Calendar Of Cultural And Academic Events In Boston Metropolitan Area

Fall 2019


Augmented Reality Maya Chocolate Plate



When: Oct 20, 2019, 12:00 pm to 3:00 pm

Where: Peabody Museum Education Room, 11

Divinity Avenue, Cambridge, MA 02138



“Shrink” yourself down to “walk” into an ancient Maya vessel using augmented reality! Maya women were often essential for uniting kingdoms. When a marriage was arranged between Maya royal families, kings would exchange gifts like this ceramic three-legged plate for serving chocolate. Use the museum’s iPad as a “magic window” to discover fine details on one such plate that cannot be seen on the actual artifact. A gallery facilitator will guide you through the experience and will share more about the Maya.


Book Presentation:

The night got out of hand by Max Ehrsam



When: Tuesday, October 22, 2019 6:30 to 8 PM

Where: Pardee School of Global Studies

121 Bay State Road, Boston, MA



MAX EHRSAM is the author of short stories and articles published in Mexican and American journals, a university professor of language and literature and editor of textbooks. The night got out of hand is his first novel


"On the Plain of Snakes: a Mexican Journey"




When: Tuesday, October 22, 20192:00 pm

Where: Tisch Library, Room 304

35 Professors Row, Medford, MA 02155


Legendary travel writer Paul Theroux drives the entire length of the US–Mexico border, then goes deep into the hinterland, on the back roads of Chiapas and Oaxaca, to uncover the rich, layered world behind today’s brutal headlines.


Curating Architecture Across the Americas: Spaces of Contact MX-US




When: Wednesday, October 23, 2019, 4:00pm to 7:30pm

Where: CGIS South, S030

351 Boylston St

Boston, MA 02116-3303



Organized by the Harvard David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies' ARTS @DRCLAS and Mexico programs and the Harvard Department of History of Art and Architecture, Curating Architecture Across the Americas: Spaces of Contact MX–US is the first symposium of a series that will bring together institutions, curators, and scholars from across the American continent to discuss the role of architecture exhibitions and collections in the expanding world of curatorial practices and cultural debates of the 21st Century.


Tambuco Percussion Ensemble Master Class



When: Monday, October 28, 2019 - 7:00pm

Where: Richard Ortner Studio Building

132 Ipswich Street,

Floor 1, Room 106

Boston, MA

Tambuco, the four-time Grammy-nominated Mexican percussion quartet, will perform and present a master class for students of Boston Conservatory’s percussion department detailing their 20-year history. Free and open to the public.


Tambuco's appearance is generously supported by the Mexican National Fund for Culture and Arts (FONCA).


Downwind, Downhill, Downstream: Binational Security on the U.S.-Mexico Border



When: Tuesday, October 29, 2019, 12:00pm

Where: CGIS South, S250

1730 Cambridge St, Cambridge, MA 02138


In the U.S.-Mexico border region, environmental emergencies – from wildfires to floods to toxic spills – are not circumscribed by jurisdictional boundaries and rescue operations unfold on the binational scale. Therefore, government policies aimed at fortifying and militarizing the border (including the construction of walls) undermine old partnerships between Mexican and American emergency services and thus threaten the safety and wellbeing of residents on both sides of the international divide.


Visiting Artist Lecture: Aliza Nisenbaum



When: Oct 23, 2019 – Jan 26, 2020

Where: Bridgitt and Bruce Evans and Karen and Brian Conway Galleries

25 Harbor Shore Drive

Boston MA 02210


When: Wed, October 30, 2019 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM

Where: Anderson Auditorium SMFA at Tufts

230 Fenway

Boston, MA 02115

When: Thursday, October 31, 4pm

Where: Goldman-Schwartz Art Studios, Room 115

415 South Street, MS 028

Waltham, MA 02454


Aliza Nisenbaum was born in 1977 in Mexico City, Mexico, and lives and works in Brooklyn, New York. The subjects of her recent work are often undocumented immigrants, portrayed in bold colors against patterned interiors and private spaces. For Nisenbaum, the process of painting portraits from observation is a political act, one that sets up an ethical encounter in which both participants give their attention and trust and learn about one another


Nisenbaum's work is included in the Institute of Contemporary Art Boston's exhibition "When Home Won’t Let You Stay: Migration through Contemporary Art", on view October 23, 2019–January 26, 2020.


9th Annual Dia De Los Muertos!




When: Saturday, October 26th  2019  12:00 a 17:00

Where: 561 Windsor St, Somerville (Massachusetts) 02143


What's a party without music?! The day starts off with a very special performance from #ElSistemaSomerville then we are welcoming Veronica Robles Cultural Center and her Mariachi for a live performance! In addition to other activities and fun planned for the day, we are honored to have La Piñata to lead us in a traditional remembrance ceremony.


