Winter Carnival in Harvard Square January 8th – February 28th, 2016

The Harvard Square Business Association welcomes you to attend Winter Carnival 2016 in Harvard Square! The temperatures may be dropping but our businesses are gearing up for some of the most highly anticipated events of the year, including The Chocolate Festival, "Some Like it Hot" Chili Cook-off, and Chinese New Year. Tastings, celebrities, discounts, live music, and innovative theatre are just some of the family friendly events that are happening in our restaurants, stores and cultural institutions.

There's always something happening on our cobblestone streets!

Charles Square Garage
Through March 30th, 2016
$10  Special – flat rate for up to 5 hours. Valid Saturday and Sunday any time. Weeknights after 5pm. For coupon, please visit:
Charles Square Garage, One Bennett Street,, (617) 491-0298

13th Annual BCMFest – Boston Celtic Music Fest at Passim
January 8th and 9th
It's Lucky Number 13 for Passim's Annual BCMFest January 8th and 9th in Harvard Square
The Boston area's annual homegrown celebration of Celtic music and dance, BCMFest marks 13 years on January 8th and 9th, 2016 at Club Passim and other locations in Harvard Square.
The family-friendly festival draws performers of all ages from around Greater Boston, presenting music, song and dance from Irish, Scottish, Cape Breton and other Celtic-related traditions.

BCMFest begins on Friday January 8th with the Roots & Branches concert in Club Passim, offering a sample of the innovative, dynamic sounds to be heard in Boston's Celtic music community today. Roots and Branches will showcase After the Morning, a program of "chamber trad" for Irish flute, voice and strings led by Shannon Heaton; singer/guitarist Lindsay Straw, whose repertoire spans Scottish, Northern Irish and Irish traditions; and the Irish traditional music trio of Nathan Gourley (fiddle, guitar), Laura Fedderson (fiddle) and John Coyne (bouzouki).

Boston Urban Ceilidh, BCMFest's popular Celtic dance party on Friday night at The Atrium features participatory and social dances from the Irish, Scottish and Cape Breton traditions, all with live music. No experience is necessary – and all dances will be taught.

Festival performances continue on Saturday, January 9th with BCMFest's Dayfest, starting with children's and family entertainment in the morning, at Club Passim and on three different stages in First Church, Cambridge and continues with programming all afternoon. Dayfest is noted for its special collaborations and workshops, in which performers often unite around a particular theme or focus. Highlights of day fest ranging from "Sliabh Luachra," a sampling of the unique music tradition from the west of Ireland, with The Rushy Mountaineers and the duo of Caroline O'Shea and Tim Buckley to "Singing Along in The Attic," a perfect session to get warm on a cold winter's day with singing some good songs, with fun, spirited performers like Oran Mor and The Kelly Girls to lead the way.

The festival's crowning event, the BCMFest Nightcap finale concert, takes place Saturday night at First Church, Cambridge. Alba's Edge (Neil Pearlman, keyboards and mandolin; Lilly Pearlman, fiddle; Doug Berns, bass; Jacob Cole, drums and percussion) a quartet that creatively weaves Scottish fiddle music together with funk, jazz and Latin influences, will lead the Nightcap with a number of special guests.

BCMFest is a program of Passim, a Cambridge-based non-profit seeking to build a vibrant music community through its legendary listening venue, music school, artist grants and outreach initiatives.

Performers confirmed to appear at the festival include: Lindsay Straw; Nathan Gourley, Laura Fedderson and John Coyne; Joe Deleaut; Fresh Haggis; Nancy Bell; Scottish Fish; Realta Geala; Elizabeth and Ben Anderson; the Friends of Kyte MacKillop; Mari Black; Gus LaCasse; Buttons and Keys; Molly Pinto Madigan; Fellswater; Royal Scottish Country Dance Society of Boston; Oran Mor; Soulsha; The Kelly Girls; Jigs and Saws; Kieran Jordan; Colleen White and Sean Smith; After the Morning; Liz and Dan Faiella; Corsa; The Rushy Mountaineers; Caroline O'Shea and Tim Buckley; and Highland Dance Boston. Additional performers will be added to the lineup.

Passim's School of Music will once again offer a series of classes taught by festival performers on Saturday as part of BCMFest. Information and registration will be available via the festival website at (BCMFest classes are not included in the full festival pass.)

