- April 26-29: The twentieth annual Arts First Festival offers dozens of performances by student dancers, jugglers, actors, and musicians, among others—and honors the 2012 Arts Medalist, actor Tommy Lee Jones ’69.
- March 30 and 31 at 8 p.m.
John Knowles Paine Concert Hall
The Harvard music department presents the Fromm Players at Harvard with the Boston Modern Orchestra Project.
Free admission and free parking (at the garage on Felton Street, off Broadway).
- April 21 at 8 p.m.
First Church, 11 Garden Street
The chorus founded by retired Harvard choral director Jameson Marvin performs Haydn’s Missa in Angustiis (Lord Nelson Mass), among other works.
- April 13 at 8 p.m. The Harvard Glee Club, Radcliffe Choral Society, and Harvard-Radcliffe Collegium Musicum join forces for a spring concert.
- April 20 at 8 p.m. The Harvard-Radcliffe Chorus performs Schubert’s Mass in A-Flat.
- April 28 at 8 p.m. An Arts First Festival concert of music by Ravel, Debussy, and Falla, performed by the Harvard Glee Club, the Radcliffe Choral Society, and the Harvard-Radcliffe Collegium Musicum.
Harvard Dance Center, 60 Garden Street
- March 23-24 and 30-31 at 8 p.m. Harvard students perform three new works choreographed by dance program director Jill Johnson and artist-in-residence Christopher Roman.
The Harvard Film Archive
- March 9-25: The Melancholy Worlds of Béla Tarr celebrates the work of this Hungarian auteur with a rare showing of his feature films, including the area premiere of The Turin Horse.
- March 16-26: Sing, Memory: Terence Davies’ Postwar England. An exploration of works by this British filmmaker, who will be on hand to discuss his creative process as well as his latest drama, The Deep Blue Sea.
- March 23: Claude Lanzmann and the Karski Report. The director of Shoah, the 1985 documentary about the Nazi genocide of Europe’s Jews, discusses his work, including more interview material and footage of the testimony of Jan Karski, a member of the Polish resistance.
- March 30 through April 2: Inutile: The Films of Carmelo Bene offers a look at one of the renowned figures of the Italian avant-garde in the second half of the twentieth century. Screenings include Salomé and Our Lady of the Turks.
- March 31: Ivan & Ivana By Jeff Silva. A follow-up to Silva’s documentary Balkan Rhapsodies, which he produced after visiting the former Yugoslavia in 1999, just after the NATO bombing campaign. The subjects are now seemingly living the good life in Southern California.
Exhibitions & Events
Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts
- April 27 through May 24, with an opening reception on April 27, 5:30-6:30 p.m. VES Thesis Exhibition 2012 features the final projects of graduating seniors.
Harvard Art Museums
Sackler Museum, 485 Broadway
More than 600 objects from the Fogg, Busch-Reisinger, and Sackler Museums are on display.
- Opening March 30, with a lecture and reception on March 29 at 6 p.m.
Lyonel Feininger: Photographs, 1928-1939 offers a first look at the virtually unknown photographic work of this (American-born) member of the German modern art movement. Lecturer Siegfried Gohr is a professor of art history and deputy director of the Kunstakademie Düsseldorf. Free and open to the public.
- April 10 at 6 p.m. ArtisTalk: Todd Hido. The photographer takes nighttime images of suburban neighborhoods that emphasize the effects of fog and light from streetlamps and windows.
- April 26 at 6 p.m. A lecture, “New Views on Roman Gold Coins Found in Britain,” reveals that Britain was not the poor province at the edge of the Roman Empire that it was once thought to be.
Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology
- March 29 at 6 p.m. A musical evening featuring “Mexican Music of the Borderlands: Talk and Demonstration” with José Cuellar, professor of Raza Studies, College of Ethnic Studies, at San Francisco State University. Tsai Auditorium, 1730 Cambridge Street (concourse level).
- April 5 at 6 p.m. “Trash Talk” Lecture Series: Preview of the film Garbage City and the Informal Economy, followed by a discussion. Geological Lecture Hall, 24 Oxford St.
- April 19 at 6 p.m. “Trash Talk” Lecture Series: “Tornadoes, Twin Towers, and Hurricanes: 20 Years of Urban Disaster Clean-up,” with executives of the specialty contractor Phillips and Jordan Inc. Geological Lecture Hall, 24 Oxford St.
Harvard Museum of Natural History
- Continuing: Mollusks: Shelled Masters of the Marine Realm explores the amazing diversity of mollusks, which comprise almost a quarter of all known sea-dwelling species.
- March 11 at 2 p.m. Princeton history professor D. Graham Burnett discusses his new book, The Sounding of the Whale: Science and Cetaceans in the Twentieth Century.
April 12 at 6 p.m. Pellegrino University Professor emeritus Edward O. Wilson lectures on the origins of human beings and our domination of the earth’s biosphere, the topic of his most recent book, The Social Conquest of Earth.
- Opening April 2: The Natural History of Edward Lear. Houghton holds the largest and most complete collection of the English author’s artworks; many depicting the natural world are now on display to celebrate the bicentennial of his birth.
The Mahindra Humanities Center at Harvard
http://mahindrahumanities.fas.harvard.edu; 617-495-0738 or 617-496-4955
Free and open to the public.
- March 20 and 27 and April 3, 10, 16, and 24 at 4 p.m. The Norton Lectures this year will be delivered by South African artist William Kentridge, best known for his prints, drawings, and animated films. His series is titled “Six Drawing Lessons.”
- May 4 and 5 at 4 p.m.; May 6 at 10 a.m. The Tanner Lectures on Human Values, delivered by Esther Duflo, Jameel professor of poverty alleviation and development economics at MIT
Nature and Science
The Arnold Arboretum
- March 17 through April 29, with an artist’s talk on April 12, 6:30-8 p.m.Tree Rings: Ceramic Panoramas by Warren Mather. The artist, a faculty member at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, creates inverse panoramas of tree bark by taking images of the bark, transferring them to silk screens, and then printing the images on clay.
The Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics
617-495-7461; 60 Garden Street
Observatory night lectures with night-sky viewing, weather permitting.
- March 15 at 7:30 p.m. Happy Anniversary, Henrietta celebrates the centennial of Henrietta Leavitt’s discovery of a cosmic yardstick to measure the distance to remote celestial objects.
- April 19 at 7:30 p.m. Love, Fear, and Greed: Why We Should Go to the Asteroids looks at how advanced space engineering and new astronomical knowledge can be combined to make exploring asteroids possible.