The Aldrich Museum's exhibition "The Nude in Contemporary Art" displays paintings, drawings, sculpture, photography, videos and installation pieces depicting the human form. Some artists follow traditional aesthetics; others show aged, infirm or corpulent figures. Artists represented in the show include Chuck Close, Karen Finley, Lucien Freud and Andres Serrano. Through Sept. 12 at the Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art, 258 Main St., Ridgefield. Tuesday through Sundays, noon to 5 p.m.; Fridays, noon to 8. Closed Mondays. $5 adults; $2 seniors and students. 203-438-4519.


"Music of the Mediterranean" will be performed during the 10th annual Boston Early Music Festival. One of the world's major early-music festivals, this series draws ensembles such as the King's Noyse, Hesperion XX and Ensemble Sarband, as well as instrument makers and scholars. The festival centerpiece is the American premiere of Francesco Cavalli's 17th-century opera "Hercules in Love," composed for the wedding of Louis XIV. Performances are June 7-13 at venues in Boston's Back Bay and theater district. Tickets range from $15 to $30 for concerts, and $30 to $90 for the fully staged performances of "Hercules in Love." Call 617-450-0007 or visit


Entering its 66th season, the American Dance Festival will present such outstanding modern dance troupes as Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company, Pilobolus Dance Theatre, Tharp!, and the Paul Taylor Dance Company, along with ensembles from Argentina, China, Russia and Israel. June 10-July 24 on the campus of Duke University. $18-32. For schedule information call 919-684-6402 or visit To order tickets call 919-684-4444.

CAPTION: Pilobolus will be among the troupes performing this month and next at the American Dance Festival in Durham, N.C.