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Events on and off campus during July and August

From left: Lane’s Cove (c. 1930s), among works by artist Harrison Cady at the Cape Ann Museum; The Wailin’ Jennys perform at Sanders Theatre; a gardener from “Playtime in the Making,” an exploration of how “play” spawns creativity, at the Fuller Craft Museum
From Left: ©Harrison Cady/ The James Collection, promised gift to the Cape Ann Museum; Art Turner; Karen LaFleur and Marlow Shami

| Music | FilmTheater | Nature and Science | Exhibitions & Exhibits


Farmers’ Market at Harvard
Fresh fish, meats and produce, along with specialty breads, herbs, and cheeses. Check the calendar for guest chefs and cooking demonstrations. Science Center Plaza. (Tuesdays, through November 20)

Newburyport Artwalk
Gallery receptions, pop-up exhibits, and artist talks in the historic downtown district, amid restaurants, shops, and easy strolls along the Merrimack River. (June 23 and August 18)

African Festival of Boston
An annual celebration of African arts, culture, and food. Rowes Wharf. (July 28)


The Wailin’ Jennys
The award-winning Canadian trio’s vocal harmonies reinvigorate folk, roots, and pop tunes. Sanders Theatre. (August 23)


Harvard Film Archive
Luchino Visconti, Architect of Neorealism, offers decadent classics like Death in Venice and The Damned. (Through July 15) 

Cinema of Resistance. The exploration of spirited protest includes Robert Bresson’s A Man Escaped and Midi Z’s City of Jade. (Through July 21) 


Photograph by Michael Sterling Photography

The Round Island Regatta, in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, “is open to anyone who can get a boat there”—from kayaks, paddleboards, and rowboats to large sailboats and the smallest racing dinghies, Cape Cod Frostys—says event leader Matt Glenn, captain of the nonprofit Gundalow Company’s touring boat Piscataqua. “We even had a windsurfer once. And there’s a kids’ paddling class as well.”

The August 11 competition launches from the ramp on Pierce Island. Each boat travels out about 300 yards to Round Island, makes a few loops (about half a mile each), then returns to shore. Spectators are also welcome, and typically gather on the banks of the Black Channel. “It’s a small body of water, which makes it fun because you can watch it from shore,” Glenn adds, “as opposed to most sailboat races.”

Photograph by Michael Sterling Photography

Besides sponsoring the regatta, which helps raise money to support its conservation and education mission, the Gundalow Company runs programs on marine and coastal ecology, along with public and private cruises on the Piscataqua River using its own gundalow, a replica of the region’s original (pre-railroad) cargo-barges. It follows up the August racing festivities with a trophy and award ceremony—for best new and decorated boats, best costumes, and for sportsmanship—and a shoreline picnic spread.



American Repertory Theater
Hip-hop group STL GLD—Album, Video, and Producer of the Year winner at the 2017 Boston Music Awards—performs at Oberon. (August 3)

Drawing from the eponymous Langston Hughes poem, The Black Clown is a “music theater experience” incorporating vaudeville, opera, jazz, and spirituals to vivify a black man’s powers of resilience. Starring bass-baritone Davóne Tines ’09, with a new score by Michael Shachter ’09. Loeb Drama Center. (August 31-September 23) 

Nature and science

Tower Hill Botanic Garden
A day trip to the Boylston grounds offers a discussion on Impressionist paintings and garden talks and tours, along with a special Butterfly Walk with Massachusetts Butterfly Club naturalist and photographer Dawn Vesey.(August 18).

Arnold Arboretum
There are weekend horticultural tours and free-wheeling, family-fun explorations of this vital slice of the natural world in the middle of Boston.

Exhibitions & Events

Harvard Museum of Natural History
Lily Simonson: Painting the Deep features six original mural-sized paintings glowing with luminescent pigments, inviting viewers into an immersive experience of oceanic life. (Opens June 30)

MicroChefs: An Evening for Curious Adults. Learn about the beneficial microorganisms that create or contribute to wine, cheese, and chocolates—and other foods we love. (July 19)

Fuller Craft Museum
Playtime in the Making, an installation by artists Tommy Simpson, Karen LaFleur, Nancy Tucker, and Marlow Shami, highlights textiles, furniture, musical compositions, animation, writings, and other art forms to explore the critical importance of play and risk-taking in the creative process.(Opens May 19) 

Peabody Essex Museum
Look for themes of family, memory, and mortality among the 125 photographs (many of which have not been publicized before) on display in Sally Mann: A Thousand Crossings. (Opens June 30) 

Cape Ann Museum
Harrison Cady: View from the Headlands. The illustrator created whimsical animal scenes for scores of children’s books, as well as drawings for magazines and newspapers for more than 70 years. A longtime Cape Ann summer resident, he also produced lively landscape paintings of the region and its harbors. (Opens July 7)