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First Night for families

Posted by Courtney Hollands  December 30, 2010 02:14 PM

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End the year on a musical, artistic, and fun note at First Night's FedEx Family Festival events, kicking off at noon at the Hynes Convention Center. Get your face painted (1-6 p.m. in Hall C) and check out just some of the highlights:

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The Skyriders

- Neil Horsky – Fluxusignment 57: Roslindale resident and artist Horsky created this exercise bike-powered puppet theater. One person pedals to power a generator light — another person can make shadow puppets against the illuminated backdrop. Oh, the stories we could tell. 1-6 p.m. Room 202

- Skyriders: Everyone expects to look up and see fireworks in the sky on First Night. But at this show it'll be people who soar into the air above the audience. This high-flying acrobatic troupe uses props like wake boards and hula hoops and bounce on trampolines. Kids: Don't try this at home. 1:45-2 p.m.; 3:30-3:45 p.m.; 5:15-5:30 p.m. Hall D

- Ellis Paul: This folk singer-songwriter pens happy tunes for kids (and their parents) about peace and unity. Expect to hear material from his 2007 album "The Dragonfly Races," which Globe correspondent Scott Alarik said "bubbles with buoyant, hummable songs that appeal to kids and parents — and incite good conversations between them." 3:30-4:15 p.m.; 4:45-5:30 p.m. Auditorium

- Morgan White, Jr.: Got a little one who knows it all? Morgan White Jr. will put him to the test. The trivia master will have questions for "triviots" of all ages — that's his term for anyone who appreciates and is interested in trivia. Just try to stump him. 1:30-2:15 p.m.; 2:45-3:30 p.m.; 4-4:45 p.m. Room 310

- Anime Festival: Need a breather? Stop by Room 312 for classic and contemporary Japanese anime — think "Hello Kitty" and "Panda Go Panda" — at this all-day film festival from the New England Anime Society. 1:30-10 p.m. Room 312

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