Festival Schedule

APRIL 27-30: Rain or shine!

Read the ARTS FIRST Festival guide online
View the Map of ARTS FIRST locations online

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Festival Highlight

actor John Lithgow ’67 ArD ‘05, Master of the Arts at Harvard
Harvard Arts Medal Ceremony Honoring Actor John Lithgow ’67, ArD ’05
Award-winning actor John Lithgow ’67 ArD ’05 is the recipient of the 2017 Harvard Arts Medal, which will be awarded by Harvard University President Drew Gilpin Faust at a ceremony on Thursday, April 27, 2017 at 4 pm at the Loeb Drama Center, 64 Brattle St., Cambridge. The ceremony, presented by the Office for the Arts at Harvard and the Harvard University Board of Overseers in association with the American Repertory Theater, will include a discussion with Lithgow moderated by President Faust. This is the official opening event for ARTS FIRST, Harvard University’s annual festival showcasing student creativity in the arts celebrating its 25th anniversary April 27-30.

Admission is free but tickets are required, available in person at the Harvard Box Office at Farkas Hall, 10 Holyoke St., Cambridge, or by calling 617.496.2222 or visiting www.boxoffice.harvard.edu (phone and online ticket orders are subject to service fees). Ticket distribution for Harvard affiliates (2 per person, with valid ID) begins Tuesday, April 18; ticket distribution for the public (2 per person) begins Thursday, April 20. Some remaining tickets may be available at the door one hour prior to event start time.

Other Thursday Events

Visual and Environmental Studies (VES) Film/Video and Animation Screenings
1 PM & 7 PM  
Harvard Film Archive, Carpenter Center, 24 Quincy St.
ves.fas.harvard.edu

Dryside
7 PM  
Written by Aislinn Brophy '17 and composed by Eden Girma '18, this TDM (Theater, Dance & Media) senior thesis production tells the story of two interracial couples fighting to survive in a city devastated by global climate change. Forced to confront their own powerlessness to help the people around them, they search for what it means to make a difference in this chaotic world.
Tickets: Harvard Box Office, $12 general public, $5 students.
Loeb Mainstage, 64 Brattle St.
hrdctheater.com/dryside/

Ammunition: The Musical
7 PM
The First Year Musical is a long-standing tradition of creating an original show. Ammunition: The Musical takes place in the American home front during WWII, where women go to work in an ammunition factory as the men fight overseas, following a dynamic group of characters as they enjoy their newfound independence and relationships formed by working at the factory.
Tickets: Harvard Box Office, $10 for non-Harvard attendees, $8 for students with HUID.
Agassiz Theater, Radcliffe Yard, 10 Garden St.
hrdctheater.com/ammunition-the-musical/

FAR AWAY
7:30 PM
Theater, Dance & Media (TDM) presents this drama by Caryl Churchill examining the effects of war, punishment and retribution when a government seeks to manipulate its citizens through fear, distrust and corruption. In war, what is ultimately good and what is right, and can we tell the difference through our bias?
Tickets: Harvard Box Office, $10 General Admission, $5 Students & Seniors.
Farkas Hall, 10-12 Holyoke St.
hrdctheater.com/far-away/

ONTHEFLOOR
8 PM
Driven by pumping bass, glitter, dance heroism and feats of endurance, this 90-minute, energy-busting experience is part dance, part video installation, part DJ set and part concert.
Tickets starting at $25 available online and at Oberon. 617-547-8300. 
Oberon, 2 Arrow St.
americanrepertorytheater.org/events/show/onthefloor

See also

Student Public Art Projects
OFA Public Art Program Presents Impulse
Museums & Galleries | Art in the Houses | Other Exhibitions

Festival Highlight

A Celebration of Harvard Artists
8:30 PM

An extraordinary night of performances featuring an ensemble of accomplished Harvard alumni, faculty and student artists under the direction of Tony Award-winning director Diane Paulus '88. Join us for an evening of dance, music, spoken word, drama and film honoring the talents cultivated at Harvard and their continuing journeys.
Admission free, tickets required, limit two tickets per person. Ticket distribution for Harvard affiliates begins Wednesday, April 12; for the public, Friday, April 21. Harvard Box Office at Farkas Hall, 10 Holyoke St., boxoffice.harvard.edu, 617.496.2222. Some tickets will be available at the door.
Sanders Theatre

