An abundance of shopping carts, from the Peabody Museum’s “Trash Talk” lecture series
A deep-sea creature on display at the Harvard Museum of Natural History
From the “Cosmic Train Wrecks” lecture at Harvard’s Center for Astrophysics
From <i>Shooting for Peace: Youth Behind the Lens,</i> a Peabody Museum exhibit of photographs by young people fleeing rural violence in Colombia
<i>Measurements of Space in a Fractal Structured Vacuum,</i> by Felicity Nove, on display at the Carpenter Center
An image from “What is a Planet?” at the Center for Astrophysics
<i>Three Pianos,</i> at the ART, with Alec Duffy, Rich Burkhardt, and Dave Malloy
From <i>Once Upon a Time in America,</i> at the Harvard Film Archive
<i>Blackfeet Indian Tipis: Design and Legend, 1976,</i> at the Tozzer Library
From <i>Cabinets of Curiosity and Rooms of Wonder</i> at the Houghton Library
<i>Still Life Teapot,</i> by Delanie Wise, at the Harvard Ceramics Program’s annual holiday show and sale


The Game

• November 19 at noon

The 128th gridiron competition against Yale takes place in New Haven this year. 



Harvard Glee Club and Radcliffe Choral Society Christmas Concert

• December 3 at 8 p.m.



Sanders Theatre


Harvard Ceramics Program Holiday Show and Sale 

• December 8, 3-8 p.m.

• December 9-11, 10 a.m.-7 p.m.


617-495-8680; 219 Western Avenue, Allston

This popular annual event features works by dozens of Greater Boston artists, from beginners to professionals. 


Harvard Square’s Holiday Happenings



• November 1-30

A month-long folk-music celebration features a range of concerts, historic tours, and exhibitions. See website for further details.

• November 26, 5-6:30 p.m. The annual Holiday Tree Lighting at the Charles Hotel. Music, food, and a cameo by Santa Claus.

• December 11 at noon. Opening of the Skating Rink at the Charles Hotel. Free skate rentals, holiday treats, and music.

• December 17, 1-2:30 p.m. The fifth annual Everybody Loves Latkes Party features free potato pancakes and toppings, along with holiday music and storytelling. Brattle Square.


The Harvard-Radcliffe Chorus

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


• December 9 at 8 p.m.

The chorus will join the Pro Arte Chamber Orchestra of Boston to perform Bach’s Christmas Oratorio. Sanders Theatre.  


Memorial Church Christmas Carol Services



• December 11, 5 p.m.; December 12, 8 p.m.

Christmas Eve service at 11 p.m.


The Christmas Revels

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

www.revels.org/calendar/the-christmas-revels; 617-972-8300 

• December 16-29

An evening of music and dance from sixteenth-century France. Sanders Theatre. 



www.hcs.harvard.edu/~hwe/Concerts.html; 617-496-2263. 

• November 6 at 2 p.m.

“Bands of the Beanpot” features the Harvard Wind Ensemble along with those of Boston University and Boston College. Fenway Center, Northeastern University.

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



• November 12 at 8 p.m.

“Blue Note Records, Then and Now: The Hard Bop Legacy Featuring Curtis Fuller” (guest trombonist) and the Harvard Jazz Bands. Lowell Lecture Hall. 


www.hcs.harvard.edu/~jazz/Schedule.html. Admission is free.

• November 20 at 8 p.m.

“Jazz at Cabot House” with the Sunday Jazz Band and the Alumni Jazz Band.

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


www.hcs.harvard.edu/~hwe/Concerts.html; 617-496-2263

• December 3 at 8 p.m.

“The French Connection: Music Influenced by Nadia Boulanger,” presented by the Harvard Wind Ensemble. Lowell Lecture Hall.





• December 8, 9, and 10 at 8 p.m.

• December 11 at 3 p.m.

Francesco Cavalli’s La Calisto, performed by the Harvard Early Music Society. New College Theatre, 10-12 Holyoke Street.


Sanders Theatre



www.hrgsp.org; 617-938-9761

• November 3-13

HMS Pinafore, or the Lass That Loved a Sailor, is the fall selection being offered by the Harvard-Radcliffe Gilbert and Sullivan Players.

• November 16 at 8 p.m.

The Harvard music department presents The Chiara Quartet. The program includes Mozart’s Quartet No. 14 in G Major, Schubert’s Quintet in C Major, and Hans Tutschku’s Behind the light, for string quartet and electronics. 

Concert is free; tickets required.

• December 6 at 8 p.m.

The Harvard-Radcliffe Orchestra performs Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 6. 




www.boxoffice.harvard.edu (for tickets)

617-495-8683; Harvard Dance Center,

60 Garden Street

• December 2 and 3 at 8 p.m.

Jill Johnson, the new director of the dance program within Harvard’s Office for the Arts, will be collaborating with student dancers and musicians on a site-specific performance piece. Check the website for an announcement of performance location details.



