Articles by Alyssa Vaughn

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 […]


The Sister Act Behind Kendall Square’s Vester and Dumpling Daughter

It’s 2 p.m., but from the looks of the crowd surrounding the counter at Kendall Square’s Dumpling Daughter, you’d think it was high noon. The room is energetic, full of chattering researchers, college kids, and families, digging into pork buns and slurping noodles. Between the conversations, the colorful photos on the walls, and the pop […]


Food For All Expands to Farmers Markets

There’s nothing that ruins a weekend outing to the farmers market quite like a surprise thunderstorm. But while it’s always a bummer to slog home with rain-soaked canvas tote bags, the consequences of a midday downpour—or a heatwave, or a citywide event, or an unannounced MBTA closure—can be dire for the small, family-owned businesses that […]