Arts

Santa’s Workshop, Right in Winter Hill

For many months of the year, the outside of 166 Central Street looks like any other Somerville home. It sits on a steep, quiet road between the two main streets of Winter Hill. But inside, in the cellar and attic and garage, beloved characters come to life. Santa and Mrs. Claus dance, an ogre bares […]


Albertine Press Sets Up Shop in Inman

A whole crew of antique letterpresses is headed to Cambridge next week as Albertine Press, a Somerville design and letterpress studio, gets a brick-and-mortar storefront in Inman Square. Albertine Press makes greeting cards, stationery, journals, coasters, and more by pressing raised, inked designs into cotton paper. The letterpress technique makes an impression in the paper. […]


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 […]




Behind the Scene With Ryan the Terrible, RTT Presents

“I think people think I’m pop punk ’til I die,” Ryan Agate confesses from his seat at the Winter Hill Brewery bar. Agate—who promotes shows under the name Ryan the Terrible—started booking bands when he was 17. Since moving to the Boston area in 2004, he’s become a fixture in the city’s music scene, where, […]




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. […]


Meet Tamar Avishai, Podcast Producer Behind “The Lonely Palette”

Somerville resident Tamar Avishai has two longtime loves in her life: art and public radio. You can often find her at the MFA, giving 15-minute lectures in which she expertly ropes unsuspecting people into a painting’s context, with all the intrigue and human connection that history can offer. Her bi-weekly podcast, “The Lonely Palette,” was […]



Art For All: Finding Eye-Catching Works in Shared City Spaces

Suspended in a bright, open corner of Somerville Hospital is a 25-foot, wavelike structure. It wraps just slightly around the corner of the stairwell wall, with strains of blue and gold running through it, gently pushing outward from the wall and then sinking back. Somerville artist Resa Blatman created “The Water Project/Rising Tide 3” by […]