A full slate of events can be found throughout the University this season, ranging from South African plays, Japanese calligraphy, and Viennese art to European films, ice skating, and college bands celebrating hockey's Beanpot. This sampler offers something for everyone seeking enrichment in and around Harvard Square.


Ice Skating at the Charles Hotel

www.charleshotel.com; 617-864-1200

January and February • The new 54-foot-square ice rink next to the Harvard Square hotel is open from noon until 7:30 p.m. daily. Skating fees are $5 for adults and $3 for children younger than 12. Skates may be rented for $5.


Left to right: A reconstruction of Ole Worm's museum, in an exhibit at the Collection of Historical Scientific Instruments; actor and playwright John Kani in Nothing But the Truth at the ART; detail of Josef Hoffmann's "As though my body were naught but ciphers, " at the Busch-Reisinger.
From left to right: Courtesy of the Collection of Historical Scientific Instruments, reconstruction by Rosamond Purcell, photograph by Dennis W. Purcell; courtesy of the A.R.T.; courtesy of the Harvard University Art Museums, © President and Fellows of Harvard College


The American Repertory Theatre

www.amrep.org; 617-547-8300

The theater's South African Festival celebrates that country's burgeoning dramatic arts through films, lectures, and three plays: The Syringa Tree (through January 16), Foreign Aids (January 5-23) and Nothing But the Truth (January 21-30).

The Far Side of the Moon (February 4-27), written and directed by Robert Lepage, with music by Laurie Anderson, is a fantastical voyage into space.

The Hasty Pudding Theatricals

www.hastypudding.org; 617-495-5205

February 17 to March 20 • The 157th Pudding show, Terms of Frontierment, may be the last at the group's longtime home at 12 Holyoke Street.



The Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics

www.cfa.harvard.edu/events.html; 617-495-7461

Free observatory nights on the third Thursday of every month.

The Collection of Historical Scientific Instruments


Through January 14 • Bringing Nature Inside examines attitudes toward natural history in the 1600s.


The Harvard Film Archive

www.harvardfilmarchive.org; 617-495-4700

January 21-31 • The fifth New Films From Europe Festival features innovative work from across the continent.



The Harvard Wind Ensemble

www.hcs.harvard.edu/~hwe; 617-496-2222

February 20 at 3 p.m. • Harvard hosts the Boston Beanpot Band Concert at Sanders Theatre.



Busch-Reisinger Museum

www.artmuseums.harvard.edu; 617-495-9400/9422

Opening February 12Crises of Representation in Fin-de-Siècle Vienna presents works in various media from the turn of the twentieth century.

Fogg Art Museum

Through January 30Prints: System, Style, and Subject examines the uniqueness of printmaking.

Sackler Museum

Opening January 22The Sport of Kings: The Art of the Hunt in Iran and India explores the age-old tradition through paintings, ceramics, decorative arts, and weaponry.

Continuing Japanese Calligraphy and Painting and Masterworks of East Asian Painting.

Carpenter Center for Visual Studies

www.ves.fas.harvard.edu; 617-495-3251

Through January 7Retrospection under Duress, Reprise surveys the diverse artwork of faculty member Stephen Prina.

Semitic Museum

www.fas.harvard.edu/~semitic; 617-495-4631

ContinuingThe Houses of Ancient Israel: Domestic, Royal, Divine includes a full-scale, two-story replica of a village home. Nuzi and the Hurrians: Fragments from a Forgotten Past depicts life in northern Mesopotamia.

Harvard Museum of Natural History

www.hmnh.harvard.edu; 617-495-3045

Continuing Origins: Life's First Three Billion Years. The exhibit examines ancient microscopic life and its evolution.

Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology

www.peabody.harvard.edu; 617-495-1027

Continuingimazighen! Beauty and Artisanship of Berber Life. Cultural artifacts made by the North African tribal group.




Pusey Library

Opening January 12 • The Harvard Theatre Collection presents 100 Theatrical Photographs by Angus McBean (1904-1990) that capture moments from important productions with Laurence Olivier, John Gielgud, and Vivien Leigh, among others. 617-495-2445

Houghton Library

Opening January 19 Proprietà del Coreografo Antonio Pallerini, a collection of nineteenth-century librettos, manuscript scores, and production notes for more than a dozen ballets produced in Italy. 617-495-2455


Events listings also appear in the University Gazette.

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