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First Night Boston 2014: The schedule of events

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The celebration for First Night Boston 2014 will begin at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 31, and continue with a full line-up of musical, visual and performance arts events, leading up to Boston Family Fireworks on Boston Common presented by the Mugar Foundation and Boston 4 Productions, and culminating with midnight fireworks over Boston Harbor, presented by State Street Corporation. The full schedule, along with information on advance button sale locations and details on each arts performance, is available at www.firstnightboston.org.

“First Night Boston is a celebration for all ages and this year’s will be a celebration for the ages. The line-up brings together Rock & Roll Hall of Famers, Grammy Winners and nominees, outstanding family entertainment, and world class ice sculptures – there truly is something for everyone,” Mayor Menino said. “I hope residents and visitors will get out and purchase their First Night buttons and join us in this one-of-a kind celebration.”

First Night generates an estimated $47 million in revenue for the City of Boston annually. The concept that originated in Boston 38 years ago has served as a model for more than 200 similar celebrations worldwide. This year, First Night Boston Buttons are $10 (children under 4 admitted free) and are available at participating Boston-area CVS Stores, Bank of America branches, BosTix booths, Greater Boston Convention and Visitors Bureau information centers and other locations throughout the city. In addition to the outstanding performing arts schedule, additional button benefits are being announced daily on Twitter, via @FirstNight, #ButtonBenefit.

The First Night Boston 2014 schedule is as follows:

American Repertory Theater: The Light Princess
American Repertory Theater
10:00a.m.-12:00p.m.
A.R.T. offers 50 free tickets for their new children’s musical "The Light Princess" to First Night button holders on Dec. 31, 2013; tickets will be available that day at the Loeb Drama Center box office (64 Brattle St, Cambridge) at 9 a.m. – Show Time is at 10 a.m.

American Repertory Theater: The Heart of Robinhood
American Repertory Theater
2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
7:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.
A.R.T. offers 50 free tickets for their family holiday adventure "The Heart of Robin Hood" to First Night button holders on Dec. 31, 2013; tickets will be available that day at the Loeb Drama Center box office (64 Brattle St., Cambridge) at noon – Show Time is at 2 p.m. | Ages 10+

American Guild of Organists
Arlington Street Church
10:00 p.m. - 11:00 p.m.
A program of varied organ works, performed by organists Steven Young, Rosalind Mohnsen and Glenn Goda, organist, with Timothy Macri, flutist. www.bostonago.org/chapter/program

Donald Harrison Quintet, Berklee Performance Center, 8:45-10:30 p.m.

First Night Boston, Berklee College of Music, and 89.7 WGBH present the Donald Harrison Quintet, performing at the Berklee Performance Center, kicking off NPR's annual worldwide jazz broadcast, Toast of the Nation. Eric Jackson, host of WGBH’s Eric in the Evening will be the broadcast’s master of ceremonies. A New Orleans traditionalist, Mardi Gras Indian Chief, former Jazz Messenger, nurturer of young talent, Berklee alumnus, composer, bandleader and alto saxophonist Donald Harrison ’81 is a kind of Crescent City Renaissance man; making sounds as diverse as Nouveau Swing, traditional jazz, hip-hop, Mardi Gras, and even classical music, his very own.

Sierra Hull
Berklee Performance Center
6:45 p.m. - 8:15 p.m.
First Night Boston, Berklee College of Music, and WUMB-FM 91.9 present bluegrass vocalist, mandolinist and songwriter Sierra Hull, a 2011 Berklee graduate, performing at the Berklee Performance Center at (WUMB broadcast, and wumb.org, at 7:00 Eastern). Boundaries — age, genre or otherwise — don’t hamper an artist like Sierra Hull. As a player, a singer and a songwriter, Sierra has remarkable range, the potential to win over ears unfamiliar with Bill Monroe and give performances of broad cultural importance, as she’s done at Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy Center, and the National Prayer Breakfast. In May 2011, Sierra completed a two-year degree at Berklee College of Music in Boston on a full, Presidential Scholarship. Matt Glaser — head of Berklee’s American Roots Music Program — put it this way: “She has no limitations as a musician.”

Boston Children's Museum
Boston Children's Museum
10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Boston Children’s Museum will honor first night button holders with Free Admission on Dec. 31 from 10am-3pm. Each visitor MUST have a First Night Button and present it at time of admission to receive free entry on 12/31. (Boston Children’s Museum will close at 3 p.m. on Dec. 31)

Boston 4 Productions Family Fireworks
Boston Common
7:00 p.m.
The Mugar Foundation and Boston 4 Productions will once again present the Boston Family Fireworks. This 10-minute fireworks display takes place in the intimate setting of the Boston Common Ballfield (at the corner of Boylston and Charles) where revelers -- of all ages – will
have a front-row view of this pyrotechnic extravaganza.

Dark Follies
Boston Common
7:30 p.m. – 12:00 a.m.
New Year’s Eve is a night of renewal and starting over, a second chance. It is in this spirit of second chances that we put forth the question: what if the characters, from our most beloved fairy tales, were given that second chance? What if the 13th fairy was invited to Sleeping Beauty’s party? What if Rapunzel was born a boy? Dark Follies presents in street vaudeville style with rhythm, comedy, flow and dance, an original new act: “Choose Your Own Fairy Tale” where the stories begin as familiar tales but the audience will choose where they end...

