“Horseshoe crabs,” by Piotr Naskrecki, Harvard Natural History Museum
“Magnolia Warbler in Canadian Yew,” by Brooks Matthewson, Arnold Arboretum
“Unfinished Business,” BlackBerry photo, 2011, by Annette Lemieux, at the Carpenter Center for the Arts


Sanders Theatre



• January 14 at 7:30 p.m.

A Joyful Noise. This annual concert honors Martin Luther King Jr. and features the Harlem Gospel Choir.






Harvard Dance Center, 60 Garden Street. 

• January 24, 5-6:30 p.m.

Boston Ballet choreographer Jorma Elo conducts a master class. Free and open to the public.

• January 27 at 7 p.m.

The Boston Ballet Dance Talk series offers a special preview of Jorma Elo’s “Sharp Side of Dark,” Christopher Bruce’s “Rooster,” and Jiri Kylian’s “Bella Figura.” The three choreographers will be on hand to discuss their work. Free and open to the public.


• January 29 at 4 p.m.


617-496-2222. Harvard Memorial Church.

The debut of Héloïse and Abélard, an opera by John Austin ’56, LL.B. ’60, is performed by the University Choir and guest soloists and musicians, conducted by Gund University organist and choirmaster Edward Elwyn Jones.

• February 17 at 8 p.m.

www.harvardclub.com; 617-536-1260


374 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston

The Harvard Club of Boston Jazz Combo Festival features original arrangements by Harvard student ensembles. Free and open to the public.


American Repertory Theater


617-547-8300 (box office)

617-495-2668 (general number)

• January 18-29

As You Like It. The pastoral comedy by Shakespeare is directed by David Hammon and features the ART Institute’s class of 2012. Loeb Drama Center, 64 Brattle Street.

• February 11 through March 11

Wild Swans. The world premiere of a play based on the biography Wild Swans: Three Daughters of China, by Jung Chang. 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.

Oberon Theater, 2 Arrow Street.

Nature and science

The Arnold Arboretum

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

• January 14 through March 11, with an artists’ reception on February 18, 1-3 p.m.

Aviflora: Plants and Birds That Love Them features bird photographers Ted Bradford, Brooks Matthewson, and Eduardo del Solar.

The Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics


617-495-7461; 60 Garden Street

On January 19 and February 16 there are Observatory Night lectures at 7:30 p.m., followed by stargazing if weather permits.


The Harvard Film Archive



• January 20-30

The Complete Robert Bresson celebrates the work of the French filmmaker.

•February 3-5

We Need to Talk About Kevin will be screened, along with other works by Scottish independent filmmaker Lynne Ramsay.

•February 24-26

Whit Stillman ’73 will discuss his films, including his debut success, Metropolitan.

Exhibitions & Events

Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts

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

• Opening February 14, with artist's talk, panel discussion, and reception on February 16 at 6 p.m.

Unfinished Business: Selected Works by Annette Lemieux. The VES professor investigates the personal and poetic connection to the life of objects.

• March 1 at 6 P.M. Artist's talk and reception.

“An Evening with Walid Raad,” an artist and associate professor of art in The Cooper Union. Work includes a 15-year project on the contemporary history of Lebanon known as The Atlas Group. 

Unfinished Business: Selected Works by Annette Lemieux. The VES 

Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology

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

• February 9 at 5:30 p.m.

“Trash Talk” Lecture Series: “Terrible and Charismatic Waste: A Close Reading of Ocean Plastics.”

• Continuing: Shooting for Peace: Youth Behind the Lens. Photographs by young people fleeing rural violence in Colombia.

Harvard Museum of Natural History

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

• Opening February 18

Mollusks: Shelled Masters of the Marine Realm reveals mollusks’ diversity and recent scientific discoveries about them.

• Continuing: Relics: Travels in Nature’s Time Machine, Photographs by Piotr Naskrecki. Stunning images of creatures remarkably unchanged by evolution.

• Continuing: New England Forests.

Harvard Art Museums



More than 600 objects from the Fogg, Busch-Reisinger, and Sackler Museums are on display.

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