Other Friday Events

Intersections: Understanding Urbanism in the Global Age
9 AM-5 PM
Urbanism is a global phenomenon, presenting us with a range of pressing issues to consider—economic, political, and material, but most of all human. This conference is designed to stimulate a broad-based discussion about the complicated concept of “the urban” in the 21st century, a much broader construct and reality than that of 19th- and 20th-century cities. This transition has been much studied by social scientists, but often overlooked is how these new urban centers are being experienced by their inhabitants. Our discussions will explore post-industrial and globalizing perspectives, as well as the challenges and tensions that people in urban communities face today with changes in density, diversity, and demographics. We will take a multidisciplinary and international approach to explore the complex set of interrelationships, identities, agents, and environments of modern and future urban landscapes. Free and open to the public.
Knafel Center, Radcliffe Yard, 10 Garden St.
radcliffe.harvard.edu/event/2017-intersections-understanding-urbanism-conference

Peabody Museum Gallery Talk: All the World is Here
11:30 AM

Co-Curator Diana Loren will lead a talk in the newly opened exhibition, All the World Is Here: Harvard’s Peabody Museum and the Invention of American Anthropology. In a beautifully restored gallery, see an astonishing array of over 600 objects from Asia, Oceania, and the Americas. Together they trace the early history of the museum’s collections and the birth of American anthropology. Visitors will enter the world of a late 19th-century museum and be transported into the 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition where Frederic Putnam, the second Peabody Museum director, presented the museum’s anthropological vision and collections to a wider world.
Peabody Museum of Archaeology & Ethnology, 11 Divinity Ave.
peabody.harvard.edu/all-the-world-gallery-talk

Peabody Museum of Archaeology & Ethnology 150th Anniversary Highlights Tour by Harvard Student Guides
12:30 PM
Highlights include: All the World Is Here; Wiyohpiyata: Lakota Images of the Contested West; Maya Monuments; Arts of War; Ocarinas of the Americas: Music Made in Clay; Moche Ceramics; Nasca Ceramics.
Peabody Museum of Archaeology & Ethnology, 11 Divinity Ave.
peabody.harvard.edu/collections

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Friday 2-8 PM
Integrating visual art, experimental music and EEG technology, this interactive art project invites the audience to explore the therapeutic potential of art. Sam Wu ’17; Liu Wa, Yale ’17; Chuhan Zhang Yale '18; Technology by BrainCo. 
Holden Chapel, Harvard Yard

Harvard College Film Festival: Representation Matters
2-4 PM

Join the Harvard Art Museums and Harvard College Film Festival for a special screening of Menashe, a film produced by award-winning studio A24. Menashe, directed by Joshua Weinsten and starring Alex Lipschultz and Musa Syeed, earned rave reviews at the Sundance Film Festival for its immersive world-building and first-person perspective into a rarely-explored community of ultra-orthodox Judaism.
About Menashe: Within Brooklyn's ultra-orthodox Jewish community, a widower battles for custody of his son. A tender drama performed entirely in Yiddish, the film intimately explores the nature of faith and the price of parenthood.
Menschel Hall, Harvard Art Museums, 32 Quincy St.
http://www.harvardfilmfestival.org

Twelfth Night
2 PM
A rollicking fun time, this FREE outdoor production of Twelfth Night will be staged in Lowell’s small courtyard. A play rife with drunken misrule! Transformative experiences! Sound a bit like college? A bit like Harvard, even? That’s what this cheeky modern-dress production suggests. After all, the perpetually inebriated Sir Toby Belch would fit in pretty well at the Fly Club for Gentlemen.
Free. Email lowellshakes@gmail.com to reserve.
Lowell House Small Courtyard, 10 Holyoke Pl.

Kirkland House Gallery Show
4-6 PM

Featuring work by students and tutors.
Kirkland House Senior Common Room (Entryway A), 95 Dunster St.

VES 2017 Senior Thesis: elsewhere—here
Opening Reception 5 PM
Runs April 29-May 26

The senior thesis is the capstone of the undergraduate student's work in VES (Visual and Environmental Studies). The majority of theses in VES are practice-based, in studio arts or moving-image. Toward the end of their junior year, students propose a thesis project, a substantial body of work that builds on work done in other classes. Each student develops the thesis project in discussion with a faculty adviser, who meets with the student regularly over the course of the academic year. Three times during this period, the student meets with the adviser and two faculty readers for critique and assessment. Thesis projects are exhibited in May along with the end-of-year student screenings.
Carpenter Center L1, 3; 24 Quincy St.
ccva.fas.harvard.edu/ves-2017-senior-thesis-elsewhere—here

Harvardwood ARTS FIRST Mixer
5-7 PM

Members of the Harvardwood Boston/On-Campus chapter are invited to celebrate the 25th anniversary of ARTS FIRST and the students who make it happen.
John Harvard’s Brewery & Ale House, 33 Dunster St.
harvardwood.org/harvardwood_arts_first_2017

Immediate Gratification Players' (IGP) Improvised Dinner Party
7 PM
The Immediate Gratification Players are Harvard's premiere improv troupe - and we're putting on a dinner party show, with real dinner included!
Free tickets: email igpharvard@gmail.com to reserve.
SOCH Penthouse, Radcliffe Quad, 59 Shepard St.

