Revival Month in Harvard Square

Sunday, September 1, 2019 - Sunday, October 13, 2019 all-day
Revival Month (+ 2 weeks!) in Harvard Square
August 31st, 2019 – October 13, 2019

Come join us as we celebrate the return of Revival Month!
Film! Concerts! Innovative theatre!  The incomparable Bread & Puppet troupe on Cambridge Common! And the return of the irreverent HONK! bands at the 41st Annual Oktoberfest!
Students Come Back, New Friendships are Made, Relationships are Renewed and People are Reconnected
In 2011, the Harvard Square Business Association (HSBA) declared September Revival Month in Harvard Square.  At that time, we celebrated the release of local writer Scott Alarik’s award-winning folk music novel, Revival, along with a series of events centered on themes of tradition and renewal.  The book is a love story about two songwriters set in the Cambridge folk scene.  The 2011 book release and month-long series of events that followed it were such a big success, that September continues to be celebrated as “Revival Month”.
Please join us at one (or all!) of the Revival events listed below!  In addition to these events, our businesses host events every day.  Please see for additional events and detailed information.
August 31st
“The Diagonal Life Circus”, presented by the Bread & Puppet Theater on Cambridge Common
The Diagonal Life Circus explores the diagonality that we as individuals and as a society participate in. According to Bread and Puppet director, Peter Schumann, “Diagonals are created from the leaning power of hurt verticals,” and the Circus & Pageant speak to this by displaying hurt verticality.
The show will be performed outdoors in Cambridge Common accompanied by live music, from fiddle to brass band and Georgian songs to Dixieland Jazz. The circus company is made up of 20-30 puppeteers, who work together to combine their skills and personal passions into many several-minute acts that, when placed back-to-back, make up the show.
Admission is by donation, suggest $10-20, no-one turned away for lack of funds. We would rather have you there than have your money!
Harvard Square Business Association,
September 4th – 12th
Blue Note Records: Beyond the Notes at the Brattle Theatre
Theatrical Premiere Run
A group of contemporary jazz artists (including Robert Glasper, Herbie Hancock, and Wayne Shorter) gather to celebrate the music that they love while reflecting on the history of Blue Note Records, one of the most iconic labels of modern jazz. Featuring vintage performance clips of Miles Davis, Thelonious Monk, John Coltrane, Art Blakey, and more, BLUE NOTE: BEYOND THE NOTES is a remarkable history lesson about how two German-Jewish refugees (and childhood friends) helped to usher in and popularize modern jazz music. Of course, director Sophie Huber takes full advantage of a treasure trove of archival materials – studio recordings and outtakes, label founder Francis Wolff’s remarkable photography, Reid Miles’ iconic graphic design, live footage, and interviews – but the real heart of the film is the newly-filmed studio session that brings together current label head and legendary producer Don Was with an amazing set of Blue Note performers that span over 50 years of artistry.
Brattle Theatre, 40 Brattle Street,, 617-876-6837
September 6, 2019–January 5, 2020 
Crossing Lines, Constructing Home: Displacement and Belonging in Contemporary Art at Harvard Art Museums
What does it mean to be displaced from culture and home? What are the historical contexts for understanding our contemporary moment? How does an artist’s work and process embody and engage the narratives of displacement and belonging? Crossing Lines, Constructing Home investigates two parallel ideas: national, political, and cultural conceptions of boundaries and borders; and the evolving hybrid spaces, identities, languages, and beliefs created by the movement of peoples.
While offering historical context and a consideration of the forces that commonly drive migration, such as political instability, natural disasters, and oppression linked to race, religion, culture, and class, the exhibition presents a more complicated narrative about immigration and displacement than the usual rhetoric that dominates the public sphere and polarizes debate. Crossing Lines unsettles accepted notions of what constitutes a boundary and of what characterizes the migrant or refugee experience—in part by exploring how culture can persist and be embraced despite displacement. Acknowledging passage as a space of both trauma and transformation, the exhibition opens up new ways of understanding the immigrant experience.
