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Clubs

Axis

13 Lansdowne St., 617-262-2437

Sundays: See Avalon below.

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, 80s. $12, 19+; $10, 21+.

Avalon

15 Lansdowne St., 617-262-2424

Sundays: Gay Night (with Axis on long weekends). Featuring hardcore house and techno. $10, 21+.

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

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

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

Circle

Every Tuesday, 9 p.m.-1 a.m. A small but energy-filled place to hear local DJs spin a range of techno/trance. No age restrictions, no dress code. At the VFW, 371 Summer St, Somerville, MA (take the Red Line to Davis Square). $5, $1 before 9:30.

Karma Club

9 Lansdowne St., 617-421-9595

Sundays: "Current dance favorites" by guest DJs. Cover varies.

Tuesdays: Phatt Tuesdays. With Bill’s bar, modern dance music. $10.

Wednesdays: STP. Gay-friendly, house. $15, 21+.

Thursdays: Groove Factor. House.

Fridays: Pure. Drum and bass, guest DJ. $15, 19+.

Saturdays: Elements of Life. International House. $15.

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. $15, 19+; $10, 21+.

Popular Music

Axis

13 Lansdowne St., 617-262-2437

Next: 423-NEXT

Mar. 9: Nullset.

Mar. 25: Lagwagon.

Apr. 1: Sick of It All.

Avalon

15 Lansdowne St., 617-262-2424

Mar. 11: Insane Clown Posse.

Mar. 11: Marz.

Mar. 11: Insolence.

Mar. 12: O-Town.

Mar. 13: Henry Rollins.

Mar. 17: Dropkick Murphys.

Mar. 17: Reach The Sky.

Mar. 17: Lars Frederiksen & the Bastards.

Mar. 17: The Living End.

Apr. 5: Cowboy Mouth.

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.

Mar. 10: John Edward.

Mar. 11: The Singing Priests.

Mar. 17: Kings of New York Comedy.

Mar. 19-20: Barrage.

Club Passim

47 Palmer St, Cambridge, 617-492-7679

Tuesdays: Open Mic at 8 p.m. (sign up at 7:30). $5.

Mar. 9: Jim’s Big Ego

Mar. 10: Cosy Sheridan, Bernice Lewis opens.

Mar. 11: Touchable Stories Benefit Show.

Mar. 12: Danny Fox Quintet.

Mar. 14: Hottest From The Campfire with Adrianne and Nini Camps.

Mar. 15: David Roth & Lui Collins.

Mar. 16: Joel Mabus and Whose Muddy Shoes.

Mar. 17: Grey Eye Glances.

Mar. 17: Swinging For the First Time and other Burning Guitar Issues.

Mar. 18: Hart Rouge.

Mar. 21: Dave Carter and Tracy Grammer, Josh Ritter opens.

Fleet Center Ticketmaster: 931-2000.

Mar. 27: Sarah Brightman. $75, $55, and $35.

Jun. 5-6, 8-9: U2. Sold out.

The Middle East

Ticketmaster: 931-2000.

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

Mar. 13: The Donnas, Bratmobile, Mooney Sukuzi.

Mar. 22: Kool Keith w/ Smut Peddlers.

Mar. 30: Planetary Group Presents: Amfibian featuring Tom Marshall.

Mar. 31: Stephen Malkmus and the Jicks.

Orpheum Theatre

1 Hamilton Pl. , Boston, 617-679-0810

Ticketmaster: 931-2000

Mar. 11: OutKast.

Mar. 20: Jeff Beck.

Sanders Theatre

45 Quincy St., 02138, 617-496-2222

Mar. 10: BeauSoleil.

Mar. 23: John Gorka.

Tsongas Arena

Lowell, MA

Ticketmaster: 931-2000.

Mar. 15: Pantera.

Mar. 28: Ani Difranco. $26.50.

Jazz Music

Regattabar

Concertix: 876-7777

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

Mar. 9-10: John Scofield.

Mar. 23: Roomful of Blues.

Mar. 23: Bill Summers.

