A weekend of family-friendly events at Harvard’s ART FIRST, April 25 through 28

April 24, 2013 at 9:04 am

This weekend (April 25th to 28th) Harvard’s campus will become a massive stage for Harvard artists and art lovers for ARTS FIRST. And there are a number of this weekend’s musical and artistic moments will delight the whole family, from adults to children.

Below are a series of family-friendly ARTS FIRST events. Harvard invites neighbors of all ages to join in a celebration of the arts.

  • DanceFest on the Plaza: 1-5 p.m. Saturday, April 27, Performances by 27 dance groups and 800 dancers in a four-hour outdoor venue. Styles include bhangra, ballet, ballroom, Irish dancing, Sufi, salsa, African, Asian, Middle Eastern.
  • “The Billy Goat’s Gruff” by Sunken Garden Children’s Theater (at Sunken Gardenin Radcliffe Yard). 4 p.m. Friday, April 26; 11 a.m. and noon Saturday, April 27; noon Sunday, April 28. Students present a newly imagined take on old fairytales.
  • Harvard Yard Mainstage: 1-5 p.m. This outdoor venue offers lots of “run room” for kids and very spirited live musical performances, from electropop, martial arts, a cappella, mariachi and American Indian dance.
  • Paint for a Cause: 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday April 27.  Between Science Center and Memorial Hall. Harvard Undergraduate Global Health Forum is asking all-age participants to help paint a mural to send to a children’s hospital in Rwanda or Haiti.
  • Prelude to the Performance Fair: 11:30 a.m. Saturday, April 27, Harvard Yard. Harvard University Marching Band will lead through Harvard Yard to the Plaza, where the River Charles Ensemble, Hasty Pudding Theatricals and actor John Lithgow will collaborate on the first movement of Beethoven’s 5th Symphony led by Maestro Gregory Mankiw.
  • OFA Ceramics: 1-5 p.m. Saturday, April 27, Science Center Plaza. Try your hand at creating a clay masterpiece with our seasoned artists. Ceramics is one of the most popular programs – always well attended and celebrated.
  • “Penguins in a Strange Land”:  1 p.m. Saturday, April 27, Science Center C. An original musical about two penguin siblings that float to South Africa and work together to use the “magic of snow cones.” A presentation of Harvard Story-Time Players.
  • Harvard Noteables will sing songs from Broadway and musical cinema: 3 p.m. Saturday, April 27, Dudley House, Main Dining Hall.
  • THUD presenting original percussion works, 4:30 p.m. Saturday, April 27, Sanders Theatre.
  • Museums: most are free to children, and several are free 9 a.m.-noon on Sunday, or free to MA residents.

For a full schedule of Arts First events go to:  http://ofa.fas.harvard.edu/arts/cal.php