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March-April 2006

Savor the sunshine and dabble in a variety of activities in and around Harvard Square this spring, ranging from a string of orchestral concerts and choral performances to acclaimed Russian films and exhibits of eclectic photomontages and vibrant watercolors.

SEASONAL

Mozart Celebration

http://hcs.harvard.edu/bachsoc/performances.html

Paine Hall

March 4, 8 p.m.

The Bach Society Orchestra celebrates the 250th birthday of Mozart by performing his Symphony No. 40 in G minor as well as Sinfonietta No. 1, a tribute to him, by Hector Villa-Lobos.

Spring Sing

www.fas.harvard.edu/~tickets

617-496-2222; Sanders Theatre

March 10, 8 p.m.

The Harvard Glee Club and Radcliffe Choral Society present their "Spring Tour Preview: From Canny to Uncanny," music from the Renaissance to the present.

Left to right: A performer in the Arts First 2005 Dance Festival; Highland Light, 1930, by Edward Hopper (1882-1967), from the forthcoming exhibition American Watercolors and Pastels, 1875-1950, at the Fogg Museum; oncologist Rita Marie Kelley, M.D., circa 1925, from the Countway Library

From left to right: Courtesy of Joanne Ciccarello/Arts First; David Mathews/Harvard University Art Museums, President and Fellows of Harvard College; the Harvard Medical Library in the Francis A. Countway Library of Medicine

Harvard Krokodiloes

March 17, 8 p.m.

www.fas.harvard.edu/~tickets

617-496-2222; Sanders Theatre

The a cappella group celebrates its sixtieth anniversary with a gala public concert featuring the current ensemble as well as alumni Kroks.

Arts First

May 4-7

617-495-8699; [email protected].

Plan ahead to enjoy the performance fair, dance festival, and colorful parade featuring undergraduate talent. Playwright Christopher Durang '71 is the 2006 Arts Medalist.

Nature and Science

The Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics

www.cfa.harvard.edu/events.html

617-495-7461. Phillips Auditorium, 60 Garden Street.

Stargaze after the lecture (weather permitting) during free observatory nights, on the third Thursday of every month.

March 16, 8 p.m.

"The Search for Extraterrestrial Life"

April 20, 8 p.m.

"Voyage to the Center of the Milky Way" (Doors open at 7:30; seating is unreserved.)

MUSIC

Sanders Theatre

www.fas.harvard.edu/~tickets

617-496-2222

March 3, 8 p.m.

The Harvard-Radcliffe Orchestra offers Respighi's "Pines of Rome," Dvorak's Symphony No. 7, and Mozart's Piano Concerto No. 24 in C Minor.

March 4, 8 p.m.

The Harvard-Radcliffe Collegium Musicum performs Mozart's C Minor Mass with the Orchestra of Emmanuel Music.

April 21, 8 p.m.

The Harvard-Radcliffe Orchestra presents Tchaikovsky's "Suite from Swan Lake," Wagner's Prelude and Liebestod from Tristan und Isolde, and the Brahms Violin Concerto, featuring Stefan Jackiw '07.

April 28, 8 p.m.

The Harvard-Radcliffe Chorus sings an all-Baroque concert featuring Vivaldi's "Gloria" and choral music by Handel.

April 30, 7:30 p.m.

The Boston Chamber Music Society presents a program that includes pieces by Ravel, Mahler, and Schubert.

Lowell Lecture Hall

March 3, 7:30 p.m.

The Kuumba Singers of Harvard offer "Soul Speak: Black Arts as Social Dialogue."

Theater

The American Repertory Theatre

www.amrep.org; 617-547-8300

Through March 25

Romeo and Juliet. Renowned Israeli director Gadi Roll makes his debut at the ART with Shakespeare's classic love story.

March 25-April 23

Orpheus X. Composer Rinde Eckert and director Robert Woodruff present a musical retelling of the legends.

Hasty Pudding Theatricals

www.hastypudding.org

Zero Arrow Theatre (at the ART)

Through March 19

Set in the 1930s, the Pudding's 158th show, Some Like It Yacht, unfolds aboard a transatlantic cruise liner that is mysteriously hijacked, leaving its crew of intriguing characters to seek the truth.

EXHIBITIONS AND EVENTS

Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology

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

Opening April 19, 5:30 p.m.

A Noble Pursuit: The Duchess of Mecklenburg Collection from Iron Age Slovenia. The exhibit tells the story of an unconventional woman while displaying many of the European artifacts she excavated prior to World War I. A reception follows a 5:30 p.m. lecture by Gloria Polizzotti Greis, author of a book on the topic.

March 16, 5:30 p.m.

Diet, Demography, Society: A 200,000-Year Record from the Mediterranean Basin. Lecture by Mary C. Stiner, associate professor of anthropology, University of Arizona, Tucson.

