34th ANNUAL CAMBRIDGE RIVER FESTIVAL
Saturday, June 1, 2013, 12:00 Noon - 6:00 p.m.
(Severe Weather Date, Sunday, June 2, 2013)
CONNECT: Folk & Roots Stage
Location: Weeks Footbridge at DeWolfe Street (Riverside)
Coordinators: TOAD and The Lizard Lounge
Host: Tom Bianchi, Cambridge-based Musician
Abbie Barrett & the Last Date
Barrett draws on a wide range of influences—everything from Pink Floyd and Radiohead to Neil Young and Aimee Mann. Her band has been featured regularly on WXRV The River’s “Homegrown” program, and in American Songwriter and Performing Songwriter magazines. Last month, they were nominated for "Best in the State" by the New England Acoustic Music Awards. In 2008, the International Acoustic Music Awards gave Barrett runner-up in the category of Best Female Artist.
Rusty Belle describe themselves as "dirty kids with badminton guitars making a backyard hootenanny; a middle yard secret meeting in the clubhouse under the rhododendrons with cookpot helmets and broomstick getaways." Seven Days in Burlington says, "They're a little bit country, a little bit rock'n'roll, a little bit old-timey and a whole lotta weird. But in a good way. This quartet mashes genres as if they they were tasty little sonic potatoes."
Annie & The Beekeepers
Annie and the Beekeepers, currently including multi-instrumentalists, Annie Lynch, Jeni Magana, Javier Cruz, and Keenan O’Meara, are a group of college peers turned internationally touring Americana group. Based in Brooklyn by way of Boston, , their music hails from somewhere between Liverpool and Harlan county. They have performed at SXSW, Philadelphia Folk Festival, Boston Folk Festival, UK's End of The Road, Bristol Ryhthm and Roots Reunion, and have shared stages with Josh Ritter, Justin Townes Earl, The Low Anthem, David Wax Museum and Joe Pug amongst others. since their 2007 debut Annie and The Beekeepers have released two albums and an EP, including their brand new recent full-length, "My Bonneville", titled after Annie's first car. Annie and The Beekepers have received wide ranging critical praise from publications like The Boston Globe, Washington Post, American Songwriter, Paste Magazine, and Filter. Performer Magazine refers to"My Bonneveille" as “American roots music, sweetly intimate with vast boot-stomping songwriting”.
Todd Thibaud Band
Todd Thibaud is a Vermont born, Boston based Singer-Songwriter who’s songs are a slice of what life is really like...the pains and pleasures, love lost and life reborn. Using songwriters like Elvis Costello, Neil Finn, Johnny Cash and John Hiatt for inspiration,
Thibaud has built a sound that is entirely his own. His music is meshed with elements of Americana, Folk, Country and Roots Pop Rock, making it seem at once familiar and new. After fronting his band, “Courage Brothers” and releasing two independent records in the early ‘90’s (Something Strong & Wood), Thibaud went solo and recorded two critically lauded albums for Doolittle Records, 1997's “Favorite Waste of Time” (produced by Bostonian musician Kevin Salem) and 1999's “Little Mystery” (Co-produced with Jim Scott). In addition to various live recordings and DVD’s he’s since released four more studio recordings, 2002’s “Squash”, 2005’s “Northern Skies” (Both produced by Adam Steinberg- Patty Griffin, Dixie Chicks), 2008's self produced “Broken” and his most recent, "Waterfall"(Produced by Ed Valauskas), out Spring 2013. He tours throughout Europe regularly in both full band and acoustic formats and performs regionally at home in the U.S.
The Four Legged Faithful
The Four Legged Faithful are a band made up of 4 ordinary men who all thrive on playing music together. Their aim is not to play traditional folk or bluegrass music, but instead to create beautiful, heart-felt, and genuine music using traditional folk/bluegrass instruments. They create a sound that is honest and reflects the band's many musical influences from nearly all genres. All members sing; creating multiple combinations of 2, 3, and 4-part harmonies. All members write and sing songs about their thoughts, families, and the natural world that surrounds them. For a band without a drummer, The Four Legged Faithful achieve an incredible level of intensity using foot percussion and layered rhythms throughout every measure.
