Arts

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 […]


Take A Peek Inside Somerville’s Museums

Check out local museums that highlight the tiny, the bad, and the historic The Friend Smithsonian Museum Martha Friend is, by all definitions of the word, an artist. After retiring from full-time work a few years ago, she dove headfirst into full-time creativity. “I was just dying to do something big and creative,” she says. […]


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, […]


Passim Awards Grants to Local Musicians

Passim doled out $42,000 this winter to musicians with ties to New England as part of its annual effort to help artists advance their careers. The Harvard Square-based nonprofit’s Iguana Music Fund is designed to enrich local communities by supporting musicians and making it easier to be a full-time artist. “It’s really to help the […]


Behind Somerville’s Painted Windows

Mandee Martin has loved letters ever since she was a kid. She dreamed of perfect cursive and worked at her bubble letters. She took to graffiti in her 20s, enjoying how the medium let her designs stretch. She painted her first window about 10 years ago while working at Beth Israel Deaconess — “I felt […]


Bright Blockbusters

We profiled Lenny Rigione, one of the stars of the Arts Council’s Illuminations Tour, in our November/December issue. To give you a taste of what else the tour has to offer, we put together five more of the must-see homes on the annual tour. If you missed out on getting a ticket for the Dec. […]


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, […]