Yenching Institute, 2 Divinity Avenue

March 22, 5:30 p.m.

Tesseracts Between Futures and Past: Photography in Modern Korean History, 1900-1953. A reception with and lecture by Hyung Gu Lynn, chair in Korean research, University of British Columbia.

Yenching Institute, 2 Divinity Avenue

April 12, 5:30 p.m.

Isotopic Silk Road. A reception with and lecture by Noreen Tuross, Clay professor of scientific archaeology at Harvard.

Yenching Institute, 2 Divinity Avenue

Continuing: Reconfiguring Korea showcases former American GI Roger Marshut's photographs documenting U.S. reconstruction efforts and civilian life in Pusan in the 1950s.

Busch-Reisinger Museum

617-495-2317

March 11-May 21

Tempo, Tempo! The Photomontages of Marianne Brandt. This presentation of more than 30 images from European and American public and private collections showcases the artist's dynamic pictorial investigations of technology, gender roles, and entertainment culture.

Fogg Art Museum

617-495-9400/9422

Through March 12

French Drawings and Paintings. Approximately 35 eighteenth- and nineteenth-century works are on display for the first time since they were donated to the University Art Museums.

Opening April 8

American Watercolors and Pastels, 1875-1950. For the first time in decades, 50 of Harvard's most magnificent watercolors go on public display, including images by John Singer Sargent, Winslow Homer, Edward Hopper, and James McNeill Whistler.

Sackler Museum

617-495-9400/9422

Continuing: Frank Stella 1958 features 18 experimental works by one of the nation's leading postwar artists.

Continuing: The Tablet and the Pen: Drawings from the Islamic World explores drawing as an independent artistic medium with a special focus on Iran, India, and Turkey.

FILM

The Harvard Film Archive

www.harvardfilmarchive.org

Visit the website for complete listings.

617-495-4700

Mondays in March, 7 p.m.

The films of Russian director Andrei Tarkovsky, who won international acclaim with Solyaris and Nostalghia.

Mondays in April, 7 p.m.

Screenings of the films of Ousmane Sembne, one of Africa's best-known directors. Includes Emitai, Xala, and Moolade.

April 21-23

Visiting professor of visual arts and environmental studies Jan Schtte screens and discusses several of his films, including Bye Bye America,The Farewell, and his most recent work, SuperTex.

Sanders Theatre

March 3 and 7, 8:15 p.m

Premiere of Bachelor's College, which explores the toll of World War I on a group of young men. It stars Harvard undergraduates and was filmed on campus. Produced by Michael Van Devere.

LIBRARIES

Countway Medical Library

www.countway.med.harvard.edu

617-432-4807

March 1

The Role of Jews in the History of Medicine. Scholars of medieval history and Jewish studies speak at a symposium that highlights the rare Hyams collection of Jewish medical texts, including one of the first printings of Maimonides. The related exhibit is on display through March 3.

March 13 through April 20

Changing the Face of Medicine: Celebrating America's Women Physicians. www.countway.harvard.edu/rarebooks/awm.shtml; 617-432-6206

This nationally touring exhibit looks at Elizabeth Blackwell, the first woman to earn an M.D., as well as others who have struggled to gain access to the medical profession during the last 200 years.

Houghton Library

www.hcl.harvard.edu/libraries

617-495-2441

March 15-May 26

In celebration of the 400th anniversary of the publication of Don Quixote, the exhibition displays a varied selection of the works of Cervantes to be found among Houghton's holdings.

Through March 18

Disbound and Dispersed showcases 60 "leaf books" with manuscript and printed leaves ranging in date from the twelfth through the twentieth centuries.

March 30-May 26

Of Current Interest: Recent Research on Medieval and Renaissance Manuscripts highlights manuscripts that have been cited in scholarly literature in recent years and demonstrates the study of the humanities during the Middle Ages and the Renaissance.

Pusey Library 617-495-2413

Through March 31

Mapping California as an Island features a selection of French, Dutch, German and English maps and atlases, including the first depiction, in 1622, of the west coast of North America.

Through April 21

British Theatrical Caricatures from Hogarth to Cruikshank showcases the lively disputes, scandals, and personalities of the British stage as satirized in 100 prints by renowned eighteenth-century artists and their lesser-known contemporaries.

LECTURES

The Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study

www.radcliffe.edu; 617-495-8212

March 14, 4 p.m.

"Flights from Attack and Atrocity: The Impact of War-Induced Violence against Women," by Irene Khan, secretary general of Amnesty International.

Cronkhite living room, 6 Ash Street

April 6, 4:30 p.m.

"Gender, Genes, and Genesis,"by Columbia Law School professor Patricia Williams.

Askwith Lecture Hall, Radcliffe Yard

Events listings also appear in the University Gazette.