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SATURDAY, MAY 14

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ART

With some 50 visual artists, poets, dancers, and musicians gathered within walking distance of one another, the annual North Cambridge Open Studios offers up a community you can take the pulse of in an afternoon. It runs today and tomorrow from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., and maps and parking are available at Vineyard Fellowship, 170 Rindge Avenue. For more information, visit www.noca-arts.org. Meanwhile, the Somerville Armory — bought recently by the folks who own the Middle East in Cambridge, who are turning it into an arts center — celebrates the beginning of renovations with a "groundbreaking" ceremony with free food, music by the Revolutionary Snake Ensemble, and a tour of the space. That’s at 4 p.m. at 191 Highland Avenue in Somerville, just outside Davis Square.

BENEFITS

What better way to enjoy the city than with a glittering view from out on the water? Well, a few months ago, it would have been a bit chilly, but now is the perfect time for an evening cruise. Dig into those deep pockets and bust out a little ching for a good cause. It’s the 2nd Annual Cruise for a Cause around Boston Harbor to raise money for breast-cancer prevention. Tickets are a mere $25 per person with proceeds going to the Ellen Gabriel Breast Cancer Fund. The evening launch at 7:30 includes four hours of hors d’oeuvres, dancing and cash-bar cocktails. The ship leaves from Long Wharf. Tickets can be purchased online at www.justgiving.com/pfp/cruiseforacause or by calling 617.437.3848.

GALA & AUCTION TO BENEFIT BRIDGE OVER TROUBLED WATERS with John and Peggy Henry, Bob Kraft, Wyc Grousbeck, Ray Bourque, Ted Johnson, Andrew Shue, Lenny Clarke, and others is at 7:30 p.m. at the Fairmont Copley Plaza, 138 St. James Place, Boston. Tickets $1500; (617) 698-6616.

GLIMMER GALA TO BENEFIT THE INNER-CITY SCHOLARSHIP FUND with food, drink, dancing, and a silent auction is at 8 p.m. at on the Roof of the Ritz, 15 Arlington St., Boston. Tickets $100; (617) 778-5981 ext. 212.

"JAMMIN’ FOR JUSTICE" TO BENEFIT ALTERNATIVES FOR COMMUNITY & ENVIRONMENT with food, music, a silent auction, and awards is at 6 p.m. at the Jorge Hernandez Cultural Center, 95 West Newton St., Boston. Tickets $50; (617) 442-3343 ext. 232.

MUSIC FOR MIDDLESEX TO BENEFIT MIDDLESEX HUMAN SERVICES AGENCY with Duke & the Drivers, James Montgomery, the Boston Horns, Danny Klein, Doug Flutie, Jon Pousette-Dart, Charlie Farren, Jon Butcher, New England, Greg Hill, Steve Sweeney, Tracie Hunter, and more is at 8 p.m. at the Chevalier Theatre, 30 Forest St., Medford. Tickets $25-$100; (617) 965-4400 ext. 137.

SPRING FLING TO BENEFIT THE NEWTON FREE LIBRARY with food, desserts, authors, a silent literary auction, and more is at 7 p.m. at the Newton Free Library, 330 Homer St., Newton. Tickets $75; (617) 796-1403.

AT THE CLUBS

JAZZ. Although the Yellowjackets established their name in the smooth-jazz radio format, it’s better to think of them in the contempo-jazz mold of Weather Report and the original Return to Forever. In the last decade, the fine arranger/composer/saxophonist Bob Mintzer has joined keyboardist Russell Ferrante, seven-string bassist Jimmy Haslip, and drummer Marcus Baylor. They’re at Scullers in the DoubleTree Guest Suites Hotel, 400 Soldiers Field Road at the Mass Pike; call (617) 562-4111.

POP. When he was leading his piano trio the Ben Folds Five, we thought Ben Folds was on the fast track to Hootieville. But after striking out solo, he’s become a much more interesting fellow: he produced a William Shatner record that didn’t suck, and on his recent series of EPs, he hit the high notes on the Darkness’s "Get Your Hands Off of My Woman." (On the "Music" page of this site, Matt Ashare talks to Folds about his new Songs for Silverman.) He’s coming to Avalon, 15 Lansdowne Street in Boston, for a 7 p.m., 18-plus show. Tickets are $20; call (617) 931-2000.

