Past Events

Cambridge Hip Hop presents
Bridgeside Hot Girl Cypher
Saturday, August 19, 2023 at 7pm
This women empowerment cypher is a Hip-Hop and R&B community event with an all-women lineup! Ten featured local artists will take turns performing in a collab-orative, and sometimes improvisational, style with a live band! The event will include an open mic for women of all identities.


Eliot Fisk Guitar Academy Presents
Boston GuitarFest XVlll
June 27 - July 2, 2023


The Elliot Fisk Guitar Academy is bringing the Boston Classical Guitar Fest to East Cambridge! Join us at the Multicultural Arts Center for the Boston International Guitar Challenge on Wednesday evening, followed by stellar performances Thursday through Saturday!

Cambridge Chamber Ensemble Presents
A Tale of Love and Loyalty

June 22 – 25, 2023


In this tale of love and loyalty, death comes to claim Savitri’s husband, the noble woodsman Satyavan. But Savitri, by her love and loyalty to Satyavan, captures Death in her spell and he spares Satyavan. 

Winsor Music Presents
Pulse: Kevin Harris Project
Sunday, May 14, 2023 at 8pm


Kevin Harris is a Boston and New York based jazz pianist and composer. “Pulse” is a large, compelling chamber composition combining improvised and fully notated music. In Winsor’s twenty-year history of commissioning new works, “Pulse” will be the first piece directly linked to jazz. This project is made possible by a Live Arts Boston grant from the Boston Foundation.

Infinity Dance Collective Presents

May 5 - 6, 2023 


Collective consciousness and energy inspire the interdisciplinary art performance, Activate. The performance dives into the collective human experience and the interconnectedness of souls, the universe and higher energies to empower and inspire.

Sheffield Chamber Players Present
Shared Spaces


An evening of music and spoken word reflecting on the Japanese-American experience. Internment survivor David Sakura shares the stage with a series of works including the premiere performance of Kenji Bunch’s new “String Quartet No. 5, Songs for a Shared Space,” commissioned by Sheffield Chamber Players. 

Choreography by IJ Chan, Olivia Moon,

and Jeryl Palana Pilapil Brown
April 27 - 28, 2023 at 7:30pm


BOLT is a multidisciplinary performance uplifting femme voices from the Asian-American diaspora. BOLT will explore themes such as belonging, identity, and heritage: a merging of past and present. Featuring choreography by IJ Chan, Jeryl Palana Pilapil Brown, and Olivia Moon.

Abilities Dance Presents
Intersections V2


Abilities Dance Boston is doing their 2nd installment of Intersections, a series that highlights BIPOC and disabled artists/activists past and present. Through original choreography/artistic direction by Ellice Patterson and original score by Andrew Choe (who also identify on the intersections of race and disability), they bring the interviewees stories to life with dancers, musicians, and more. In addition, they also relate honorees' stories to current bills on the Massachusetts state floor in collaboration with Disability Policy Consortium. Join us for this two hour event that ensures that none of us at the intersections gets forgotten.

United Dance Company Presents

April 14 - 15, 2023


Celebrate the joy that dance can bring in this live performance by the United Dance Company. Experience curated works by choreographers Erica Schwartz and Gianni Di Marco with the common thread of joy and passion through dance.

This mixed-bill features three world-premières and the return of Di Marco's beloved "Guardians". The United Dance Company features dancers of inclusive abilities united by their artistic excellence.

Celebrity Series of Boston Presents

Hub New Music
April 1, 2023 at 3pm


Presented by the Celebrity Series of Boston, Hub New Music celebrates its tenth anniversary with new works by Angélica Negrón and Jessica Meyer as well as "Scenes from Surreality," a work by Boston-based erhu player and violinist Shaw Pong Liu that was originally commissioned for Neighborhood Arts.

Urbanity Professional Company Presents
Of the Ether

March 24 & 25, 2023 at 7pm


Urbanity Professional Company will present a performance exploring the concept of the Ether. The performance will be a creative collaboration between Urbanity’s Company Director, Meg Anderson, Choreography Fellow and members of MASARY Studios. The creative team, along with the dancers, will aim to create, not just a performance, but an immersive experience for the audience.

