Events

    2019 Jun 25

    The Art of Botanical Prose

    7:00pm to 8:15pm

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    Hunnewell Building, Arnold Arboretum, 125 Arborway, Boston

    All writers must contend with translation. A poet translates the movement of a dancing figure into a brief couplet, and an essayist translates the noise and commotion of the city where she lives into a single paragraph. The three-dimensional world filters into text, and when done especially well—the realm of literature and art—readers often forget that translation has even occurred.

    In this talk, Jonathan Damery, the associate editor for Arnoldia, will provide a readerly tour through horticultural and botanical reference books, encouraging readers to see the artistic endeavor...

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    2019 Jun 22

    Film Screening: Sennan Asbestos Disaster

    5:00pm

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

    Join the Harvard Film Archive for a film screening of Sennan Asbestos Disaster (Nippon Asbest Village).

    Director Kazuo Hara’s latest film is a slow-building and devastating epic exposé of the “silent time bomb” of widespread asbestos contamination discovered in the Sennan City area of Osaka in 2005. Made over a full decade working closely with an activist group racing against the clock to trace the devastating roots of the epidemic in the area’s traditional hub of asbestos production and connect with elderly survivors to build their case against the state, Sennan...

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    2019 Jun 21

    Film Screening: A Dedicated Life

    7:00pm

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

    Join the Harvard Film Archive for a film screening of "A Dedicated Life (Zenshin shosetsuka)." 

    Director Kazuo Hara’s rarely screened fourth film is an extended intimate portrait of celebrated and outspoken novelist Mitsuharu Inoue, a project that took a radical new direction when the writer’s recently diagnosed cancer began to spread throughout his body. Responding to the urgent sense of time running out, Hara filmed extended sessions of Inoue’s writing workshops, lectures and visits to the doctor, while also interviewing the many women in the author’s life....

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    2019 Jun 21

    In the Groves: A Summer Solstice Journey

    Repeats every week every Saturday until Sat Jun 22 2019 .
    6:30pm to 8:30pm

    6:30pm to 8:30pm

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    Hunnewell Building and Arboretum Landscape, Arnold Arboretum, 125 Arborway, Boston

    Join us for an enchanting evening of Tree Myths, Songs and Summer Solstice Legends. Attendees will hear tales of the human connection with trees and the deep meaning we have assigned to them through the ages. This unique performance, designed specifically for the Arnold Arboretum, travels through the Arboretum with story and music. Each story is told under a different tree or among a unique collection of Arboretum plants, culminating with the haunting Czech legend “The Wild Woman of the Birch Grove” told amid the birches at sunset. Appropriate for adults and for children twelve years and...

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    2019 Jun 15

    Visiting Artist Workshop: Miranda Thomas

    Repeats every day until Sun Jun 16 2019 .
    10:00am to 4:00pm

    10:00am to 4:00pm

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

    Hone your surface skills and eye for design with world renowned potter Miranda Shackleton Thomas. Thomas will teach participants how to use rhythms, spaces, dividing up shapes and symbolism to help build up patterns.

    The first day of this workshop will involve Thomas demonstrating her use of slips, inlay, freehand drawing, carving, brushwork, building, and dissecting patterns. Emphasis will be placed on brush work and exercises will be given to become familiar with all types of brushes and the stokes produced on paper, and later in the day, progressing onto pots. The second...

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    2019 Jun 09

    Boston Youth Symphony Orchestra: Final Concert

    3:00pm

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    Sanders Theatre, Memorial Hall, 45 Quincy St., Cambridge

    Don't miss the Boston Youth Symphony Orchestra's final concert of the season on Sunday, June 9. The program includes pieces such as "Overture to La gazza ladra," "Pelleas und Melisande," and more. 

    The Boston Youth Symphony Orchestras' (BYSO) mission is to encourage artistic excellence in a nurturing environment by providing the highest quality orchestral training and performance opportunities to qualified musicians, grades K-12, while making its programs accessible to underrepresented youth through financial aid and outreach.

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    2019 Jun 08

    Moon Medley

    3:00pm to 4:10pm

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    Harvard Film Archive, 24 Quincy St., Cambridge

    In collaboration with Houghton Library’s celebration of the moon landing’s 50th anniversary, the Harvard Film Archive presents films about humans’ exploration of that final frontier. This program features "A Trip to the Moon" with live musical accompaniment, "A Grand Day Out," "One Small Step," and more family-friendly short films!

