Boston Calendar of Cultural Events 12/26/11 – 12/31/11

Film, Music, Theatre and Much More…

Nélida Nassar  12.24.2011

Monday December 26, 2011 11.00 A. M. & 3.00 P.M.
Tuesday December 27, 2011 11.00 A. M. & 3.00 P.M.
Friday December 30, 2011 11.00 A. M. & 3.00 P.M.
Saturday December 31, 2011 10.00 A.M.
American Repertory Theater: Snow Queen
http://www.americanrepertorytheater.org/events/show/snow-queen

Tuesday December 27, 2011 7.30 P.M.
Wednesday December 28, 2011 2.00 P.M. & 7.30 P.M.
Thursday December 29, 2011 7.30 P.M.
Friday December 30, 2011 7.30 P.M.
Saturday December 31, 2011 2.00 P.M. & 7.30 P.M.
American Repertory Theatre: Three Piano
http://www.americanrepertorytheater.org/events/show/three-pianos

Wednesday December 28, 2011 5.30 P.M. – 7.20 P.M.
Thursday December 29, 2011 7.30 P.M. – 9.20 P.M.
Friday December 30, 2011 7.30 P.M. – 9.20 P.M.
Museum of Fine Arts; El-Bulli: Cooking in Progress
http://www.mfa.org/programs/film/el-bulli-cooking-progress-7

Wednesday, December 28, 2011, 5.30 P.M. – 6.50 P.M.
Thursday, December 29, 2011, 8.00 P.M. – 9.20 P.M.
Friday December 30, 2011 8.00 P.M. – 9.20 P.M.
Museum of Fine Arts: Three Stars
http://www.mfa.org/programs/film/three-stars-2

FIRST NIGHT 
  http://www.firstnight.org
POPULAR AND EXPERIMENTAL MUSIC

Saturday January 31, 2011 7.00 P.M.
New England Conservatory Jordan Hall: Michael Tarbox

Michael Tarbox is a smokey-voiced singer whose band, The Tarbox Ramblers, has made a name for itself with a rough-hewn sound that brings rock, primitive blues and Appalachian music together in unexpected combinations. They’ve toured everywhere and drawn praise from Rolling Stone, All Things Considered and more along the way.  Tarbox also happens to be a whipsmart writer whose spare songs are by turns street-tough and otherworldy. He’ll play them in a solo appearance for First Night Boston. 

Saturday January 31, 2011 9.00 P.M.
New England Conservatory Jordan Hall: First Night with
Suzanne Vega
Widely regarded as one of the most brilliant songwriters of her generation, Suzanne Vega emerged as a leading figure of the folk-music revival of the early 1980s when, accompanying herself on acoustic guitar, she sang what has been labeled contemporary folk or neo-folk songs of her own creation in Greenwich Village clubs.

Saturday January 31, 2011 8.00 P.M. – 11.00 P.M.
City Place: The Cover-Up

Popular and Experimental Music
http://thecoverupboston.com

Saturday January 31, 2011 7.30 P.M. -11.00 P.M.
Hynes Convention Center, Room 313: Intransitive Recordings 
Perennial First Night faves Instransitive Recordings are programming another night of their signature electronic and improvised music. This year’s lineup features Ernst Karel at 8.00 P.M.., Tim Feeney & Vic Rawlings at 9.00 P.M., and Jason Lescalleet at
10.00 P.M.

Saturday January 31, 2011 7.30 P.M. – 8.00 P.M.
Boston Public Library Raab Hall: Drew O’Doherty
Drew O’Doherty is a Cape Cod-based singer/songwriter who claims to be a “Cub Scout dropout born on the day that Never Mind The Bollocks was released.

Saturday January 31, 2011 10.30 P.M. – 11.30 P.M.
Boston Public Library Raab Hall: Cass McCombs
Popular and Experimental Music. The enigmatic Cass McCombs is something of an indie-rock heartthrob. The crooner first gained notice in the early years of the new century, releasing critically acclaimed records and touring with the likes of Modest Mouse, Blonde Redhead, The National, and The Walkmen.

Saturday January 31, 2011 7.30 P.M. – 8.30 P.M.
Modern Theatre at Suffolk University: 
Tubby Love & Eric Robertson
Berklee’s Tubby Love and Eric Robertson come from very different musical roots grown in the same soul.  The idea of a collaboration stemmed from their mutual appreciation for good songs without regard to style or genre. The young duo will be teaming up to create a fresh breed of earthy acoustic sounds and touring hard to promote the new project. Sponsored by Berklee College of Music and Suffolk University.

