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ARTS FIRST is Harvard's annual showcase of student and faculty creativity at venues across the campus. Produced by the Office for the Arts, with support from the Board of Overseers of Harvard College, the festival is a public event with many free performances and activities for Harvard and community members of all ages.

ARTS FIRST 2014, May 1-4

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    ARTS FIRST 2014: May 1-4

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    Volunteers needed from 11 AM-5:30 PM on Saturday May 3 for the Performance Fair.

    Be a part of Harvard's spring arts festival, now in its 22nd year! Volunteers needed for the festival's Performance Fair from 11 AM-5:30 PM on Saturday, May 3. Join in the fun and get a free T-shirt!

    For more information, email Moira Pirsch, Associate Project Manager, at arts@fas

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    2013 Harvard Arts Medalist: actor, writer, producer Matt Damon '92
    Thursday, 4.25.13

    Party on the Plaza: Dine and Dance with the Nostalgics
    Friday, 4.26.13

    Performance Fair kickoff on the Plaza: MANKIWMANIA (watch the video)
    Saturday, 4.27.13
    Beethoven's 5th (1st movement): River Charles Ensemble with guest conductor Gregory Mankiw, Professor of Economics, assisted by John Lithgow '67 and the Hasty Pudding Theatricals. buzz> info>

    Performance Fair, DanceFest on the Plaza, & VES Film Showcase
    120 free events in 4 hours at 12 venues!
    4.27.13

    Free Matt Damon movies on The Plaza
    Good Will Hunting | The Bourne Identity

    Maestro Mankiw

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