Arts

Almost Perfect Glass Trailblazes Environmental Activism Through Art

Vases showcasing the fuzzy white faces of polar bears and the glimmering navy bodies of whales adorn the shelves of Almost Perfect Glass, begging to spark conversation. “Anyone who comes through the studio, if they see the pieces we have that are about environmental situations, you can say they’re cool and important because they’re a […]


Winners Selected in Vacant Storefront Creative Design Contest

The city has selected five winning art pieces in its Vacant Storefront Creative Design Contest, which intends to put art in unoccupied storefronts. The contest, run by the Community Development Department (CDD) and Cambridge Arts, is part of the city’s multi-year retail strategic plan. The CDD will make digital files of each artwork available for property owners […]


Decade-long Photography Project Captures Lasting Evidence of WWI

Somerville artist Bonnell Robinson has spent the last 10 years documenting European sites associated with the conflict of WWI through vivid, black-and-white film images. The exhibition that came out of that project, “Sightlines,” is on display at Lesley University through April 7. Robinson’s connection to the work is deeply personal, spurred by a desire to learn […]


The Community That Goes With the Flow

Local Flow Artists Spin Fire, Juggling Pins, and More Hanging out with flow artists for an evening, you’ll find yourself asking a lot of questions. What, exactly, is poi? (Short ropes with balls on the end.) Is spinning fire scary? (Yes.) Is it dangerous? (Not as dangerous as you might think.) How many hours do […]


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 […]


Step Into the World of the Lilypad Mural

Dan Masi spent six months of 2017 living nocturnally, sleeping during the day and painting all night, while creating the three-panel mural at the Lilypad in Inman Square. “It pretty much turned my entire body clock around, so that I was just used to being up at three in the morning, four in the morning,” […]


Passim Grant to Help Fund Multimedia Show ‘Bring Us Your Women’

As musician Catherine Capozzi visited the great churches of the world while touring with her band, she felt inspired to “believe in something.” But she also wondered how women fit into their stories. “I was traveling through different parts of France, Switzerland, Spain, all the different countries that I went to, I was thinking, ‘I […]


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. […]


City Calls for Art Submissions to Adorn Vacant Storefronts

Got art? Cambridge wants to put it in empty buildings. Part of the city’s multi-year retail strategic plan, the Vacant Storefront Creative Design Contest aims to both support artists and improve the aesthetic of unoccupied storefronts. The Community Development Department (CDD) is looking for submissions of any medium that can be reproduced via a digital file. […]


PHOTOS: Sailor Moon Shoujo Spectacular at OBERON

The sixth Sailor Moon Shoujo Spectacular lit up OBERON on Dec. 29 with a celebration of the ’90s anime series “Sailor Moon.” About a dozen performers contributed to the show, which was hosted by Mx Macabre. All photos by Jonathan Beckley.


Spaceus Turns Vacant Storefront Into Hybrid Artist Space

What is Spaceus? The pop-up that’s set up shop inside a vacant spot in Harvard Square is at once an artist workspace, a storefront, and an event space. Two MIT architecture grad students founded Spaceus in the spring to address both artists’ needs and the city’s empty storefronts. “It was out of a frustration of basically […]


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 […]