Saturday January 31, 2011 9.00 P.M. – 10.00 P.M.
Modern Theatre at Suffolk University: Liz Longley
A recent Berklee College of Music graduate, Liz Longley is already showing signs of becoming the next acoustic breakout artist. In 2010, Liz received first prize in the BMI John Lennon Scholarship competition, grand prize in the International Acoustic Music Award contest (among 9,000 entries) as well as the Chris Austin Songwriting Award. She also appeared at the Newport and Rocky Mountain folk festivals. In 2009, Liz garnered first place in the Rocky Mountain Folk Fest Songwriter Showcase, and was co-winner of the Mountain Stage NewSong Contest, among several other honors. The set will be broadcast live on WUMB 91.9 Folk Radio. Sponsored by Berklee College of Music, Suffolk University and WUMB.

Sarturday January 31, 2011 8.30 P.M. – 9.30 P.M.
Boston Park Plaza Hotel: Lori Diamond & Fred Abatelli
Bostonian Lori Diamond and New Yorker Fred Abatelli, have been creating and performing folk music together in New England since 2007. Lori, an award winning songwriter (finalist, Great American Songwriting Contest 2010, Best Female Vocalist, Pulse Magazine 2011), combines alluring, soulful vocals and seasoned piano playing that are a perfect match for Fred’s solid finger work and clever phrasing on both bass and guitar. For fans of Norah Jones, Sarah MacLachlan and Joni Mitchell.

Sarturday January 31, 2011 9.30 P.M. – 10.15 P.M.
Boston Public Library Raab Hall:  Marissa Nadler
Marissa Nadler performs with an intricate finger-style on the guitar, 12 string guitar, ukulele, and 5-string banjo. Yet it is often her voice that is a shuttle towards another time, a haunting soprano reverberating with melancholy and longing.

Saturday January 31, 2011  7.30 P.M. – 8.30 P.M.
Modern Theatre at Suffolk University: Tubby Love & Eric Robertson
Berklee’s Tubby Love and Eric Robertson come from very different musical roots grown in the same soul.  The idea of a collaboration stemmed from their mutual appreciation for good songs without regard to style or genre. The young duo will be teaming up to create a fresh breed of earthy acoustic sounds and touring hard to promote the new project. Sponsored by Berklee College of Music and Suffolk University.

Saturday January 31, 2011  7.30 P.M. -11.00 P.M.
Boston, Hynes Auditorium: Walter Sickert & the Army of Broken Toys
The Wireforest: An Evening of Spectacular Spectacle
Boston Music Award 2010 Live Artist of the Year winner Walter Sickert & the Army of Broken Toys bring their musically sophisticated Dada-esque SteamCRUNK carnival run amuck to First Night, as they host an evening filled with like-minded freaks. Their guests will include Johnny Blazes and the Pretty Boys’ flamboyant, glitter-filled, big-band soul; Emperor Norton’s Stationary Marching Band with their marvelously quirky display of circus sight and sound; as well as a host of others to be announced at http://www.firstnight.org

JAZZ, WORLD AND ROOTS MUSIC
Saturday January 31, 2011  9.00 P.M. – 10:30 P.M.
Symphony Hall: Mavis Staples
The legendary soul and gospel singer Mavis Staples is responsible for blazing a rhythm & blues trail while never relinquishing her gospel roots. Rolling Stone named the Staple Singers’ “I’ll Take You There” and “Respect Yourself” among Top 500 Songs of All Time. She was featured in The Band’s The Last Waltz with The Staple Singers. Her collaborations and appearances with Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and Bill Cosby to Presidents Kennedy, Carter and Clinton to Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, Prince, Bob Dylan, Los Lobos, Aretha Franklin, Ry Cooder and Jeff Tweedy rank among Mavis’ many career highlights. This appearance at the venerable Symphony Hall will be her First Night debut. Sponsored by 92.5 The River. (Reserved seating is available for this show.

