Visit the website for specific show times.
• January 15 through February 5
R. Buckminster Fuller: The History (and Mystery) of the Universe, written and directed by D.W. Jacobs. Actor Thomas Derrah takes the audience on an adventure through Fuller’s life and times.
• February 12 through March 12
Ajax. A new translation of Sophocles’s play reveals that modern-day grappling with violence and war is nothing new.
• February 25 through March 25
Prometheus Bound. A new rock-musical version of this Aeschylus classic, directed by Diane Paulus, illustrates one man’s struggles against a ruthless dictator.
• February 18 at 8 p.m
374 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston
The Harvard Club of Boston Jazz Combo Festival showcases student ensembles.
Free and open to the public.
617-495-8683; Harvard Dance Center
60 Garden Street
• February 18 at 7 p.m.
The Boston Ballet Dance Talks series features that company’s artistic director, Mikko Nissinen, and performances by its dancers. Free and open to the public.
Carpenter Center for the Arts
• January 27 through February 20. Opening night reception with the artists.
VES Alumni Exhibition
Alumnae Liz Glynn ’03, Amy Lien ’09, Meredith James ’04, and Xiaowei Wang ’08 will discuss their work and life after VES. The exhibit includes video, drawings, and a reconstruction, made from detritus gathered from the renovation of the Fogg Museum, of Le Corbusier’s iconic furniture.
Harvard Art Museums
• Continuing: Brush and Ink Reconsidered: Contemporary Chinese Landscapes.
• Continuing: I Was Not Waving but Drowning features 14 photographs that capture Indian artist Atul Bhalla’s submergence in the Yamuna River.
• Continuing: “Re-View.” More than 600 objects from the collections of the Fogg, Busch-Reisinger, and Sackler museums.
Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology
• Opening March 2, reception from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.
House of Love: Photographic Fiction, Dayanita Singh explores the human condition through images—linked to poetry and prose—shot mostly in India. A book of Singh’s work will be published in February by the Peabody Museum Press.
• Continuing: The museum’s “Visible Language” series offers lectures on the origins of Maya writing, responses to literacy, and more. Visit the website for details.
Harvard Museum of Natural History
26 Oxford Street
• January 27 at 6 p.m.
“Head’s Up! How and Why the Amazing Human Head Evolved to Be the Way It Is” launches the “Evolution Matters” lecture series with professor of human evolutionary biology Daniel Lieberman, author of the new book, The Evolution of the Human Head (see “Head to Toe”). Free and open to the public.
• Continuing: Headgear: The Natural History of Horns and Antlers
Discover why and how these protuberances developed, and what roles they play in various cultures.
Nature and Science
The Arnold Arboretum
• Opening January 22, reception 1:30 to 3:30 p.m.
Trees of My City: Photography by Roberto Mighty explores the forms and purposes of dormant, dead, and decaying trees.
• January 19, 6:30 p.m.-9:30 p.m.
The Buzz on Beekeeping, with Nancy Bentley Mangion, owner of the Beekeepers’ Warehouse. A $45 fee and registration are required.
• February 1, 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Working with Stone: Creating a Connection with the Spirit of Place, with master dry-stone mason Dan Snow, highlights the uniquely artful character of stone. At Trinity Church, Boston. Fee and registration required; contact the arboretum for details.
The Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics
617-495-7461; 60 Garden Street
• January 20 and February 17 at 7:30 p.m.
Skywatching, weather permitting, and lectures. Free and open to the public.
The Harvard Film Archive
Visit the website for listings.
Schlesinger Library Movie Night
10 Garden Street, Radcliffe Yard
• February 2 at 6 p.m.
The Heart of the Sea: Kapolioka’ehukai (2002), by Lisa Denker and Charlotte Largarde, tells the story of Hawaiian legend Rell Sun, a pioneer of women’s surfing.