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SPOTLIGHT SPECTACULAR TO BENEFIT THE HUNTINGTON THEATRE COMPANY is at 6 p.m. at the Westin Copley Place, 10 Huntington Ave., Boston. Tickets $500; (617) 273-1522.


ELECTRONIC. It was once taken as a measure of Trent Reznor’s power in the industry — and of his industrial power — that he got Autechre signed to Interscope. For a time, the English duo invented a new genre pretty much every time they released an album, leaving behind them a wake of frazzled young structuralists trying to de-fragment their hard drives and chop their songs into tinier pieces. Autechre settled into the role of elder statesmen — even curating the British festival All Tomorrow’s Parties a couple of years ago — and they’re back with a new album on Warp, Untilted (not Untitled), and their first tour in four years, which hits the Paradise, 967 Commonwealth Avenue in Boston, for an 8 p.m., 18-plus show. Tickets are $18; call (617) 562-8800.

ROCK. New Hampshire native Will Sheff brings his indie-roots outfit Okkervil River to T.T. the Bear’s Place behind their new Black Sheep Boy (Jagjaguwar), which Mikael Wood reviews in "Off the Record," in Music. (Previously announced headliners Earlimart cancelled their tour.) Kevin Devine opens. That’s at 10 Brookline Street in Central Square; call (617) 492-BEAR.


For the following shows, see the Club Directory for phone numbers and addresses.

BROTHER JIMMY’S BBQ, Cambridge. At 9 p.m., "Blues Jam." Toussaint & the Liberation Band.

THE BURREN, Somerville. Front Room: At 10 p.m., "Traditional Irish Music."

CANTAB LOUNGE, Cambridge. At 8 p.m., "Geoff Bartley’s Open Mic." At 9:30 p.m., Ken Gaines.

CLUB PASSIM, Cambridge. At 7 p.m., "Dave Palmater Presents Folktracks Live!"

DICK’S LAST RESORT, Boston. John Erikson.

ENCORE, Boston. Clara Lofaro Quartet.

GREEN BRIAR, Brighton. "Irish Seisiun."

HENNESSY’S, Boston. Joe Carson.

THE INDEPENDENT, Somerville. At 7 and 10 p.m., "Texas Hold ‘Em Poker Tournament."

LES ZYGOMATES, Boston. Yoko Miwa.

LIZARD LOUNGE, Cambridge. At 9:30 p.m., Cello Chix.

MIDDLE EAST, Cambridge. Upstairs: Cephalic Carnage, Cryptic Warning, Random Acts of Violence, Abhorred.

MILKY WAY, Jamaica Plain. At 9 p.m., "Acoustic Universe."

O’BRIEN’S, Allston. International Pen Pal, Chilblains, Choo Choo La Rouge.

O’CONNOR’S, Boston. Gannon Brothers.

THE PALLADIUM, Worcester. Mars Volta, DJ Nobody.

PARADISE LOUNGE, Boston. Fiction Plane.

PARADISE ROCK CLUB, Boston. At 8 p.m., Autechre.

PURPLE SHAMROCK, Boston. Scott Damgaard.

SISSY K’S, Boston. Justin Beech.

TOAD, Cambridge. At 7 p.m., Shwang. At 10 p.m., Tim Gearan Band.

TOP OF THE HUB, Boston. Marty Ballou Trio.

T.T. THE BEAR’S PLACE, Cambridge. Okkervil River, Kevin Devine, Drew O’Doherty.

VAPOR, Boston. "Piano Open Mic" with Michelle Curry.

WALLY’S CAFE, Boston. Jose Ramos & the Special Blend.

ZEITGEIST GALLERY, Cambridge. At 10 p.m., Fringe.


AN TUA NUA, Boston. "Ceremony," goth & industrial.

AXIS, Boston. At 10 p.m., "Static," Gay night drag show with DJ Adilson.

BELL IN HAND TAVERN, Boston. "Tommy’s Jam Session."

BLUE CAT CAFE, Boston. DJ Armen.

BOSTON ROCKS, Boston. "Martini Mondays."

BRENDAN BEHAN PUB, Jamaica Plain. "Sonic Ginger," down tempo lounge and dub with DJs Martini and Ah Dub.

THE E ROOM AT THE GOLDEN TEMPLE, Brookline. House and acid jazz with DJ Johan Van Cauwenberghe.

GREEN STREET GRILL, Cambridge. "Havana Club Salsa Dance."

PHOENIX LANDING, Cambridge. "Makka Mondays," Hip-Hop and Reggae with DJs Voyager :01, Uppercut.

TOAST, Somerville. "Industry Night."

VERTIGO, Boston. "The Movement," deep house, house, and progressive with DJ Eric Santangelo.


COMEDY CONNECTION, Boston. At 8 p.m., "Amateur Showcase" with Kevin Knox.

IMPROVBOSTON THEATRE, Cambridge. At 10 p.m., "Tick, Tick - BOOM!" with Atomic Powered Millionaires.

KENNEDY’S, Boston. "Comedy Night."


GLIMMERGLASS OPERA performs semi-staged arias and ensembles from Bernstein’s On the Town, Candide, West Side Story, and Trouble in Tahiti, Mozart’s Le nozze di Figaro, Cosí fan tutte, and Don Giovanni, and Britten’s Death in Venice, Billy Budd, and The Turn of the Screw at 7 p.m. at the Lyric Stage, 140 Clarendon Ave., Boston. Tickets $20; (607) 547-5704 ext. 231.


