The YouTube Icon Next Door

The Creator of ‘Potter Puppet Pals’ Talks About Finding His Voice Online and In Somerville Thirty minutes into our conversation, Neil Cicierega politely suggests that he’s open to talking about his experience of living in Somerville for the past eight years. Between tales of phone calls with the Warner Bros. legal department over unlicensed merch […]


4GoodVibes Keeps It Local

Best Gift Shop & Best Home Decor How local can local get? At 4GoodVibes, it’s not only the products and artwork of 132 artists from Somerville, Cambridge, and Boston that are from around the neighborhood, but also the four sisters who run the shop, all raised in nearby Medford. The Pierce sisters—Becca, 23, Emily, 21, […]


Zombie Apocalypse Game Aims to Build Community Resiliency

What’s the magic ingredient to turn disaster preparedness into public art? According to Rebecca Michelson, it’s zombies. “What’s most important for people to know is that there is a massive zombie apocalypse coming, and they need to be aware that it’s on its way, and preparing is the first priority,” she says. Michelson and her collaborator […]