Girls Guns and Glory
Girls Guns and Glory is a celebration of sweet and tasty, fun lovin' music that is simultaneously casual and complex. The band combines elements of old school country, early rock ‘n’ roll, and americana to deliver their own brand of music. GGG's tremendous stage presence, coupled with phenomenal vocals, and a slammin’ live set has garnered this Massachusetts band four Boston Music Awards and led to a nearly constant touring in the US and Europe. Girls Guns and Glory is one of the best live alt-country bands playing today. This show is not to be missed.
CREATE: Jazz, R&B, and World Music Stage
LINEUP AND INVORMATION
Location: Weld Boathouse at JFK Street (Riverside)
Coordinator: The Jazz Club at the Multicultural Arts Center
Host: Shelley Neill, Executive Director, Multicultural Arts Center
TIM RAY -PIANO, EUGENE FRIESEN - CELLO & GREG HOPKINS - TRUMPET and FLUGELHORN
Whether reinventing jazz standards, breathing fresh life into classical repertoire, or premiering their own original works, Tre Corda generates a compelling sound all its own. Their works blend composition and improvisation in new and unexpected ways, using the musical vocabulary of classical composers like Bartok and Stravinsky, as well as songs and ideas from the worlds of jazz and popular musics. Cellist Eugene Friesen’s dynamic rhythms and incredible array of bowing and plucking techniques, trumpeter Greg Hopkins’s virtuosic leaps and outrageous genre-bending phrases, and pianist Tim Ray’s lyric melodicism and two-fisted pyrotechnics - these are just a few of the ways Tre Corda concerts have satisfied and delighted audiences with both jazz and classical expectations. More info on Tre Corda at AgitatedCatMusic.com.
Modern Impression: The Ron Savage Trio
Personnel: RON SAVAGE - DRUMS, RON MAHDI - BASS, JETRO DASILVA - Piano
The Ron Save Trio features three outstanding musicians. Ron Savage, who in addition to serving as the Chair of the Ensemble Department at Berklee College of Music, has worked with Mulgrew Miller, Gary Bartz, Johnny Griffin, Joe Zawinul, Albert King, Art Farmer, Nennana Freelon, James Williams, Bill Pierce, James Moody and many others. Ron Mahdi who has performed with Roy Haynes, Chet Baker, Donald Harrisonand others, Jetro daSilva, known for a 10-year stint as Whitney Houston's pianist, and Modern Impression marks the group's efforts to seamlessly mesh music from throughout the African diaspora including; bebop, swing, gospel, African R & B and Brazilian music into a fresh new sound.
Marco Pignataro Jazzet
MARCO PIGNATARO – TENOR & SOPRANO SAX, LASZLO GARDONY– PIANO, ALLAN CHASE -ALTO & BARI SAX - MATT MARVUGLIO – FLUTE, JOHN LOCKWOOD – BASS, YORON ISRAEL – DRUMS
Marco Pignataro, who in addition to his latest CD Sofia's Heart and work with Eddie Gomez, John Patitucci, Ben Street, George Garzone, Billy Drummond and others, is also the Managing Director of the Berklee Global Jazz Institute at Berklee College of Music. Matt Marvuglio, Dean of the Performance Division at Berklee College of Music, along with the brilliant Allan Chase, the master drummer Yoron Israel and exceptional John Lockwood round out this unique assemblage of master musicians.
