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Independence Day Fireworks

Join Mayor Curtatone for the Anniversary of 4th of July Fireworks with live entertainment. The entertainment lineup for the Fireworks includes performances by the 215th army band and local Disco-Funk band Booty Vortex, leading up to a 20-minute fireworks display beginning at approximately 9:15 p.m. Rain date is July 5. Due to the large crowds […]


PHOTOS: Carnaval

The city’s ninth annual Carnaval festival offered music, performances, food, and activities for kids in East Somerville on Sunday. Carnaval is part of the Somerville Arts Council’s SomerStreets series, which closes down city streets for festivals. East Somerville Main Streets worked with the arts council to put on the festival, which ran from McGrath Highway […]


Big Gay Dance Party Is Back

Last year, the city decided that a Big Gay Dance Party was the perfect way to kick off Pride Month. The more than 1,000 LGBTQ people and allies who showed up to dance in Union Square seemed to agree. “It was just a huge hit, and it really showed that there was a need for […]


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 […]


Nibble to Open Kitchen in Bow Market

Nibble, Somerville Arts Council’s culinary arm that supports diversity and entrepreneurship in Union Square, is set to open a kitchen in Bow Market in 2018. Nibble began with tours of the square’s international markets and developed into an umbrella organization that runs a culinary entrepreneurship program, cooking classes, and pop-up restaurants—all of which focus on […]


Third Annual Hip-Hop Festival Heads to Union Square

Rap, spoken word, dance, and visual art will take over Union Square this Sunday at the city’s third Evolution of Hip-Hop Festival. Yvette Wilks, who runs production company “Wat’s da WURD!” and SCATV show “The Somerville Line,” sparked the annual event when she came to the arts council with her idea for a hip-hop festival. Wilks […]



ArtBeat 2000-2017: Costumes by A.C. Kemp

This month’s Inside-Out gallery show is a retrospective of A.C. Kemp’s eighteen years of costumes for the annual Somerville ArtBeat festival. Each year since 2000, A.C., who emcees the festival’s Elm Street stage, has created a new costume to go with that year’s theme—an art bee for “ArtBeast,” a costume covered in Monarch butterflies for […]


A “Big Gay Dance Party” is Coming to Union Square

This year, Somerville is kicking off Pride Month with a brand-new event you won’t want to miss: a Big Gay Dance Party. The free event from the Somerville Arts Council and the Somerville LGBTQ Community Liaison will bring glitz and glitter to the Union Square Plaza from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. on June 3, with music […]


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 […]