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    The African American Experience: Nourishing the Soul Through Music and Food

    Presented by Historic New England and Museum of African American History: Boston Campus

    February 2, 2015

    Celebrate black history through musical performances, a panel discussion, and food tastings. Explore the journey of the estimated 12.5 million enslaved Africans to the New World and its continued influence on our culture today. Presented by the Boston African American National Historic Site, Congregational Library & Archives, Historic New England, and the Museum of African American History.The ...more


    How Space Makes Place: The Changing Nature of Libraries

    Presented by The Harvard Library and Harvard Graduate School of Design at Gund Hall Lobby, Cambridge

    February 6, 2015

    MetaLAB's documentary about the Harvard Library's offsite depository, Cold Storage, will premiere on campus at the inauguration of the exhibition Icons of Knowledge....more

    Fighting for Freedom: The Civil War and Its Legacies

    Presented by American Repertory Theater at Loeb Drama Center, Cambridge

    February 8, 2015

    Harvard University Professor Timonthy Patrick McCarthy in conversation with Suzan-Lori Parks, playwright, Father Comes Home From the War; Dr. Henry Louis Gates, Jr., Alphonse...more

    Granoff Music Center Colloquium Series -- "Analyzing Awe in Film Music"

    Presented by Tufts University Department of Music

    February 9, 2015

     Tufts University Assistant Professor of Music Frank Lehman presents our second colloquium of the semester. Lunch to be served after the lecture.

    Varis Lecture Hall

    Free;...more

    Science on Screen: EVIL DEAD II

    Presented by Coolidge Corner Theatre at Coolidge Corner Theatre, Brookline

    February 9, 2015

    In 1981, Sam Raimi released The Evil Dead. The plot was simple: while on a weekend getaway at a cabin in the woods, a group of friends unwittingly unleash demons by reading from the...more

    From tablet to Tablet: An Evening with Sven Birkerts

    Presented by Lexington Community Education at Lexington Depot, Lexington

    February 10, 2015

    The context of reading has changed throughout history, but never so radically as in recent decades. We all are implicated in digital culture, taking part in a transformation that extends far...more

    CONFLICT AND TRANSFORMATION: LIFE IN A 19TH CENTURY TOWN

    Presented by Historic Newton

    February 10, 2015

    CONFLICT AND TRANSFORMATION: LIFE IN A 19TH CENTURY TOWN
    We sometimes romanticize New England towns in the first decades of the 19th century as peaceful, bucolic havens --...more

    The Persistence of Memory: An Evening with Leora Tec

    Presented by Lexington Community Education at Lexington Depot, Lexington

    February 11, 2015

    Never Again. These iconic words have been written and spoken countless times in the aftermath of the Holocaust. Part of the admonition Never Again is Never Forget. Join Leora...more

    Lunch & Learn with Gavin Kleespies

    Presented by Cambridge Art Association

    February 11, 2015

    February 11: Lecture featuring Gavin Kleespies, Director of Programs, Mass Historical Society


    12-1pm at the Kathryn Schultz Gallery; includes a light...more

    Contemporary Perspectives Lecture Series: Stefan Sagmeister

    Presented by Boston University College of Fine Arts at Morse Auditorium, Boston

    February 12, 2015

    The New York-based graphic designer’s bold style and careful sense of craft expands to photography, video, bookmaking, murals, installation, and more. He has designed album covers for Lou...more

    Film Screening: Please Don’t Eat the Daisies

    Presented by New Art Center at New Art Center, Newton

    February 12, 2015

    Join us for a screening of "Please Don’t Eat the Daisies" (1960), a classic comedy starring Doris Day and David Niven based on Jean Kerr's stories about an art critic and his...more

    Travel & Taste Ethiopia: Hidden Jewel of Africa

    Presented by Mass Audubon's Broadmoor Wildlife Sanctuary at Mass Audubon Broadmoor Wildlife Sanctuary, Natick

    February 12, 2015

    Ethiopia might not be the most obvious choice as a destination in Africa. It lacks the classic safari appeal of Kenya and South Africa, and its infrastructure is not as well developed, but...more

    Meet the Author: Emily Arsenault with 'What Strange Creatures'

    Presented by Weymouth Public Libraries

    February 12, 2015

     Join us for an evening with Emily Arsenault, author of What Strange Creatures.