Lidless
7 PM
A play about trauma, violence, revenge and redemption, written by Frances Ya-Chu Cowhig, set in a parallel near-future in which Guantanamo has been shut down. Fifteen years later, a former prisoner finds his interrogator and confronts her.
Reserve free tickets here.
Loeb Experimental Theater, 64 Brattle St.

Dryside 
7 PM  
Written by Aislinn Brophy '17 and composed by Eden Girma '18, this TDM (Theater, Dance & Media) senior thesis production tells the story of two interracial couples fighting to survive in a city devastated by global climate change. Forced to confront their own powerlessness to help the people around them, they search for what it means to make a difference in this chaotic world.
Tickets: Harvard Box Office. $5 student tickets, $12 general public.
Loeb Mainstage, 64 Brattle St.
hrdctheater.com/dryside/

Ammunition: The Musical 
7 PM
The First Year Musical is a long-standing tradition of creating an original show. "Ammunition: The Musical" takes place in the American home front during WWII, where women go to work in an ammunition factory as the men fight overseas, following a dynamic group of characters as they enjoy their newfound independence and relationships formed by working at the factory.
Tickets: Harvard Box Office. $10 for non-Harvard attendees, $8 for students with HUID.
Agassiz Theater, Radcliffe Yard, 10 Garden St.
hrdctheater.com/ammunition-the-musical/

FAR AWAY 
7 PM
Theater, Dance & Media (TDM) presents this drama by Caryl Churchill examining the effects of war, punishment and retribution when a government seeks to manipulate its citizens through fear, distrust and corruption. In war, what is ultimately good and what is right, and can we tell the difference through our bias?
Tickets: Harvard Box Office. $10 General Admission, $5 Students & Seniors.
Farkas Hall, 10-12 Holyoke St.
hrdctheater.com/far-away/

Dudley World Music Ensemble Spring Concert
7:30 PM
The Dudley World Music Ensemble is Harvard's only student-run world music ensemble, consisting primarily of Harvard graduate student musicians, both local and international. In this Spring concert, the Ensemble will perform a diverse selection of musical instruments, songs and pieces from all over the world.
Yenching Auditorium, 2 Divinity Ave.

ONTHEFLOOR 
8 PM 
Driven by pumping bass, glitter, dance heroism and feats of endurance, this 90-minute, energy-busting experience is part dance, part video installation, part DJ set and part concert.
Tickets starting at $25 available online and at Oberon. 617-547-8300. 
Oberon, 2 Arrow St.
americanrepertorytheater.org/events/show/onthefloor

 

Dance

Emerging Choreographers Showcase 
5 PM & 7 PM
Please visit ofa.fas.harvard.edu/event/emerging-choreographer-showings-1 for more information. 
Four female student choreographers present interdisciplinary dance installations addressing social issues, cultural identity, and gender identity after a semester-long residency and mentorship program hosted by the OFA Dance Program and Arts@29 Garden.
Suggested donation of $5
Arts@29 Garden, 29 Garden Street at Chauncy Street

 

See also

Student Public Art Projects
OFA Public Art Program Presents Impulse
Museums & Galleries | Art in the Houses | Other Exhibitions

Performance Fair Opening Events

Performing Musical Difference: Rhythms of Unity

11 AM 
Wake up the Plaza with body percussion and music of the Silk Road Ensemble, performed by students in Music 194: Performing Musical Difference. Drawing on traditional Middle Eastern rhythms, this collaboration with Professor Kay Kaufman Shelemay and Shane Shanahan, Silk Road Ensemble percussionist, transcends cultural boundaries to build a musical community.

In the Beginning... the ARTS FIRST Creation Story (sort of)

11:30 AM 
The ARTS FIRST Origin Story you never knew you wanted to know!