Saturday January 31, 2011  7.45 P.M. (live broadcast) & 9:30 P.M.
Berklee Performance Center: Julian Lage Trio featuring Larry Grenadier &
Eric Harland

Berklee alum and jazz guitarist Julian Lage has been performing since he was five, and has played with such artists as Carlos Santana, Pat Metheny and David Grisman. A former child prodigy, he was the subject of a 1997 Academy Award-nominated film, Jules at Eight. His 2009 debut release, Sounding Point, was nominated for a Grammy. His most recent release, Gladwell reflects Lage’s wide-ranging musical interests and talents, ranging from chamber music, American folk and bluegrass to Latin, world, string-band tradition and modern jazz. This performance, a partnership between First Night, Berklee College of Music and 89.7 WGBH, will be broadcast live in Boston on 89.7 and on stations across the country as part of NPR’s annual New Year’s Eve broadcast “Toast of the Nation.” (Reserved seating is available for this show.

Saturday January 31, 2011 6.00 P.M. & 7.30 P.M.
CityPlace: Boston Saxophone Quartet
The Boston Saxophone Quartet returns to perform a unique mix of jazz,  pop, classical and show tunes for audiences at CityPlace.

Saturday January 31, 2011 7.30 P.M. – 9.00 P.M.
Hynes Convention Center: Hot Like Fire
Winners of the 2011 New England Urban Music Award for Best Caribbean Band, Hot Like Fire perform current, popular reggae and soca music as well as classic favorites by Bob Marley and of course that “Hot Hot Hot” song!Room 302

Saturday January 31, 2011 7.30 P.M. & 8.45 P.M.
St. Paul’s Cathedral: Jazzreal
The Consulate General of Israel to New England is proud to present Israeli jazz to the Boston community. The ensemble, consisting of leading Israeli jazz musicians, will present an evening of original compositions along with innovative arrangements of favorite Israeli tunes, to celebrate the First Night. Amir Milstein, musical director.

Saturday January 31, 2011 10.00 P.M. & 11.00 P.M.
Boston Park Plaza Hotel: Juanito Pascual
Juanito Pascual is acclaimed as one of the top young flamenco guitarists on the international music scene. He has won praise around the globe as a respected new voice in this most Spanish of musical genres. He is recognized in Spain as a unique and creative voice with mesmerizing virtuosity, warm and evocative playing, and original compositional style. He has been a featured artist in some of the best-known fine arts centers, clubs, and festivals in the United States, and has been featured on National Public Radio’s “The World,” as well as countless television and radio programs. Terrace Room

Saturday January 31, 2011 9.30 P.M. – 11.00 P.M.
Boston, Hynes Auditorium: Mamadou
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. Room 302

Saturday January 31, 2011 6.30 P.M. – 7.15 P.M.
Berklee Performance Center: Manami Morita 
Jazz pianist Manami Morita, a 2008 graduate of Berklee, has performed with internationally acclaimed musicians, such as Esperanza Spalding, Greg Hopkins, Mark Walker, Rosa Pasos, Oscar Stagnaro and more.  Sponsored by Berklee College of Music.

Saturday January 31, 2011 4.00 P.M.
Boston Public Library: New England Conservatory Youth Jazz Orchestra
The Youth Jazz Orchestra is a new ensemble that debuted in September 2008 at the New England Conservatory Preparatory School. The Orchestra is directed by celebrated jazz artist Ken Schaphorst, who chairs NEC’s college jazz studies department and directs the college-level jazz orchestra. Some of New England’s most talented and committed high school musicians will light up First Night with their big band sound!

Saturday January 31, 2011 8.00 P.M. – 8:45 P.M.
Boston Symphony Hall: Parkington Sisters
Combining their diverse tastes, filtered through their acquired classical training, the sisters realized combine four dynamic voices with four confident instruments. Rose plays guitar, piano and accordion, Ariel and Sarah play violin and viola and Nora plays violin and percussion. Their music is embodied by vibrant string arrangements combined with tight, interwoven four-part vocal harmonies, and gorgeous, blending voices. Ambitious and intricate, the Parkington Sisters produce an undeniable expression of sisterhood able to slip from their hearts into a sound all their own.

CLASSICAL MUSIC
Saturday January 31, 2011 10.00 P.M. – 11.00 P.M.
Arlington Street Church: American Guild of Organists
A program of varied organ works, performed by members of the American Guild of Organists.

Saturday January 31, 2011 9.00 P.M.
King’s Chapel: Heinrich Christensen
A 45-minute organ recital of festive works by Johann Sebastian Bach, August Ritter (born 1811), Alexandre Guilmant (died 1911), and Jehan Alain (born 1911), performed on King’s Chapel’s C.B. Fisk Organ.