    Following Emily's reading, guests are invited to stay for refreshments and have their book...more

    Black Votes Matter with Civil Rights Icon Bob Moses

    Presented by Museum of African American History: Boston Campus at Museum of African American History, Boston Campus, Boston

    February 12, 2015

    Bob Moses’ vision of grass roots organizing led him to become a leader in the civil rights movement and Mississippi Freedom Summer Project. He initiated and organized voter registration...more

    Joyful Noise: The Pipe Organs of Trinity Church

    Presented by Trinity Church Boston at Trinity Church Boston, Boston

    February 15, 2015

     Join Trinity Church Boston's organists, Richard Webster and Colin Lynch, along with nationally recognized organ expert Jonathan Ambrosino, for a history of the Trinity organs, a view of...more

    MFA Guide: African American Artists Tour

    Presented by Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (MFA) at Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Boston

    February 16, 2015

    Edmund Barry Gaither, former MFA curator and director of the Museum of the National Center of Afro-American Artists, guides you through the MFA’s rich collection of works by African American...more

    Whale Conservation and the Future of Oceans

    Presented by Harvard Museum of Natural History at Harvard Museum of Natural History, Cambridge

    February 17, 2015

     Whales have long been valued as a source of oil and whalebone. Treated as a commodity throughout history, they are increasingly recognized for their complex forms of communication, even...more

    BOSTON AND THE CIVIL WAR

    Presented by Historic Newton and Newton Free Library at Newton Free Library, Newton

    February 17, 2015

    Tuesday, February 17, 7:00 PM
    BOSTON AND THE CIVIL WAR
    Join local historian and author Barbara F. Berenson on a thrilling and memorable journey at a talk on her new...more

    Curator Workshop and Info Session

    Presented by New Art Center at New Art Center, Newton

    February 18, 2015

    This workshop brings together emerging and aspiring curators to learn about curating contemporary art from a curatorial professional. Participants will have the opportunity to engage in dialogue...more

    The Origins of Maya Civilization: New Insights from Ceibal

    Presented by Peabody Museum of Archaeology & Ethnology and Museum of Science, Boston at Geological Lecture Hall, Cambridge

    February 19, 2015

    In the 1960s, Gordon Willey and a team of Harvard archaeologists led the investigation of Ceibal, a Maya site in Guatemala. Their research revealed that Ceibal was a very early settlement, one...more

    Building a Sustainable Worcester: Taking a Regional Food Hub from Vision to Reality

    Presented by The Hanover Theatre for the Performing Arts at The Hanover Theatre for the Performing Arts, Worcester

    February 19, 2015

    As the sixth largest agricultural region in the country, Central Massachusetts is poised to play a big role in the distribution and processing of locally grown food. Embracing the region’s...more

    The Improbable Places Poetry Tour

    Presented by Montserrat College of Art and Montserrat College of Art Gallery

    February 19, 2015

     What's this tour all about? It's Montserrat College of Art's way of bringing together student writers, local poets, area businesses, and enthusiastic listeners to celebrate the...more

    Signature Series at the MFA: The Artist Sings

    Presented by Boston Lyric Opera (BLO) and Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (MFA) at Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Boston

    February 22, 2015

    Opera is full of malevolent villains, passionate lovers, and intrepid warriors, but it is also animated by a fascinating collection of working artists—composers, painters like Cavaradossi,...more

    Opera Night at the BPL: Musical Nationalism and Folklore in Opera

    Presented by Boston Lyric Opera (BLO) and Boston Public Library at Boston Public Library, Abbey Room, Boston

    February 24, 2015

    Themes of nationalism, folklore, and folk music weave a rich musical texture with a deeply moving storyline to make Kátya Kabanová one of Janácek’s most...more

    Our Mathematical Universe: The Quest for the Ultimate Nature of Reality

    Presented by Lexington Community Education at Lexington Depot, Lexington

    February 24, 2015

    This evening, MIT professor and author of Our Mathematical Universe: My Quest for the Ultimate Nature of Reality, Max Tegmark will lead us on an astonishing journey through past, present...more

    Evolution Matters Series: Natural History Collections and Evolution

    Presented by Harvard Museum of Natural History at Harvard Museum of Natural History, Cambridge

    February 24, 2015

     Billions of plant and animal specimens are found in natural history collections around the world. The result of nearly 250 years of scientific investigation, discovery, and inventory of...more