ROCK. Matt Pond PA are the kind of comfortable, friendly indie-rock band who can charm you without bothering to write anything in the way of a memorable song, so it’s nice that they’ve decided to cover a few. If you dug their OC exclusive "Champagne Supernova," you’ll be happy to know that their new Winter Songs EP has more, including the Pixies’ favorite Neil Young song ("Winterlong"), Richard and Linda Thompson’s "I Want To See the Bright Lights Tonight," and Neutral Milk Hotel’s "In the Aeroplane over the Sea." They’re at T.T. the Bear’s Place with Dear Leader, Certainly, Sir, and the Plain Janes; call (617) 492-BEAR.

Eskimo Labs, the label that brought you the teenage indie-pop novelty act Harry and the Potters, also ran a band for pope last month: Potters member Joe DeGeorge’s other, slightly-less-novelty-ish teenage indie-pop group, Ed in the Refridgerators. As you might have heard, EITR lost. Now that the band’s quixotic bid for the Throne of Saint Peter has ended — but not before issuing an EP called Für Pope with songs like "Song for the Pope," "The Pope Song," "The Pope Song (Featuring Godzilla)," and "Pope Dance Party," this last about a break-dancing pontiff — they’re back with Ed in the Refridgerators Get Excommunicated! (Eskimo Labs), which seems a distinct possibility. At 1 p.m., they play a CD-release party, with the Potters headlining and Uncle Monsterface and Ponies in the Surf opening, upstairs at the Middle East, 472 Massachusetts Avenue in Central Square. Later on, the Lyres headline with Cracktorch and Marvels in the same room; call (617) 864-EAST. And the Britpop band Kasabian play a free gig with Mad Action and Rock N Roll Soldiers at the Paradise, 969 Commonwealth Avenue in Boston. Your only way in is with an FNX card, so visit www.fnxradio.com.

WORLD. For those of us who weren’t protesting West African dictatorships in the ’70s, the Antibalas Afrobeat Orchestra offer a modern analogue. Taking their musical and political cues from the great Afrofunk band leader Fela Kuti, the New York ensemble craft 10-minute-plus protest epics complete with JBs-like horn blasts, skittering guitar lines that wriggle suggestively, and griot-shouted vocal lines taunting the powers that be. Their most recent Who Is This America They Speak of Today? (Rope-a-Dope) appeared in the midst of the presidential campaign and packed more firepower than a Howard Dean rally. Now they’re downstairs at the Middle East, 480 Massachusetts Avenue in Central Square; call (617) 864-EAST.

The name of today's Sweet Leaf Festival ought to tell you a bit about the operative musical and pharmacological influences on this particular gathering of underground metallurgists, but be warned: this isn’t your deadbeat uncle’s stoner rock. The headliners, Texas transplants Today Is the Day, draw more Neurosis fans than Sabbath burnouts, and the rest of the line-up — including Cable, Dove, Ichabod, Ogre, Bury the Needle, and Septic Youth Command — leans toward the vicious, surgical end of the hardcore/metal spectrum. The all-day affair goes down at Evos Arts (978-441-9906) in Lowell.

OTHER LIVE SHOWS:

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

ABBEY LOUNGE, Somerville. "Polka Party" with Chandler Travis Philharmonic, Al Janik’s Plastyczny Ser Orkestra, Polski Fiat.

ACTON JAZZ CAFE, Acton. Love Dogs.

AVALON, Boston. $20; At 7 p.m., Ben Folds, Corn Mo.

AVENUE ONE LOUNGE, Boston. At 7:30 p.m., Leah Souza Trio.

THE AVENUE, Allston. At 5 p.m., "Acoustical Pop" with Ali.

THE BEACHCOMBER, Quincy. Mark Morris & the Catunes.

BROTHER JIMMY’S BBQ, Cambridge. "Booyaka$hot" Golden Age, old school classics, and mashed up hip-hop with Ignition79.

BULL RUN, Shirley. Paul Rishell & Annie Raines, Eilen Jewell Band.

THE BURREN, Somerville. $5; Playing Dead.

CANTAB LOUNGE, Cambridge. Upstairs: New Day with Chris Walker.