Saturday January 31, 2011 7.30 P.M. – 8.30 P.M.
New England Conservatory’s: Ludovico Ensemble 
Ludovico Ensemble performs Crippled Symmetry, a piece for flute, piano and vibes by legendary avant-garde composer Morton Feldman. Sponsored by the Boston Musicians’ Association, Local 9-535 of the American Federation of Musicians. Williams Hall

Saturday January 31, 2011 3.30 P.M. – 4 P.M.
Old South Church: Meet the King of Instruments
Experience the “Sensurround” magnificence of Old South Church’s mighty 1921 Skinner orchestral pipe organ – affectionately dubbed the “Copley Philharmonic Organ,” demonstrated by renowned organist Harry Huff.

Saturday January 31, 2011 3.00 P.M.
Boston Public Library: New England Conservatory Children’s Chorus,
Holidays Light
s
Hear a rousing collection of holiday songs from around the world. Bring the family
and sing-a-long to holiday favorites.

Saturday January 31, 2011 8.00 P.M. & 10 P.M.
New England Conservatory Brown Hall: Students and Alumni

An evening with New England Conservatory students and alumni, organized by composer and NEC faculty member Katarina Miljovic, performing a wide variety of musical genres: jazz, classical, contemporary, contemporary improvisation, electronic and multimedia.

Saturday January 31, 2011 6:30 P.M. &  8:30 P.M.
Old South Church: Old South Brass, Organ & Percussion  
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. Sponsored by Old South Church

Saturday January 31, 2011 8.30 P.M. & 8.30 P.M.
Emmanuel Church: Opera Boston, Bastien und Bastienne
Opera Boston young artists present Mozart’s Bastien und Bastienne, a one-act comic opera–written when Mozart was just twelve years old–about a young shepherd and shepherdess seeking relationship advice from the village magician, who attempts to reunite them with an amusingly nonsensical spell. The opera will by semi-staged, engaging and fun for all ages, and performed in English translation. (Sponsored by
State Street Corporation.)

Saturday January 31, 2011 1.00 P.M. & 2.00 P.M.
Boston Public Library: Project STEP Chamber Orchestra
Led by Project STEP alum, Mariana Green-Hill, this year’s program will feature the Honors String Quartet and two other chamber groups.

DANCE
Saturday January 31, 2011 7:30 P.M. & 8:45 P.M.
Boston, Hynes Auditorium: The First Night Beat
OrigiNation/O’Shea Chaplin Dance, Ballroom
OrigiNation is dedicated to promoting the importance of self-respect, health, nutrition, education and self-esteem, while emphasizing the impact that African influences have had on dance. Under the direction of Shaumba Yandje Dibinga, they specialize in hip-hop, jazz, tap, step and Caribbean dance. The O’Shea Chaplin Academy of Irish Dance presents their combination of traditional and contemporary Irish dance and costumes. Their performances have won accolades and awards internationally. These two companies dance together, in one of First Night’s signature pairings, for some explosive cross-cultural hip-step-hop. Sponsored by AAA.

Saturday January 31, 2011 9.30 P.M.
Boston, Hynes Auditorium: Sean Fielder & the Boston Tap Company
The mission of the Boston Tap Company is to educate and entertain through art as a way of life. Spectacular hoofers from all over Greater Boston will tap the night away. Ballroom

Saturday January 31, 2011 8.15 P.M.
Boston, Hynes Auditorium, Ballroom: Tap Battle
OrigiNation, O’Shea Chaplin and Boston Tap Company face off in a thunderous battle for tap supremacy.

Saturday January 31, 2011 7.30 P.M.
Boston Ballet’s The Nutcracker: Buttton Bonus
Boston Ballet offers free admission to the first 100 button holders for The Nutcracker. Button Holders may line up at the Boston Opera House box office beginning at 11 a.m. After free tickets are gone, button holders can get a 30% discount on tickets for this performance only.

THEATER, COMEDY AND SPOKEN WORD
Saturday January 31, 2011 9.30 P.M. – 11 P.M.
Boston University Theatre: Mike Daisey: When The Clock Strikes
Mike Daisey, described by the New York Times as “the master storyteller” weaves together a performance on the turning of the year: that bizarre annual ritual when we drink too much, resolve to change everything about ourselves, and have much less fun than we are certain we should be having. With incandescent wit and heart he’ll explore our obsession with the future, hilariously skewering our assumptions all the way, and and carry the audience with him right up to the brink of a brand new year. (Reserved seating is available for this show. Sponsored by 96.9 Boston Talks. Visit http://www.firstnight.org for info.)