Scullers Jazz Club

DoubleTree Guest Suites, 400 Soldiers Field Rd., Boston, 617-562-4111

Mar. 9-10: Ray Barretto & New World Spirit.

Mar. 14: Andre Ward.

Mar. 15-16: Warren Hill & Jeff Golub.

Mar. 18: Joe Sample & Lalah Hathaway.

Mar. 21: Bombay Jim and the Swinging Sapphires.

Mar. 22-23: Deborah Henson-Conant.

Mar. 29: Kendrick Oliver and New Life Jazz Orchestra.

Classical Music

Boston Symphony Orchestra

Tickets: 266-1492.

Performances at Symphony Hall. Call for ticket prices.

For MIT Students: Tickets are offered for Th. evening concerts (8 p.m.) and Fri. 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 Mass. 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.

Mar. 10, 14 at 8 p.m., Mar. 9 at 1:30 p.m.: Stravinsky: Suite from Pulcinella; Bernstein: Halil, Nocturne for flute, string orchestra, and percussion; Brahms: Symphony No. 2. Bernard Haitink, conductor; Jacques Zoon, flute. Pre-performance talk given by Hugh Macdonald. Mar. 10 performance sold out.

Mar. 16, 17, 20 at 8 p.m.: Martinu: Fantaisies symphoniques (Symphony No. 6); Mozart: Violin Concerto No. 4 in D, K.218; Dvorak: Symphony No. 8. Bernard Haitink, conductor; Frank Peter Zimmermann, violin. Mar. 16, 17 sold out.

Brahms: Music to Stir the Soul

Mar. 24 at 8 p.m.: Choral and Solo Lieder from the Boston Cecilia Chorus; Donald Teeters, conductor. At New England Conservatory’s Jordan Hall. Tickets $60-$11, with discounts for students and seniors. To order tickets or for more info, call 617-232-4540.

Un Ballo in Maschera

Apr. 20, 24 at 8 p.m., Apr. 22 at 2 p.m. at (Emerson Majestic Theatre, 221 Tremont St., Boston). Verdi’s classic opera, notable for its effective mix of tragedy, music drama and comedy. This revival of the Met’s impressive staging stars Franco Farina as King Gustavo, Alexandru Agache as Anckarstroem (the spurned husband) and Michele Crider as Amelia, the woman caught in the middle. Tickets: $65, $47, $33, $18.

Theater

The Doctor’s Dilemma

Through Mar. 14. At the Loeb Drama Center (64 Brattle St., Cambridge 02138), presented by the A.R.T. and directed by David Wheeler, by George Bernard Shaw. London’s finest physician is on the horns of a dilemma -- having discovered a miracle cure for tuberculosis, should he treat a penniless fellow doctor or save a talented yet unscrupulous artist? A keen-eyed examination of medical morals and malpractice and a witty and compassionate comedy. Call 617-547-8300 or visit <http://www.amrep.org> for more information or to reserve tickets.

Mother Courage and her Children

Through Mar. 18: At the Loeb Drama Center (64 Brattle St., Cambridge 02138), presented by the A.R.T. With war raging all around, a desperate woman mockingly nicknamed for her cowardice under fire -- struggles to keep her business and her family alive. Hungarian director Janos Szasz makes his U.S. debut in this visionary production, based on Bertolt Brecht’s classic masterpiece of struggle and survival. Call 617-547-8300 or visit <http://www.amrep.org> for more information or to reserve tickets.

Amphitryon

Mar. 9-Apr. 8: The Huntington Theatre Company, a professional theatre in residence at Boston University, presents Moliere’s comedy, with the East Coast premiere of a new verse translation by Richard Wilbur. Directed by Darko Tresnjak. The production will be ASL-interpreted on Saturday, Mar. 31 at 8:00 pm. Deaf patrons are asked to purchase tickets for this performance via TTY 617-266-8488 by Mar. 25th. Tickets $36, $44, $52, $55. Students, Seniors, BU Faculty/Staff/Alums $5. ASL section $27. Visit <www.huntingtontheatre.org> for more information or to reserve tickets.

