Saturday, September 1, 2018 - Sunday, October 7, 2018 all-day

Revival Month in Harvard Square
September 6 – October 7, 2018
Come join us as we celebrate the return of Revival Month!  
Film retrospectives! Concerts! Innovative theatre!  The incomparable Bread & Puppet troupe on Cambridge Common! And the return of the irreverent HONK! bands at the 40th 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.  


9/08 Bread and Puppet on Cambridge Common 
3 p.m.
The Grasshopper Rebellion Circus
The Grasshopper Rebellion Circus is a celebration of 6000 years of human revolution against human management, featuring celastic tigers and celestial grasshoppers, and powered as always by the hot sounds of the Bread and Puppet Circus Band.  Bread and Puppet’s director, Peter Schumann, says of The Grasshopper Rebellion Circus: “The Grasshopper Rebellion Circus is a circus of ruthless critique of 6000 years of unhuman history and the uprisings against it, from the battle of Sempach in 1386 when 1300 peasant women and men, equipped with pitchforks and hayrakes overthrew a 4000 strong state-of-the-art army of knights, to the current battles in which ridiculously small numbers of possibilitarians underthrow — from the toes up — the incompetent billionaire democracy again and again.”
Harvard Square Business Association,

9/01 – 1/06  Adam & Eve at Harvard Art Museums
For most of history, humans expressed ethical ideas through stories, and of all these the story of Adam and Eve has been perhaps the most powerful and enduring. For three millennia, in Jewish, Christian, and Muslim worlds, people reasoned ethically through the seedpod of this—even to early audiences—unreasonable tale: the first man and woman, formed by God at the apex of the world’s creation, disobey their creator by eating a forbidden fruit, are punished by sickness, hardship, and death, and pass their curse to the future human species.
From the early Christian period onward, in countless thought-provoking forms, visual artists endeavored to picture this story. In doing so, they had to make certain practical decisions, each requiring reasoning about the unreasonable: for example, which moment in the story to show as the decisive one, and how to display innocent, paradisiacal nudity to a fallen audience stained by shame and lust. Designed for a course in “Ethical Reasoning” offered by Harvard College’s Program in General Education, this installation features works from the Harvard Art Museums and Houghton Library. It explores how artists from the Renaissance to the modern era met the challenges of a foundational story.
Harvard Art Museums, 32 Quincy Street,, (617) 495-9400
9/05 – 9/12 Repertory Series: A Tribute to Robby Müller at the Brattle Theatre
The extremely gifted cinematographer Robby Müller sadly passed away over the summer and we take this opportunity to celebrate his remarkable career. From his formative collaborations with Wim Wenders, through his dabbling in Hollywood, to his work with indie film legends like Jim Jarmusch and Sara Driver, Müller proved himself to be a significant film artist. His eye for photography carried from both austere black-and-white work (DEAD MAN, DOWN BY LAW, KINGS OF THE ROAD) to saturated color (THE AMERICAN FRIEND, MYSTERY TRAIN). He was also able to create spaces where desaturated landscapes sit beside garish tones for an unsettling effect in films like TO LIVE AND DIE IN L.A. and PARIS, TEXAS. This brief film series is just a small taste of the beauty that Müller was able to achieve with his camera.  Full details & tickets
Wednesday 9/5
DEAD MAN at 4:30, 7:00, 9:30
Thursday 9/6 • Double Feature
BARFLY at 7:15
24 HOUR PARTY PEOPLE at 4:45, 9:30
Friday 9/7
Saturday 9/8 • Double Feature
PARIS, TEXAS at 1:00, 6:30
Sunday 9/9 • Double Feature
KINGS OF THE ROAD at 12:15, 6:00
DOWN BY LAW at 3:45, 9:30
Tuesday 9/11
Wednesday 9/12 • Double Feature
MYSTERY TRAIN at 5:00, 9:30
The Brattle Theatre, 40 Brattle Street,, (617) 876-6837
9/07 Summer Movie Night Under the Stars
The Harvard Square Business Association, in partnership with the Harvard COOP, invite you to the second free outdoor movie screening on Palmer Street celebrating 1968, fifty years later!  Bring your own blanket and snacks – we will have the popcorn!