Harvard Art Museums, 32 Quincy Street,, (617) 495-9400
September 8th
92.5 The River presents Wilder Woods in Concert at the Sinclair
With his brilliant self-titled debut, Wilder Woods, also known to many as Bear Rinehart, is doing precisely that. A timeless blend of classic soul, infectious R&B, and modern pop, the record captures the sound of a veteran songwriter confidently breaking new ground, blazing his own distinctive trail through uncharted territory with comfort and style. Simultaneously vulnerable and self-assured, the songs reflect both the rich well of experience from which they’re drawn and the bold leap that they represent, pairing intimate, introspective lyricism with effortless swagger and monster hooks. Wilder Woods is a new side of Rinehart, but one that he’s more than ready to share.
The Sinclair, 52 Church Street,, (617) 547-5200
September 8th Sunday Latino Night at The Beat Brew Hall
8:00pm - 12:00am
Salsa-Son-Timba-Cumbia-Mambo-Cha Cha it's all happening here!
La Calle Collective is a young expert and on fire. La Calle means " the street". This band gets its energy and inspiration in rhythms fused from different Latin worlds of this international band. Jazz, groove, salsa, timba, R&B - they do it all!
Check them out:
Beat Brew Hall, 13 Brattle Street,, (617) 499-0001
September 9th
Harvard Book Store presents The Education of an Idealist: A Memoir by Samantha Power
Reading and Signing at First Parish Church
Harvard Book Store welcomes SAMANTHA POWER—Harvard professor, Pulitzer Prize-winning author and former U.S. ambassador to the United Nations—for a discussion of her new memoir, The Education of an Idealist.
What can one person do? At a time of upheaval and division, Samantha Power offers an urgent response to this question—and a call for a clearer eye, a kinder heart, and a more open and civil hand in our politics and daily lives.  The Education of an Idealist brings a unique blend of suspenseful storytelling, vivid character portraits, and shrewd political insight. It traces Power’s distinctly American journey from immigrant to war correspondent to presidential Cabinet official. In 2005, her critiques of US foreign policy caught the eye of newly elected senator Barack Obama, who invited her to work with him on Capitol Hill and then on his presidential campaign.
Harvard Book Store at First Parish Church, 1446 Massachusetts Avenue, (617) 661-1515

September 11th
Session Americana and Friends: Northeast Album Release Show at OBERON
Session Americana and Friends “Northeast” Album release featuring Ry Cavanaugh, Billy Beard, Jon Bistline, Dinty Child, Jim Fitting, John Powhida, Rose Polenzani, Kris Delmhorst, Merrie Amsterburg, Peter Linton, Dietrich Strause, Zak Trojano, Jennifer Kimball, and Ali McGuirk
OBERON, 2 Arrow Street,, (617) 496-8004
September 11th
Chinese Democracy in Crisis:  The New Long March at The Cambridge Forum
In light of the escalating developments in Hong Kong with pro-Democracy demonstrators becoming increasingly galvanized in response to the Chinese government’s crackdown, we examine the current situation both inside and outside mainland China with regard to human rights.
Teng Biao, is a human rights lawyer currently attached to the U.S.-Asia Law Institute, at NYU and he will be joined by Uyghur-American Salih Hudayar and activist Kyle Olbert, who will discuss the challenges facing both the Chinese Communist party and the ethnic minorities who resist the Chinese policy of oppression which they say is being carried out under the guise of “counter-terrorism”.
Cambridge Forum held at the Meeting House First Parish Church, 1446 Massachusetts Avenue,, (617) 495-2727
September 11th
Meet Marcia Biederman at the Harvard Coop
Discussion, Q&A & Signing "Scan Artist: How Evelyn Wood Convinced the World That Speed-Reading Worked"
The best-known educator of the 20th century was a scammer in cashmere. “The most famous reading teacher in the world,” as television hosts introduced her, Evelyn Wood had little classroom experience, no degrees in reading instruction, and a background that included cooperation with the Third Reich. Nevertheless, a nation spooked by Sputnik and panicked by paperwork eagerly embraced her promises of a speed-reading revolution. Journalists, lawmakers, and two US presidents lent credibility to Wood’s claims of turbocharging reading speeds. A royal-born Wood grad said she’d polished off Moby Dick in three hours; a senator swore he finished one book per lunchtime. Fudging test results and squelching critics, Wood maintained her popularity even as science proved that her system taught only skimming, with disastrous effects on comprehension. As apps and online courses attempt to spark a speed-reading revival, this engaging look at Wood’s rise from missionary to marketer exposes the pitfalls of wishful thinking.
