By Howard Pousner
The Mad Hatter 2010 event Saturday at the Woodruff Arts Center promises a morning of eccentric, family-friendly fun, creative chapeaus optional.
Colorful garb is encouraged for guests at this second annual participatory arts gathering that borrows its name, and a little of the antic spirit, from the Mad Hatter character in Lewis Carroll’s “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland.”
It’s a fund-raiser for Young Audiences, the Woodruff division that presents educational arts programming in schools across Georgia. For parents, the event is a bit of a sampler platter of what their kids get to experience at Young Audiences programs in classrooms, cafeterias or auditoriums.
Performers will include musician Eric Litwin, author of the popular children’s book “Pete the Cat: I Love My White Shoes” (performing with musical storyteller Michael Levine), and Tip Tap Two, a duo that will show kids how to make music with their feet.
Interactive arts-making activities include creating silly hats, puppets, tambourines and even Mad Hatter-worthy edible teacups.
Cartoon Network artist Bryan Mon will lead a cartooning workshop. And DJ Willy Wow, who recently performed at the White House Easter Egg Roll, will provide music mixes to get hips — and hats — shaking.
The Mad Hatter 2010
10 a.m.-noon Saturday (doors open at 9:45 a.m.) at Woodruff Arts Center, 1280 Peachtree St., Atlanta. Tickets — $12 advance, $15 door — available at the Woodruff box office or woodruffcentertickets.org. 404-733-5000.