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The Midvale Fiftieth High School Reunion

Tonight, it’s Midvale High School’s class of 1954’s 50th reunion. Tom and Bettina – returning for the first time – are looking for second chances. As the evening revs up to the highly anticipated dance contest, they flash back to formative moments – but are those memories real? Emmy winning actor Gordon Clapp (NYPD Blue) and our […]


Can You Guess Which of These Guys is a Manager at Life Alive?

“I love a big boot—that’s just a big kick to the face, you can never go wrong,” chuckles Max Pelham. “Head butts, and even just a good punch—it sounds boring, but if you can throw a good punch it’s everything.” Pelham—AKA Axl Keegan and later Mickey Keegan—knows it’s quite the juxtaposition: a WWE-affiliated wrestler who, for […]


At Mass Ave Diner, Meals With Community and a Waffle Lot of Love

Walk from Central toward Harvard Square and you’ll pass Mass Ave Diner, an unassuming, bare bones hole in the wall. Inside, the chairs sparkle with squishy red seats and a chalkboard promotes new beers and daily specials. Two tall windows let customers eat with the perfect street-watching view. But most importantly, a slew of people are perched at the bar, […]


First-Ever Central Flea to Celebrate Cambridge’s Cultural History

Next week, the Central Square Business Association and New England Open Markets plan to issue a formal press release for the first-ever Central Flea, an outdoor, Brooklyn Flea-style market that’ll bring artists, vintage dealers, musicians and more to the square. But in the meantime, the NEOM team thought they’d make a Facebook event the organizations could use to drum […]


Meet Michael Devney—A Central Square Resident With an Unusual Hobby

People of a certain age might remember a TV show called The Millionaire, in which the mysterious John Beresford Tipton would send out his aide Michael Anthony to give a million dollars—no strings attached—to a random person. One of the the show’s regular viewers was Michael Devney, who watched it as a child and eventually […]


Harder, Better, Faster, Safer: Training at Redline Fight Sports

A boxing, kickboxing and mixed martial arts gym that describes itself as “high-octane” could seem scary to a newcomer—especially when you realize that entering the gym means descending a flight of stairs to an underground training space. But Redline Fight Sports isn’t intimidating at all. In fact, it just might be one of the most […]



WORKOUT-SIDE THE BOX: Dance Like No One Is Watching

This winter, the perfect antidote to cabin fever could just be mixing up your workout—whether that means putting on your dancing shoes, practicing your swordsmanship or braving frigid temps on your bike. *** Looking to bring more physical activity into your life but can’t stand the treadmill or freezing temperatures? Try trading in those running shoes […]


PAGU Paws Toward Central Square

Some chefs bring their favorite knives with them wherever they go. Others travel armed with an arsenal of spices, or recipes they can prepare with their eyes closed. Tracy Chang’s traveling toolkit has always included a dish she calls childhood fried rice—the first meal she learned to cook as a kid. “I wasn’t tall enough to reach the stove, […]


A New Performing Arts Center Will Soon Debut in Central Square

“One of the things that has been happening, sadly, over the last five or six years, is that the number of small- to mid-size venues has been shrinking, while the demand for them has been increasing. There’s no shortage of interesting performers in Boston, but there’s a desperate need for places where they can perform.” […]



Sprouting From Steel: Four Burgers Goes Freight Farm

A 40-foot stainless steel box with orderly rows of plastic tubes and an aura of violet light—this isn’t one of the idyllic farms that make up patches in the quilt of the American midwest. But for a parking lot in Central Square, it’ll do. And then some. Four Burgers (704 Mass. Ave.), a burger joint […]