Starring
Dean Rakesh Khurana as the Fearless Rakeshules, Bringer of Art
Sir Dean Thomas Dingman as the Celestial Soprano of the Gods
The esteemed Gregory Mankiw, Titan
The Reverend Jonathan Walton, Narrator
Geneticist Pardis Sabeti as the Algorithmic Oracle
with
River Charles Ensemble | Hasty Pudding Theatricals | Harvard Ballet Company | Expressions Dance Company | Harvard-Radcliffe Veritones

In the beginning, Harvard was shrouded in darkness, sorrow and the hard sciences. The campus needed a hero. Then lo! The gods sent their muse, the fearless Rakeshules, who set out to illuminate the campus with art, creativity and transformative experiences. Come witness the ARTS FIRST Creation Story as told by some of the greatest actors of this or any generation! You’ll laugh! You’ll cry! You’ll never forget it!!

Welcome from John Lithgow ’67, ArD ’05 with Harvard University Band | 12:30 PM
 

Featured Festival Events

Performance Fair | 1-5 PM

11 locations! Over 100 performances! All free! See full listings page.
In & Around Harvard Yard

Make Art Stations | 1-5 PM

Join the fun. See the full listings page.
The Plaza 

Performance Fair on the Plaza

Jammin’ A Cappella | 1-3 PM: Vocal music showcase
DanceFest | 3-5 PM: A celebration of dance traditions

Other Saturday Events

Japanese Tea Ceremony
10 AM-2 PM
The Harvard-Radcliffe Chado Society demonstrates one of Japan's most traditional arts: the Tea Ceremony. Green matcha tea and delicate sweets will be shared with all!
5 Bryant Street, Cambridge, MA, 02138

Sunken Garden Children's Theater
11 AM and 12 PM
A fun and original adaptation of a classic fairy tale for kids! Includes singing, dancing, and lots of laughing. Fun for the whole family, especially young children. Each show 20 minutes.
The Sunken Garden at Radcliffe Yard

Student Guide Tours of Harvard Art Museums
11 AM

Meet in the courtyard in front of the LED screens.
Harvard Art Museums, 32 Quincy St.
harvardartmuseums.org/

Peabody Museum of Archaeology & Ethnology 150th Anniversary Highlights Tour by Harvard Student Guides
12:30 PM
Highlights include: All the World Is Here; Wiyohpiyata: Lakota Images of the Contested West; Maya Monuments; Arts of War; Ocarinas of the Americas: Music Made in Clay; Moche Ceramics; Nasca Ceramics.
Peabody Museum of Archaeology & Ethnology, 11 Divinity Ave.
peabody.harvard.edu/collections

22nd Annual Harvard University Powwow
1-5:30 PM 
Annual celebration of indigenous culture, featuring singers, artists and dancers from the Harvard community, the greater Boston area, and from Native tribes across the U.S. and Canada. Free and open to the public.
Radcliffe Quad (Outside. Cross streets are Garden St. & Shepard St.)
More information

Harvard College Film Festival: Social Activism Through Film
2-5 PM 
Join the Harvard College Film Festival for a screening of the documentary 13 Million Voices, followed by a discussion on social activism in film with director and producer Janelle Gueits. 
About 13 Million Voices: Set against the musical backdrop of the historic Peace Without Borders concert in Havana, ​13 Million Voices traces the personal ten-year (2004-2014) journey of its protagonists to illuminate the stories of Cuba’s forgotten youth. As the path of the biggest international names in Latin music, youth protagonists, and the 1.3 million in attendance intersect, a concert is transformed into the voice of a generation. Janelle Gueits’ film captures the essence of the struggle between modern day Cuba and the outside world. Her film presents the viewer with a unique glimpse of the way the system in Cuba works and how it clashes with anything foreign to their own agenda. The concert features performances by Juanes, Miguel Bosé, Orishas, Olga Tañón, Carlos Varela, X Alfonso, and many others.
Harvard Hall 104
harvardfilmfestival.org

Theater

Lidless 
2 PM & 7 PM 
A play about trauma, violence, revenge and redemption, written by Frances Ya-Chu Cowhig, set in a parallel near-future in which Guantanamo has been shut down. Fifteen years later, a former prisoner finds his interrogator and confronts her.
Reserve free tickets here.
Loeb Experimental Theater, 64 Brattle St.

Twelfth Night
2 PM
A rollicking fun time, this FREE outdoor production of Twelfth Night will be staged in Lowell’s small courtyard. A play rife with drunken misrule! Transformative experiences! Sound a bit like college? A bit like Harvard, even? That’s what this cheeky modern-dress production suggests. After all, the perpetually inebriated Sir Toby Belch would fit in pretty well at the Fly Club for Gentlemen.
Free. Email lowellshakes@gmail.com to reserve.
Lowell House Small Courtyard, 10 Holyoke Pl.