Juventas New Music Ensemble Presents
Concert for Peace

March 18, 2023 at 8pm



Farayi Malek Band
Featuring Lihi Haruvi
With Guests Caio e Jess
March 17, 2023 at 7:30pm


The Multicultural Arts Center brings you an evening of live music influenced by Jazz, Gospel and Americana with Grammy-nominated vocalist Farayi Malek and her band. Malek is a jazz and contemporary vocalist, composer, and educator. Also in the line-up that evening will be the amazing duo Caio e Jess. Don't miss this special night full of creativity, beauty and live music!

Soca Fusion Presents
A Journey Through Weekend
March 11 - 12, 2023


Join us for a beautiful showcase that helps bring awareness to The Lung Transplant Assistance Fund at Mass General Hospital in honor of Soca Fusion’s founder and lead director, Ms Ella, and her journey through a double-lung transplant almost 2 years ago. The showcase will be followed by a full day of workshops

Celebrity Series of Boston Presents

Sandeep Das and Suhail Yusuf Khan
Soundscapes of India with Boston City Singers

February 25, 2023 at 3:00 pm

Join tabla virtuoso Sandeep Das and Suhail Yusuf Khan, who brings a rock sensibility to India’s traditional stringed sarangi, as they team up to present Soundscapes of India. We can guarantee that these two artists will present a wide-ranging concert that blends the traditional and modern, and vividly conjures the diverse landscapes, cityscapes, and cultures of India.

Das and Khan share the stage with students from Boston City Singers in what will be the culmination of their February vacation tabla camp, where they will spend the week learning the basics of the twin hand drums. 

Urbanity Dance Presents


February 17 & 18, 2023 at 7:00 pm

Urbanity Dance's Creative Class of Urbanity Underground and Junior Apprentice dancers will perform and present new work. 

Urbanity Underground is Urbanity's second company comprised of accomplished dancers who are pursuing various professions or advanced studies, but still want to stay connected to dance at a high level. Urbanity's Junior Apprentices are talented high school students ages 14+ who are interested in pursuing a career in dance. 

The Cambridge Jazz Foundation Presents

The Jazz+Soul Connection

Feburary 10, 2023 at 8:00 pm

Celebrate the voice of Farayi Malek as she explores the sounds from Billie Holiday, Donny Hathway, Cannonball Adderley, and Diana Washington.

The Bridgeside Cypher Presents

Love & Rhythm

February 3, 2023 at 7:00 pm

Love and Rhythm will showcase talented, local RnB artists performing with a live band. Located in the Multicultural Arts Center ballroom, it will also include a "cypher" portion, where the live band will play RnB cover songs and artists can sign up to sing and or freestyle in a fluid, collaborative concert.


There will be plenty of Valentine's day themed decorations, a photo booth, refreshments, and hor dourves. This elegant event will be the perfect place to celebrate Valentine's Day early!

Juventas New Music Ensemble performs

Kelley Hollis: Center Stage

January 21, 2023 at 8:00 pm

Juventas Soprano Kelley Hollis headlines this rare solo concert, with a program centered on mental health and healing.

Hear Her Sing for Freedom

A Concert by Coretta Scott King
Adapted by Najee Brown

January 13 - 16, 2023

Each year, we host an annual event in honor of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. For over 30 years, we have celebrated his legacy through our Joyful Noise concert with Harlem Gospel Choir. This year, returning from a 2 year hiatus due to the pandemic, our new Artistic Director Najee Brown will be reimagining the event to focus on the legacy of Coretta Scott King, who’s role in the Civil Rights Movement is often underrepresented. Scott King presented concerts to fund the movement, and was responsible for the salaries of many of the men employed at the SCLC. In Hear Her Sing for Freedom, visitors will have the chance to experience what it might have been like to witness Coretta Scott King perform a Freedom Concert.

United Dance Presents:

The Extraordinary Nutcracker


December 9-10, 2022

Come and discover the origin story of the Nutcracker! The untold story of the Extraordinary Nutcracker by artistic director and choreographer Gianni Di Marco is an epic story ballet of love, adventure, and magic. Follow our heroine as she embarks on a magical adventure to save the love of her life. Immerse yourself in a new tradition with our holiday market, arts and crafts, and photo booth.