Individual prices for BCMFest 2016 are:
· "Roots and Branches" concert – $28, $25 for Passim members
· Boston Urban Ceilidh – $15 in advance, $20 at the door
· Saturday "Dayfest" – $15, $13 for Passim members
· BCMFest Nightcap – $25, $20 for Passim members

For additional info check out the BCMFest Blog here
Ticket information, performer updates and other details about Passim's BCMFest are available at

Freda Love Smith presents Red Velvet Underground: A Rock Memoir, with Recipes
in conversation with Juliana Hatfield at Harvard Book Store
January 8th
This event includes a book signing
Harvard Book Store welcomes FREDA LOVE SMITH and her former Blake Babies bandmate, local singer-songwriter JULIANA HATFIELD for a presentation of Smith's book Red Velvet Underground: A Rock Memoir, with Recipes.
Part memoir, part cookbook, and all rock and roll, Red Velvet Underground tells the story of how musician Freda Love Smith's indie-rock past grew into her family- and food-centric present.
Interspersed throughout these stories are 45 flexitarian recipes—mostly, but not exclusively, vegetarian—such as red pepper-cashew spread, spinach and brazil nut pesto, and vegan strawberry-cream scones. Throughout the book, Smith reveals how food, in addition to music, has evolved into an important means for creativity and improvisation. Red Velvet Underground is an engaging exploration of the ways food and music have informed identity through every stage of one woman's life.
7pm, Free
Harvard Book Store, 1256 Massachusetts Avenue,, (617) 661-1515

Marine Life in the Putnam Family Gallery at the Harvard Museum of Natural History
The centerpiece of the new Marine Life exhibition—a floor-to-ceiling recreation of life in New England's coastal waters—will immerse visitors in the astounding diversity and dynamic interplay among animals in marine communities just off local shores. As models of glowing jellies, a giant sea turtle, and other sea animals appear to swim above their heads, museum goers will learn about new research and explore displays of real fishes, mollusks, crustaceans, corals, and other marine organisms selected from the world-renowned collections of Harvard's Museum of Comparative Zoology. A special interactive display will introduce visitors of all ages to the amazing world of jellyfish, and the ocean exploration theater will take them on a multimedia journey of discovery into the surface and deep oceans of the world, guided by Harvard biologists.
Harvard Museum of Natural History, 26 Oxford Street,, (617) 495-3045

Puddles Pity Party at The Sinclair
January 12th
A 7-foot clown walks into a bar. He motions for a soda water and sits there staring at his drink. The year was 1998 and Puddles the Clown had wandered into the Star Community Bar in Atlanta, US where bartender Big Mike Geier first laid eyes on the sad, silent clown.
"There was a heaviness about him," says Geier. "I could tell he wasn't in the mood to chat, so I pretty much left him alone except to pass him the mustard when he pulled an onion and a heel of bread out of his pocket. A couple weeks later, he came by the bar and gave me a flyer to a show he was doing at a flea market. The sound system was crap, but his voice blew me away. I've been in my share of bands and wasn't expecting much from a clown singing karaoke from a boombox. But I'll be damned if his singing didn't get me all choked up."
Since then, the two have become close friends, with Big Mike becoming somewhat of a tour manager/confidant as the pair travel around the globe with Puddles Pity Party, Mike speaking on behalf of Puddles as the clown chooses to stay silent.
DOORS: 8:00 PM / SHOW: 9:00 PM
This event is 18 and over
The Sinclair, 52 Church Street,, (617) 547-5200

Chowda Day at Legal Sea Foods Charles Square
January 15th
In honor of National Soup Month, we're declaring a "Legal" Holiday, Chowda Day! Come in and get a cup of New England Clam Chowder for $1 (with purchase of an entrée) because our chowder is #1. One cup of chowder per entrée. No substitutions.
Legal Sea Foods – Charles Square, 20 University Road,, (617) 491-9400