    Medical Halacha and Rabbinic Responsa in the Ghettos and Camps During the Holocaust

    Presented by The Elie Wiesel Center for Judaic Studies

    February 24, 2015

    Before the Holocaust, an estimated fifty percent of Eastern European Jewry strictly observed Halacha, the Jewish laws covering nearly every aspect of life. Historically, when rabbis have been...more

    Bill Brett Retrospective, Lecture, and Signing

    Presented by New England Mobile Book Fair

    February 25, 2015

    At 6:30 PM on Wednesday, February 25th we will be celebrating Boston by hosting a retrospective of Bill Brett's unparalleled career as Boston's preeminent photographer. He...more

    Travel & Taste South Africa: On Safari and off the Beaten Path

    Presented by Mass Audubon's Broadmoor Wildlife Sanctuary at Mass Audubon Broadmoor Wildlife Sanctuary, Natick

    February 26, 2015

    South African safaris are famous for a spectacular array of wildlife that includes predators and prey, grazers, browsers, and scavengers. You probably know "the Big Five": lion, leopard,...more

    Killers of the King: The Men Who Dared to Execute Charles I

    Presented by Boston Athenæum at Boston Athenæum, Boston

    February 26, 2015

    Killers of the King tells the shocking stories—including the fascinating fates—of the 59 men who signed the death warrant of Charles I of England in 1649. This act not only...more

    A CITY OF VILLAGES—THE 2015 NEWTON HISTORY SERIES

    Presented by Historic Newton and Newton Free Library at Newton Free Library, Newton

    February 26, 2015

    Thursday, February 26, 7:00 PM
    A CITY OF VILLAGES—THE 2015 NEWTON HISTORY SERIES
    Newton Corner: Newton’s First Village

    Newton’s main village...more

    African-American Patriots Tour

    Presented by Freedom Trail Foundation

    February 1 - February 28, 2015

    If 18th-century African-American patriot Crispus Attucks could tell you his life story and rebellion in pre-Revolutionary Boston, what would he say? Tales of intrigue and bravery, poetry and...more

    Curatorial Tour: 100 Objects, 100 Stories, 100 Years at Fruitlands Museum

    Presented by Fruitlands Museum at Fruitlands Museum, Harvard

    February 28, 2015

     Join Fruitlands Curator Michael Volmar for an insider’s view of the centennial year exhibition, 100 Objects, 100 Stories, 100 Years at Fruitlands Museum. Showcasing some of the finest...more

    Beyond Bubbie's Kitchen

    Presented by New Center For Arts & Culture

    March 1, 2015

    Join us for the sixth annual Beyond Bubbie's Kitchen as Boston's top chefs create modern twists on traditional Jewish food.


    The Many Faces of Arnold Schoenberg

    Presented by Rockport Music at Shalin Liu Performance Center, Rockport

    March 1, 2015

    Arnold Schoenberg has been a controversial figure in the history of Western music, but he is one of the most influential and intriguing musicians of the last century. In this lecture/recital, Dr....more

    Neil Gillman: "My Personal Theological Journey: Believing and its Tensions" (The Leo Trepp Lecture)

    Presented by The Elie Wiesel Center for Judaic Studies

    March 2, 2015

    In our second annual Leo Trepp Lecture, Dr. Neil Gillman, Professor Emeritus of Jewish Philosophy at the Jewish Theological Seminary of America in New York and a leading Conservative theologian,...more

    The Oldest Living Things in the World

    Presented by Arnold Arboretum at Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University, Boston

    March 2, 2015

    Since 2004 Rachel Sussman has been researching, working with biologists, and traveling the world to photograph continuously living organisms 2,000 years old and older. Her work spans disciplines,...more

    MassArt's Bakalar & Paine Galleries Present The 20th Anniversary Adderley Lecture Ft. Wangechi Mut

    Presented by MassArt at Massachusetts College of Art and Design, Tower Auditorium, Boston

    March 3, 2015

     Massachusetts College of Art and Design, the nation's first and only public college of art in the country, today announced that contemporary African artist Wangechi Mutu will deliver the...more

    Artist Talk - Gabriel Martinez

    Presented by Tufts University Art Gallery at Tufts University Art Gallery, Medford

