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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 […]


100 Years of Fluff

One hundred years ago, confectionary shop owner Archibald Query invented Marshmallow Fluff in his Union Square home. While production of the sticky-sweet spread has since moved to Lynn, Fluff has managed to cement itself in the fabric of Somerville—in part through an annual festival that attracts thousands of visitors to the square. The Fluff Festival, […]


Storage Wars

In Somerville, torrential summer rain and the accompanying anxiety are all too familiar. The hand-wringing over whether you did or didn’t smell any moisture as you descended downstairs. The startling sight of your belongings bobbing like buoys next to the washer and dryer as water floods into your basement. In the November/December 2015 edition of […]


Hey, Macaron-a: Maca Macaronerie Heads to Somerville

Last week, we told you that the Gloucester-based pierogi pop-up Jaju Pierogi will set up shop at Bow Market when it opens in Union Square. And it looks like Jaju won’t be the only farmers market favorite headed for the shared restaurant and retail space—the Greater Boston macaronerie Maca will also make its brick-and-mortar debut at Bow. […]


Jaju Pierogi to Have a Permanent Home in Union Square

We couldn’t have agreed more with Eater Boston when the site proclaimed earlier this year that there simply are not enough places to get pierogi around here. That Eater take accompanied the news that at least Gloucester-based Jaju Pierogi was here to satisfy our potato and dough needs, popping up at places from Sillari’s Pizza and […]




Kathy Olson/Randy Pingrey Quartet

Olson Pingrey Quartet    /     Friday July 7, 8pm    /     $15.  Tix / FB event The OPQ is led by Kathy Olson (baritone saxophone) and Randy Pingrey (trombone) and plays a mix of originals and inventive arrangements of standards. This time out, Kathy and Randy will be joined by Aaron Darrell on bass and Austin […]


What’s In A Name? Jerry’s Liquors

It seems fairly safe to assume that the people behind iconic local businesses like Jerry’s Liquors and Mike’s Food & Spirits would actually be named Jerry and Mike. It seems fairly safe… but it isn’t. While plenty of places around town are still helmed by the folks whose names they bear, it turns out that […]


Five Fun Facts With ‘Fluff’ Author Mimi Graney

To Mimi Graney, Marshmallow Fluff isn’t just a whimsical condiment. As the founder of the annual What the Fluff? festival in Union Square, where the pillowy product was invented in 1917, she says the story of Fluff is a uniquely American one—as much a tale of innovation and modernization as it is a desire to […]


Around the World, “American Food” Means Chips, Cake and Fluff

It turns out grocers from Germany to Australia to Ireland think one thing when they think “American food,” and that’s Somerville’s own marshmallow fluff. Most frequently spotted “American” food overseas? Marshmallow Fluff–invented in my neighborhood! https://t.co/OyJqGsafJP @ScoutSomerville — Jason (@coolmcjazz) January 5, 2017 In a January 4 Buzzfeed post, Dave Stopera asked, “Have you ever […]