Harvard Happenings

Art from the lecture “Strange Planetary Vistas from Kepler,” at the Center for Astrophysics
<i>Man in the Sola Hat </i>(c. 1985), by Sooni Taraporevala '79, at the Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts
Actress Patina Miller in <i>Pippin,</i> at the American Repertory Theater
Platters, mugs, vases, and whimsical wall hangings—the annual Harvard Ceramics Program holiday sale has it all—and more.
Photojournalist Tim Laman talks at the Harvard Museum of Natural History about his successful mission to capture on film all 39 known species of birds of paradise in the wild.
Photojournalist Tim Laman talks at the Harvard Museum of Natural History about his successful mission to capture on film all 39 known species of birds of paradise in the wild.
<i>Deutschland,</i> by photographer Katharina Sieverding, who discusses her work at the Harvard Art Museums



The Game, #129

  • November 17 at Harvard Stadium.


Harvard Glee Club

  • November 16 at 8 p.m. Harvard-Yale Football Concert at Sanders Theatre.


Harvard Glee Club and Radcliffe Choral Society

  • November 30 at 8 p.m.
  • December 1 at 3 p.m.

"Christmas in Cambridge" concert. First Church in Cambridge, 11 Garden Street.


Harvard Ceramics Program Holiday Show and Sale
617-495-8680; 219 Western Avenue, Allston

  • December 6, 3-8 p.m.
  • December 7-9, 10 a.m.-7 p.m.

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


Harvard Square's Holiday Happenings

  • November 1-30. The annual celebration offers concerts, historic tours, and exhibitions. See website for details.

  • November 24, 5-6:30 p.m. The annual Holiday Tree Lighting at the Charles Hotel. Music, food, and a cameo by Santa Claus.

  • December 8, 1-2 p.m. Everybody Loves Latkes Party. Free potato pancakes, along with holiday music and storytelling.


Memorial Church Christmas Carol Services

  • December 16, 5 p.m.; December 17, 8 p.m. Christmas Eve service at 11 p.m.


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

December 14-27: "An Irish Celebration of the Winter Solstice" tells the story of immigrants traveling to America in 1907. Sanders Theatre.




Harvard Dance Center, 60 Garden Street.

  • November 29 - December 1 at 8 p.m. Compositions by artist-in-residence John Jasperse, director of his own company in New York City.




American Repertory Theater
617-547-8300 (box office)
617-495-2668 (general number)


Loeb Drama Center
64 Brattle Street

  • December 5 through January 20 (2013): Pippin. A novel staging of the 1972 musical that poses the question: live an ordinary life or aim for a flash of singular glory?


Club Oberon
617-496-8004; 2 Arrow Street.

  • November 4 at 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. Boom Boom's Bow. An interactive jazz romp for the whole family. For ages 3 to 10 (and their adult caregivers).

  • November 5: The Last Butch Standing features the comedienne Lea DeLaria's take on being "a bad ass dyke daddy in the post-Ellen" era. For those 18 years and older only.

  • December 14 at 7 p.m. and 10 p.m. Winterbloom. Four women singer-songwriters share their cultural traditions through stories and songs (in Hebrew, Tibetan, and German) with a holiday theme. Co-sponsored with Club Passim.




  • November 2 at 8 p.m. "Harvard Jazz Heroes" honors Eric Jackson, Steve Schwartz, and Fred Taylor, with the Harvard Jazz Bands. Lowell Hall.

  • November 4 at 4 p.m. "Bands of the Beanpot" features the Harvard Wind Ensemble, among other groups. Fenway Center, Northeastern University.

  • November 9 at 8 p.m. The Chiara String Quartet performs works by Mozart, Dvo˘rák, and Witold Lutosławski. Sponsored by the Harvard Music Department. John Knowles Paine Concert Hall (behind the Science Center in Harvard's North Yard)

  • December 1 at 8 p.m. "Music of German Composers" played by the Harvard Wind Ensemble. Lowell Hall.

Sanders Theatre

  • November 1-18: The Harvard-Radcliffe Gilbert and Sullivan Players offer The Mikado: or, The Town of Titipu.www.hrgsp.org; 617-938-9761

  • December 1 at 8 p.m. The Harvard-Radcliffe Orchestra presents Britten's Four Sea Interludes.

  • December 8 at 8 p.m. The Harvard-Radcliffe Chorus and the Pro Arte Chamber Orchestra perform Brahms's Ein deutsches Requiem.