FIGMENT Boston
Boston Common
7:30 p.m. - 12:00 a.m.
FIGMENT First Night will be a bright light in the heart of the city with fire spinners, fire art and over 15 innovative, interactive art projects on the Boston Common. FIGMENT creates free, volunteer-driven participatory art events that bring together the community in a celebration of art and a culture where everything is possible. At each event, the public is invited to play with art that temporarily transforms public spaces into wildly creative places that disappear without a trace. Over the past four years, FIGMENT Boston has helped bring hundreds of interactive art projects to downtown Boston, inspiring thousands of people to broaden their definition of art by breaking down the wall between spectator and artist and encouraging everyone to participate.

Maxime Damecour
Boston Common
7:30 p.m. – 12:00 a.m.
Temporeal -- This project applies the concept of the wagon-wheel effect, but in a sculptural format. Utilizing the precision of sound, we can control a surreal behavior of just about any material.

Michael Dewberry
Boston Common
7:30 p.m. – 12:00 a.m.
Hearthbeat is an interactive sonic fireplace. Six organ pipes produce hundreds of tiny jets of flame that dance in concert with sound. Participants can sing, sweep their hand over a synthesizer, or drum out rhythms at a performance podium, and a wall of fire will change shape
based on the frequency content of their music. Roughly 12 feet wide and 5 feet tall, Hearthbeat is a steel sculpture based on the principles of the Rubens' Tube, a classic physics demonstration that converts sound pressure to air pressure and visualizes the result with fire.

Site 3 Fire Arts
Boston Common
7:30 p.m. – 12:00 a.m.
Riskee Ball -- Oversized Skee Ball lanes that shoot fire when the player scores points. State Street Corporation Midnight Fireworks produced by B4 Productions

Boston Harbor
12:00 a.m.
The State Street Corporation Midnight Fireworks will transform the skies above Boston Harbor into a brilliant tapestry of color, light, and sound when the clocks strike twelve. A complete sensory experience unlike anything else, this spectacular display is produced by Boston 4
Productions.

Winter on the Waterfront
Boston Harbor Hotel Magellan Gallery
11:00 p.m. - 12:00 a.m.
Magellan Gallery offers free exhibit of the Norman B. Leventhal Boston Harbor Map Collection from 10am-noon. View original historic maps of Boston Harbor and Massachusetts Bay while enjoying hot chocolate and Boston Harbor Hotel holiday cookies.

Winter on the Waterfront Ice Sculpture
Boston Harbor Hotel, Rowes Wharf
2:00 p.m. - 12:00 a.m.
Look for this sculpture in front of the ice rink on Atlantic Avenue under the Rotunda.

Winter on the Waterfront Ice Sculpture
Boston Long Wharf Marriott Hotel
2:00 p.m. - 12:00 a.m.
Look for this amazing creature on the side of the Long Wharf Marriott Hotel facing Christopher Columbus Park

Beantown Outloud
Boston Public Library
3:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Join bestselling authors Sue Miller (The Good Mother and While I Was Gone) and Chris Castellani (A Kiss From Maddalena and All This Talk of Love) along with Regie Gibson and members of the Grub Street Teen Slam Poetry Team for an hour-long celebration of our city in
words, co-sponsored by Grub Street, Boston's non-profit writing center. Fellow native Steve Almond will emcee and read as well.

Boston Public Library Art & Architecture Tours
Boston Public Library
1:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
The Boston Public Library offers public tours highlighting the architecture of Charles Follen McKim and Philip Johnson, as well as the many works of famed sculptors and painters. The free tours last about an hour and are given by volunteer guides. No appointment is necessary. Tours meet in the lobby of the McKim Building (Dartmouth Street entrance).

Bank of America Grand Procession
Boylston Street
5:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.
Rise and Shine: The theme of the Bank of America Grand Procession celebrates light! This year brings new participation from Boston’s iconic parades festivals, marching bands and artists. Ushering in a new day for First Night Boston the procession will ring in the New Year in a bigger and brighter display than ever before. Sections will feature the light of the sun, light of the moon, lights of the city and light of the imagination. The Procession will also include past favorites such as the Puppeteers’ Cooperative, Back Alley Puppet Theatre, inflatables, mobile sculptures, drummers, dancers, clowns and Duck Boats!

USS Constitution Museum
Charlestown Navy Yard
10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
An Officers’ Life for Me: Over 30 bright and brave officers kept USS Constitution running in ship shape. Learn the skills these men had to master at the USS Constitution Museum during December School Vacation Week. Sail a nautical mile in their shoes and write with a quill pen, keep a medical logbook, navigate with a homemade compass, and more! All activities are set in the Museum’s award-winning family-friendly exhibits.

The Cover-Up Presents: First Night Boston
CityPlace
8:30 p.m. – 11 p.m.
FREE New Year's Eve show as part of First Night! No button required. Our star-studded tribute show features the New Million Box covering Prince, The Lights Out covering Tom Petty, and The Luxury capping off the evening with the Beatles. Come hang out with us at CityPlace, bring the kids, bring your friends. Dunkin' Donuts stays open late! Show runs 8:30-11pm so you won't miss the stroke of midnight.