CLUB HOLLYWOOD, Boston. At 8:30 p.m., "Glitter Switch Drag Karaoke."

CLUB PASSIM, Cambridge. $15; At 8 p.m., Tony Bird.

CROSSROADS COFFEEHOUSE, North Andover. At 8 p.m., Antju Duvekot, Ellis Paul.

DICK’S LAST RESORT, Boston. Big ’80s.

ENCORE, Boston. DesPres & DeGraff.

THE GOOD LIFE DOWNTOWN, Boston. Jim Porcella Trio.

GRAND CANAL, Boston. Complaints.

GREAT SCOTT, Allston. "The Plan" with Neil Hamburger, Pleasurasaur.

GREEN DRAGON, Boston. Magnus.

GREEN STREET GRILL, Cambridge. "Live Salsa Party" with Kilombo Mambo.

HARPERS FERRY, Allston. $10; Spookie Daly Pride, Bridge.

HENNESSY’S, Boston. Freeze Pop.

JOHNNY D’S, Somerville. $8; III Kings, Meet the Day.

KINGS, Boston. Grumpy Jones.

KIRKLAND CAFE, Somerville. $5; Third Life, Rollo Tomasi Quartet, Maple Street Project.

LES ZYGOMATES, Boston. Karin Parker Group.

LIZARD LOUNGE, Cambridge. At 8 p.m., Sara Siskind. $7; At 9:30 p.m., "Session Americana" with Everyday Visuals, Family Jewels, Rose Polenzani.

LUPO’S AT THE STRAND, Providence, RI. "Laser Spectacular with the Music of Pink Floyd."

MATT MURPHY’S, Brookline. Heygoods.

MIDDLE EAST, Cambridge. Upstairs: $8; At 1 p.m., Harry & the Potters, Ed & the Refridgerators, Uncle Monsterface, Ponies in the Surf. $9; At 9 p.m., Lyres, Cracktorch, Marvels, Howl. Downstairs: $15; Antibalas Afrobeat Orchestra,

O’BRIEN’S, Allston. Sin City Chainsaw, Superpower, Mongrel, Milo’s Syndicate.

OVERDRAUGHT PUB, Cambridge. At 3 p.m., Tampoffs, Fatels, Tunnel of Love. At 9 p.m., Swinging Steaks, John Kates Band.

PADDY O’S, Boston. Syndicate.

THE PALLADIUM, Worcester. At 11 a.m., "Exposure."

P.A.’S LOUNGE, Somerville. $5-$7; "Saturday Night Sock Hop" with DJ Eli "Paperboy" Reed, Two Timin’ Three, Champale Rider.

PLOUGH & STARS, Cambridge. At 5 p.m., Cliff Murphy & the Massachusetts Trust Company. At 9 p.m., Stan Martin.

REAL DEAL JAZZ CLUB & CAFE, Cambridge. $16; At 7:30 and 10 p.m., Sergio Brandao & Manga Rosa, Anita Coelho.

RYLES, Cambridge. $10; Dominique Eade.

SCULLERS, Boston. Yellowjackets.

SEA NOTE, Nantasket Beach. Loaded Dice.

SISSY K’S, Boston. At 4 p.m., Matt Browne. At 8 p.m., Kevin Kirrane.

TOAD, Cambridge. At 7 p.m., "Greg’s Saturday Showcase." At 10 p.m., Tennessee Hollow.

TOP OF THE HUB, Boston. Bob Nieske Trio with Maggie Galloway.

T.T. THE BEAR’S PLACE, Cambridge. $10; Dear Leader, Matt Pond PA, Certainly Sir, Plain Janes.

WALLY’S CAFE, Boston. At 9:30 p.m., Jason Palmer/Warren Wolf Jazz Collective.

WESTERN FRONT, Cambridge. Don Minott.

ZEITGEIST GALLERY, Cambridge. $10; At 8 p.m., "One by One: Festival of Original Solo Performance" with Meron Langsner, Fontaine Dollas-Dubus, Sean Baptiste, Eric Singel, Leslie Pasternak, Nat Baldwin.

ZUZU, Cambridge. "Soul-le-lu-Jah."

