SPECIAL. Arts First 2004 is slated for May 6 through 9 in and around Harvard Yard. The festival features 200 student performances of dance, music, and drama, many free and open to the public. For a schedule, visit www.fas.harvard.edu/~arts. For details, call 617-495-8676.
THEATER. The American Repertory Theatre presents Oedipus, by Sophocles, from May 15 through June 13 at the Loeb Drama Center. For tickets and showtimes, call 617-547-8300 or visit www.amrep.org.
NATURE. Astronomer Brian Marsden discusses comets at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics on May 20 at 8 p.m. Weather permitting, sky viewing will follow the free lecture. For information, call 617-495-7461 or visit www.cfa.harvard.edu. On May 6, Scott Edwards, curator of ornithology at the Museum of Comparative Zoology, speaks on avian evolutionary history at 6 p.m. at the Harvard Museum of Natural History. For details, call 617-495-3045 or visit www.hmnh.harvard.edu. The Arnold Arboretum offers free walking tours on each Saturday in May and on June 5 and 19 at 10:30 a.m. Tours are also scheduled on May 12 and 19 and on June 9 and 23 at 12:15 p.m. and on May 2, 9, and 23 and on June 13 and 27 at 1 p.m. No preregistration is necessary. Meet at the Hunnewell Building. For details, call 617-524-1718, ext. 100, or visit www.arboretum.harvard.edu.
FILM. The Harvard Film Archive presents two films by Japanese director Masahiro Shinoda, Double Suicide on May 14 at 8 p.m. and Spy Sorge on May 16 at 7 p.m. The director will attend both events. For details, call 617-495-4700 or visit www.harvardfilmarchive.org.
EXHIBITIONS. Bringing Japan to Boston: The Edward S. Morse Collection, an exhibition of Japanese ethnographic materials, opens at the Peabody Museum on May 20. For information, call 617-496-1027 or visit www.peabody.harvard.edu. Gary Schneider: Portraits, a retrospective of the photographer's work from the 1970s to the present, continues at the Arthur M. Sackler Museum through June 13. Vastly More Than Brick and Mortar: Reinventing the Fogg Art Museum in the 1920s opens at the Fogg Art Museum on May 29. For details, call 617-495-9400 or visit www.artmuseums.harvard.edu. George Balanchine and Modern Ballet, an exhibition marking the famous choreographer's centenary, continues at Pusey Library through May 28. For details, call 617-495-2445. Nathaniel Hawthorne at 200, an exhibition of letters, first editions, and the author's manuscript for The House of Seven Gables, opens in the Amy Lowell Room at Houghton Library on June 21. For details, call 617-495-2449.
MUSIC. The Harvard Wind Ensemble presents The Music of Eclectic Composers, a free concert, on May 1 at 1 p.m. on the Memorial Church steps. The Harvard Glee Club, Harvard-Radcliffe Collegium Musicum, and the Radcliffe Choral Society present their Arts First concert on May 7 at 8 p.m. The choral society presents its Farewell to Cambridge Concert on June 6 at 3 p.m. Both events are in Sanders Theatre. For tickets, call the Harvard Box Office at 617-496-2222 or visit www.fas.harvard.edu/~tickets.
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