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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, 80's. $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+.

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. 3: Grand Theft Audio.

Avalon

15 Lansdowne St.., 617-262-2424

Feb. 20: Aaron Carter.

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.

Feb. 22: Paolo Conte.

Feb. 24: Dave Brubeck.

Club Passim

47 Palmer St, Cambridge, 617-492-7679

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

Feb. 16: Dave Mallett.

Feb. 17: The Jim Kweskin Band with Samoa Wilson.

Feb. 18: Stephan Fearing, Kerri Powers opens.

Feb. 21: James O'Brien and Karaugh Brown.

Feb. 22: IndieGirl Showcase with Chris & Meredith Thompson, Melissa Morris, Rachel McCartney, Lis Harvey, Amanda Garrigues, Stephanie Fix.

Feb. 23: Freedy Johnston, Mark Erelli opens.

Feb. 28: Rachael Sage and Trina Hamlin.

Fleet Center

Ticketmaster: 931-2000.

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

Jun. 5-6, 8-9: U2. All dates but Jun. 9 sold out.

The Middle East

Ticketmaster: 931-2000.

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

Feb. 16: Labradford, Pan American.

Feb. 17: Heroin Sheiks.

Feb. 17: Raging Teens Record Release Extravaganza: The Racketeers, The Bourbonaires, Kings of Nuthin', The Starline Rhythm Boys, The Colonel and His Lucky Diamonds, The Konks, 13 Ghosts, King Memphis, The Jimmy Nations Combo, The Bombastics.

Feb. 22: White Stripes, Knoxville Girls, The Gossip.

Feb. 24: Hybrasil, Laurie Sargent, Heidi Saperstein.

Feb. 24: Gamelan Presents: Yonder Mountain String Band, Gordon Stone Band.

Feb. 25: The Explosion.

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

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

Orpheum Theatre

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

Ticketmaster: 931-2000

Feb. 17: Erykah Badu.

Feb. 21: Trey Anastasio.

Feb. 24: Jose Luis Perales.

Mar. 3: Moe.

Sanders Theatre

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

Mar. 4: Ladysmith Black Mambazo.

Mar. 10: BeauSoleil.

Mar. 23: John Gorka.

T.T. the Bear's Place

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

Feb. 17: CD Release For Wide Iris.

Feb. 21: Town And Country.

Feb. 24: Emm Gryner, Meghan Toohey.

Feb. 28: After This, Live Wire.

Jazz

Music

Regattabar

Concertix: 876-7777

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

Feb. 16-17: Irma Thomas.

Feb. 20: Robbie Lee Quintet.

Feb. 21: Bob Nieske 3 and the Lydian String Quartet.

Feb. 22-24: Ron Carter Quartet.

Feb. 27: Steve Lacy Trio.

Feb. 28: Greg Piccolo & Heavy Juice.

Scullers Jazz Club

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

Feb. 16-18: Abbey Lincoln.

Feb. 21: Alon Yavnai Sextet, featuring special guest George Garzone.

Feb. 22: Laszlo Gardony.

Feb. 23-24: New York Voices & Band.

Feb. 27-28: Al Di Meola.

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.

Feb. 22-24 at 8 p.m.: Williams: Cello Concerto; Strauss: Don Quizote Fantastic variations on a theme of knightly character, Op. 3. Seiji Ozawa, conductor; Yo-Yo Ma, cello; Steven Ansell, viola. Sold Out.

The Wellesley College Choir

Feb. 16 at 7:30 p.m.: The 40-women strong Wellesley College Choir presents a performance directed by Vincent Metallo of sacred French repertoire, including the works of Francis Poulenc and Gabriel Faure. The concert will also venture into the contemporary works of composers such as Aaron Copland and Norman Dello-Joio. As part of its Presidents' Day Weekend tour, the Wellesley, MA based college choir will be visiting St. Paul's Church, 15 St. Paul Street, Brookline, MA 02446. Call 617-566-4953 for directions to the evening concert. Tickets $10 at the door. For more information, call Choir Tour Manager Michelle Kim at 781-283-4407.

Chameleon Arts Ensemble

Feb. 17 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 George Crumb, Luciano Berio, Paul Hindemith, and Franz Schubert. 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>.

Theater

Crazy for You

Thurs.-Sat. Mar. 8-10 at 8 p.m., Sun. Mar. 11 at 7 p.m., Sat. and Sun. Mar. 10-11 at 2 p.m. at the Boston Conservatory Theater (31 Hemenway St., Boston). The Boston Conservatory presents the Broadway hit which celebrates the exuberance of a Broadway determined to ride out the Depression with high style and New Deal optimism. Book by Ken Ludwig, Lyrics by Ira Gershwin, Music by George Gershwin. Tickets: $26 general, $13 seniors, $7 students. For more info or for reservations, call the box office at 617-912-9142.

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.

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

Dangerous Curves: Art of the Guitar

Through Feb. 25, 2001: The first comprehensive museum exhibition to focus on the guitar as an objet d'art. Audio guide narrated by James Taylor. The exhibit covers four centuries and features more than 130 instruments from museums and private collections around the world. Highlights include a 17th-century guitar created by famous violin maker, Antonio Stradivari and electric guitars owned by celebrity artists such as Prince and Jimi Hendrix. Tickets: complimentary to MFA members (Number of tickets dependent on level of membership). Adults $16 on weekdays, $18 on weekends. Students/Senior citizens $14/$16. Children 6 - 17 $6 for both weekdays and weekends. Children 5 and under free. Adult group visits are available. Visit <www.mfa.org> or call 617-369-3368 for more information.

Sports and Sexuality: Voices from the NFL and Harvard

Feb. 18, 3-5 p.m. at Harvard Hall 104, Harvard College: Speakers include: David Kopay, NFL player from 1962-72 who came out in 1975; Jennifer Allard, head softball coach at Harvard; Reggie Rivers, former NFL player on the Denver Broncos and ABC commentator; Katherine Callaghan a sophomore at Harvard College and a member of the Women's Water Polo Team; and Michael Crosby a junior at Harvard College and captain of the Men's Water Polo Team.