OTHER DJ SHOWS:

AN TUA NUA, Boston. "Sizzlin Saturday" hip-hop with DJ G Squared.

ARIA, Boston. "Ecco," international and vocal house, with DJ Roger M. In the Angel Room, "International Saturdays."

THE ASGARD, Cambridge. DJ Azul.

ATLAS DANCE, Boston. "Top 40 Dancing."

AVALON, Boston. $20; At 10 p.m., "Tease" sexy house with DJ Rick Naples.

THE AVENUE, Allston. At 9 p.m., House with DJ Munroe.

AXIS, Boston. At 10 p.m., "Seductive Saturday" Hip-hop and Reggae with DJ Glen.

BLARNEY STONE PUB, Dorchester. Commercial dance and R&B.

BLUE CAT CAFE, Boston. DJ Casey.

BOSTON ROCKS, Boston. Interactive video Top 40 Dance & hip-hop party with VJ Johnnie Walker.

BUCK MULLIGAN’S, West Roxbury. R&B, rock, and dance with DJ Keith.

BUZZ BOSTON/EUROPA, Boston. "Killer Dance Club," gay night with DJs Mary Alice & Michael Sheehan.

CANTAB LOUNGE, Cambridge. Downstairs: DJ Turn-ta-Bill.

CLUB CAFE, Boston. "Boys Night Out" with VJ Cliff Cunningham.

COMMON GROUND, Allston. DJ Spindler.

DEVLIN’S LOUNGE AND BAR, Brighton. "Mixes & Remixes" with DJs Daniel Spurling & Chris Deorio.

DRUID PUB, Cambridge. "Saturday Social" with DJ Rodney Marable.

EMBASSY, Boston. At 10 p.m., "Essence" with DJs Reevz & Lograsso.

ENORMOUS ROOM, Cambridge. "Breaks & Such" with Mark Estrada.

THE E ROOM AT THE GOLDEN TEMPLE, Brookline. Disco, motown, and classics from the ’80s & ’90s with DJ John Reed.

FELT, Boston. "Top 40 and Club Classics."

G-SPOT, Boston. "Deep, sexy house" with DJs Mike Traylor & Paul Incus.

HONG KONG, Cambridge. Top 40 Hip-Hop, Rock & Club Classics with DJ Chris G.

I/D, Boston. "Life Ladies’ Night."

THE INDEPENDENT, Somerville. At 10 p.m., "Make Out Club" Rare and unreleased indie and vintage alternative.

THE KELLS, Allston. Hip-hop, house, techno, top 40 with DJs Darren Drag & Kieran.

LUPO’S AT THE STRAND, Providence, RI. "Laser Spectacular with the Music of Pink Floyd."

MANRAY, Cambridge. $5; "Transmission" high energy, and 70s disco trash with DJs Gary Conzo, Chris Ewen.

MARQUEE, Boston. DJ Murray.

MILKY WAY, Jamaica Plain. At 9 p.m., "Mango’s Latin Dance Club" with DJ Antonio Ortiz.

THE MODERN, Boston. "Klik: Futuristic Music for a Modern Era" minimal-tech, micro-house, electro-funk.

ORLEANS, Somerville. DJ Gabe.

P.A.’S LOUNGE, Somerville. $5-$7; "Saturday Night Sock Hop" with DJ Eli "Paperboy" Reed, Two Timin’ Three, Champale Rider.

PHOENIX LANDING, Cambridge. "Boom Boom Room," new wave, one hit wonders, and disco with DJ Vinny.

THE PLACE, Boston. VJ Laptop.

Q, Boston. At 9 p.m., DJ Profenna.

THE RACK, Boston. At 9 p.m., DJ Brian Roche.

REDLINE, Cambridge. At 10 p.m., DJ Cherry.

ROGGIE’S, Brighton. House with DJ Marc Farrell.

THE ROXY, Boston. "Roxy Saturdays," dueling DJs with DJs Massi and Play.

SCRUFFY MURPHY’S, Dorchester. "Party Time" with DJ Jen.

SISSY K’S, Boston. Upstairs: "Dance Party," old school and new dance, with DJ Tom McKenna.

SUGAR SHACK, Boston. Hip hop, and top 40 with DJ B-Spin.

