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Survivors Amplify Their Voices Through BARCC

Content warning: This article discusses sexual violence. About a year ago, Lily decided to publicly share her experience as a survivor of sexual violence. She began training at the Boston Area Rape Crisis Center (BARCC) to join its Survivor Speakers Bureau (SSB). “I thought it was a wonderful way to be able to give something […]


Language and Art Build Bridges at the Center for Arabic Culture

“I want the community to know what I know, because they will love it.”  That’s what Alma Richeh says about her work at the Center for Arabic Culture (CAC), where she and others explore Arab and Arab-American cultures through art and education. For more than a decade, the center—headquartered at the Somerville Armory but started at […]


Overseasoned and GRLSQUASH Present: A Guide to Feminist Food

When you ask Amy Larson how she would describe her three-year-old business, Overseasoned, she laughs. “That’s complicated,” she says. “I’ve lately been calling it a ‘culinary brand.’” Overseasoned’s first form was a series of mini-cookbooks, handwritten and illustrated by Larson each month. Then, it became a merchandise line, peddling everything from linen aprons to tea […]


Semi-finalists Chosen in Vacant Storefront Creative Design Contest

The city has announced 13 semi-finalists in its Vacant Storefront Creative Design Contest, which aims 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 the winning art pieces available for property owners to […]


Meet the Scout Team: Nicolle Renick, Art Director

Nicolle’s the one who makes the magazines you hold in your hands. Our editor-in-chief sends her articles, our photographers send her photos, our publisher sends her ads, and she puts it all together with her keen eye for design. Nicolle’s from Iowa, and always loved taking art classes. She says the “creative freedom” is a […]


‘Mapping Out Utopia’: How Our Legacy of Counterculture Lives On

It’s not surprising to hear that Cambridge has a rich history of counterculture—it is, after all, one of the most progressive cities in the country. But when you dive into it, the extent of Cambridge’s role in the movements of the ’60s and ’70s can be astonishing. That’s what librarian and artist Tim Devin found […]


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 Feast of Friendship

Local women meet monthly to try recipes and build community The tables are covered in butcher paper that’s tied on with blue-and-white strings, just like the boxes that come from Mike’s Pastry in Harvard Square. There are many flavors of Polar seltzer, bottled by the Crowley family of Worcester. And soon, more than a dozen […]


Local Restaurants Join Forces for Fire Relief Fundraiser

Over a dozen restaurants are teaming up this weekend to host a fundraiser to support the 22 people displaced by a four-alarm fire on Cambridge and Hunting Streets earlier this month. Each of the participating restaurants will set up a table with small bites at the FSA Culture Center (575 Cambridge St.) on Feb. 2 at […]


Local Winter Bucket List

Say cheese Hosting friends during the cold winter months is a great way to socialize without leaving the house, but you’ll need to reward your travelers with libations and a legendary cheese plate. For the latter, head to Formaggio Kitchen for classes on the delightful dairy. The shop’s Cheese 101 class discusses the history of […]


Meet the Scout Team: Holli Banks Allien, Founder & Publisher

Holli’s journey to Somerville and to the brazen task of launching a print magazine in 2009 was a complicated one. She grew up in East Tennessee, studied acting in New York, and ultimately followed a friend up to the Somerville and Cambridge area. Scout was a long shot, to say the least. Holli went from […]