First Night in Boston

Boston’s New Year’s Eve celebration, First Night, is a daylong festival featuring a wide variety of events for all ages, leading up to the arrival of the new year at midnight. The schedule of events is now available at http://firstnight.org/, and there are some events that science fiction and fantasy fans may want to watch out for. (You must purchase a First Night button in order to attend these events.)

The Post-Meridian Radio Players will be performing their live radio dramas at The Orpheum Theatre starting at 7:30pm on December 31st. The performances include:

  • ACT 1: Red Shift: Interplanetary Do-Gooder in “Countdown to Chaos!” — The PMRP bring to the stage their acclaimed original sci-fi comedy adventure program. This sendup of the pulp sci-fi serials of the 1930s and 40s features Red Shift, a licensed Do-Gooder for hire, and his faithful friend and mechanic Lumpy.
  • INTERMISSION: Interactive Foley Demonstration — Members of PMRP’s live sound effects (or Foley) crew will welcome members of the audience up to see how various sound effects are made and even give them a chance to try their hand at making some noise!
  • ACT 2: Arch Oboler’s “Chicken Heart” — The infamous “lost” episode of the seminal horror series Lights Out!, originally broadcast in 1937, and immortalized decades later by Bill Cosby in one of his most famous routines.

For more information about PMRP, a longer description of the radio plays, and cast information, visit http://www.huboftheuniverseproductions.com/events_firstnight09.html.

Anime fans may want to drop by the New England Anime Society’s daylong video marathon, being held in Hynes Convention Center Room 312. A list of what’s being shown is available at http://firstnight.org/FirstNight2009/Events/Evening.aspx (scroll down the page to the New England Anime Society listing).

If all you want to do is visit the outdoor ice sculptures in Copley Square, keep an eye out for “Tarzan and the Temple of the Monkeys.”

Other cities in New England have their own New Year celebrations planned; not all of them have announced their schedules yet, but I’m trying to keep an eye on them. If you know of any big celebrations to check out, please send a tip to nescifievents@gmail.com. Thanks!

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