    Cost: $5 Weekend Matinee Admission or free with Cambridge Public Library Card.

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    2019 Jun 06

    Visiting Artist Workshop: Tomoo Hamada

    10:00am to 2:00pm

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

    Join Japanese Master Potter Tomoo Hamada, second son of Shinsaku Hamada and grandson of Shoji Hamada, for a half-day demonstration of his work. Although he uses traditional methods, his work is distinctively different from that of his father and grandfather. His more complex shapes are designs are highly regarded worldwide. Hamada has exhibited, lectured and given workshops internationally and was integral in helping the pottery community of Mashiko rebuild from the devastating Tohoku earthquake of 2011. Hamada’s work will be featured at Pucker Gallery beginning Friday, June 7th.

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    2019 May 18

    Exploring Zapotec Wool-Dyeing Techniques

    10:00am to 3:00pm

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    Peabody Museum, 11 Divinity Ave., Cambridge

    In this one-day workshop, master dyer and textile artist Porfirio Gutiérrez will discuss the history and uses of cochineal dye from the perspective of the Zapotecs from Oaxaca, Mexico, who have used the pigment since pre-Columbian times. Mr. Gutiérrez will demonstrate how to prepare cochineal dye and will guide workshop participants in dyeing their individual wool scarves with both cochineal and pericón, a wild marigold indigenous to Mexico, used to obtain a beautiful bright yellow dye.

    This is an all-levels workshop; no previous experience is required. All supplies for...

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    2019 May 05

    The Covenant of Love: The Poetry, Music and Spirituality of South Asian Muslim Cultures

    7:00pm to 8:30pm

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    Sanders Theatre, Memorial Hall, 45 Quincy St., Cambridge

    Harvard Professor Ali Asani ’77; Pakistani pop star and author Ali Sethi ’06; and Grammy-winning producer Noah Georgeson will share the poetic consciousness of legendary South Asian mystic poets through music and conversation. Central to the performance are the transformative powers of love, the primordial link that connects the divine to all of creation.

    Join these thought leaders and artists as they invite audiences to understand the human and the divine through the all-encompassing lens of love.

    Cost: Free tickets will be available...

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    2019 Apr 25

    Seminal Voices

    Repeats every day until Sat Apr 27 2019 .
    7:00pm to 8:00pm

    7:00pm to 8:00pm
    7:00pm to 8:00pm

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    Harvard Dance Center, 66 Garden St., Cambridge

    Join the Harvard Dance Center for an evening of new experiments with the methods of three visionary artists who have expanded the meaning of choreographic practice—and still do. See Harvard students perform and engage with work that spans 90 years of dance history. Evocative, idiosyncratic, distinctive, and infinitely expressive, each of the these works provides dancers and audiences alike the opportunity to encounter dance history and participate in it.

    Cost: $5 for students; $10 for general public.

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    2019 Apr 12

    Puente Musical: Celebrating Chucho Valdés

    8:00pm to 10:00pm

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    Sanders Theater, 45 Quincy St., Cambridge

    Join us for a concert featuring pianist Chucho Valdés, the 2019 Harvard University Jazz Master in Residence, with the Harvard Jazz Bands.

    The Cuban pianist, composer and arranger Chucho Valdés is one of the most influential figures in modern Afro-Cuban jazz. He is a six-time Grammy Award winner and three-time Latin Grammy Award Winner. Born into a family of musicians in Quivicán, Havana province, Cuba, Dionisio Jesús "Chucho" Valdés Rodríguez, has distilled elements of the Afro-Cuban music tradition, jazz, classical music, rock and more, into an organic, personal style...

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    2019 Mar 31

    Amazing Archaeology Fair at Harvard 2019

    12:00pm to 4:00pm

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    Peabody Museum of Archaeology & Ethnology, 11 Divinity Avenue, Cambridge

    Join Harvard archaeology students in the museum galleries as they share their experience from excavations around the world and across time. Examine artifacts and see what archaeologists do. Try launching a spear with a spear thrower (weather permitting), carve cuneiform writing on clay, and experience up-to-the-minute technologies such as 3D printing and augmented reality. Test your listening skills in the World Music Challenge game hosted by colleagues from the social anthropology department. Activities will be spread across both the Peabody and the Harvard Semitic Museums.

