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Events on and off campus during March and April

From left to right: Arca Botanicum (closed), 2013, by Dixie Biggs and Ray Jones, Fuller Craft Museum; Terence Davies’s A Quiet Passion, Harvard Film Archive; the Batsheva Dance Company in Ohad Naharin’s “Echad Mi Yodea,” to be performed by Harvard Dance Project students

From Left: Randy Baptista/Courtesy of Fuller Craft Museum; Harvard Film Archive; Maxim Waratt

Seasonal | Film | Theater | Dance | Nature and Science | Exhibitions & Events | Lectures | Music



Arts First Festival
The annual arts extravaganza offers more than 100 live performances of dance, theater, and music, along with visual-art exhibits and activities in and around Harvard Square. The Harvard Arts Medal this year honors festival founder, actor, and author John Lithgow ’76, Ar.D. ’05. (April 27-30)



Harvard Film Archive
Houghton at 75: Films Inspired by the Harvard Library’s Special Collections(see page 36) includes Glory, Billy Budd, and A Quiet Passion, a new film byTerence Davies about Emily Dickinson. (March 6-April 24)



American Repertory Theater
Tennessee Williams’s The Night of the Iguana, stars James Earl Jones, Amanda Plummer, Elizabeth Ashley, and Remo Airaldi, among others. Loeb Drama Center. (Through March 18)


Harvard-Radcliffe’s Gilbert and Sullivan Players
The Sorcerer.Villagers consume a love potion, with comedic results. Agassiz Theater. (March 24-April 2)



Harvard Dance Program
Harvard Dance Project student performances include “Echad Mi Yodea,”by Israeli choreographer Ohad Naharin. Farkas Hall. (April 6-9)


Nature and Science 

The Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics
Skyviewing and a lecture on “Mapping the Heavens,” by Yale professor of physics and astronomy Priyamvada Natarajan.(April 20)


The Arnold Arboretum
Science and nature writer Jennifer Ackerman shares travel stories and research in a lecture about “The Genius of Birds.” (April 18)

Docent Bill Mayer leads the 90-minute Birding 101! Suitable for all levels of expertise; binoculars recommended. (April 29)


Exhibitions & Events

Quiet Reflections (2016), by James Coe, at the Museum of American Bird Art
Courtesy of James Coe

The Museum of American Bird Art at Mass Audubon
Birdscapes: Recent Oil Paintings by James Coe. Coe ’79 studied ornithology, went on to the Parsons School of Design, and now combines his talents in plein-air works. (Through May 14)


The Collection of  Historical Scientific Instruments
Scale: A Matter of Perspective looks at “scale and its power to transform perceptions of the world and our place in it” through telescopes, microscopes, and other cultural artifacts. (Opens March 10)


The Peabody Museum of Archaeology & Ethnology
More than 600 objects, including explorer Robert Peary’s dog sled, appear in All The World Is Here: Harvard’s Peabody Museum and the Invention of American Anthropology. (Opens April 22)


The Cooper Gallery of African & African American Art
Some 25 mixed-media works by contemporary artist Juan Roberto Diago are on display in Diago: The Pasts of This Afro-Cuban Present. (Through May 5)


Fuller Craft Museum
Bartram’s Boxes Remix: sculptural items and installations inspired by the eighteenth-century explorer and botanist John Bartram.(Through April 16)


The Institute of Contemporary Art
Nari Ward: Sun Splashed is a timely retrospective on the Jamaican-born, New York City-based artist whose sculptures, collages, videos, and performances integrate found materials and offer a visceral response to social issues and urban life. (Opens April 26)



Harvard Music Department
Cellist Yo-Yo Ma ’76, D.Mus. ’91, addresses “Culture, Connection, and Citizenship in a Time of Change.” (No tickets required; first come, first seated.) Paine Concert Hall. (March 22)


The Mahindra Humanities Center
The Writers Speak series hosts Daniel Alarcón (At Night We Walk in Circles) and Francisco Goldman (The Interior Circuit: A Mexico City Chronicle) for a conversation with novelist and senior lecturer in English Claire Messud. (April 3)


The Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study
The conference Game Changers: Sports, Gender, and Society features Laila Ali, the four-time undefeated Super-Middleweight Boxing World Champion, and national sports columnist Christine Brennan, as well as numerous academic and sports-industry panelists. Knafel Center. (April 6-7)



Harvard-Radcliffe Collegium Musicum
Johann Sebastian Bach’s masterwork, Mass in B Minor. Sanders Theatre. (March 31)


Harvard-Radcliffe Orchestra
Works by Hector Berlioz, Sergei Rachmaninoff, and George Gershwin top the program. Sanders Theatre. (April 15)


Holden Choruses
The Harvard Glee Club, Radcliffe Choral Society, Harvard-Radcliffe Collegium Musicum, and the Boston Modern Orchestra Project perform Trevor Weston’s Griot Legacies and Michael Tippett’s A Child of Our Time. Sanders Theatre. (April 22)


Holden Voice Program
Students studying within the program perform a spring recital of art songs, opera, show tunes, and jazz. Holden Chapel. (April 30)


Sanam Marvi/World Music
The classically trained Pakistani vocalist is among the world’s finest performers of Sufi devotional and folk music. Sanders Theatre. (March 26)


Richard Thompson, Solo & Acoustic
The award-winning British guitarist and songwriter, covered by countless fellow artists, has created music for more than 50 years. Sanders Theatre. (April 18)