* EMPIRE BRASS QUINTET
Sanders Theatre, Harvard University, Cambridge - Works by Yannatos, Albinoni, Bach, Mozart, others. 8 p.m. Benefit for Harvard-Radcliffe Orchestra.
* BOSTON POPS
With Manhattan Transfer. Symphony Hall, 301 Mass. Ave. 8 p.m. Pops also Sat.-Thurs. Jessye Norman on Wed.
* GORDON LIGHTFOOT
Opera House, 539 Washington St. - 7:30 p.m. Folk.
Centrum, 50 Foster St., Worcester - 7:30. Rock.
* BOSTON CLASSICAL ORCHESTRA
Faneuil Hall - Mozart's Mass in C Minor, K. 427, with Chorus Pro Musica, Symphony No. 34, K. 338. 8 p.m.
* DOC AND MERLE WATSON,
RIDERS IN THE SKY
Sanders Theatre - 7 p.m. Country-western.
* CHRISTINE McVIE
Orpheum Theater, One Hamilton Pl. - 8 p.m. Rock.
* MOTHER'S NIGHT CONCERT
Boston Symphony Orchestra members. First & Second Church, 66 Marlborough St. - Works by Mozart, Dohnanyi. 7:30. Benefit for Conference on Human Unity.
Dates in italics indicate original publication of reviews.
* THE CELL
(Review to come.) Boston Theatre Group, at the Piano Factory, 791 Tremont St. - Thurs.-Sat. 8 p.m.
* CRIMES OF THE HEART
(Tragicomedy about three sisters hit by calamity. 4/26.) Trinity Square Repertory Company, 201 Washington St., Providence, R.I. - Tues.-Sun. 8 p.m.; mats., Wed., Sat. 2. Through May 27.
(Avant-garde New York City group links up ''The Crucible'' with readings from Allen Ginsberg and Timothy Leary. 4/26.) The Wooster Group at Boston Shakespeare Company, 52 St. Botolph St. - Thurs.-Sat. 8 p.m.; Sun. at 3. Closes Sun.
* NIGHTCLUB CANTATA
(Reviewed today.) New Ehrlich Theatre, 539 Tremont St. - Wed.-Sat., 8 p.m.; Sun., 7. Through June 16.
Alley Theatre, 1253 Cambridge St., Cambridge - Thurs.-Sat., 8 p.m.; Sun., 3. Through May 26.
* TAKING STEPS
(Review to come.) Lyric Stage, 54 Charles St. - Fri., 8 p.m.; Sat., 5 and 8: 30; Sun., 3. Through May 27.
* DINOSAUR DANCE COMPANY
10 West St. - Premieres of works by resident choreographer Michael Mao, works set to Bach, Bartok. Fri., Sat., 8 p.m.; Sun., 2.
* ROMEO AND JULIET
(Review to come.) Boston Ballet, Wang Center, 268 Tremont - Thurs. 7 p.m. Through May 27.
* MIRAGE MIME
Boston Center for the Arts, 551 Tremont St. - ''Escurial/Kings and Clowns'': a one-act play combining mime and spoken theatre, other pieces.
(Reviewed today.) Wheelock Family Theater, 180 The Riverway - Fri., Sat., 7: 30 p.m.; Sun., 3. Closes Sun.
* BUSCH-REISINGER MUSEUM
Kirkland and Quincy Sts., Cambridge - Drawings by German artist Joseph Beuys. Through June 17.
* INSTITUTE OF CONTEMPORARY ART
955 Boylston St. - ''Currents'': an 18-month program designed to reflect the broad diversity in contemporary art styles, issues, and themes.
* MUSEUM OF FINE ARTS
465 Huntington Ave. - ''Jean-Francois Millet: Seeds of Impressionism,'' through July 1.
* A LIGHT UNTO MY PATH
101 Belvidere St., Christian Science Center, Boston - Free, nondenominational exhibit exploring the Bible in sight and sound. Mon-Sat., 10-5; Sun. 12-5; closed Tues.