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Music and theater arts lecturer Mark Harvey and his Aardvark Jazz Orchestra will present their 33rd annual Christmas concert on Dec. 18 at Emmanuel Church (15 Newbury St., Boston). The ensemble, with vocalists Jerry Edwards, Grace Hughes and senior lecturer Pamela Wood, will perform Duke Ellington's sacred music, including "Almighty God Has Those Angels," "It's Freedom" and "Come Sunday," as well as rarities such as "A Song for Christmas" and the first movement of "Three Black Kings." In addition, Hughes will perform the Aardvark premiere of her award-winning composition, "Pennies on the Ground." Tickets are $15.

The List Visual Arts Center is holding a special holiday sale of approximately 50 different catalogs and brochures from past exhibitions (1985-present). The publications are available for purchase at the gallery (Building E15) through Sunday, Dec. 18, during regular visiting hours (Tuesday-Thursday from noon-6 p.m. and Fridays from noon-8 p.m.). Prices range from 50 cents to $5.

Limor Fried (S.B. 2003, M.Eng. 2005) has been named one of four 2005-2006 Research and Development Fellows in Residence at Eyebeam's Open Lab, a new space dedicated to public domain research and design. Eyebeam, located on West 21st Street in New York City, is a not-for-profit arts and technology center dedicated to fostering the creative use of new technologies through research and production initiatives, education programs and exhibitions. Fried is working on "open source" hardware, designing an inexpensive open plug-and-play system for artists, choreographers and musicians to interface electronic sensors with a computer, sequencer or synthesizer. She is also developing an online course on microcontroller design to learn how to build what she calls simple and fun projects. "I hope to also work on policy, fun toys and maybe dabble in some art too," she said.

Jennifer Allora, who received her degree from the Visual Arts Program in 2003, and her artistic partner, Guillermo Calzadilla, are among the six artists shortlisted for the Guggenheim Museum's 2006 Hugo Boss Prize. A publication featuring the works of the finalists will be published in June, and the winner will be announced in fall 2006. An exhibition of the prize-winning artist's work will be held in early 2007 at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York City. Allora and Calzadilla's installation "Download" was recently included in Art Basel Miami Beach, an international art show that took place Dec. 1-4.

A version of this article appeared in MIT Tech Talk on December 14, 2005 (download PDF).

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