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Summer in the City 
Join the Cambridge Arts Council for the annual Summer in the City. Each summer Cambridge parks come alive with music, dance, storytellers, theatrical performances, puppetry, arts & crafts, movies and more! The City of Cambridge offers a wide array of FREE, multicultural, interactive arts programs, performances, and activities both day and night for children, families, and the entire community.

Today's performance (July 25) is taking place at the rain site, the Cambridge Community Center gym by Calender St. Come join us!


2013 Summer in the City Schedule

Tuesday, July 9 at 10:00am
The Little Red Wagon “Into the Grimm”
Donelly 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 at 10:00am

Jay Mankita
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. jaymankita.com

Tuesday, July 16 at 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 at 10:00am
The Magic Comedy of George Saterial
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's "Fun 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. www.magicbygeorge.com

Tuesday, July 23 at 10:00am
Maura Mendoza's "Ding-Dong ¿Quien Es?"
Today's event will  be held at the Rain Site

Sennott Park, intersection of Norfolk St. & Broadway
Rain Site: Cambridgeport School, 89 Elm Street
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 "chacereras," "corridos," Latin swing, bossa nova, and more!

Thursday, July 25 at 10:00am

Jungle Jim
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 challengersand if they pass (which we know they will!), they will witness a fantastic finale.

Tuesday, July 30 at 10:00am
Roli Polie Guacamole
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 pics by Boston.com, 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.

Thursday, August 1 at 7:00pm
BoomTown Festival Movie Night
featuring MetaMovement's "DiverseCity Party"
Centanni Park, Intersection of 2nd St. & Otis St.
Rain Site: Multicultural Arts Center, 41 2nd St.
Join us as we celebrate the fifth year of BOOMTOWN Festival with a variety of performing and visual arts events! Create a Chalk Art yellow brick road with chalk artist Jerrie Lyndon, or construct bottle tornados and ruby slippers as a part of Re-cycle Art Workshop led by Bobby Brown. Enjoy music concerts or participate in the dance events hosted by DJ Jay Salsa and Anara Frank from MetaMovements, a Latin dance company which shows students how to identify with the movements of their body while also finding an emotional connection to the melody. Come and dance your socks off, and then stay for a movie that is sure to transport you to another world while also reminding you that there is no place like home!
Sponsored by the Multicultural Arts Center

Muliticultural Center Boomtown Festival
Schedule of Events
July 29th thru August 1st
July 28th
July 29th                  
July 30th
August 1st
5:30 –  6:30pm
Chalk Art
Jerrie Lyndon

Bobby Brown
Recycle Workshop

Move Your Body – A Hip-Hop Workshop with Kahlea Brown

6:30 - 7:30PM
Tango Jazz Project
(John Stein)
5:00 – 6:30pm
Chalk Art
Jerrie Lyndon

Bobby Brown
Recycle Workshop

If Munchkins Could Dance Workshop
(Nicole Harris)
With Photographer

6:30 – 7:30pm
Sun Ra 99th Arrival Celebration
(Allan Chase)
 5:00 – 6:30pm
Bobby Brown
Recycle Workshop

If Munchkins Could Dance Workshop
(Nicole Harris)
With Photographer
(Jonathan Keith)

5:30 Load-in & Sound Check

6:30 – 7:30pm
Tribute to Abbey Lincoln
(Diane Richardson/ John Kordalewski)
 5:00 – 6:30pm
Bobby Brown
Recycle Workshop

6:30 – ~8:00 pm Performance MetaMovements
Dance Party
8:00pm Film: 
The Wizard of OZ

Tuesday, August 6 at 10:00am
Vegetable Circus "Living in Balance"
Sacramento Field, across from 20 Sacramento St.
Rain Site: Baldwin School, 28 Sacramento St. 
Vegetable Circus invites you to take your first circus steps at this interactive circus show, Living in Balance! This family friendly performance combines high energy circus, comedy, and audience participation with themes of healthy relaxation and expression. Come play and get inspired to live healthy! www.vegetablecircus.com

Thursday, August 8 at 7:00pm
East Cambridge Business Association Movie Night
Jenny the Juggler
East cambridge Savings Bank parking log, East Cambridge branch, 292 Cambridge St.                                                           
Voted Boston's BEST (and only!) female professional juggler since 1997, Jenny the Juggler uses juggling, magic, music, singing, comedy, and lots of audience participation to transform a performance into a fabulous and unforgettable experience for kids and adults. Come for the juggling, stay for the movie, where the R.O.U.S.'s and the Dread Pirate Roberts are sure to entertain! www.jennythejuggler.com/ 
Sponsored by the East Cambridge Business Association

Tuesday, August 13 at 10:00am
Vanessa and the Jumping Monkeys
Performance has been moved to rain site in the auditorium in the Kennedy-Longfellow & Putnam Upper School building located at 158 Spring Street
Described as having a "magical energy," Boston-based singer/songwriter, Vanessa Trien, never fails at making her young audience members want to get up and, well, jump! Her band, the Jumping Monkeys, accompanies her as she sings songs featured on her award-winning Cds, Carnival Day and Hot Air Balloon, and helps to create a music-filled show that will undoubtedly brighten any day!