    March 3, 2015

     GABRIEL MARTINEZ, A CUBAN-AMERICAN NATIVE OF MIAMI, FLORIDA, WORKS PRIMARILY WITH PHOTOGRAPHY, PERFORMANCE AND INSTALLATION. ALTHOUGH MANY OF HIS PROJECTS HAVE BEEN MOTIVATED BY THE THEMES...more

    Boston Sea Rovers Saturday Evening Film Festival

    Presented by Boston Sea Rovers

    March 7, 2015

    The Boston Sea Rovers world renowned Saturday Evening Film Festival is one of the most prestigious in the underwater world. It will be hosted by great white shark researcher and Discovery Channel...more

    Boston Sea Rovers Show

    Presented by Boston Sea Rovers

    March 7 - March 8, 2015

    Love the ocean? Enjoy traveling, diving or snorkeling, marine wildlife or photography? The Boston Sea Rovers 61st Annual International Clinic, March 7-8, is for divers and non-divers alike and...more

    Blood on the Bayou: Vicksburg, Port Hudson, and the Trans-Mississippi

    Presented by Boston Athenæum at Boston Athenæum, Boston

    March 10, 2015

    Blood on the Bayou: Vicksburg, Port Hudson, and the Trans-Mississippi takes a well-known story of the struggle for control of the Mississippi River in the American Civil War, and...more

    North America's Shale Gas Resources; Energy and Environmental Perspectives

    Presented by Harvard Museum of Natural History at Harvard Museum of Natural History, Cambridge

    March 10, 2015

    Over the last decade, natural gas extracted from shale rock formations (shale gas) has become an important source of energy in North America. These abundant natural gas resources offer tremendous...more

    Travel & Taste Brazil: The Pantanal, a Wetland Wonderland

    Presented by Mass Audubon's Broadmoor Wildlife Sanctuary at Mass Audubon Broadmoor Wildlife Sanctuary, Natick

    March 12, 2015

    The Pantanal, one of the world's largest wetlands, is about 10 times the size of the Everglades and one of the most pristine and biologically rich environments on the planet. During the rainy...more

    From the Pyramids to the Projects: Poet Askia M. Touré

    Presented by Museum of African American History: Boston Campus at Museum of African American History, Boston Campus, Boston

    March 12, 2015

    A lifelong interest in the history of Africa inspired Askia M. Touré to use his work to restore the lost heritage of African American people. The award-winning poet, author,...more

    Author Charles Johnson Talk & Book Signing for His New Book 'Ice Ship'

    Presented by Falmouth Historical Society

    March 14, 2015

    Please join us for a talk and slide presentation by Charles Johnson for his new book Ice Ship, the story of the extraordinary ship, the Fram. The book follows the ship from...more

    Recovering from Brain Injury: A Poetry Reading by Catherine Morocco

    Presented by Lexington Community Education at Lexington Depot, Lexington

    March 15, 2015

     "Moon without Craters or Shadows is, "a remarkable documentation of the experience of and recovery from two brain surgeries...it sizzles with perception, imagery and vision. It is...more

    Contemporary Perspectives Lecture Series: Mickalene Thomas in Conversation with Anna Stothart

    Presented by Boston University College of Fine Arts at Morse Auditorium, Boston

    March 16, 2015

    New York-based artist Mickalene Thomas in conversation with Anna Stothart, assistant curator at The Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston. Thomas’ portraits of black women and studies of...more

    National Evening of Science on Screen: ARSENIC AND OLD LACE

    Presented by Coolidge Corner Theatre at Coolidge Corner Theatre, Brookline

    March 16, 2015

    Cary Grant stars in this dark comedy about a newly-married theater critic who discovers that his beloved spinster aunts have been poisoning lonely old men.

    Based on the...more

    The Wilderness of Ruin: A Tale of Madness, Boston's Great Fire, and the Hunt for America's Youngest Serial Killer

    Presented by Boston Athenæum at Boston Athenæum, Boston

    March 19, 2015

    In the early 1870s, local children begin disappearing from the working class neighborhoods of Boston. Several return home bloody and bruised after being tortured, while others never came back....more

    Arts and Crafts Architecture: History and Heritage in New England

    Presented by Boston Athenæum at Boston Athenæum, Boston

    March 23, 2015

    Anyone who has spent time in New England will recognize the century-old buildings that Maureen Meister will discuss in a slide lecture based upon her new book—the first comprehensive study...more

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