Kevin Harris Project
PERSONNEL: KEVIN HARRIS – PIANO, RON MAHDI – BASS, JERRY BERGONZI – TENOR SAXOPHONE, TERRI LYNE CARRINGTON - DRUMS
When the unmistakable musical influences of Thelonious Monk, Danilo Perez, and Charlie Parker intersect with J.S. Bach, Scott Joplin, and the folkloric rhythms of Cuba, could one possibly conceptualize the celebration that occurs at that intersection? Boston-based jazz pianist Kevin Harris plays a distinctive combination of traditional and contemporary music that seeks to explore such a crossroads. Jazztimes magazine says “Harris possesses a spare style and gentle touch” and the Boston Globe quotes that “Harris has worked to refine the creative push and pull of a music that demands it. Drummer, composer, producer and clinician, Terri Lyne Carrington has worked with luminaries like Herbie Hancock, Wayne Shorter, Al Jarreau, Stan Getz, David Sanborn, Joe Sample, Cassandra Wilson, Clark Terry, Dianne Reeves and others.
Joel Larue Smith Afro Cuban Jazz Trio
JOEL LARUE SMITH – PIANO, FERNANDO HUERGO – BASS, TAGO MICHELIN - DRUMS
Smith's voice resonates strongly, clearly presenting his concept as composer, performer, and arranger with focused intensity. His compositions dance around Afro-Cuban rhythms and traditional jazz ideals with a knowledgeable movement that reflects a solid foundation in both worlds. His ideas often place one foot in each genre, placing his compositions firmly in clave while his band interprets them with the loose freedom of swing."(Chip Boaz, The Latin Jazz Corner). The Joel Larue Smith Trio has performed both nationally and internationally. Most recently, the trio has performed in the 2010 & 2011 Guatemala International Jazz Festival; the 2011 Costa Rican International Jazz Festival; the 2010 Hellenic Music Festival, Athens; Jazz Dock, Prague; The Blue Frog, Mumbai; in a 2010 Czech Republic Tour.
ENGAGE: Dance Stage
LINEUP & INFORMATION
Location: Memorial Drive across from Flagg Street on the river side
Coordinator: José Mateo Ballet Theatre/Dance for World Community
Host: Alice Hunter, Cambridge-based choreographer/instructor
José Mateo Ballet Theatre Youthworks
Youthworks is a unique performing group of talented students in JMBT's Young Dancers Program, selected by audition to present public performances. The goals of Youthworks are to bring ballet to diverse audiences and provide pre-professional students with extensive performance experience. Comprised of students ages 14 to 18, Youthworks presents original works created by choreographer, José Mateo, at venues and festivals throughout Massachusetts.
1000 Virtues Dance
My name is Chien-hwe, which literally translates into "1000 virtues." I started tai-chi when I was 3, ballet with Irene Merrill when I was 7, teaching at the age of 14, and I have since been hooked on the virtues of movement & dance. A certified yoga instructor, graduate and performer with the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, recipient of the Emerging Artist Award 2012 from Green Street Studios, Top 100 dancers of 2009 for So You Think You Dance Dance Boston, and recent founder and artistic director for 1000 Virtues Dance, I invite you to come and play with me in movement lab. You don't need to know how to pick up fancy dance moves. You don't even need to have ever taken a dance class. You just need to want to move. You're in for serious fun.
Founded in 1994 by Shaumba Yandje Dibinga, OrigiNation's mission is to utilize innovative dance instruction, performance opportunities, and other effective strategies to promote self-esteem, leadership development, physical fitness and self-sufficiency among youth. Based in Roxbury, MA, OrigiNation is home to four professional youth companies - NIA Dance Troupe, Girlz of IMANI, IMANI Jr and Aleye Boyz Troupe. They
are known for their high-energy performances and will entertain the audience with spoken word, African, hip hop, modern contemporary dance, and an interactive piece with audience members.
Salsa y Control Dance Company
"Salsay Control" originated in 1999 with Johnny and Andres, two brothers who perform amazing duets with unique, intricate salsa footwork combinations. Salsa y Control later expanded to include partner dance performances with Johnny & Felicita. In 2003, the three established what we know today as "Salsa y Control Dance Company." Their drive came from the desire to inspire others to express inner emotion through the art of dance.
