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Events on and off campus during September and October

From left: Detail of I Still Get a Thrill When I See Bill #14 (1978), Mel Ramos, Armenian Museum of America; among the works by Deighton Abrams, Harvard Ceramics Program; from I Don’t Want to Sleep Alone (2006), by Tsai Ming-Liang, Harvard Film Archive

FROM LEFT: Courtesy of the Joan and Jack Quinn Family Collection/e Armenian Museum of America; harvard ceramics program; harvard film archive


Seasonal  |  Nature and Science  |  Dance   |   Film  |   Music  |  Exhibitions & Events  |  Theater



Boston Book Festival
The annual gathering celebrates the literary arts. Copley Square. (October 29)


Nature and Science

The Arnold Arboretum
Enjoy a weekend of knots, burls, and textured swirls in “The Art of the Woodturner,” a show of works by artisans across New England. (October 7-9) Intricate Beauties: The Lichen Explorations of Natalie Andrew highlights ceramic sculptures incorporating botanical specimen images from the arboretum. (Opening October 14) Celebrate the autumnal season during the Crabapple and Maple Festival, with guided walks, children’s activities, and more. (October 15)

Native Plant Trust
Discover the secrets to creating sustainable New England landscapes through walks, classes, and other events at the 45-acre Framingham, Massachusetts, haven, Garden in the Woods.



Institute of Contemporary Art
The Boston museum hosts Franco-Moroccan choreographer and dancer Fouad Boussouf for the premiere of Näss, which explores the cross-cultural influences of traditional North African dance and hip-hop. (October 14-15)



Harvard Film Archive
Leandro Listorti’s Herbaria is an experimental documentary that reflects on the care and preservation of both botanical specimens and of film, two seemingly unrelated entities. (September 19)

The Face of Time. Recent Films by Tsai Ming-Liang. The Malaysian filmmaker (based in Taiwan) appears in person for talks and discussions during this series of screenings that include Good-Bye Dragon Inn (2003), I Don’t Want to Sleep Alone (2006), Your Face (2018), and Days (2020). (October 7-16)



The Sinclair
The Harvard Square concert space has a robust fall line-up. YouTube sensation and innovative musician/vlogger Tessa Violet (formerly Meekakitty) performs on September 22, while the Tex-Mex and Americana indie-rock band Calexico takes the stage October 25-26.

Somerville Theatre
The Australian indie/folk rock band The Paper Kites lands at this historic Davis Square venue on September 19, and the traditional Irish music group Altan fiddles into town on October 21.



Houghton Library
The new exhibit American Drag draws on photographs, ephemera, and other materials from the Harvard Theatre Collection to explore how the art form has evolved. (September 6-January 6)

Through seas never sailed before: Os Lusíadasat 450 celebrates the anniversary of Portugal’s epic poem by Luís Vaz de Camões. On display are the library’s rare editions of the work, along with printed and other materials that elucidate this work of art. (Through October 29)

Harvard Art Museums
Dare to Know: Prints and Drawings in the Age of Enlightenment delves into the graphic arts and science that shaped and inspired the period. The exhibit offers 150 works from Harvard’s own collections, along with others borrowed from across the United States and abroad to highlight the role of reason in developing civilizations. (September 16-January 15)

Ponder the role of artifacts and objects in representing historic realities in Funerary Portraits from Roman Egypt: Facing Forward, a collection of painted panels, sculptural portraits, and a linen burial shroud. (August 21-December 31)

Harvard Ceramics Program
Moving Mountains features works by 2020-22 artist-in-residence Deighton Abrams that center on “the dualities of isolation versus solitude, science and spirit, human and nature.” Gallery 224, at 224 Western Avenue, Allston. (September 30-November 22)

Portland Museum of Art
Kathy Butterly: Out of one, many/Headscapes offers two different series of ceramic sculptures by the artist, who splits her time between Maine and New York City. At once playful and philosophical, the objects express the fluid changeability of body and mind. (Opens November 4)

Armenian Museum of America
Works by more than 75 artists, including Lita Albuquerque, Lynda Benglis, Frank Gehry, and Ed Ruscha, are on display in On the Edge: Los Angeles Art 1970s-1990s. (Through November 30)

Addison Gallery of American Art
Harry Benson: Four Stories. Arriving in America with The Beatles, the Scottish-born photojournalist chronicled decades of American culture for Life magazine. The exhibit focuses on images from the 1960s, including the arrival of that British boy band and the march of James Meredith in Mississippi. (September 1-January 30)



Central Square Theater
Ada and the Engine, by playwright Lauren Gunderson, delves into the life and times of the English mathematician and writer Ada Byron Lovelace (1815-1852), considered to be the first computer programmer.
(September 22-October 23)

Huntington Theatre Company
The new musical Sing Street captures early 1980s Dublin and music as a dogged teenager starts a band and finds his first love. (August 26-October 2)