Upcoming events: Arts First celebration

April 11, 2013 at 8:01 am

Harvard invites the public to four days of non-stop art from Thursday, April 25 - Sunday, April 28, 2013. The annual ARTS FIRST festival celebrates student and faculty creativity at the University. Over 225 music, theatre, dance, film, and visual arts events, most free of charge and open to the public, are on tap. Whether you are a fan of a cappella or bhangra, tap or Tchaikovsky, installation art or painting, improv comedy or pipe organ performance, ARTS FIRST has an arts experience for you. Below are just a few of the featured events:

April 25, 4pm
Harvard Arts Medal
Sanders Theatre, 45 Quincy Street
Honoring Oscar-winning actor/writer/producer Matt Damon ’92, featuring a conversation moderated by actor and fellow alumnus John Lithgow ’67 and presentation of the Medal by Harvard University President Drew Gilpin Faust. Tickets are required (free, limited to two per person), available through the Harvard Box Office beginning April 16 for Harvard affiliates with valid ID, and April 18 for the public. For more information, call 617.496.2222 or visit www.boxoffice.harvard.edu.

April 25 & 27, 10:30pm
Films on the Science Center Plaza/Cambridge St. Overpass
Both Films on the Plaza, are starring Matt Damon: Good Will Hunting (1997) on Thursday, 4/25; and The Bourne Identity (2002) on Saturday, 4/27.

April 25, 5pm & April 27, 3:30pm
ARTS FIRST at Harvard Medical School/ Harvard School of Dental Medicine
A series of performances and reflections by HMS students, on Thursday, 4/25 at Joseph B. Martin Lounge, Vanderbilt Hall, 107 Avenue Louis Pasteur, Boston; also on Saturday, April 27, 3:30-5pm, Paine Hall, Music Building.

April 25-28, 6pm
Harvard Playwrights Festival
Farkas Hall, 12 Holyoke Street, Cambridge
Staged readings of plays developed by undergraduates in visiting lecturer Liz Duffy Adams’ advanced playwriting class.

April 27, 1-5pm
DanceFest on the Science Center Plaza/Cambridge St. Overpass
Showcasing the extraordinary versatility of Harvard’s 27 student dance groups—ballet, modern, pan-African, hip hop, ballroom, gumboots and more.

April 27, 1-5pm
Performance Fair
Harvard Yard, Cambridge
The festival’s signature Performance Fair will feature more than 100 free public performances and presentations at a dozen venues in and around Harvard Yard.

April 27, 1-5pm
The Eyes Have It: Fifty Years of Filmmaking Carpenter Center
A retrospective of student film and video presented by the Department of Visual and Environmental Studies to celebrate the Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts’ 50th anniversary.

For more information and a full list of ARTS FIRST events, click here.