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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 (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. 25: Lagwagon.

Apr. 1: Sick of It All.

Avalon

15 Lansdowne St., 617-262-2424

Mar. 23: Eve 6.

Mar. 23: VAST.

Mar. 24: The Waterboys.

Apr. 5: Cowboy Mouth.

Apr. 5: Southern Culture On The Skids.

Apr. 25: The Slip.

Apr. 30: Badly Drawn Boy.

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. 24: Keiko Matsui.

Apr. 14: Joshua Redman.

Apr. 21: Loretta Laroche.

Apr. 28: Agathonas Iakovidis and Kompania.

May 5: Comics 4a Cause - Brett Butler.

Club Passim

47 Palmer St, Cambridge, 617-492-7679

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

Mar. 22: Darden Smith, Carl Cacho opens.

Mar. 23: Tish Hinojosa, Christine Havrilla opens.

Mar. 24: Sonia of Disappear Fear, Linda Sharar opens.

Mar. 25: The Passim All-Stars.

Mar. 28: Sam Shaber and Josh Ritter.

Mar. 29: Barbara Higbie, Grace Griffith opens.

Mar. 30: Colleen Sexton, Trina Hamlin opens.

Mar. 31: Vance Gilbert, Andrew Kerr opens.

Apr. 1: Carrie Newcomer, Denice Franke 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. 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. 23: Bean Town Funk Throwdown With Dbb and Original P.

Mar. 24: Wayne Brady and Friends.

Mar. 25: Paco De Lucia & Septet.

Apr. 7: Brian Evans.

Apr. 28: David Gray.

Sanders Theatre

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

Mar. 23: John Gorka.

Tsongas Arena

Lowell, MA

Ticketmaster: 931-2000.

Mar. 28: Ani Difranco. $26.50.

Jazz Music

Regattabar

Concertix: 876-7777

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

Mar. 23: Roomful of Blues.

Mar. 23: Bill Summers.

Scullers Jazz Club

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

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. 22, 24 at 8 p.m., Mar. 23 at 1:30 p.m.: Stravinsky: Symphony of Psalms; Ravel: Daphnis et Chloe (complete). Bernard Haitink, conductor; Tanglewood Festival Chorus, John Oliver, conductor.

Apr. 7 at 8 p.m.: Sweet Honey in the Rock.

Apr. 14 at 8 p.m., Apr. 13 at 1:30 p.m.: Walton: Scapino Overture; Sibelius: Symphony No. 7; Brahms: Piano Concerto No. 1. Antonio Pappano, conductor; Yefim Bronfman, piano.

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.

The Daughter of the Regiment

Mar. 28, 30 and Apr. 1, 3, 6 8 at 7:30 p.m.; Apr. 1 and 8 at 3 p.m. The Boston Lyric Opera presents Gaetano Donizetti's classic virtuosic opera. Sung in English with English Surtitles. Conducted by Stephen Lord. Directed by Nick Olcott. At the Shubert Theatre (265 Tremont St., Boston 02116). Tickets $108-$27.50. Call Telecharge at 1-800-447-7400 or visit the Shubert Theatre Box Office at 265 Tremont St. Pre-opera lectures are held at the Tremont Hotel, next to the theatre, an hour prior to every performance, and are free to all ticket holders. For more information call the BLO at 617-542-4912, or visit <www.blo.org>.

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.

Cambridge Society for Early Music

Mar. 26 at 7:30 p.m.: Canadian harpsichord virtuoso Colin Tilney performs harpsichord sonatas by Domenico Scarlatti. At the Fogg Art Museum, 32 Quincy St., Cambridge MA. Tickets $20, $15 students and seniors. Purchase at the door, or by mail to CSEM P.O. Box 336, Cambridge, MA 02238-0336 or call 617-489-2062. Venue is handicap accessible.

Theater

Amphitryon

Through 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 p.m. 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

Through 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.

The Dumb Waiter

Mar. 28-31, Apr. 5-7, 12-14, 19-21 at 8 p.m.; Apr. 7, 14, 21 at 4 p.m.; Apr. 1, 8, 15 at 3 p.m. The Boiler Company presents Harold Pinter’s brilliant mix of comedy and suspense, in which two hitmen visit a dilapidated boarding house and anxiously await their unknown prey. At the Threshold Theater in the Piano Factory on the corner of tremont St. and Northampton St., one block south of Mass. Ave. Take the Orange Line to Mass. Ave. stop. Enter theater through parking lot on Northampton. Tickets $16, $13 students with ID. Tickets available at the door, through BosTix, and by reservation 508-579-5686.

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

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>.

Eventworks

Mar. 22-May 5: An annual spring festival of multi-media and performing arts run by Massachusetts College of Art’s Studio for Interrelated Media (SIM) program. The festival was founded in 1977 to provide venues for new experimental works and to create a link within the college environment and the professional art world. In the 24 years since, Eventworks has presented hundreds of artists working in music, installation, film, video, performance, dance, sound, and more. Located at 621 Huntington Ave., Boston 02115. Take the Green Line E train to the Longwood Medical stop. For more information, visit <www.massart.edu/~eventworks> or call 617-879-7726.

Kickoff Party

Thu. Mar. 22, 2001 at 7 p.m. in the MassArt Trustee’s Room, 11th

floor, tower. Opportunity to learn about Eventworks in general and the upcoming Spring 2001 festival. Free admission and food and drink.