New England Regional
The Farmers’ Market at Harvard
These outdoor markets emphasizing fresh, local foods and regional purveyors run through October 25.
Tuesdays, noon-6 p.m.
Corner of Oxford and Kirkland streets, adjacent to Memorial Hall.
Fridays, 3-7 p.m.
Corner of North Harvard Street and Western Avenue.
American Repertory Theater
617-547-8300 (box office)
• Through October 2
The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess. An American classic, directed and reinterpreted by Diane Paulus. Loeb Drama Center, 64 Brattle Street.
Continuing: The Donkey Show, a high-energy Studio 54 adaptation of A Midsummer Night’s Dream. “Boogie...on down!”
Oberon Theater, 2 Arrow Street.
• October 21 at 8 p.m.
The Harvard Glee Club joins forces with the Princeton Glee Club for a concert on the night before the Harvard-Princeton football game.
• October 28 at 8 p.m.
A “Montage Concert,” performed by the Harvard Monday Jazz Band, Harvard Wind Ensemble, and the Harvard University Band.
Nature and Science
The Arnold Arboretum
• Opening October 29, with an artist’s reception on November 5, 1-3 p.m.
Trees and Gardens: Photography by Joseph Flack Weiler features intricate black and white images that reveal how trees touch our urban and rural lives.
The Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics
617-495-7461; 60 Garden Street
• September 15 and October 20 at 7:30 p.m.
Observatory Night lectures, followed by stargazing if weather permits.
The Harvard Film Archive
Visit the website for complete listings.
• September 10-11
World on a Wire by Rainer Werner Fassbinder. A visionary science-fiction thriller made for German television in 1973.
• September 24-25
A Visit from Matt Porterfield. The Baltimore native will discuss his work after screenings of Putty Hill and Hamilton, which feature amateur actors and capture subtle aspects of youth and identity.
• September 26
Radical Light: Alternative Film and Video in the San Francisco Bay Area captures the punk music and art scene.
Exhibitions & Events
Harvard Art Museums
• September 21 at 6 p.m.
Standing Buddha. An “In-Sight Evening” talk by Dworsky curator of Chinese art Robert D. Mowry introduces a newly acquired Nepalese bronze sculpture (c. 8th-10th century) of the Buddha.
• Opening October 25
Beyond the Surface: Scientific Approaches to Islamic Metalwork explores pieces from the fourth through fourteenth centuries with special focus on adaptations from Roman and Byzantine styles.
• October 27-29
Vasari/500: Envisoning New Directions in Vasari Studies. A free symposium examining the work and life of Giorgio Vasari, courtier and architect to Cosimo de’ Medici, founder of the Florentine Accademia, and author of Lives of the Artists, on the quincentenary of his birth. International scholars will reassess his central, if deeply contested, role in history.
Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts
• September 13-October 16. Opening reception and panel discussion on September 29 at 6 p.m.
Pavel Schmidt: Franz Kafka—Verschrieben & Verzeichnet [“written and drawn”]. An exhibit featuring 49 sketches by Schmidt, a Swiss painter, illustrator, and installation artist, juxtaposed with fragments of Kafka’s previously unpublished writings.
Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology
• September 15 at 5:30 p.m.
“Trash Talk” Lecture Series
As part of the museum’s yearlong exploration of what we waste, New York University anthropologist Robin Nagle takes as her topic “Garbage: Learning to Unsee.”
• October 10, noon-4:30 p.m.
Zooarchaeology Laboratory Open House
At this drop-in family event visitors examine bones and learn how scientists identify animals excavated from ancient sites.
• October 22, 10 a.m.-noon
Harvard Yard Archaeology Project
Families can learn about Colonial Harvard and Cambridge and what has been unearthed during a continuing excavation of the Yard. Meet at Matthews Hall.
Harvard Museum of Natural History
New England Forests, a new permanent exhibit, is a multimedia examination of the natural history and ecology of regional forests and their responses to human activity.
• Through October 15
The Adventures of Thackeray in His Way Through the World: His Fortunes and Misfortunes, His Friends and His Family reintroduces the celebrated author of Vanity Fair on his bicentenary. 617-495-2449.
Wusku Wuttestamentum Nul-Lordumun Jesus Christ nuppoquohwussuaeneumun: The 350th Anniversary of America’s First Bible. This exhibition brings together copies of the 1661 New Testament and the complete Bible of 1663,as translated into Algonquin and printed in Cambridge, John Eliot’s The Indian Grammar Begun (1666) (from the Houghton Library), and some of the original printing types from the Peabody Museum. 617-495-2444.
• Continuing: Native Life in the Americas: Artists’ Views showcases the work of little-known Native American and women artists. 617-495-1481.
• Continuing: A display of images from the Harvard College Annual International Photo Contest. 617-495-2455.