Events on and off campus during January and February
FROM LEFT: courtesy of Gisèle Ben-Dor; Gift of Mr. Robert Lehman. RISD Museum, Providence, RI ;Courtesy of Houghton Library/Harvard University
Amherst College 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.
Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study
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)
Emerson Cutler Majestic Theatre
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)
Harvard Film Archive
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)
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
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)
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
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
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.
American Repertory Theater
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
The Art of Burning, by Kate Snodgrass, takes on “conscious uncoupling” and ensuing family dynamics. (January 13-February 12)
Lyric Stage Company
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)
Reproductions of historic documents and other visual materials reveal Amy Lowell: Poet, Propagandist, Collector.
(Opens January 9)
Harvard Ceramics Program
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
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
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)
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)
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)