Arts

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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


How Central Square’s Graffiti Haven Came to Be

On the first day temperatures rose above 40 in January, clusters of street artists arrived at “Graffiti Alley” in Central Square, staking out a space among dozens of colorful spray cans. They had come out to contribute to The Wall, an ever-evolving art installation lining the corridor between Central Kitchen and Hilton’s Tent City. The […]


OBERON to Embrace Shakespeare With a Twist

Lucky Charming feels he was born to play Puck from “A Midsummer Night’s Dream.” He stopped growing in ninth grade at 5 feet 4 inches and is playfully peppy when around friends. But whenever he saw a casting call for the play, the role of Puck was already filled. “I need to play this role […]


Passim Awards Grants to Local Musicians

Passim doled out $42,000 this winter to musicians with ties to New England as part of its annual effort to help artists advance their careers. The Harvard Square-based nonprofit’s Iguana Music Fund is designed to enrich local communities by supporting musicians and making it easier to be a full-time artist. “It’s really to help the […]


Behind Cambridge’s Painted Windows

Mandee Martin has loved letters ever since she was a kid. She dreamed of perfect cursive and worked at her bubble letters. She took to graffiti in her 20s, enjoying how the medium let her designs stretch. She painted her first window about 10 years ago while working at Beth Israel Deaconess — “I felt […]


Moving Stories Combats Stigma of Addiction and Incarceration

A group of women who are recovering from substance addiction or have been incarcerated will share their stories this weekend in a part-dance, part-spoken word show at The Dance Complex. Moving Stories is intended to reduce stigma around addiction and incarceration. The performance came out of the Moving Steps Foundation, which started out as a […]


Albertine Press Sets Up Shop in Inman

A whole crew of antique letterpresses is headed to Cambridge next week as Albertine Press, a Somerville design and letterpress studio, gets a brick-and-mortar storefront in Inman Square. Albertine Press makes greeting cards, stationery, journals, coasters, and more by pressing raised, inked designs into cotton paper. The letterpress technique makes an impression in the paper. […]


Art Underfoot: More Sidewalk Poems Printed on City Streets

If you’re not watching where you’re walking, you might miss them: poems printed in city sidewalks throughout Cambridge. Each year, the Cambridge Arts Council runs a contest, asking for submissions of poems by Cambridge residents that are then stamped into sidewalks. The Sidewalk Poetry project is part of a collaboration with the Department of Public Works and the Cambridge […]