Harvard COOP, 1400 Massachusetts Avenue,, (617) 499-2000
September 13th
Park Sounds presented by Grendel’s Den
7pm-10pm in Winthrop Park
Performances include GA-20, Gentle Temper and Alec Hutson.  Partnering with the near by independent businesses, who were eager to enliven their neighborhood with high-quality arts events, Park Sounds Boston kicked off in July of 2017, producing three concerts throughout the season. Sponsorship support from Grendel’s Den, Charlie’s Kitchen and Otter Creek Brewing, and booking support from local singer-songwriter Aubrey Haddard enabled Park Sounds to expand to five dates in the Summer and Fall of 2018, add a beer garden and barbecue on Winthrop Street, and arrange with the City of Cambridge to permit the events for the last Friday night of each month.
The performers are top-notch, spanning different genres, sometimes large acts, sometimes a solo  or duo. Park Sounds is committed to providing the community free live music while always paying the  artists professional rates, so support from businesses and individual  who believe in this project is welcomed and appreciated!
Grendel’s Den, 89 Winthrop Street,, (617) 491-1160
September 15
A Taste of Thai Festival
Harvard Square Business Association and Thai Association of Boston,
September 15th
Songs of Late Summer | Dana Lynn Varga, soprano, Longy’s El Sistema Summer Academy: Final Showcase Performance at Longy School of Music
3:00 pm
Tales Told by Three | Solomiya Ivakhiv, violin; Jonathan Cohler, clarinet; Rasa Vitkauskaite, piano »
Dana Lynne Varga, soprano and Spencer Myer, pianist will present an exciting program of art song and arias about summer including Samuel Barber’s Knoxville Summer of 1915 and Tom Cipullo’s Late Summer.
Longy School of Music of Bard College, 27 Garden Street,, (617) 876-0956,
Thru September 19th
Anna Oppermann: Drawings at The Carpenter Center for the Arts
Anna Oppermann: Drawings will feature a survey of this underrecognized German artist’s early drawings alongside one of her renowned “ensemble” installations, and will be the first solo exhibition of her work in the United States in twenty years. Beginning in the mid-1960s through the early ’70s, Oppermann (1940–1993) created an astonishing series of surreal, almost psychedelic drawings that uniquely and quietly explode the private space of the home, and her experience within it. These early drawings contribute to a feminist re-centering of spheres traditionally associated with women, casting everyday objects as symbolic, consequential protagonists: houseplants sprawl to take over the picture plane, windows and mirrors provide views into other worlds, and tables display drawings that themselves open out into new domestic scenes. By placing her own body—her knees, arms, the back of her head—as reference points in the work, Oppermann coaxes the viewer to take on her subjectivity and perspective, emphasizing the gendered realms of the home and the relationships that we form both within and to our private spaces.
Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts, 24 Quincy Street,, (617) 495-3251
September 20
An Evening with Chris Smither at Passim
Doors 7PM | Show 8PM
CHRIS SMITHER. Songwriter. Guitarist. Performer. Bluesman.
CALL ME LUCKY is the new record from Chris Smither and is his first set of brand new originals in six years (release date: March 2018 on Signature Sounds/Mighty Albert). Recorded at the gorgeous Blue Rock Studio in the Texas foothills CALL ME LUCKY features longtime producer and multi instrumentalist David Goodrich, drummer Billy Conway (Morphine), Matt Lorenz (aka The Suitcase Junket), Mike Meadows, and engineer Keith Gary. The new record features Smither trademark songs that offer commentary on the human condition with a wink of an eye and pulls from deep in the soul. To complete the project are a couple of surprise covers that remind us of Chris’ deftness as a song interpreter as he makes the songs his own.
