Summer in the City 2013


summer in the city

Each summer, Cambridge parks come alive with music, dance, storytellers, theatrical performances, puppetry, movies and more! The Cambridge Arts Council, the city of Cambridge’s lead arts agency, presents a wide array of FREE, multicultural, interactive arts programs both day and night for children, families, and the entire community in July and August. Performances are designed for children between the ages of 4 and 11, but are fun and engaging for all ages. Each performance is approximately 45 minutes long.  In many cases, rain sites or dates are designated. The Summer in the City schedule is available online at or by calling the Cambridge Arts Council at 617-349-4380.  See the July Schedule further below.

 Summer in the City

July Summer in the City Event Schedule:

Tuesday, July 9, 10:00AM
Donnelly Field, 61 Willow St. behind the Youth Center
Rain Site: Frisoli Youth Center, 61 Willow St.
A “Hansel & Gretel” game show? A “Red Riding Hood” interrogation? Or perhaps Three Little property-developing-Pigs? Whatever your interpretation may be, your imagination is bound to take flight as you step into the grimm. Fairytales and fables teach morals and lessons that we can easily apply to everyday life, and Into the Grimm is no exception as it instills within us the proper and ethical ways to treat others. In this fantastical production, we see old stories, presented in new and exciting ways.

Thursday, July 11, 10:00AM
Glacken Playground, 600 Huron Ave.
Rain Site: Haggerty School Gym, 110 Cushing St.
At this dynamic concert, Jay Mankita plays fun and funky songs on the electric and acoustic guitar, inviting kids of all ages and their families to participate. In addition to his guitars, Jay uses an innovative, foot-driven percussion ring that he has designed from found objects, recycled materials, and old drum gear. Appearing on the Putumayo label and often broadcasted in other countries, Mankita’s songs have traveled the world and reached over 100 nations. His ‘Junk Food Man’ song is on the Grammy-nominated CD, Healthy Food For Thought and his music has been performed and recorded by dozens of artists. Jay, himself, has recorded six albums, and has performed for over a million-and-a-half children and their families over the past twenty-five years.

Tuesday, July 16, 10:00AM
Danehy Park near 87 Sherman St.
Rain Site: Vassal Lane Upper School, 197 Vassal Ln.
As a part of their dedication to the green movement, nationally touring “bike-powered” band, Melodeego, has created the Clean Green Music Machine Show, which combines original music, visuals, and witty dialogue to both entertain and educate kids about the environment. The program focuses on energy, and the effects it has on nature, encouraging us to conserve and create clean-energy. Through opportunities to pedal Melodeego’s bike-powered sound system, not only do kids get to witness first-hand electricity generation, but they are also able to produce clean energy, themselves, deriving inspiration from songs like “Turn it on, Turn it up” and “Better Ways,” in which they rock out to lyrics that attempt to prove the influence that these youngins do, in fact, have.“I know you’re just a kid, but please listen to what I say, together we can save the earth, doing just one thing today.” That “one thing” becomes clearer throughout the performance as the audience is taught enlightening facts about conservation. Left excited to take action and thirsty for change, kids walk away from Peter Malagodi’s Melodeego with a sense of self-importance, and the healthy new urge to be green.

Thursday, July 18, 10:00AM
Joan Lorentz Park, 449 Broadway
Rain Site: Main Branch Cambridge Library, 449 Broadway
George Saterial’s magic  travels across the country and around the world, entertaining audiences large and small with his unique blend of award-winning music. He has appeared on the CBS Early Show, at Sesame Street’sFun to be One” celebration, and performs regularly at Universal Studios’City Walk.” His reputation has earned him some of Magic’s highest awards and honors, and has additionally gotten him voted as Boston’s Favorite Family Entertainer two years in a row by Boston Parents’ Paper.

Tuesday, July 23, 10:00AM
Sennott Park, intersection of Norfolk St. & Broadway
Rain Site: Cambridgeport School, 89 Elm 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. With egg shakers, tambourines and "maracas," kids keep the beat through rhythms like "chacareras," "corridos," Latin swing, bossa nova, and more!

Thursday, July 25, 10:00AM
Hoyt Field, 12 Gilmore St. behind Willis Moore Youth Center
Rain Site: Cambridge Community Center, 5 Callender St.
Combining balloon artistry, magic, comedy, and improvisation, Jungle Jim creates an unforgettable experience for children. Kids are given a series of safari adventure challenges and if they pass (which we know they will!), they will witness a fantastic finale.

Tuesday, July 30, 10:00AM
Raymond Park, Intersection of Raymond St. & Upland St.
Rain Site: Graham and Parks School/Linnaean Community School, 44 Linnaean St.
Rolie Polie Guacamole is a hip band from Brooklyn, NY whose high energy and interactive shows mix funk, rock, and folk music that mash original tunes about natural living, healthy eating, and staying active. Loyal to their artistic sensibilities, the band is unique in its application of its own musical preferences to childhood themes.  An east coast and Midwest hit, Rolie Polie Guacamole also has top picks by, Time Out Kids NY, and Time Out Kids Chicago, and has had their latest album “Houses of the Moly” win a Parents’ Choice Silver Award as well as a NAPPA Honor’s Award.



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