The Harbus Culture Flash

A pocket-sized run-down of some of the best in Arts and Culture happening at HBS, at Harvard, and around town this month.

1)      From the Student Association (SA): The SA is teaming up with the Arts Society to bring HBS to the Boston Ballet on December 4 for its performance of The Nutcracker. Tickets are available through the SA and through the Arts Society. The SA will subsidize a total of 25 tickets at a reduced price of $30 (including a drink voucher). Tickets will go on sale via email and will be available on a first-come, first-serve basis.

2)      HBS Performances: HBS students brought down the house with their four sold-out performances of the Cabaret at the Oberon on November 20 and 21. With so much music, dance, satire, and stand-up comedy talent in one place, our classmates have us eagerly anticipating the HBS Show next semester. 

HBS’s a cappella group, Heard on the Street, will host two performances of its “Winter A Cappella Concert” on December 4 in the Class of 1959 Chapel. Tickets are available for purchase online. 

3)      Harvard-Wide Exhibitions: Two thought-provoking and critically-lauded exhibitions are in their final weeks of public viewing in Cambridge. Pay them a visit while you still can. Entrance is free for members of the Harvard University community. 

Crossing Lines, Constructing Home: Displacement and Belonging in Contemporary Art (on view now until January 5 @ Harvard Art Museums)

The exhibition 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 people. Among the more than 40 works in the exhibition, all but one are drawn from the museums’ permanent collections. These works reflect a global community of contemporary artists and include sculpture, photography, drawing, silkscreen, and video productions.

Location: Harvard Art Museums, 32 Quincy Street, Cambridge, MA 02138

The Sound of My Soul: Frank Stewart’s Life in Jazz (on view now until December 13 @ The Ethelbert Cooper Gallery of African & African American Art)

Frank Stewart’s investigation of his African American roots through music, coupled with his intimate back-stage and on-stage access to leading Jazz musicians, offers a rich view of the Jazz world via a post-modern vision that is firmly rooted in diverse artistic traditions. The 70 photographs in this exhibition feature Jazz legends like Miles Davis, Wynton Marsalis, Dianne Reeves, and Etienne Charles. Frank Stewart is lead photographer for Jazz at Lincoln Center and the 2017 winner of the Lona Foote-Bob Parent Award for Career Excellence. 

Location: The Ethelbert Cooper Gallery of African & African American Art, 102 Mount Auburn Street, Cambridge, MA 02138

4) Upcoming Semester: There is more arts and culture programming to look forward to when we return to campus in early 2020, including curator-led tours of the HBS art collection and private pop-up concerts in secret locations on campus. Stay tuned for more information after the holidays!

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*Contributed by the HBS Student Association