The Mercy Case
CityPlace
7:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
The Mercy Case is a 3-Piece Rock and Roll band based in Boston, Mass. Taking their influences from all music genres, The Mercy Case plays an upbeat/catchy brand of music. Lyrically, dealing with love and love lost. Hope and reality. Youth and mortality. Veterans of the Boston music scene for over 10 years, the members of the band bring influences to the table providing a new spin on a familiar genre. Adding elements of first wave punk rock and 90s alternative, The Mercy Case offers something anyone can like.

Ice Sculpture: 2014
Copley Square
2:00 p.m. - 12:00 a.m.
Created by Eric Fontecchio of Brookline Ice

Ice Sculpture: Boston Athletic Association
Copley Square
2:00 p.m. - 12:00 a.m.
Created by Donald Chapelle of Brilliant Ice Sculptures

Zebbler Studios Video Mapping Installation
Copley Square
5:00 p.m. - 12:00 a.m.
The Facade of the Boston Public Library Transformed: Zebbler Studios, founded by VJ/Artist Peter “Zebbler” Berdovsky, are known both locally and internationally as pioneers of videomapped concert stages and large-scale multimedia installations. Their creations are dazzling
integrations of light and sound, immersive experiences rich with mind-bendingly vivid visuals that are both futuristic and mystical. Driving these complex multi-sensory confections are innovative, made-from-scratch approaches that often include uses of physical and software sensors, custom Fourier analysis, lasers, LEDs - anything that can bring their vision alive as “one organic, beautiful, living whole.” Zebbler Studios’aesthetic and sensibility resonates with the tech-oriented environment of their home city of Boston. The team has completed projects for Google, Facebook, Defcon (Las Vegas’ yearly hacker convention) as well as taken part in many national and international concert tours - representing Boston’s love for technological innovation on the world stage.

Winter on the Waterfront Ice Sculpture
District Hall
2:00 p.m. - 12:00 a.m.
Look for a beautiful lighthouse in front of District Hall on Northern Avenue

Safety Last!
Emerson Majestic Theater
7:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.
Presented in collaboration with ArtsEmerson: The World On Stage, the Berklee Silent Film Orchestra will perform its new original score to the classic Harold Lloyd silent film comedy Safety Last! in Emerson's Cutler Majestic Theater, live-to-picture, at 7:30 pm. The score is made
possible through a commission from the Coolidge Corner Theater's Sounds of Silents program. Safety Last! is widely considered one of the most enduring silent film classics of all time. The film features the acclaimed comedic genius Harold Lloyd and boasts an iconic image of cinematic history – that of Lloyd dangling from a giant clock on the side of a building over a bustling Los Angeles street below. Lloyd, who joins the ranks of silent screen comic greats Charlie Chaplin and Buster Keaton (and actually led the pact as the biggest box office star), navigated his own hilarious and daring stunt work. The result is a quintessential motion picture treasure, added to the Library of Congress’ National Film Registry and meticulously preserved for decades by the Harold Lloyd estate. The Coolidge and Cutler Majestic will present a gorgeous new digital restoration from Janus Films, sourced from an original nitrate print.

Ice Sculptures at Historic Faneuil Hall
Fanueil Hall Marketplace
12:00 p.m. - 12:00 a.m.
Look near the Sam Adams statue to discover these four sparkling sculptures sponsored by Fanueil Hall Marketplace.

Fenway Studios
Fenway Studios
12:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Fenway Studios offers free tours of its historic landmark building from noon-4pm. Visit the creative work spaces of artists working in a variety of styles from abstract expressionism to postmodern realism as well as print-making, decorative art, and portraiture. The artists' original work will be available for purchase. www.friendsoffenwaystudios.org

Dan Zanes and Elizabeth Mitchell
Hynes Convention Center Auditorium
1:00 p.m. - 1:45 p.m.
3:00 p.m. - 3:45 p.m.
Dan Zanes and Elizabeth Mitchell are among today’s foremost creators of handmade, independent, age-desegregated music. He has won a GRAMMY, she has been nominated for one, and both have garnered tremendous critical acclaim. Between them, they have collaborated with a wide range of artists, including Andrew Bird, Debbie Harry, Natalie Merchant, Lou Reed, Ziggy Marley, Levon Helm, Angelique Kidjo, Philip Glass and many more. Their first collaborative recording, Turn Turn Turn, was released in August 2013.

Ellis Paul
Hynes Convention Center Auditorium
2:00 p.m. - 2:45 p.m.
4:00 p.m. - 4:45 p.m.
Noted folk singer/songwriter Ellis Paul performs selections from his latest album —The Hero in You— a tribute to a wide array of American heroes, crafting vivid musical profiles of men and women whose words, actions, inventions and art made a profound difference to countless lives. Paul's eclectic selection includes some of the familiar names you might expect: Thomas Alva Edison, Rosa Parks, Jackie Robinson, Benjamin Franklin and Albert Einstein. Other choices are less expected: The tragic and heroic Nez Perce leader Chief Joseph, Nellie Bly, artist Georgia O'Keefe and groundbreaking dancer-choreographer Martha Graham. Paul connects his moving and celebratory biographical sketches with messages of positive reinforcement to young people to explore their own potential and follow their dreams. www.ellispaul.com

