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March-April 2014

Beatrix Potter’s home, gardens, and tales of small creatures, at the Arnold Arboretum

Beatrix Potter’s home, gardens, and tales of small creatures, at the Arnold Arboretum

Photograph by Dayve Ward/the arnold arboretum

The now extinct passenger pigeon, at the Harvard Museum of Natural History

The now extinct passenger pigeon, at the Harvard Museum of Natural History

Photograph courtesy of the Harvard Museum of Natural History

The fine art of crafting and using Native Americans’ birch bark canoes, at the Peabody Museum

The fine art of crafting and using Native Americans’ birch bark canoes, at the Peabody Museum

Photograph courtesy of the Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology

Jupiter is well-placed for viewing at the Center for Astrophysics early this year.

Jupiter is well-placed for viewing at the Center for Astrophysics early this year.

Photograph courtesy of the Harvard Center for Astrophysics

Byzantine coins at the Sackler Museum

Byzantine coins at the Sackler Museum

Photograph courtesy of the Harvard Art Museums

Special Events

http://ofa.fas.harvard.edu/boxoffice
617-496-2222

  • March 10; March 24; and March 31, at 4 p.m. The 2014 Norton Lectures by Herbie Hancock. The series, “The Ethics of Jazz,” is presented by the Mahindra Humanities Center. http://mahindrahumanities. fas.harvard.edu/content/norton-lectures. (Tickets are free, limited to two per person, and will be available at the box office starting at noon on the day of each lecture.)
  • April 10-11: The Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study conference, “Who Decides? Gender, Medicine, and the Public’s Health,” features a performance by playwright Eve Ensler. Radcliffe Gym. www.radcliffe.harvard.edu/ event/2014-who-decides-conference (617-495-8277)
  • May 1-4: The annual Arts First Festival offers dance, theater, music, and other student and faculty performances—and honors the 2014 Arts Medalist: novelist, poet, and environmentalist Margaret Atwood, A.M. ’62, Litt.D. ’04. http://ofa.fas.harvard.edu/arts (617-495-8676)

 

Music

Sanders Theatre
http://ofa.fas.harvard.edu/boxoffice
617-496-2222

  • April 11 at 8 p.m. “A Joyful Noise!” features Harvard-Radcliffe Collegium Musicum and the Joyful Noise Chorus.
  • April 26 at 8 p.m. The Harvard Glee Club, Radcliffe Choral Society, Harvard-Radcliffe Orchestra, and Harvard-Radcliffe Collegium Musicum present “VISITAS Concert: Giuseppe Verdi’s Requiem.”

 

Theater

ofa.fas.harvard.edu/boxoffice
617-496-2222

  • March 27 through April 6: The Harvard-Radcliffe Gilbert & Sullivan Players present Patience; or, Bunthorne’s Bride. Agassiz Theatre. www.hrgsp.org/happeningnow.htm

American Repertory Theater
www.americanrepertorytheater.org
617-547-8300

  • Through March 16 Witness Uganda. A young American volunteers for a project in Africa that changes his life forever. Inspired by a true story, this new, award-winning musical is staged by A.R.T. artistic director Diane Paulus.
  • April 5-27 The Shape She Makes explores, through a mix of dance and theater, how early experiences with an absent father and bartender mother affect the adult life of a woman striving to succeed in the professional realm.

 

Nature and Science

The Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics
www.cfa.harvard.edu/events/mon.html
617-495-7461
60 Garden Street

Observatory night lectures with night-sky viewing, weather permitting, at 7:30 p.m.

  • March 20: “A More Perfect Heaven: How Copernicus Revolutionized The Cosmos.”
  • April 17: “Jupiter and Mars Return!”

 

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

As spring unfolds, check the website for a plethora of other classes, lectures, exhibits, tours, and events.

  • March 9, 2-3:30 p.m. Explore Beatrix Potter’s Gardening Life: The Plants and Places that Inspired the Classic Children’s Tales with landscape consultant and historian Marta McDowell.
  • March 27, 7-8:30 p.m. Mikyoung Kim’s Transformational Landscapes. The landscape architect will discuss the creative process that led to projects such as the ChongGae Canal Restoration in Seoul, Korea, and the Crown Sky Garden for the Lurie Children’s Hospital in Chicago.
  • April 14, 7-8:30 p.m. Uncorking The Past: The Quest for Wine, Beer, and Extreme Fermented Beverages features a talk by Patrick E. McGovern, scientific director of the Biomolecular Archaeology Laboratory for Cuisine, Fermented Beverages, and Health at the University of Pennsylvania Museum. (Tastings of recreated, ancient-style brews are included for those aged 21 and older.)

 

Film

The Harvard Film Archive
http://hcl.harvard.edu/hfa
617-495-4700

  • March 23: A Spell to Ward Off the Darkness. A screening of this beautifully filmed existential “participatory ethnography” by avant-garde filmmakers Ben Rivers and Ben Russell. Russell will be on hand for a discussion.

 

Exhibitions & Events

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

  • March 27 at 6 p.m. “An Evening with Nato Thompson,” chief curator of the New York City-based public arts organization Creative Time, is connected to the current exhibit, Living as Form (The Nomadic Version), which examines the daily interactions between art and human culture through new works by artists in Cambridge, Boston, and Providence.

Harvard Art Museums
www.harvardartmuseums.org
617-495-9400/4544

The museum galleries are closed for renovation until the fall, but some special events are being held in the lecture hall at the Sackler Museum, 485 Broadway.

  • March 13 at 6 p.m. A lecture on “Byzantine Money: The Politics and Aesthetics of a World Currency,” by Eurydice Georganteli, a fellow in the history of art and architecture.

Harvard Museum of Natural History
www.hmnh.harvard.edu 
617-495-3045

  • March 9 at 2 p.m. Discussion and book signing with Joel Greenberg, author of Echoes of Their Wings: The Life and Legacy of the Passenger Pigeon, in conjunction with the museum’s current exhibit Final Flight: The Extinction of the Passenger Pigeon, which commemorates the species that once filled the North American skies by the millions.

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

  • April 12: The Legacy of the Penobscot Canoes: A View from the River showcases Native American birchbark craft and inventions.

 

Lectures

Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study
www.radcliffe.harvard.edu/event/2014-rosalind-w-picard-lecture
617-496-8600
Fay House, 10 Garden Street

  • March 11 at 5 p.m. Part of the “Smart Clothes” science lecture series, “Your Future Smart Wristband” examines how sensors collect important physiological data related to emotions and health. The speaker is MIT media arts and science professor Rosalind W. Picard, who directs the Affective Computing Group at the MIT Media Lab.

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