Dryside 
7 PM  
Written by Aislinn Brophy '17 and composed by Eden Girma '18, this TDM (Theater, Dance & Media) senior thesis production tells the story of two interracial couples fighting to survive in a city devastated by global climate change. Forced to confront their own powerlessness to help the people around them, they search for what it means to make a difference in this chaotic world.
Tickets: Harvard Box Office. $5 student tickets, $12 general public.
Loeb Mainstage, 64 Brattle St.
hrdctheater.com/dryside/

FAR AWAY 
7:30 PM
TDM presents this drama by Caryl Churchill examining the effects of war, punishment and retribution when a government seeks to manipulate its citizens through fear, distrust and corruption. In war, what is ultimately good and what is right, and can we tell the difference through our bias?
Tickets: Harvard Box Office. $10 General Admission, $5 Students & Seniors
Farkas Hall, 10-12 Holyoke St.
hrdctheater.com/far-away/

ONTHEFLOOR
8 PM
Driven by pumping bass, glitter, dance heroism and feats of endurance, this 90-minute, energy-busting experience is part dance, part video installation, part DJ set and part concert.
Tickets starting at $25 available online and at Oberon. 617-547-8300. americanrepertorytheater.org/events/show/onthefloor
Oberon, 2 Arrow St.

The Donkey Show
10:30 PM

Directed by Tony Award-winner Diane Paulus ’88, this celebrated smash hit brings you the ultimate disco experience—a crazy circus of mirror balls and feathered divas, of roller skaters and hustle queens inspired by Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Come party on the dance floor to all the ’70s disco hits you know by heart as the show unfolds around you. After the show, the party continues into the night so you can live out your own fantasy of disco fever!
Tickets: americanrepertorytheater.org/events/show/donkey-show
Oberon, 2 Arrow St.

Music

Haydn's "The Creation"
7:30 PM
The Harvard University Choir and orchestra Grand Harmonie present Josef Haydn's oratorio "The Creation."
The Memorial Church , Harvard Yard

Kuumba Singers 47th Annual Dean Archie C. Epps Spring Concert
8 PM
Join the Kuumba Singers of Harvard College (the oldest continuous Black organization at Harvard) for a night of fulfillment and fun as we celebrate our 47th Annual Dean Archie C. Epps Spring Concert with song, dance, poetry, and more.
Tickets: Harvard Box Office
First Parish Church, 1446 Massachusetts Ave.
kuumbasingers.org/upcoming-events/

Dance

Emerging Choreographers Showcase
8 pm & 11 PM
Please visit ofa.fas.harvard.edu/event/emerging-choreographer-showings-1 for more information.
Four female student choreographers present interdisciplinary dance installations addressing social issues, cultural identity, and gender identity after a semester-long residency and mentorship program hosted by the OFA Dance Program and Arts@29 Garden.
Suggested donation of $5
Arts@29 Garden, 29 Garden Street at Chauncy Street

Exhibitions

John Lithgow: Actor as Artist
9 AM-5 PM 
John Lithgow originally enrolled at Harvard intent on becoming a painter. Even as a professional actor, he has never given up on the visual arts. To honor Lithgow as this year’s Harvard Arts Medalist, Houghton Library presents an exhibition of the actor’s drawings, featuring designs for student productions at Loeb Drama Center and caricatures depicting his early career on Broadway and in television, including memorable performances in M. Butterfly and the hit sitcom 3rd Rock from the Sun.
Houghton Library, 15 Quincy St.

Y2Y through Art: Seeing and Understanding the Community Surrounding Youth Homelessness in Harvard Square
10 AM-1 PM 
Come visit Y2Y's space and learn about youth homelessness, while experiencing artwork by members of the Y2Y community.
Y2Y Harvard Square, 1 Church St. (basement of First Parish Unitarian Universalist Church)

Playing Fair? Title IX at 45
9 AM-5 PM 
This Radcliffe Institute exhibition draws on materials in the Schlesinger Library to illuminate the history of Title IX and how athletics became part of the broader political and cultural struggles of contemporary life.
First floor, Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America

Peabody Museum 150th Anniversary Museum Highlights Tour by Harvard Student Guides
12:30 PM
Free with museum admission. Free to holders of a current Harvard ID (+1 guest). Free Admission Day 4/30 in honor of the Peabody Museum's 150th anniversary.
Meet in the museum's side lobby near the water fountain. Tours are 45 minutes. Visit towering Native American totem poles and precious artifacts of the ancient world. See life-size casts of Maya monuments and changing exhibitions such as Wiyohpiyata: Lakota Images of the Contested West, featuring 19th-century warrior art, and Digging Veritas, which explores the archaeology of colonial Harvard, Arts of War: Artistry in Weapons across Cultures, and Ocarinas of the Americas: Music Made in Clay. Tours visit highlights on the first and third floors. Guides encourage conversation and are interested in visitor reflections.
Peabody Museum, 11 Divinity Ave.
peabody.harvard.edu/collections