Altar Monumental Día de Muertos





When:  Friday and Saturday  Nov 1st and 2nd , 2019

Where: Copley Square


The City of Boston is teaming up with Boston’s Consulate General of Mexico to present a two-day Dia de Muertos (Day of the Dead) in Copley Square from. Like in traditional Mexican homes, every November 1st and 2nd, dear departed family members are remembered with altars lovingly decorated with photographs, papel picado, offerings of fruit, favorite food and drink, candles, and masses of fragrant orange marigolds, la flor de cempasuchil.


Day of the Dead Celebración Nocturna/Evening Celebration 2019




When:  Friday Nov 01, 2019, 4:00 pm to 8:00 pm

Where: Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology

Harvard University, 11 Divinity Avenue, Cambridge, MA 02138



Remember and celebrate your departed loved ones at this year’s Día de los Muertos altar, savor traditional Mexican hot chocolate and pan de muerto, and enjoy live music.

Free and open to the public. Reservations required; request a reservation on this page starting Tuesday, October 1 at 9:00 AM.

Free event parking at the 52 Oxford Street Garage


Day of the Dead Family Celebration



When:  Saturday, November 2, 12:00–4:00 pm

Where: Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology

Harvard University, 11 Divinity Avenue, Cambridge, MA 02138


Celebrate the Day of the Dead with live music, Oaxacan Wood carving and beautiful decorations that will make this a joyful event designed to remember and welcome back spirits of loved ones. Regular museum admission rates apply. Admission includes pan de muerto (sweet bun).


Veronica Robles Female Mariachi Band



When:  Saturday November 2, 3:00 PM

Where: Union United Methodist Church

485 Columbus Ave, Boston, MA 02118



The popular Neighborhood Arts Day of the Dead family concert returns with Mexican singer Veronica Robles and her all-female mariachi band at Union United Methodist Church, on November 2.  Tickets are $5, proceeds to benefit the Veronica Robles Cultural Center.


Parade of Día de los Muertos




When: Sun, November 3, 2019 11:00 AM – 5:00 PM EST

Where: Veronica Robles Cultural Center (VROCC)

175 William F. McClellan Highway

East Boston, MA 02128


Come to celebrate life and enjoy food, music and dance. Join us to the parade and enjoy the Altar of Dia de Muertos


DRCLAS Film Series: Lower Dream State




When: Thursday, November 7, 2019, 5:30pm

Where: CGIS South S020

1730 Cambridge St

Cambridge, MA 02138


The short film, LOWER DREAM STATE, provides their voices to the complex social and ecological questions they face. It takes viewers on the ground, in the air, and over the sea, directly embedding them into the fragile desert region. Questions are raised regarding some of the most vital resource extraction industries: salt, copper, and produce. These everyday resources represent some of the basic building blocks of modern civilization and part of quotidian global resource flows. The Baja peninsula represents a case study of how people inhabit regions that offer so much to the world, yet receive so little back. Advancements in architecture and urban planning, applied in concert with local knowledge might offer a way forward that empowers both social and ecological systems.


Aida Cuevas Meets Berklee



When: Thursday / November 14, 2019 / 8:00 p.m.

Where: Berklee Performance Center

136 Massachusetts Avenue,

Boston, MA, 02115, United States


Mexican vocalist Aida Cuevas, the “Queen of Ranchera Music,” has won a Grammy and a Latin Grammy for her work in the regional Mexican genre. Joined by a large ensemble of Berklee College of Music students, Cuevas will perform popular ranchera music such as “El Pastor,” “México en la Piel,” and “Bésame Mucho”—all arranged by students. The concert is produced by bass professor Oscar Stagnaro and Matthew Nicholl, dean of the college’s Professional Writing and Music Technology Division


Reading and Conversation with Author Valeria Luiselli



When: Thursday, December 5, 2019, 6:00pm

Where: Harvard Art Museums

32 Quincy Street, Cambridge, MA 02138


Speaker: Valeria Luiselli, Mexican novelist

Moderator: Mayra Rivera Rivera, Harvard Divinity School; Mariano Siskind, Department of Romance Languages and Literatures


Luiselli will offer a reading of her recent work, which explores the human consequences of immigration policies and, in particular, the experience of migrating from Central America to the United States. She will then be joined in conversation by Mayra Rivera, professor of religion and Latinx studies and chair of the standing Committee on Ethnicity, Migration, Rights, and Mariano Siskind, professor of romance languages and literatures and of comparative literature, both at Harvard.





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