Summer in the City

                       Summer In The City pics from 2013

Each summer, Cambridge parks come alive with music, dance, storytelling, theater, puppetry, movies and more!
Cambridge Arts offers a wide array of FREE, multicultural, interactive arts programs, performances, and activities both day and night for children, families, and the entire community.

SUMMER 2014 Schedule


Tuesday, July 8, 10am

Ding-Dong: Quién Es? - Playing & Learning Latin Rhythms

@Donnelly Field: Next to King Open School – Berkshire St / York St
Rain Site: King Open School Auditorium: 850 Cambridge St
Families with music loving children of all ages are invited to join Cambridge-based singer Maura Mendoza and guitarist Jeremy Quick for a bilingual interactive show. Kids will experience keeping the beat with Latin American rhythms like chacareras, corridos, Latin swing, bossa nova, and more!

Thursday, July 10, 10am

Mohamad Kalifa Tri

@ Glacken Field: Fresh Pond Reservation - Huron Ave / Holworthy St
Rain Site: Haggerty School Gym: 110 Cushing St
Mohammad Kalifa Kamara and his trio perform drumming and dance of his native village in Guinea West Africa. Come sing African songs, share in the drumming and join dancers as they twirl to the rhythms of their ancestors. Mohammad Kalifa Kamara has performed throughout Africa and Europe and was director of African Ballet of Gambia.

Tuesday, July 15, 10am

Vic and Sticks

@ Father Callanan Playground: Next to Tobin School - Concord Ave / Fern St
Rain Site: Tobin School Auditorium: 197 Vassal Lane
Vic and Sticks is a husband and wife team, Vicki and Rick Ethier, bringing songs from the “comic side of life!” With Vicki on vocals, harmonica and kazoo and Rick on antique washboard and suitcase percussion, their unique Vic and Sticks songs are performed with a vintage/vaudeville recycled rhythm beat. Children become part of the band in this interactive family music show!

Thursday, July 17, 10am

Little Red Wagon “The Nightingale”

@ Clement G. Morgan Park: Columbia St / Washington St
Rain Site: Fletcher Maynard Academy Gym: 225 Windsor St
Adapted from the 1843 story by Hans Christian Andersen, Little Red Wagon's Nightingale is a reimagined telling of this Danish fairy tale. Through movement and music, the story portrays an emperor who neglects the beauty of his faithful, real nightingale in favor of a bejeweled, mechanical nightingale.

Tuesday, July 22, 10am

Mariale Dance Fusion and Boston Dance Company

@Magazine Beach: Memorial Dr / Magazine St
Rain Site: Morse Community School Cafeteria: 40 Granite St
Mariale Dance Fusion was created to enrich the community by fostering passion for and knowledge of dance, performance and arts. Join us for a short performance of original choreography, followed by a basic Salsa/Cha Cha class for all ages.

Thursday, July 24, 10am

Li Min Mo

@ John A Ahern Field: Next to Kennedy Longfellow School – Fulkerson St / Charles St
Rain Site: Kennedy Longfellow School Auditorium: 158 Spring St
Join Li Min Mo for a presentation of traditional folklore and nursery rhymes from China, Korea and Vietnam Learn taiqi and chi-kung and participate in a traditional Chinese dragon parade or lantern parade.

Tuesday, July 29, 10am

Inkas Wasi

@ Sennott Park: Broadway / Norfolk St
Rain Site: Cambridgeport School Gym: 89 Elm St
Inkas Wasi dancers in colorful Andean attire perform dances of Peru and Central America. The music of Inkas Wasi features panpipes, guitars, charango, drums and other traditional instruments. Learn traditional dance steps and enjoy the beautiful music of an ancient culture.

