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First Night Boston Announces Lineup

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First Night Boston grand procession. (Paul Robicheau)
First Night Boston grand procession. (Paul Robicheau)

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FILM/MULTIMEDIA

Brattle Theatre, 40 Brattle St., Cambridge, all day
Brattle Theatre offers free admission to button holders for film screenings on December 31, 2012. For schedule, visit www.brattlefilm.org.
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Cecilia Major & Amy Gunness, Hynes Convention Center, Room 311, 7:30 – 11 p.m.
The Breathing Room - Art installation on display
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Festival of International Short Films, Museum of Fine Arts, noon, 1:15 and 2:30 and 3:45 p.m.
A perennial First Night favorite! A collection of recent short films from all over the world, curated by the MFA Film Department. For schedule and titles visit www.firstnight.org.
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New England Anime Society, Hynes Convention Center, Room 210, 7:30-10:30 p.m.
Back by popular demand! The New England Anime Society, convention organizers of Anime Boston, presents the best and most popular Japanese animation. For information about titles, visit www.firstnight.org.
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Out of the Blue Gallery, Hynes Convention Center, Room 310, 7:30 – 11 p.m.
Live DJ and body painting by Adam Canvas Giangregorio and Patrick "the Candyman" Campbell. Watch and dance as Patrick & Adam transform the human body.
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Patrick Chaney, Hynes Convention Center, Room 309, 7:30 – 11 p.m.
Immersive interactive video space with sound performance by Patrick Chaney. Experimental music, fostering new concepts of making and manipulating sound.
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Roxbury International Film Festival, Hynes Convention Center, Room 200, 7:30-10:45 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. and ACT Roxbury. Visit www.firstnight.org for specific program info.
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Sam Perry: Interactive Kinetic Puppets, Hynes Convention Center, Room 308, 7:30 – 11 p.m.
An installation of various hanging mobiles. Audiences are encouraged to interact with the art, linking pieces of the mobiles together to form human and animal shapes. These shapes can then be puppeted by touch or manipulation of the strings. Materials consist of antique sewing machine parts, plastic, paper, wire and string. Sam Perry is a professional fire performer specializing in puppetry and the animation of the inanimate. Co-founder of the Grasshopper Collective and creator of the Spinning Fingers, Sam has been creating performance art for the last 7 years.













