Arts

Season’s Eatings

How Overseasoned Mixes Family Traditions, Timely Feasts, and Today’s Activist Climate Into Monthly Cookbooks The first leaves of spring haven’t even sprung in Amy Larson’s tree-lined West Cambridge neighborhood on the day that I visit her, but summer feasts are already on the food writer’s radar. “It’s the best time for food, obviously,” Larson says […]



Inman Eats Returns with a Craft Festival

Inman Eats is back for its second year this weekend, celebrating the restaurants and craft spaces that make up the neighborhood with special food deals, a beer garden, and an added craft festival. Rebranded as Inman Eats & Crafts, the outdoor festival will shut down Cambridge Street from Springfield to Prospect on May 20 from […]


Shimmying for a Cause

Cambridge’s belly dancers are hitting the streets this weekend to raise money for local domestic violence shelters and to celebrate World Belly Dance Day. The “Shimmy Mobs”—a play on a typical flash mob—are happening in over 160 cities all over the world on Saturday. The almost 2,000 dancers are expected to break a world record […]


CRLS Photography Students Showcase Work

Curious what some of the city’s best young photographers are up to? You’re in luck: advanced placement photography students at Cambridge Rindge and Latin School are showcasing their work at the Chandler Gallery through May 18. Teacher Debi Milligan tasked the juniors and seniors with developing three portfolios: one centered around a particular idea, one […]


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 […]