MASs Dance Project
MASs Dance Project's performance is participatory geared to children and families. The program is designed to introduce the art of dance with the use of music, short stories and movement. The performance creates a special magic to spark the imagination of all who participate, both adults and children. It's also a whole lot of fun.
MASs Dance Project's mission is to bring to the community the art of dance through observation and participation. MASs Dance Project believes that dance should be enjoyed in a non-competitive environment by people of all ages and levels of ability.
Etnia Fusion & Friends
About the Artist: Nefertiti, born in Venezuela of Japanese - Scandinavian - Spanish Gypsy descent, is an accomplished mixed media artist, with a diplomatic background who has been dedicated to promote world culture through dance performances, instruction, martial arts and weaponry. Her eclectic style and passion for cultural diversity have been featured in television stations, newspapers and magazines in her native land as well as in the U.S.A. Founder of Etnia Fusion, a company highlighted in 55 major cultural events and high profile festivals through Washington State, South FL, Massachusetts and Oregon. She is the newest addition to the Columbia Center for the Arts in Hood River, OR where she has been kindly invited to be resident artist. This is her second year joining River Festival.
About the Company: Etnia Fusion by Nefertiti is a company dedicated to promote and cultivate culture from different ethnic groups through dance performances, martial arts, weaponry, instruction, music and functional art. With more than 55 successful participations at major cultural events and high profile festivals in Washington State, South Florida, Massachusetts and recently Oregon, Etnia Fusion repertoire’s has been featured on television stations, newspapers and magazines. This year the company is being showcased as the newest addition to the Columbia Center for the Arts in Hood River, OR. The debut included
Boston Swing Central
Boston Swing Central is a dancer-formed, non-profit, volunteer-run organization dedicated to promoting positive and fun swing dancing experiences in Boston. Boston Swing Central's primary mission is to keep swing dancing, Lindy Hop and related dances alive by running a weekly Friday Night dance at their Crosby Whistle Stop dance studio in Charlestown. Boston Swing Central is also very active in community outreach, and education through classes and workshops.
Benkadi Drum & Dance
Benkadi Drum & Dance emerged in 2008 under the direction of Sory Diabate, a professional drummer from Mali, West Africa. Benkadi, which means "coming together sweetly" in the bamanankan language of Mali, is an eclectic group of artists and educators dedicated to researching, teaching and performing African and African-rooted dance and music.
Dedicated to community-based programming, our mission is to bring people together in a spirit of harmony, with respect for cultural traditions. Benkadi endeavors to reach out to people of all ages and cultural backgrounds, to encourage positive interpersonal interaction and to support collaboration between individuals and groups to bring about positive change. Benkadi Drum & Dance performs at colleges, festivals, theaters, schools and community organizations throughout Massachusetts.
Inspire: Theater Stage
LINEUP & INFORMATION
Location: Memorial Drive between JFK Street and Plympton Street (Harvard University Side)
Coordinator: Central Square Theater
Host: Kami Smith
American Repertory Theater
The hypocrites, known for their insightful illuminations of classic and obscure theater texts, bring Pirates of Penzance back to Cambridge to complete the A.R.T.’s 2012/13 Season. Irreverent and hilarious, this adaptation of the Gilbert and Sullivan classic brings beach balls, sunshine (the artificial kind) and a ton of fun music! Audiences of all ages will be invited to sing along with the banjo picking Mabel and the instrument-laden cast.
