Cambridge Arts has announced the lineup for the 27th annual “Summer In the City” program, which aims to make the arts accessible to all residents through free, outdoor events.
“A big tenet of Cambridge Arts is to make sure that arts are accessible to everyone in Cambridge, and so by offering this free programming in the summer months, out in parks, we’re meeting the neighbors where they are,” says Jannie Kitchen, Community Arts Administrator for Cambridge Arts. “It really fulfills our mission.”
Geared specifically toward kids ages 2 to 11 and their families, the arts programming includes puppetry, music, dance, and movies. Some of the events are designed to be educational, keeping kids’ minds sharp over summer vacation, like the July 9 “Count on Me” event: “a series of STEAM-powered tales with a little math, a little science, a little logic, and a lot of magic,” according to Cambridge Arts.
Kitchen predicts, though, that people of all ages will be able to enjoy the series, as events like a “Coco” streaming (Aug. 14) can appeal to a wide crowd.
The series kicks off at Magazine Beach on Tuesday, July 3 with Vanessa Trien & The Jumping Monkeys. Events go through September 8, with at least one performance in each neighborhood of the city, according to Kitchen.
Check out the full schedule below. More details on each event are available on the Cambridge Arts website.
TUESDAY, JULY 3 10AM – VANESSA TRIEN & THE JUMPING MONKEYS
MONDAY, JULY 9, 10AM – ANDREA KAMENS – “COUNT ON ME”
WEDNESDAY, JULY 11, 10AM – MOUSSA TRAORE
TUESDAY, JULY 17, 10AM – LUCY KALANTARI & THE JAZZ CATS
THURSDAY, JULY 19, 10AM – ODAIKO NEW ENGLAND
MONDAY, JULY 23, 10AM – BRIGHT STAR THEATRE – “AMERICAN TALES AND TUNES”
WEDNESDAY, JULY 25, 10AM – PUPPET SHOWPLACE THEATER – “WORD PLAY” BY GOOD HEARTED ENTERTAINMENT
TUESDAY, JULY 31, 10AM – MALIK THE MAGIC GUY
THURSDAY, AUGUST 2, 10AM – SANDGLASS THEATER – “PUNSCHI”
TUESDAY, AUGUST 7, 10AM – PHILIP ALEXANDER & THE WILD THINGS
THURSDAY, AUGUST 9, 7PM – EAST CAMBRIDGE BUSINESS ASSOCIATION MOVIE NIGHT FEATURING CARAVAN PUPPETS – “SUMMER IN THE CITY”
TUESDAY, AUGUST 14, 7PM – KENDALL SQUARE ASSOCIATION MOVIE NIGHT FEATURING 3NITY
THURSDAY, AUGUST 16, 7PM – HARVARD SQUARE BUSINESS ASSOCIATION MOVIE NIGHT FEATURING IMPROVBOSTON
TUESDAY, AUGUST 21, 7PM – CAMBRIDGESIDE MOVIE NIGHT FEATURING PASY DANCE COMPANY – “THE CRAZY ONE”
THURSDAY, AUGUST 23, 7PM – INMAN SQUARE MOVIE NIGHT FEATURING JUNGLE JIM
TUESDAY, AUGUST 28, 7PM – CENTRAL SQUARE BUSINESS ASSOCIATION MOVIE NIGHT FEATURING WAYNE POTASH
THURSDAY, AUGUST 30, 7PM – CAMBRIDGE CROSSING MOVIE NIGHT FEATURING JENNY THE JUGGLER
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 8, 3PM – BREAD & PUPPET THEATER – “THE GRASSHOPPER REBELLION CIRCUS”