Patti Smith and Her Band with Dean Wareham
Hynes Convention Center Auditorium
8:30 p.m. - 11:00 p.m.
In 1975 Patti Smith’s first recording, Horses, was inducted into the National Recording Registry in 2010 at The Library of Congress by the National Recording Preservation Board. Her subsequent albums are Radio Ethiopia, Easter, and Wave, Dream of Life, Gone Again, Peace and Noise, Gung Ho, trampin, Land, twelve, Outside Society,and most currently, Banga. Author of the acclaimed memoir, Just Kids, which chronicled her friendship and journey in art with photographer Robert Mapplethorpe, Patti Smith was awarded the 2010 National Book Award. www.pattismith.net

Dean Wareham’s first-ever solo project, 2013’s mini-album Emancipated Hearts finds the former Luna frontman delivering more of the melodic, psychedelic-tinged pop he has built a career around since his early days with the legendary indie rock band, Galaxie 500. His songs, which feature his laid-back, half-lidded vocal delivery, romantic, if often surrealist lyrics, and dreamy, hummable tunes, are practically a genre unto themselves. Emancipated Hearts, produced by Papercuts frontman Jason Quever, showcases all of Wareham’s musical trademarks in
abundance. In Quever, Wareham has found a deeply sympathetic producer . . . setting him in what sounds like a large music hall and dressing his songs in layers of ringing guitars, vocal reverb, shimmery keyboards and a delicate assemblage of viola and violin. A gorgeous showcase
that brings together everything you’ve ever loved about Wareham’s music, Emancipated Hearts isn’t just a mini-album, it’s a minor masterpiece. — ALL MUSIC GUIDE www.deanwareham.com

Airborne Comedians
Hynes Convention Center Ballroom
2:30 p.m. - 3:15 p.m.
4:00 p.m. - 4:45 p.m.
Whether balanced atop seven foot unicycles or frantically flinging objects at one another, this pair of extraordinary jugglers is always ready to make a special delivery of laughs. www.airbornecomedians.com

Drum Central with Grooversity and IntaAfrika
Hynes Convention Center Ballroom
1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Can you feel the heat of the African and Brazilian drum beats? Join IntaAfrika and Grooversity as these young master drummers dare you to stay in your seat! www.grooversity.com

Face Painting
Hynes Convention Center Hall A
1:00p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Imaginations run wild, as face painters transform little faces into works of art!

Radio Disney
Hynes Convention Center Hall A
1:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Join Radio Disney Boston for music, games and prizes!

A. Major Dance Company
Hynes Convention Center Hall C
4:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
5:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Under the direction of Andrea Herbert Major, this 45-year-old company delivers a sampler of lyrical jazz, hip hop and African dance.

Boston GreenFest
Hynes Convention Center Hall C
1:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Join GreenFest winter edition for eco-friendly demonstrations, crafts, and activities, including FIRST Lego Robotics! www.bostongreenfest.com

Chu Ling Dance Academy
Hynes Convention Center Hall C
1:30 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.
2:45 p.m. - 3:15 p.m.
Ling’s Chinatown-based company delivers a fusion of traditional Chinese dance with the drama of martial arts. www.chulingdance.com

Greater Boston Chinese Cultural Association Workshop
Hynes Convention Center Hall C
1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
3:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Make dynamic dragons, create your own lanterns, decorative firecrackers, dough figurines, and more!

Improv Boston
Hynes Convention Center Hall C
7:30 p.m. - 8:15 p.m.
8:45 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.
10:00 p.m. - 10:45 p.m.
ImprovBoston takes suggestions from the audience to weave their input, challenges, scenes, and songs into a wonderful performance for all ages, performing familiar 'games' as seen on TV as well as their own unique, hilarious brand of comedy. www.improvboston.com

Jen Flores
Hynes Convention Center Hall C
1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Crazy Hat Gear for the New Year! Come join the fun and thrills of an artsy afternoon for the entire family! With glittery fabric, glitzy papers and ribbons, make the most unusual New Years hats!

Laugh Boston Presents
Hynes Convention Center Hall C
8:15 p.m. - 8:45 p.m.
9:30 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.
Laugh Boston is the stand-up brother to Improv Asylum, Boston’s improv & sketch comedy theater located in the North End. Laugh Boston is owned by Chet Harding & Norm Laviolette of Improv Asylum and John Tobin of Theatre District Productions. Laugh Boston opened the doors to its 300-seat state-of-the-art comedy theater in September of 2013. The venue features premier stand-up comedy, including a weekly show called Boston Accents, as well as national acts. www.laughboston.com

Cask Mouse
Hynes Convention Center Hall D
9:00 p.m. - 9:45 p.m.
Cask Mouse sifts the sand of time to bring alive new stories of American life with the love and craftsmanship that made this country what it is today. Its members draw from all aspects of their diverse musical and geographical experiences to truly express emotion and tell untold truths.
With a sweeping love for all music they find themselves meandering the genres of country, folk, rock n’roll, rhythm and blues, gospel and soul.

Mamadou
Hynes Convention Center Hall D
7:30 p.m. - 8:45 p.m.
Led by the irresistible energy of master West African rhythm guitarist and drummer Mamadou Diop, MAMADOU presents a world-class cultural experience. The sound is a guitar and drum led groove that includes the rhythms of high-life, juju, rumba, samba, salsa, and reggae blended with authentic Senegalese ethnic rhythms. Though MAMADOU's songs are sung in several languages, the language of music is universal and every audience they perform for instantly understands and reacts with joyous dance.

