Events on and off campus during November and December
The 27th Annual Brickbottom Open Studios
More than 60 artists discuss, show, and sell their creations. Learn about art-making while picking out unique and affordable holiday gifts. (November 22 and 23)
The 131st Game
Harvard Stadium. (November 22)
Harvard Glee Club and Radcliffe Choral Society
Christmas in Sanders includes seasonal music and sing-along carols. (December 5)
Harvard Ceramics Program Holiday Show and Sale
Clay forms, from funky teapots and wall hangings to festive platters and mugs.
The 105th Memorial Church Christmas Carol Services
The popular annual gathering features the Harvard University Choir.
(December 14 and 15)
A Kuchar Kristmas
The intimate, diaristic works of director George Kuchar include shorts reflecting the sometimes funny emotional turmoil brought on by the holidays. (December 20)
Boston Baroque: New Year’s Celebration
Resolve to enjoy Domenico Cimarosa’s Italian opera, Il maestro di cappella, at Sanders Theatre. (December 31 and January 1)
Exhibitions & Events
Harvard Art Museums
Celebrate the long-awaited opening of the museum—and be among the first to view the new presentation of Mark Rothko’s Harvard Murals. (November 16)
Harvard Museum of Natural History
Artist and ornithologist Katrina van Grouw explores The Art and Science of The Unfeathered Bird through her painstaking illustrations of skeletal forms. (November 15)
What Nerve! Alternative Figures in American Art, from 1960 to the Present celebrates creations defiantly sourced in the vernacular through works by Christina Ramberg, Jack Kirby, and H.C. Westermann, among others. (Through January 4)
The Institute for Contemporary Art
The first American solo exhibition of works by Brazilian artist Adriana Varejão examines interracial identity and colonization. (Opens November 19)
The Harvard Department of Music
Guitarist and composer Michael Pisaro joins others to perform his Concentric Rings in Magnetic Levitation. (November 17)
Nature and Science
The Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics
“The Case of the Mysterious X-rays from Space.” Astronomer Esra Bulbul explores the latest telescopic findings from the Chandra X-ray Observatory, followed by skyviewing, weather permitting. (December 4)
The Arnold Arboretum
Enjoy a vigorous winter walk, then step inside to view Small Worlds: Through A Small Glass Window, an exhibit of Josh Falks’s intricate, almost abstract images of nature.
(Through February 3)
The Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study
“Sweet Talk: A Lecture by Kara Walker.” The artist reflects on her life and the making of her 40-foot-tall sugar sphinx, which awed crowds earlier this year at the former Domino Sugar Refinery in Brooklyn
“What’s Wrong With Me?: The Uncertainties of Chronic Illness.” Radcliffe Institute fellow Meghan O’Rourke (a poet and writer) discusses her research on the apparent rise of illnesses such as autoimmunity. (December 10)
American Repertory Theater
The world premiere of Eve Ensler’s comedic satire O.P.C. (“obsessive political correctness”) stars a dumpster-diving squatter (Olivia Thirlby) and her mother, a U.S. Senate candidate (Melissa Leo), wrestling with the impact of consumerism. Directed by Pesha Rudnick. (Through January 4)
The Light Princess is doomed to float through life unless the king and queen can restore her gravity before she turns 16. The musical (for all ages) is adapted from the classic fairy tale by George MacDonald.
(December 6 - January 4)
The Harvard Film Archive presents a retrospective on director Mario Monicelli, who is credited with discovering Marcello Mastroianni and Vittorio Gassman, and pioneering commedia all’italiana. Screenings include: The Girl with the Pistol, For Love and Gold, and Big Deal on Madonna Street.
(November 21 - December 15)