Nice Fish: A Midwestern Tale Starring Mark Rylance at American Repertory Theater
January 17th – February 7th
On a lake in frozen Minnesota, the ice is beginning to creak and groan. It's the end of the fishing season, and two men are out on the ice one last time, angling for answers to life's larger questions. A play woven together from the acclaimed prose poems of Louis Jenkins, Nice Fish reflects nature with a wry surreality. As Jenkins writes, they "are after something big, something down there that is pure need, something that, had it the wherewithal, would swallow them whole."
American Repertory Theater, 64 Brattle Street,, (617) 547-8300


Celebrity Series Debut: Denis Kozhukhin, piano at Longy School of Music
January 20th
Edward M. Pickman Concert Hall, 8:00 pm
Russian pianist Denis Kozhukhin was launched onto the international scene after winning First Prize in the 2010 Queen Elisabeth Competition in Brussels at the age of 23. His utter command, both technically and artistically, combined with a clearly communicated sense of joy are quickly making him one of his generation's most in demand pianists.
Haydn: Sonata in D Major, Hob. XVI: 37
Brahms: Fantasien, Op. 116
Rachmaninoff: Variations on a Theme by Corelli
Haydn: Sonata in B minor, HOB. XVI: 32
Franck: Prelude, Chorale, and Fugue
Prokofiev: Sonata No. 7
For tickets, please visit:
Longy School of Music of Bard College, 27 Garden Street,, (617) 876-0956

Free Outdoor Skating on the Harvard University Science Center Plaza
Beginning January 22nd

Beginning January 22, Harvard is pleased to once again offer free outdoor skating for everyone. The rink is located on the Cambridge Street Overpass, just outside the University's Science Center. Skaters can bring their own skates or rent them. In addition, free skating lessons are offered every Friday, weather permitting. If you don't feel like skating, you can simply relax by one of the toasty fire pits or enjoy some delicious treats from the nearby Food Trucks.

Harvard Skate will be open daily from noon to 9pm (weather permitting), seven days a week, through March. Please note that lessons are first come, first served so those interested should gather at the rink at noon. Space is limited so please arrive there early!

For more information on special events and the Food Truck schedule log on to

Candice Anitra at Beat Brasserie
January 23rd
Soul Singer/Songwriter
Candice set sail for New York University's heralded Tisch School of the Arts and immersed herself in the fertile artistic environs of New York City. Enrolled in a self-scripting curriculum, Candice was molded into the image of a triple threat.Embodying the subtle rapture of Joan Armatrading, the robust confidence of Meshell Ndegeocello, and the thespian gender inquisition of Cheryl Dunye, the left-of-soul singer-songwriter has learned that it's much easier to buck convention than to live a futile existence of the square peg in a round hole.
Beat Brasserie, 13 Brattle Street,, (617) 499-0001

Moleskine #handwritingday bash
January 23rd from 6:00 to 9:00 PM
Come and join Moleskine as we celebrate the handwritten word. Get you get your handwriting analyzed by our expert while the DJ blasts the music and complementary drinks are being served. Shop with special prices, enter the raffle to win the ultimate Moleskine writer’s set & don’t forget to leave a #handwritingday note to receive a free gift.*
*Free Handwriting Analysis with any purchase of $30 or more, Name and e-mail required to enter raffle, Winner will be announced at 8:30 PM, Prize: Moleskine Writer’s Set includes 2 Large Classic Colored Notebook, 1 Classic Pen and 1 Mycloud Smallpack. To receive a free gift – write a note, take a picture and post it on social media, show the post to the staff, gifts while supplies last.
Moleskine, 35A Brattle Street,, (617) 714-4332

Beyond Bosch: The Afterlife of a Renaissance Master in Print at Harvard Art Museums

Beginning January 23rd
The art of Netherlandish master Hieronymus Bosch (c. 1450–1516) is characterized by fantastic creatures, fire-breathing monsters, and apocalyptic visions of Hell. Fascination with Bosch's paintings ignited the imaginations of artists and viewers alike, giving rise to a distinct group of images inspired by this singular artist. This exhibition, organized by the Saint Louis Art Museum, explores the phenomenon of Bosch's wide-reaching impact through the print medium from the 16th century to the present. The more than 30 prints on display, mostly from a single private collection, are joined by a selection from the Harvard Art Museums collections, presenting a unique opportunity to view these riveting works.
Harvard Art Museums, 32 Quincy Street,, (617) 495-9400

Hasty Pudding Woman of the Year Event – Kerry Washington
January 28th
The Hasty Pudding Theatricals, the oldest theatrical organization in the United States, announces Golden Globe and Emmy Awards nominated actress, KERRY WASHINGTON as the recipient of its 2016 Woman of the Year Award. The Pudding is proud to honor a talented and socially engaged film, TV and stage actress who keeps breaking barriers in Hollywood.