Maximum Velocity
Hynes Convention Center Hall D
3:45 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
This Professional stunt team really delivers with the hottest cyclers and skaters performing high flying stunts like X-ups and 360s over ramps and undertakers and pelironis on flatland. www.mvst.com

Maximum Velocity
Hynes Convention Center Hall D
4:45 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
5:30 p.m. - 5:45 p.m.
This Professional stunt team really delivers with the hottest cyclers and skaters performing high flying stunts like X-ups and 360s over ramps and undertakers and pelironis on flatland. www.mvst.com

Simply Circus
Hynes Convention Center Hall D
1:00 p.m. - 1:45 p.m.
2:15 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Watch and learn all about circus arts including gym wheels, tight wire, and aerial lyra, and try it yourself! Simply Circus are expert teachers for kids as young as 3, all the way up to adults. www.simplycircus.com

The Skyriders
Hynes Convention Center Hall D
3:00 p.m. - 3:15 p.m.
4:15 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
5:15 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Talk about out of the box. This awesome team of incredibly talented and award-winning trampoline acrobats performs full-throttle maneuvers featuring skis, snowboards, wakeboards, and hula-hoops. www.theskyriders.com

Walter Sickert & the ARmy of BRoken Toys
Hynes Convention Center Hall D
10:00 p.m. - 11:30 p.m.
Walter Sickert, winner of the Boston Phoenix Readers Poll Best Artist 2011 and 2012, and founder/impresario of the SteamCRUNK band hwww.armyoftoys.com Walter Sickert & the ARmy of BRoken TOys, (Improper Bostonia’s 2011 Acts to Follow; Deli Magazine Best of
2012; Boston Music Awards Live Artist of the Year 2010) will host an evening of Time Traveling as well as a host of others to be announced. Come on an adventure through time and space from Jules Verne to Jim Henson, sliding down the rabbit wormhole like Alice 20,000 leagues under the Labyrinth.

Morgan White Jr. – The Man from T.R.I.V.I.A.
Hynes Convention Center Room 101
2:45 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Known as one of the premiere trivia experts in the nation and one of only a handful of people who devote their full time to the field of trivia, Morgan White will challenge your knowledge of everything from animation to Boston. www.triviamorganwhitejr.com

Magic Lantern Picture Show
Hynes Convention Center Room 200
9:30 p.m. - 11:30 p.m.
This program of magical, mystical motion picture madness is designed for adults to amuse, delight and astound one and all!

Roxbury International Film Festival
Hynes Convention Center Room 200
7:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.
Fresh, bold, innovative and inspiring films from the Roxbury Film Festival, New England’s largest film festival dedicated to celebrating people of color. Curated by The Color of Film Collaborative, Inc.

First Light Boston: A Flurry of Technological Creativity at Family Fest
Hynes Convention Center Room 201
1:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
7:30 p.m. - 11:00 p.m.
The City of Boston will be hosting interactive and immersive art at the Hynes Convention Center as part of this year's First Night celebration. Projects displayed range from cutting edge science to large format art installations, including a 15'6" tall scale model of the Prudential Tower
animated with video projections and an installation that turns cosmic rays into beautiful visuals. Contributors range from installation artists, including Sean Stevens of Mooninite Fame, to experimental physicists, and even 13 year-old programmers, thanks to a collaboration with
Cambridge-based NuVu Studios.

3D Printing hosted by Romanelli Media
Hynes Convention Center Room 204
1:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
7:30 p.m. - 10:30 p.m.
Enjoy an array of 3D Printing technology in a visual and interactive way. Engage -Entertain-Educate Featuring Formlabs, Deep Image 5, Structure Sensor and Double Robotics

Boston Sax Quartet
Hynes Convention Center Room 206
7:30 p.m. - 9:15 p.m.
The Boston Saxophone Quartet is a unique blend of musicians combining a tremendous range of repertoire and individual experience in wind performance. Members of the BSQ have performed with the Boston Pops and Boston Symphony Orchestra and leading Broadway theaters
throughout New England. The BSQ performs for a variety of functions that can run the gamut from corporate sponsors to formal concerts, wedding receptions, etc. offering a wide repertoire: Swing, Ragtime, Jazz, The Beatles all the way back to the Renaissance. For Boston's First Night, the BSQ runs the Noteworthy Scholars program which encourages young composers to write for the BSQ. The winner’s works are performed at First Night and the winner receives a $100 scholarship. Each finalist also receives a CD of their performance at Boston's First Night. Since this is our 10th anniversary, the BSQ is looking forward to inviting both the former winners and contestants to submit compositions. This should be a very special performance!

Kendall Ramseur
Hynes Convention Center Room 206
9:30 p.m. - 11:00 p.m.
Kendall Ramseur is a singer-songwriter, composer and cellist from Charlotte, North Carolina. His mission and passion is to create positive, inspiring, and heart-felt experiences through music. Upon graduating UNCSA (University of North Carolina School of the Arts), Kendall
matriculated to Boston University’s College of Fine Arts (BU) where he received his Master’s of Music in Cello Performance with Marc Johnson, member of the Vermeer String Quartet. Being in Boston expanded Kendall’s scope of musical expression. At BU he finds himself
experimenting with many genres of music. He enjoys fusing the sounds of different genres with classical elements learned through conservatory training. Kendall Ramseur is the 2013 Boston Music Awards Gospel / Inspirational Artist of The Year. www.kendallramseur.com

MassMouth Story Slam
Hynes Convention Center Room 207
8:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
9:30 p.m. - 10:30 p.m.
Story slam is a competition based on the art of storytelling. It puts a dual emphasis on content and performance, encouraging storytellers to focus on what they're saying and how they're saying it. It is an exercise in crafting stories within a set time limit. It is great entertainment. Prospective competitors can sign up at www.massmouth.ning.com or at the door for a slam slot. Themes to be announced. Look for updates on the Massmouth site and bring your best five minute story.

