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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

May 1: (Hed) Pe.

May 14: Kottonmouth Kings.

Avalon

15 Lansdowne St., 617-262-2424

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.

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.

Apr. 12: Ferron.

Apr. 14: Jennifer Kimball.

Apr. 17: John Trudell.

Apr. 19: Erica Wheeler.

Apr. 22: John Renbourn.

Apr. 22: John Renbourn Workshop.

Apr. 22: Family Folk Chorale.

Apr. 23: Danny Fox Quintet.

Apr. 25: Maria Muldaur.

Apr. 26: Mark Erelli, Stephen Kellogg opens.

Fleet Center

Ticketmaster: 931-2000.

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

The Middle East

Central Square, 354-8238

Ticketmaster: 931-2000.

May 22: Jeep.

Orpheum Theatre

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

Ticketmaster: 931-2000

Apr. 13: Papa Roach

Apr. 28: David Gray.

Sanders Theatre

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

Apr. 15: Willie Nelson.

Tsongas Arena

Lowell, MA

Ticketmaster: 931-2000.

Apr. 21: Dance Hall Hip-hop Explosion Mop Bravehearts Sean Paul.

Apr. 30: Van Morrison.

T.T. the Bear's Place

10 Brookline St., Cambridge, 617-492-BEAR

Apr. 12: Starla Dear, Last Stand, The Alarm 2000.

Apr. 12: Alarm 2000.

Apr. 13: The Heygoods, The Scrimshanders, Robbie Fulks.

Apr. 13: Robbie Fulks.

Apr. 14: Roxie, Jaded Salingers, The Shelley Winters Project, Mappari.

Apr. 17: Fooled By April, Green Inside, Suran Song in Stag, Dead City Rockers.

Apr. 18: Thieves, Madison, Ours.

Apr. 19: The Brian Gottesman Band, DJ Scruff, The Sugar Twins.

Apr. 20: The Naked Sams, Bastards of Melody, Dragstrip Courage, Swinging Lovehammers, Rocketscience.

Apr. 21: Delta Clutch, Envelope, Red Telephone, Scout, Meghan Toohey.

Apr. 22: Rebecca Hart, Renata, The Ramblers.

Tweeter Center for the Performing Arts (Great Woods)

885 South Main St., Mansfield, MA 02048

Ticketmaster: 931-2000

Jun. 11: The Black Crowes and Oasis.

Jun. 22: The Allman Brothers Band.

Jul. 25: Bon Jovi.

Aug. 8: Ozzfest 2001.

Jazz Music

Regattabar

Concertix: 876-7777

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

Apr. 12-14: Jackie McLean.

Apr. 17: Billy Novick and Guy Van Duser.

Apr. 18: Pierre Hurel Trio.

Apr. 27: Dominique Eade.

Scullers Jazz Club

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

Apr. 12: Kevin Lettau.

Apr. 13-14: Monty Alexander & Stir It Up Quartet.

Apr. 18: Lavay Smith and Her Red Hot Skillet Lickers.

Apr. 19: Norman Hedmans Tropique.

Apr. 20-21: Roy Ayers & Ubiquity.

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.

Apr. 14 at 8 p.m., Apr. 15 at 1:30 p.m.: Walton: Scapino Overture; Sibelius: Symphony No. 7; Brahms: Piano Concerto No. 1. Antonio Pappano, conductor; Yefim Bronfman, piano.

Apr. 17, 19 at 8 p.m.: All-Beethoven Program: All-Beethoven Program: Overture to The Creatures of Prometheus, Piano Concerto No. 1, Piano Concerto No. 3. Sold Out.

Apr. 21, 24 at 8 p.m.: All-Beethoven Program: Coriolan Overture, Piano Concerto No. 2, Piano Concerto No. 4. Seiji Ozawa, conductor; Alfred Brendel, piano. Sold Out.

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

Rent

Through Apr. 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

Apr. 12-14, 19-21 at 8 p.m.; Apr. 14, 21 at 4 p.m.; Apr. 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

The Institute of Contemporary Art

50 Dalton St., Boston. (266-5152), Wed. & Fri: 12 p.m. - 5 p.m.; Thurs: 12 p.m. - 9 p.m.; Sat. - Sun: 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. Admission $6 adults, $4 seniors and students, free Thursday after 5 p.m.

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

Through 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.

Topics in Film: Frames of Mind

Through Apr. 24: All festival films will be screened at Harvard Film Archive, located at the lower level of the Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts, 24 Quincy St. Cambridge 617-495-4700 for more info. or visit <www.harvardfilmarchive.org> for a complete schedule. Tickets $7, $5 students, seniors. Tickets may be purchased at the Harvard Box Office, located at: Holyoke Center Arcade, 1350 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge, MA. For ticketing info. call 617-496-2222 or TTY: 617-495-1642.

Apr. 18 at 7 p.m.: Run Lola Run (Lola Rennt) (Dir. by Tom Tykwer, Germany 1998, 35mm, color, 80 min., With Franka Potente, Moritz Bleibtreu, Herbert Knaup German with English subtitles). A critical and popular success at home and abroad, Tykwer’s inventive Run Lola Run sets a frenetic pace (fueled by the techno-score of Johnny Klimek and Reinhold Heil) as it simultaneously enacts three resolutions to its thriller plot line.

Apr. 25 at 7 p.m.: The Matrix (Dir. by Andy and Larry Wachowski, US 1999, 35mm, color, 136 min. With Keanu Reeves, Laurence Fishburne, Carrie-Anne Moss). One of the top grossing films of 1999, Andy and Larry Wachowski’s The Matrix set a new benchmark in movie special effects. A heady blend of classic science-fiction stories such as Alien, Soylent Green, and The Terminator with Chinese martial arts films, Japanese animation, and American comic art.

Boston Asian American Film and Video Festival

Through Apr. 14, at the Remis Auditorium Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, 02115. For tickets and more information, call 369-3770. Tickets are $8, $7 MFA members, seniors, students, unless otherwise noted.

Apr. 14 at 3:45 p.m.: Comrades by Edward Wong (1999, 27 min.). A personal documentary about two men who took part in the violent socialist struggles of the mid-20th century. Yook Wong joined the Communist Revolution that swept through China in 1949. A generation later, Alex Hing founded a group in San Francisco called the Red Guard, modeled after the Communist youth group in China. When You're Smiling by Janice Tanaka (1999, 60 min.). Gangs. Drug addiction. Suicides. This autobiographical film tells the tragic story of the children of Japanese-Americans who were interned in camps by the U.S. government during WWII. Co-sponsored by www.aamovement.net.