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November-December 2006

Enjoy a range of offerings in and around Harvard Square this winter, from German folk dancing, Christmas carols, and a Da de los Muertos festival to contemporary Chinese art, French documentaries, and an exhibit on arthropods.

Seasonal

The Game
www.gocrimson.com

November 18, at noon Harvard Stadium



Jos Mateos Ballet Theatre
www.ballettheatre.org; 617-354-7467

December 8-24 The Nutcracker Company members perform this classic Christmas tale by Tchaikovsky. Sanctuary Theatre (the old Cambridge Baptist Church).



Harvard Glee Club and Radcliffe Choral Society
www.boxoffice.harvard.edu; 617-496-2222

December 9 at 8 p.m. Christmas/Holiday Concert. First Church Congregational, 10 Garden Street, Cambridge.


Harvard Ceramics Program Holiday Show and Sale
www.fas.harvard.edu/ceramics; 617-495-8680

December 14-17 The exhibit offers functional and sculptural work by more than 40 artists.



The Revels
www.revels.org

December 15-30 The show explores music, dance, and folklore from Germany and the Swiss Alps. Sanders Theatre


Memorial Church Christmas Carol Services
www.memorialchurch.harvard.edu; 617-495-5508

December 17, 5 p.m.; December 18, 8 p.m. The University community is invited on Sunday, the general public on Monday. The Christmas Eve service is at 11 p.m.

Left to right: An image on display in Nickel Theatres and Dime Museums at Pusey Library; The Farmer Takes a Wife, November 8 at the Harvard Film Archive; and a sign of protest from DISSENT! at the Fogg Art Museum, opening on November 11.
From left to right: Courtesy of the Harvard College Library; Courtesy of the Harvard University Film Archive; Courtesy of Harvard University Art Museums, President and Fellows of Harvard College

Libraries

www.hcl.harvard.edu/libraries

Pusey Library
617-495-2413

Closing December 22 Nickel Theatres and Dime Museums. Photographs, programs, tickets, advertisements, and other ephemera from curio halls and other public entertainment venues in nineteenth-century Boston. Harvard Theatre Collection.



Houghton Library
617-496-3359

Closing November 10 Leaves from Paradise examines two richly decorated leaves from the cult of John the Evangelist at the Dominican nunnery of Paradies bei Soest in Westfalia.

Closing December 22 Images of Congo: The Art and Ethnography of Anne Eisner Putnam, 1946-1958. The artist lived among Pygmies and documented their lives and legends for nine years in what was the Belgian Congo (now the Democratic Republic of Congo). (For details, go to this magazines September-October 2005 issue at www.harvardmagazine.com/on-line/090564.html.)

Continuing Leonard Bernsteins Boston. The exhibit explores the composers historic ties to musical and educational communities in and around the city.



Cabot Science Library

Continuing Envisioning the Landscape provides a geological glimpse of the New England countryside, notably Cape Ann, Marthas Vineyard, and parts of Maine.


Schlesinger Library
617-495-8647

Continuing Images of Women: Selections from the Collection of Sally Fox. The prolific photographer and researcher, who died in February, documented womens lives around the world.

Exhibitions

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

November 2, 5-8 p.m. Da de los Muertos. Music, food, and Mexican art are showcased in this annual celebration hosted in partnership with the Consulate of Mexico.

Opening November 15, 5-7 p.m. Michael Rockefeller: New Guinea Photographs, 1961. Opening night reception and book signing for this exhibit of black-and-white images that document the life of the Dani people in the Baliem Valley (today part of Indonesia), most of which have never been publically displayed. Rockefeller 60 took more than 3,500 photographs during the Peabody Museums New Guinea Expedition (1961-1963).

December 7, 5:30 p.m. The Voyage of the Hat: Captain Samuel Hill of Boston and the Collection of Lewis and Clark. Reception and lecture by Mary Malloy, of the museum studies program. 24 Oxford Street, Cambridge.

Continuing Noble Pursuit: The Duch ess 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.





Harvard Museum of Natural History
www.hmnh.harvard.edu; 617-495-1027

November 15, 6 p.m. Lecture and book signing by Dale Peterson, author of Writing the Life of Jane Goodall, who will discuss the special pleasures and perils of writing the life of a living person whose accomplishments are far from over. Free and open to the public. 24 Oxford Street, Cambridge.

Continuing Arthropods: Creatures That Rule is a multimedia exhibit that looks at how these creaturesinsects, spiders, crustaceans, and centipedeshave evolved over 500 million years. Includes fossils, specimens, photographs, and video presentations.

Continuing Looking at Landscape: Environmental Puzzles from Three Photographers. Visitors can decipher themes in American landscapes through noting scale, color, patterns, and other visual cues in works by Alex S. MacLean, Anne Whiston Spirn, and Camilo Jos Vergara.


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

Continuing The Houses of Ancient Israel: Domestic, Royal, Divine features a full-scale, furnished replica of a two-story Iron Age (ca. 1200-586 B.C.E.) village house; Nuzi and the Hurrians details everyday life in northern Mesopotamia ca. 1400 B.C.E. Also on display are ancient Cypriot artifacts from the Cesnola Collection.



