The concept of the First Night festival took hold in Boston 35 years ago. This year, most of the events lean toward the cultural, but the celebration also offers free admission to the Museum of Science Boston for the first 500 button holders. (The $15 buttons get you into most of the events, which are spread all over town.) The Children’s Museum offers admission to all button holders.
Earlier in the afternoon, kids can squeeze a little science ed in at the DinoMan performance:
Have no fear, Dinoman is here! With magic, merry mayhem, and magnificent props, the audience is taken on a trip throughout the mesozoic era.
Or, check out the Festival of International Short Films at the Museum of Fine Arts
A collection of recent short films from all over the world, curated by the MFA Film Department. Check back soon for titles and schedule.
Fisher by Yoram Benz (US, 2011). Fisher lives alone in his small cabin at the edge of the sea. When he’s accidentally pushed out to sea, he discovers a whole new world underwater.
Casus Belli by Yorgos Zois (Greece, 2011). People from all walks of life create the world’s longest human queue.
The Storyteller by Nanita Jain (UK, 2011). Seven-year-old Nirmala attempts to grapple with the demons of her grandfather’s dementia when he starts to forget the details of her favorite story.
Dimanches (Sundays) by Valéry Rosier (Belgium, 2011). A look at how mankind faces the passage of time.
An installation of algorithmic music exploring sound and visual mapping different classes of cellular automata