The Woman of the Year Award is the Hasty Pudding Theatricals oldest honor, bestowed annually on performers who have made lasting and impressive contributions to the world of entertainment. Established in 1951, the Woman of the Year Award has been given to many notable and talented entertainers, including Meryl Streep, Katharine Hepburn, Julia Roberts, Jodie Foster, Elizabeth Taylor, Anne Hathaway, Claire Danes, and most recently, Dame Helen Mirren and Amy Poehler.

The Woman of the Year festivities, presented by RELATED, will begin at 2:45p.m. on January 28, 2016, when Washington will lead a parade through the streets of Cambridge. Following the parade, the Hasty Pudding Theatricals will host a celebratory roast for the actress. At 4:00 p.m., Washington will be presented with her Pudding Pot at Farkas Hall, the Hasty Pudding's historic home in the heart of Harvard Square since 1888. A press conference will follow the presentation. Afterward, Hasty Pudding cast members will perform several musical numbers from the group's 168thproduction, That 1770s Show.

Molly Pope Likes Your Status at OBERON
January 29th
MOLLY POPE – brassy belter/whiskey guzzler/benevolent lunatic – sheds all pretense of humility and shamelessly entreats you to adore her for an hour while she prances about making loud noises. Unable to deny that she defines her self-worth entirely via social media notifications, the "viscerally thrilling alto" (Time Out New York) exploits her fragile ego and vocal chops for your entertainment. Expect the unexpected juxtapositions of song and substance alongside a healthy helping of her roots in The Great American Songbook. Over-sharing? Of course. Sing-a-long? Yes. Three encores? Why not.
8pm, Tickets $25
Oberon, 2 Arrow Street,, (617) 495-2668

Taste of Chocolate Festival
January 29th – 31st
Warm, Dark, Sweet and Luscious: Chocolate Festival in Harvard Square!
Harvard Square's finest restaurants and cafes will embark on a three day chocolate extravaganza! Our restaurants will feature chocolate appetizers, entrees, desserts, cocktails, cordials and nightcaps while Harvard Square retailers will dazzle you with scrumptious chocolate specials and deals. And for you brave and hearty chocolate lovers, our famous tasty sampling of chocolate goodies from Harvard Square's finest purveyors will be presented on Saturday, January 30th from 1pm – 2pm on Brattle Plaza (in front of Hidden Sweets – 25 Brattle Street) for all to enjoy. Entertainment, chocolate and more!

Harvard Square Chocolate Sampling Event
January 30th
From 1pm – 2pm
Deguglielmo Plaza (27 Brattle Street) will play host to an array of chocolaty samples from restaurants and shops from across Harvard Square. Make sure to come early! This event is very popular and attracts hundreds of sweet tooths! Please check back for more information!

Hasty Pudding Man of the Year - Joseph Gordon-Levitt
February 5th

The Hasty Pudding Theatricals, the oldest theatrical organization in the United States, announces Golden Globe-nominated and Emmy-winning actor, director and producer Joseph Gordon-Levitt as the recipient of its 2016 Man of the Year Award. The Pudding is excited to honor a performer who is not only a talented actor but also a visionary entrepreneur who developed a revolutionary platform for artistic content creation and distribution.The Man and Woman of the Year Awards are presented annually to performers who have made lasting and impressive contributions to the world of entertainment. The Man of the Year award was established in 1963. Its past recipients include, among others, Clint Eastwood, Tom Cruise, Robert de Niro, Harrison Ford, Sir Anthony Hopkins, Bruce Willis, Justin Timberlake, James Franco, and most recently, Neil Patrick Harris and Chris Pratt.

The Man of the Year festivities, presented by Related, will take place on Friday, February 5th, 2016. The Hasty Pudding Theatricals will host a celebratory roast for the actor and present him with his Pudding Pot at Farkas Hall, the Hasty Pudding’s historic home in the heart of Harvard Square since 1888. A special public event will be held in front of the Hasty Pudding Clubhouse at 96, Winthrop Street at 3:45pm. A press conference will follow the roast at 10 p.m., at Farkas Hall during intermission of the opening night performance of the Pudding’s 168th production, That 1770s Show.