BULGARIAN/BALKAN DANCING is at 7:30 p.m. at Green Street Studios, 185 Green St., Cambridge. Tickets $12; (617) 840-2362.

HAVANA CLUB MAMBO MONDAY SALSA DANCE is at 9:30 p.m. at Green Street Grill, 280 Green St., Cambridge. Tickets $8; (617) 312-5550; www.havanasalsa.com.

ISRAELI FOLK DANCE is from 8 p.m. to midnight at Temple Kehillath Israel, 384 Harvard Ave., Brookline. Tickets $4, $3 for students; (617) 484-4282.

NEW ENGLAND SQUARES AND CONTRAS features music by Yankee Ingenuity at 7:30 p.m. at the Scout House, 74 Walden St., Concord. Tickets $7; (781) 272-0396.

SCOTTISH COUNTRY DANCE is at 7:45 p.m. at Springstep, 98 George P. Hassett Dr., Medford. Tickets $7, $4 for students; (617) 661-5899.

SWING ARLINGTON is at 9 p.m. (with lessons at 6:45 and 7:45 p.m.) at Elks Dance Hall, 56 Pond Lane, Arlington. Tickets $10 before 9 p.m., $6 after; (617) 623-3134.


"BEST OF THE PUPPETSLAMS" features performers from the Puppet Showplace Theatre at 7:30 p.m. at the Coolidge Corner Theatre, 290 Harvard St., Brookline. Tickets $12; (617) 734-2501.


LESBIAN RAP is at 7:30 p.m. at the Women’s Center, 46 Pleasant St., Cambridge. Free; (617) 354-8807.

LIVING ART GROUP for lesbian, bisexual, transgender, or queer women, 13-25, is from 6 to 8 p.m. at Boston GLASS Community Center, 93 Mass Ave., Boston. Free; (617) 266-3349.

SPEAKEASY DISCUSSION GROUP FOR LGBT YOUNG ADULTS 18-25 is at 7 p.m. at Boston GLASS Community Center, 93 Mass. Ave., Boston. Free; (617) 266-3349.


FILM. Damon Runyon by way of composer Frank Loesser makes for one of the grittier and more satisfying American musicals, and it’s captured on film in Frank Mankiewicz’s Guys and Dolls (1955). Street-smart Nathan Detroit (Frank Sinatra) needs $1000 to set up his floating crap game, so he bets Sky Masterson (Marlon Brando) that Sky can’t canoodle nubile Salvation Army sergeant Sarah Brown (Jean Simmons) into going to Havana with him. With Vivian Blaine as Miss Adelaide (who’s after Nathan to marry her), Stubby Kaye as Nicely Nicely Johnson, and such hit songs as "Luck Be a Lady Tonight" and "Sit Down, You’re Rocking the Boat," it screens for free at 7 p.m. at the Wang Theatre, 270 Tremont Street in the Theater District; call (617) 482-9393.

For more movies and showtimes, see our Movie Theater directory.


READING. American Repertory Theatre founding director Robert Brustein was also for many years a critic for the New Republic. Tonight at Zero Arrow Theatre, he’ll read from his recent tome Letters to a Young Actor — specifically from the chapter titled "The Actor and the Critic." Guess which one sucks? The reading begins at 6 p.m. and is followed by a book signing, Zero Arrow Theatre is at the corner of Arrow Street and Massachusetts Avenue in Harvard Square, and the event is free and open to the public.

Across the river, NPR’s Robin Young grills Jane Fonda, who’s out promoting her autobiography My Life So Far – a wide sweep that covers her cold father, her domineering husbands, and her travails from sitting on Vietcong tanks to blockbuster aerobics videos. One Vietnam vet has already taken Fonda’s book tour as an opportunity to spit in her face. But she’s still scheduled to do an open Q&A, and a book signing, at 7 p.m. at Boston University’s Tsai Performance Center, 685 Commonwealth Avenue. Free tickets are available at the Tsai box office beginning at 5 p.m.; for more information, call the BU Barnes & Noble at (617) 267-8484.

BETHANY ERICSON discusses her New England: Cabins and Cottages at 7 p.m. at the Harvard Coop, 1400 Mass. Ave., Cambridge. Free; (617) 499-2012.

JANE FONDA discusses her My Life So Far at 7 p.m. at the Tsai Performance Center, 685 Comm. Ave., Boston. Free; (617) 267-8484.

GILLIAN GILL reads from her The Nightingales: The Story of Florence Nightingale and Her Remarkable Family at 4 p.m. at the Newton-Wellesley Hospital, 2014 Washington St., Wellesley. Free; (781) 431-1160.

BOB HERBERT discusses his Promises Betrayed at 5:30 p.m. at the John F. Kennedy Library and Museum, Columbia Point, Boston. Free; (617) 514-1643.

SUE MILLER reads from her Lost in the Forest at 7 p.m. at the Newton Free Library, 330 Homer St., Newton. Free; (617) 796-1360.

STONE SOUP POETRY OPEN MIC with Jack Powers is at 8 p.m. at Out of the Blue Gallery, 106 Prospect St., Cambridge. Suggested donation $4; (617) 227-0845.

"ONE HUNDRED OF THE MOST EXCEPTIONAL ARCHITECTS TO HAVE EMERGED OVER THE LAST FIVE YEARS" is a discussion with Toshiko Mori, Stephen Cassell, Monica Ponce de Leon, and Vincent James at 6 p.m. at the Sackler Museum, 485 Broadway, Cambridge. Free; (617) 495-9400.

Issue Date: May 9, 2005
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