Busch-Reisinger Museum
www.artmuseums.harvard.edu/busch; 617-495-2317

Closing December 10 Rembrandt and the Aesthetics of Technique. More than 30 drawings and prints from the Dutch master are on display, with a focus on pen strokes and other distinguishing techniques.

Continuing German Art from the 1980s. Major works by well-known and underappreciated artists.



Fogg Art Museum
www.artmuseums.harvard.edu/fogg; 617-495-9400/9422

Opening November 11 DISSENT! presents dozens of printed images that express resistance to religious, political, and social systems, demonstrating the role of printmaking in disseminating opinions.

Continuing A Public Patriotic MuseumArtworks and Artifacts from the Artemus Ward House. This exhibit includes paintings, prints, furniture, textiles, ceramics, and domestic and agricultural tools associated with Ward, commander of the colonial militia besieging Boston before the appointment of George Washington.



Sackler Museum
www.artmuseums.harvard.edu/sackler: 617-495-9400/9422

Closing November 19 Sharon Lockhart: Pine Flat. A film about the experience of childhood in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada Mountains of California, and 19 color photographs of the children.

Closing November 12 The New Chinese Landscape: Recent Acquisitions features a set of paintings depicting contemporary China that centers on artists who revitalize ancient motifs with modern techniques and styling.

Opening December 2 Overlapping Realms: Arts of the Islamic World and India, 900-1900. A sampling of art, primarily ceramics and metal work, produced by people inhabiting a region that stretched from southern Europe through South Asia.

Nature and Science

The Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics
www.cfa.harvard.edu/events.html; 617-495-7461.
Phillips Auditorium, 60 Garden Street.

November 16 at 7:30 p.m. Astronomer Lisa Kaltenegger talks about Epochs of Life during this observatory night.

December 7 at 7 p.m. At Family Nights Black Hole Explorers, learn about space science through games and imagery.

Theater

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

November 25 - December 17 The world premiere of Wings of Desire, directed and written by Wim Wenders, based on his eponymous film about a guardian angel weary of eternal life who falls in love with a lonely trapeze artist.

December 9 - January 13 The Onion Cellar, featuring the Dresden Dolls, a punk cabaret duo from Boston. Conceived by Amanda Palmer and Marcus Stern.

December 21 - January 14 The Importance of Being Earnest. The American premiere of the Oscar Wilde play as performed by Ridiculusmus, an avant-garde British group, directed by Jude Kelly.

Film

The Harvard Film Archive
http://hcl.harvard.edu/hfa; 617-495-4700
Visit the website for complete listings.

November 10-12 The 8th Annual Magners Irish Film Festival features the best of contemporary cinema from Ireland.

Through November 15 Centennial Starlets: Anna May Wong and Janet Gaynor looks at the intersecting careers of these women through films that include Daughter of Shanghai and The Farmer Takes a Wife.

November 26-29 Screening of five films by French director Nicolas Philibert, who will also be on hand to discuss his work. Includes To Be and To Have, the 2002 documentary about a one-room schoolhouse and an impassioned teacher.

Through December 13 The New German Cinema and Beyond features influential films from the 1960s and 1970s.



Schlesinger Library
www.radcliffe.edu/schles; 617-495-8647

December 6 at 6 p.m. Barbie Nation: An Unauthorized Tour (a documentary about the cult of Barbie by Susan Stern). Shown as part of the librarys Movie Night series. 10 Garden Street.

Music

Sanders Theatre
www.boxoffice.harvard.edu; 617-496-2222

November 3, at 8 p.m. The Harvard-Radcliffe Orchestra performs works by Prokofiev and Tchai kovsky.

November 4, at 8 p.m. Women and Song, features the Radcliffe Choral Society with the Cornell University Chorus.

December 1 at 8 p.m. The Harvard-Radcliffe Orchestra presents works by Strauss and Brahms.

December 2 at 8 p.m. The Harvard-Radcliffe Chorus performs Beethovens C Major Mass.

December 8 at 8 p.m. Harvard-Radcliffe Collegium Musicum Offers an all-Bach concert, with the Brattle Street Chamber Players.



The Harvard Baroque Chamber Orchestra
617-496-3192

December 1 at 8 p.m. New Music for Old Instruments includes premieres by Carson Cooman 04 and Julia Carey 08. Memorial Church.



Other Concerts
www.boxoffice.harvard.edu; 617-496-2222

November 3 at 8 p.m. The Sunday Jazz band and the Alumni Jazz Band perform Swing to Bop. Cabot House.

December 2 at 8 p.m. Latin American Music for Winds, by the Harvard Wind Ensemble. Lowell Hall.

December 9 at 8 p.m. Jazz with a Latin Tinge, the Harvard Jazz Bands with guest artist Bobby Sanabria. Lowell Hall.

Events listings also appear in the University Gazette, accessible via this magazines website, www.harvardmagazine.com.