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Campus Pick: Cambridge gathers cultural festivities on busy streets

Central SquareWorld's Fair.

Central Square, Cambridge (Main Street, Pearl Street, Norfolk Street).


By Craig Chang
Associate Arts Editor

This Sunday the annual Central Square World's Fair will bring music, dance, and food close to the Institute. Between MIT and Harvard, Main Street and Rounder Records will border this virtual stage of multi-culturalism. There, music groups of styles ranging from alternative and funk to Latin and country suggest the diversity of the huge event.

Cambridge has always celebrated its diversity with the World's Fair, and Sunday will be no exception when sounds from adjacent streets blend together with the planned festivities. Beyond Main Street's almost unfair draw, including the legendary David Murray, Pearl Street and Norfolk Street will build upon the afternoon's eclectic texture with Caribbean and Gospel music.

A big attraction will definitely be the Cambridge-spawned low-rock trio Morphine at 3 p.m on the Main Street stage. Replacing guitar with saxophone, the group stretches the limitations of its odd setup with rippling range and energy - Morphine is especially famous for its live shows. With their inspirations in rock-noir and most recent album yes Morphine should attract a huge crowd.

Meanwhile, visitors may wander onto Brookline Street, which will feature several dance companies, including the Nicola Hawkins Dance Company and Anna Myer. Some may even invade the Children's Stage, have their faces painted, and cavort with clowns. Undoubtedly, the World's Fair will recreate the regular commotion of Central Square.