Week of February 26, 2017

February 27, 6:30pm
In the 1940s and 50s, when the newly minted Jet Propulsion Laboratory needed quick-thinking mathematicians to calculate velocities and plot trajectories, they didn't turn to male graduates...
February 27, 7:00pm
A triumph of realist fiction, George Eliot’s Middlemarch: A Study of Provincial Life explores a fictional nineteenth-century Midlands town in the midst of sweeping change.
February 27, 7:00pm
Regattabar has been an outstanding venue for our efforts to bring music out from the proscenium and into the city—every performance in our last season was sold out! Here you can have a cocktail and a bite to eat, make yourself comfortable, and settle in for a night of fun.
February 27, 7:45pm
What are your constitutional rights as a non-citizen living in the United States? How do Massachusetts’ housing laws protect you? Each week, this course will explore an area of law that affects your everyday life as a visitor or immigrant in the U.S.
February 27, 7:45pm
What are your constitutional rights as a non-citizen living in the United States? How do Massachusetts’ housing laws protect you? Each week, this course will explore an area of law that affects your everyday life as a visitor or immigrant in the U.S.
February 27, 8:30pm
Colony House, a real rock band is a gang. A group of people united by a shared commitment to what matters in the world, what matters in life, and an insatiable need to communicate that sensibility to anyone else out there who might relate. In their desire to explore dualities, Deep Sea Diver urgently and deliberately move you from rock experimentation to dreamy soundscapes, Kraut-esque drum and bass grooves to angular danci-ness, and full fledged orchestration to bare bones simplicity.
February 28, 6:00pm - 7:30pm
In this lecture, Edwidge Danticat will reflect on the ethical and spiritual dimensions of memory and mourning...
February 28, 7:00pm
Never have East and West come as close as they are today, yet we are still baffled by one another...
February 28, 7:30pm
REVOLUTIONARY SNAKE ENSEMBLE returns to Regattabar for the party that has become a Boston Mardi Gras tradition - you will not want to miss it!...
February 28, 7:30pm - March 04, 7:30pm
A fresh and surprising new musical anchored inside the memory of a Michigan backyard on the bank of the Kawkawlin River, A Ride on the Irish Cream rushes forth from the mind of celebrated cabaret and performance artist Erin Markey (GLOWBERON’s: There’s A New Emergency Contact in Town). A live band and swath of carpet become the space for the thrills and terrors of a relationship between a vainglorious self-made girl and her family’s pontoon boat, played by Becca Blackwell (I.D. Festival's They, Themself, and Schmerm). They are in love, but when their relationship is tested by dust ruffles, sex for money, severe T-storms, and a secret cellar, the only way to stay together is to remember all the parts of themselves their bodies tried to forget.
February 28, 8:00pm - March 01, 12:00am
Mardi Gras/Carnival in Brazil is giant musical explosion of color and rhythms.
February 28, 8:30pm
When You Blew It! frontman Tanner Jones describes the influence of the band's Orlando, Florida hometown, he notes that everything feels like osmosis, a process that sees a solvent moving through a semipermeable membrane from a lower concentration into a higher concentration. All Get Out’s return to the spotlight presents an opportunity for listeners to fall in love all over again with one of the most dynamic groups in this genre. Two years before Free Throw formed in Nashville, the Memphis Grizzlies made national headlines for their grit and grind. Some not familiar with basketball may assume this was another phrase describing the team’s tireless work ethic, After all, it seems to be what brought them two consecutive playoff appearances.
March 01, 11:00am
A captivating performance of the first woman to fight in the American Military: In 1782, Deborah Samson [Sampson] bound her chest, tied back her hair, and enlisted in the Continental Army. Experience her arduous upbringing, active combat, and success as the first female professional soldier. Deborah’s passion takes you back in time!