For more information visit: americanrepertorytheater.org/events/show/pirates-penzance
New Repertory Theater
An excerpt from our summer show, Jimmy Titanic, a one person show staring Colin Hamill about the sinking of the Titanic. “If you are going to find yourself in heaven, it may as well be in historic circumstances, like going down on the greatest ship ever built. Yet even now, 100 years later, angel Jimmy Boylan steps aboard Titanic every day: riding its notoriety, struggling with its legacy, forever consumed by the Wondership”
CENTRAL SQUARE THEATER (INCUDES ARABIAN NIGHTS, CABARET SERIES, PHOTO CALL BELOW)
Central Square Theater (CST) is a nonprofit organization, created through a groundbreaking partnership between The Nora Theatre Company (The Nora) and Underground Railway Theater (URT). This collaboration has been called a model for the arts community (The Boston Foundation, Culture is our Commonwealth and The National Collaboration Prize), as it has paired two like-minded performing arts organizations in a strategic alliance with the City of Cambridge and MIT, resulting in the development of a state-of-the-art performing arts center in the heart of Central Square. CST has a mission to support its two theaters-in-residence while maintaining a shared vision of artists and audiences creating theater vital to their communities. The Nora and URT have a combined 52-year track record of producing award-winning theater. Located in Central Square, Cambridge, and steeped in its multiracial, intergenerational, ethnically and economically diverse neighborhoods, the CST theater experience exudes a democratic energy where classes, races and age groups come together to be inspired, entertained and energized.
Enter ancient Persia, and be transformed by the power of storytelling--again! The Nora Theatre Company and Underground Railway Theater perform an excerpt from their award-winning production of Dominic Cooke's ARABIAN NIGHTS. Based on One Thousand and One Nights, a collection of folk tale from the Middle East and Asia, ARABIAN NIGHTS is rich with suspense, romance, and hilarity---stories irresistible for all ages. At its hear is the power of imagination to heal, inspire, and transform.
Photo Call Workshop
Join CST’s resident Companies, Underground Railway Theater and The Nora Theatre Company for PHOTO CALL! Try on costumes, learn how to pose on set pieces, manipulate giant puppets----and find out how to do all this for the camera!
1:10pm 1:55pm 3:05pm
Never Far From Home: Love Songs About Leaving. As the summer begins, four friends gather to resume an old routine. But something - or someone - is missing from their harmonies. A bittersweet and hilarious love letter to leaving and being left, this fresh, charming, and occasionally irreverent evening combines a collection of new songs by local composers, original script material by Lydia Diamond, and the vocal power of The Cabaret Series (Cheo Bourne, Jen Ellis, Brian Richard Robinson, Kami Smith).
Cabaret Series fuses music and story in a freshly imagined cabaret setting, making this classic form accessible to a contemporary audience. The show will be 60-75 minutes and include about 15 songs, with live accompaniment on piano, strings, and percussion.
Actor’s Shakespeare Project
A Resident Acting Company member with Actors’ Shakespeare Project, Jesse has appeared in Pericles, Twelfth Night, Antony and Cleopatra. Other recent credits include Berkshire Theatre Group:The Puppetmaster of Lodz, Moonchildren, Macbeth, The Einstein Project, A Christmas Carol. Brandeis Theatre Company: Three Sisters, Love's Labour's Lost, The Game of Love and Chance, Hecuba, Siddhartha, Funnyhouse of a Negro, Little Monsters. Georgia Shakespeare:Twelfth Night, Romeo and Juliet, Macbeth, Much Ado About Nothing, Coriolanus, Cymbeline. Jesse earned an MFA in acting at Brandeis University and a BA in theatre at Oglethorpe University. Jesse is a teacher of the Suzuki method of actor training at Brandeis University.
A performance piece based on our summer show, How We Got On by Idris Goodwin and directed by Summer L. Williams. How We Got On: Spoken word poet and hip-hop playwright Idris Goodwin MC’s a theatrical coming-of-age mix tape about how we become the people we’re meant to be, flowing and rhyming our way to adulthood.
Fast-Paced High Energy Interactive Comedy! From the professional stages of ImprovBoston (Central Square, Cambridge), our Touring Company travels across the country performing day and night for audiences of all ages. Don't miss the chance to see this elite team of comedy veterans in action. Who knows, you might even wind up on stage yourself!
