Events

    2020 Feb 26

    Grafting Woody Plants: Fruit Trees

    5:00pm to 7:30pm

    Location: 

    Dana Greenhouse Classroom, Arnold Arboretum, 125 Arborway, Boston

    Grafting is the technique of joining parts of separate plants in such a manner that they unite and continue their growth as one. Learn basic principles of grafting with an overview of different types of dormant-season grafts. Arnold Arboretum propagator Sean Halloran will provide step-by-step instructions so that you can practice both cleft and side veneer grafts using apple root stock. Simple after-care will be required until planting out in springtime. Registrants will need to sign an Assumption of Risk and Release in order to participate in this class.

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    2020 Feb 08

    I Heart Science

    10:00am to 4:00pm

    Location: 

    Harvard Museum of Natural History, 26 Oxford St., Cambridge

    Awaken your love of science with activities led by Harvard scientists, graduate students, and enthusiastic explorers. Meet scientists who investigate fossils, microbes, and carnivorous plants. Hear short talks on current research at Harvard. Explore fermenting microbes in action as they perform in a musical art installation! Bring your own collections to show to local shell and minerals clubs. This program has something for everyone and is appropriate for children and adults of all ages.

    Note: Regular museum admission rates apply.

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    2020 Feb 06

    A Rose is a Rose: The Art of Botanical Prose

    2:00pm to 3:30pm

    Location: 

    Hunnewell Building, Arnold Arboretum, 125 Arborway, Boston

    Attention gardeners, readers, and writers! Come in from the cold for an afternoon as delightful as a spring garden. Jonathan Damery, the associate editor for Arnoldia, will provide an enlivening and breathtaking tour of the artistry found in horticultural and botanical reference books. Bask in the profound eloquence of even the most exhaustive of botanical descriptions. Often cloaked in scholarly tomes, these compositions boast opinion, passion, simply gorgeous wordsmithing, and even intrigue, in some cases.

    Cost
    Members: $5
    Nonmembers: $10

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    2019 Dec 14

    Measure Twice, Cut Once: Introductory Tree and Shrub Pruning

    9:30am to 12:00pm

    Location: 

    Hunnewell Building, Arnold Arboretum, 125 Arborway, Boston

    Put down the hedge shears! Through both classroom instruction and hands-on field training, this class will include what’s, why's, and how’s of proper pruning approaches and techniques. Andrew Gapinski will focus on small ornamental trees, young shade trees, and shrubs with general approaches towards maintaining a plant’s natural form and encouraging health and vigor.

    Note: Pruning for fruit production will not be covered in this offering. Dress for indoor and outdoor learning.

    Cost: $30 member, $38 nonmember.

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    2019 Nov 18

    Film Screening: Atlantique with Mati Diop

    7:00pm to 9:00pm

    Location: 

    Harvard Film Archive, 24 Quincy Street, Cambridge

    The stunning debut feature by actress-turned-filmmaker Mati Diop is a bewitching tale of longing focused on a young Senegalese woman gripped by her forbidden love for an exploited construction worker who abruptly emigrates to Europe but seems to be lingering mysteriously behind. A surprise but well-deserved winner of the coveted Grand Prix at the 2019 Cannes Film Festival, Atlantique establishes the recent Radcliffe Fellow as a central figure in a new wave of politically charged yet lyrically shaped art cinema that is reorienting contemporary filmmaking towards bold new...

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    2019 Nov 16

    Film Screening: Boy and the World

    3:00pm to 5:00pm

    Location: 

    Harvard Film Archive, 24 Quincy Street, Cambridge

    Open your senses to a refreshingly original, uniquely animated feature film from Brazil. Young Cuca’s cozy country life is shattered when his father has to leave for the city to find a job. Cuca’s quest to reunite the family sends him on an adventurous journey. Director Alê Abreu’s striking style employs crayon-like drawings, kaleidoscopic images and watercolors that explode with vibrant color.

    Cost: $5 matinee admission. Free with a Cambridge Public Library card or current Harvard Student ID. Cash only.

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    2019 Nov 16

    Two-day Masterclass with Linda Christianson and George McCauley

    Repeats every day until Sun Nov 17 2019 .
    10:00am to 5:00pm

    10:00am to 5:00pm

    Location: 

    Ceramics Program - Office for the Arts at Harvard, 224 Western Ave, Allston

    Potters Linda Christianson and George McCauley have a combined "100 years of experience, travels, workshop histories, exhibitions, stories, studio work and teaching experience.” This two-day Master Class addresses form, surface and a variety of firing methods. Both feel strongly about form as an essential element in their work. The artists will discuss their own specific surface treatments and experience in firing including atmospheric firing, soda, wood and low temperature wood firing.