Love in the Time of


Based on and incorporating Schumann’s Dichterliebe Performed with piano accompaniment


Thur, November 10, 2022 7:30 pm
Fri, November 11, 2022 7:30 pm
Sat, November 12, 2022 3:00 pm

In this extraordinary musical pairing, Robert Schumann’s beloved Dichterliebe is intertwined with Love in the Time Of..., a brand new song cycle commissioned by BOC. 10 poets and 8 composers have created 16 new songs, each one a reflection or response to the brilliant works in Schumann’s cycle. In a fully staged narrative, this piece explores the love we aspire to and the things we must let go amidst all the promise, turmoil, wonder and heartache of the 21st century.

An Evening of Spanish Music
with Tomomi Kohno and Zaira Meneses
Sat, November 5, 2022, 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM EDT

Tomomi Kohno

Born in Tokyo, Ms. Kohno started piano at age of 4. She has won many prestigious competitions, such as the Tokyo International Guitar Competition, Asian International guitar Competition. She is the president of The Spain-Japan Guitar Society.


Zaira Meneses

International classical guitarist, dancer, singer, and Sonja Rocho performance artist.

She is highly regarded by the international press as a leading performing artist of classical guitar. Founder and president of the Entrepreneurs' Online Academy, EFGA Music was founded in 2020 and named after her husband, world-renowned classical guitarist Elliott Fisk.

Cambridge Jazz Foundation Presents
Divas Live!
Friday, November 4, 2022, 7:00 PM

Winsor Music Presents
Boston Connections

Friday, October 28, 2022, 7:00 PM

Fermata Chamber Soloists is excited to open our 5th season, featuring music from the 20th and 21st centuries. Modern and contemporary music can sometimes be a turn-off for audiences, who often feel more alienated by the sounds they hear than anything else. Join us as we bravely dive into this unique language, and uncover the powerful meaning beneath.

Celebrity Series of Boston
Regie Gibson & Atlas Soul Trio
Sunday, October 16, 2022, 3:00 PM EST

Poet Regie Gibson and world-funk-and-more band Atlas Soul once again join forces in a return to the Series for an afternoon of powerful words and music, featuring covers and originals, as well as Gibson’s resonant, dazzling, and thought-provoking wordplay.

Celebrity Series of Boston
Jean Appolon Expressions: Traka
Trauma, Haiti, and the Healing Power of Dance
Sunday, October 2, 2022 at 7:30pm EST

Traka, the newest work from Cambridge-based Haitian choreographer Jean Appolon, means “Troubles” in Haitian Creole and explores how dance, community, and culture are pathways to healing from traumatic events. Inspired by Appolon’s own healing process after his father was murdered in Haiti’s 1991 coup, Traka uses Haitian folkloric dance and contemporary dance to depict the journey of a country and a people working through generational trauma.


Appolon teams with Haitian composer, turntablist, and Afro-futurist Val Jeanty (Val-Inc), who creates Vodou-inspired contemporary soundscapes that provide the rhythmic foundation for Appolon’s heartfelt and thought-provoking work.


Also available as a streaming performance premiering October 13, 2022 at 4pm.

An Infinity Dance Collective Show
Thursday, September 29, 7:00-9:00pm
Friday, September 30, 7:00-9:00pm

Transmute is about the energy that connects us all and the soul expansion & transformation that can happen with universal love of community. One love, one light, transmuting darkness to light.


As we transmute energy for ourselves and those around us, we collectively heal humanity. Transmute brings artists together across different ages & various styles of dance, with live music, poetry, and voice. The show brings a community heart healing component in the per-formance with audience involvement and energetic healing for all. Dance styles are contemp-orary, modern, structured & contact improvisation, and ballet.


With guest artists Erica Cornejo and Carlos Molina and pre-professional dancers of Integrarte.

The Bridgeside Cypher
3-Day Weekend Series of Hip Hop Cypher Events!
THIS WEEKEND September 16th - 18th
The series begins Friday, September 16th, 7-11 pm, with the Bridgeside Super Cypher, celebrating the elements of hip-hop, including freestyling, beatboxing, dancing, and scratch DJs. On Saturday, September 17th, 7-11 pm, will be the Bridgeside Hot Girl Cypher. A women empowerment cypher where featured artists will take turns performing in a collaborative and sometimes improvisational style with a live band! The series ends Sunday, September 18th, 1-4 pm, with Bridgeside Community Day with writing and poetry workshops and community discussions with local educators, youth, and keynote speakers.

