‘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 […]


Book Preview: ‘Sea People: The Puzzle of Polynesia’ by Christina Thompson

Coming March 12 (HarperCollins) If our Bostonian winter has you dreaming of faraway lands, you’re in luck: Local author Christina Thompson’s new book can whisk you away to the most remote islands of the Pacific Ocean. In a thorough and page-turning investigation, Harvard Review editor Thompson revisits the 18th century’s fascination and curiosity about Polynesia […]


What’s New: City Beat & Biking Buzz

City Beat Small Businesses Test Out Recycling Program In an effort to reduce the cost of recycling for small businesses, the city has launched a Small Business Recycling Pilot, the Cambridge Chronicle reports. All businesses with fewer than 50 full-time employees were eligible to apply for the program, and those selected for the pilot will […]


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 Red Line Secedes—And That’s Just the Beginning

These First-Time Podcasters Will Derail Your Morning Commute “It’s two kidnappers, their victim, and a ghost,” Alexander Danner explains, his crisp, narratorial voice cutting through the evening din of Diesel Cafe. He takes a sip of his coffee, then finishes his sentence: “They’re arguing over how to pluralize ‘hippopotamus.’” So goes the plot of one […]


STEAM Makerspace, Recording Studios to Open at Main Library This Fall

The public library’s upcoming makerspace and STEAM learning area, dubbed “The Hive,” is set to open this fall, according to library staff. The Hive will include laser printers and various other digital fabrication tools, an extended reality lab focused on virtual and augmented reality, and two multimedia recording studios. “It is, first and foremost, a […]



Off-the-beaten-path Valentine’s Day Ideas

Go On a Different Kind of Blind Date Take home a surprise book this Valentine’s Day. Harvard Book Store’s staff will play matchmaker between used books and customers, wrapping up their recommendations with only hints about the contents (for example: “‘Lord of the Flies’ on a boat”). We promise it won’t be awkward. Harvard Book […]


What’s New: Snow Season & Science

Snow Season Helping Hands Plow Takes to the Streets On Halloween, the kids of Cambridge were invited to Sennott Park to handprint one of the city’s bright orange snow plows. A project dreamed up by the Department of Public Works, the Cambridge Arts Council, and local student artists, the “helping hands plow” will make the […]


What’s New: Brand New Bites (And Bidding Goodbye)

CAVA Kendall Square Kendall Square’s fast-casual scene is getting even more stacked. Mediterranean chain CAVA’s first Cambridge location is now open for business, Eater Boston reports. The restaurant’s menu rotates throughout the year, offering seasonal ingredients in pita wraps, salads, and grain bowls. If you’re the indecisive type, though, you had best nail down your […]



Bluebikes Offers Winter Riding Incentives

Bluebikes—the bike share program owned by the cities of Cambridge, Somerville, Boston, and Brookline—is offering riders incentives to ride throughout the month of February. The biggest “Bluebikes Winter Challenge” giveaway is a free month of membership or a bike helmet to anyone who takes at least 55 trips, but there are plenty of rewards for […]