Liars & Believers
Inspired by the myth and set in a traveling side show during the Great Depression, ICARUS is a new experimental musical created by Liars & Believers. ICARUS features imaginative puppets, movement and an exciting original Americana score, presented with the lyricism, irony and fantastical imagery that are the hallmarks of Liars & Believers. ICARUS premieres in May in Cambridge and then moves to New York City in July. It has been created with generous support of the Cambridge Arts Council and the Massachusetts Cultural Council.
Imagine: Family & Children's Stage
LINEUP & INFORMATION
Location: Memorial Dr. between JFK & Plymton St (Harvard Universty Side)
Coordinator: Cambrige Arts Countil
Host: Jonathan Mirin
To Bee or Not To Bee
To Bee or Not to Bee Farmer James has lost his bees, there's only gruel to eat and now the townspeople (the audience) have arrived to protest, chanting "There's no good food, we're in a bad mood." To Bee tells James' comic, tragic and ultimately hopeful story - complete with puppetry, clowning, dance, live music and lots of audience participation. Piti created the show, which has been performed in french in Switzerland, to raise awareness about the honeybee's plight and gives children and adults tools for helping bees thrive in their communities. Listen to WBUR's "All Things Considered" feature here.
ROLIE POLIE GUACAMOLE
Rolie Polie Guacamole is coming to Cambridge for an afternoon of funk, rock and folk music mashed into original tunes about natural living, eating healthy and staying active. The band has released three albums: Rolie Polie Guacamole (2008), Time for Hummus (2010) and Houses of the Moly (released Feb 26, 2012). Houses of the Moly is their first rockin’ cover album of classic tunes and traditional children’s songs. Featuring Grammy nominated Brady Rymer, Jason Lansing from The Okee Dokee Brothers and kindie artist Suzi Shelton. Houses of the Moly features songs popularized by the band: Dragon Hunt, Upside Down and Firetruck. The album also includes covers the whole family will enjoy, Harry Nilsson’s “Coconut”, The Beatles’ “Octopus’s Garden” and Joni Mitchell’s “Circle Game”. Their interactive shows and high energy sound turn in to the finest dance party you won’t want to miss! Visit Brooklyn-based www.roliepolieguacamole.com to hear songs and watch videos.
LI MIN MO
Li Min Mo is a professional storyteller, award-winning educator and artist. She has been thrilling audiences with her storytelling concerts, and teaching art and Chinese culture with her unique contagious energy and enthusiasm for over 20 years. She offers children’s and adult workshops and dramatic shows, as well as educational seminars on teaching art and culture.
Puppet Showplace Theatre's Puppet Playtime!
featuring Brenda Huggins, Phil Berman, and Bella Monster
Get ready to exercise your imagination! Join Bella Monster, Puppet Showplace Theatre's "Monster in Residence," and her friends Brenda and Phil as they embark on an amazing puppet-filled adventure. Puppet Playtime is a fun, interactive performance experience designed for very young children and their grown ups. The performance features original live music, sing-a-long songs, interactive games, and multiple styles of puppetry! Recommended for ages 2+ . http://www.puppetshowplace.org/
Maura started her musical training when she was 14 years old in El Salvador and later in Panama. She attended college in Havana, Cuba and Mexico City. Her background includes musical theater, acting and dance. After moving to the US and launching her career as a solo singer, Maura has played many local venues exploring rock, jazz, acoustic and pop music. She performs regularly in the Boston area, blending her Latin roots in music with local jazz musicians.
ODAIKO NEW ENGLAND
Odaiko New England (ONE) was founded in 1994. ONE is composed of diverse individuals with a multitude of backgrounds, talents and skills. ONE seeks to bridge the boundaries of race, class, culture and religion – and to heighten awareness of this beautiful and powerful performance art. Odaiko New England integrates the powerful sound of the taiko (drum) with graceful movement to create a dynamic and visual performance that is memorable and inspirational. With its own unique style, ONE fuses the traditions of Japanese rhythms with the musical influences of many cultures to create a contemporary American taiko aesthetic.
