Summer Events

Arts & Community Dialogue

On the Real Side: Why We Cling to Racism and All That Other Divisive Stuff

MAY 30 at 7PM


For some, who believe we have made significant progress in dealing with racism, things are looking better. However, for many others who believe that we still have a way to go, we need to address the ways in which we consciously and unconsciously reinforce thinking patterns and behaviors that sets us all back. Janis A. Pryor adapts for the stage a portion of her newest novel, Dinner With Trixie, the south settles an old score with the north, which dissects the hypocrisy of the north regarding racism. Dawn M. Simmons will direct and the cast will include Olivia D'Ambrosio, Rachel Bailit, and Paul Richard Yarborough.


The dialogue that will follow the play will be led by Pryor, an International Television & Film Award winner for Cultural Programming, Iris Award Winner for Talk Show programming and former Producer and Host of the syndicated radio show, Commonwealth Journal, and will include the cast and creative team.


All events are free and open to the public. RSVPs requested.

River Festival

Jazz, World Music, and R & B Stage

JUNE 2 from NOON - 6PM


Announcing the 2018 lineup! Hosted by Executive Director Shelley Neill.

NOON – 1:15 PM Receita de Samba – with Vocalist Anna Borges, Bill Ward – Vocals and Guitar, Jose Pienasola on Bass, and Bertram Lehman on Drums


Receita de Samba, taken from Jacob do Bandolim's choro of the same name, means in Portuguese "recipe for samba,” an apt name for a group with a focus to showcase the many flavors of Brazilian music in their purest form, with no artificial additives like drum machines or electronic sampling.


1:30 – 2:45 PM Imagine 5 – with Fernando Brandão - Concert, Alto and Bass Flutes, Ryan Fedak – Vibes, Caio Afiune – Guitar, James Heazlewood-Dale – Bass, Bertram Lehmann - Percussion and Drums


Imagine 5 is a new ensemble featuring five leading musicians and composers that bring together a contemporary and fresh sound to Jazz, Brazilian and other South American music styles.


3:00 – 4:15 PM blood drum spirit – with percussionist royal hartigan, saxophonist David Binderman, bassist Wesley Brown, Jr. and pianist Art Hirahara.  


Traditional music from Ghana meets contemporary Jazz to explore the musical and cultural threads that connect to its West African roots. blood drum spirit brings a new global vision to music, exploring deep into the world's great traditions through the prism of live jazz performance. Ensemble members have lived, played and toured throughout Africa, the Middle East, Europe, the Americas, and Asia, including four tours of China as featured ensemble at the renowned Beijing Midi Jazz Festival.


4:30-5:45 PM – George W. Russell Jr. Quartet - Pianist George W. Russell, Jr. with Saxophonist Bobby Tynes, Bass Ron Mahdi and Percussionist/Drummer Yoron Israel


George's performances range from solo piano, to a groove- oriented jazz trio, to a soulful, fresh-sounding larger ensemble that arouses the listener's intellect and, most importantly, touches their soul. His playing is filled with passion, fire, soul and, most of all, spirit. He is currently Chair of the Harmony Department at Berklee College of Music.


Bobby Tynes, saxophonist and Assistant Principal of Cambridge Rindge and Latin School is a Cambridge native, a graduate of Berklee College of Music and holds two Master's degrees in Education. Bassist Ron Mahdi, Associate Professor of Ensembles at Berklee, along with fellow faculty member Yoron Israel, who is Assistant Chair of the Percussion Department, are both outstanding musicians


Event Open House

Our Beautiful, Historic Theater

JUNE 6 from 6 - 8PM


Planning a wedding? Holiday party? Corporate event? Stop by to check out our historic space, taste our caterers, and imagine your next event.


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Arts & Community Dialogue

Chasing the American Dream: Immigration Stories

JUNE 13 at 7PM


Generations of newly arrived citizens have told their stories. Coming to America with nothing, but believing this to be a land of opportunity, many have done well and thrive. The more recent waves of immigrants are not experiencing America in the same way as the millions who came before them. Why? What’s changed?


This event brings experts from the new play Here and There by Ginger Lazarus to the Multicultural Arts Center. Vincent Ernest Siders will direct and members of Central Square Theater’s Youth Underground will perform. Central Square Theater's Youth Underground is an ensemble that creates and performs original theater that investigates social issues relevant to young people. The pieces are created through a series of interviews with the community, and this year the focus is on immigration. Here and There portrays real stories of individuals and families who have come to Massachusetts from all over the world. Hear the voices of immigrants as well as their children, neighbors, classmates, teachers, and advocates, as they share reflections about navigating unfamiliar cultures, building community, and making a new place called home. 


All events are free and open to the public. RSVPs requested.

Save the Date

Free Summer Concert Series

AUGUST 21-23, 2018


Coming again to our theater space and the awesome Centenni Courtyard! Artists to be announced at the beginning of the summer.


In Our Gallery

Across from the Theater


Photography by Linda Haas


May 11, 2018 - June 29, 2018

Gallery Reception: Thursday, May 10 from 6-8PM

Facing East: Images from Turkey consists of images captured when photographer Linda Haas traveled through western and central Turkey in the fall of 2014. Turkey is not only at a well-known cultural crossroads, but is a country facing great political turmoil. Haas’ photographs provide her audience with insight into a country seldom investigated by Americans.


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We support diversity through the visual and performing arts events that we present. Because we are a multi-use art center, we make our space available to artists and groups who may not otherwise have access to a professionally equipped and accessible facility or the cultural mainstream.

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