Articles by Emily Cassel

3 Slightly Less Little Figs: Spring Hill Cafe Will Expand This Fall

You’re about to have a lot more tasty treats to pair with that 3 Little Figs latte. In June, Katie and Andy Rooney, co-owners of the charming Spring Hill cafe (278 Highland Ave.), announced that they’d been presented with the opportunity to extend their kitchen into the unit next door to Figs. That’s good news on its […]


High-Flying Photos from the Esh Circus Arts Advanced Show

Last month, Esh Circus Arts brought gravity-defying aerial acrobatics to the Center for Arts at the Armory with its advanced studies show: 17 Words. The sold-out production saw students of Esh’s Professional Preparatory Program and Adult Summer Intensive (along with some special guests) soaring through the air on trapezes and silks or tumbling and contorting […]




A New Culinary Tour Takes You “Off the Beaten Path”

Lizzie Bell and her fiancé Sam Schlussel are self-proclaimed globetrotters; they love to travel together, and they often take food tours while they do. But as longtime residents of Somerville and Cambridge who currently call Davis Square home, they’re also big fans of the colorful array of restaurants located right here in their own densely packed little neighborhood. Plenty […]





From The Boss to Boston, Ron Pownall Recorded Rock History

Can’t make it out to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame? Photographer Ron Pownall’s Somerville studio is a pretty solid substitute. The walls of his loft at the Brickbottom Artists Association are lined with decades of rock history. Here’s the guys in Boston, passed out in their tour bus as they travel between cities. […]


Opera? At the Burren?

When you think live music at the Burren, you’re probably thinking folk, Ameriana and (of course) traditional Irish tunes—and with good reason, as the bar hosts some of the best in the city. You’re probably not thinking opera, though as it turns out, it’s actually not too uncommon! Each month, Opera on Tap comes to the Burren Backroom and invites […]