Past Events

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

inTENtion
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.

Urbanity Dance

10th Anniversary Series

Creative Class Showcase
April 29 & 30, 2022, 7pm

 
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. Join us for their first live show back after a two year performance hiatus! 
Abilities Dance Boston
Intersections
Friday, April 22, 2022, 8:00pm | Saturday, April 23, 2022, 8:00 PM

Abilities Dance Boston presents its annual performance led by Executive & Artistic Director Ellice Patterson. The show is centered on BIPOC disabled folks local and national, past and present. New England Film Orchestra will provide live accompaniment.

Juventas New Music Ensemble performs
Lungs of the City
Saturday, March 26, 2022 at 8:00 p.m.

Join Juventas as they honor the bicentennial of Frederick Law Olmsted. Olmsted is the legendary landscape architect who inspired a nation, with greenspaces that became part of the American fabric.

Nailah Randall-Bellinger and RootsUprising present
Initiation—In Love Solidarity
Friday, March 25, at 7:30 p.m

Randall-Bellinger’s dance event, which is co-produced with the Multicultural Arts Center and Cambridge Arts, will include a live performance of “Migrating Souls” and the dance film “Initiation—In Love Solidarity.” The dance speaks to the evolving identities of women in the African Diaspora and their affirming acts of sacrifice and resilience as practiced by the sea water ancestors of the Atlantic crossing.
 

The evening will conclude with a talk-back audience conversation with Randall-Bellinger and dancers.

A Journey Through is going to be a night full of life, nourishment, and uplifting vibes! Everything about this fundraiser is rooted in holistic care and its intention to represent local artists and spaces. It's mission is to bring awareness and funding to those in need of double lung transplants via Mass General Hospital - one of the best transplant centers in this nation. A Journey Through is committed to centering the CARE that got Ms Ella, Founder and Lead Director of SocaFusion, through her life, inclusive of a drastic onset of PVOD and a double lung transplant.

Yellow Bird Chase

by the Liars and Believers Theater Company
Saturday, February 26, 2022 from 2pm - 3pm EST

A clownish maintenance crew finds a magical yellow bird and a mad chase begins! Racing over land, across the sea, and through the air – battling pirates and monsters – how far will our heroes go... without ever leaving the maintenance room?


Leap into the imagination, where birds are magic and everyday objects transform into anything! Join Liars & Believers on an adventure of masks, puppets, and gibberish.

Celebrity Series of Boston

Sandeep Das & Nino de los Reyes
Rhythm of Life 
 

Saturday, February 19, 2022 at 3pm EST

This music and dance event will trace the journey of the colorful rhythms and melodies that originated with the Roma people in the Indian village of Jaisalmer and wound their way through the ages, across Europe, to Spain and later Mexico. The repertoire will feature a collection of traditional music, original compositions, and cross-cultural collaborations between performers that draw on both the Flamenco and Indian Classical traditions. Tabla virtuoso Sandeep Das and Madrid-based flamenco standout Nino de los Reyes team up with Suhail Yusuf Khan, sarangi, and vocalist Jose Cortes to tell this fascinating and personal multicultural story.

Multicultural Arts Center presents
Cambridge Jazz Foundation Winter Concert Series

When Grammy-nominated Mack Avenue recording artist, composer, and bandleader Tia Fuller picks up her saxophone, something amazing happens. Blending technical brilliance, melodic creativity, and the performing precision drawn from both her academic and stage experience, Fuller is a force to be reckoned with in the worlds of jazz, pop, R&B, and more. Currently, Fuller balances the worlds of performance and education, fulfilling a demanding schedule as both a busy touring and recording artist and a full-time professor at the Berklee College of Music in Boston.

Mary Lou Williams wrote over 350 compositions throughout her rich and highly eclectic musical career. She also helped spawn an entire generation of young musicians during the 1940s that would precipitate the birth of one of the world’s most influential musical styles, known as bebop. Her students included musicians as influential and varied as Miles Davis, Dizzy Gillespie, Thelonious Monk, Charlie Parker, and countless others. Monk was a regular at jam sessions at Minton’s and Monroe’s Uptown House which have frequently been cited as the birthplace of Bebop.