Location: Between Memorial Drive, Plymton, and Dewolfe.
Additionally, we will post a few questions on a board, to create a dialogue between students, to which they can create a response by making art or by writing, such as:
- Where do you see yourself in this artwork?
- Where does your family have roots/where do you come from?
- How would you depict yourself in your culture?
- Which of these students would you be interested in being friends with?
-We would like this interactive piece to become something permanent, that we can grow and carry along with Boston 140, as the exhibition travels the city throughout the school year, and collect Cambridge students' impressions, and then Roxbury's, Jamaica Plain, and so on...
FOLLOW THE HONEY
Mary Canning Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Caneen Canning Email: email@example.com
Location:: Between walls Family & Children’s Stage
Interested in urban beekeeping? Follow The Honey & friends will be on hand to answer all things honeybee. Come join Hive Minders throughout the day with tastings & lessons by local bee tenders, educators & artists - Observe a colony of thriving Boston Bees and ride the Bike of Honeycomb!"
An inflatable beehive art installation called ‘festooning,’ a tasting of ‘honeys from around the world’ and didactic materials about where honey comes from and what plants produce honey.
-A bike powered honey extractor
- -Honey tastings
-Bee themed tall bikes-roving
Location: Next to Weeks Footbridge
Cambridge Poet Populist Toni Bee, brings both sides of the river together by hosting both Cambridge and Boston-based poets and "Poet Crews” in addition to her signature “Music/Poetry Mash-Ups.” Participate in a creative writing, interactive activity.All are and add your thoughts to the community magnetic poetry boards.
Emai: DARYL MARK - firstname.lastname@example.org
Location: Weeks Footbridge
StoryStream Cambridge, a collaboration of many individuals, city agencies and organizations, connects people of all ages and backgrounds with the joy and power of telling and listening to stories. The StoryStream Cambridge Storytelling Tent presents stories of ordinary and extraordinary life in Cambridge…and beyond!
Unseen Borders: stories for all ages in English and American Sign Language, told by popular storytellers Tony Toledo and KR Glickman.
How did you come to Cambridge? Memory stories by Cambridge residents from Bangladesh, Ethiopia, Haiti, the US and elsewhere. Audience participation!
Doing Business in Cambridge: Learn about the lives and times of your working neighbors from the vendors of Spare Change News to other local retailers.
Create your personal Cambridge Story Flag! Clara Wainwright, fabric and celebration artist, inspires our creativity as we print our own stories about Cambridge on fabric and display them in the Storytelling Tent.
Storytelling games for children.
-ASL stories by storytellers Tony Toledo and KR Glickman
-Beyond the 4th Wall, High School improv group.
-Memory stories by Cambridge
-Spare Change vendors will be telling stories
Cambridge Folklife: Weaving Community
Email: Millie Rahnemail@example.com
Location: Weeks Footbridge
Weaving Community will explore the many forms in many cultures that textiles can take, as well as focus on their care and conservation so that today’s textiles can become tomorrow’s heirlooms. These arts and crafts of industry often are symbols of identity and pride, and are part of the folklife of the city for all to enjoy.
Catherine Tutter & Cheyenne McCarter -- Spin a Yarn, Weave a Life community textile projects
Seble Agraw & Adbar Ethiopian Women's Alliance -- peace & social justice quilts
Estelle Crone Coleman -- beaded/fabric contemplation goddesses & dolls; quilts
Ming Chang & Cambridge Women's Center quilters -- Secrets & Strengths quilt
Also on display-
Cambridge Women's Quilt, c. 1982
Photographs from textile installation, The Fabric of Our Lives: The History of Newtown Court & Washington Elms, at the Pisani Center, Washington St., Area 4
Maud Morgan Visual Arts Center
mail: Crystal Stone - firstname.lastname@example.org
Location: Between the Folk Roots and Interactive Dance Stage
Take part in art-making activities! Transform the Maud Morgan area throughout the day by wrapping and decorating it with brightly colored string. Work together and draw parts of an imaginary creature on a giant chalk board!