"No emoji can express how excited we are about having Joseph Gordon-Levitt as our 50th Man of the Year.” said Bobby Fitzpatrick ‘16, President of the Hasty Pudding Theatricals. “We anxiously await Mr. Gordon-Levitt's arrival, as he begins his slow journey to the Hasty Pudding Theatricals on a small rope from LA to Cambridge."

"Perusing the impressive list of past Hasty Pudding Men Of The Year, I'm simultaneously struck with intense delusions of grandeur and mild waves of humility." said Joseph Gordon-Levitt.

Donal Fox in The Pursuit of Beauty at The Regattabar
February 6th
Featuring: Donal Fox - Piano, Composer, Arranger
John Lockwood - Double Bass
Dafnis Prieto - Drums & Percussion
Donal Fox is internationally acclaimed as composer, pianist, and improviser in both jazz and classical music. His numerous awards include a Guggenheim fellowship in music composition, and a fellowship from the Bogliasco Foundation. He served as the first African- American composer-in-residence with the St. Louis Symphony and was a visiting artist at Harvard University, where he received a Certificate of Recognition from the President of Harvard College for his contribution to the arts. Mr. Fox recently premiered his Monk and Bach Project at Jazz at Lincoln Center, his Scarlatti Jazz Suite Project at Tanglewood, and the world premiere of his piano concerto Peace Out for Improvised Piano and Orchestra at Carnegie Hall with the American Composers Orchestra.
7:30pm and 10pm; Tickets $25
The Regattabar, The Charles Hotel, One Bennett Street,, (617) 395-7757

8th Annual 'Some Like it Hot' Chili Cook-off
February 6th
The Harvard Square Business Association welcomes everyone to our FREE 'Some Like it Hot' Chili Cook-off on Saturday, February 6th from 1pm – 2:30pm. Snow, rain or shine, Harvard Square's finest chefs are cooking a batch of their favorite chili for all to sample. The cook off will take place on Brattle Plaza (in front of Crema Café at 27 Brattle Street) and is a fitting and spicy prelude to the Super Bowl! You get to vote for your favorite! Check back for more information.

Barre & Soul Open House
February 6th
Barre &Soul Harvard Square opened July 20, 2015 and offer a robust schedule of authentic Lotte Berk style barre and an eclectic mix of lively vinyasa yoga classes.
Located inside the Garage at 36 JFK Street, Barre & Soul will be hosting an open house on Saturday, February 6, 2016. All Barre and yoga classes COMPLIMENTARY starting at 8:30 AM. Additionally, new clients will receive $10 off an All-Access Intro month if you sign up that day!
Barre & Soul, 36 JFK Street,, (857) 488-4348

Super Bowl Sunday
February 7th
More information coming soon.

Chinese New Year Open House at A Friendly Inn at Harvard
February 8th
The public is invited to attend a free Chinese New Year Open House on February 8th from 5pm – 7pm. Chinese vegetarian finger food, green tea and wine will be served.
A Friendly Inn at Harvard, 1673 Cambridge Street,, (617) 547-7851

Men's Shopping Night at The Cambridge Artists' Cooperative
February 11th
We will be open until 8pm and our staff will help you choose a great gift that will be sure to please your Valentine! Select from Jewelry, Scarves and Gloves, Ceramics, Glass, Cards and more. Free gift wrapping for your unique and fabulous gift from our store.
Cambridge Artists Cooperative, 59a Church Street,, (617) 868-4434

"The Cuba Files" at Jose Mateo Ballet Theatre
Performances begin February 12th
(2004, Brouwer)
Arroz con Mango
(2004, Various)
Mateo Premiere
For costs, show times and tickets, please visit:
Jose Mateo Ballet Theatre, 400 Harvard Street,, (617) 354-7467

Lovin' The Square Valentine's Events
February 12th – 14th
This year's Valentines event will feature fabulous food and drinks from Harvard Square's restaurants, romantic and fun deals from our retailers and a variety of intimate, cozy and entertaining things to do from all of our very best cultural icons. More information coming soon.