Beauty and the Beast

Mar. 14-Mar. 24, at the Wang Theatre (270 Tremont St., Boston, 617-482-9393): The third national touring company of Disney’s first Broadway hit, based on the highly acclaimed animated film. Tickets: $60-$20.

Rent

Apr. 10-15, at the Wang Theatre (270 Tremont St., Boston, 617-482-9393): The now classic musical by the great Jonathan Larson retells Puccini’s opera La Boheme, complete with homosexuals, drug addicts, transvestites, HIV-positive artists, and divas. Tickets: $60-$20. A limited number of $20 orchestra seats are offered on the day of the show, generally through a lottery-limit of two tickets per person (cash only), although the wait is generally long.

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.

Exhibits

Institute of Contemporary Art

955 Boylston St., Boston, 02115, 617-266-5152 (Hynes Convention Center T-stop). Gallery hours: Wed., Fri. 12-5 p.m., Thurs. 12-9 p.m., Sat. and Sun. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. 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 after 5 p.m. Wheelchair accessible. For more information visit <icaboston.org>.

Olafur Eliasson: Your Only Real Thing Is Time

Through Apr. 1, 2001: By isolating organic, ephemeral materials such as water, ice, sunlight, and wind within the spatial and architectural parameters of an exhibition space, the internationally recognized artist Olaf Eliasson creates sublime installations that explore the human perception of natural phenomena. In his first major U.S. museum exhibition, Eliasson has transformed the ICA’s galleries with a series of installations using water and light.

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 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: “Friday Night Stargazing,” Fri., 8:30 p.m.; “Welcome to the Universe,” daily; “Quest for Contact: Are We Alone?” daily. Admission to Omni, laser, and planetarium shows is $7.50, $5.50 for children and seniors.

Other Events

Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company

Mar. 21-25 at the Emerson Majestic Theatre (219 Tremont Street Boston, MA 02116-4717). Wed., Th. at 7 p.m., Fri. and Sat. at 8 p.m., Sat. and Sun. at 2 p.m.: Bill T. Jones' "You Walk" treads toward numerous destinations, historical and poetic, while expressing a hunger to revisit some "first" home. Through the traditional music of the Americas, "You Walk" considers the simple and profound act of walking. Tickets: $45, $40, $35 plus fees. Bill T. Jones Legacy Conversation, a Special Free Event, on Mar. 25 at 4:30 p.m. following the final performance of "You Walk?" at the Emerson Majestic Theatre.

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater

Apr. 17-21 at 8 p.m., Apr. 21 at 2 p.m., Apr. 22 at 3 p.m. At the Wang Theatre (270 Tremont St., Boston, 617-482-9393). Alvin Ailey’s groundbreaking dance group presents a show that includes classic works from its much-celebrated repertoire. Many of these pieces are rooted in Ailey’s personal experiences: “Blues Suite” inhabits the rural, Depression-era Texas of Ailey’s childhood, while “Cry,” depicts a black woman’s transcendent journey through slavery. With rich musical selections (ranging from Fela Kuti’s African pop and Duke Ellington’s jazz to rock, gospel and traditional blues) and inventive direction (in the new work “Double Xposure,” dancers are equipped with wireless cameras that relay real-time 20-foot projections behind them), the Ailey family has put together a performance that catapults the senses. Tickets are $55-$35, $40-$20 for matinees, and are available through TeleCharge at 800-447-7400 or via <www.celebrityseries.org>.

Poland Through the Prism of Andrzej Wajda

Through Mar. 11: The Harvard Film Archive and The National Center for Jewish Film at Brandeis announce a landmark retrospective to honor the Academy Award winning director Andrzej Wajda (“the father of modern Polish cinema”) and to celebrate his 75th birthday. The HFA screenings will be held in the Carpenter Center 24 Quincy Street in Cambridge. tickets $7, Students & Srs $5. Visit <www.harvardfilmarchive.org> for a complete schedule. The National Center for Jewish Films series will be held in the Edieand Lew Wasserman Cinematheque (in the Sachar Center) on the Brandeis campus in Waltham. All tickets $6. For more information or group sales call 781-736-8600 or visit their website at <www.jewishfilm.org>. No reserved seating.