"Pop-up" Exhibit: The Global Exposure Project
9 AM-5 PM 
Showcase of the 2017 Harvard Business School Art Society’s photography competition. The Global Exposure Photo Project Competition encourages members of the Harvard Business School (HBS) community to share their passion for seeing the world through photography. The HBS Art Society receives entries and selects winners via popular vote and a committee. The winning photographs are displayed at HBS' Spangler Center Lounge and the two museums in April.
Free with museum admission. Free to holders of a current Harvard ID (+1 guest). Free Admission Day 4/30 in honor of the Peabody Museum's 150th anniversary.
Harvard Museum of Natural History, 26 Oxford St., and the Peabody Museum, 11 Divinity Ave.

Harvard Office of International Education: Annual International Photo Contest Exhibition
All day
Award-winning photos by Harvard undergraduates abroad.
Memorial Hall basement hallway, outside Queen's Head Pub

Ceramics and Woodturning Exhibition
All day
This exhibition showcases student work from the Mather House ceramics studio and woodturning studio.
Mather House Three Columns Gallery

I am Here: Expressions of Belonging in the First Year at Harvard
All day
The Community and Diversity program of the Freshman Dean's Office presents a student-generated quilt celebrating the diversity of the class and feelings of belonging and inclusion. After this display, the quilt will be included in the university archives.
Science Center Arcade

Diago: The Pasts of This Afro-Cuban Present
10 AM-5 PM
Juan Roberto Diago, a leading member of the new Afro-Cuban cultural movement, has valiantly denounced the persistence of racism and discrimination in Cuban society. This exhibition of mixed-media and installation artworks traces Diago’s vibrant career from the mid-1990s, when he began to construct a revisionist history of the Cuban nation from the experience of a person of African descent. It is a history of enslavement and cultural loss, but also of resilience and recovery.
The Ethelbert Cooper Gallery of African & African American Art, 102 Mount Auburn St.
hutchinscenter.fas.harvard.edu/diago-pasts-afro-cuban-present

Harvard Art Museums
10 AM-5 PM
Galleries feature an ever-changing selection of works from the ancient world to the present, and from the Americas, Europe, North Africa, the Mediterranean, and West and East Asia. Don't miss the exhibition Drawing: The Invention of a Modern Medium, as well as student performances in the courtyard throughout the day on Saturday. Amenities include shop and cafe.
Free admission on Saturday, April 29
32 Quincy Street

Adolphus Busch Hall
1-5 PM
A unique collection of plaster casts of sculpture and architectural stonework from the High Middle Ages.
29 Kirkland St.

Recreating the Throne of Egyptian Queen Hetepheres
11 AM-4 PM
Explore Mesopotamian casts, a full-scale replica of an ancient Israelite home, and a full-scale reproduction of an ancient Egyptian throne belonging to Queen Hetepheres (about 2550 BC) of cedar, brilliant blue tiles, and gold created by a multidisciplinary Harvard team.
Harvard Semitic Museum, 6 Divinity Ave. 
semiticmuseum.fas.harvard.edu

Harvard Undergraduate Global Health Forum: Operation Fistula Photo Exhibit and Mother's Day Card Fundraiser
11 AM-3 PM
Exhibit of global-health-related photography with a table for free Mother's Day cards (suggested donation of $5 per card). All proceeds go to Operation Fistula raising funds for obstetric fistula surgery for Zambian women.
Science Center Arcade

Overlay: Exhibition by Xaviera Simmons
12-5 PM
Xaviera Simmons’s body of work spans photography, performance, video, sound, sculpture and installation. Her studio practice is rooted in an ongoing investigation of experience, memory, abstraction, present and future histories, specifically shifting notions surrounding landscape.
Johnson-Kulukundis Family Gallery, Byerly Hall, Radcliffe Yard

Poles Apart: Poland's Culture Wars
1-4 PM
Almost three decades after successful transition to democracy, Polish society is torn apart by growing political polarization and conflicts. In recent years, millions of Poles took to the streets to express opposing views about country’s politics, history and future. In this exhibit, Warsaw based photographers document deep cleavages and clash of political visions pitting Poland’s national identity and traditional values against modern liberal ideas and European identity.
Minda de Gunzburg Center for European Studies, Jacek E. Giedrojć Gallery, 27 Kirkland Street