Juventas New Music Ensemble Presents
in Partnership with the Multicultural Arts Center

Ryan Shannon: Center Stage

Saturday, January 29, 2022 at 8pm EST

Join us for this special celebration of the violin virtuoso Ryan Shannon and his five seasons with Juventas.

 

An unparalleled virtual concert experience, this performance will be broadcast live on YouTube with high definition feeds from six video cameras.

Saturday, December 18 at 7:30 PM (cancelled)
Sunday, December 19 at 2:00 PM

 

An innovative “micro-theatre” adaptation, The Tempest features three actors playing 11 roles and incorporates both Shakespeare’s original text and sign language. This collaboration between hearing and Deaf theatre artists explores the power of language to create or destroy, liberate or oppress against a backdrop of magic, betrayal, and forgiveness. As Prospero rules his isle and plots revenge upon his usurping brother, each character navigates their own path towards a freedom rooted in love and vulnerability rather than fear and control. 

This is a semi-staged reading. Thank you for joining our process as we develop this new adaptation.

 

Runtime: approx. 90 minutes, no intermission

Both performances will be open captioned and ASL interpreted.

Juventas New Music Ensemble performs
Source Code
Saturday, December 11, 2021 at 8:00 pm EST

Seven composers engage with their musical DNA. Join Juventas for an enrapturing concert that celebrates multigenerational journeys spanning five continents.

 

Listen in person at the Multicultural Arts Center, Cambridge, MA or virtually via YouTube live stream.

ALTARS Live

A celebration of culture by BIPOC artists in Boston

Sun, November 14, 2021, 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM EST

 

ALTARS Live was an interdisciplinary event spotlighting extraordinary BIPOC artists in Boston, with performances by Grammy-nominated saxophonist Phillip Young; Boston’s Youth Poet Laureate Alondra Bobadilla; Krump champion and Season 6 winner of “So You Think You Can Dance” Russell Fergusson; Boston Ballet dancer and US Presidential Scholar in the Arts My’Kal Stromile and Brazilian dance ensemble SambaViva.

 

Award-winning director Mariona Lloreta’s latest film Altars was premiered, followed by a live Q&A with the audience.

☀️  Summer Series  ☀️

Liars and Believers performed Thursday, September 2nd, at this year's Summer Series.

The Multicultural Arts Center Summer Series is BACK! We returned to Centanni Park this summer to welcome an amazing line up of artists to perform outside. Stay tuned for 2022 Summer Series programming!

Thursday Sept 2
Yellow Bird Chase by the Liars and Believers Theater Company
Anna Borges Duo

 

Friday Sept 3
Singer Mali
Papa Sy and the Pasy Naay Leer Dance Company

 

For more than a dozen years the Multicultural Arts Center has partnered with Cambridge Arts and presented the largest music stage at the annual Cambridge Arts River Festival.

 

On Saturday, June 5, 2021 Cambridge Arts River Festival – Not the River but the Stream – a virtual festival filled with outstanding music took place via the internet. 

 

The Jazz, Blues and R & B Stage, curated by Producer/Creative Director Shelley Neill teamed up with Director of Video Production Callie Chapman, in capturing five solo piano concerts by some of the areas most respected Jazz musicians: Tim Ray, Kevin Harris, Rebecca Cline, Bob Toabe, and Yoko Miwa and includes an interview with each artist after their performance. 

 

The five piano concerts were recorded, during the day, at the Jazz Club in the Multicultural Arts Center’s Studio/Theater, providing both an acoustically excellent and visually beautiful setting, in keeping with the Jazz, Blues and R & B concerts that are intrinsic part of each year’s Cambridge Arts River Festival.

 

This presentation will also feature six short videos of: Billie Holiday, Terri Lyne Carrington, Shirley Horn, Art Tatum, Chick Webb and Nina Simone. They are part of a library of Jazz musicians that are in the process of being assembled by the Cambridge Jazz Foundation.

 

The festival enlists the support of six project partners: Cambridge Arts, The Multicultural Arts Center, Cambridge Jazz Foundation, Studio 550, JazzBoston, and Cambridge Community Television.

 

The Running Time is 2 hours and 18 minutes – an oasis of good music awaits you! 

Scenes from the Virtual River Festival (Left to Right: Kevin Harris, Yoko Miwa, Bob Toabe, Tim Ray and Rebecca Cline) Montage by Callie Chapman

Click on the thumbnails to enlarge the photos.

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