Flamenco a la Mexicana:

Featuring María Aliaga

Friday, September 9, 2022 @ 8pm

In September, Mexico and Mexican people across the world commemorate Mexican Independence. However, through the heart of Mexico runs Prehispanic and Spanish blood, because Mexico is the result of a “mestizaje”, a very deep cultural mixture. Flamenco a la Mexicana is a celebration of that miscegenation of which all Mexicans are a product. It is a show created by the Mexican flamenco dancer María Aliaga, where music, costumes, dances and traditions fuse with flamenco, a Spanish art. Mexican boleros meet the chords of the Andalusian guitar, Mexican textiles turn into a flamenco dress, and La Catrina, the Mexican skull, dances flamenco. This show, created in 2014, has been presented in Mexico City and New York. September 9 at the Multicultural Arts Center will be the first time it will be presented to commemorate the Independence of Mexico, celebrating our “mestizaje”.

Come along with us to Clement Morgan Park (The Port) for Arts in the Park this Saturday, June 25th from 1 pm - 5 pm! Artist and designer Ayana Mack (pictured here) will join us in leading a hands-on craft activity all about JOY. 

Adius Arts Initiative, Everbody Gotta Eat, and the Cambridge Department of Public Works present Arts in the Park, a day of learning, a celebration of the arts, and building community in The Port neighborhood! The event will also include FREE performances, tastings, interactive exhibits, children's games, and and more as part of The Port Infrastructure Improvements Project.

Mark your calendars for this rarely performed operatic gem! Composed in the late 1600s, Venus & Adonis is believed to be the earliest surviving English opera. Playful Cupid pierces his mother Venus with one of his arrows. She promptly falls in love with the beautiful youth Adonis and sends his off hunting with his comrades. Then the drama begins as Adonis is felled by a wild boar! Our opera is a fascinating window into the period and a musical gem that sparkles anew for us today.

Ekti Abhinaba Natoker Mohora (In search of a novel play) is a dark absurd comedy that reflects the state of humankind in current times. It takes us on
a spiral of stories that are repeatedly fragmented leaving one wondering what is
true. An ensemble cast of human and non-human characters create a collective collage of the despair and ludicrousness of our current life.

Off-Kendrik Presents
Ekti Abhinaba Natoker Mohora
(In search of a novel play)


Saturday, June 4, 2022, 6:30pm
Sunday, June 5, 2022, 3pm

Urbanity Dance

10th Anniversary Series

May 20 & 21, 2022, 7:30pm
Urbanity's 10 year anniversary season will conclude with performances of new works choreographed by Meg Anderson, Nailah Randall-Bellinger, Key’Aira
Lockett, Levi Marsman, and Asia Pyron.

Boston Jazz United for Ukraine
A Jazz Benefit for the People of Ukraine 
Featuring Maxim Lubarsky & Special Guests 
Friday, May 13th, 2022, 7:30-9:30pm EST US

The Boston jazz community will unite to support Ukrainian relief efforts with a hybrid in-person/streaming evening of amazing & inspiring jazz and poetry. Ukrainian-born pianist & musical director Maxim Lubardky has assembled an all-star collection of musicians, including Fernando Huergo/bass, Mark Walker/drums, Tucker Antell/sax, Yulia Musayelyan/flute, Annette Philip/voice, the Noah Preminger Group, and the Nando Mihelin/Ebinho Cardoso Group. In addition, poet & translator Dzvinia Orlowsky will read poems by Ukrainian writers Natalka Bilotserkivets & Halyna Kruk in Ukrainian and in English translations by Orlowsky and Ali Kinsella.

Conceived by Jay Hoffman & CJ Kelley, this event is presented by JazzBoston, the Multicultural Arts Center (MAC), and the Cambridge Community Center for the Arts (CCCA), with partial funding provided by Kjell Christiansen and Stephen Adams.

Join us for Wonderland: a Hip Hop film screening and panel conversation on Hip Hop and Placemaking. This project created by Paul Willis uses art to create a conversation about home through digital storytelling, music and community engagement.

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