You Can Check a ‘Human Book’ Out of the Library This Weekend

Who’s better suited to remind you to not judge a book by its cover than the library? The Cambridge Public Library and CCTV are teaming up this weekend to let people “check out” “human books” to combat discrimination and to help people understand others’ perspectives. Participants will have the chance to speak with one of […]


CRLS Photography Students Showcase Work

Curious what some of the city’s best young photographers are up to? You’re in luck: advanced placement photography students at Cambridge Rindge and Latin School are showcasing their work at the Chandler Gallery through May 18. Teacher Debi Milligan tasked the juniors and seniors with developing three portfolios: one centered around a particular idea, one […]


Blueprint to a Neighborhood

In East Cambridge, a community tells its story in churches. It’s hard to get a proper sense of East Cambridge as a neighborhood without taking the walk from Lechmere to Inman Square down Cambridge Street. The impact of the many immigrants is apparent in the architecture every step of the way. “Basically, East Cambridge developed […]


Central Flea to Return Weekly This Spring

Fans of the Central Flea have several reasons to celebrate. First, the Central Flea will run weekly this season, starting on May 6. Second, the flea is moving to a bigger space. “In just one year we outgrew ourselves,” a Facebook post for the event says in reference to last year’s location, 95 Prospect St. The […]


Local Architects’ Tips for Maximizing Your Space

1. Get Creative Before thinking about adding to a home’s footprint, local architects advise residents look to their attics and basements. Adding dormers—windows that project out from a sloped roof—to an attic is a great way to open up the space, says Somerville architect Jai Singh Khalsa of Khalsa Design. Similarly, adding lightwells makes a […]


Connecting Through the Lens

Meet Mark Ostow, renowned photographer, teacher, and owner of Cafe Zing Mark Ostow has always felt comfortable connecting with people through a camera lens. “When I was a child I spent a lot of time by myself,” the renowned photographer and longtime Cambridge resident explains. Growing up in Long Beach, N.Y., 10-year-old Ostow found solace […]


FICTION: The Young Woman

The young woman, having delayed the task for weeks, was about to call her father to tell him “No.” And yet the very thought of having to do this, knowing that she would attempt to mitigate his disappointment with a disingenuous (yet all too convincing) “I’m sorry,” compelled the young woman to ball up her […]


Queer Makers Join Forces for First Queer Kitchen

Three Cambridge and Somerville chefs have teamed up to host Queer Kitchen, a night of food and music by queer makers that intends to be an alternative space for the queer community. Owners of Tanám, Tex Mex Eats, and 7ate9 Bakery want to hold an event for the queer community that isn’t focused on alcohol or […]


Rooming With Artwork

At Harvard and MIT, students can take the universities’ art collections home Pablo Picasso, Marc Chagall, and Andy Warhol’s works line museum walls all over the world. But, thanks to MIT and Harvard’s art loan and rental programs, you can also find them hanging on the walls in less conventional places: students’ dorm rooms and […]


PHOTOS: Juliet’s Josh Lewin Teaches at Community Cooks Fundraiser

The Cambridge School of Culinary Arts and Community Cooks have teamed up for a series of cooking classes to benefit Community Cooks, a network of volunteers who make home-cooked meals for people in need. The classes feature celebrated chefs. Juliet‘s Chef Josh Lewin guided participants through making a cassoulet on Monday evening, from butchering four […]


Haitian-American Dance Company to Tell Stories of Immigration

For Jean Appolon, immigration was an experience of chaos and trauma. Appolon’s father was killed in Haiti for political reasons in 1991, he says, adding that he and his two brothers never found out the precise reason for their father’s murder, other than that he opposed President Jean-Bertrand Aristide. After that, the brothers went into […]


FICTION: Sullivan Square

Looking down, I saw the trail of red blood droplets, stark and saturated against white snow. I stood at my usual spot on the subway platform for the morning commute, bundled in layers like my fellow passengers, my head low to ward off the frigid January wind. The rabbit lay on its side not far […]