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April at Dudley

Posted Monday, 02 April 2012

Swing Lessons @ Dudley: Six-week series
Mondays, April 2, 7:30-9 p.m., Northwest Labs level B1 in front of room B128.  Please join us for an exciting six weeks of swing dancing! Classes begin on Monday, April 2 and the cost for the six-week series is $25 per person. Come learn this fast-paced, upbeat dance. No dance experience or partner necessary. If you have attended our classes before, please join us again, we will be teaching to all levels present. After the lesson, we will head over to the social dance in Harvard Square to practice our moves. To register, go to the office on the top floor of Dudley House, open from 9am to 5pm on weekdays. This class is co-sponsored by the Dudley Arts Fellows. Please This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with any questions.

 

Omniglot Seminar – Translating In and Out of Spanish
Thursday, April 5, 5 p.m., Lamont Library, room 330.  Join us for a special literary translation event at the Woodberry Poetry Room featuring translators and poets Monica de la Torre and Daniel Aguirre-Oteiza. This seminar will “explore the nuances of translation between the linguistic territories of Spanish and English, and guide audience members through an in-depth examination of the poetic interplay and nuances that exist between the two languages.” Free and open to the public. Photo ID required for entry. We will meet on the steps of Dudley House at 4:45pm and walk over to Lamont Library. Contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

 

Writers’ Workshops
Thursday, April 5, 7-9 p.m., Fireside Room.  Our Writers’ Workshop meets the first and third Thursdays of the month. We provide a collegial setting in which students can comment upon and receive feedback on a range of genres in non-academic writing, whatever the writing stage. Our last meetings of the semester are April 5 and 19, 7-9pm. Bring several copies of whatever you're currently working on (e.g., poetry, essay, fiction, drama) for the workshop to discuss, or feel free simply to join in the discussion. Questions? Email the This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

 

Harvard Food Pantry Visit
Saturday, April 7, 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Dudley Public Service needs help filling a shift at the Harvest food pantry, where we'll help distribute food and clothing. This is a great opportunity to see how our community is working to combat poverty and homelessness. The pantry is based out of Cambridgeport Baptist Church in Central Square, and we’ll meet on the steps of Dudley to head over together. If you're interested in coming, please This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by March 24.

 

Salsa Lessons @ Dudley: Beginner progressive series
An introduction to salsa, having begun in early February, will run until April 11th. The class is open to Dudley House members and their guests. For absolute beginners and no partner required. Material is progressive. Brought to you by the Dudley Arts Fellows. Contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

 

Argentine Tango Lessons @ Dudley: Intermediate progressive series
What better way to stave off the winter chill than in the warmth of the tango embrace? An intermediate social dance class, having begun in early February, will run until April 11th. Welcome are those with prior experience in Argentine tango and/or those who have taken tango lessons at Harvard in past semesters. Material is progressive, requires weekly attendance, and builds on dancers’ previous knowledge of close-embrace Buenos Aires style. Topics include leaders’ and followers’ technique, paradas, sacadas, cross and parallel systems, intro to milonga, turns, and floorcraft. Students will be trained to dance socially and will be encouraged to explore the many practicas and milongas of Cambridge and Boston. Brought to you by the Dudley Arts Fellows. Contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

 

Harvard Art Museums Gallery Talk: Lyonel Feininger, Photographs: 1928-1939
Friday, April 13, 3 p.m., Arthur M. Sackler Museum, 485 Broadway.  Join us for a gallery talk on Lyonel Feininger, Photographs: 1928-1939, a special exhibition of contemporary photography at the Harvard Art Museums. The talk, organized exclusively for Dudley House members, will be led by Laura Muir, Assistant Curator of the Busch-Reisinger Museum, Division of Modern and Contemporary Art. We will meet at 2:45pm in the lobby of the Sackler Museum. Space is limited; RSVP to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

 

Dudley House Orchestra Spring Concert
Friday, April 13, 8 p.m., Paine Hall.  Please join us for a concert featuring: Mozart – Marriage of Figaro Overture, Copland – Four Dance Episodes from Rodeo, Saint-Saens – Danse Bacchanale from Samson and Dalilah, and Brahms – Symphony No. 4.

