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Somerville Local Arts Mall Offers a Unique Holiday Shopping Experience

For more than a year, a former Cambridge Health Alliance walk-in clinic in Union Square has sat vacant. But that changed on November 20, when local artist Judith Klausner and a group of 33 area artisans opened to doors to the Somerville Local Arts Mall (SLAM), a pop-up store where shoppers will be able to purchase all […]



This Weekend: Food and Fire in Union Square

“It’s kind of like a nighttime street market,” Somerville Arts Council Cultural Director Rachel Strutt says of the Ignite! Festival, which comes to Union Square this Saturday, August 13. Ignite! will showcase the usual roaming street performances, and of course, the super hot displays from fire spinners are a huge draw. There will be belly dancers and buskers and La Danza de los Viejitos, […]


It’s Britney, Brunch: Pun-Heavy Thunder Road Brunch Menu Debuts This Weekend

“Casseroling in the Deep,” “Sausage Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band,” “Caprese Little Thing Called Love”—if you love music, puns and/or breakfast foods, you’ll love the new Thunder Road brunch menu. Beginning this Sunday, July 31, the music venue and restaurant will be dishing out sweet, savory and shareable options dreamed up by Zach Hirtz and […]


At the Ruby Rogers Center, Nanci Baren Spends Her Days Giving Back

When Nanci Baren walked into the Ruby Rogers Center nearly two decades ago, she had nowhere else to go. She’d been living in her car for several months, and she didn’t know what was coming next. “It was kismet that I ended up here,” says Baren, revealing a big, warm smile. Since that first visit […]




Scout You: March/April 2016

In every issue, we send our photographer around town to capture photos of people having fun. Keep an eye out for her—you could be featured in an upcoming edition of Scout!


A Wide World of Flavor, Right in Union Square

Sake, saffron, Salvadoran flor de izote—flavors from around the globe converge in Union Square, and the Somerville Arts Council wants to share the spice with its 2016 walking tours of the area’s six international markets. The tours are part of the Nibble program, the council’s food and community initiative which advocates for culinary creators in Somerville—especially those from the city’s immigrant population. […]


High Energy Vintage Cranks it Up in Union Square

“It’s this constant struggle—but that’s my favorite part of it too, the hunt.” It is a cold Monday afternoon in Somerville, but Andrew Wiley is sending enough positive vibes through the phone to warm up the whole office. We’ve caught the proprietor of High Energy Vintage in the final stages of preparing his new storefront. Formerly based in Teele […]


Nowhere to Runoff: Somerville’s Flooding Problem

Suzahne Riendeau had owned her home on Cedar Street for about two years when she experienced her first bad flood in 1998. “The closer I got to the house, the deeper the water got, until finally I got to my house. The water was about mid-thigh,” she recalls. Further down the street, the water had […]


SCOUT PICK: “JACKED” at Warehouse XI

“I had an art show two years ago, back in 2013, that got robbed,” says artist David Taylor (a.k.a. DS7), explaining the inspiration for the moniker of his upcoming art show. “They broke in in the middle of the night—and these are large paintings, you can’t just put them in your car—and they took nine of […]