Articles by Tim Gagnon

The City-Wide Waiting Game for Weed

What the Path Forward Looks Like for Hopeful Recreational Marijuana Dispensaries After nearly two years of legislative discussion and preparation, the day that recreational marijuana advocates in Massachusetts have been waiting for … well, sort of arrived. July 1 was the first day that recreational dispensaries could open, but the state didn’t even announce its […]


Artist Spotlight: JJ Gonson

Over JJ Gonson’s shoulder at Diesel Café is a striking photograph she took of a now-deceased friend, Kurt. She first met him in 1989 at Green Street Station, a now-defunct venue steps away from the actual T stop in Jamaica Plain. Kurt and his bandmates crashed at Gonson’s apartment after their set, rolling out foam […]


Artist Spotlight: Rachel Mello

“Most people look at my work and say, ‘Oh god, it’s so obvious you were an architect,” Rachel Mello says. While the business of zoning maps and floor plans can easily overwhelm the blueprint-illiterate, Mello’s house-shaped canvases bearing painted images of nature evoke the ephemeral state of neighborhood development and time’s passage more than anything […]


Artist Spotlight: Jen Epervary

Articulating struggles with mental health through art can seem like a daunting task, but illustrator Jen Epervary broaches the subject with warmth—and occasional references to the Travel Channel’s “Ghost Adventures.” “It’s about this super buff Hot Topic cashier that yells at ghosts, but [it’s] this idea that there is a different world living within our […]


Artist Spotlight: Ian Berg

When you Google Ian Berg, the first video result shows a circle of 20- and 30-somethings gripping Solo cups and cheering loudly over his tap dancing. Berg’s long curly hair bobs seconds after the rest of his body as his feet move at hummingbird speed. I tell him the crowd is so energetic and youthful, […]


From Pouring Pints to Shielding Downpours

Beer taps get a second life, thanks to local craftsman Ben Lewis Upon first glance, Ben Lewis’s apartment doesn’t seem like a mad craftsman’s lair. His cat, Leona, lopes around the brightly lit Somerville space to a looping playlist of Bowie and Modern Lovers songs. A selection of Lewis’s pet projects threaten to overflow the […]


Sign Holders of Somerville

Although Mayor Joseph Curtatone certainly made the rounds to polling locations earlier today as Somerville decided whether to re-elect him or side with challenger Payton Corbett, the hand-shaking and general waving was slightly pared down with a sling around his arm. A fall on the ice at his son’s hockey practice was the cause, but […]


The Alley Walkin’ Dan Blakeslee Strolls Home to Somerville

Whether you know him from his decade-spanning career spent making warmly rambling folk music or as one of his many alter egos—the ghoulish, Halloween-loving “Doctor Gasp,” the psychedelic face on Alchemist Brewery’s famed Heady Topper IPA, or, in the case of a 2015 Boston Magazine headline, “The Toothless Troubadour of a Gentrifying Somerville”—Dan Blakeslee is […]


PHOTOS: Pindrop at Aeronaut

Of all the companies bending backwards in the digital age to create an approachable wackiness for viral approval, breweries tend to be the most egregious offenders of cheap Twitter laughs. Thankfully, Aeronaut Brewing Company’s creative output doesn’t need a gimmick. The Somerville-based brewery quickly built up a name over the last half-decade putting quality beer […]