March 01, 7:00pm
These ten stories ring with voices belonging to—among others—English Arctic explorers in one of history's most nightmarish expeditions, a young contemporary American negotiating the shockingly underreported hazards of our crude-oil trains, eighteenth-century French balloonists inventing manned flight, and two mid-nineteenth-century housewives trying to forge a connection despite their isolation on the frontier of settlement. In each case the personal is the political as these characters face everything from the emotional pitfalls of everyday life to historic catastrophes on a global scale. In his fifth collection, Shepard makes each of these wildly various worlds his own, and never before has he delineated anything like them so powerfully.
March 01, 7:00pm
This is a Cambridge Forum event, with book sales provided by Harvard Book Store. Broadcaster Krista Tippett has interviewed the most extraordinary voices examining the great questions of meaning for our time. The heart of her work on her national public radio program and podcast, On Being, has been to shine a light on people whose insights kindle in us a sense of wonder and courage. Scientists in a variety of fields; theologians from an array of faiths; poets, activists, and many others have all opened themselves up to Tippett's compassionate yet searching conversation. In Becoming Wise, Tippett distills the insights she has gleaned from this luminous conversation in its many dimensions into a coherent narrative journey, over time and from mind to mind. The book is a master class in living, curated by Tippett and accompanied by a delightfully ecumenical dream team of teaching faculty.
March 01, 7:00pm
Cambridge Forum is delighted to present Krista Tippett, host of NPR’s award-winning radio show “On Being” .....
March 01, 7:00pm
Extreme Measures...
March 02, 6:00pm
Harmful bacteria have the capacity to kill humans, animals, and plants, while beneficial bacteria play a vital role in keeping them alive. How do these small organisms accomplish such big tasks?
March 02, 6:00pm - 7:30pm
IFC Problem-Solving
March 02, 7:00pm
In 1917, working alone in a remote Swiss asylum, psychiatrist Hermann Rorschach devised an experiment to probe the human mind: a set of ten carefully designed inkblots. For years he had grappled with the theories of Freud and Jung while also absorbing the aesthetic movements of the day, from Futurism to Dadaism. A visual artist himself, Rorschach had come to believe that who we are is less a matter of what we say, as Freud thought, than what we see. In this first-ever biography of Rorschach, Damion Searls draws on unpublished letters and diaries and a cache of previously unknown interviews with Rorschach’s family, friends, and colleagues to tell the unlikely story of the test’s creation, its controversial reinvention, and its remarkable endurance—and what it all reveals about the power of perception. Elegant and original, The Inkblots shines a light on the twentieth century’s most visionary synthesis of art and science.
March 02, 7:00pm
Healthy and Lean....
March 02, 7:30pm
For almost twenty years, saxophonist Joe Lovano and trumpeter Dave Douglas have been prime moving forces in the jazz scene, their paths crossing often on stage and occasionally on record...
March 02, 7:45pm
Have you dreamed of a fabulous travel adventure, and then given up when you couldn't find someone to go with you? Have you imagined a fantastic solo trip to an exotic locale, only to be stopped short by your fears? Has society's subtle message that women shouldn’t travel alone kept you from giving in to your wanderlust? In this workshop we'll discuss why you should consider traveling alone, the ins and outs of planning a trip, and tips for making the most of your time on the road.
March 02, 9:00pm
It’s no question that Viceroy is one of the biggest names in dance music right now. With a stellar past year full of big-name collaborations, chart-topping remixes and buzz-blog no.1’s,Viceroy is constantly making moves.
March 02, 10:00pm
For almost twenty years, saxophonist Joe Lovano and trumpeter Dave Douglas have been prime moving forces in the jazz scene, their paths crossing often on stage and occasionally on record...
March 03, 10:00am - 5:00pm
This symposium brings together scholars from a variety of disciplines and institutions...
