HAPPENING :: Events Feb. 7 - Feb. 13

theater

LA DISPUTE. See story on page 2. Through Feb. 22. Tickets $34-$68. American Repertory Theater, Loeb Drama Center, 64 Brattle St., (617) 547-8300.

LA CENERENTOLA. Cinderella makes an appearance in an unlikely spot—the Dunster House Dining Hall—in the Dunster Opera Society’s production of La Cenerentola. The retelling of the classic fairy tale features music by eighteenth-century Italian composer Luigi Rossini. With performances beginning at 8:30, glass slipper-wearing audience members can rest assured they’ll have plenty of time to return home before midnight, footwear and carriage still intact. Thursday, Feb. 13 through Saturday, Feb. 22 at 8:30 p.m. Tickets $8, $7 students, $6 Dunster House residents, $10 at the door, available at the Harvard Box Office or by phone (617) 496-2222. Dunster House Dining Hall. (NKB)

IT’S A WONDERFUL AFTERLIFE. Where would you like to visit after you die? The Hasty Pudding Theatricals’ 155th spoof takes you through Heaven, Hell, and Limbo in a production of Divine Comedy proportions. Meet Rabbi Noah Fense, Nun Taken, and the Roman General Curtis Interruptus. Hilarious. Thursday, Feb. 13 through Wednesday, Mar. 19. Wednesdays through Fridays at 8 p.m., Saturdays at 4 p.m. and 8 p.m. (except Saturday, Feb. 22 at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m.), Sundays at 3 p.m. Group discounts available. Hasty Pudding Theatre, 12 Holyoke St., (617) 495-5205. (TIH)

HASTY PUDDING MAN OF THE YEAR SHOW. The Hasty Pudding presents Academy Award-winning director Martin Scorsese with the Man of the Year honor, the Pudding Pot. Thursday, Feb. 13 at 8 p.m. Tickets $100. Hasty Pudding Theatre, 12 Holyoke St., (617) 495-5205. (TIH)

THE VAGINA MONOLOGUES. The Athena Company perform the much-talked-about Eve Ensler play in celebration of V-day—conveniently corresponding with Valentine’s Day—as a form of protest against violence directed at women. Proceeds will be donated to a yearly charity supported by the V-day fund Thursday, Feb. 13 through Saturday, Feb. 15 at 8 p.m. Tickets $8, $6 students/seniors, available at the Harvard Box Office or by phone (617) 496-2222. Agassiz Theatre, Radcliffe Yard. (SLS)

THE VAGINA MONOLOGUES. Dudley House Drama stages Eve Ensler’s collection of vagina-related musings. Friday, Feb. 7 at 9 p.m. and Saturday, Feb. 8 at 2:30 p.m. and 8 p.m. Tickets $10, $8 students, available at the Harvard Box Office or by phone (617) 496-2222. Lehman Hall, Dudley House. (BJS)

readings

LIZABETH COHEN. Bancroft Prize winner, Pulitzer finalist and Harvard professor of history Lizabeth Cohen discusses her new book, A Consumer’s Republic: Mass Consumption in Postwar America, Friday, Feb. 7 at 3 p.m. at the Harvard Book Store. Cohen’s book re-examines how American consumption patterns after the World War II changed political campaigning and helped create the conditions for some of the most powerful forms of activism on behalf of civil rights. (NKB)

ZADIE SMITH AND CARYL PHILLIPS. Smith, whose 2000 debut novel White Teeth was a bestseller, and novelist/playwright Phillips will read from their works. The event is part of a series of events with black writers sponsored by the Du Bois Institute. Wednesday, Feb. 12 at 4 p.m. Free. Thompson Room, Barker Center, (NKB)

JOHN H. MCWHORTER. McWhorter, an Associate Professor of Linguistics at UC-Berkeley, is also author of the bestselling Losing the Race. He is promoting his newest work, Authentically Black: Essays for the Black Silent Majority, which examines the present status of the Black American. Tuesday, Feb. 11, 7 p.m. WordsWorth Books, 30 Brattle St., (617) 354-5201. (BJS)

dance

RICHARD MOVE. The Boston premiere of dancer/actor Richard Move’s acclaimed impersonation/spoof of master choreographer Martha Graham. During the evening, Move performs monologues and dances some of Graham’s most famous pieces. Saturday, Feb. 8, 8 p.m. Tickets $30/$22/$10, available at the Harvard Box Office or by phone (617) 496-2222. Sanders Theatre. (BJS)

DANCING BABIES. Expressions, Harvard Ballet Company and other members of the dance community are coming together for this benefit event, sponsored by Harvard Students for Healthy Babies. The evening’s comic relief will be provided by the Immediate Gratification Players. Saturday, Feb. 8, 8 p.m. Tickets $7, $5 students/seniors, available at the Harvard Box Office or by phone (617) 496-2222. Lowell Lecture Hall. (BJS)

visuals

COMMON GROUND. An exhibition of works by seven local Portuguese American artists, bringing diverse individual approaches under a common cultural framework. The exhibition is supported by the Portuguese-American Artists Association. Wednesday, Feb. 12 to Friday, Mar. 28. Cambridge Multicultural Arts Center, 41 Second St., (617) 577-1400. (RJK)