21st Annual Bugs Bunny Film Festival at The Brattle Theatre
February 12th – February 21st
The Twenty-First Annual!
Three Fun Programs! A school vacation treat for kids and fun-loving adults alike, the Brattle's BUGS BUNNY FILM FESTIVAL has been delighting audiences for over twenty years! As usual our first program is the ALL BUGS REVUE, starring everyone's favorite wascally wabbit! The second program DAFFY DUCK AND FRIENDS features Bugs' frequently frustrated second-fiddle, Daffy Duck, alongside the rest of the Looney Tunes. We round out the second weekend with special matinees of a LOONEY TUNES REVUE featuring a completely different program and a few surprises! (Please Note: No Bugs Bunny shows on Saturday 2/20.)
Brattle Theatre, 40 Brattle Street,, (617) 876-6838

Sergey Schepkin at The New School of Music
February 13th
The New School of Music welcomes special guest pianist Sergey Schepkin presenting a recital of the works by Bach featuring Partita VI in E minor and The Goldberg Variations. Mr. Schepkin started performing Bach's six Partitas cycle and The Goldberg Variations two decades ago, while he was a doctoral student at New England Conservatory. To celebrate the 20th anniversary of his first presentations of these works, Mr. Schepkin is once again presenting them on a series of concerts throughout this season. Please join us for this exciting program to enjoy a performance by a master of the piano whom The New York Times described as "a formidable Bach pianist."
New School of Music, 25 Lowell Street,, (617) 492-8105

Annual President's Day Sale at Harvard Book Store
Harvard Book Store is celebrating Washington's birthday with our annual 20% off Presidents' Day sale, in-store and on
9am – 11pm
Harvard Book Store, 1256 Massachusetts Avenue,, (617) 661-1515

Linda Eder at Scullers
February 19th and 20th
Linda Eder's new recording Retro features songs written over the past two decades for shows (or albums) "that never got off the ground for one reason or another," according to Eder's liner notes. Linda Eder possesses one of the greatest contemporary voices of our time. She sings jazz, pop, broadway, country and standards and her glorious voice makes each and every song she sings her own. Linda Eder always gives an extraordinary performance at Scullers Jazz Club and with a new recording out, you can expect an exciting evening of song and entertainment!
Show: $48
Dinner & Show $88
Show Time: 8 & 10pm
Scullers Jazz Club at the Doubletree Suites by Hilton Hotel Boston, 400 Soldiers Field Road,, (617) 562-4111

Tropical Party at Tutoring Plus of Cambridge
February 25th


Tutoring Plus of Cambridge, 415 Main Street,, (617) 349-6588

Betty Buckley at Scullers
February 26th
Betty Buckley, one of Broadway's most legendary leading ladies, won a Tony Award for her performance as Grizabella in Cats. She has been inducted into the Theater Hall of Fame. Her multi-faceted career includes film, television, theater, recordings, and she has performed in concert halls around the World.
Buckley has recorded 16 CD's and has received three Grammy Nominations. Her newest CD Ghostlight was produced by T Bone Burnett and was voted #2 Best Album of the Year in 2014 by USA Today.
Show: $48
Show & Dinner: $88
Scullers Jazz Club at the Doubletree Suites by Hilton Hotel Boston, 400 Soldiers Field Road,, (617) 562-4111

Celebrate Chinese New Year in Harvard Square
2016: Year of the Red Monkey
February 28th
Come celebrate Chinese New Year in Harvard Square! 2016 is the year of the Red Monkey and the 61st Anniversary of the Hong Kong Restaurant. Join us for a grand Chinese New Year procession through Harvard Square and our cultural "Open House" at the Hong Kong!
A full schedule of Chinese New Year activities will be announced shortly.

Oscar Sunday
February 28th
Harvard Square establishments will be hosting viewing parties but if you prefer to host your own, our restaurants and stores have all the things you need to make your party a hit! More information coming soon!

16th Annual Brattle Oscar Party
Reception at 5:30pm, Awards at 8pm
The Brattle's annual celebration of Hollywood's biggest night! Come join us for snacks and drinks as we cheer our favorites during "the movielover's Super Bowl." RSVP opens soon.
Brattle Theatre, 40 Brattle Street,, (617) 876-6838