Public Art

Art of Residue
All day; Artist talk 4PM
Recycled frames of  wood, plexiglass and paper board left over from the laser cutting process are reborn as art.
Yaqing Cai GSD '17 & Haoxiang Yang GSD '17
Next to The Memorial Church, on the Tercentenary Theatre side, Harvard Yard

I Want to Say I'm Sorry Pt. 2 (1937)
All day; Artist talk 2PM 
This archival and devotional memorial remembers Nanjing and challenges the homogenization of public memorials that blunts the intensity of grief.
Nina Luo '17 & Harry Wexner '17
Tercentenary Theatre, Harvard Yard

What's Hanging Over Your Head?
All day; Share your story with the artists on site and contribute to the artwork 12-2PM
A constructed canopy prompts examination of the lived oppressions of everyday life.
GSD African-American Student Union
Harvard Yard, in front of Holworthy and Stoughton

Festival Highlight

Jazz on the Plaza, featuring the Harvard Monday Jazz Band and Yosvany Terry Quintet

2-4 PM
¡Festejemos jazz! April 30 is International Jazz Day—join us for this free concert featuring Grammy Award-nominated saxophonist/composer Yosvany Terry, Harvard’s Director of Jazz Ensembles, Senior Lecturer on Music and ”a leader among the current generation of Afro-Carribean jazz musicians in the United States” according to The New York Times. Terry conducts the student Monday Jazz Band in a program featuring compositions of such celebrated jazz masters as Herbie Hancock, Joe Henderson, and George Cables and showcases his Grammy-nominated quintet from New York: Yosvany Terry, alto & soprano saxophones, chekeré Michael Rodriquez, trumpet | Osmany Paredes, piano | Yunior Terry Cabrera, bass | Ludwig Afonso, drums
Presented by the Office for the Arts at Harvard.
Plaza Tent

Other Sunday Events

Japanese Tea Ceremony 
10 AM-2 PM
The Harvard-Radcliffe Chado Society demonstrates one of Japan's most traditional arts: the Tea Ceremony. Green matcha tea and delicate sweets will be shared with all!
5 Bryant St., Cambridge

Sunken Garden Children's Theater 
12 PM and 1 PM
A fun and original adaptation of a classic fairy tale for kids! Includes singing, dancing, and lots of laughing. Fun for the whole family, especially young children. Each show 20 minutes.
The Sunken Garden at Radcliffe Yard

Harvard College Film Festival Closing Ceremony
12-3 PM
Screenings of this year's award-winning film submissions selected by judges, followed by a keynote address by Susanne Daniels '87, Global Head of Content, YouTube.
Menschel Hall, Harvard Art Museums, 32 Quincy St.
harvardfilmfestival.org

Peabody Museum of Archaeology & Ethnology 150th Anniversary Highlights Tour by Harvard Student Guides
12:30 PM
Highlights include: All the World Is Here; Wiyohpiyata: Lakota Images of the Contested West; Maya Monuments; Arts of War; Ocarinas of the Americas: Music Made in Clay; Moche Ceramics; Nasca Ceramics.
Peabody Museum of Archaeology & Ethnology, 11 Divinity Ave.
peabody.harvard.edu/collections

VES 2017 Senior Thesis Exhibition 
1-10 PM

The senior thesis is the capstone of the undergraduate student's work in VES (Visual & Environmental Studies). The majority of theses in VES are practice-based, in studio arts or moving-image. Toward the end of their junior year, students propose a thesis project, a substantial body of work that builds on work done in other classes. Each student develops the thesis project in discussion with a faculty adviser, who meets with the student regularly over the course of the academic year. Three times during this period, the student meets with the adviser and two faculty readers for critique and assessment. Thesis projects are exhibited in May along with the end-of-year student screenings.
Carpenter Center L1, 3; 24 Quincy St.

The Magic of Java
2 PM
Shadow theater and live music, popular highlights of the Javanese village at the 1893 Chicago World’s Fair, come to the galleries of the Peabody Museum! Enjoy a contemporary performance based on The Magic Flute, featuring intricate leather puppets and the sonorous gong-chime instruments of Harvard's Javanese-style gamelan orchestra, led by Jody Diamond with Hayley Fenn, PhD student in Historical Musicology, and theater director Mitchell Polonsky. Touch beautiful hand-painted puppets, play the instruments, and sample coffee from the islands of Indonesia. Special Event (all ages). Free and open to the public. Small suggested donation for coffee tasting. 
Peabody Museum, 11 Divinity Ave. 
peabody.harvard.edu/magic-of-java

