* OPERA COMPANY OF BOSTON
Opera House, 539 Washington St. - Puccini's ''Madame Butterfly.'' 8 p.m. Also Sun., 3.
* PRESERVATION HALL JAZZ BAND
Symphony Hall, 301 Massachusetts Ave. - New Orleans jazz. 8 p.m.
* BOSTON SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA
Isaac Stern, violinist. Symphony Hall. - Works by Brahms, Shostakovich. 2 p.m. Also Sat., 8.
Longwood Theater, 364 Brookline Ave. - ''The Octopus's Exultation.'' Multimedia concert performed by Lisa Crafts and Caleb Sampson. 8 p.m.
* NARCISO YEPES
Classical guitarist. Jordan Hall, 290 Huntington Ave. - Works by Villa-Lobos, Bach, Ginastera, Scarlatti. 8 p.m.
* ALEA III
Longy School of Music, 1 Follen St., Cambridge. - Empire Brass Quintet. Premiere of Ronald Perera's Chamber Concerto. 8 p.m.
Dates in italics indicate original publication of reviews.
Trinity Square Repertory Company, 201 Washington St., Providence, R.I. - Tues.-Sun. 8 p.m.; mats., Sat., Sun., 2. Through April 29.
* AMERICAN BUFFALO
(Review to come.) Wilbur Theatre, 252 Tremont St. - Tues.-Sat., 8 p.m. Through May 5.
(Plucky, funny tale of a strained marriage that finds its path. 3/5.) Boston Theater Club at the Nucleo Eclettico, 216 Hanover St. - Wed.-Sat., 8 p.m. Through May 5.
(Possibly overrated English musical, but a legend in the making. 12/29.) Shubert Theatre, 265 Tremont St. - Mon.-Sat., 8 p.m.; mats., Wed. & Sat., 2. Through May 5.
* A.R.T./ NEW STAGES
(Reviewed today.) American Repertory Theatre at the Hasty Pudding Theatre, 12 Holyoke St., Cambridge. - In repertory: ''Angel City,'' Fri., Sun., 8 p.m. ''Strokes,'' Sat., Wed., 8 p.m. ''Holy Wars,'' Thurs., 8 p.m.
* THE RUNNER STUMBLES
(Tale of murder of a nun asks probing questions about church. 3/22.) Alley Theatre, 1253 Cambridge St., Cambridge. Thurs.-Sat., 8 p.m.; Sun., 3. Ends Sat.
* ALVIN AILEY
AMERICAN DANCE THEATER
(Review to come.) Wang Center, 268 Tremont St. - Four Boston premieres; Ailey's ''Revelations''; Tues.-Sat., 8 p.m.; mats., Sat., Sun., 2. Ends Sun.
* TRISHA BROWN COMPANY
(Review to come.) Boston Opera House, 539 Washington St. - Music by Laurie Anderson; scenery and costumes by Robert Rauschenberg. Thurs., 8 p.m.
* FOGG ART MUSEUM
32 Quincy St., Cambridge - ''Kashmir and Rajasthan: Photographs by Raghubir Singh,'' color photographs of Kashmir and northwestern India. Through April 20.
* MUSEUM OF FINE ARTS
465 Huntington Ave. - ''Jean-Francois Millet: Seeds of Impressionism,'' through July 1. ''Directions in Contemporary American Ceramics,'' through June 3 .
Boston Children's Theater, 652 Hammond St., Chestnut Hill. - Sat., Tues., Wed., Thurs., 2 p.m. Through May 5.
* THE WIZARD OF OZ
(Film) Boston Public Library, Rabb Lecture Hall, Copley Square. Wed., 2 p.m.
* THE WORLD OF GENE DIETCH AND MAURICE SENDAK
Off-the-Wall Cinema, 15 Pearl St., Cambridge - ''Really Rosie,'' others. Tues.-Thurs., 12:30 & 2.
* 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.