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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 […]


Veggie Galaxy Beats Blasé Beverages with Booze Époque

Get ready to love your favorite veg dining spot even more than you do now: Veggie Galaxy and Booze Époque have teamed up to bring you a brand new, vegan-friendly bar menu—and it’s going to be totally one-of-a-kind. “We’ve been charged with creating an interesting menu with a somewhat limited set of ingredients,” says Booze Époque’s […]


CLASSICS & COCKTAILS: Getting the Last Word with “His Girl Friday”

The Brattle Theatre kicks off its Screwball Summer series with screenings of Howard Hawks’ fast-talking romantic comedy His Girl Friday on Monday, July 20 and Tuesday, July 21. Take in a classic tipple or two in Central Square before settling in for scenes from the silver-tongued Cary Grant and Rosalind Russell as “newspapermen”—and as a recently divorced couple. […]


CloverHFI Will Open This Month

When CloverHFI (496 Mass. Ave.) opens its doors on April 22, it will have been nearly a year to the day since they announced that they would be opening up their next location in the space formerly occupied by Hi-Fi Pizza. CloverHFI will be outfitted with a pinball machine, common table, CSA pickup and grab-and-go food. […]


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 […]


WHAT’S NEW: Something old with something new

Text from this post originally appeared in the What’s New section of our March/April 2015 print issue. KENDALL SQUARE EMMA’S PIZZA Emma’s (40 Hampshire St.) is an institution in Cambridge that has been around for more than five decades. In that time, they’ve moved around and innovated to keep the store as fresh as their […]