New England Regional
Mahindra Humanities Center
- February 3, 12, and 27, at 4 p.m. The 2014 Norton Lectures present “The Ethics of Jazz,” by Herbie Hancock. (For details, tickets, and additional future lecture dates, visit the website above.)
Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study
10 Garden Street
- February 6, at 4 p.m. New York Times architecture critic Michael Kimmelman discusses the rise of urban populations, revolts, and “The Politics of Public Space.”
Nature and Science
The Arnold Arboretum
- Opening February 8 Peters Hill 360: Photographs by Meri Bond explores how changes in light influence nature throughout the seasons.
The Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics
60 Garden Street
- February 20, at 7:30 p.m. “The Universe From Beginning to End” celebrates the fiftieth anniversary of the “Big Bang afterglow.” Guest speakers include Nobel Prize-winner Robert Wilson, who explains “The Discovery of the Cosmic Microwave Background.”
American Repertory Theater
Loeb Drama Center
64 Brattle Street
- Through January 19: The Heart of Robin Hood. A new version of the classic tale in which the merry band of thieves steal from the rich but won’t share a penny with the poor.
- Through January 5: The Light Princess. Based on the story by George MacDonald, the play highlights the all-important role of gravity.
Harvard Dance Center
60 Garden Street
- February 7, at 7 p.m. The Boston Ballet performs excerpts from its spring season.
The Harvard Film Archive
- January 10-26: The Complete Andrei Tarkovsky. Screenings include the Russian director’s Solaris, Stalker, and The Mirror.
- January 26, at 3 p.m. Pianist Robert Levin performs Piano Sonata No. 2, by John Harbison, and “Träume” (“Dreams”), by Hans Peter Türk, among other works.
- February 1, at 8 p.m. The Greater Boston High School Choral Festival features guest choirs and the Harvard-Radcliffe Collegium Musicum.
- February 28, at 8 p.m. The Junior Parents Weekend Concert with the Radcliffe Choral Society and Harvard Glee Club.
Exhibitions & Events
Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts
- Opening February 7 (with reception on February 6, 5:30-7:30 p.m.) Living as Form (The Nomadic Version) examines the daily interactions between art and human culture, and includes new works by artists in Cambridge, Boston, and Providence.
Harvard Art Museums
The museum buildings are closed for renovation until the fall of 2014, but some special events are being held elsewhere. For details and registration, call 617-495-4544.
- Opening February 26: At the David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies, 1730 Cambridge Street, David Taylor: Working the Line. The artist’s multiyear project documents monuments along the U.S.-Mexican border, testaments to the impact of security forces, wall and fence construction, and the smuggling of drugs and humans.
The Semitic Museum
- February 4, at 6 p.m. The Sun Temple of Nefertiti: Sex and Death, a lecture by Harvard Divinity School visiting assistant professor Jacquelyn Williamson.
Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology
- Continuing: “Digging Veritas: The Archaeology and History of the Indian College and Student Life at Colonial Harvard”
Harvard Museum of Natural History
- Continuing: Thoreau’s Maine Woods: A Journey in Photographs with Scot Miller commemorates the sesquicentennial of the naturalist’s influential book.
Events listings also appear in the Harvard Gazette.