While your First Night Boston experience could be one-stop shopping, picking your favorite venue and staying put, there is so much more to see. All across downtown there are easy-to-get to events celebrating the arts and community in Boston. If you plan on staying after dark, here are some of your best bets.
Karmaloop Countdown to Midnight with DJ Die Young
8:30 p.m. – midnight
WBZ-TV Live Broadcast (11pm)
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. Then 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.
Walter Sickert & the ARmy of BRoken TOys, The Wireforest: An Evening of Spectacular Spectacle
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. Walter Sickert, winner of The Boston Phoenix Reader’s Poll – Best Artist 2011 and 2012, and founder/impresario of the SteamCRUNK band Walter Sickert & the ARmy of BRoken TOys, will host an evening of Time Traveling wonderment, previewing their new album The Soft Time Traveler. Joining them on this musical journey through time is Bent Knee, whose signature orchestral textures, haunting vocals, and dynamic compositions are the calling cards of their own twisted rock; as well as a host of others to be announced at www.firstnight.org.
Sean Fielder and the Boston Tap Company
Hynes Convention Center, Ballroom
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.
Boston Symphony Hall
Tanya Donelly is a Grammy-nominated singer and songwriter, and co-founder of the bands Throwing Muses, the Breeders, and Belly, and has also released four solo albums. Her latest project is a series of collaborations with various authors and musicians, which will be begin release in early 2013. Some of the collaborators involved so far are authors Rick Moody, Mary Gaitskill, Wesley Stace/John Wesley Harding, songwriters Kristin Hersh and Bill Janovitz, Claudia Gonson and Sam Davol of Magnetic Fields, One Ring Zero, Dylan in the Movies, and more to come as the series continues.
9 – 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.
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