St. Louis' First Night fun will end with a bang

News-DemocratDecember 26, 2013 

Ice shavings will be flying at St. Louis' First Night celebration in Grand Center.

This year's big outdoor act is Extreme Ice, an ice-carving show by two master carvers wielding chainsaws, axes and other tools.

"It's really high-energy," said Travis Howser, director of Grand Center events. "They move around fast, and they'll be lit in a really cool way. They'll make three sculptures."

First Night is an alcohol-free visual and performing arts festival that gives people an alternative to traditional New Year's Eve parties. Performances and hands-on activities range from music and art to dance and magic.

The event will take place from 6 to 11:45 p.m. Tuesday. The New Year countdown begins at 11:30 p.m. and ends at midnight with fireworks shot from St. Louis University's parking garage roof at Lindell and Compton.

"Everything outdoors is free," Howser said. "You can walk around and enjoy the shows, activities, food vendors, photo booths, a whole variety of things."

Buttons are required for admittance to 12 indoor venues, such as St. Louis University Busch Student Center, Scottish Rite Auditorium, Sheldon Concert Hall and St. Francis Xavier College Church. They cost $10 for adults and $5 for children 6-12 in advance or $12 and $6 on Tuesday.

This is the 22nd year the festival has been held in St. Louis and the 12th year in Grand Center. Last year, about 13,000 people attended.

"We had icy, snowy weather, but people still showed up," Howser said, noting the crowd tops 20,000 some years.

At a glance

What: First Night at Grand Center

Where: Grand Center district of St. Louis (near Fox Theatre)

When: 6 to 11:45 p.m. Tuesday followed by fireworks at midnight

Buttons: $10 for adults and $5 for children 6-12 in advance (First Night Button Shop on Grand, St. Louis University Busch Student Center or online); $12 and $6 on Tuesday

Information: Call 314-289-1521 or visit the website at grandcenter.org or Facebook and Twitter pages

First Night at Grand Center schedule

OUTSIDE (free)

6 p.m. -- Opening ceremony

6 to 11:30 p.m. -- Fish Eye Fun photo booth

6 to 11:55 p.m. -- STL250 Celebration activities

6:50 to 7:15 p.m. -- St. Louis Elite Flyers

7 to 7:25 p.m. -- Master illusionist Keith Jozsef

7:30 to 7:50 p.m. -- Extreme Ice carving show

7:30 to 8:15 p.m. -- Video D.J. Abel

7:30 to 11:30 p.m. -- Dance Tent on Grand

7:50 to 8:15 p.m. -- St. Louis Elite Flyers

8:15 to 8:40 p.m. -- Extreme Ice carving show

8:40 to 9:05 p.m. -- Master illusionist Keith Jozsef

8:50 to 9:15 p.m. -- St. Louis Elite Flyers

9:05 to 9:45 p.m. -- Video D.J. Abel

9:45 to 10:10 p.m. -- Extreme Ice carving show

10:10 to 10:30 p.m. -- St. Louis Elite Flyers

10:10 to 10:50 p.m. -- Video D.J. Abel

10:50 to 11:15 p.m. -- Master illusionist Keith Jozsef

11:15 to 11:40 p.m. -- Extreme Ice carving show

11:40 to 11:55 p.m. -- Video D.J. Abel

Midnight -- Fireworks

INSIDE (buttons required)

6 to 10 p.m. -- Extremely Green Make and Take crafts

6 to 10 p.m. -- Fantasy Faces airbrush art

6:15 to 6:45 p.m. -- Claire the Clown

6:30 to 7 p.m. -- Puppeteer Tom Bonham

6:30 to 7 p.m. -- Musical Tribute to Swing Jazz Legends

6:30 to 7 p.m. -- The Muny Kids Holiday Troupe

6:30 to 7 p.m. -- STL250 Songwriter Contest winner Half Dead Jeff

6:30 to 7:30 p.m. -- Classic soul by Brian Owens

6:30 to 7:30 p.m. -- Joseph Dreyer and Rosemary Watts cabaret

6:30 to 7:30 p.m. -- Death by Tickle extreme juggling

7 to 7:45 p.m. -- Babaloo children's musical comedy

7 to 8 p.m. -- Hypnotist Brian Imbus

7 to 8 p.m. -- Rapture Gospel Choir

7 to 10 p.m. -- Craft Alliance Creations

7:15 to 8 p.m. -- Historical storytelling by Annette Harrison

7:30 to 8:30 p.m. -- UMSL Percussion Ensemble and Friends

7:45 to 8:45 p.m. -- Eileen Gannon and Friends traditional Irish trio

7:45 to 8:15 p.m. -- Ashleyliane Dance Company

8 to 8:30 p.m. -- Claire the Clown

8 to 9 p.m. -- Blues and gospel by Kim Massie

8 to 9 p.m. -- Death by Tickle extreme juggling

8 to 9 p.m. -- Brazilian rhythms by Samba Born

8:15 to 8:45 p.m. -- Puppeteer Tom Bonham

8:15 to 9:15 p.m. -- International music by Farshid Etniko

8:45 to 9:45 p.m. -- Hypnotist Brian Imbus

9 to 10 p.m. -- First Night Super Jam All-Stars

9:15 to 10:15 p.m. -- Mound City Slickers string band

9:15 to 9:45 p.m. -- Metro Dance Company

9:15 to 10:15 p.m. -- Death by Tickle extreme juggling

9:15 to 10:15 p.m. -- Will Robinson's Tribute to Stevie Wonder

9:30 to 10:15 p.m. -- Babaloo children's musical comedy

9:30 to 10:15 p.m. -- Historical storytelling by Annette Harrison

9:30 to 10:30 p.m. -- Classic soul by Brian Owens

9:30 to 10:30 p.m. -- Holiday music by Dizzy Atmosphere

10:30 to 11:30 p.m. -- Hypnotist Brian Imbus

10:30 to 11:30 p.m. -- Rock band Brothers Lazaroff

10:45 to 11:15 p.m. -- Sabina England and Loren D. Poetry Slam

10:45 to 11:45 p.m. -- Electronic music by Eric Hall

10:45 to 11:45 p.m. -- World Music by Mario Pascal and Band

10:45 p.m. -- Blues and gospel by Kim Massie

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