Press Release



(BOSTON - June 17, 2008) The Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA)'s Water Café  will be open until 11 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays through Sept. 11, with an exciting new grill menu and specially created drinks from the full bar. The café's glass doors slide open for outdoor seating overlooking Boston Harbor. Extended hours begin on Thursday, June 19, which is also opening night for HarborWalk Sounds, the ICA's adventurous collaboration with Berklee College of Music. HarborWalk Sounds takes place on the waterfront Putnam Investments Plaza at the ICA,  Admission to the ICA is free after 5 p.m. on Target Free Thursdays.  For more information, call (617) 478-3100 or visit

According to Michael Rodriguez, General Manager of Water Café, "We will feature a brand new grill menu, with more of a tapas presentation.  Shared plates will add to the festive summer atmosphere."  In addition, Water Café now features beer on tap, including Harpoon Summer and IPA.  There will also be new drink creations. 

Friday nights at the ICA feature great programs free with museum admission. "Talking Taste" brings renowned chefs Jody Adams, Barbara Lynch and Chris Schlesinger to the ICA to talk about their new cookbooks, and in August, the ICA reprises last summer's wildly popular "You Dance Fridays," with great live music and dance instruction.

(Please note that the ICA and the Water Café are open on Friday, July 4 from 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.)

HarborWalk Sounds: Berklee College of Music at the ICA
Putnam Investments Plaza
Target Free Thursday Nights, 6 - 8:30 pm

Berklee College of Music boasts some of the most talented students, alumni and faculty at work in the music world today, and there's no better time and place to hear them than a summer evening at the ICA. Enjoy the best of both institutions with HarborWalks Sounds, a free series of concerts featuring rising stars in jazz, world, Latin and more. Relax on the harbor with a delicious drink from the Water Café and hot sounds from the coolest music school around.  Admission is free.

June 19 Maeve Gilchrist (world/jazz/Celtic)
June 26 Zili Misik (world)
July 3 Jelena Sol (world)
July 10 Paulo Stagnaro (Latin percussionist)
July 17 Juan Chavez (salsa violinist)
July 24 Marcelo Woloski (Latin percussionist))
July 31 Sol Melodiq (soul/jazz)
August 7 Zach Hilliard (groove)
August 14 Cole Degenova (funk/jazz/soul)
August 21 Pat Carroll (jazz)
August 28 Monterey Quartet (jazz)
September 4 Manami Morita (jazz)
September 11 Katie Thiroux (jazz)

Talking Taste        
Renowned fixtures on the city's culinary scene share the freshest tastes in food and drink. Three of Boston's premier chefs talk about their latest flavors and sign copies of their cookbooks while you sample their tempting recipes.

Talking Taste is made possible through the generous support of Eckert Seamans Cherin & Mellott, LLC.

Chris Schlesinger
Friday, June 27, 6:30 pm
Fan the flames of your appetite with grilling expert Chris Schlesinger, a James Beard Award-winner for "Best Chef Northeast" and one of Gourmet magazine's "10 'hot' barbecue chefs in America." His restaurants include the East Coast Grill & Raw Bar and the All Star Sandwich Bar, both in Cambridge. A respected chef and teacher, Schlesinger is the author of Thrill of the Grill, License to Grill, How to Cook Meat and Let the Flames Begin.  His writing has also appeared in The New York Times, GQ, Food & Wine, and Saveur magazine.

Jody Adams
Friday, July 11, 6:30 pm
The Boston Globe compares eating Jody Adams's food to "stepping into a winter greenhouse just at the moment a spectacular hothouse orchid bursts into bloom, filling the senses."  Also a James Beard Award-winner for "Best Chef Northeast," Adams was named "one of America's ten best new chefs" by Food and Wine Magazine in 1993. Her restaurant Rialto offers regional Italian cuisine-each month focuses on a different region of Italy-with a New England twist. She is the author of In the Hands of a Chef: Cooking with Jody Adams of Rialto Restaurant. 

Barbara Lynch
Friday, July 18, 6:30 pm
The ICA welcomes home award-winning South Boston native Barbara Lynch, who this year will open a 15,000 square foot restaurant facility housing multiple concepts, very near the ICA in Fort Point.  Lynch is well known for Beacon Hill's No. 9 Park, named to several magazines' "Best Restaurant" lists, including Bon Appétit, Travel & Leisure, Food & Wine, and Gourmet. Lynch has expanded her culinary influence in Boston with B&G Oysters, The Butcher Shop, a full-service catering company, produce shop, and demonstration kitchen.  She has been featured in Saveur, Boston Common, Bon Appetit, and The New York Times. Free with museum admission. Space is limited.

You Dance Friday in August
Back by popular demand, You Dance Friday has four new dance styles to try.  Programs begin at 6 pm with an hour of instruction followed by the great live music until 8:30 pm to let you put your new moves to the test. Free with museum admission.

August 1 - Swing
Music by Russ Gershon's Swing Vote featuring musicians from the Either/Orchestra.  Dance instructor TBA. Russ Gershon is a composer, saxophonist, and bandleader. He founded the ten-piece Either/Orchestra, which has been a fixture on the jazz landscape since 1985.

August 8 - Samba
Music by Brasilis and instruction by André Carvalho and Rosangela Santiago
The Brasilis quartet is led by award-winning flutist and composer Fernando Brandão, who has performed in festivals and distinguished concert halls and clubs in Brazil, the U.S., and around the world. André Carvalho is a professional ballroom dancer, master teacher, and choreographer in the Samba de Gafieira and Bolero styles. Rosangela Santiago, versed in traditional rhythms such as samba-de-roda, candomblé, forró, and  lambada, has performed at the Beantown Jazz Festival, the Brazilian Independence Festival, and the Lowell Folk Festival.

August 15 - Tap Tap Tap
Music by the Revolutionary Snake Ensemble and instruction by Sean Fielder
The Revolutionary Snake Ensemble is a funk & street beat brass band playing modern improvised celebratory music. Led by saxophonist Ken Field, the group can be heard regularly Sesame Street. Sean Fielder started dancing at the age of three and had his first professional show at ten. He danced in the lead role on the national tour of Bring in 'Da Noise, Bring in 'Da Funk, and has performed in the video for Missy Elliot's "The Rain," toured with Debbie Allen and Dick Clark, and has taught and performed around the world.

August 22 - Bellydance
Music by Musaner and instruction by Johara (Men are welcome!)
Musaner's music is comprised of arrangements that use both original compositions and folk music material from the Balkans to the Near East. Musaner's original blend features eastern instruments and a jazz horn section. Johara is a dancer, drummer, and choreographer with over 10 years experience as a dance instructor. She is director and producer of Snakedance Theater, the semi-monthly dance events Serpentine Nights, and the Bellisima dance troupe. She is creator and host of the Boston Annual Bellydance Awards.

About the ICA
An influential forum for multi-disciplinary arts, the Institute of Contemporary Art has been at the leading edge of art in Boston for 70 years. Like its iconic building on Boston's waterfront, the ICA offers new ways of engaging with the world around us. Its exhibitions and programs provide access to contemporary art, artists, and the creative process, inviting audiences of all ages and backgrounds to participate in the excitement of new art and ideas.  The ICA, located at 100 Northern Avenue, is open Tuesday and Wednesday, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.; Thursday and Friday, 10 a.m. - 9 p.m.; and Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.  Admission is $12 adults, $10 seniors and students, and free for members and children 17 and under. Free admission on Target Free Thursday Nights, 5 - 9 p.m. For more information, call (617) 478-3100 or visit




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