Thursday, July 31, 10am

Flying Turtles and Talking Bears: Animal Adventure Tales

@ Donnelly Field: Next to King Open School – Berkshire / York St
Rain Site: King Open School Auditorium: 850 Cambridge St
Come celebrate indigenous cultures through participatory stories, songs and a circle dance. Hear the story of "The First Bats" (Maya), "How Turtle Flew South for the Winter" (Dakota) and "The Wisdom of Nature" (Swahili). Participants sing along to the accompaniment of guitar and drum and dance to the rhythm of rattles. Performer Michael Caduto, who is well-known for his cast of humorous action characters and animated voices, will immerse you in the world of stories.  


BOOMTOWN – A Summer Concert Series

Multicultural Arts Center
41 Second Street
East Cambridge, MA 02141

Monday, July 28, 7 PM -  Sol Y Canto

Since 1994 Sol y Canto has brought audiences to their feet from the Kennedy Center to the White House. The ensemble, led by Puerto Rican/Argentine singer/ bongo player Rosi Amador and New Mexican guitarist/composer Brian Amador, features Rosi's crystalline voice and Brian's lush Spanish guitar and creative arrangements. Rosi and Brian will be joined by bassist Keala Kaumeheiwa and special guest Alisa Amador.

Tuesday, July 29, 7 PM - Lisa Thorson

Known for her heartfelt renditions of standards and originals, vocalist Thorson brings a “grand…sassy and seductive” style to her music.” (Boston Globe) She’s appeared internationally at festivals, clubs and concerts with her duo, quartet and quintet. The popularity of her quartet – composed of acclaimed performing and recording artists – can be attributed to their spirited kinship over 25+ years of working together. They share the writing duties with her, creating music and arrangements that draw on the rich lexicon of jazz, giving a nod to the past and a look to the future.

Wednesday, July 30, 7 PM - Revolutionary Snake Ensemble

Led by saxophonist Ken Field, Revolutionary Snake Ensemble (RSE) is a costumed funk/street beat improvisational brass band performing a unique blend of original and traditional music. Spreading the gospel of groove far and near and using the raucous rhythms of the New Orleans brass tradition as a launching pad, the Boston band has forged a volatile and unbridled sound that's captured in all of its expressive glory on its third album, Live Snakes (Accurate Records).

Thursday, July 31, 7 PM - Jetro Da Silva Group

Jetro da Silva, jazz pianist, music director, and producer, will join forces with singer extraordinaire Nimma Xiomara (Xiomara Barbosa) for a concert that showcases her talent as an interpreter of the music of Cabo Verde, Brazil, the US, and da Silva’s skills and his experiences as a soloist and vocal accompanist. The concert will be filled with improvisational musical ideas, with a repertoire that will include many musical influences and traditions from several African countries, Europe, Brazil, Cabo Cape Verde and the US.

These events are free and open to the public and will be held at the Multicultural Arts Center

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August Events:

Tuesday, August 5, 10am

Johnny Fireseed and the Junkyard Dogs

@ Dana Park: Magazine St / McTernan St
Rain Site: Morse Community School Cafeteria: 40 Granite St
Johnny Fireseed & The Junkyard Dogs uses instruments made entirely from trash, recycling, and re-purposed items to perform original music with an upbeat eco-message. Landfills and "locally harvested trash" were the birthplace of these beautiful and sometimes whimsical, professional grade handcrafted "trash" instruments. The band engages audiences, sharing their eco-message of joy, fun, and new ways of thinking about consumption and waste far and wide!

Thursday, August 7, 7pm

Central Square Business Association Movie Night
Featuring ImprovBoston

@ Jill Brown-Rhone Park: 900 Main Street
Join in an evening of sidesplitting comedic entertainment with ImprovBoston’s National Touring Company, then stay for a family friendly movie where the laughs continue and spontaneous dance-offs my occur. ImprovBoston is New England's premiere comedy theater and training ground. ImprovBoston shows are created with the audience and for the audience you resulting in a live interactive comedy experience you will never forget!
Movie Hint: Breakdance to save the Community Rec Center in this infamous 1984 sequel.