Honing a synthesis of folk and blues for 50 years, Smither is truly an American original. Reviewers and fans from around the world, including Rolling Stone and The New York Times, agree that Chris continues to be a profound songwriter, a blistering guitarist, and intense performer as he draws deeply from the blues, American folk music, modern poets and humanist philosophers.
CALL ME LUCKY does just that. Check it out. Check out Chris Smither.
Passim, 26 Church Street,, (617) 492-7679
September 20th
FOX WOLF DUO: Virtuosos in Dialogue at The Regattabar
Internationally acclaimed pianist and composer Donal Fox is celebrated for his innovative approach to fusing jazz, Latin and classical repertoire. For this special project, he is joined by acclaimed vibraphonist Warren Wolf, also a longtime member of the Donal Fox Quartet and the SFJAZZ Collective, in an intimate duo setting. Fox's composition chops and Wolf's mesmerizing prowess provide the perfect springboard for this remarkable, spontaneous and virtuosic dialogue between keys and percussion. This musical collage will include Fox originals plus signature arrangements of classic pieces, for an excursion teeming with depth, swagger, poetic and improvisational grace. The Fox Wolf Duo has performed at the Coca-Cola Generations in Jazz Festival at Jazz at Lincoln Center Mondavi Center for the Performing Arts, National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C. and later this season at the Gilmore International Keyboard Festival.
The Regattabar at The Charles Hotel, One Bennett Street,, (617) 395-7757
September 20th & 21st
Kenny Garrett at Scullers Jazz Club
Shows at 8 & 10PM        
It has become eminently apparent that Kenny Garrett is the most consistently scintillating and inspiring alto/soprano saxophone force in the genre. The multi-Grammy nominee brings a muscular yet lyrical eloquence to everything he lends his artistry to. Garrett always delivers galvanizing and forceful work, digging deeper into composing while bringing a crackling vibrancy to his performances.
Scullers Jazz Club, 400 Soldiers Field Road,, (617) 562-4111
Thru September 29th
Six at the American Repertory Theater
Divorced, beheaded, died, divorced, beheaded, survived. All this time, the six wives of Henry VIII have been reduced to a single rhyme—so they picked up a pen and a microphone. From Tudor Queens to Pop Princesses, the wives take to the mic to tell their tales, remixing five hundred years of historical heartbreak into a 75-minute celebration of 21st century girl power.
American Repertory Theater, 64 Brattle Street,, (617) 547-8300
October 5th
20th Birthday Concert: Canterbury Rediscovered at Blue Heron
8 PM
First Church in Cambridge, Congregational
Blue Heron’s first concerts in October 1999 featured music by Hugh Aston and John Taverner from the Peterhouse partbooks (copied c. 1540 for Canterbury Cathedral) and the Peterhouse repertoire has been a mainstay of our programs ever since. We have released five CDs of the music and the fifth disc won the 2018 Gramophone Classical Music Award for Early Music.  Our 20th Birthday concert will feature favorite works from 20 years of Peterhouse programs, chosen on the basis of votes from singers and audience members.
Blue Heron Concerts held at First Church in Cambridge, Congregational, 11 Garden Street,, 617-960-7956
October 13th
41st Annual Oktoberfest and HONK! Parade
The Harvard Square Business Association is pleased to announce the return of the 40th Annual Oktoberfest and slightly Irrepressible and fabulously madcap HONK! Parade.  Attended by thousands of people, Harvard Square’s Oktoberfest  features food from all the world, arts, crafts, vintage goods, free samples,  sidewalk sales and one-of-a-kind gifts.  In addition, Oktoberfest boasts five beer gardens.  This annual celebration of fall features six stages of live music, including a Passim stage and on the main stage, an all-HONK! Review!  Dancing in the streets is encouraged! 
Harvard Square Business Association, Two Brattle Square,, (617) 491-3434

Harvard Square Business Association
Harvard Square Cambridge, MA 02138