Fri., April 11, 7-8 p.m., Sat., April 12, 8 a.m.-9:30 p.m. and Sun., April 13, 9 a.m.-6 p.m. 2014
$15-20; $35 festival pass; daytime events free for kids under 12.
With a mission to explore “the art and heart of aging,” the Full Circle Festival reimagines growing old gracefully. The vision of local filmmaker Camilla Rockwell, this weekend fête features nearly 100 events that address the multifaceted journey into the golden years. Aiming to create intergenerational conversation about this life phase, diverse offerings include visual art, performances, music, comedy, workshops and more. Award-winning poet Naomi Shihab Nye (pictured) kicks things off with a reading of her work and the keynote address, “A Shadow or a Friend: How Words Travel With Us All the Way.” The festivities open on Saturday with the construction of a Native American medicine wheel and continue through Sunday, with activities ranging from film, food and fitness to talks, theater and beyond. Filling this comprehensive schedule is a plethora of local talent. Notable acts include the jazz vocal trio Blue Gardenias, who join pianist Tom Cleary in a musical romp through jazz, country and rock. Dance lovers get their thrill with fan favorites Jeh Kulu Dance and Drum Theater, whose West African rhythms keep the beat in a family-friendly show. Coming, well, full circle, the event closes with the medicine wheel, where the stones serve as visual reminders of the human life cycle.