Articles by Alyssa Vaughn

What’s New: Art Beat

Houghton Library Gets a Facelift Harvard’s Houghton Library celebrated its 75th birthday last year, but new renovation plans will make sure the library doesn’t show its age. The renovation, scheduled for September 2019 to September 2020, will update the library’s research and teaching facilities, grow its exhibition space, and make it more welcoming and accessible, […]


What’s New: Around Town

Mayor Evaluates Safe Injection Facilities Mayor Marc McGovern, along with Boston Mayor Marty Walsh, led a delegation to Montreal and Toronto to observe their supervised injection facilities (SIFs), WBUR reports. At these clinics, drug users are provided with clean needles, monitored as they consume, and revived in case of overdose. After the visit, SIFS were […]


What’s New: Changing Tastes

East Cambridge Curio Coffee to Double As Nighttime Wine Bar Fans of Cambridge Street’s quirky Curio Coffee know that there’s no better way to start the day than with one of the cafe’s waffles. Now, you’ll also be able to end your day with a savory version of Curio’s signature treat—with a glass of natural […]


Overseasoned and GRLSQUASH Present: A Guide to Feminist Food

When you ask Amy Larson how she would describe her three-year-old business, Overseasoned, she laughs. “That’s complicated,” she says. “I’ve lately been calling it a ‘culinary brand.’” Overseasoned’s first form was a series of mini-cookbooks, handwritten and illustrated by Larson each month. Then, it became a merchandise line, peddling everything from linen aprons to tea […]


What’s New: City Beat & Biking Buzz

City Beat Small Businesses Test Out Recycling Program In an effort to reduce the cost of recycling for small businesses, the city has launched a Small Business Recycling Pilot, the Cambridge Chronicle reports. All businesses with fewer than 50 full-time employees were eligible to apply for the program, and those selected for the pilot will […]


The Red Line Secedes—And That’s Just the Beginning

These First-Time Podcasters Will Derail Your Morning Commute “It’s two kidnappers, their victim, and a ghost,” Alexander Danner explains, his crisp, narratorial voice cutting through the evening din of Diesel Cafe. He takes a sip of his coffee, then finishes his sentence: “They’re arguing over how to pluralize ‘hippopotamus.’” So goes the plot of one […]


What’s New: Snow Season & Science

Snow Season Helping Hands Plow Takes to the Streets On Halloween, the kids of Cambridge were invited to Sennott Park to handprint one of the city’s bright orange snow plows. A project dreamed up by the Department of Public Works, the Cambridge Arts Council, and local student artists, the “helping hands plow” will make the […]


What’s New: Brand New Bites (And Bidding Goodbye)

CAVA Kendall Square Kendall Square’s fast-casual scene is getting even more stacked. Mediterranean chain CAVA’s first Cambridge location is now open for business, Eater Boston reports. The restaurant’s menu rotates throughout the year, offering seasonal ingredients in pita wraps, salads, and grain bowls. If you’re the indecisive type, though, you had best nail down your […]


Bagelsaurus Pop-up Vinal Bakery to Open Independent Shop in Somerville

It’s tough out there for English muffins. Sure, they’re reliable, versatile, and a go-to foundation for everything from egg and cheese sandwiches to toaster pizzas, but it’s the more glamorous breakfast breads that earn spots on trendy brunch menus and likes on Instagram. In a world of golden brown brioche, savory scones, and seeded bagels, […]


Shakespeare, Sex, and Seafood: A Night Out at A.R.T.

The American Repertory Theater’s 2019 lineup is as colorful as ever—here are five upcoming shows you won’t want to miss. “Miss You Like Hell”  Jan. 11 – 27, OBERON. Tickets start at $25. Imagine Kerouac, Steinbeck, Faulkner, or whoever’s “road journey” narrative you read in school—but recast it with mother-daughter protagonists in a pickup truck. […]


Porter Square Books Writer in Residence to Pen YA Queer Romance Novel

Like many other Cambridge residents, Kathryn Amato often finds herself getting lost in the shelves at Porter Square Books. Come this February, however, Amato will be spending even more time at the beloved bookstore—the romance-novelist-turned-young-adult-author was just selected as one of Porter Square Books’ first two Writers in Residence. “Along with being a place that […]


Local Artist Paints the Town with Message of Togetherness

At 6 a.m. on a sunny Saturday earlier this fall, Somerville resident Liz LaManche arrived at the spacious Kendall Plaza, bearing an arsenal of string, chalk, and paint rollers. She began with the chalk, sketching out long straight lines. She enlisted an assistant to act as a human compass, holding one end of a string […]