Articles by Sam Baltrusis

SCOUT PICK: Cry Guy tonight at ZuZu

If you’re too poor to afford a Together Fest pass but still need your dose of super-fresh, razor-edge electronic pop, then stop by ZuZu tonight to hear Cry Guy play their first Boston-area show in two months The duo, which consists of local ambient-electronic musician Cameron Potter and Berklee first-year Virginia de las Pozas, formed […]


WHAT’S NEW?: Public art heads to The Avenue

The neglected stretch of sidewalk between Cambridge Common and Porter Square is set to receive an extensive and badly needed makeover. On Saturday, the newly formed Arts Committee for “The Avenue” – referring to the above-mentioned section of Massachusetts Avenue – issued a call to artists, requesting proposals for public art to be installed on […]


Shake Shack heads to Harvard Square?

Don’t get your hopes up just yet, but rumor has it that there may be a Shake Shack (JFK and Winthrop) opening up in Harvard Square, in the space next to OM restaurant. “At this point we have submitted an application to the city for a special permit, and we will not be in a […]


Moment of silence planned to honor victims

The mayor and governor are asking everyone across the state to join in a moment of silence at 2:50 p.m. Monday, April 22 … the time of the marathon bombings. The one-minute silent tribute to victims will be followed by the ringing of bells in Boston and other spots throughout Massachusetts. It marks one week […]


MIT police officer identified as Sean Collier

Somerville’s Sean Collier, a 26-year-old MIT police officer, died last night after two men fired shots at him between Vassar and Main streets in Cambridge. Collier was “a dedicated officer who was extremely well liked by his colleagues and the MIT community,” says MIT police chief John DiFava in a press release. Before joining the […]


Gunshots reported at MIT’s Stata Center

Shots have been fired near Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Strata Center, according to MIT’s emergency information center. “At 10:48 PM today gunshots were reported near Building 32 (Stata) which is currently surrounded by responding agencies,” they report here. “The area is cordoned off. Please stay clear of area until further notice. Unknown if injuries have […]


Geek Week backlash at ImprovBoston

Fans of Cambridge’s comedic, geek-chic scene are out of luck. The popular geek-culture comedy festival, originally slotted for April 16-22 at ImprovBoston in Central Square, is on hiatus after a seven-year run because of an intellectual property battle, reports Marc Levy at Cambridge Day here. Apparently, founder and organizer Kevin Harrington had issue with ImprovBoston […]


Reid Overpass closes for six months

There’s an upcoming road block for drivers who take the BU Bridge. Starting Sunday, April 7, the Reid Overpass–the overpass that connects Memorial Drive over the rotary at the BU Bridge in Cambridge–will be closed for six months to cars, bicycles and pedestrians. According to an announcement from the Massachusetts Department of Transportation, it will […]


Pedicab program speeds into Cambridge

The people of Cambridge will soon have a new, more eco-friendly way to navigate the city’s streets. Yep, a pack of pay-what-you-will pedicabs are en route. St. Patrick’s Day weekend marks the beginning of Cambridge’s pedicab pilot, which will run through Halloween with 20 of the chariot-esque vehicles dotting the streets. The Cambridge License Commission […]


Fallen lamp posts in Harvard Square

Hide your posts, ‘cause they’re hitting all of them out there. Seriously. The Harvard Square Business Association (HSBA) reports that “a series of incidents involving Harvard Square lamp posts.”


Interview with BUFF filmmaker Drew Tobia

BUFF shouldn’t just stand for the Boston Underground Film Festival. It should also be an acronym for bizarre, unconventional, fearless, and filterless because those are the types of films the festival delivers, which started yesterday and ends on Monday, March 31. It all started as an overnight movie-marathon in ‘98. Now, celebrating 15 years, it’s […]


Photographer spotlights homeless youth

Anthony Pira, the photographer featured in the inaugural edition of Scout Cambridge in the story called “Invisible Faces: Photographer Spotlights Homeless Youth in Harvard Square,” has been honored by the Massachusetts Department of Higher Education as one of the “29 Who Shine.” Pira is slotted to receive the award at the State House in May. […]