Arts

How Central Square’s Graffiti Haven Came to Be

On the first day temperatures rose above 40 in January, clusters of street artists arrived at “Graffiti Alley” in Central Square, staking out a space among dozens of colorful spray cans. They had come out to contribute to The Wall, an ever-evolving art installation lining the corridor between Central Kitchen and Hilton’s Tent City. The […]


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 […]


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 […]


Moving Stories Combats Stigma of Addiction and Incarceration

A group of women who are recovering from substance addiction or have been incarcerated will share their stories this weekend in a part-dance, part-spoken word show at The Dance Complex. Moving Stories is intended to reduce stigma around addiction and incarceration. The performance came out of the Moving Steps Foundation, which started out as a […]


Albertine Press Sets Up Shop in Inman

A whole crew of antique letterpresses is headed to Cambridge next week as Albertine Press, a Somerville design and letterpress studio, gets a brick-and-mortar storefront in Inman Square. Albertine Press makes greeting cards, stationery, journals, coasters, and more by pressing raised, inked designs into cotton paper. The letterpress technique makes an impression in the paper. […]


Art Underfoot: More Sidewalk Poems Printed on City Streets

If you’re not watching where you’re walking, you might miss them: poems printed in city sidewalks throughout Cambridge. Each year, the Cambridge Arts Council runs a contest, asking for submissions of poems by Cambridge residents that are then stamped into sidewalks. The Sidewalk Poetry project is part of a collaboration with the Department of Public Works and the Cambridge […]




Frequent Flyers

You’ve seen their work advertising shows around town. Now, meet three local designers who won’t let poster-making become a lost art.


First-Ever Central Flea to Celebrate Cambridge’s Cultural History

Next week, the Central Square Business Association and New England Open Markets plan to issue a formal press release for the first-ever Central Flea, an outdoor, Brooklyn Flea-style market that’ll bring artists, vintage dealers, musicians and more to the square. But in the meantime, the NEOM team thought they’d make a Facebook event the organizations could use to drum […]


Boston Calling Gears Up for its Biggest Year Yet

This weekend, Boston Calling is back. But this year, for the first time, the music festival is saying farewell to its digs at Boston’s City Hall—where it’s been held since it debuted in 2013—and setting up camp at the Harvard Athletic Complex. The move to Harvard marks Boston Calling’s biggest event to date, with headlining sets from Chance the Rapper, […]