 

Pine Streer InnPine Street Inn Visit
Saturday, April 14, 8 a.m.-1 p.m. The City of Boston has over 7,000 homeless individuals on any given night. Founded in 1969, the Pine Street Inn serves more than 1,300 homeless individuals daily (10,000 annually) and is the largest resource for homeless individuals in New England. Dudley Public service needs help filling a breakfast kitchen shift at the Men's Inn (both men and women can volunteer). We’ll meet outside Cafe Gato Rojo. If you're interested in coming, please This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by March 31.

 

Tour of the Old Granary Burial Ground & King's Chapel Cemetery Tour
Saturday, April 14, 10-11:30 a.m. We will meet at the entrance of the Old Granary Burial Ground - rain or shine! - and then hang out (sort of) with Paul Revere, Mother Goose, Sam Adams, John Hancock, and other famous celebrities while we listen to their stories from our official Freedom Trail Foundation tour guide. Tickets are $5 per person (regular price $12.50!) and can be purchased at the Dudley House office (third floor, Lehman Hall) between 9:30am and 5pm on weekdays. Tickets will be available for purchase through April 13th. Students not based in Cambridge can email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to make special ticket arrangements if needed.

 

Outing to Emmanuel Music’s Performance of Mozart’s Opera La Clemenza di Tito
Saturday, April 14, 8 p.m., pre-concert talk at 7 p.m. Don’t miss your chance to hear Mozart’s last opera, La Clemenza di Tito, which immediately followed his composition of The Magic Flute. The opera brings a story of desperate intrigues, unrequited love, and heart-stopping reversals of fortune taken directly from Roman history. Roman aristocrat Vitellia plots the assassination of Tito, Emperor of Rome. Tito’s forgiveness of his enemies catches all off guard, turning the opera’s theme into one of clemency and redemption. A limited number of $10 student tickets are now available at the Dudley House office. John Harbison will lead the pre-concert talk. Contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

 

Saxophonist David Liebman Residency and Concert, Featuring Pianist and Composer Lewis Porter
Tuesday, April 17 – Thursday, April 19. The Dudley House Jazz Band is thrilled to present a two-day residency by international saxophone legend David Liebman. Liebman’s career has spanned over four decades, beginning in the 1970s as the saxophone/flautist in both the Elvin Jones and Miles Davis Groups. He has played on nearly three hundred recordings with over one hundred under his leadership or co-leadership. In jazz education he is a renowned lecturer and author of several milestone books (Self Portrait Of A Jazz Artist, A Chromatic Approach To Jazz Harmony And Melody, Developing A Personal Saxophone Sound), in addition to teaching DVDs, journalistic contributions to periodicals, and published chamber music. The residency will culminate on Thursday with the world premier of the Liebman Concerto, composed by Lewis Porter.

Schedule (event is free unless otherwise noted):

 

  • The Dudley House Jazz Combo presents "Liebman and More"
    Tuesday, April 17, 7:30 p.m., Cafe Gato Rojo.
  • Master Class
    Wednesday, April 18, 4-6 p.m., Paine Hall Room 9.

 

The Liebman Concerto
Thursday, April 19, 8 p.m., Paine Hall. This world premiere will feature Dave Liebman, Lewis Porter, and the Dudley House Orchestra and Jazz Bands. Tickets are $10. Contact the Harvard Box Office (617-496-2222).

 

I Give Blood, Will You?Blood Drive
Thursday, April 19, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Graduate Student Lounge.  Blood is always needed. Your donation will go directly to Mount Auburn Hospital to save up to three lives! Please sign up for blood donation by clicking here. Bring your photo ID or you cannot donate. Drink plenty of water the day before and eat a good breakfast. There will be juice, snacks, and trinkets as a thank-you for your generosity.

 

Celebrate Shakespeare's Birthday!
Friday, April 20, 6 p.m. His actual birthday is on April 23 but we will celebrate a bit earlier in the Graduate Student Lounge with two wonderful productions starring David Tennant. Shown on the big-screen TV. Everyone welcome! At 6pm, we’ll watch “The Shakespeare Code” (45 min.) where British Sci-Fi Hero Doctor Who journeys back in time to meet Will Shakespeare. They inspire each other while stealing each other's best lines and saving the earth from alien invasion! A great appetizer for the second feature… At 7pm, we’ll watch Hamlet (2009, 183 min.), staring David Tennant as Hamlet, Patrick Stewart as Claudius, and a fabulous ensemble cast from the Royal Shakespeare Company in this stunning modern production.

