The diverse array of activities offered in and around Harvard Square this winter ranges from Turkish films, holiday concerts, and stargazing to exhibits on Sherlock Holmes and Peruvian pottery.


• November 14, 7:30 p.m.

Cambridge Society for Early Music
www.csem.org; 617-489-2062
Lutenist Hopkinson Smith ’70. Adolphus Busch Hall.

• November 19, 12:30 p.m.

The Game is in New Haven this year.

• November 25-December 18

José Mateo’s Ballet Theatre
www.ballettheatre.org; 617-354-7467
The Nutcracker
Sanctuary Theatre (Old Cambridge Baptist Church).

Left to right: Figures from The Moche of Ancient Peru at the Peabody Museum; Aspens after Morning Rain (in Ashley National Forest in Utah), by Robert Turner, on display at the Harvard Museum of Natural History; Paul Robeson as Othello at the Harvard Theatre Collection, Pusey Library.

From left to right: Courtesy of the Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology; Robert Turner / Harvard Museum of Natural History; The Harvard Theatre Collection Harvard College Library

• December 9, 8 p.m.

Kuumba Singers’ Annual Christmas Concert
www.fas.harvard.edu/~tickets; 617-496-2222; Memorial Church in Harvard Yard.

• December 9, 8 p.m.

Harvard Krokodiloes and Harvard Callbacks holiday concert
www.fas.harvard.edu/~tickets; 617-496-2222; Sanders Theatre.

• December 10, 8 p.m.

Radcliffe Choral Society and Harvard Glee Club holiday concert
www.fas.harvard.edu/~tickets; 617-496-2222; First Church Congregational in Cambridge.

• December 18, 5 p.m.; December 19, 8 p.m.

Memorial Church Christmas Carol Services

Members of the University community are invited to attend the service held on Sunday; the general public is encouraged to attend on Monday evening. Admission is free; an offering for charity will be collected. The Christmas Eve service begins at 11 p.m.

• December 16-30

The Revels
www.revels.org; 617-496-2222

The group celebrates its thirty-fifth season with a medieval-themed show.


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

Stargaze during free observatory nights, on the third Thursday of every month.

• November 5, 7 p.m. (rain date, Nov. 12)

Telescopic viewing and lecture on “The Armchair Guide to Viewing Mars,” with Eileen Myers, former president of the Amateur Telescope Makers of Boston.

• November 17, 7 p.m.

Panel discussion on “The Challenges and Rewards for Women in Science.” Harvard University Science Center. Room TBA.


Harvard Early Music Society
[email protected]; 617-496-2222; Agassiz Theatre.

• November 10-12, 8 p.m.

Operas by Marc-Antoine Charpentier.

Sanders Theatre

• November 4, 8 p.m.

The Radcliffe Choral Society and Harvard-Radcliffe Collegium Musicum perform motets of Josquin Des Prés and contemporary pieces from Great Britain.

• November 9, 8 p.m.

The Helsinki Akademen and Harvard Glee Club offer Scandinavian and American choral works.

• December 2 and 3, 8 p.m.

The Harvard-Radcliffe Chorus and Orchestra present Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 and Haydn’s Te Deum.

Lowell Hall
www.fas.harvard.edu/~tickets; 617-496-2222

• December 3, 8 p.m.

Harvard Wind Ensemble

• December 10, 8 p.m.

Harvard Jazz Bands, “Such Sweet Thunder,” with guest artist Don Byron.


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

• November 16-20

the UnPOSSESSED. Loosely based on Don Quixote, this original work directed by Stacy Klein combines drama, live music, and circus arts and was created in response to the events of September 11.

• November 26-January 1

Anton Chekhov’s classic tale of eroding hopes, Three Sisters, is directed by Krystian Lupa, of Poland.


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

• Opening November 5

Robert Turner: Rare Places in a Rare Light features large-format, richly colored images of the American landscape.

Continuing: Climate Change: Our Global Experiment showcases cutting-edge research on climate, global warming, and the effect of human life on the planet. For young children, “Saturday Scholars” offers hands-on workshops such as “Dinosaur ABCs,” “Super Skeletons,”and “African Adventures.” For children aged seven through 11, there are art and science clubs. For reservations, call 617-495-2341.

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

• November 2, 5-8 p.m.

Live marimba music, the work of two Mexican artists, and food and drinks are on hand to celebrate Día de Los Muertos. Admission is free.

Continuing: The Moche of Ancient Peru looks at one of Peru’s oldest civilizations through its ceramic figurines and other art works.

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

Continuing: Houses of Ancient Israel: Domestic, Royal and Divine explores home life in an ancient agricultural society.

Fogg Art Museum

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

• Opening December 17

French Drawings and Paintings. Approximately 35 eighteenthand nineteenth-century works are on display for the first time since they were donated to the University museums by the late Charles E. Dunlap ’30.

Sackler Museum

• Opening November 19

Evocative Creatures: Animal Motifs and Symbols in East Asian Art is a collection of paintings, ceramics, jades, and textiles that explore the role of pets, wild animals, and fantastical creatures alike.

Through November 27: Degas at Harvard offers 62 works by the artist, shown together for the first time. The exhibit also examines U.S. attitudes toward Degas and Harvard’s role in his career.

Museum of Fine Arts

• Through December 31

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.


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

• November 12

Screening of Darwin’s Nightmare, which explores the effects of globalization on Lake Victoria in Africa; and discussion with its Belgian director, Hubert Sauper.

• November 25-26

Contemporary Turkish Documentaries is copresented with the tenth annual Boston Turkish Festival: www.bostonturkishfestival.org. Screenings include The Legendary Girl of the Skies: Sabhia Gökçen, the story of the world’s first female combat pilot. In English.


Houghton Library 617-495-2441

• November 1-30

Sherlock Holmes at Harvard. First and early editions of the canon, an autographed manuscript, and other Sherlockiana.

• December 1-23

Hans Christian Andersen at 200. A newly acquired Fairy Tales, Told for Children plus richly illustrated editions of the author’s stories.

Pusey Library 617-495-2413

Continuing: The Harvard Theatre Collection exhibit, Paul Robeson as Othello, includes original documents and photographs from the 1943 production.

Schlesinger Library 617-495-6882

Continuing: A Call to American Women: Responses to War examines the roles of women in wartime. In addition, on November 3-4, The Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study hosts a conference entitled “In the War Zone: How Does Gender Matter?” The event is free and open to the public, but registration is required. For information call 617495-8600, or visit www.radcliffe.edu/events/conferences/war_zone.

Events listings also appear in the University Gazette.

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