Third Camberville Hot Dog Crawl Starts Next Week

Forget bar crawls—four Cambridge and Somerville restaurants are hosting the third annual Camberville Hot Dog Crawl later this month, offering participants raffle prizes and special themed events. Stop for a hot dog at Trina’s Starlite Lounge, Roxy’s Grilled Cheese & A4cade, The Automatic, and Buenas anytime between July 22 and 28 (or all in one […]


Cleenland Offers Judgment-free, Low-waste Shopping

Cleenland, a shop that sells bulk household and personal care products with little to no packaging, wants to make a low-waste lifestyle accessible to everyone—even those just joining the sustainability bandwagon.  “It’s just a nice place to be, it’s just a place that you want to be,” explains founder and owner Sarah Levy. “And then […]


Events Calendar: July & August

Saturdays  |  FitnessYoga in the Park9 a.m., Free355 Artisan Way, Somerville Some.Yoga.Studio is teaching free yoga on the Mystic River each Saturday morning. There are 100 spots available, and registration opens the day before at 12 p.m. July 11 |  Food & DrinksBar Stars at Assembly Row 6 to 8 p.m., $25355 Artisan Way, Somerville Assembly […]


Cambridge Camping Kicks Off 126th Summer

Over 150 children started summer camp today through Cambridge Camping, a nonprofit that provides subsidized five-week camps to kids from under-resourced families. Cambridge Camping has deep roots in the city—launched in 1893, when the early summer camp model was just developing, the organization began as a way for children to spend a week on a […]



CultureHouse Brings Free, Public Third Space to Kendall

Kendall Square is getting a “living room for the community” as CultureHouse starts a several-month pop-up in a vacant storefront. Almost all indoor public spaces are commercial, with libraries being the notable exception. CultureHouse seeks to change that. It provides a place where people can come together to watch the Women’s World Cup (the United […]


My City, My Voice Fosters Teen Artistic Expression

“In the year 2222, Cambridge will be below sea level. Let’s reimagine what the Charles River area is going to be like.”  That was one piece of inspiration behind last year’s artwork for My City, My Voice, a six-week teen summer arts program, according to Teen Program Director Kenny Mascary. We are sitting at a […]


Voices Rising Celebrates 15 Years of Singing and Inclusivity

“One more time,” says Artistic Director Leora Zimmer, motioning to accompanist Soohee Moon. Moon strikes one of the piano’s ivory keys, and the note echoes off the stone walls and high ceiling of First Church Boston.  “And this time, don’t force it through your chest. You want to get on top of those notes,” Zimmer […]


Meet the Mayor’s Lead Speechwriter

Chief of Staff Wilford Durbin What’s the speechwriting process like? Every speech is a collaborative process, and that begins first and foremost with sitting down with the mayor and asking what points he wants to make, what tone he wants to set, which constituencies he wants to address. I interview him much like we’re doing […]


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 […]


Pepita Coffee Brings the Breakfast Taco to Cambridge

Coffee, brews, and … breakfast tacos? That’s the combination that Lamplighter Brewing Co. can now offer its customers, thanks to the opening of its new daytime cafe, Pepita Coffee. Pepita is the successor of Longfellows, which closed its doors at the beginning of June after its owner moved to New Jersey. Lamplighter runs Pepita, and […]


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 […]