Summer ~ 2008

Join the Cambridge Arts Council for the 17th 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.


2008 Performance Schedule

View the Summer in the City brochure containing information on summer outdoor programs happening all around Cambridge during July & August!

Media: Download the Summer in the City press release.
Press Photos: Download 300 dpi photos of Summer in the City.

*Thursday, July 10 ~ 11:00am
Behind the Mask Theatre
Greene • Rose Heritage Park, intersection of Harvard and Windsor Sts.
Rain site: Fletcher-Maynard Academy, 225 Windsor St.
Eric Bornstein of Behind the Mask Theatre performs in stunning, hand-made masks.

Friday, July 11 ~ 6:30 pm
Stan Strickland Group, Multicultural Arts Centerís Boom Town Festival
Centanni Courtyard, along Cambridge Street (between 2nd and 3rd Sts.)
Rain Site: Cambridge Multicultural Arts Center
Music performance by acclaimed jazz saxophonist Stan Strickland
Co-sponsored by the Multicultural Arts Center

*Monday, July 14 ~ 11:00am
Passim Folk Music & Cultural Center/Culture for Kids Performance: Polynesian Dancers
Glacken Field, located on Huron Ave. at Holworthy St.
Rain site: Haggerty School, 110 Cushing St.
Co-sponsored by Passimís Culture for Kids Program

Friday, July 18 ~ 6:30 pm
Anita Coelho, Multicultural Arts Centerís Boom Town Festival
Centanni Courtyard, along Cambridge Street (between 2nd and 3rd Sts.)
Rain Site: Multicultural Arts Center
Native Brazilian Anita Coelho and her dynamic and talented quartet perform Bossa Nova and Chorinho styles of Brazilian music. Co-sponsored by the Cambridge Multicultural Arts Center

*Tuesday, July 22 ~ 11:00am
Guy Mendilow Band
Gold Star Mothers Park, intersection of Gore and 6th Sts.
Rain Site: Kennedy/Longfellow School, 158 Spring St.
Using instruments as diverse as the cultures that inspire them, the Guy Mendilow Band spreads a message of unity with their World Music.

Monday, July 28 ~ 11:00am
Aparna Sindhoor Dance Theater
Riverside Press Park, intersection of Memorial Dr. and River St.
Rain site: King School, 100 Putnam Ave.
Traditional Indian dance

Tuesday, July 29 ~ 11:00am
Odaiko New England
Danehy Park, Sherman St. across from Cadbury Rd.
Rain site: Tobin School, 197 Vassal Lane
This Japanese drum ensemble weaves together the traditional elements of Taiko with contemporary influences, creating an exciting and dynamic art form.

Thursday, July 31 ~ 11:00am
Capoeira Brasil
Charles Park, Land Blvd. between CambridgeSide Pl. and Rogers St.
Rain site: Kennedy/Longfellow School, 158 Spring St.
Experience a performance of Capoeira, a thrilling blend of martial art, game, and dance that originated in Brazil.

Tuesday, August 5 ~ 11:00am
Chu Ling Dance Academy
Dana Park, located at the intersection of Magazine and McTernan Sts.
Rain site: Morse School, 40 Granite St.
Students from the Chu Ling Dance Academy, ranging in age from 8 years to adult, direct an interactive performance of both classical and folk styles of Chinese dance, incorporating some martial arts movements.

Thursday, August 7 ~ 11:00am
Art of Black Dance & Music
Donnelly Field, Berkshire St. between York and Cambridge Sts.
Rain site: King Open School, 850 Cambridge St.
Join performers from Art of Black Dance & Music as they teach the common history of humankind through African-rooted dance, music and folklore.

Monday, August 11 ~ 11:00am
Dan Butterworth Marionettes
Agassiz Neighborhood Council, 20 Sacramento St.
Rain site: Baldwin School, 28 Sacramento St.
Experience a carnival of music, dance and magic. With handmade marionettes and detailed sets, Carnaval del Mundo presents an incredible look at the golden age of carnivals and circuses.

Tuesday, August 12 ~ 11:00am
Passim Folk Music & Cultural Center/Culture for Kids Performance: The Resophonics
Bergin Park, located at the intersection of Pemberton and Haskell Sts.
Rain site: Peabody School, 70 Rindge Ave.
Co-sponsored by Passimís Culture for Kids Program

Wednesday, August 20 ~ 6:30 pm
Alice Hunter/Oneon
(followed by cartoons and a film screening of Hitchcock's Vertigo)
Raymond Park, corner of Upland and Raymond Sts.
Rain Date: Wednesday, August 27 ~ 6:30 pm
Alice Hunter presents an interactive, aquatic puppet show.

Thursday, August 21 ~ 6:30 pm
Inman Square Movie Night & Neighborhood Social
Movie at 8pm: East Cambridge Savings Bank parking lot, 1310 Cambridge St.
In case of rain, event will be cancelled.

More FREE Summer Outdoor Events in Cambridge:

StoryWalk, July 19-August 3
Pages from a childrenís book will be posted in participating Inman Square storefronts to promote reading and outdoor physical activity by leading children and families on a trip through Inman Square. Kick-off Event: Saturday, August 3, 10:30am at Dream On Futon (299 Prospect Street) and other Inman Square businesses. Sponsored by the Cambridge Community Development Department, Cambridge Public Health Department/Agenda for Children Literacy Initiative and the Inman Square Business Association (ISBA). Information:

Arts in the Park, July & August
Arts & crafts activities and multicultural performances for families and community groups in parks throughout Cambridge. Sponsored by the Cambridge Community Schools and Neighborhood Councils. Presented by the Cambridge Department of Human Services. Arts in the Park Schedule

Screen on the Green, July & August
Outdoor family-friendly movies projected on a theater-size screen in parks throughout Cambridge. Enjoy performances by jugglers, clowns, musicians and magicians at 7pm. Screenings begin at nightfall. Presented by the Cambridge Department of Human Service Programs/Recreation, Youth and Community Schools Division.
Information: 617-349-6200 Screen on the Green Schedule

*The Community Development Department, Lead Safe Cambridge Program will provide lead information and free give-aways at Summer in the City events on July 10, 14, and 22. Thursday, July 24, 10am-12pm, Lead Safe presents a ďKids Jamboree,Ē clowns, face-painting, and goody bags at Sennott Park, Broadway between Prospect and Norfolk Sts. Rain Site: Area IV Youth Center, 243 Harvard St.

Summer in the City is produced by the Cambridge Arts Council, the official arts agency for the City of Cambridge, the Cambridge Community Schools and Neighborhood Councils and the Recreation and Youth Divisions of the Department of Human Services. Funding is provided by the Cambridge Community Foundation, City of Cambridge and the Honorable Mayor E. Denise Simmons.

Additional support is provided by the Agassiz Baldwin Neighborhood Council, Cambridge Community Development Department, Department of Public Works and the Electrical Department, Friends of Raymond Park, Inman Square Business Association, Multicultural Arts Center, Passim Folk Music & Cultural Center/Culture of Kids

Media Sponsor:
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Cambridge Arts Council is supported in part by the City of Cambridge, the Massachusetts Cultural Council, and the National Endowment for the Arts.

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