    On the first day, the instructors will use wheel throwing and handbuilding techniques...

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    2019 Nov 13

    Propagating Semi-Hardwood Cuttings

    5:00pm to 7:00pm

    Location: 

    Dana Greenhouse Classroom, Arnold Arboretum, 125 Arborway, Boston

    Enhance your garden! Join Manager of Plant Production Tiffany Enzenbacher to learn how to propagate woody plants from fall cuttings. Students will collect and stick cuttings of several taxa (Ilex and Rhododendron to name a few), and will take their propagules home. After rooting, small plants may be ready to transplant as early as next year. Post-class nurturing will be required.

    Fee for all materials is included in the cost of the class. Students should bring their own pruners to class.

    Cost: $42 for members; $52 for nonmembers...

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    2019 Nov 11

    Film Screening: Being There

    7:00pm to 9:00pm

    Location: 

    Harvard Film Archive, 24 Quincy Street, Cambridge

    With his latest book Make My Day: Movie Culture in the Age of Reagan, celebrated film critic J. Hoberman focuses on the broad period from George Lucas’ American Graffiti (1973) to John Carpenter’s They Live (1988), looking closely at the often uncanny and absurd synchronicities between Hollywood cinema and American politics during the years when the White House was occupied by former Warner Brothers contract actor Ronald Reagan. In a visit co-presented with the Brattle Theatre, the Harvard Film Archive welcomes back J. Hoberman to introduce one film that made an...

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    2019 Nov 04

    Screening of Her Smell with Alex Ross Perry

    7:00pm to 9:00pm

    Location: 

    Harvard Film Archive, 24 Quincy Street, Cambridge

    After the screening, Alex Ross Perry will discuss his most recent and most ambitious film centered now on the raging figure of a grunge star—played with unbridled abandon by Elisabeth Moss.

     

    Cost: $12

    Tickets are available to purchase 45 minutes before showtime at the cinematheque on the lower level of the Carpenter Center. Cash or check only. Harvard students receive free admission with Harvard ID. 

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    2019 Nov 03

    Screening of Golden Exits with Alex Ross Perry

    7:00pm to 9:00pm

    Location: 

    Harvard Film Archive, 24 Quincy St, Cambridge

    After the screening, Alex Ross Perry will discuss his 2018 chamber drama which traces the steady drift of two couples. With a revelatory cast including Adam Horovitz, Mary-Louise Parker, Chloe Sevigny and Jason Schwartzman. Golden Exits finds Perry working in a lower key to fathom the disappointments of friendship and the perils of believing in unspoken promises.

    Cost: $12

    Tickets are available to purchase 45 minutes before showtime at the cinematheque on the lower level of the Carpenter Center. Cash or check only. Harvard students receive free...

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    2019 Nov 02

    Photography with Chris Morgan

    1:00pm to 4:00pm

    Location: 

    Hunnewell Building, Arnold Arboretum, 125 Arborway, Boston

    Chris Morgan is fascinated by the patterns and textures in nature, the shapes of trees, and the movements of birds. He captures these beautifully in his photographs, which were on display at the Arnold Arboretum in the winter of 2019.

    In this program, Chris will discuss his photographic interests and methods in the classroom and then move outdoors to demonstrate his techniques. Class participants will be able to learn alongside Chris, evaluating views, debating camera angles, and considering focal points in order to shoot better images. Participants should bring their...

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    2019 Nov 02

    Compost Compendium

    9:00am to 11:00am

    Location: 

    Weld Hill Building and Landscape, Arnold Arboretum, 125 Arborway, Boston

    Horticulturist Conor Guidarelli manages the Arnold Arboretum’s organic materials recycling area and has recently improved the production and quality of the resulting compost. Conor will discuss the components of compost and the nutrients that can be returned to a site when compost is applied. He will explain the mix of brown to green materials, moisture, and aeration. Class participants will start in the classroom and then travel to the Arboretum’s materials yard to see compost in various stages of development.

