An 1870 photograph of chimeras atop Notre-Dame de Paris, on exhibit at Houghton Library. THE HORBLIT COLLECTION AT HOUGHTON LIBRARY
SPECIAL. The seventh annual celebration of the arts at Harvard, ArtsFirst '99, holds sway May 6-9. This year's Harvard Arts Medalist is David Hays '52, founder of the National Theatre of the Deaf. Call (617) 495-8676 for details.
The Arnold Arboretum's annual Lilac Sunday, on May 16 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., offers self-guided tours through the collection, refreshments, and a lilac sale. Call 524-1718 for additional information.
EXHIBITIONS. Opening at the Fogg are Death by Hogarth, on May 8, and Sargent in the Studio, on June 10. An exhibit of drawings by Ellsworth Kelly (also at the Sackler) closes May 16. Shows remaining on view include American Art after 1950; Gian Lorenzo Bernini: Sketches in Clay; and The Art of Identity: African Sculpture from the Teel Collection. At the Sackler, Nature as Metaphor: Paintings from China, Korea, and Japan closes June 13. Continuing exhibits include Empress, Goddess, State: Depictions of Women on Ancient and Byzantine Coinage; Coins of Alexander the Great; and Wall Drawing #830, by Sol LeWitt, in the lobby. At the Busch-Reisinger, Multiple Configurations: Presenting the Contemporary Portfolio opens on May 22.
At the Harvard College Library, an exhibit honoring the centenary of Vladimir Nabokov's birth is on view in the Memorial Rotunda of Widener Library from May 4 to June 2. Call 495-2509 for details.
At the Harvard Museum of Natural History, The Beetle Boom closes on May 9, and Rocks from Outer Space: Meteorites from the Collection of Q. David Bowers opens June 3. Remaining on view are Modeling Nature and Birthstones.
At the Semitic Museum, Nuzi and the Hurrians: Fragments from a Forgotten Past continues. Call 495-4631 for details.
At Houghton Library, the Harrison D. Horblit Collection of Early Photography remains on display until May 26. Call 495-8415 for more information.
THEATER. Call 547-8300 for details about the American Repertory Theatre's production of The Cripple of Inishman, at the Loeb Drama Center from May 14 to June 13.
FILM. For a complete schedule of offerings presented by the Harvard Film Archive, call 495-4700.
MUSIC. The Sanders Theatre stage hosts a slew of end-of-term concerts, including performances by the Harvard-Radcliffe Chorus, on May 2 at 3 p.m.; the Mozart Society Orchestra, on May 2 at 8 p.m.; the Harvard Glee Club, Radcliffe Choral Society, Harvard-Radcliffe Collegium Musicum, and Harvard-Radcliffe Orchestra, in an ArtsFirst '99 concert of Verdi's Requiem, on May 7 at 8 p.m.; the Harvard-Radcliffe Collegium Musicum, bidding "Farewell to Cambridge," on June 6 at 3 p.m.; and various a cappella groups in the Harvard-Radcliffe Grad Jam, on June 8 at 8 p.m. Call 496-6013 for details, or 496-2222 for tickets.
The Harvard Group for New Music will conclude its series of contemporary music concerts with performances on May 7 and May 16, both at 8 p.m. in Paine Hall. Call 496-6013 for details.
Listen in on WHRB spring orgies, broadcast on 95.3 FM, beginning in early May. Call 495-4818 for schedules.
PROGRAMS. In addition to general tours, the Harvard University Art Museums offer specialized gallery walks and talks, free with the price of admission. Call 495-9400 for details.
The Arnold Arboretum sponsors myriad educational programs throughout the year. For a complete list, call 524-1718.
Call 495-8212 for a complete list of colloquia at Radcliffe's Bunting Institute.
The Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics offers free observatory nights on May 20 and on June 17. Call 495-7461 for details, or call 496-star for a recorded guide to the night sky.
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