Harvard Square offers something for everyone this fall: saunter down to the Charles River and join an ad hoc community choir as they light up the Weeks Footbridge, learn the latest about animal sexuality at the Cabot Science Library, watch Olympic skaters cut the ice at the Bright Hockey Center, or simply let the words of Peruvian poet César Vallejo wash over you during an evening reading at Lamont Library.

Listings by category:


RiverSing 2007: Bridging the Charles with Voice and Light
www.revels.org; 617-972-8300, extension 22

  • September 23 at 5 p.m. Join Revels Inc. for this free event on the Weeks Footbridge in Cambridge. The procession begins at Winthrop Park.


  • October 7, noon-6 p.m. The twenty-ninth annual Oktoberfest features street performances, live music, dancing, and food from around the world , as well as wares from more than 250 artisans and merchants. New this year is the “Honk!” stage—traveling street bands—and a “Mamapalooza” pavilion showcasing moms who rock.

An Evening With Champions
www.aneveningwithchampions.org; 617-493-8172

  • October 12 at 8 p.m.; October 13 at 7 p.m. Organized by Harvard undergraduates, the annual ice-skating show An Evening with Champions raises money for the  Dana-Farber Cancer Institute’s Jimmy Fund. Bright Hockey Center.

Head of the Charles

  • October 20-21 Trek down to the river to watch athletes from around the world race in the annual two-day Head of the Charles regatta.



Pusey Library

  • Continuing: Family Album: The Roosevelts at Home features images from Sagamore Hill
  • Opening September 11: A Celebration of Charts: Two Hundred Years of the U.S. Coast Survey highlights rare and exotic nautical documents.

Lamont Library

  • October 18 at 7 p.m. The poems of Peruvian César Vallejo (1892-1938) are read by award-winning translator Clayton Eshleman. Woodberry Poetry Room.

Cabot Science Library
617-495-5324 or 496-5534

  • Opening October 15: Baby Flamingo Has Two Daddies: Sex, Gender, and Sexuality in the Animal Kingdom features biological research suggesting that sex and gender roles among animals are more fluid than previously thought.


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

  • October 5-7: Storied Walls: Murals of the Americas is a weekend of lectures and tours related to murals found in churches, sacred grounds, and ceremonial rooms. Children’s programming is included.
  • Opening October 25: “A Good Type” showcases early Japanese photographs. Among them, tinted scenes of kimono-clad geishas, samurai warriors, and delicate cherry blossoms. A curator’s talk starts at 5:45 p.m.
  • Continuing: Vanished Kingdoms: The Wulsin Photographs of Tibet, China, and Mongolia, 1921–1925.
  • Continuing: The Ethnography of Lewis and Clark, with items such as bear-claw ornaments, a painted buffalo robe, women’s dresses, and a whaling chief’s hat.

Semitic Museum

  • Continuing: Ancient Egypt: Magic and the Afterlife shows visitors some ancient views of life after death.
  • Continuing: The Houses of Ancient Israel: Domestic, Royal, Divine features a full-scale replica of an Iron Age (ca. 1200-586 B.C.E.) village house.

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

  • Opening September 28: Looking at Animals: Photographs by Henry Horenstein offers a rich collection of sepia-toned close-ups of creatures from the land and sea.
  • Continuing: Climate Change: Our Global Experiment is an insider’s look at the science of climate.
  • Continuing: Nests and Eggs explores the world of birds’ eggs.

Fogg Art Museum

  • Opening October 6:Kara Walker: Harper’s Pictorial History of the Civil War (Annotated). To commemorate the inauguration of University president Drew Faust, this exhibit includes Walker’s silhouettes silkscreened onto 15 prints from the 1866 publication.

Sackler Museum

  • Opening September 22: Gods in Color: Painted Sculptures of Classical Antiquity displays full-scale color reconstructions of Greek and Roman figures juxtaposed with original statues and reliefs in the colorless state we find today.

Busch-Reisinger Museum

  • Through November 4: Light Display Machines: Two Works by Láászlóó Moholy-Nagy offers the artist’s seminal kinetic sculpture, Light Prop for an Electric Stage (1930), and his short, experimental film Light Play: Black White Gray, with choreographed sequences, double exposures, and special effects.
  • Continuing: Making Myth Modern: Primordial Themes in German 20th-Century Sculpture. Eight dramatic pieces by artists such as Max Beckmann, Joseph Beuys, and Gerhard Marcks.


The Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics
www.cfa.harvard.edu/events; 617-495-7461.
Phillips Auditorium,  60 Garden Street. Lectures and rooftop viewing (weather permitting).

  • September 20 at 7:30 p.m. “Astronomy for Kids of All Ages.”
  • October 18 at 7:30 p.m. “Fifty Years and Counting: The Dawn of the Space Age.”


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

  • October 16-21: The Veiled Monologues, by Adelheid Roosen, is based on interviews with Turkish women in Holland and their perspectives on intimacy, sexuality, and love.
  • October 27 through November 18: Donnie Darko. Directed by Marcus Stern, this is a new adaptation of the 2001 cult film classic about a troubled teenager who meets a giant rabbit who tells him of the world’s end during the 1988 presidential campaign.


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

  • September 7-10: Ousmane Sembene–In Memoriam looks at the work of this Senegalese filmmaker.
  • October 19-29: Michael Haneke: A Cinema of Provocation examines the Austrian director, whose works include Cache and The Piano Teacher.


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

  • October 19 at 8 p.m. The Harvard Glee Club joins the Princeton Glee Club and the Choir of St. George’s Chapel, Windsor, England, for a concert.
  • October 26 at 8 p.m. The Harvard Jazz Band, Harvard University Band, and Harvard Wind Ensemble perform works commemorating the one-hundredth birthday of composer Leroy Anderson ’29, A.M. ’30.
  • October 27 at 8 p.m. The Harvard-Radcliffe Orchestra has chosen to celebrate its two-hundredth year with a program that includes Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony and Gustav Holst’s suite The Planets.

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