Tuesday, August 12, 10am

The Rhythm Room

@ Bergin Park: Pemberton St / Haskell St
Rain Site: Fitzgerald Community School Auditorium: 70 Rindge Ave
The Rhythm Room interweaves the energy and power of percussion with dynamic vocals to create an explosive, captivating show. The Rhythm Room, first formed in 2006, is an all original world/pop/rock music group. The Rhythm Room performs on stages ranging from the theatre to the corporate world, most recently competing in the 95.5 WBRU Rock Hunt (2013 finalist), the Cardi’s Furniture Battle of the Big Break Bands (2013 finalist), and corporations such as Amway and New England Grows. Come hear songs off their most recent Grammy nominated album, “Groove Infusion,” and get your infusion of groove into the summer!

Thursday, August 14, 7pm

East Cambridge Business Association Movie Night
Featuring Jenny the Juggler

@ East Cambridge Savings Bank Parking Lot: 292 Cambridge St
Jenny the Juggler is honored to be Boston’s Best (“and ONLY!”) Female Professional Juggler since 1997, transforming events into fabulous experiences with unforgettable memories for Kids “AND People!” Jenny’s fabulous variety show, surprising wit and myriad of tricks will bring out a smile in everyone!
Movie Hint: Hint: A brave archeologist seeks a lost Ark.

Tuesday, August 19, 10am

Squirrel Stole My Underpants Featuring Bonnie Duncan

@ Sacramento Field: Sacramento St
Rain Site: Baldwin Community School Gym: 28 Sacramento St
Sylvie is sent to the backyard to hang up the laundry. The moment her back is turned, a mischievous squirrel steals her favorite piece of clothing and runs off. When Sylvie gives chase, an entire world emerges from her laundry basket, and curious characters show her the way through mysterious lands. Will our lonely heroine rescue her underpants and discover the magic within herself? Join us on this adventure to find out!

Thursday, August 21, 7pm

Inman Square Business Association Movie Night

Featuring Dan Butterworth’s Carnaval del Mundo
@ East Cambridge Savings Bank Parking Lot: 1310 Cambridge St
Carnaval del Mundo is a unique experience in puppet theater: a true World Carnival of music, dance, and magic. A parade of characters to delight viewers of all ages moves from the highly decorated stage up in the air and right out into the audience. The stage itself is a puppet. Large pieces move up and out as the show celebrates its conclusion. The performance begins with the magical creation of a marionette character. These marionettes are 'state of the art'- hand carved and costumed with 16 moving pieces and up to 18 strings. They can dance, fly, leap, and spin. Professional musicians have recorded the music including pathos, humor, and strong dance rhythms.
Movie Hint: Be reminded of the babe with Sarah, Ludo and Hoggle.

Tuesday, August 26, 10am

Linda Peck’s Van Gogh Starry Night

@ Greene-Rose Heritage Park: Harvard St / Moore St
Rain Site: Lobby/Rec room of The Community Art Center: 119 Windsor St
A variety and magic show involving audience participation and inspired by Vincent Van Gogh’s world famous painting, Starry Night.

Thursday, August 28, 7pm

Kendall Square Business Association Movie Night
Featuring Cocek! Brass Band

@ Volpe National Transportation Systems Center Lawn: 55 Broadway
Balkan brass band and dancers in full costume lead the family around in traditional Balkan style dance and
Movie Hint: Do you want to build a snowman with Elsa and Anna?

Sunday, August 31, 3pm

Bread and Puppet Theater

@ Magazine Beach: Memorial Drive / Magazine St
The award-winning Bread and Puppet Theater, from Vermont’s Northeast Kingdom, presents their signature Circus featuring a unique visually rich slapstick style of street-theater that is filled with huge puppets made of paper maché and cardboard, along with masked characters, political commentary, and a lively brass band for accompaniment. The Circus, for children of all ages, addresses pertinent national and international issues in a rowdy clownish fashion, including rotten ideas, solemn salutes to the world's casualties, and much more! Some of the circus acts may be politically puzzling to adults, but usually an accompanying kid can explain what’s going on. The audience is welcome to examine all the masks and puppets after the performance.