Nature and Science

The Arnold Arboretum
www.arboretum.harvard.edu; 617-384-5209

  • November 15, 6:30-8:30 p.m. and November 17, 9-11 a.m. Understanding Mosses. Curatorial fellow Stephanie Stuber examines the biological and anatomical wonders of nature's luxurious green carpeting.

  • November 29, 7-8:30 p.m. Audio Ecology: Acoustic Signals in Insects, with Harvard biology professor Brian D. Farrell.


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

  • November 15: Observatory Night lectures at 7:30 p.m., followed by stargazing, if weather permits."Strange Planetary Vistas from Kepler" with Hubble fellow Josh Carter.

  • December 6: Special viewing event: "Winter Sky Wonders," hosted by CFA docent John Sheff.




The Harvard Film Archive
Visit the website for a complete listing of festivals and showtimes.

  • November 16: The Photographic Memory of Ross McElwee. The Harvard professor filmed his return to the Brittany coast, where he lived, worked, and loved in 1972, in an effort to better understand his twenty-something son, Adrian. Both McElwees will be on hand to discuss the project.

  • December 7-10: Jafar Panahi. Showcases the work of the imprisoned Iranian filmmaker, including This Is Not a Film, which was smuggled out of that country in 2011.

  • December 14-17: Jan Svankmajer. Screenings of works by this Czech surrealist filmmaker. The artist often uses exaggerated sounds, animates odd objects through clay animation techniques, and uses food in unusual ways.



Exhibitions & Events

Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts
www.ves.fas.harvard.edu; 617-495-3251

  • Through December 20: Parsis: The Zoroastrians of India. Photographs by Sooni Taraporevala '79 offers a rare look at the Parsis, whose ancestors sailed from Iran to India in A.D. 936.

  • November 1 through December 20: Christian Boltanski: 6 Septembres is a mélange of projected archival newscasts, headlines, and images from events that occurred on each of the artist's birthdays from 1944 through 2004. (Artist reception November 15 at 6 p.m.)


Harvard Art Museums

  • December 4 at 6-8 p.m. ArtisTalk: Katharina Sieverding. The ground-breaking Czech-born German artist explores her own work with Lynette Roth, Daimler-Benz associate curator at the Busch-Reisinger Museum.

  • December 5 at 3:30 p.m. A discussion on "People Everyday: The Vantage of Kerry James Marshall" (see below), with Weyerhaeuser curator of prints Susan Dackerman and Marcyliena Morgan, professor of African and African American studies and executive director of Harvard's Hiphop Archive.

  • Through December 29: Recent Acquisitions, Part III: Kerry James Marshall highlights the artist's 12-panel, large-scale woodcut print, Untitled (1998/2007), which explores society's embedded legacy of racism.


Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology
www.peabody.harvard.edu; 617-496-1027

  • November 28 at 6 p.m. "Apocalypse Soon? How the World Ends (or Doesn't) in Religions of the World," with David Carrasco, Rudenstine professor for the study of Latin America. Geological Lecture Hall, 24 Oxford Street


Harvard Museum of Natural History

  • November 19 at 6 p.m. "Birds of Paradise: Exploring a Wonder of the World," a lecture and book signing with National Geographic photojournalist Tim Laman, Ph.D. '94, the first person to photograph (during 18 expeditions across New Guinea) all 39 species of this diverse bird in the wild.


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.




Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University
www.radcliffe.edu; 617-496-8600

  • December 3 at 5 p.m. "Hormonally Active Pollutants: What Are They, What Can They Do, and How Do We Know They Are Out There?" by Joan Ruderman, Nelson professor of cell biology at Harvard Medical School .Fay House, 10 Garden Street

  • December 10 at 4:15 p.m. Novelist Margot Livesey, RI '13, delivers the Julia S. Phelps Annual Lecture in Art and Humanities. Topic to be announced. Radcliffe Gymnasium, 10 Garden Street


Schlesinger Library
www.radcliffe.harvard.edu/schlesinger-library; 617-495-8647
10 Garden Street, Radcliffe Yard

  • November 13: "Travelers in Hiding: Telling a Story of Central Americans in Mexico," by Alma Guillermoprieto, RI '07, looks at the 2010 murders of 72 migrants traveling to the northern border by bus, and at those articles and writers who are honoring them.

  • Continuing: "Siting Julia: Julia Child Centenary Exhibition" traces her prodigious life and career through the library's extensive collection of Child's papers and other items.


Events listings also appear in the University Gazette.

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