SWEETWATER CAFE, Boston. Old and new dance hits with DJs KC and Gallo.

OPAL LOUNGE, Boston. At 10 p.m., "CandyShop Lesbian Night."

THIRSTY SCHOLAR PUB, Somerville. DJ Sean.

TOAST, Somerville. "Prescription Spinning House."

TRATTORIA IL PANINO, Boston. ’70s, ’80s, and ’90s with DJ Zino; progressive, top-40, club, and international with DJ Steve Anderson.

21st AMENDMENT, Boston. DJ Sean Daly.

VAPOR, Boston. "Crosswalk," with DJs David Skye, M.J.

VENU, Boston. European disco house with DJs Javier and Nico and "Mythos," ethnic house and Greek sounds with DJ Yorgo.

VERTIGO, Boston. "Vertigo Saturdays," hip hop, R&B, house, and reggae, with DJ Ron Steel.

WEST STREET GRILLE, Boston. Top 40 funk and dance with DJs Gabe and Lazee Boy.

WHO’S ON FIRST, Boston. At 10 p.m., DJs Garfield, Disciple, and Nate.

COMEDY

BEANTOWN COMEDY VAULT, (781-729-2565), at Remington’s, 124 Boylston St., Boston. "Boston Attitude" with Larry Myles.

COMEDY CONNECTION, (617-248-9700), Upstairs at Faneuil Hall, Boston. At 8 p.m. and midnight, Mike Epps. At 10:30 p.m., Pablo Francisco.

COMEDY STUDIO, (617-864-5311), 1236 Mass. Ave., Cambridge. Amy Tee, Tim Kaelin, Mike Whitman, Tissa Hami, Liz Simons, Paul Day.

GREAT SCOTT, Allston. "The Plan" with Neil Hamburger, Pleasurasaur.

IMPROV ASYLUM, (617-263-6887), 216 Hanover St., Boston. At 8 and 10 p.m., "Pork Fried Clowns." At midnight, "The Midnight Show."

IMPROVBOSTON THEATRE, (617-576-1253), 1253 Cambridge St., Cambridge. At at 8 and 10 p.m. "ImprovBoston Mainstage."

JIMMY TINGLE’S OFF BROADWAY, (617-591-1616), 255 Elm St., Somerville. At 7:30 p.m., Chance Langton, Teddy Bergeron.

NICK’S COMEDY STOP, (617-482-0930), 100 Warrenton St., Boston. At 8:45 p.m., Larry Miles, PJ Walsh, Mike Kaplan.

NICK’S MAUI, (508-482-0930), Rte. 28 North, Brockton. At 9 p.m., Spike Tobin, Pete Costello, Joe Wong.

POPULAR MUSIC CONCERTS

BLACK CROWES perform tonight at 7:30 p.m. at Hampton Beach Casino Ballroom, 169 Ocean Blvd., Hampton Beach, NH. Tickets $36; (603) 929-4201.

ALY BAIN AND ALE MÖLLER perform Nordic and Scottish music at 8 p.m. at the First Parish Unitarian Universalist Church, 630 Mass. Ave., Arlington. Tickets $20; (781) 862-7837.

ARA GEVORGIAN AND SHUSHI DANCE ENSEMBLE performs at 8 p.m. at the Berklee Performance Center, 136 Mass. Ave., Boston. Tickets $15.50-$55.50; (617) 876-7777.

ANGÉLIQUE KIDJO performs at 8 p.m. at the Somerville Theatre, 55 Davis Sq., Somerville. Tickets $27-$35; (617) 876-4275.

CLASSICAL MUSIC CONCERTS

David Hoose and the Cantata Singers close out their 2004–2005 season with "Boston Bred," a salute to the home team that includes works by William Cutter, Charles Fussell, Irving Fine, Donald Sur, Marjorie Merryman, and John Harbison, who’ll be on hand to give a pre-concert talk. They’ll be performing tonight at 8 p.m. (talk at 7 p.m.) in the Guild Room of All Saints Parish, 1773 Beacon Street in Brookline. Tickets are $20 to $48; call (617) 868-5885.

BOSTON POPS CONDUCTED BY KEITH LOCKHART presents "Groovin’ with Rockapella" today at 2 and 8 p.m. at Symphony Hall, 301 Mass. Ave., Boston. Tickets $16-$120; (617) 266-1200.