Email: Nathan Lachenmyer - email@example.com
Location: Corporal Burns Park
The Chromodynamic Playground art installation transports you to a world of saturated color and sound. Participate in a collective work of art by creating paintings under highly-saturated LED light. As the lights cycle through a variety of color combinations, the paintings appear to change color in surprising ways. Made possible by the Cambridge Arts Council and the Council for the Arts at MIT.
Sunday Parkland Games/Knucklebones
Email: Mitch Zeisler- firstname.lastname@example.org
Location: Next to the Interactive Dance Stage, across from the World Food
The Charles River Conservancy and the Department of Conservation and Recreation present a special Saturday edition of the Sunday Parkland Games at the River Festival! Join in fun games and athletic activities for all ages provided by Knucklebones.
Cambridge Open Studios
Location: Near the weeks footbridge on the river side
Janet Hobbs- Janet Hobbs, a member of NoCa (North Cambridge Arts), shows how she experiments with combinations of techniques and overlays of color to create water color paintings with surprising results.
Jenna Alderton-Cambridge organization TRACK: Traveling Art Cards for Kids brings the Art Card experience to diverse groups of kids across Massachusetts. (Officially a non-profit)
Cambridge Creativity Commons
Location: Between the Folk and Interactive Dance Stages
Kyle Brown & Diane Norris to facilitate
Come explore the Cambridge Creativity Commons (CCC), a new arts and education program in East Cambridge and participate in a hands-on art activity! CCC is founded on the principle that every child is creative and that this ability can be developed in environments where creative process is practiced. Drawing upon the studio approach of imagining, creating, critiquing and exhibiting works of art, we engage teachers and students in the exploration of meaningful ideas using creative processes in arts and science-based experiential projects both in school and out-of-school.
Ollie and Bianca
Ollie’s Email: email@example.com
Bianca’s Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Location: Throughout Festival Playgrounds
Ollie and Bianca, two talented high school students, who perform regularly on Cambridge Street bring their fantastic talents to the River Festival! Ollie plays the accordionist while Bianca plays the ukulele, juggles, and twists balloons
Chester The Balloon Jester
Email: Ed Braunsteinemail@example.com
Location: Throughout Festival Playgrounds
Watch as balloon artist Ed Braunstein transform balloons into fanatical figures.
Victorian Fairground Organ
Location: Between Flag Akron Street on the end of The World of Food vending area.
The Diamond Jubilee Carousel Organ is the largest touring antique fairground organ in the Americas. It was built in 1897 and has been fully restored to original condition. With over 400 pipes played by a mechanical card reader it recreates the sound of the traveling carnival, The Happiest Music on Earth!
Anikai Dance Theater presents Lilith
Location: Corporal Burns Park @ 1:30pm ONLY!!!
Lilith, the first woman, who rebelled against Adam and fled Eden, choreography by Wendy Jehlen. At the Cambridge Riverfest, ANIKAYA Dance theater presents a group rendition of Lilth with dancers of all ages from Boston University, Brown University, and the Boston dance community and live improvised music.
They will use a map where children can paint, draw, etc, and also bring a canvas, brushes and paint where they can create their own art as a reflection of what they see in the show.
Helen Manzella Improv Dance
Location: Corporal Burns Park 3pm – 6pm
She was trained in classical ballet for
twelve years before experimenting with
improvisation. She uses her therapeutic
training to bring intentionality and healing
awareness to her dancing and hopes that
through performance she can help bring
herself and her audience closer to peace
and the cessation of suffering.