Articles by Emily Hopkins

Dancing in the Moonlight

A few years ago, burlesque entertainer and drag king Allix Mortis was in the midst of the city grind. They were stretched thin, trying to make it work between two jobs and freelance gigs. Seeking an outlet, they found the burlesque community. Now, Mortis balances a more daytime vanilla work life with performing and coordinating shows by […]


Good Bones

Over the past few decades, Cambridge has changed. Buildings have been built up; others have been bulldozed. But not everyone wants to tear down the old and replace it. We spoke to two businesses who are taking structures with “good bones” and making something entirely new out of them. All of my big life changes […]


On the Rocks

Puritan & Co. bartender Colin Kiley has seen a lot from behind the bar. Good dates, bad dates, blind dates—you name it, he’s gritted his teeth through it. Fortunately, he was willing to sit down with us to tell us what he’s seen—and share some of his wisdom. THE FIRST DATE Walking into the bar for a […]


SCOUT PICK: Food Truck Festival Goes Vegan for Kendall Square

In 2011, the founders of Food Truck Festivals of America were just trying to plan a party. Their marketing company, Aigner/Prensky Marketing, represented a community in Plymouth that wanted something different. This is back in 2011, and while that may seem like just a few short years ago, at the time, food trucks were hardly […]


SCOUT OUT: More than Just Bananas

We live in the age of dairy alternatives. The days of fetishizing the bovine beverage are in the decline, and more people than ever are reaching for creamy substitutes. Our sweet tooths are satisfied by dark chocolate, and when we get to the frozen food aisle, we reach for something else: soy, almond, hemp, rice. […]


RAISING GENERATION Z: What the Experts Say

Every year, we learn more about the ins and outs of good parenting. To be brief: It’s a tough job, and many people often face it with limited resources and support. That’s where Parenting Journey in Somerville and the Cambridge Center for Families come in. They help teach parents good parenting skills and provide them […]


RAISING GENERATION Z: Seeking Balance for the Net Generation

When we first sat down with area parents to talk about the challenges of raising Generation Z, we were thinking about all the factors that might give them anxiety: finding the right school, living in a good neighborhood, giving their children access to the best pediatric care—the kinds of things that influence your decision to live […]


Just Crust Stays Committed after Two Years of Fair Practices

Shannon Liss-Riordan, co-owner of the Just Crust pizzeria in Harvard Square (49B Brattle St.), is not accustomed to being a restaurateur. In fact, she’s had much more experience suing restaurants than running them. Liss-Riordan is a lawyer who’s earned distinction defending waitstaff and workers from unfair pay practices, lately gaining notice for leading a class […]




CloverHFI Will Open This Month

When CloverHFI (496 Mass. Ave.) opens its doors on April 22, it will have been nearly a year to the day since they announced that they would be opening up their next location in the space formerly occupied by Hi-Fi Pizza. CloverHFI will be outfitted with a pinball machine, common table, CSA pickup and grab-and-go food. […]


Health Department to Award $5,000 in Community Grants

This week is the last chance for organizations to apply for one of ten mini-grants form the Cambridge Public Health Department through its Let’s Move Cambridge and Cambridge in Motion initiatives. Eligible organizations have until Friday to submit their applications for review. “These mini-grants have inspired a lot of creative thinking from the community in the […]