Puppet Festival presented by the Puppet Showplace Theater
Hynes Convention Center Room 207
1:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Join Puppet Showplace Theatre and puppeteers from across New England for puppet festival of epic proportions! Families will enjoy a whirlwind of award-winning performances featuring a memorable characters in multiple puppetry styles. Roving puppeteers, live musicians, and puppet demonstrations will provide interactive, hand-made, theatrical entertainment throughout the afternoon.

Boston Poetry Slam
Hynes Convention Center Room 208
7:30 p.m. - 8:05 p.m.
8:15 p.m. - 8:50 p.m.
9:00 p.m. - 9:35 p.m.
9:45 p.m. - 10:20 p.m.
10:30 p.m. - 11:00 p.m.
Poetry slam is a fast-paced competition where poets have a limited amount of time to impress judges randomly selected from the audience. Storytelling, lyricism, and stand-up comedy all come together in what’s evolved to a modern oral tradition.

Puppet Festival presented by the Puppet Showplace Theater
Hynes Convention Center Room 208
1:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Join Puppet Showplace Theatre and puppeteers from across New England for puppet festival of epic proportions! Families will enjoy a whirlwind of award-winning performances featuring a memorable characters in multiple puppetry styles. Roving puppeteers, live musicians, and puppet demonstrations will provide interactive, hand-made, theatrical entertainment throughout the afternoon.

Puppet Festival presented by the Puppet Showplace Theater
Hynes Convention Center Room 209
1:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Join Puppet Showplace Theatre and puppeteers from across New England for puppet festival of epic proportions! Families will enjoy a whirlwind of award-winning performances featuring a memorable characters in multiple puppetry styles. Roving puppeteers, live musicians, and puppet demonstrations will provide interactive, hand-made, theatrical entertainment throughout the afternoon.

Puppet Festival presented by the Puppet Showplace Theater
Hynes Convention Center Room 210
1:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Join Puppet Showplace Theatre and puppeteers from across New England for puppet festival of epic proportions! Families will enjoy a whirlwind of award-winning performances featuring a memorable characters in multiple puppetry styles. Roving puppeteers, live musicians, and puppet demonstrations will provide interactive, hand-made, theatrical entertainment throughout the afternoon.

PuppetSlam presented by Puppet Showplace Theatre
Hynes Convention Center Room 210
7:30 p.m. - 11:30 p.m.
It's an evening of varied theatrical mini-plays for adults that use (or sometimes abuse) puppets for all or part of the drama. Each piece is performed by a different artist or artists, and the content can be wide-ranging; some are elegant or poignant, others are satiric, irreverent, or
humorous, and still others can be passionate, political, or spiritual in nature. The performers range from the seasoned professional to the nascent puppeteer, and often include musicians, dancers, mimes, actors, and other sundry affiliated artists.

BJ Hickman
Hynes Convention Center Room 302
1:15 p.m. - 1:45 p.m.
2:45 p.m. - 3:15 p.m.
4:15 p.m. - 5:45 p.m.
Family Festival favorite, magician B.J. Hickman, brings his latest comedy audience participation show to Boston, along with his magic bunny and lots of silly surprises.

DJ Ian Lawrence
Hynes Convention Center Room 302
10:00 p.m. - 11:00 p.m.
Scott Jameson
Hynes Convention Center Room 302
2:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
3:30 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
5:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.
See the show audiences are calling Superb!, A blast!, and "Heartwarming fun for the whole family. Join magician and juggler Scott Jameson for an extraordinary performance that will have you laughing out loud and perched on the very edge of your seat. Umbrellas will be plucked from thin air, a drawing will come to life, basketballs will be spun and juggled, and a member of the audience will unlock telekinetic abilities. www.scottjameson.com/shows/shows1-section1.html

The Animal Hospital Ensemble
Hynes Convention Center Room 302
8:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.
Altering traditional concert convention by situating the audience in the center of the room encircled by dozens of guitarists and drummers, Animal Hospital Ensemble performances provide a unique sonic experience for each listener. "Standing in the middle, it sounded like you
were deep inside an angry hornet's nest. Electric guitars ... ringing in primal, circular rhythms…You felt dizzy -- but exhilarated." (James Reed, The Boston Globe) "His ensemble is a testament to Micka's reputation as one of the city's most important sonic architects and proof of
a unified scene in our underrated city." (Nolan Gawron, The Metro) Appearing with DJ Ian Lawrence.

New England Anime Society
Hynes Convention Center Room 308
1:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
7:30 p.m. - 11:00 p.m.
A perennial favorite! The New England Anime Society, convention organizers of Anime Boston, presents the best in old and new Japanese animation. See website for schedule. www.neanime.org

Princeton Movement Theatre
Hynes Convention Center Room 309
2:30 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
3:30 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
4:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
7:30 p.m. - 8:15 p.m.
8:45 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.
10:00 p.m. - 10:45 p.m.
“Stories, Songs & More” -- Ever seen someone pull a rabbit out of a hat -- without having either a hat or a rabbit? Join these pantomime artists for a series of skits celebrating the power of pure imagination.