We can’t divulge the name, but here’s a hint – Our tribute to 1968 continues on Friday, September 7th at 7:30pm with the film debut of a Hollywood icon.  This legendary musical follows the story of a real life actress who rose from bit parts in Vaudeville to soaring heights as the toast of Broadway.  Hello, gorgeous!  Don’t be shy, we’ll be singing right along with you!  This event is free and all ages are welcome.
Harvard Square Business Association,



9/10 Discovery Series: Eliza Edens & Sunny War at Passim
Born to a gardener & a journalist who would blast The Beatles, Canned Heat, & Peter, Paul and Mary during car rides to-and-from their rural Massachusetts home, it’s fitting that Eliza Edens is a musician who takes an observational approach to the natural world around her. Combining the adventurous fingerpicking of The Tallest Man on Earth, the calm resolve of Laura Marling, and the aching pulse of Bon Iver, Eliza spins songs with wistful lyrics and winding melodies that belong somewhere between your tumbledown front porch stoop and a hazy bar in the big city — and leave a little space to linger. She is a grantee of Club Passim’s 2017 Iguana Music Fund and is currently crafting a debut record.
Passim, 26 Church Street,, (617) 492-7679
9/13 – 12/30 Time is Now: Photography and Social Change in James Baldwin’s America at Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts
Time is Now: Photography and Social Change in James Baldwin’s America is an exhibition of photographs made during the lifetime of James Baldwin (1924–1987). It works to visualize and explore the places, the personal, and historical events that framed Baldwin’s life and themes in his writing, including: the history of racism and the role of race in American history and life, sexuality, personal transformation, family, music, religion, violence, and the function of the artist in society and art, and social change.
Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts, 24 Quincy Street,, (617) 495-3251
9/17 Saving Coral Reefs in the Florida Keys at the Harvard Museum of Natural History
Saving Coral Reef in the Florida Keys with James Porter
James W. Porter, Josiah Meigs Distinguished Professor Emeritus
, Odum School of Ecology, University of Georgia
Coral reefs support more than a quarter of all marine life, yet many are critically endangered. In the Florida Keys, the once common elk horn coral (Acropora palmata) has experienced steep declines since the 1970s. Preliminary blame was attributed to  global warming and coral bleaching, but in fact, a human bacterial pathogen associated with a wide range of serious infections was the culprit. James Porter will discuss how Key West residents are saving these reefs and he will highlight the intricate links among conservation, medicine, public health, economics, and politics. Free and open to the public. 6pm
Harvard Museum of Natural History, 26 Oxford Street,, (617) 495-3045
9/17 Agnes Obel at The Sinclair
Doors 07:00 PM, Show: 08:00 PM
Advance: $23.00 - $25.00 / Day of Show: $25.00
18 & Over
The Sinclair, 52 Church Street,, (617) 547-5200



9/19 Grand Canyon for Sale at Cambridge Forum
Stephen Nash, renowned author of books about science and the environment, warns that America’s public lands will “tumble away” unless people act.  Nash will discuss the precarious future of our national parks, monuments and wilderness with MIchael Brune, Executive Director of the Sierra Club.
Faced with the very real prospect that development, coupled with climate change, will dislocate wildlife populations and vegetation across many thousands of square miles of the national landscape, we ask “what if anything can we do about it?”
Free and open to the public. Wednesday, September 19 @ 7:00p
Cambridge Forum, 3 Church Street,, (617) 495-2727
9/19 – 9/23 Chick Corea Trio at Scullers Jazz Club
CHICK COREA has attained iconic status in music. The keyboardist, composer and bandleader is a DownBeat Hall of Famer and NEA Jazz Master, as well as the fourth-most nominated artist in Grammy Awards history with 63 nods – and 22 wins, in addition to a number of Latin Grammys. From straight-ahead to avant-garde, bebop to jazz-rock fusion, children’s songs to chamber and symphonic works, Chick has touched an astonishing number of musical bases in his career since playing with the genre-shattering bands of Miles Davis in the late ’60s and early ’70s.
Yet Chick has never been more productive than in the 21st century, whether playing acoustic piano or electric keyboards, leading multiple bands, performing solo or collaborating with a who’s who of music. Underscoring this, he has been named Artist of the Year three times this decade in the DownBeat Readers Poll. Born in 1941 in Massachusetts, Chick remains a tireless creative spirit, continually reinventing himself through his art. As The New York Times has said, he is “a luminary, ebullient and eternally youthful.”