American Repertory Theater


617-547-8300 (box office)

617-495-2668 (general number)

• December 7 through January 8 (2012)

Three Pianos. This Obie Award-winning  music/theater event features three friends  who spend a wintry night exploring Schubert’s song cycle Winterreise, reenacting a wilder version of a “Schubertiad”—a musical salon hosted by the composer. Loeb Drama Center, 64 Brattle Street.

• December 10-31

The Snow Queen. This interactive adaptation of the classic tale by Hans Christian Andersen features live action and larger-than-life puppetry. Loeb Drama Center, 64 Brattle Street.

www.cluboberon.com/events/donkey-show-0. 617-496-8004.

• Saturdays at 8 p.m. and 10:30 p.m.

The Donkey Show, a high-energy Studio 54 adaptation of A Midsummer Night’s Dream. “Boogie—on down!” 

Oberon Theater, 2 Arrow Street.


Nature and Science 

The Arnold Arboretum 

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

• Through December 17, with an artist’s reception on November 5, 1-3 p.m. 

Trees and Gardens: Photography by Joseph Flack Weiler features intricate black-and-white images that reveal the ways in which trees touch our rural and urban lives.

The Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics


617-495-7461; 60 Garden Street

Observatory Night lectures at 7:30 p.m., followed by stargazing if weather permits.

• November 3 

“CFA’s Fall/Winter Sky Guide” with Sue French, author and contributing editor at Sky & Telescope magazine.

• November 17 

“What is a Planet?” with CFA’s David Aguilar. 

• December 15 

“Cosmic Train Wrecks” with CFA’s Lauranne Lanz. 



The Harvard Film Archive 



Visit the website for a complete listing of festivals and showtimes.

• November 4-19

Once Upon a Time…Sergio Leo­ne celebrates the work of the Italian director who revolutionized the Western and gangster movie genres through films like Once Upon A Time in America and The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly. 

•November  18

Laurel Nakadate’s The Wolf Knife.

Shown in conjunction with the Carpenter Center’s current exhibit of the installation and video artist’s work, this film explores two teenage girls’ inarticulate relationships. 

•November  26 - December 18

The Complete Henri-Georges Clouzot. This pivotal and divisive figure in French cinema of the 1940s and 1950s produced daring, dark-humored films critical of bourgeois society.  


Exhibitions & Events

Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts

www.ves.fas.harvard.edu; 617-495-3251

• November 4 - December 22. Opening reception and panel discussion on November 3 at 6 p.m.

Measure for Measure is a multimedia exhibition curated by Baird professor of science Lisa Randall featuring new works by seven Los Angeles-based artists who explore the concept of scale through contemporary art, architecture, and physics. 

• November 17 - December 22. Opening reception and panel discussion on November 17 at 6 p.m.

Laurel Nakadate: Say You Love Me. Presented with the Fogg Art Museums, this selection of videos by the artist pushes the boundaries of voyeurism, exhibitionism, and vulnerability. 


Harvard Art Museums



• Through December 10

Prints and the Pursuit of Knowledge in Early Modern Europe. A rich display of prints, books, maps, and scientific instruments exploring the role of celebrated artists in the scientific inquiries of the sixteenth century (see page 42).


Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology

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

• Opening November 17, with a reception, 5-7 p.m.

Shooting for Peace: Youth Behind the Lens features photographs by young people exploring their identities after fleeing rural violence in Colombia. 

• December 1 at 5:30 p.m.

“Trash Talk” Lecture Series

“Products, Plastics, Putrefaction, and Power: Rethinking How We Manage Materials to Achieve Just Sustainability,” by Samantha MacBride, adjunct assistant professor of international and public affairs at Columbia.


Harvard Museum of Natural History

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

• November 20 at 4 p.m.

“The Species Seeker,” a lecture and discussion with science writer and NPR commentator Richard Conniff, focuses on adventurers who discovered new life forms in the farthest corners of the earth.

• Continuing: Life in the Extreme Deep, a collection of stunning deep-sea photographs that show the work of Loeb associate professor of the natural sciences Peter R. Girguis, the scientists who work with him, and the creatures they study. 

• Continuing: New England Forests, a new permanent exhibit, is a multimedia examination of the natural history and ecology of regional forests and their responses to human activity.


The Semitic Museum



• 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 abode. 

Ancient Egypt: Magic and the Afterlife offers the Egyptian view of the hereafter.






Houghton Library

• Continuing: Cabinets of Curiosity and Rooms of Wonder explores the intersection of science and art, reflected in late Renaissance European artifacts and in the origins of museums. 617-495-2449.


Tozzer Library 

• Continuing: Native Life in the Americas: Artists’ Views showcases the work of little-known Native American and women artists. 617-495-1481.


Lamont Library 

• Through November 17.

A display of images from the Harvard College Annual International Photo Contest. 617-495-2455.


Schlesinger Library Movie Night

www.radcliffe.edu/schles/movie_night.aspx; 617-495-8647 

10 Garden Street, Radcliffe Yard 

Monthly screenings and discussions 

• December 7 

Paris Was a Woman, by Greta Schiller, reveals the extraordinary women, many of whom were lesbian or bisexual, involved with the Left Bank’s cultural scene between the world wars.

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