Do-it-yourself cuneiform at the Peabody Museum’s Wonders of Writing family event
A painting by Ricardo Maldonado from <i>All Around Us,</i> at the Arnold Arboretum
<i>Bankers Receive News from a Dak Runner</i> (detail), India, c. 1850, at the Harvard Art Museums
Denizens of <i>New England Forests,</i> a new permanent exhibit at the Harvard Museum of Natural History
The Harvard Film Archive screens a  restored print of Rainer Werner Fassbinder’s sci-fi thriller <i>World on a Wire</i> in July.


The Farmers' Market at Harvard


In Cambridge:

Tuesdays, noon-6 p.m. (rain or shine)

Lawn between the Science Center and Memorial Hall, at the corner of Oxford and Kirkland streets.

In Allston:

Fridays, 3-7 P.M.

Corner of North Harvard Street and Western Avenue.

Organized by Harvard University Dining Services, this outdoor market runs through October, emphasizing local goods—fresh produce, baked treats, jams, herbs (from Gilson's Farm, see "Rustic Charms"), chocolates, and cheeses—and sponsoring cooking demonstrations and other events.




American Repertory Theater


617-547-8300 (box office)

• August 17 through October 2

The Gershwins' Porgy and Bess. This classic American story premiered at the Colonial Theater in Boston in 1935 and now returns featuring Audra McDonald, Norm Lewis, and David Alan Grier under the direction of Diane Paulus.

Loeb Drama Center, 64 Brattle Street.

Continuing: The Donkey Show, a high-energy Studio 54 adaptation of A Midsummer Night's Dream featuring chiseled male fairies, an acrobatic Titania, and a cross-gendered mix-up of lovers. Wear your 1970s-era attire and prepare to "boogie...on down!"

Oberon Theater, 2 Arrow Street.




Harvard Summer Pops Band

• July 28 at 4 P.M. in Harvard Yard

• July 31 at 3 p.m. at the Hatch Shell on the Charles River Esplanade in Boston

Concerts are free and open to the public.

Harvard Summer School Chorus

• August 5 at 8 p.m. Sanders Theatre.

Harvard Summer School Orchestra

• August 6 at 8 p.m. Sanders Theatre.

Both concerts are free and open to the public.



Nature and Science

The Arnold Arboretum

www.arboretum.harvard.edu; 617-384-5209

• July 30 through September 11, with an artist's reception on August 3, 6 - 8 p.m.

All Around Us features works by self-taught painter Ricardo Maldonado, who captures the ever-changing character of trees through varying degrees of light, shapes, and colors.




The Harvard Film Archive

Visit the website for complete listings.

• July 22-24 World on a Wire, by Rainer Werner Fassbinder. Recently restored and re-released, this visionary science-fiction thriller was made for German television in 1973.

• July 29-August 29

The Complete Joseph L. Mankiewicz offers a retrospective celebrating this prolific Hollywood writer, director, and producer, including All About Eve, Suddenly Last Summer, Cleopatra, and Guys and Dolls.

• August 12-13

George Kuchar's Weather Diaries. The director will appear in person to talk about and screen his favorite personal video journals, filmed while he was holed up in motels chasing tornadoes and other extreme weather conditions.




Harvard Art Museums

www.harvardartmuseum.org; 617-495-9400

• Continuing: Company to Crown: Perceptions and Reactions in British India highlights a hybrid Indo-European painting style.

Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology

www.peabody.harvard.edu; 617-496-1027

• July 16, noon to 4 p.m.

Wonders of Writing

This drop-in family event provides the chance to explore cuneiform (from the ancient Middle East), Maya glyphs, and Aztec code-writing. Recommended for ages five and up.

• August 20, noon to 4 p.m.

Trash Tales

Learn about artifacts and the stories behind shoes made from tires, toys created from scrap wire, and other trash-to-treasure transformations. Recommended for ages five and up.

Harvard Museum of Natural History

www.hmnh.harvard.edu; 617-495-3045

Oxford Street

New England Forests, opened in late May, is the museum's new permanent exhibit. This multimedia display with exquisite dioramas and other features examines the natural history and ecology of regional forests and their responses to human activity. (The exhibit was made possible, in part, by a gift from Paul Zofnass '69, M.B.A.-J.D. '73, who grew up in nearby Belmont and enjoyed visiting the museum as a child.)






Houghton Library

• Through August 26

Peace If Possible, or Justice At Any Rate: Wendell Phillips at 200 documents the influential career of this champion of civil rights. Letters from Harriet Tubman, Lucretia Mott, Charles Sumner, and William Lloyd Garrison are on display along with some of Phillips's papers. 617-496-4027.

Pusey Library

• Continuing: Going for Baroque: The Iconography of the Ornamental Map explores how decorative cartographic devices—cartouches, vignettes, figural borders, title pages, and frontispieces—could provide narrative underpinnings for the geospatial content of maps. 617-496-8717.

Tozzer Library

• Continuing: Native Life in the Americas: Artists' Views showcases the work of little-known Native American and women artists who were primarily illustrators, designers, and printmakers rather than painters. 617-495-1481.


Events listings also appear in the University Gazette.

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