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    2019 Feb 10

    Exploring Culture Together: Olives! (Afternoon Session)

    1:00pm to 2:30pm

    Location: 

    Peabody Museum of Archaeology & Ethnology, 11 Divinity Avenue, Cambridge

    Olive fruit and oil have been used for more than 6,000 years as much more than food. In this active experience led by a museum educator, parents and kids will discover the importance of olives in ancient Israel. Families will explore the Houses of Ancient Israel exhibit, craft working olive-oil saucer lamps to take home, handle artifacts, and crown themselves winners in a gallery game with victory wreaths. End the program with an optional olive taste test of products provided by Salt & Olive (Harvard Square).

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    2019 Feb 10

    Exploring Culture Together: Olives! (Morning Session)

    10:00am to 11:30am

    Location: 

    Peabody Museum of Archaeology & Ethnology, 11 Divinity Avenue, Cambridge

    Olive fruit and oil have been used for more than 6,000 years as much more than food. In this active experience led by a museum educator, parents and kids will discover the importance of olives in ancient Israel. Families will explore the Houses of Ancient Israel exhibit, craft working olive-oil saucer lamps to take home, handle artifacts, and crown themselves winners in a gallery game with victory wreaths. End the program with an optional olive taste test of products provided by Salt & Olive (Harvard Square).

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    2019 Feb 08

    Exhibition: The Bauhaus and Harvard

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    Special Exhibitions Gallery, Harvard Art Museums, 32 Quincy St., Cambridge

    The Bauhaus and Harvard — mounted in conjunction with the 100th anniversary of the founding of the Bauhaus in Weimar, Germany — presents nearly 200 works by 74 artists, drawn almost entirely from the Busch-Reisinger Museum’s extensive Bauhaus collection. Founded in 1919 and closed just 14 years later, the Bauhaus was the 20th century’s most influential school of art, architecture, and design. Harvard University played host to the first Bauhaus exhibition in the United States in 1930, and went on to become an unofficial center for the Bauhaus in America when founding...

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    2019 Jan 26

    Smartphone Photography: Winter Landscapes Enhanced

    8:30am to 10:30am

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    Hunnewell Building, Arnold Arboretum, 125 Arborway, Jamaica Plain, MA 02130

    Capture the essence of winter, when landscapes present a diluted palette of colors and contrasts are most striking. Professional photographer Nancy Katz will introduce fundamental concepts of landscape photography and then teach techniques for getting the best photographs from your smartphone camera. You will capture images in color and black and white, then learn to enhance them using a host of editing tools provided in the Snapseed App. (Note: Nancy Katz was...

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    2018 Dec 01

    Family Workshop: Meet the First People of the Kalahari

    10:30am to 12:00pm

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    Peabody Museum of Archaeology & Ethnology, 11 Divinity Avenue, Cambridge, MA

    Parents and children engage in hands-on activities to learn about the Ju/‘hoansi, the original people of the Kalahari desert, who hunted animals and gathered plant foods as a way of life until they took up farming in 1960. 

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    2018 Nov 17

    What Nature Sounds Are Music?

    2:00pm to 3:30pm

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    Hunnewell Building, Arnold Arboretum, 125 Arborway, Jamaica Plain, MA 02130

    Bird song, whale song, bug song? Are these sounds really music? What of the whistle of the wind? David Rothenberg, author of three books, Why Birds Sing, Bug Music, and Survival of the Beautiful, will do his best to answer these questions and fuel further thinking about noise, communication, and song in nature. A composer and jazz clarinetist,...

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    2018 Nov 16

    Party Animals: An Ancient Feast

    7:00pm to 9:00pm

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    Harvard Ed Portal, 224 Western Avenue, Allston, MA

    Celebrate the fall harvest season by feasting with your neighbors! Join the Harvard Ed Portal in collaboration with the Harvard Art Museums and the Ceramics Program, Office for the Arts at Harvard, for a special evening inspired by the Animal-Shaped Vessels from the Ancient World: Feasting with Gods, Heroes, and Kings exhibition, on view at the Harvard Art Museums through January 6, 2019.

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