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Extracurriculars

Events on and off campus during January and February

From left: Emerita Gisèle Ben-Dor conducts the Pro Arte Chamber Orchestra, Sanders Theatre; detail of ewer with buraq, ca. 1100-1300, RISD Musem; portrait of Amy Lowell in 1916, Houghton Library

FROM LEFT: courtesy of Gisèle Ben-Dor; Gift of Mr. Robert Lehman. RISD Museum, Providence, RI ;Courtesy of Houghton Library/Harvard University

 

 

Seasonal  |  Lectures  |  Dance  |  Film  |  Music  |  Theater  |   Exhibitions & Events

 

Seasonal

Amherst College LitFest 
amherst.edu/go/litfest
The eighth annual gathering hosts readings and discussions with guest speakers such as Pulitzer Prize-winner Hilton Als, MacArthur Fellowship awardee Valeria Luiselli, and 2022 National Book Award nominees Meghan O’Rourke and Ingrid Rojas Contreras, among others. All events are held on campus, in-person, although many do include a virtual option. Advance registration recommended.
(February 23-26)

 

Lectures

Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study
radcliffe.harvard.edu
The Past, Present, and Future of Abortion in America features speakers and discussions probing the impact of Roe v. Wade—and the U.S. Supreme Court decision to overturn it. Knafel Center and/or online. (January 26-27)
This year’s Rama S. Mehta lecturer Elisa Loncón Antileo, a linguist and Indigenous- rights and language activist, speaks to the Mapuche philosophy, feminine spirits of the Earth, and research methodologies used by Indigenous peoples. Knafel Center and/or online. (January 31)

 

Dance

Emerson Cutler Majestic Theatre
globalartslive.org
Compagnie Hervé Koubi blends capoeira, hip-hop, and other contemporary dance genres with Sufi imagery. (January 21) Rome and Jewels, a hip-hop retelling of Shakespeare’s play, is performed by premier street-dance company Rennie Harris Puremovement. (January 28) Philadelphia’s BALLETX takes the classical art form in riveting new directions. (February 4)

 

Film

Harvard Film Archive
harvardfilmarchive.org
Kinuyo Tanaka—Actress, Director, Pioneer includes Japanese classics such as Equinox Flowers (1958), Ugetsu (1953), and Mother (1952). (January 20-February 26)
Joyce Chopra, Lady Director, discusses Hollywood, her career—and new memoir—amid screenings of Joyce at 34 (1972) and Smooth Talk (1985). (February 3)

 

Music

Sanders Theatre
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Pro Arte Chamber Orchestra’s “Volcanic!” concert includes J.P. Jofre’s violin concerto Mauna Loa, co-commissioned by violinist Lucia Lin (also a featured performer). (January 8) Boston Youth Symphony Orchestras offer The Damnation of Faust by Hector Berlioz. (January 22)

Harvard Music Department
music.fas.harvard.edu
Works by Ludwig van Beethoven and György Ligeti are performed by the Grammy Award-winning Parker Quartet. Paine Hall. (February 12) The Harvard Group for New Music hosts Line Upon Line, a percussion trio championing living composers. Paine Hall. (February 25)

City Winery
globalartslive.org
The music and theatricality of flamenco pop vocalist María José Llergo offers bold twists on traditional Spanish melodies.
Boston. (January 14)

Groton Hill Music Center
grotonhill.org
Winter concerts include a new year performance by the in-house Vista Philharmonic Orchestra (January 21), along with folk, Americana, and bluegrass music by Maeve Gilchrist and Kittel & Co. (February 10), and the soulful jazz of the Matthew Whitaker Quintet. (February 11)

Berklee Performance Center
globalartslive.org
Founding member of Cuba’s revival band Sierra Maestra, a founder of the Buena Vista Social Club Juan de Marcos performs with the The Afro-Cuban All Stars, bridging traditional and contemporary sounds.
(February 25)

 

Theater

American Repertory Theater
americanrepertorytheater.org
Adapted from Chaucer’s “The Wife of Bath’s Tale,” by Zadie Smith, The Wife of Willesden features a London pub night with the loquacious Alvita. (February 25-March 18)

Huntington Theatre Company
huntingtontheatre.org
The Art of Burning, by Kate Snodgrass, takes on “conscious uncoupling” and ensuing family dynamics. (January 13-February 12)

Lyric Stage Company
lyricstage.com
In Lauren Yee’s The Great Leap, an American basketball player arrives in Beijing for a “friendship” game in 1989, on the eve of the Tiananmen Square uprising. (February 24- March 19)

 

Exhibitions & Events

Houghton Library
library.harvard.edu
Reproductions of historic documents and other visual materials reveal Amy Lowell: Poet, Propagandist, Collector.
(Opens January 9)

Harvard Ceramics Program
ofa.fas.harvard.edu/
In collaboration with the Graduate School of Design, Material Systems: Digital Design and Fabrication highlights experimental sculptures linked to design research questions. (Opens January 30)

Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts
carpenter.center
The multimedia Please Stay Home: Darrel Ellis in Dialogue with Leslie Hewitt and Wardell Milan looks at contemporary versions and visions of identity.
(February 3-April 9)

Harvard Museums of Science & Culture
hmnh.harvard.edu
The annual celebratory event I Heart Science offers people of all ages hands-on activities, expert talks, and stimulating displays. Harvard Museum of Natural History. (February 11)

MASS MoCA
massmoca.org
Jason Moran: Black Stars: Writing in the Dark Stories.Works on paper and sculptures focus on the impact of jazz and the twentieth-century spaces that shaped it. (Opens December 17)

RISD Museum
risdmuseum.org
Being and Believing in the Natural World highlights more than a hundred objects, revealing differing perspectives from the ancient Mediterranean, Asia, and indigenous North America. (Through May 7)