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Staff member's photos on display at Zeitgeist

"Something Better Change," an exhibition of photographs by John Nikolai, administrative assistant with MIT's Knight Science Journalism Fellowship, will be on view at the Zeitgeist Gallery in Inman Square (1353 Cambridge St.) from Nov. 5-9.

Calling his subjects "righteous and radical revolutionary figures who have promoted, inspired or caused significant change in the world," Nikolai includes images of MIT notables such as Institute Professor Noam Chomsky, biology professors Rudolf Jaenisch and Eric Lander, and Nobel laureate and psychiatrist Eric Chivian, formerly with MIT Medical. The show is a follow-up to "We're Disparate, Get Used To It: Images of the Pioneers of Punk and the Great Minds of Harvard and MIT," an exhibition held last year at the Wiesner Student Gallery (see MIT Tech Talk, March 13, 2002).

Running simultaneously at the Zeitgeist is "Carousel Derailment," other works by Nikolai which include images of Havana, punk rock, yawning cats and infrared photography. A reception will be held at the Zeitgeist on Saturday, Nov. 8 from 3-6 p.m.

MIT theater arts prof. directs play at Harvard

Jay Scheib, assistant professor of theater arts, will direct the Harvard Radcliffe Dramatic Club's production of "Lorenzaccio," opening with a creative black tie event on Friday, Nov. 14 at 8 p.m. at the Loeb Drama Center.

Alfred de Musset's epic 1834 romantic history tells the story of the assassination of a tyrannical duke by his cousin, and the republican revolution which fails to ignite in the wake of this horrific event. Scheib frames this struggle for power and self-determination within an American landscape, including a convenience store, a Chinese restaurant and a single-family home.

The play, presented in collaboration with the American Repertory Theatre and the Office for the Arts at Harvard, continues Nov. 15-22. Tickets range from $7 to $12. For information, call (617) 496-2222 or (617) 547-8300.

A version of this article appeared in MIT Tech Talk on November 5, 2003.

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