Scullers Jazz Club, 400 Soldiers Field Road,, (617) 562-4111
9/21 Harvard Book Store Presents Doris Kearns Goodwin at Harvard Memorial Church
Leadership in Turbulent Times
Harvard Book Store and Mass Humanities welcome Pulitzer Prize–winning biographer and historian DORIS KEARNS GOODWIN—the bestselling author of Team of Rivals and The Bully Pulpit—for a discussion of her highly anticipated latest book, Leadership: In Turbulent Times.
Harvard Book Store, 1256 Massachusetts Avenue,, (617) 661-1515
9/22  Jim Kweskin & Geoff Muldaur at Passim
5:00PM and 8:00PM
Jim Kweskin is probably best known as a singer and bandleader. He also created one of the bedrock guitar styles of the folk revival, adapting the ragtime-blues fingerpicking of artists like Blind Boy Fuller to the more complex chords of pop and jazz. He has maintained a remarkably consistent musical vision since his jug band days, continuing to explore traditional folk and blues with the sophisticated sensibility of a jazz musician and jazz with the communal simplicity of a folk artist. He has recorded solo ventures, as a member of the U and I band, and with U and I bandmate Samoa Wilson, and continues to perform widely in various formats. In recent years he and Geoff Muldaur have often appeared as a duo, revisiting and expanding on their Jug Band repertoire.
Geoff Muldaur is one of the great voices and musical forces to emerge from the folk, blues and folk-rock scenes centered in Cambridge, MA and Woodstock, NY. During the 1960’s and ’70’s, Geoff made a series of highly influential recordings as a founding member of the Jim Kweskin Jug Band and the Paul Butterfield’s Better Days group, as well as collaborations with then-wife Maria and other notables (Bonnie Raitt, Eric Von Schmidt, Jerry Garcia, etc.). He left the stage and recording world in the mid-1980’s for a working sabbatical but continued, however, to hone his craft, albeit ‘flying beneath radar’. He composed scores for film and television, and produced off-beat albums for the likes of Lenny Pickett and the Borneo Horns and the Richard Greene String Quartet. Geoff’s his definitive recording of “Brazil” provided the seed for – and was featured in – Terry Gilliam’s film of the same title.
Passim, 26 Church Street,, (617) 492-7679
Through 9/23  2018–19 Visual and Environmental Studies Visiting Faculty Exhibit at the Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts
The exhibition presents work by six new visiting faculty members in the Visual and Environmental Studies department, each engaged with varied approaches to painting, photography, and the moving image: Sonia Almeida, Ei Arakawa, Lisa Crafts, Andy Graydon, Carissa Rodriguez and Suné Woods.
Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts, 24 Quincy Street,, (617) 495-3251
Through 9/23 The Black Clown at the American Repertory Theater
The Black Clown is a world premiere music theater experience that fuses vaudeville, gospel, opera, jazz, and spirituals to bring Langston Hughes’ verse to life onstage and animate a Black man’s resilience against a legacy of oppression. The production features Davóne Tines (Crossing andRun AMOC! Festival) in the title role, an ensemble of twelve, and a new score by Michael Schachter (Run AMOC! Festival).
American Repertory Theater, 64 Brattle Street,, (617) 547-8300
9/26 America:  The Farewell Tour at Cambridge Forum
Chris Hedges writes a regular column for and  was for nearly two decades a foreign correspondent for The New York Times returns to the forum as he  seeks to jolt us out of our complacency about the current state of political affairs, while we still have time. His latest book is: America: The Farewell Tour  “It is impossible for any doomed population to grasp how fragile the decayed financial, social and political system is on the eve of implosion.”
Wednesday, September 26 @ 7:00p
Cambridge Forum, 3 Church Street,, (617) 495-2727
9/26 Meet the Author: Aaron Thier at the Harvard COOP
Book reading & signing THE WORLD IS A NARROW BRIDGE, A darkly comic road novel about a young couple facing the ultimate question: how to live and love in an age of catastrophe.
Murphy and Eva have almost decided to have a baby when Yahweh, the Old Testament God, appears to Eva and makes an unwelcome demand: He wants her to be his prophet. He also wants her to manage his social media presence. The couple are soon embarking on a wild road trip across the country, answering God's demands and complying with strange rituals. Equal parts hilarious and poignant, THE WORLD IS A NARROW BRIDGE asks: What kind of hope can we pass on to the next generation in a frightening but beautiful world?