FEDEX FAMILY FESTIVAL
Airborne Comedians, Hynes Convention Center Hall D, 2 and 4 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.
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A. Major Dance Company, Hynes Convention Center Room 302, 4 and 5 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.
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Beehive Art Children's Art Studio and Gallery, Hynes Hall C, 1-6 p.m.
Kid's hands-on art! Buzz by and make glittery tiaras, jeweled crowns, colorful hats, magic wands and sparkling necklaces.
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BJ Hickman, Hynes Room 203, 1:15, 2:30 and 4 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.
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Boston Bhangra, Hynes Room 302, 3 and 4 p.m.
Experience exciting modern south Asian pop music and dance based upon the traditional folk dances of the Punjab region.
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Boston Children’s Theatre Show Choir, Hynes Hall C, 3:30 and 4:45 p.m.
To celebrate the spirit of the season, they will perform holiday favorites along with some exciting surprises. Led by Musical Director Daniel Blake, BCT’s Show Choir features the talents of over 20 teens from more than 20 Greater Boston communities.
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Boston GreenFest, Hynes Convention Center, Hall C, 1 – 6 p.m.
Join GreenFest winter edition for eco-friendly demonstrations, crafts, and activities, including FIRST Lego Robotics!
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Chu Ling Dance Academy, Hynes Convention Center Room 302, 1 and 2:30 p.m.
Ling’s Chinatown-based company delivers a fusion of traditional Chinese dance with the drama of martial arts.
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Dinoman!, Hynes Ballroom, 2:30 and 3:45 P.M.
Have no fear, Dinoman is here! With magic, merry mayhem, and magnificent props, the audience is taken on a trip throughout the mesozoic era.
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Dreamtale Puppets – “Rumpelstilskin” Hynes Convention Center Room 207, 2 and 4 p.m.
Rumpelstilskin follows the well-known fairy tale about a girl whose father, the Miller, loved her so much that he made up stories about her unusual talents. Truthfulness wasn’t something the Miller cared much about, but after he bragged to the king whose treasury coffers were empty, he put his only child into big trouble. His daughter Kathleen had to spin straw into gold or lose her life! Fortunately, an odd looking stranger jumped straight into the story and offered the help. Accepting help from strangers is always risky business, and that is how it was this time. After the king married Kathleen and made her into the queen, she gave her royal husband a child — but she was faced with losing it all if she could not pass one more test: finding well hidden word– the name of mysterious stranger.
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Drum Central with Grooversity and IntaAfrika, Hynes Hall C, 1-3 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!
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Ellis Paul, Hynes Auditorium, 3:30 and 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.
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Gerwick Puppets, Midwinter Magic, Hynes Room 312, 1:30, 2:45, and 4 p.m.
Debussey's Snowflakes Are Dancing inspired this musical fantasy about two children's wintry dream. This elaborate show has over 30 whimsical puppets of all sizes and shapes that interpret and visualize the music.
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Greater Boston Chinese Cultural Association Workshop, Hynes Hall C, 1-5 p.m.
Make dynamic dragons, create your own lanterns, decorative firecrackers, dough figurines, and more.
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Handel and Haydn Society Young Women’s and Young Men’s Choruses, Hynes Convention Center Ballroom, 1 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.
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Face Painting, Hynes Hall C, 1-6 p.m.
Imaginations run wild, as face painters transform little faces into works of art!
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Jen Flores, Crazy Hat Gear for the New Year! Hynes Room 204, 1-4 p.m.
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 Year’s hats!
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Landmarks Orchestra Brass Ensemble – “The History of Brass” – Hynes Convention Center Ballroom, 2 p.m.
Brass instruments have been around for a long time. The Romans and Greeks used them but during the Renaissance they became to look and sound more like we know them today. This performance tells the whole story, from the beginning to now, and is a a great introduction for young people to these wonderful instruments. After the concert, see how many instruments you can recognize at the Boston Landmarks Orchestra's musical game, Match the Music.
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Magic Lantern Picture Show, Hynes Convention Center Hall C, 1-6 p.m.
This program of magical, mystical motion picture madness is designed for children and adults alike! These fantastic short animated films will amuse, delight and astound one and all!
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Maximum Velocity, Hynes Hall D, 1:15, 3 and 4:45 p.m.
This professional stunt team features the hottest riders and skaters performing X–ups and 360’s over ramps and undertakers and pelironis on flatland. Sound dizzying? It is!
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Morgan White Jr. – The Man from T.R.I.V.I.A., Hynes Room 202, 1:30, 2:45 and 4 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.
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New England Anime Society, Hynes Convention Center, Room 312, 1-6 p.m.
Back by popular demand! The New England Anime Society, convention organizers of Anime Boston, presents the best and most popular Japanese animation. For information about titles, visit www.firstnight.org.
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Princeton Movement Theatre, Stories, Songs & More, Hynes Room 209, 2, 3:30, and 4:30 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.
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Project STEP Chamber Orchestra, Hynes Convention Center Ballroom, 1 p.m.
Led by Project STEP alum, Mariana Green-Hill, this year’s program will feature the Honors String Quartet and two other chamber groups.
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Puppet Showplace Theater, Dr. Doohickey and the Monster Machine, Hynes Room 208, 1:30, 2:45, 4 p.m.
Dr. Doohickey thinks that the world would be much more exciting if people were a little more like monsters. Join the doctor and his assistant Reginald the Rabbit as they use music, machines and a little magic to bring funny monsters to life. This original stage show combines multiple style of puppets and live actors.
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Rosalita’s Puppets, Hynes Convention Center, Room 206, 1:5 p.m.
“Rosalita and the Giant Bugs” — Rosalita shrinks down to the size of her garden bugs and goes on an adventure. She must search low and high just to find the dragonfly. When she finds the dragonfly she'll be able to turn back to her normal size. This show references the classic stories of "Alice in Wonderland" and "Wizard of Oz". Audiences can try and spot the references.
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Rumba y Timbal, Hynes Ballroom, 3:15 and 4:30 p.m.
Rumba y Timbal has its own style of salsa which blends Cuban rumba body movements, fast footwork, spins and acrobatics with elegance.
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Scott Jameson, Hynes Convention Center, Rom 313, 1:45, 3, 4:15 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.
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Simply Circus, Hynes Convention Center Auditorium, 1 and 2:15 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.
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The Skyriders, Hynes Hall D, 1:45, 3:30 and 5:15
This professional acrobatic trampoline team has won international and Olympic titles performing sky–high single, double and even triple twisting somersaults! They bounce with snow skis, snowboards, wakeboards and hula–hoops.
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Urbanity Dance, Hynes Convention Center, Room 302, 3:30 and 4:30 p.m.
Bringing a fresh and imaginative approach to dance, the Urbanity aesthetic is an exciting experiment in elevating physical intelligence. Not only does Urbanity offer a breath of fresh air to the Boston dance scene, but also it is dedicated to pushing the limits of our community outreach.













