The University and its environs offer a robust mix of activities this fall, ranging from watching boat races on the Charles River and feasting on bratwurst in the Square to viewing rare images by Ansel Adams and attending a reading by President Lawrence H. Summers of Aaron Copland’s Lincoln Portrait with the Harvard-Radcliffe Orchestra.



• September 18, 1-5 p.m.
www.peabody.harvard.edu; 617-495-1027

Harvard Museums Community Day features family activities, performances, and gallery tours at all six of the University museums. Admission is free.

Champions on Ice
Courtesy of Champions on Ice

• October 2, noon-6 p.m.

The 27th annual Oktoberfest transforms Harvard Square into an open-air party with street performers, live music, dancing, international cuisine, and wares from more than 250 artisans and merchants.

• October 14 at 8 p.m.; October 15 at 7 p.m.
www.aneveningwithchampions.org; 617-493-8172

The ice-skating exhibition An Evening with Champions, organized by Harvard undergraduates, takes place at the Bright Hockey Center. Hosted by Olympic champion Paul Wylie ’90, M.B.A. ’00, the event raises money for the Jimmy Fund of the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute.

• October 22-23

Pack a picnic and head down to the river to watch scullers from around the world compete in the annual two-day Head of the Charles regatta.

Left to right: Making merry at Harvard Square’s Oktoberfest; a detail of George Baselitz’s Triangle, 1991, from Stratification, opening September 17 at the Busch-Reisinger; an unknown movie-studio “star” appears in Girls on Film through September 18 at the Carpenter Center for Visual Studies.

From left to right: Oktoberfest; Harvard University Art Museums, ©President and Fellows of Harvard College



The Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics
www.cfa.harvard.edu/events.html; 617-495-7461

Hear a lecture and star-gaze during free observatory nights, on the third Thursday of every month.



Sanders Theatre
www.fas.harvard.edu/~tickets; 617-496-2222

• October 21 at 8 p.m.

The Harvard/Princeton Football Concert features the universities’ glee clubs performing folk songs, sacred works, and Harvardiana.

• October 28 at 8 p.m.

The 86th Annual Dartmouth Concert showcases three Crimson ensembles: the Harvard Jazz Band, Harvard Wind Ensemble, and Harvard University Band.

• October 29 at 8 p.m.

The Harvard-Radcliffe Orchestra plays Aaron Copland’s Lincoln Portrait (featuring President Lawrence H. Summers reading the text) and Igor Stravinsky’s The Rite of Spring.



Harvard Museum of Natural History
www.hmnh.harvard.edu; 617-495-3045

• Opening October 2

Climate Change: Our Global Experiment is a multimedia display on the modern climate that includes depictions of past and future scenarios using the latest research from University scientists and other scholars from around the globe.

Continuing: Thoreau’s Walden: A Journey in Photographs by Scot Miller.

Editor’s Note: The museum is seeking volunteers for a variety of jobs, including that of gallery guide. For information, e-mail drampton@oeb.harvard.edu or call 617-384-718.

Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology
www.peabody.harvard.edu; 617-495-1027

• Opening October 21

The Moche of Ancient Peru examines one of that country’s oldest civilizations through its ceramic art works.

Carpenter Center for Visual Studies
www.ves.fas.harvard.edu; 617-495-3251

• Through September 18

Girls on Film looks at some 60 images of female studio workers who posed for films in production or “test strip images.”

Busch-Reisinger Museum
www.artmuseums.harvard.edu 617-495-9400/9422

• Opening September 17

Stratification: An Installation of Works since 1960 centers on seven important contemporary works.

Sackler Museum

Continuing: Degas at Harvard offers 62 works by the artist, shown together for the first time. The exhibit also reveals attitudes toward Degas in the United States and Harvard’s role in his career.

Continuing: Silver and Shawls: India, Europe, and the Colonial Art Market highlights the evolution of textiles and luxury wares.

Fogg Art Museum

• Through October 30

A New Kind of Historical Evidence. Selected works from the Carpenter Center’s 28,000 prints and negatives question the true nature of photography.

Museum of Fine Arts

• Opening August 21

Ansel Adams offers 180 images from the 1920s through the 1970s drawn from the private collection of the late William H. Lane ’37 and his wife, Saundra B. Lane.


The Harvard Film Archive
www.harvardfilmarchive.org; 617-495-4700

• September 9 through October 5

A selection of feature films and documentaries by French director Louis Malle.

• September 30 – October 10

A retrospective of works by Japanese director Mikio Naruse.




Schlesinger Library

• Opening October 1

Women and War scrutinizes the roles of women in wartime, using photographs, posters, letters, diaries, and even a piece of a plane that was shot down over France in World War II. In addition, the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study will host a two-day conference, on November 3-4, entitled “In the War Zone: How Does Gender Matter?” The free event is open to the public, but registration is required. For details, call 617-495-8600, or visit www.radcliffe.edu/events/conferences/war_zone.


At the ART
Courtesy of the ART


The American Repertory Theatre
www.amrep.org; 617-547-8300

• September 3 through October 8

Georges Bizet’s classic love triangle, Carmen, unfolds as a chamber opera.

• October 14 through November 12

The ART presents the English-language premiere of The Keening, by Colombian writer and actor Humberto Dorado. Set in a remote village struggling with guerilla forces, the tale centers on a family’s ties to a drug cartel.


Events listings also appear in the University Gazette.


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