Articles by Reena Karasin

OBERON to Embrace Shakespeare With a Twist

Lucky Charming feels he was born to play Puck from “A Midsummer Night’s Dream.” He stopped growing in ninth grade at 5 feet 4 inches and is playfully peppy when around friends. But whenever he saw a casting call for the play, the role of Puck was already filled. “I need to play this role […]


Passim Awards Grants to Local Musicians

Passim doled out $42,000 this winter to musicians with ties to New England as part of its annual effort to help artists advance their careers. The Harvard Square-based nonprofit’s Iguana Music Fund is designed to enrich local communities by supporting musicians and making it easier to be a full-time artist. “It’s really to help the […]


From the Cloud to the Paige: Meet Harvard Book Store’s On-Demand Printer

Nestled in the back of Harvard Book Store, Paige M. Gutenborg whirs away. A faint smell of glue surrounds the machine as digital files transform into bound books. It starts with a Xerox printer. The manuscript pops out and is whisked into a neat stack, and then comes the gluing and binding. Tiny balls of […]


Our Best Stories of 2017

From mass protests that kicked off the beginning of the year to the bitter cold ushering December to a close, 2017 has been a wild ride. As we look back on the year, we want to highlight some of our favorite stories about the people, places, and movements that make Cambridge, Cambridge. So we hope […]


New Year’s Eve In Cambridge

Still working on your New Year’s Eve plans and looking for something close to home? Luckily, Cambridge is up to the challenge. Check out these local New Year’s events at some of the city’s best spots. Lamplighter Taproom Bash Lamplighter’s New Year’s Eve party is, not surprisingly, the perfect option for beerlovers. There will be […]


Behind Cambridge’s Painted Windows

Mandee Martin has loved letters ever since she was a kid. She dreamed of perfect cursive and worked at her bubble letters. She took to graffiti in her 20s, enjoying how the medium let her designs stretch. She painted her first window about 10 years ago while working at Beth Israel Deaconess — “I felt […]



Voters Select Seven Participatory Budgeting Projects

Over 6,700 Cambridge residents voted on how to spend the city’s participatory budget, selecting seven projects in the areas of environment, community resources, streetsmarts, and youth and technology. The winning projects are 100 Trees for a Cleaner, Greener Cambridge; Critical Resource Kits for the Homeless; Flashing Crosswalks for Safer Streets; Drinking Water Across More Parks; […]


City to Offer Legal Screening Clinic for Immigrants

The City of Cambridge has established a free, monthly clinic that will help local immigrants determine what their options are for pursuing citizenship or legal status. The clinic, run by the Commission on Immigrant Rights and Citizenship (CIRC) and the Community Legal Services and Counseling Center (CLSACC—pronounced “classic”), will bring in volunteer immigration lawyers. CLSACC […]


Little Birdie Me Takes the Guesswork Out of Gift Giving

What if you could get your friends and family the perfect gift every time? Mary Murphy came up with the idea for Little Birdie Me when she saw a man buying flowers for his partner but had no idea what type of flowers she liked. “I thought, ‘What if there was a site where instead […]


The Loop Lab to Open Doors for Port Neighborhood

A music and podcast recording studio is set to open in the city next fall that will be a space for underserved young people in the Port neighborhood to learn about sound engineering, music production, and workforce development. The Loop Lab is a collaboration between the lab’s two cofounders and the Cambridge Arts Council. The […]


Cambridge to Enter Regional Housing Partnership

Somerville Mayor Joseph Curtatone and Boston Mayor Marty Walsh are teaming up to tackle Greater Boston’s housing crisis. The two mayors will work with representatives from 14 cities and towns in the region, including Cambridge, to meet booming housing needs as people flock to Boston and its surrounding areas. “Our entire region is facing and […]