VISUAL ART AND EXHIBITIONS
Battery Wharf's Pocket Museum
Battery Wharf’s Pocket Museum offers a free exhibit on maritime history from 1-3 p.m. Learn about Boston's maritime past and enjoy the ultimate hot chocolate bar and cookies provided by Fairmont Battery Wharf.
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Boston Harbor Association
Boston Harbor Association offers free storytelling and family-oriented activities from 10 a.m.-noon. Refreshments by Cushman & Wakefield at 470 Atlantic Wharf.
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Boston Public Library Art & Architecture Tours
BPL offers free guided tours of its historic McKim Building, highlighting the architecture and works of famed sculptors and painters. The 30-minute tours run on the half-hour from 1-4:30 p.m. Meet in the lobby of the McKim Building (Dartmouth Street entrance).
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Fenway Studios
Fenway Studios offers free tours of its historic landmark building from noon-3 p.m. Visit the creative work spaces of artists working in a variety of styles from abstract expressionism to post-modern realism as well as print-making, decorative art, and portraiture.
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Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum
Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum offers free admission to the first 300 button holders from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. (with family activities in the studio).
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Made in Fort Point
Made in Fort Point offers free art activities led by artist Hilary Law of the Fort Point Arts Community from 10am-3pm. Refreshments provided.
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Magellan Gallery
Magellan Gallery offers free exhibit of the Norman B. Leventhal Boston Harbor Map Collection from 10 a.m. - noon. View original historic maps of Boston Harbor and Massachusetts Bay while enjoying hot chocolate and Boston Harbor Hotel holiday cookies.













OUTDOORS
Karmaloop Countdown to Midnight with DJ Die Young, Copley Square, 8:30 p.m. – midnight
Boston’s hottest DJs anchor a multimedia celebration on the steps of the Boston Public Library. Join DJ Die Young, Baltimoroder, Coralcola, Nate Bluhm and Big Digits for this countdown extravaganza with dancers, images projected on the beautiful library façade and a spectacular light show.
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Countdown to Midnight: Live on WBZ-TV, Copley Square, 10 p.m. - midnight
Join WBZ-TV Anchors Lisa Hughes and Jonathan Elias as we welcome in the New Year in historic Copley Square. Televised live on WBZ-TV beginning at 11 p.m. Across the street at the Karmaloop Countdown to Midnight, Boston’s hottest DJ’s anchor a multimedia celebration on the steps of the Boston Public Library.
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ICE SCULPTURE: Donald Chapelle/Brilliant Ice Sculptures, Guess Who’s Coming To Dinner?, Boylston Plaza at The Shops at Prudential Center, all day and night
A sequel to fan favorite Here Fishy Fishy. In previous years brother and sister Margie and Norman spent their summers diving in the coral reefs of Southern Florida. Now almost fully gown and on spring break they are diving in the Great Barrier Reef in Australia, unaware of the dangers that lurk below.
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ICE SCULPTURE: Eric Fontecchio/Brookline Ice, Unity 2013, Copley Square, all day and night
After a contentious election year, Fontecchio captures in ice some of the things that unite us.
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ICE SCULPTURE: Eric Fontecchio/Brookline Ice, Jack and the Beanstalk, Copley Square, all day and night
The classic fairy tale captured in ice!
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LogMeIn Midnight Fireworks, Boston Harbor, midnight-12:10 a.m.
The skies above Boston Harbor will be transformed 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 especially created for First Night Boston by Zambelli Fireworks.
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Panorama Magazine Grand Procession, The Nature of Boston, starts in front of the Hynes Convention Center, 5:30 p.m.
The Grand Procession has been the heart of the First Night celebration since the beginning in 1976. The Nature of Boston, First Night’s 37th anniversary Grand Procession, will be led by different pieces from the Back Alley Puppet Theatre and Puppeteers Cooperative, whose founders have participated in all 37 First Nights in Boston. Participants include Boston City Band; Codman Academy; Common Art; Curley K-8 Elementary School; The Cycling Murrays; Dinoman!; Franklin Field, Franklin Hill Dorchester “Healthy Boston”; Geometric Progression; The Greater Boston Chinese Cultural Association; Grooversity; Hawthorne Youth and Community Center; Hurley K-8 Elementary School; The Hot Tamales; Joseph P. Manning Elementary School; Mather Elementary School; Middlesex County 4–H Fife and Drum Corps; Nazarro Community Center; New Liberty Jazz Band; New Magnolia Jazz Band; Old Town Trolley Tours; OPENAIR Circus; Panorama Magazine; Pat Olezsko; Peg Preble/Gould Microcars; Roberto Clemente 21 Dancers; The Puppeteer’s Cooperative and the Back Alley Puppet Theatre; Renaissance Charter School; SambaViva; Second Line Social Aid and Pleasure Society Brass Band; Sheraton Boston Hotel; Simply Circus; Spontaneous Celebrations; Thomas J. Kenny School Marching Band.













