Events

    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 15

    Tour: The Architectural History of the Harvard Art Museums

    2:30pm to 3:30pm

    Location: 

    Harvard Art Museums, 32 Quincy Street, Cambridge

    Facilities director Peter Atkinson will take visitors on a 60-minute architectural tour of the museums, highlighting the strategies and stories behind the evolution of the recently renovated building, with a special focus on its environmentally conscious, certified LEED Gold design.

    Free with museums’ admission (Note: Cambridge residents, all students, youth under age 18, and Massachusetts K-12 teachers get in free to the Harvard Art Museums). This tour is limited to 15 people and tickets are required. Ten minutes before the tour, tickets...

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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 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.

    This workshop is suitable...

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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 11

    2019 Montage Concert: Celebrating the Harvard Band’s 100th Anniversary

    8:00pm

    Location: 

    Sanders Theatre, 45 Quincy St., Cambridge

    Harvard University Bands presents 2019 Montage Concert: Celebrating the Harvard Band’s 100th Anniversary. This concert will feature Harvard Monday Jazz Band, Harvard Wind Ensemble, and the Harvard Band. Guest Soloist, Boston Symphony Tubist, Mike Roylance.

    Cost: $10; free with Harvard ID

    Purchase tickets through the Harvard Box Office.

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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.

    Cost:...

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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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    2019 Oct 05

    Screening of Mama Colonel with Filmmaker Dieudo Hamadi

    7:00pm to 9:00pm

    Location: 

    Harvard Film Archive, 24 Quincy Street, Cambridge

    DRC documentarian Dieudo Hamadi is being awarded the McMillan-Stewart Fellowship in Distinguished Filmmaking by Harvard’s Film Study Center. This film focuses on Colonel Honorine Munyole who selflessly leads a vigorous campaign against rape and the mistreatment of children in Bukavu, the capital of an eastern DRC province.

    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 05

    Weekend Matinee: Good Bye, Lenin!

    3:00pm to 5:00pm

    Location: 

    Harvard Film Archive, 24 Quincy Street, Cambridge

    At the time one of the most successful German films ever made, Wolfgang Becker’s clever tragicomedy begins in East Germany in 1989, right before the fall of the Berlin Wall. Alex’s mother has slipped into a coma, missing the historic event and its aftermath. When she awakens in 1990, any excitement could be fatal for her, so her son—Daniel Brühl in his breakthrough role—sees only one way out: he must conceal the fall of the socialist regime she had so embraced and pretend East Germany still exists.

    Cost: $5 Weekend Matinee Admission; free for all Harvard...

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    2019 Oct 04

    Screening of Kinshasa Makambo with Filmmaker Dieudo Hamadi

    7:00pm to 9:00pm

    Location: 

    Harvard Film Archive, 24 Quincy Street, Cambridge

    DRC documentarian Dieudo Hamadi is being awarded the McMillan-Stewart Fellowship in Distinguished Filmmaking by Harvard’s Film Study Center. In this film, Hamadi follows three activists engaged in a dangerous fight against the country’s dictator, Joseph Kabila.

    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 Aug 31

    Dark Waters: All-Night Movie Marathon

    7:00pm to 1:00am

    Location: 

    Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts, 24 Quincy St., Cambridge

    This year’s annual movie marathon at the Harvard Film Archive finds danger on the high seas, in the churning rapids and even on a seemingly placid lake, presenting a selection of taut and waterlogged films where boat voyages become suspended states of mind: obsessive, delusional, perilous and even disastrous.

    From Huston’s classic adventure of improbable romance aboard the dilapidated African Queen to Polanski’s vision of sexualized power games on a cramped sailboat, to the solitary epic ocean adventure of the young Japanese sailor in Kon Ichikawa’s Alone on the...

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    2019 Aug 02

    Harvard Film Archive: Summer Film Series

    Fri Aug 2 (All day) to Fri Aug 30 (All day)

    Location: 

    Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts, 24 Quincy St., Cambridge

    The Harvard Film Archive presents films Friday through Monday nights year-round. Open to the public, all screenings are held in the Archive's 200-seat theater featuring state-of-the-art film and digital projection located in the historic Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts.

    Throughout August, The Harvard Film Archive will present screenings directed by Fritz Lang, Francesco Rosi, Howard Hawks, and Joan Tewkesbury.

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    2019 Jul 20

    A Lunar Soirée

    7:00pm to 10:00pm

    Location: 

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

    Celebrate the fiftieth anniversary of the 1969 moon landing at this one-of-a-kind evening event exclusively for guests 21+. Enjoy cocktails, beer, light refreshments, and 60s music, as well as moon-inspired demonstrations and activities. More details on the full program coming soon!

    Cost: $20 for members; $25 for nonmembers.

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