers Jazz Club

Sep. 29-Oct. 1: Nancy Wilson.

Nov. 29: Nelson Rangell.

Classical Music

Boston Symphony Orchestra

Tickets: 266-1492.

Performances at Symphony Hall, Boston, MA unless otherwise noted.

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.

Chameleon Arts Ensemble

Oct. 7 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 Samuel Barber, Alban Berg, Terr Riley, Maurice Ravel, and Dmitri Shostakovich. With Mary Ann McCormick, mezzo-soprano. 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>.

Dracula: The Music and Film

Nov. 9 at 7:30 p.m. Philip Glass and the Kronos Quartet perform live music to a presentation of the 1931 classic film starring Bela Lugosi. At the Orpheum Theater (1 Hamilton Pl., Boston). Tickets $50, $35, and $25. Call 876-4275 to order.

Theater

Side Man

Through Oct. 14, Wed.-Thu. at 7:30 p.m., Fri.-Sat. at 8 p.m., Sat. at 4 p.m., Sun. at 3 p.m.; Oct. 11 at 2 p.m.: Warren Leight's Side Man, winner of the 1999 Tony Award for Best Play. At the Lyric Stage, 140 Clarendon St., Boston (Arlington T Stop on the Green Line). Directed by Spiro Veloudos. Tickets $36-$24. For ticket information, call 617-437-7172.

The Water Engine

Through Oct. 1 Wed.-Sat. at 7:30 p.m., Sun. at 2 p.m. at the Tremont Theater (246 Tremont St., Boston, 617-292-4740. Pet Brick Productions, now in its second year, begins their 2000-2001 season with a work by David Mamet. The Water Engine is an exciting early piece of Mamet's originally written as a radio play for NPR. Radio technology plays a large role in the play and Pet Brick Productions has recreated a radio studio complete with a Foley sound effects artist. Although the technology is 1930's, it has many brillian commentaries to make on the roles of science and scientist in our daily lives. Tickets for The Water Engine are $20 for adults and $16 for students/seniors. Tickets are available through MajesTix at (617) 824-8000 or online at <www.maj.org>, and at all BosTix locations.

Seussical

Through Sep. 30: The pre-Broadway tryout of the show marketed as a "re-imagining of Dr. Seuss," Seussical brings together many of the characters (29 in all) from Dr. Seuss including Gertrude McFuzz and The Cat in the Hat who narrates. Music and Lyrics by Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty, the same team who wrote the score to the acclaimed shows Once on This Island and Ragtime and the movie musical Anastasia. At the Colonial Theatre (106 Boylston St., Boston). Tickets $74-$23.75. For tickets call Ticketmaster at 931-2787.

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.

Sat. Sep. 29, 8 p.m. and 10:15 p.m., Sun. Sep. 30, 7 p.m., Mon. Oct. 1, 7 p.m.: David Chapelle of "Half Baked" and "Blue Streak".

Sun. Oct. 8, 22, 29 at 9:15 p.m.: Black Comedy Explosion, hosted by Jonathan Gates.

Sat. Oct. 13, 8 p.m. and 10:15 p.m., Sun. Oct. 14, 10:30 p.m., Mon. Oct. 15, 7 p.m.: Tommy Davidson of "Booty Call" and "Woo".

Sat. Oct. 20, 8 p.m. and 10:15 p.m., Sun. Oct. 21, 7 p.m., Dom Irrera Comedy Central's "Offsides" and Showtime's "OffSides".

Sat. Oct. 27, 8 p.m. and 10:15 p.m., Sun. Oct. 28, 7 p.m.: Jim Breuer of "Saturday Night Live" and "Half Baked".

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.

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>

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

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.

Ringling Bros. and Barnum and Bailey

Oct. 13-22. "The Greatest Show on Earth" is returning to the FleetCenter. Fun for the whole family! $37 (VIP), $25, $16, and $11. Call Ticketmaster 931-2000.

The Four Seasons

Sep. 29-Oct. 8: Christopher Wheeldon's world premiere production is complemented by Daniel Pelzig's "Resurrection." At the Wang Center,270 Termont St., Boston (Boylston T Stop on the Green Line). For ticket information, call 1-800-447-7400. Tickets $73-$12.50. For more information visit <www.boston.com/bostonballet/>.

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.

Art of Film Festival

Oct. 19 at 6 p.m.: Charlotte (dir. Frans Weisz, The Netherlands/Germany, 1980, 90 min.). Three elements of Salomon's life come together in this powerful film: the young Salomon's love for her inspirational voice teacher Alfred Wolfsohn (Derek Jacobi), her struggles to understand the tragic legacy of suicide on the maternal side of her family, and the evolution of her work as an artist. "Charlotte conveys the anxiety and despair of the times, and one woman's heroic attempts at self-liberation-the extent of the strength of an individual against the overpowering tide of history" (San Francisco Jewish Film Festival).