First Night Lounge
Hynes Convention Center Room 313
7:30 p.m. - 11:00 p.m.
Pop in for a drink! 21+ with art installations curated by John Crowley

Handel and Haydn Society
Hynes Convention Center Room Ballroom
1:00 p.m. - 1:45 p.m.
Young Women's and Young Men's Choruses -- The choruses will present ensembles individually and combine forces for a finale of works by George Frederic Handel and Lowell. Seasonal favorites, including classical, popular, jazz and multi-ethnic music in four part harmonies. The
Young Men's Chorus (grades 8-12) led by Joseph Stillitano. The Young Women's Chorus (grades 9-12) led by Alyson Greer. www.handelandhaydn.org

Blind Boys of Alabama with Anais Mitchell
Hynes Convention Center Room Ballroom A (3rd Floor)
7:30 p.m. - 9:45 p.m.
Nearly seventy-five years after they hit their first notes together, the Blind Boys of Alabama are exceptional not only in their longevity, but also in the breadth of their catalog and their relevance to contemporary roots music. Since 2000, they’ve won five Grammys and four Gospel Music Awards, and have delivered their spiritual message to countless listeners. “We appreciate the accolades and we thank God for them,” says Jimmy Carter, a founding member and the Blind Boy’s leader for five years now. “But we’re not interesting in money or anything other than singing gospel. We had no idea when we started that we would make it this far. The secret to our longevity is, we love what we do. And when you love what you do, that keeps you motivated. That keeps you alive.”

Heinrich Christensen
King's Chapel
9:00 p.m. - 9:45 p.m.
"Dance, Dance, Dance!" From King David dancing all over the Bible to Scott Joplin's Wall Street Rag, this program celebrates raucous dancing through the ages. Heinrich Christensen pulls out all the stops of King's Chapel's C.B. Fisk Organ and lets his feet do the dancing in festive musical fireworks.

The Unorthodox Arts Foundation and King’s Chapel
King's Chapel
5:30 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
6:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
7:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Join three period costumed characters on a tour of King’s Chapel to hear stories of its lesser known history through the past two hundred years. The performance runs approximately half an hour.

Gentlemen Hall
Liberty Mutual Copley Stage
11:15 p.m. - 12:00 a.m.
Gentlemen Hall is six individuals out to deliver pop songs wrapped in unique instrumentation. From flutes to vintage synthesizers, GH is not a typical lineup. Based out of Boston, the band was originally a group of friends with no intentions of making music together.Despite coming from completely different musical backgrounds the sextet was drawn to the the sounds of common artists and found themselves incorporating the implications of the pulsing synth sounds of Depeche Mode, the hallucinatory topics and arrangements of the Flaming Lips, and eclecticism and unique vocal approach of David Bowie.

Giant Panda Guerilla Dub Squad
Liberty Mutual Copley Stage
9:30 p.m. - 10:45 p.m.
Giant Panda Guerilla Dub Squad (PANDA!) is a quintet from Rochester, NY. Their psychedelic roots reggae album In These Times made iTunes Best of 2012 list. Over the past six years, PANDA! has performed 800 shows, put out a collection of live albums, and released a roots Americana record titled Country (2012). “The band’s five masterful musicians weave layers of complex music within a reggae framework and may be one of the most diverse bands in the genre.” —JamBase

Mary Baker Eddy Library
Mary Baker Eddy Library
10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Mary Baker Eddy Library offers free admission to button holders from 10am-5pm. There will be performances by The Chinese Dulcimer Guzheng Youth Band at 11:30am; Odaiko New England at 1:30pm; and Back Bay Ringers at 3:00pm . All-day activities include face painting and arts and crafts. www.marybakereddylibrary.org

Jubilee Concert with H&H
Museum of African American History
1:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.
2:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Museum of African American History and Handel and Haydn Society offer free admission to the first 50 button holders. On New Year's day in 1863, Frederick Douglass said that he "finally knew joy!" Join us for an afternoon of music and storytelling to commemorate the anniversary of President Abraham Lincoln's Emancipation Proclamation with a concert by the Handel and Haydn Society (H&H) and stories by the Museum. Discover Boston's role in this historic event and the part H&H played more than 150 years ago during Jubilee Celebrations on January 1, 1863. Let the music played to celebrate freedom inspire you, with works including the Battle Hymn of the Republic written by H&H member, Julia Ward Howe. Feel the anticipation that was palpable awaiting this official document at a time when the nation was in the midst of a Civil War. Tickets will be available that day on a first-come first-served basis at the Museum beginning at 11am. Visit www.maah.org or www.handelandhaydn.org for more details.

Museum of Fine Arts, Boston: admission to the first 300 button holders
Museum Of Fine Arts
10:00 a.m. - 4:45 p.m.
For New Year’s Eve, the MFA is granting free admission to visitors with First Night Boston buttons, which will be on sale at the Museum. Visitors will find works of art from all over the world as well as art-inspired gifts, seasonal fine dining and activities to keep the kids busy. In the galleries, visitors can make memories strolling among festive décor as they find treasures throughout the Museum. Kids on break can immerse themselves in artmaking and activities at the MFA during December Holiday Vacation Week (Dec. 26–31). Free drop-in events will
provide a welcome relief for parents, offering activities that range from creating art in the studio to celebrating traditions from around the world. Children 17 and under are always free at the Museum. www.mfa.org

MFA First Night Films
Museum of Fine Arts, Remis Auditorium
1:00 p.m. - 1:45 p.m.
3:00 p.m. - 3:45 p.m.
Bring the whole family to celebrate First Night at the MFA! Join us for two screenings of crowd-pleasing short films.