    Cost: $20 for members; $30 for nonmembers

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    2019 Oct 26

    Zapotec-Style Painting Family Workshop

    10:00am to 12:30pm

    Location: 

    Peabody Museum of Archaeology & Ethnology, 11 Divinity Ave., Cambridge

    Learn to paint Zapotec design motifs with visiting artists from Oaxaca, Mexico. The father-son team of Ventura and Norberto Fabian continues the tradition of creating hand-carved and painted wooden figures known as alebrijes. This folk art is rooted in traditional aspects of rural village daily life and is now one of Mexico’s largest-selling craft industries. After learning about techniques and styles, participants will select an original, small figure to paint and take home. Workshops will be taught in Spanish with translation to English.

    This workshop is most...

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    2019 Oct 25

    Zapotec-Style Painting Adult Workshop

    4:30pm to 7:00pm

    Location: 

    Peabody Museum of Archaeology & Ethnology, 11 Divinity Ave., Cambridge

    Learn to paint Zapotec design motifs with visiting artists from Oaxaca, Mexico. The father-son team of Ventura and Norberto Fabian continues the tradition of creating hand-carved and painted wooden figures known as alebrijes. This folk art is rooted in traditional aspects of rural village daily life and is now one of Mexico’s largest-selling craft industries. After learning about techniques and styles, participants will select an original, small figure to paint and take home. Workshops will be taught in Spanish with translation to English.

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    2019 Oct 21

    Screening of By the Grace of God with Filmmaker François Ozon

    7:00pm to 9:00pm

    Location: 

    Harvard Film Archive, 24 Quincy Street, Cambridge

    Outraged by the still-unresolved sex crimes committed by prominent members of the French Catholic Church, Ozon first considered making a documentary before realizing he was better suited to craft a compelling multithreaded narrative that could do justice, in every sense of the term, to the point of view and life experience of long-suffering victims of sexual abuse.

    Cost: $12

    Tickets are available to purchase 45 minutes before showtime at the cinematheque on the lower level of the Carpenter Center. Cash or check only.

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    2019 Oct 19

    Peaceable, Friendly, and Fearless: The Benefits of Neuroplasticity

    9:30am to 5:00pm

    Location: 

    Harvard University Memorial Church, 1 Harvard Yard, Cambridge

    We need psychological resources like grit and gratitude for resilient well-being in a challenging world. How can we grow these inner strengths?
    Positive neuroplasticity shows us how to turn passing experiences into lasting changes in the brain - hardwiring an unshakable calm, compassion, and courage into the marrow of our being.

    In this experiential workshop, we’ll explore:

    • Why personal growth experiences don’t have enduring value for many people
    • The necessary two steps of lasting change in the nervous system
    • Growing the key...
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    2019 Oct 12

    Native American Poets Playlist: Poems in the Gallery

    Sat Oct 12 (All day) to Mon Oct 14 (All day)

    Location: 

    Peabody Museum of Archaeology & Ethnology, 11 Divinity Ave., Cambridge

    Enrich your museum visit by listening to an evocative playlist of contemporary poems by Native American authors. Wander freely across the first-floor galleries to see where the poems take you and expand your understanding of Native arts and cultures. The poems, drawn from a powerful recent anthology, New Poets of Native Nations (edited by Heid E. Erdrich; Graywolf Press) celebrate Native poets first published in the twenty-first century. Hear the exhibits “come into voice” and experience the museum in a new way. Borrow a free audio player with regular museum admission.

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    2019 Oct 10

    Molinillos and Chocolate in Contemporary Mexico

    3:00pm to 4:30pm

    Location: 

    Peabody Museum Education Room, 11 Divinity Ave., Cambridge

    In this special event, Juan Alonso Rodriguez will explain how to make a molinillo, the whisk-like wooden tool that is traditionally used in Mexico to make froth in chocolate beverages. Together with Ana Rita García-Lascuráin, he will discuss the history of chocolate production in Mexico and its current renaissance. Using molinillos, members of the Cambridge-based Fine Cacao and Chocolate Institute will make three different chocolate beverages that participants can taste during the program.

    Participants must be aged 18 and over.

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    2019 Oct 07

    Screening of Vitalina Varela with Filmmaker Pedro Costa

    7:00pm to 9:00pm

    Location: 

    Harvard Film Archive, 24 Quincy Street, Cambridge

    A moving study of mourning and memory, Pedro Costa’s revelatory new film offers an indelible portrait of Vitalina Tavares Varela, a fragile yet indomitable woman who makes the long voyage from Cape Verde to Lisbon to attend her estranged husband’s funeral but misses the event itself because of cruel bureaucratic delays.

    Cost: $12

    Tickets are available to purchase 45 minutes before showtime at the cinematheque on the lower level of the Carpenter Center. Cash or check only.

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