Harvard COOP, 1400 Massachusetts Avenue,, (617) 499-2000
9/27 – 9/22 2018 Mary Schein Fall Salon at the Cambridge Art Association
On view at University Place Gallery & Kathryn Schultz Gallery
Awards: 2 awards, $250 each, selected by the Schein family
See website for submission process.
Mary Schein was born on June 22, 1931 in Wadena, Minnesota and lived in many places in her childhood, including Panama and Carmel, California. She graduated from Stanford University in 1953 and worked at the Walter Reed Army Hospital in Washington, D.C. and at the Advanced Management Program of George Washington University. Mary met her husband Edgar in Washington and was married there in 1956. They moved to Cambridge, MA where they resided until her death. Mary was a lover of music having sung in the Stanford Chorus and attended ten performances of Wagner’s Ring in different parts of the world, including Bayreuth in 2005. She was also an avid birder and traveled to Europe, Asia, Africa, South America, the Galapagos, and Antarctica to experience a wide array of bird habitats. Her interests in arts and crafts led her to volunteer at the Society for Arts and Crafts in Boston and at the Cambridge Art Association where she helped to found an annual exhibition of art works by handicapped children called The Art of Love. She was on the Board of Boston Baroque, Hospice of Cambridge and a member of the Mass Audubon Council, the Harvard Travelers Club, the Chilton Club and several mother’s clubs in Cambridge. She was also a member of the founding group of Cambridge at Home. Throughout her life she was an avid tennis player, gardener, gourmet cook who loved to entertain at small dinner parties and a passionate lover of cats.
Cambridge Art Association, 25R Lowell Street,, 617-876-0246
9/28 Oompa Presents Black Boi Joy at OBERON
Black Boi Joy is a multi-media concert experience brought to you by Boston’s own Oompa. The show explores the intersections of class, blackness, queerness, fatness, and the way that joy becomes a revolutionary experience when in the body of people at those intersections. Black Boi Joy is packed with guest surprises including an opening set from Anjimile, and features never-before-heard music from Oompa‘s upcoming album, while exploring the growth from her first. Of all the Oompa shows to miss, this is certainly NOT the one.
OBERON, 2 Arrow Street,, (617) 496-8004
9/28 Park Sounds Boston Comes to Harvard Square
6 PM til 10 PM
Park Sounds Boston - a FREE public concert series - comes to Winthrop Park in Harvard Square on the last Friday of each month from June through October. Each night features three emerging local musical artists on stage set in the tree-shaded park next to the cobbled walkway of Winthrop Street in front of Grendel's Den Restaurant & Bar, where park-side dining is available. Charlie's Kitchen & Grendel's Den will also be grilling and serving Otter Creek beer on Winthrop Street. Come eat, drink, and listen to some groovy tunes, play lawn games, or chill out with some coloring pages by Dorchester artist Belfast.
Artist line up for September 28th (subject to change):
Katie Matzell
Strangers By Accident
Strange Changes
Grendel’s Den, 89 Winthrop Street,, (617) 491-1160
9/29  Steve Forbert at Passim
“Big City Cat – My Life in Folk-Rock,” singer/songwriter Steve Forbert’s exceptional new memoir co-written with Therese Boyd, allows him ample opportunity to candidly reflect on those specific circumstances that first brought him to the public eye.
Originally conceived as a stage play and screen treatment, it finds him documenting his early adventures in the big city while pursuing his quest to make music. Sharing reflections and journals he kept at the time, he weaves an absorbing narrative that fully documents the trials, travails and triumphs that would eventually play out over the course of his prolific 40 year career. The book is accompanied by its own soundtrack as well, an A+ new album entitled The Magic Tree that offers a series of songs gleaned from previously recorded acoustic demos, overdubbed with new backing tracks and fleshed out as a series of songs that ring with the verve and vitality that Forbert’s fans have always come to expect. Consistently upbeat and optimistic, they convey a firm sense that age ought not diminish a lust for living. Then again, that’s been Forbert’s mantra for quite some time—honoring his past while plowing his way towards the future.
Passim, 26 Church Street,, (617) 492-7679
10/07 40th 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! 12pm
Harvard Square Business Association, 18 Brattle Street,, (617) 491-3434


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