March 03, 3:00pm
This innovative multidisciplinary study considers the concept of green from multiple perspectives—aesthetic, architectural, environmental, political, and social—in the Kingdom of Bahrain, where green has a long and deep history of appearing cooling, productive, and prosperous—a radical contrast to the hot and hostile desert. Although green is often celebrated in cities as a counter to gray urban environments, green has not always been good for cities. Similarly, manifestation of the color green in arid urban environments is often in direct conflict with the practice of green from an environmental point of view. This paradox is at the heart of the book. In arid environments such as Bahrain, the contradiction becomes extreme and even unsustainable
March 03, 6:00pm
Join us for a cheese-making adventure. We’ll begin by initiating a few chemical reactions to start the process. While the curds and whey separate, we’ll review the fundamentals of cheesemaking. We’ll discuss why artisan cheeses are more complex in taste and variety, and sample regional artisanal cheeses. We will then go on to make ricotta, queso blanco, and panir (actual cheeses may vary), as well as mozzarella balls. Bring a delicious homemade cheese or some local artisan cheeses to your holiday table.
March 03, 7:00pm
The son of a Baptist pastor and deeply embedded in church life in small town Arkansas, as a young man Garrard Conley was terrified and conflicted about his sexuality. When Garrard was a nineteen-year-old college student, he was outed to his parents, and was forced to make a life-changing decision: either agree to attend a church-supported conversion therapy program that promised to “cure” him of homosexuality; or risk losing family, friends, and the God he had prayed to every day of his life. By confronting his buried past and the burden of a life lived in shadow, Garrard traces the complex relationships among family, faith, and community. At times heart-breaking, at times triumphant, this memoir is a testament to love that survives despite all odds.
March 03, 7:00pm
The son of a Baptist pastor and deeply embedded in church life in small town Arkansas, as a young man Garrard Conley was terrified and conflicted about his sexuality. When Garrard was a nineteen-year-old college student, he was outed to his parents, and was forced to make a life-changing decision: either agree to attend a church-supported conversion therapy program that promised to “cure” him of homosexuality; or risk losing family, friends, and the God he had prayed to every day of his life. By confronting his buried past and the burden of a life lived in shadow, Garrard traces the complex relationships among family, faith, and community. At times heart-breaking, at times triumphant, this memoir is a testament to love that survives despite all odds.
March 03, 7:30pm
Kenny Barron's unmatched ability to mesmerize audiences with his elegant playing, sensitive melodies and infectious rhythms is what inspired The Los Angeles Times to name him "one of the top jazz pianists in the world" and Jazz Weekly to call him, "the most lyrical piano player of our time."...
March 03, 7:30pm
The New School of Music welcomes special guest pianist Sergey Schepkin presenting a recital...
March 03, 7:30pm
The New School of Music welcomes special guest pianist Sergey Schepkin presenting a recital of the works of Bach, Ravel, Scriabin, and Prokofiev. Please join us for this exciting program to enjoy a performance by a master of the piano the Boston Globe describes as “an artist of uncommon, almost singular capability and integrity…”
March 03, 8:00pm - March 04, 8:00pm
Fromm Players: Talea Ensemble Fromm Players at Harvard. Program: George Lewis Mnemosis; Gerard Grisey Talea; James Dillon New York Triptych. Free and open to the public. No tickets required; first come, first seated.
March 03, 8:45pm
For her hotly anticipated sophomore album, Nashville songstress Nikki Lane teamed up with Dan Auerbach of The Black Keys for a record that turns the vulnerable singer-songwriter stereotype on its ears. Brent Cobb didn't set out to write an album that feels and sounds like the place he grew up. But now that the grooves have been cut in his debut LP, Shine on Rainy Day, there's no denying the people, the places and the vibe of his southcentral Georgia home infuse almost every song. Jonathan Tyler did the rock star thing, he played Austin City Limits, Bonnaroo, Hangout Fest and the Voodoo Experience. He performed on Jimmy Kimmel Live!, and toured alongside AC/DC, ZZ Top, Grace Potter, and Kid Rock. His 2010 LP Pardon Me for Atlantic Records with backing band The Northern Lights reached No. 8 on the Billboard Modern Rock chart.
March 03, 10:00pm
Kenny Barron's unmatched ability to mesmerize audiences with his elegant playing, sensitive melodies and infectious rhythms is what inspired The Los Angeles Times to name him "one of the top jazz pianists in the world" and Jazz Weekly to call him, "the most lyrical piano player of our time."...