Saturday January 31, 2011 11:45 P.M. – 12:15 A.M.
St. Paul’s Cathedral: Boston Interfaith Clergy Group

Interfaith Midnight Peace Service. Make the transition to the New Year by spending the last moments of the old year at an inclusive, welcoming, interfaith service of music, songs and readings from many faith traditions, including Muslim, Christian, Buddhist, Jewish, Hindu, Bahai, Sufi, and Zoroastrian.

Saturday January 31, 2011 7:30, 8:15, 9, 9:45, 10:30 P.M.
Boston, Hynes Auditorium Room 208Boston Poetry Slam
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.

Saturday January 31, 2011 7.30 P.M. & 9.30 P.M.
Emmanuel Church: Commonwealth Shakespeare Bard Over Broadway
Commonwealth Shakespeare, who bring Free Shakespeare to Boston Common every summer, collaborates with The Boston Conservatory on a musical review of Broadway Inspirations of Shakespeare’s works. Performed by some of Boston’s finest up-and-coming actors and directed by Founding Artistic Director Steven Maler, the performance is sure to delight audiences of all ages. Sponsored by State Street Corporation.

Saturday January 31, 2011 7.30 P.M., 8.45 P.M. & 10.00 P.M.
Hynes Convention Center Exhibit Hall C: Improv Boston 
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.

Saturday January 31, 2011 8.00 P.M. – 9.00 P.M.
Boston University Theatre: Jim Lauletta
A favorite act wherever he goes, Boston-born comic Jim Lauletta mixes his cynical, biting, self-deprecating material with some of the most off the wall and original impressions you’ll EVER see. Not only is Jim one of the most popular headliners in New England, he’s a regular performer in Las Vegas and Atlantic City. His impressive resume of national television credits include: HBO’s U.S. Comedy Arts Festival’s Best of the Fest, A&E’s Caroline’s Comedy Hour, Comedy Central’s Two Drink Minimum, and Comcast’s Comedy Spotlight.

Saturday January 31, 2011 8.00 P.M. & 9.30 P.M.
Boston, Hynes Auditorium Room 207: MassMouth Story Slam
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  http Themes to be announced. Look for updates on the Massmouth site and bring your best five minute story.

Saturday January 31, 2011 8.00 P.M. – 10.00 P.M.
Boston, Hynes Auditorium Exhibit Hall D: Tony V & Graig Murphy
This year’s Tony V’s First Night comedy explosion will surpass all others. This time around Tony and Graig Murphy will be presented in full blown surround sound and 3D*. Eye popping special effects include real live comedians telling jokes while standing right in front of you. So real, so lifelike you’ll feel like you could actually reach out and touch them. Don’t miss your last chance of 2011 to see, hear, feel and taste comedy the way it is meant to be. Funny is too small a word to describe this show. Glorious, however, is just the right size. *Note: No special eye wear is necessary for full 3D effect. Graig Murphy has gained notoriety from his appearances on WEEI, where he has impersonated well-known sports figures including New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft, and former Red Sox managers Grady Little and Terry Francona. His success as an impersonator — in one memorable radio moment, his “Francona” fooled former Sox player-turned-radio-personality Lou Merloni — led Murphy to the comedy stage, where he became one of Boston’s fastest-growing talents.

Saturday January 31, 2011 10:30 A.M.
American Repertory Theater: The Snow Queen 

Free admission for the 10:30 a.m. performance of The Snow Queen to the first 100 button holders; tickets will be available that day at the Loeb Drama Center box office at 9:30 a.m.

Saturday January 31, 2011 2.00 P.M.
American Repertory Theater: Three Pianos

Free admission for the 2 p.m. performance of Three Pianos to the first 100 button holders; tickets will be available that day at the Loeb Drama Center box office at noon.

Saturday January 31, 2011 3.00 P.M. & 8.00 P.M.
Central Square Theater: Arabian Nights.
Central Square Theater offers free admission to the first 50 button holders for Arabian Nights.

MULTIMEDIA
Saturday January 31, 2011 7:30 P.M. – 11.00 P.M.
Boston, Hynes AuditoriumPatrick Chaney & Alex Brizicky
Interactive installation utilizing live video, sound and sculpture. Groups of musicians will play cutting edge experimental music, fostering new concepts of making and manipulating sound. Viewers will be invited to take part in the manipulation of live video. The video will then be projected around the room and onto the sculptures, create an immersive environment that bridges the gap between audio, video and sculpture. Room 200

Saturday January 31, 2011 7.30 – 11.00 P.M.
Boston, Hynes Auditorium Room 309: Katarina Miljkovic
An installation of algorithmic music exploring sound and visual mapping different classes of cellular automata, by Katarina Miljkovic.

