Arts


A Night in Havana Club

“It’s okay to feel sexy if you want.”  Johnny Giraldo is onstage with his wife, Felicita, gliding back and forth on silent eight-beat measures—1-2-3 pause, 5-6-7 pause, left-right-together hold, right-left-together hold—their backs to the crowd. Behind them, dozens of people mirror their movements on a hardwood ballroom floor, learning the basic steps of salsa. They […]


A Q&A With Rookie Mag’s Tavi Gevinson

You know that episode of Bob’s Burgers where Louise says it’s creepy that her dad’s role model, pitcher Torpedo Jones, is the same age as he is? Tavi Gevinson is my Torpedo Jones. (Actually, since I’m 24 and she’s 19, I guess I’m even creepier than Bob.) Gevinson founded Rookie, an online magazine for teen girls that covers everything from […]


PHOTOS: Honk! Festival 2015

The 10th annual Honk! Festival brought the brass to Somerville and Cambridge this weekend. More than 25 bands with influences as diverse as punk, funk, Afrobeat and more filled the streets—from Somerville’s Davis Square to Harvard Square in Cambridge—with music. Scout was there, too—dancing, laughing and snapping photos of the action.



Keeping Up Shop: Grolier Poetry and Raven Used Books

The local and the literary, two of Cambridge’s top values, meet in independent bookstores around the city. Our big names—Harvard Book Store and Porter Square Books—come from our neighborhoods rather than national chains. They seem to be thriving, with celebrity author events, cafe? menus and warehouse sales. But what about the niche bookstores, the even […]


Passim’s Iguana Music Fund Calls for 2015 Grant Applicants

Calling all area musicians: The Iguana Music Fund is now accepting applications for its 2015 grant season. Since 2008, when an anonymous donor first established the program, the Passim Iguana Music Fund has been providing artists throughout New England with financial backing that can further their careers. Over the last seven years, the fund has given more than […]


Burlesque Talk About Sex

Much like your high school sexual education assemblies, the new Rogue Burlesque show “Your Body and You” tackles topics like STDs, contraception, health and hygiene. Unlike your high school sex ed class (probably), this lesson involves stripteases and pasties and comes with a warning: “This assembly may contain references to street drugs, sexually transmitted diseases, vibrators, […]


From Artist to Author to Publisher: Merrimack Media’s Jenny Hudson

Jenny Hudson has been a visual artist her whole life. She taught art at both the high school and college level, and she’s worked as a graphic designer and web designer for most of her career. But several years ago, she found a new outlet for her creativity: writing fiction. Hudson would get up at 6 in the morning, write for […]


A Gallery of One’s Own: Women of Vision

Get a glimpse into the minds of local female artists at Women of Vision at the Multicultural Arts Center this summer. The exhibit, which runs June 5 through August 28, showcases a variety of works across multiple mediums from the Massachusetts chapter of the National Association of Women Artists. When N.A.W.A. was founded in 1889, it was one […]


SCOUT OUT: Laughs in the Attic in the Comedy Studio

“Nobody’s here by accident,” says Cambridgeport resident Rick Jenkins, the owner, manager and frequent host at The Comedy Studio, located on the third floor of Harvard Square’s Hong Kong Restaurant. “Nobody ever walked by and thought to themselves, ‘I wonder what’s in the attic of that Chinese restaurant.’” He’s told that joke onstage countless times but […]


SCOUT OUT: Out of the Blue, into the New

Central Square has had many a building stand empty for years, 541 Massachusetts Ave. being one of them. The building used to house a Blockbuster Video, but for the last six or seven years it has been vacant, aside from the occasional pop-up. Every once in a while rumors about the location would become the […]