Thursday, August 15 at 7:00pm
Inman Square Business Association Movie Night
Featuring Furry Monsters Extravaganza 
East Cambridge Savings Bank parking lot, Inman Branch, 1310 Cambridge St.
Ever wonder how puppeteers are able to bring characters made of fur, fleece, and foam to life? Now's your chance to find out! Join award-winning puppeteer, Jonathan Little, and his furry associates for this one-of-a-kind interactive performance and puppetry demonstration. From lip-synch challenges to hilarious puppet improvisational games, you'll never see puppets the same way again! Then, stay and watch the superstar puppets that started it all!
Sponsored by the Inman Square Business Association

Tuesday, August 20 at 10:00am
Mister G
Dana Park - Magazine St. and McTernan St.
Rain site: Morse Community School, 40 Granite St.
Parents' Choice Gold Award-winning international children’s music artist, Mister G performs songs from his bilingual album Chocolalala, named one of the best CDs of the year by The Washington Post.  Mister G has been traveling and writing original songs for children in Latin America and around the USA, musically blending Latin rhythms, traditional instruments, and a dizzying range of musical styles. Mister G will also perform songs from his 2011 CD BUGS, deemed "irresistible" by People magazine and chosen as one of the best children’s albums of the year by Parents’ Magazine.

Thursday, August 22 at 7:00pm
Kendall Square Association Movie Night
Featuring Story Pirates
Volpe National Transportation Systems, Center Lawn, 55 Broadway
Story Pirates is a nationally respected education and media organization founded in 2003 to celebrate the words and ideas of young people, offering a variety of tools to facilitate engaging and effective learning through the pairing of world-class teachers with first-rate actors and comedians. The organization is best kn own for its Idea Storm Program - a master-class writing workshop that brings teaching concepts to life through musical sketch comedy shows that feature stories by students and performances by professional artists. Come for the stories, then stay for an 'up'lifting movie, and float away in search of a dream with a grumpy old man and his unlikely friends.
Sponsored by Kendall Square Association

Tuesday, August 27 at 7:00pm
Central Square Business Association Movie Night
Featuring Rona Leventha's Hot Diggity Dog, Stories to Rattle Your Bones
Landsdowne Quad, Landsdowne St. between Franklin & Pacific Sts.
Sit back, put your feet up and join Storyteller Rona Leventhal for a journey around the world and back with her pocketful of multi-cultural stories!  Though one person, Rona contains many voices, speaking for the skies, trees, and animals of the world.  She’ll have you dancing, swaying in your seats, and making funny noises as she shares stories from the silly to the serious, the mysterious to the monstrous. Get your travelin’ shoes on and come on board! www.ronatales.com
Film TBA

Thursday, August 29 at 7:00pm
Back to School Bash & Movie Night
Featuring The Art of Black Dance and Music Dance Workshop
Green Rose Heritage Park, Harvard St. between Windsor & Portland Sts.
Rain Site: Fletcher Maynard Academy, 225 Windsor Street

Come join us for a back-to-school, end-of-summer celebration with a DJ, live performances, and a family-friendly movie!
Sponsored by Fletcher Maynard Community School & Neighborhood Council and Fletcher Maynard Academy  
Film TBA


Let EF show you the globe this August

Wednesday Nights in August at 8p.m.*
Park opens at 7:30 p.m.
Bring your friends

August 7: Midnight in Paris

August 14:
Eat, Pray, Love

August 21:

August 28:
National Lampoon’s European Vacation

Free admission. Complimentary snacks.
Specials at Lingo Bar and Restaurant from 6:00-8:00 p.m.

Parking available at EF Education First on a first come, first serve basis
*Weather Permitting

Brought to you by EF Education First, the World Leader in International Education
One Education Street, Cambridge, MA 02141


The Harvard Square Business Association, Cambridge Arts Council, and Ocean River Institute present:
August 10th & 24th, 7:30pm
Palmer St., Harvard Square
Ocean Frontier, The Dawn of a New Era in Ocean Stewardship, a documentary by Ocean River Institute. On the 10th, part 1 will be followed by a beloved film about the bond between a boy and a whale & on the 24th part 2 will be followed by a family favorite from New Zealand about a girl and a whale.
On Saturday, August 10th, Ocean River Institute will be screening, Ocean Frontiers, the Dawn of a New Era in Ocean Stewardship.  This film shows communities coming together to save right whales from the boat traffic in Boston Harbor and saving reef fish in the Florida Keys.  Immediately following, a beloved film about the bond between a boy and an orca whale will be shown.
On Saturday, August 24th, Ocean River Institute will show part two of Ocean Frontiers, the Dawn of New Era in Ocean Stewardship.  This time, the film focuses on how Iowa farmers did not see the connection between what is washing off their land and an expanding ocean dead zone in the Gulf of Mexico, until they all go fishing off the shores of Louisiana.  Back in Ohio, farmers fix the problems with creative and very effective solutions because of their love for ocean wildlife.  This will be followed by a family favorite from New Zealand about a girl and a whale.

Free admission and complimentary popcorn!  Snacks and other refreshments will be available for purchase. Bring a blanket, lawn chairs and the kids for an evening of inspiration and thought provoking family fun in the heart of Harvard Square.

Summer in the City is produced by the Cambridge Arts Council, the official arts agency for the City of Cambridge in partnership with City of Cambridge, Honorable Mayor Henrietta Davis; Community Development Department/Economic Development Division; Electrical Department; Department of Human Services/Parks & Recreation Division; and Department of Public Works.

Support for this year's Summer in the City program is provided by Cambridge Community Foundation, Cambridge Savings Bank, Central Square Business Association, East Cambridge Business Association, Inman Square Business Association, Kendall Square Association



Cambridge Arts Council, a city agency that funds, promotes, and presents high-quality, community-based arts programs for the benefit of artists, residents, and visitors. Established in 1974, Cambridge Arts Council is one of the oldest and most dynamic arts agencies in the country. As a public nonprofit, Cambridge Arts Council operates through funding from local government, private foundations, corporate sponsors, and individual donors.

The Cambridge Arts Council exists to ensure that the arts remain vital for people living, working and visiting Cambridge. www.cambridgeartscouncil.org or 617-349-4380 or TTY/617-349-4621

The Cambridge Arts Council is supported in part by the City of Cambridge, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.