Saturday January 31, 2011 12.00 P.M., 1.15 P.M., 2.30 P.M. & 3.45 P.M.
Museum of Fine Arts: Festival of International Short Films 
A perennial First Night favorite! A collection of recent short films from all over the world, curated by the MFA Film Department.

Saturday January 31, 2011 7.30 P.M.–10.30 P.M.      
Boston Hynes Convention Center, Room 312: New England Anime Society
Back by popular demand! The New England Anime Society, convention organizers of Anime Boston, presents the best and most popular Japanese animation.

Saturday January 31, 2011 7.30 P.M. – 10.30 P.M.
Boston, Hynes Auditorium Room 200: Roxbury International Film Festival 
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.

FEDEX FAMILY FESTIVAL
1.45 P.M., 3.00 P.M. & 4:15 P.M.
Boston, Hynes Auditorium Room 209: Alicia Quintano, Stories, Songs & More
Alicia performs stories from American and international folklore and her original humorous songs, all sure to delight family audiences.

Saturday January 31, 2011 1.30 P.M & 3.00 P.M.
Boston, Hynes Auditorium Hynes Ballroom: Major Dance Company
Under the direction of Andrea Herbert Major, this 45-year-old company delivers a sampler of lyrical jazz, hip hop and African dance.

Saturday January 31, 2011 1.00 P.M – 6 P.M.
Boston, Hynes Auditorium Hall C: Beehive Art Children’s Art Studio & Gallery
Kid’s hands-on art! Buzz by and make glittery tiaras, jeweled crowns, colorful hats, magic wands and sparkling necklaces.

Saturday January 31, 2011 1.45 P.M., 3.00 P.M. & 4.15 P.M.
Boston, Hynes Auditorium Room 313BJ Hickman
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.

Saturday January 31, 2011 3.00 P.M. & 4.00 P.M.
Boston, Hynes Auditorium Room 302Boston Bhangra
Experience exciting modern south Asian pop music and dance based upon the traditional folk dances of the Punjab region.

Saturday January 31, 2011 3.00 P.M. & 4.00 P.M.
Boston, Hynes Auditorium Hall CBoston Children’s Theatre Show Choir
To celebrate the spirit of the season, they will perform holiday favorites along with some exciting surprises, including Lady Gaga! Led by Musical Director Daniel Blake, BCT’s Show Choir features the talents of over 20 teens from more than 20 Greater Boston communities.

Saturday January 31, 2011 1.00 P.M. & 2.30 P.M.
Boston, Hynes Auditorium Hall Ballroom: Chu Ling Dance Academy
Ling’s Chinatown-based company delivers a fusion of traditional Chinese dance with the drama of martial arts.

Saturday January 31, 2011 2.00 P.M. & 3.40 P.M.
Boston, Hynes Auditorium Hall D: Dinoman!
Have no fear, Dinoman is here! With magic, merry mayhem, and magnificent props, the audience is taken on a trip throughout the mesozoic era.

Saturday January 31, 2011 1.00 P.M. & 3.00 P.M.
Boston, Hynes Auditorium Hall C: Drum Central with Grooversity & IntaAfrika
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!

Saturday January 31, 2011 1.00 P.M. & 2.15 P.M.
Boston, Hynes Auditorium: Elizabeth Mitchell & You Are My Flower
Smithsonian Folkways Recordings artist Elizabeth Mitchell has been recording and performing music for families since 1998. At the suggestion of friend Dan Zanes, Elizabeth was the first new children’s artist signed to Smithsonian Folkways in the 21st century. Her latest record, Sunny Day is a collection of “handmade” music of the finest kind, for folks of all ages. Steeped in the tradition, history, and comfort of the folksingers and elders before us and spun with the modern delight and wonder of children, the songs are as young and magical as the very young and magical songwriting family making the music.

Saturday January 31, 2011 3.30 P.M. & 4.45 P.M.
Boston, Hynes Auditorium: Ellis Paul
Noted folk singer/songwriter Ellis Paul performs selections from his Parents’ Choice Award –winning The Dragonfly Races, his collection of music for kids and people who have kids. Traditional folk themes of world peace and harmony resonate with immediacy, but are delivered with a gentle touch.

Originally Published in Berkshire Fine Arts

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