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January-February 2009

Boston Ballet dancers perform from the <em>Black and White</em> program

Boston Ballet dancers perform from the Black and White program

Eric Antoniou/The Boston Ballet

Pottery and glass shards unearthed from excavations of the Harvard campus.

Pottery and glass shards unearthed from excavations of the Harvard campus.

Mark Craig/The Peabody Museum Of Archaeology And Ethnology (c)President And Fellows Of Harvard College

Picasso&rsquo;s <em>Mother and Child</em> on display at the Sackler Museum

Picasso’s Mother and Child on display at the Sackler Museum

Courtesy Of Harvard University Art Museum


The Arnold Arboretum
617-524-1718; Jamaica Plain, Boston

The arboretum offers classes, outings, exhibits, and lectures throughout the year. Check the website for detailed listings.

• January 20, 6:30-8:30 p.m.
The Carpenter Poets of Jamaica Plain, who write about their trade, read from their reflections on lumber and trees.

The Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics
617-495-7461; Phillips Auditorium, 60 Garden Street

• Lectures at 7:30 p.m.—“The Worldwide Telescope” on January 15 and “Galileo and the Invention of the Telescope” on February 19—followed by stargazing, weather permitting.



The Harvard Film Archive
Visit the website for complete listings.

• February 15-22: American director William Friedkin will be on hand during the screenings on February 20 and 21 to discuss his works, including The French Connection, The Exorcist, To Live and Die in L.A., The Boys in the Band, The Brink’s Job, Sorcerer, and Cruising.



The American Repertory Theatre; 617-547-8300
Loeb Drama Center

• January 10 through February 1: The Seagull by Anton Chekhov

• February 14 through March 15: Endgame by Samuel Beckett


The Harvard Dance Center (for tickets)
617-495-8683; 60 Garden Street

• February 5 at 7 p.m. The fifth annual Boston Ballet Talks features an informal discussion with artistic director Mikko Nissinen and dancers from the company, as well as the performance of excerpts from Ji?í Kylián’s Black and White ballets.


• February 20 at 8 p.m.; 617-496-2263
The Twelfth Annual Harvard Club of Boston Horblit Jazz Combo Festival features student ensembles performing original compositions and standards; professional critiques; and cash awards. Free and open to the public at the Harvard Club on Commonwealth.

• February 27-28 at 8 p.m.; Lowell Hall
The Festival of Women’s Choruses showcases the Radcliffe Choral Society, the Elm City Girls’ Chorus, and groups from Smith and Amherst Colleges.

Sanders Theatre

• January 17 at 7:30 p.m. A Joyful Noise Concert honors the legacy of the Reverend Martin Luther King Jr. Presented by the Cambridge Multicultural Arts Center.

• February 24 at 8 p.m. The Houghton Library Chamber Music Series offers selections by Sprezzatura from Heinrich Schütz’s Kleine Geistliche Konzerte.


The Harvard Art Museum

• Continuing: Re-View, at the Sackler Museum, offers a wide range of selected works from all three art museums.

Carpenter Center for the Arts

• Opening February 19: Corbu Pops, with a lecture, free and open to the public, at 6 p.m. Multimedia performance artist William Pope.L will talk about his newest installation, which investigates “modernism, utopia, nonsense, blackness, purity, and factory production,” and then perform with undergraduates.

Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology; 617-496-1027

• Continuing: Digging Veritas: The Archaeology and History of the Indian College and Student Life at Colonial Harvard. The exhibit displays finds to date and describes early life on campus.

Harvard Museum of Natural History

• Through February 8: Looking at Leaves: Photographs by Amanda Means invites a closer look at the beauty and diversity of the natural world.

• Through March 1: Sea Creatures in Glass reveals the exquisite artistry of Leopold and Rudolf Blaschka (creators of the Glass Flowers) in their many marine creatures, on display for the first time since Harvard acquired them in the late 1800s.

• Continuing: The Language of Color explores the many ways animals acquire and use this vivid means of communication. See "Animals Speak Color," November-December 2008, page 42)

The Semitic Museum

• Ancient Egypt: Magic and the Afterlife offers a distinct view of the hereafter.

• 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 dwelling.

Events listings also appear in the University Gazette.