Harvard Happenings

From an exhibit on poet Amy Lowell at Houghton Library
From <i>Daguerreotype to Digital</i> at the Peabody Museum
A still from <i>Nothing But a Man,</i> to be screened at the Harvard Film Archive.
From an exhibit of the work of Paul Olson at the Arnold Arboretum


www.boxoffice.harvard.edu (for tickets)
617-495-8683; Harvard Dance Center,
60 Garden Street

  • February 1 at 7 p.m. A Boston Ballet preview performance of works by Wayne McGregor and Jiri Kylian, followed by a discussion.



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

Loeb Drama Center
64 Brattle Street

  • February 2 through March 17: The Glass Menagerie. Tennessee Williams’s classic Southern family drama is directed by John Tiffany and stars Cherry Jones, among others.


Nature and Science

The Arnold Arboretum
www.arboretum.harvard.edu; 617-384-5209
Events are free, but registration is required.

  • January 13, 8-9:30 a.m. Winter Wonderland Bird Walk with docent Bob Mayer. While most of the natural world is resting, dozens of bird species are actively making a living.

  • January 14, 7-8 p.m. Plants, the First Three Billion Years: A Reflection on the Nature of Evolutionary History with arboretum director William "Ned" Friedman, Arnold professor of organismic and evolutionary biology.

  • Opening January 19, with an artist's reception, 1-3 p.m.; there will also be a talk by the artist on February 21, 7-8:30 p.m. Drawn To Woods by Paul Olson features illustrations and paintings by the artist, a teacher at Massachusetts College of Art and Design and Rhode Island School of Design, who has spent many hours walking less-traveled arboretum paths, observing the diversity of plants through the seasons.

  • January 29, 6-8 p.m. When America First Met China: An Exotic History of Tea, Drugs, and Money in the Age of Sail. Best-selling author Eric Jay Dolin traces America's fraught relations with China.

  • February 23, 10 a.m.-noon. Dwarf Conifer and Juniper Collections via Snowshoes. Join educators for a tromp through the winter landscape to seek out, identify, and share stories about this microclimate.

  • February 25, 7-8:30 p.m. Biodiversity 2013: Crisis and Opportunity features a lecture by and discussion with biology professor James Hanken, Agassiz professor of zoology, curator in herpetology, and director of the Museum of Comparative Zoology.


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.

  • January 17: "Explosive Universe," with Loeb associate professor of natural sciences Edo Berger
  • February 21: "Gas Giant Mysteries," with CfA research assistant Rebekah Dawson




374 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston

  • February 15 at 7:30 p.m. The Horblit Jazz Festival features original arrangements by Harvard student ensembles. Free and open to the public.


Sanders Theatre

  • January 20 at 3 p.m. The Boston Youth Symphony Orchestra performs music from Verdi's Rigoletto, conducted by Federico Cortese, senior lecturer on music and director of the Harvard-Radcliffe Orchestra.

  • March 2 at 8 p.m. The Harvard-Radcliffe Orchestra perform Brahms's Symphony No. 4 and Copland's Lincoln Portrait.



The Harvard Film Archive

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

  • January 11-14: Michael Roemer's "Nothing But a Man" reveals the nuanced relationship of a black couple in 1960s Alabama. There will be discussions of this artistic landmark and a restored print will be screened.

  • January 18-28: Susumu Hani Retrospective. This Japanese New Wave director made both fiction and documentary features, often exploring the social and psychological plights of women and children.

  • February 15-23: Leos Carax in Person. The French director talks about his work, including the recently highly acclaimed Holy Motors.


Exhibitions & Events

Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts

  • Opening February 12: As part of a year-long celebration of the Carpenter Center's fiftieth anniversary, an exhibit of work by contemporary artists Nairy Baghramian, Anna Barriball, Barbara Bloom, Katarina Burin, Alexandra Leykauf, and Amie Siegel examines the history, impact, and use of Le Corbusier's brutalist icon.


Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology

  • Through January 31: From Daguerreotype to Digital: Anthropology and Photography showcases how technological innovations helped expand the study of world cultures. Geological Lecture Hall, 24 Oxford Street

  • Continuing: Visitors can see how artifacts are repaired and preserved in Conservators at Work: Alaska's Historic Kayaks Renewed.


Harvard Museum of Natural History

  • January 26 at 2 p.m. "History of the Arctic: Nature, Exploration, and Exploitation," a lecture by John McCannon, assistant professor at Southern New Hampshire University.

  • Continuing: Visitors can touch and marvel at the 1,600-pound amethyst geode among a dazzling array of minerals and gemstones from around the world.


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.

  • Continuing: Nuzi and the Hurrians: Fragments from a Forgotten Past features more than a hundred objects from the Museum's collection of 10,000 excavated artifacts, the largest Nuzi collection outside of the Iraq Museum in Baghdad.



Houghton Library

  • Through January 11: From Austen to Zola: Amy Lowell as a Collector highlights some of the thousands of rare books and manuscripts favored by the poet. Her collection was bequeathed to Harvard in 1925.


Schlesinger Library
10 Garden Street, Radcliffe Yard

  • February 6 at 6 p.m. Movie Night at the Schlesinger Library offers a selection of shorts that examine the lives of girls and older women, including Toward Emotional Maturity (1954) and Radcliffe Blues (1969). Check website for other monthly movie events.

  • Continuing: Siting Julia: Julia Child Centenary Exhibition traces Child's prodigious life and career through the library's extensive collection of her manuscripts, letters, and other items (see "Bon Anniversaire").



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

  • February 13 at 4 p.m. "Locked Out: Investigating Societal Discrimination against People with Disabilities Due to Inaccessible Websites," by Jonathan Lazar, Shutzer fellow at the institute. Fay House, 10 Garden Street

  • February 25 at 4 p.m. "The End of the British Empire after the Second World War," by Caroline Elkins, professor of history and African American studies and a Burkhardt fellow at the institute. Fay House, 10 Garden Street


Events listings also appear in the University Gazette.

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