New England Regional
• April 30 to May 3
The annual Arts First festival, free and open to the public, offers an undergraduate Smörgåsbord of dances, concerts, plays, and other performances. President Drew Faust honors this year’s Arts Medalist, poet John Ashbery ’49, Litt.D. ’01, at the New College Theatre (10-12 Holyoke Street) on April 30 at 5 p.m. Tickets at www.boxoffice.harvard.edu, or call 617-496-2222.
Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts
• March 12 to April 12, with an opening-night lecture by the artist at 6 p.m.
Agnes Varda: Les Veuves de Noirmoutier (The Widows of Noirmoutier) features her 2004 video installation. Note: Varda will also lecture at screenings at the Harvard Film Archive, March 13-16. See www.harvardfilmarchive.org for further details.
• Continuing: Re-View
Some 600 works are on display from different parts of the University’s collection.
Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology
• Opening April 3, with a lecture by Mayflower author Nathaniel Philbrick at 5:30 p.m.
Wiyohpiyata: Lakota Images of the Contested West highlights drawings by Plains Indian warriors recovered from the Little Big Horn battle field.
• Opening April 29, with a book signing and gallery talk by the artist at 5 p.m.
Avenue Patrice Lumumba: Photographs by Guy Tillim explores the colonial architecture of Angola, Mozambique, Congo, and Madagascar.
Harvard Museum of Natural History
• Opening April 18
Evolution offers visitors a comprehensive look at where we come from. On April 16 at 6 p.m., paleontologist Neil Shubin, Ph.D. ’87, talks about his discovery of the 375-million-year-old Tiktaalik roseae, on display.
Nature and Science
The Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics
617-495-7461. 60 Garden Street.
• March 19 and 26 at 7:30 p.m.
Lectures and rooftop viewing.
The Harvard Film Archive
Visit the website for complete listings.
• April 11-12
Life at Street-Level: The Films of Ramin Bahrani includes Good-Bye Solo and a discussion with the Iranian-American director.
The Harvard Dance Center
• April 16-18, 8 p.m.
The ninth annual Viewpointe concert features works inspired by the Ballets Russes. New College Theatre. Tickets required.
Pusey Library 617-495-2413/2445
• Opening April 15
Diaghilev’s Ballets Russes, 1909-1929: Twenty Years That Changed the World. An April 15-17 symposium and performances are cosponsored with the Office for the Arts. Registration required.
Houghton Library 617-496-4027
• Closing April 25
Harvard’s Lincoln celebrates the presidential bicentennial with a display of books, prints, ephemera, and other artifacts. Registration is required for the April 24-25 symposium, Abraham Lincoln at 200: Perspectives on His Life and Legacy.
• Opening May 5
“Ever Westward”: Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and American Culture honors the sesquicentennial of the author’s birth. Related events are planned; see the website for symposium details and registration.
The American Repertory Theatre
• March 25 through April 22
Trojan Barbie follows a doll-repair expert who goes on vacation, only to find herself in the midst of an epic conflict.
Sanders Theatre/Lowell Hall
617-496-2222. All concerts are at 8 p.m.
• April 17
Harvard-Radcliffe Orchestra performs Mozart and Brahms in its final concert with retiring conductor James Yannatos.
• April 18
The Harvard Jazz Bands will honor jazz master and Boston native Roy Haynes.
• April 25
The Harvard-Radcliffe Chorus performs Mozart’s Requiem.
• April 25
The Sunday Jazz Band and Harvard Wind Ensemble present a program of American Music—works by Copland, Davis, Ellington, and Bernard Rodgers. (Lowell Lecture Hall)
Events listings also appear in the University Gazette.