A full slate of events can be found in and around the University this season, ranging from English Restoration comedy, science-fiction films, and German artists to nature walks, the Kuumba Singers, and ballet theater. This sampler offers something for everyone seeking insight, culture, or spectacle in Harvard Square.
November 20 at home
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Harvard-Yale Football Concert
November 19 at 8 p.m. • Fans eager to start the festivities early may attend the annual concert, featuring the Harvard Glee Club. Sanders Theatre.
The Kuumba Singers Christmas Concerts
December 10 and 11 at 8 p.m. • Sanders Theatre. Free; tickets required.
The Radcliffe Choral Society and Harvard Glee Club
December 11 at 8 p.m. • First Church Congregational, Cambridge
Christmas Carols at Memorial Church
December 19 at 5 p.m.; December 20 at 8 p.m. • Admission is free; doors open one hour before the service. Members of the Harvard community are invited to attend the event on Sunday, and the general public is encouraged to come on Monday. The Christmas Eve service is at 11 p.m.
The American Repertory Theatre
November 27 to December 22 • The Provok'd Wife, by Sir John Vanbrugh. Mark Wing-Davey directs this zesty English Restoration comedy about a wealthy couple spicing up their marriage.
The Harvard Film Archive
November 2-16 • Adventures in Surrealism. The series includes screenings of Joseph Cornell's Rose Hobart and Luis Buñuel's L'age d'or and The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie, and an evening of shorts by Maya Deren.
November 7 • Director and visiting lecturer Gina Kim screens and discusses her work, Invisible Light.
NATURE AND SCIENCE
The Arnold Arboretum
Free, guided walking tours are offered in November; classes and workshops take place in November and December.
www.arboretum.harvard.edu; 617-524-1718, ext. 162
The Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics
Free observatory nights on the third Thursday of every month. Also on tap are "Sci-Fi Movie Nights," which include:
November 12 • Silent Running
December 4 • Independence Day
and two lectures, in conjunction with the observatory nights:
November 18 • "Misunderstood Universe"
December 16 • "Mysteries of Titan"
November 5 at 8 p.m. • Harvard-Radcliffe Collegium Musicum sings Tomás Luis de Victoria's Requiem
November 12-13, times TBA • Festival of Women's Choruses (The Radcliffe Choral Society is joined by voices from Wellesley, Vassar, Mount Holyoke, and Cornell).
December 3 at 8 p.m. • The Harvard-Radcliffe Orchestra presents music of Yannatos and Bartók.
December 4 at 8 p.m. • The Harvard-Radcliffe Chorus celebrates its twenty-fifth anniversary with an all-Mozart concert.
All concerts are at 8 p.m.
November 5 • The Harvard Sunday Jazz Ensemble
December 4 • The Harvard Wind Ensemble
December 11 • The Harvard Jazz Bands
Through January 2 • Dependent Objects, works by modern German artists.
Fogg Art Museum
Through January 30 • Prints: System, Style, and Subject examines the uniqueness of printmaking.
Through January 2 • Selections from Harvard's Calderwood Collection of Islamic Art. More than 40 Persian works spanning 1,000 years are on display, including many that have never been shown publicly before.
Opens December 23 • Japanese Calligraphy and Painting
Continuing • Masterworks of East Asian Painting. A selection of works on paper and silk.
Carpenter Center for Visual Studies
Opens November 19 • Huyghe + Corbusier: The Harvard Project focuses on the center's design by the legendary architect; reception with the artist, Pierre Huyghe, 6-8 p.m.
Through November 19 • Fabulous Histories: Indigenous Anomalies in American Art. Contemporary masterworks on display explore the relationship between self-taught and mainstream art-instruction styles.
The Houses of Ancient Israel: Domestic, Royal, Divine includes a full-size, two-story replica of a village home.
Harvard Museum of Natural History
Origins: Life's First Three Billion Years. The exhibit examines ancient microscopic life and its evolution, which sparked a biological revolution. Special classes and workshops for adults and children are also offered this winter.
Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology
Opens December 1 (reception 5-7 p.m.) • IMAZIGHEN! Beauty and Artisanship of Berber Life. A show of cultural artifacts such as leatherwork, jewelry, and textiles, made by the North African tribal group.
Continuing • Field Photography: The Marsh Arabs of Iraq 1934.
At Lamont Library:
Through December 31 • Harvard Poets: 1900-1945, a display of photographs and early writings by T.S. Eliot, Robert Frost, and Stanley Kunitz, among others. 617-495-2455
November 18 at 5:30 p.m. • Prize-winning poet, novelist, and art historian Michael Fried reads from his work. 617-495-2454
At Pusey Library:
Opens November 1 • Lots and Lots Early Maps of Parts of Boston and Cambridge from the Harvard Map Collection. 617-495-2417
Through November 24 • Russian Theatrical Designs. Costumes and sets from theater, ballet, and opera productions, from the Harvard Theatre Collection. See "Designs for the Dance." 617-495-2445
THE SQUARE AND BEYOND
Pro Arte Chamber Orchestra
November 28 at 3 p.m., at Sanders Theatre • Premiere of Philip Glass's piano concerto celebrating the Lewis and Clark bicentennial.
José Mateo's Ballet Theatre
November 26-December 19 • The Nutcracker. Performed at the Sanctuary Theatre (Old Cambridge Baptist Church).
December 10-28 at Sanders Theatre • The show pays tribute to French-Canadien musical and dance traditions.
Events listings also appear in the University Gazette.
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