Museum of Science
Museum of Science
2:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Museum of Science offers free admission to button holders from 2-5 p.m. Not valid on any other paid venues. Limit one exhibit hall admission per button. www.mos.org

Battery Wharf's Pocket Museum
North End Waterfront
1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Winter on the Waterfront: Warm up at the US Maritime Museum and enjoy complimentary light refreshments, family activities, and musical performances, in addition to the beautiful ice sculpture located outside this unique property. This Waterfront Family Fun site is made possible
by the Fairmont Battery Wharf and is free to all First Night Button holders.

Meet the King of Instruments
Old South Church
3:30 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Experience the magnificence of Old South Church’s mighty 1921 Skinner orchestral pipe organ affectionately dubbed the Copley Philharmonic Organ, demonstrated by renowned organist Harry Huff.

Old South Brass, Organ & Percussion
Old South Church
6:30 p.m. - 7:15 p.m.
8:00 p.m. - 8:45 p.m.
The best of Boston’s brass and percussion artists join an organist with imagination and verve in a supersonic program of “Pipes and Pops,” playing electrifying arrangements of popular classics, as well as leading the audience in singing stirring favorites.

Old South Meeting House
Old South Meeting House
10:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Old South Meeting House offers free admission to button holders from 10am-4pm. www.oldsouthmeetinghouse.org

Ice Sculpture
One International Place
2:00 p.m. - 12:00 a.m.
Winter on the Waterfront: Find this display outside of Two International Place, at the corner of Purchase Street and High Street, along the Greenway, across from the Rowes Wharf arch.

Otis House Museum Tours & Classical Guitar by Chris Renna
Otis House Museum
6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Otis House Museum offers free admission to button holders from 11am-9pm. Experience the elegant life of one of Boston’s leading families just after the Revolution as you visit the home of Harrison Gray Otis and Sally Otis illuminated for a New Year’s Eve celebration. From 6-9pm, enjoy live classical guitar by Chris Renna. Refreshments will be available for purchase. www.historicnewengland.org/historic-properties/homes/otis-house/otis-house

Otis House Museum: Admission to Button Holders
Otis House Museum
11:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Otis House Museum offers free admission to button holders from 11am-9pm. Experience the elegant life of one of Boston’s leading families just after the Revolution as you visit the home of Harrison Gray Otis and Sally Otis illuminated for a New Year’s Eve celebration. From 6-9pm, enjoy live classical guitar by Chris Renna. Refreshments will be available for purchase.
www.historicnewengland.org/historic-properties/homes/otis-house/otis-house

Boston By Foot
Park Street Station
2:30 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Boston By Foot offers a free 90-minute walking tour of the Boston Common and Public Garden for button holders at 2:30pm. Learn about the history of these iconic spaces and discover sculptures, ponds, and ornamental plantings in their winter beauty. Meet at the corner of Park
and Tremont Streets, outside Park Street Station. www.bostonbyfoot.org

The Makanda Project
St. Paul's Cathedral
7:30 p.m. - 8:15 p.m.
8:45 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.
The Makanda Project, an ensemble based in Makanda Ken McIntyre's hometown of Boston, is dedicated to continuing Makanda's legacy through the performance of his music - specifically, by playing compositions which Makanda never had the opportunity to record or perform in public. An enormous body of such work exists, reflecting the full range of Makanda's imagination as a composer. The group hopes that as some of it is heard there will be heightened appreciation for Makanda's significance as a musician. The band, which was formed in 2005 and
has kept mostly the same personnel since then, consists of 13 musicians: 5 saxophones, 2 trumpets, 2 trombones, a vocalist, piano, bass, and drums. The leader, pianist John Kordalewski, who studied and performed with Makanda, has written arrangements for the large group,
working from the lead sheets in Makanda's notebooks. www.mkmjazz.com/makanda-project.php

First Night Skating Spectacular
The Boston Common Frog Pond
6:00 p.m. - 6:50 p.m.
The Skating Club of Boston celebrates the New Year at The Boston Common Frog Pond with the annual Skating Spectacular! Delight in watching spins, jumps, lifts and fancy footwork from our community of talented skaters. Students from the Skating Club of Boston Skating Academy show off their new tricks; seasoned competitors and champions from the local and national scene entertain you. www.bostonfrogpond.com

Winter on the Waterfront
East Boston * East Boston Neighborhood Health Center
Charlestown * USS Constitution Museum
North End * Fairmont Battery Wharf
Downtown * Marriott Long Wharf
Fort Point Channel * Boston Harbor Hotel
Seaport * District Hall
10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Celebrate First Night on Boston’s Waterfront! Enjoy nine waterfront ice sculptures then warm up at six indoor Family Fun Sites for music, snacks, and kid-friendly activities from 10am–5pm...Plus 30 surrounding participating businesses Enter to win a $500 Staycation Waterfront Prize! www.winteronthewaterfront.org.

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