CULTURAL INSTITUTIONS AND MUSEUM PARTNERS
Boston By Foot, 2:30 p.m.
Boston By Foot offers a free 90-minute walking tour of the Boston Common and Public Garden for button holders. 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.
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BUTTON BONUS: Boston Children’s Museum, 10 a.m. – noon
Boston Children’s Museum offers free admission to button holders.
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Bostonian Society/Old State House, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Bostonian Society/Old State House offers free admission. Tours and talks will be offered about the history of the Old State House, the Boston Massacre, and other topics on Boston’s revolutionary history. Special family programming will be offered throughout the day.
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Mary Eddy Baker Library, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Mary Baker Eddy Library offers free admission to button holders. There will be performances by the Society for Instrumental Chinese Music at 11:30 a.m.; Zili Misik at 1:30 p.m.; and Back Bay Ringers at 3 p.m. All-day activities include face painting, arts and crafts, and crown-making.
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BUTTON BONUS: Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, 10 a.m. – 4:45 p.m.
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston offers free admission to the first 300 button holders.
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BUTTON BONUS: Museum of Science, 2-5 p.m.
Museum of Science offers free admission to the first 500 First Night Button holders.
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Old South Meeting House, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Old South Meeting House offers free admission to the museum.
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Otis House Museum, 11 a.m. – 9 p.m.
Otis House Museum offers free admission to button holders. Experience the elegant life of one of Boston’s leading families just after the Revolution at the home of Harrison Gray Otis and Sally Otis, which will be illuminated for a New Year’s Eve celebration. Candlelight tours, featuring the home lit up for a party, begin at 5 p.m. From 6-9 p.m., enjoy live classical guitar by Chris Renna. Refreshments available for purchase.
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The Unorthodox Arts Foundation at King’s Chapel, 7:30-9 p.m.
Join a period costume character on a tour of King’s Chapel and the neighboring King’s Chapel Burying Ground to hear stories of its lesser-known history. Tours run approximately half an hour, every fifteen minutes starting inside King’s Chapel.













RESERVED SEATING
A reserved seating section has been set aside for Magnetic Fields, Lee Fields & The Expressions, and John Scofield’s Uberjam, so people may purchase a guaranteed seat if they wish. These premium package tickets are $35, and each ticket purchase includes a First Night Boston 2013 button, which is the ticket for admission to all First Night indoor events. All First Night events take place on Monday, Dec. 31, 2012 and tickets are on sale now at www.firstnight.org. Approximately 30% of the venues for these select shows will be set aside for advance reserved seating sale, while the rest of each venue will be open to all First Night button holders on a first come, first served basis as usual. For more information, visit www.firstnight.org.
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First Night Boston, Inc. is an independent, 501(c)3 non-profit organization. It is supported by public and private contributions, sponsorships, and through the admission sales of the First Night button. First Night Boston is grateful for the support of its major sponsors: The City of Boston, Thomas M. Menino, Mayor; Greater Boston Convention and Visitors Bureau; LogMeIn, Inc.; FedEx; Karmaloop/Future of Boston Alliance; Massachusetts Convention Center Authority; Sheraton Hotels & Resorts, Massachusetts Cultural Council and WBZ-TV.

This program aired on December 11, 2012. The audio for this program is not available.

Ed Siegel Twitter Critic-At-Large
Now retired and contributing as a critic-at-large, Ed Siegel was the editor of The ARTery.

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