Harvard Choruses Spring Voice Recital
2 PM
Students from the Harvard Choruses's Holden Voice Program present solos from varied genres, including art song, opera, musical theatre, and jazz.
Holden Chapel, Harvard Yard

Ammunition: The Musical 
2 PM
The First Year Musical is a long-standing tradition of creating an original show. Ammunition: The Musical takes place in the American home front during WWII, where women go to work in an ammunition factory as the men fight overseas, following a dynamic group of characters as they enjoy their newfound independence and relationships formed by working at the factory.
Tickets: Harvard Box Office. $10 for non-Harvard attendees, $8 for students with HUID.
Agassiz Theater, Radcliffe Yard, 10 Garden St.
hrdctheater.com/ammunition-the-musical/

Dudley Short Film Festival
2-6 PM

A series of short films (15 minutes maximum) made by Harvard graduate students. Popcorn and drinks provided!
Dudley House Common Room, Harvard Yard 
dudley.harvard.edu

Mather Chamber Music Program Concert
3 PM
Duos, trios and quartets for diverse instruments and voices.
Mather House Senior Common Room, 10 Cowperthwaite St.

Tchaikovsky's 1812 Overture with kazoos, cannons, bells 
3 PM
Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture as you’ve never heard it! Led by conductor Ed Jones, this pick-up version features the Lowell House bells and simulated cannon fire. Open to everyone to participate. If you don't have an instrument, grab a kazoo and join the kazoo section!
Lowell House Courtyard, 10 Holyoke Pl. (entryway F)

Organ Recital: Mark Dwyer
4 PM
Mark Dwyer, Organist and Choirmaster, The Church of the Advent, Boston, MA
The Memorial Church Sanctuary, Harvard Yard

Film: Instrument
4:30 PM
This collaborative project with Fugazi documents the seminal “post-hardcore” band from 1987 to 1996 as they explode in popularity without breaking with their strict codes of ethics and independence. Featuring punk icon Ian MacKaye—who is credited with coining the term “straight-edge,” a movement that rejected drugs and alcohol, among other excesses of Western Civilization—Fugazi live their songs’ lyrics, playing and producing music cheaply. No merchandise, no corporate label, not even set lists, prevent them from being an instrument of any greater force than that of their own creation. Cohen’s patchwork of Super 8, 16mm and video footage fits the rebellious function in this mesmerizing diary that drifts on and off stage, in and out of sync, from electric performances to the mundane reality of being a band—all of whose members seem sweeter, funnier and less dramatic than their onstage presences would suggest. Directed by Jem Cohen and Fugazi. 
Harvard Film Archive
hcl.harvard.edu/hfa/films/2017marmay/cohen.html#instrument

Film: Brooklyn - Gusinje (Bruklin – Gusinje)
7 PM
Upon Zilnik’s return to Yugoslavia after his German exile, he directed a series of cooperative television and cinema works for TV Belgrade and TV Novi Sad. These progressive films foreshadowed the growing tensions and sociopolitical upheaval that would soon forever change the social order throughout the Balkans. In Brooklyn – Gusinje, a young seamstress is lured to a bordering mountain town between Yugoslavia and Albania to wait tables in a cafe with the promise of freedom and more money. She falls in love a man—recently returned from New York—who she hopes will rescue her from the drudgery of her everyday life and bring her back to the States. Zilnik uses this love story as the pretext for examining Albanian family values and traditions, particularly the strained relationship between the younger and older generations. The result is a uniquely intimate study of integration, tradition and culture in the Balkans that attempts to mitigate ethnic ignorance and the increasing hostility toward the Albanians. Directed by Zelimir Zilnik. With Ivana Zigon, Skeljzen Ujevic, Lidija Stevanovic. 
hcl.harvard.edu/hfa/films/2017marmay/zilnik.html#brooklyn
Tickets for all regular screenings are available 45 minutes before show time at the cinematheque on the lower level of the Carpenter Center. The HFA does not sell tickets in advance, and a separate admission fee is charged for each screening. Only HFA members may reserve tickets in advance for special event screenings. $9 Regular Admission, $7 Non-Harvard Students, Harvard Faculty and Staff, and Senior Citizens. Free for all Harvard students with a valid photo ID.
Harvard Film Archive

Dudley House Orchestra Spring Concert
7:30 PM
Debussy’s Rondes de Printemps, Mozart’s Piano Concerto no. 23 and Schumann’s Symphony no. 1.
Tickets: boxoffice.harvard.edu
Sanders Theatre

See also

Student Public Art Projects
OFA Public Art Program Presents Impulse
Museums & Galleries | Art in the Houses | Other Exhibitions