CAMBRIDGE OPERA presents "Secret Love" with works by Cesti, Wolf, Brahms, Obradors, Bach, Pierne, Tournier, and Hahn at 8 p.m. at Longy School of Music, Rey-Waldstein Building, 33 Garden St., Cambridge. Tickets $22, $16 for seniors, $12 for students; (617) 547-7819.

CHAMELEON ARTS ENSEMBLE performs works by Mozart, Hindemith, Poul Ruders, Berio, and Smetana at 8 p.m. at the Goethe-Institut, 170 Beacon St., Boston. Tickets $16-$34; (617) 426-8200.

CONVIVIUM MUSICUM presents "Laments of the Queen of Carthage" with works by Jean Mouton, Josquin des Prés, Mabrianus de Orto, Jacob Arcadelt, Adrian Willaert, and others tonight at 8 p.m. at University Lutheran Church, 66 Winthrop St., Cambridge, and tomorrow at 7 p.m. at St. Paul’s Church, 15 St. Paul’s St., Brookline. Tickets $15, $8 for students, seniors; (617) 773-6913.

MATTHEW DALINE AND MAX ZORIN perform works for violin and viola by Mozart, Bartók, Sibelius, and Halvorsen at 10 a.m. at the Kaji Aso Studio, 40 St. Stephen St., Boston. Tickets $10; (617) 247-1719.

HARVARD-RADCLIFFE COLLEGIUM MUSICUM CHAMBER SINGERS present "Tallis to Tavener: Five Centuries of English Church Music" at 8 p.m. at Harvard-Epworth Church, 1555 Mass. Ave., Cambridge. Suggested donation $8, $5 for students; (617) 354-0837.

HERITAGE CHORALE performs Fauré’s Requiem and Dvorák’s Mass in D at 8 p.m. at the Village Church, 2 Central St., Wellesley. Tickets $15, $10 for students, seniors; (508) 270-3999.

LONGWOOD SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA CONDUCTED BY FRANCISCO NOYA performs the Overture to Rossini’s Semiramide, Sibelius’s Symphony No. 7, and Rachmaninov’s Piano Concerto No. 2, with Maurizio Barboro, at 8 p.m. at Jordan Hall, 30 Gainsborough St., Boston. Tickets $25, $15 for students, seniors; (508) 877-3928.

DANCE/PERFORMANCE

"Make of Yourself a Light: A Celebration of the Life and Work of Julie Ince Thompson" is the Boston dance community’s tribute to the late dancer, choreographer, and Boston Conservatory teacher, with performances and dance tributes by Donald Byrd, Seán Curran, Elizabeth Streb, Marcus Schulkind, Stan Strickland, and members of the Martha Graham Dance Company, Julie’s daughter Adrianna Thompson performing in synch with video of her mother, and a collaborative performance directed by Diane Arvanites-Noyes and Tommy Neblett. That’s at 8 p.m. at the Boston Conservatory, 31 Hemenway Street in Boston. Tickets are $35 (proceeds to benefit the Julie Ince Thompson Award Scholarship Fund); call (617) 912-9222.

SHARED CHOREOGRAPHERS’ CONCERT with works by Hannah Ramsey, Deanna Pellecchia, Ingrid Schatz, Tracy Morse, Josie Bray, Anna Pierce-Slive, and Laura Blakely is tonight at 8 p.m. at the Dance Complex, 536 Mass. Ave., Cambridge. Tickets $9; (617) 547-9363.

APRIL SHEPARD, JIMENA BERMEJO, JULIE PIKE EDMOND, AND MEGHAN McLYMAN present "Short Stories" tonight at 8 p.m. at Green Street Studios, 185 Green St., Cambridge. Tickets $15; (617) 864-3191.

BOSTON BALLET presents The Sleeping Beauty today at 2 and 8 p.m. and tomorrow at 2 p.m. at the Wang Theatre, 270 Tremont St., Boston. Tickets $18-$98; (800) 447-7400.

DANCE/PARTICIPATORY

NEW ENGLAND CONTRAS AND SQUARES COUPLES DANCE is at 8 p.m. at the Scout House, 74 Walden St., Concord. Tickets $8; (617) 547-7781.

