FILM. Following its recent summer tradition, the Harvard Film Archive offers "movies from A to Z" taken from its 6,000-print collection. Categorized by actors' last names, the system makes for some unusual pairings. Starting July 1, look for Bibi Andersson in Wild Strawberries and Jean Arthur in Mr. Deeds Goes to Town; Renée Falconetti in The Passion of Joan of Arc and Frances Farmer in Come and Get It; Elizabeth Taylor in A Place in the Sun and John Turturro in Miller's Crossing; on down to Mai Zetterling in The Witches and Torment. Visit www.harvardfilmarchive.org or call 617-495-4700.
A child's dress from Bora Bora (ca. 1899) and a detail of fabric from Samoa (ca. 1896) are on display in Embedded Nature: Tapa Cloths from the Pacific Islands at the Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology.
Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology / ©2002 President and Fellows of Harvard College
NATURE. The Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics hosts free discussions and observatory nights on the third Thursday of every month. Call 617-495-7461.P>
MUSIC. Celebrating its thirtieth anniversary, the Harvard Pops Summer Band performs two concerts: on July 31 at 4 p.m. in Tercentenary Theatre, on the steps of Memorial Church, and on August 3 at 7 p.m. at the Hatch Shell on the Charles River Esplanade. This year's theme is "music inspired by athletic contests": the program includes Casey at the Bat by Allen Feinstein '86 and Prokofiev's Athletic Festival March. The Harvard Summer School Chorus performs at Sanders Theatre on August 2, and the Harvard Summer School Orchestra appears there on August 10. Concerts begin at 8 p.m. For tickets, call 617-496-2222, or visit the Harvard box office at www.fas.harvard.edu/~memhall/.
EXHIBITIONS. On display at the Peabody Museum is a collection of nineteenth-century tapa cloths made from the inner bark of the paper mulberry tree. The cultural artifacts include clothing, a Hawaiian bedspread, and an unusual French Polynesian headdress. Call 617-496-1027 for information. The Harvard Museum of Natural History features Dodos, Trilobites, and Meteorites...Treasures of Nature and Science at Harvard. For museum hours, call 617-495-3045.
The Photography Atelier 2002 Exhibit--works by participants in an advanced Radcliffe Seminar--is on display at the Schlesinger Library through September 5.
At the Fogg Art Museum until July 21 is the exhibit Three Women: Early Portraits by Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, which features six paintings of the artist's friends. Also at the Fogg, through September 1, is Treasures from the Royal Tombs of Ur, a traveling exhibit of 425 objects--including stunning examples of beaded jewelry--excavated from the site of Ur, the biblical home of Abraham in southern Iraq. Glory and Prosperity: Metalwork of the Islamic World--a range of artwork dating back to the sixth century--can be seen at the Sackler until July 21. Opening July 6 at the Sackler is Plum, Orchid, Chrysanthemum, and Bamboo: Botanical Motifs and Symbols in East Asian Painting. Call 617-495-9400 or visit www.artmuseums.harvard.edu.
THEATER. The American Repertory Theatre presents Hershey Felder's acclaimed one-man show, George Gershwin Alone; music by the Gershwin brothers is played throughout, including a performance of Rhapsody in Blue. Set to run until at least July 7, the show may be extended beyond that date. For further details and showtimes, call 617-547-8300 or visit www.amrep.org.
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