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 […]


The Curiosities of Somerville

The stories behind some of the city’s most bizarre buildings Written by Kat Rutkin and Reena Karasin. The Center for the Arts at the Armory 191 Highland Ave. “It’s one of those buildings that only its mother could love,” Executive Director of the Historic Preservation Commission J. Brandon Wilson says about the Somerville Armory. Its […]


FICTION: The Young Woman

The young woman, having delayed the task for weeks, was about to call her father to tell him “No.” And yet the very thought of having to do this, knowing that she would attempt to mitigate his disappointment with a disingenuous (yet all too convincing) “I’m sorry,” compelled the young woman to ball up her […]


Queer Makers Join Forces for First Queer Kitchen

Three Somerville and Cambridge chefs have teamed up to host Queer Kitchen, a night of food and music by queer makers that intends to be an alternative space for the queer community. Owners of Tanám, Tex Mex Eats, and 7ate9 Bakery want to hold an event for the queer community that isn’t focused on alcohol or […]


PHOTOS: Juliet’s Josh Lewin Teaches at Community Cooks Fundraiser

The Cambridge School of Culinary Arts and Community Cooks have teamed up for a series of cooking classes to benefit Community Cooks, a network of volunteers who make home-cooked meals for people in need. The classes feature celebrated chefs. Juliet‘s Chef Josh Lewin guided participants through making a cassoulet on Monday evening, from butchering four […]


Redemption and Reuse on Atherton Street

At only four square miles in size, Somerville boasts architectural treasures to rival a city exponentially larger. Some of these buildings are in busy squares, such as the Somerville Theatre in Davis, so they’ve become familiar and iconic. But with Somerville’s varying topography and maze of one-way streets, some of these buildings can be far off […]


FICTION: Sullivan Square

Looking down, I saw the trail of red blood droplets, stark and saturated against white snow. I stood at my usual spot on the subway platform for the morning commute, bundled in layers like my fellow passengers, my head low to ward off the frigid January wind. The rabbit lay on its side not far […]


Finding Room for Art

Abandoned buildings laid the groundwork for Somerville’s artists, but as rents rise and space fills up, what’s next for the art community? The vibrant arts scene in Somerville, which has defined the modern era of the city and made it a cultural destination, has been nourished over the years by studio communities established in abandoned […]


Community Leaders to Host “Celling Your Soul” Screening and Discussion

While putting together the city wellbeing report, Somerville Community Health Agenda Director Lisa Brukilacchio saw evidence of how technology is impacting health at every age level. “What we’re hearing is, from preschool providers, that they are seeing that parents are on their devices, that they’re not interacting with their young children, so that’s where a […]


How to Reverse Your Car’s Environmental Impact

You use reusable shopping bags. You recycle, and maybe even compost. You take the T whenever you can. But sometimes, driving is unavoidable—maybe your job is inaccessible by public transit, or maybe the bus never showed. You take your car, even though you cringe when you think of the impact non-electric cars have on the […]


From Beer to Bread

Wouldn’t it be great if all recipes began with “Pour a cold beer for yourself”? Somerville Brewing Company’s directions for making bread out of its spent grain are littered with instructions to treat yourself to a cold one. Take a sip when the dough gets hard to stir. Drink two or three beers while the […]