NOCHE DE LA SALSA is at 9:30 p.m. at the Brookline Community Center for the Arts, 14 Green St., Brookline. Tickets $10; (617) 738-2800.

RYLES DANCE HALL with Latin, swing, and tango sounds with DJ Chris Johnston is at 9 p.m. at Ryles Jazz Club, 212 Hampshire St., Cambridge. Tickets $12; (617) 876-9330.

SWING DANCE is from 9 p.m. to midnight at St. James Armenian Church, 465 Mount Auburn St., Watertown. Tickets $13; (617) 924-6603.

EVENTS

You can argue about the Commodore 64 and Colecovision the way people argue about the Beatles and the Stones, but the Atari 2600 is the Elvis of home video-game consoles. And there’s an old-school hip-hop charm to the damn thing — the kind Lil’ Flip tapped into on last year’s Pac-Man-sampling "Game Over." At midnight, the Coolidge Corner offers the gaming version of baseball’s throwback-jersey night, turning all three theaters into a massive Atari 2600 Video Game Festival, with five-minute rounds leading to a championship tourney on the big screen. Just as in that movie The Wizard — which, by the way, will screen post-tourney, around 1:30 a.m. That’s at 290 Harvard Avenue in Brookline, and admission is $6; call (617) 734-2500.

Putting the "Adult" back in the Cambridge Center for Adult Education, the CCAE’s "Sex All Weekend" program packages seminars on such topics as the female orgasm and tapping yoga techniques for Sting-like copulation. Classes run today from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and tomorrow from 2 to 5 p.m., and admission ranges from $43 to $98 per class; call (617) 547-6789 extension 1, or visit www.ccae.org

THE ANCIENT FISHWEIR PROJECT: CELEBRATION & RECONSTRUCTION OF NATIVE AMERICAN FISHWEIR with the Eastern Son’s Drum Group is from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. on Boston Common, near Charles St., Boston. Free; (617) 423-3651.

GAY & LESBIAN

CANDYSHOP LESBIAN NIGHT is at 10 p.m. at Opal Lounge, 48 Winter St., Boston. Tickets $10; (617) 482-6725.

GLITTER SWITCH DRAG KARAOKE is at 8:30 p.m. at Club Hollywood Boston, 41 Essex St., Boston. Tickets $5; (617) 417-0186.

AT THE MOVIES

OPENING THIS WEEKEND: What better way to purge one’s family anxieties than with a comedy starring Jennifer Lopez as a woman whose only obstacle to marital bliss is Jane Fonda (in her first film in 15 years) in the title role of Monster-in-Law. Robert Luketic (Legally Blonde) directs. Maybe you’d rather be dragged Kicking & Screaming into the new farce from Jesse Dylan (American Wedding) in which Will Ferrell coaches his son’s soccer team against a squad coached by Will’s father (Robert Duvall) whose star is dad’s new son. For a more subdued version of paternal woes, there’s Josh Sternfeld’s first feature, Winter Solstice, in which Anthony LaPaglia plays a widower having difficulties with his sons in a New Jersey suburb. Or maybe it’s best to blow off domestic woes altogether and settle in for the more manageable violence of a Jet Li martial-arts epic. In Louis Leterrier’s first film, Unleashed, Li plays a slave who fights as a gladiator for impresario Bob Hoskins; when that master lapses into a coma, he’s left to the care of a blind pianist played by Morgan Freeman. If that sounds a bit tangled, try the simple joys of sex, drugs, and disabilities in It’s All Gone Pete Tong, Michael Dowse’s mockumentary about a star DJ who’s going deaf. Switching from deaf to dumb is Renny Harlin’s long-shelved Mindhunters, a thriller about FBI profilers training on an isolated island who discover that one of them is a serial killer. L Cool J, Val Kilmer, and Christian Slater eye one another, and their agents, suspiciously. The highlight of this motley bunch just might be Double Dare, Amanda Micheli’s documentary about two Hollywood stuntwomen; it’s at the Coolidge Corner Theatre.