 

La Milonguita del Gato Rojo
Date and Time TBA. The second-ever ‘milonguita’ – a social tango dance party – will be held at Dudley’s own Gato Rojo cafe the third week in April. Open to all. Come dance or come watch recent graduates of the intermediate Argentine tango series show off their new moves, with dance music and refreshments straight from Buenos Aires. Expect surprises and special guests. Brought to you by the Dudley Arts Fellows. Contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

 

April Book Club:  Sandman
Wednesday, April 25, 6 p.m., Fireside Room.  “New York Times best-selling author Neil Gaiman's transcendent series Sandman is often hailed as the definitive Vertigo title and one of the finest achievements in graphic storytelling. Gaiman created an unforgettable tale of the forces that exist beyond life and death by weaving ancient mythology, folklore and fairy tales with his own distinct narrative vision” (from Amazon.com). Read more. Sign up here by Wednesday, March 28 if you want to pick up a copy of the book. Copies will be available in the Dudley House office several weeks before the book club. A $10 deposit for the book is required, which will be refunded after attendance.

 

Spirit of BostonDudley Boat Bash
Friday, April 27, 10:30 p.m.-2:30 a.m. The party to end all parties is finally here! Celebrate the end of classes with a late-night DJ'ed party aboard the luxury yacht The Spirit of Boston as it cruises through Boston Harbor by moonlight. Tickets include two drinks, hors d'oeuvres and desserts, and transportation back to Harvard Square. Limited numbers are available. Purchase tickets at the Dudley House Office, Mon-Fri, 9am-5pm, or call 617 495 2255. Limit 4 per Dudley House member. Presented by the Dudley Social Fellows. Questions? Contact the This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

 

Writing and Study Bootcamp
Saturday and Sunday, April 28-29, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Café Gato Rojo.  Need a weekend dedicated to your academic work? We provide a quiet setting, two days of lunch, and plenty of caffeine. Dudley House students from all disciplines are welcome to join in this two-day period of silence and study. The cost of the event is $20, and, to ensure your commitment, no portion of this fee will be refunded if you do not attend. Please sign up and pay in advance in the Graduate Office on the third floor of Dudley House no later than the Thursday before the bootcamp. Students at the Longwood Campus may register by contacting the House at 617-495-2255. Limited to 12 attendees, so sign up now! Please note that this is not an instructional class, and that we do not provide breakfast. Questions? Email the This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

 

Mt. Auburn Cemetery Tour
Saturday, April 28, 1 p.m. We will meet on the Dudley House steps at 1pm and travel to the cemetery together. Join our Dudley Arts and Literary Fellows and Dudley House Administrator Susan Zawalich for a special tour of the Mt. Auburn Cemetery in Cambridge. There is no cost to attend (a significant discount from the regular price of $10!), but you need to pick up a ticket at the Dudley House office (third floor, Lehman Hall) between 9:30am and 5pm on weekdays by Friday, April 27th. Students not based in Cambridge can email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to make special ticket arrangements if needed.

 

Dudley Arts Chamber Music Initiative: Spring Concert
Saturday, April 28, 8 p.m., Dudley House Dining Hall.  After an auspicious debut at the Lily Pad in Inman Square this past fall, the Dudley Arts Chamber Music Initiative will continue throughout the spring semester. Its ongoing mission is to connect GSAS musicians with professionals throughout the Boston/Cambridge area for interesting collaborations at unusual venues. Rehearsals, individually arranged, will run throughout April. The spring chamber concert will feature GSAS musicians performing alongside special guests from the NEC and beyond. Open to all. Reception to follow the concert. Brought to you by the Dudley Arts Fellows. Contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

 

Harvard Dudley Dragon Boat Club
The 2012 Dragon Boating season starts in April and we are looking for new paddlers to join the team! We will be participating in the Boston Dragon Boat Festival on June 9th and 10th. Anyone who wants to participate in this race should start coming to our practice sessions in April and May. For more information, please visit this website.

 

Dudley Art Class: Watercolors
Saturdays, 2-4 p.m., Dudley Private Dining Room.  The third session of the Dudley arts class is focused on watercolors. The 10-week session will continue to meet on Saturdays until April 28. The course is currently sold out, but Dudley arts may be offering art classes again in the fall.

 

Dudley House Choir Spring Concert
Saturday, May 5, 7 p.m. The Dudley House Choir presents Americana: music from the sacred, folk, and classical traditions in the US. Please join us in the Dudley House Main Dining Room. Contact director This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with questions.