What's first for ARTS FIRST?

by Mattie Kahn

The emblematic question of ARTS FIRST weekend is always: "What first?" Jammed with a seemingly limitless constellation of creative events to attend, the schedule for the weekend is an aesthetic overload. To help you navigate the embarrassment of riches, I’ve put together this helpful cheat sheet of the extravaganza’s can’t-be-missed happenings:

1. RE:RE:RE Dance Installation Excerpts

  • Pause in front of Widener Library’s majestic steps to watch Harvard students perform excerpts from their RE:RE:RE Dance Installation, choreographed by OFA Dance Director Jill Johnson. A collective meditation on the nature of modern interconnectivity, the piece may make you want to silence your phone for a few hours—or days!

    Friday, 6:45 p.m., Steps of Widener Library

2. Throwing on a Potter’s Wheel

  • Time to get your hands dirty. Join the OFA Ceramic Program for demonstrations using a potter’s wheel. Spectators welcome, but active participants encouraged.

    Saturday, 1 p.m., Science Center Lawn

3. B!tch: A Play about Antigone

  • Catch the modern retelling of the classic Theban tale, updated with the healthy addition of a few expletives.

    Various performances, Farkas Hall

4. Performance Fair Stake-Out: Sanders Theatre

  • Cozy up in your favorite Sanders Theatre spot beginning at 1 p.m. and catch some of the best student performance groups on campus deliver their punchiest pieces in 20-minute intervals. Bach Society Orchestra will be kicking off the extravaganza, but watch out for appearances by Harvard Wind Ensemble, Pops Orchestra, The Krokodiloes, Radcliffe Pitches and the Dunster House Opera

    Saturday, 1-5 p.m. Sanders Theatre

5. HAIR

  • The Harvard-Radcliffe Dramatic Club is staging this iconic musical in the Loeb Experimental Theatre for a five-show run. So let your hair down and reserve your free tickets before they sell out by emailing hairtickets2012@gmail.com.

    Various performances, Loeb Drama Center Experimental Theatre