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

READINGS & LECTURES

JORIE GRAHAM, PETER SACKS, ROBERT MEZEY, CHRISTOPHER JANE CORKERY, STEVEN CRAMER, JOYCE PESEROFF, DON SHARE, AND HARRY THOMAS celebrate the work of Donald Justice at 7 p.m. at the Concord Poetry Center, Emerson Umbrella for the Arts, 40 Stow St., Concord. Tickets $10; (978) 371-0820.

"THE MUSE & THE MARKETPLACE" is a series of workshops and seminars designed to give aspiring writers a better understanding of craft and the publishing world, with Steve Almond, Ethan Canin, Arthur Golden, Julia Glass, Elizabeth Graver, Jennifer Haigh, Jake Halpern, Daphne Kalotay, Margot Livesey, Tora Mirvis, George Packer, Kathleen Spivack, plus agents and editors from Houghton Mifflin, Algonquin Books, HarperCollins, Norton, and Da Capo Press. It runs today from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. and tomorrow from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Hotel Marlowe, 25 Edwin Land Blvd., Cambridge. Tickets $195 for both days, $125 for Saturday; (617) 623-8100.

"OPEN BARK POETRY NIGHT" with Deborah Priestly is at 8 p.m. at Out of the Blue Gallery, 106 Prospect St., Cambridge. Suggested donation $3-$5; (617) 354-5287.

"DRUKER LECTURE CELEBRATING DESIGN & ARCHITECTURE" is a lecture by Maya Lin at 3 p.m. at the Boston Public Library, Copley Sq., Boston. Free; (617) 536-5400.

"GOING TO TOWN: SHOPPING IN DOWNTOWN BOSTON" is a lecture by Anthony Sammarco at 1 p.m. at Old South Meeting House, 310 Washington St., Boston. Tickets $5; (617) 482-6439.

THEATER

American Repertory Theatre gets hot and heavy with Eugene O’Neill’s 1924 drama Desire Under the Elms. The seldom-revived work crams all the ancient Greek lust of Euripides’s Phaedra into a 19th-century New England farmhouse to which septuagenarian patriarch Ephraim Cabot brings home a wife closer in age to his sons. Hungarian director János Szász, the man who fit a chrome bar into Uncle Vanya, is at the helm of the production, which continues through June 12 at the Loeb Drama Center, 64 Brattle Street in Harvard Square. Tickets are $12 to $72; call (617) 547-8300.

If you think the skirmishes in Gloucester between fishermen and environmentalists were bad, then you gotta get out more often. Michael Hollinger is familiar with hostilities that arise between capitalism and the environment. Based on his experiences in the Galapagos Islands, he presents the oh-so-environmentally-correct Tooth and Claw, which tells the story of a violent conflict between Ecuadorian fisherman and a group of environmentalists. The show runs at the BCA’s Black Box Theatre (539 Tremont Street, Boston) through next Saturday, May 21. Log on to www.zeitgeiststage.com for tickets and more details.

Politics were even bloodier in ancient Rome than they are in Republican-dominated Washington, as we’ll learn when the Actors’ Shakespeare Project takes on the Bard’s knife-happy political opus Julius Caesar. Robert Scanlan directs the production, which features Robert Walsh and ASP artistic director Benjamin Evett as the noblest Roman of them all and the co-conspirator with the lean and hungry look. The show continues through June 5 at the Cambridge YMCA Theatre, 820 Massachusetts Avenue in Central Square. Tickets are $28 to $39, with $15 student rush; call (866) 811-4111, or visit www.TheaterMania.com

When you’re president of an Eastern European nation, it’s nice to have something to fall back on. In the case of former President of the Czech Republic Václav Havel, that was playwriting, and Molasses Tank Productions shows off a couple of the political dissident/dramatist’s works at Charlestown Working Theater. Both semi-autobiographical one-acts, Unveiling and Audience, center on a blue-collar worker/writer "who observes absurd situations that can exist within any modern society." Steve Rotolo directs the shows, which continue through May 28 at Charlestown Working Theater, 442 Bunker Hill Street in Charlestown. Tickets are $15; call (617) 242-3285, or visit www.molassestank.org

SPORTS

The New England Revolution soccer team hosts defending MLS champion DC United at 4 p.m. at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough. Tickets available at the box office, or by calling 1-877-GET-REVS.


Issue Date: May 14, 2005
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