Articles by Reena Karasin

The Rockwell Hosts Clowns Without Borders Benefit

Clowns are coming to The Rockwell this weekend—but not the kind you should be afraid of. Local performers including clowns, acrobats, aerialists, and jugglers will team up for a benefit show on Oct. 8 to support Clowns Without Borders, an organization that travels to regions in crisis to provide relief through shows and workshops. Clowns […]


School Committee Candidate Profiles

Three newcomers are breaking into this year’s School Committee race. Emily Ackman and Kenneth Salvato will vy for the Ward 1 seat, left open by Steven Roix, and Susan McDonald-Nionakis is looking to oust Ward 2 School Committee member Dan Futrell. Election Day is Nov. 7, and the last day to register to vote is […]


Juliet Owner Advocates for $15 State Minimum Wage

As the fight for a $15 minimum wage heats up in the state legislature, Juliet’s Katrina Jazayeri has emerged as one of the business owners advocating for the boost. Supporters of the change argue that the state’s current minimum, $11 an hour, doesn’t constitute a living wage. While Massachusetts currently ties Washington for the highest […]


Union Comedy Booted Out of Bow Market Plans

Bow Market developers have severed plans with Union Comedy to open a studio in the new complex, the comedy theater’s organizers said in a letter. Union Comedy organizers said Bow Market was ending their agreement in favor of a “more well-known institution.” “This abrupt change came despite receiving assurances and agreeing upon terms,” they wrote. “Needless to […]


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, […]


It’s Preliminary Election Day

Tuesday, Sept. 19 is preliminary election day in Somerville. Voters will narrow the mayoral and ward 1 school committee races down to two candidates. Kenneth C. Van Buskirk III and Payton Corbett are looking to oust seven-term incumbent mayor Joseph Curtatone. Curtatone became mayor in 2004 after serving as alderman-at-large for eight years, while Buskirk’s background […]


Somerville Theatre Hosts 70mm Film Festival

The Somerville Theatre’s bringing rare prints back to the ’Ville this week for its second annual 70mm and WideScreen Festival after last year’s event drew crowds from around the world. The Somerville Theatre’s one of only about a dozen theaters in the country that can show 70mm films, according to Director of Operations Ian Judge. […]


New Committee to Support Local Innovation

As tech companies and start-ups flock to Somerville, Mayor Joseph Curtatone is launching an advisory committee to help foster innovation in the city through policies, programs, and partnerships. In addition to providing various forms of support to innovators, the committee—or the “Innovation and Opportunity Lab”—will be tasked with forming public-private partnerships to weave companies into […]


Library to Host Book Club at Aeronaut

The Somerville Public Library is teaming up with Aeronaut to launch a “Books and Brews” series this month. The offsite book club is aimed at people in their twenties and thirties and those who are “young at heart,” according to two librarians who are organizing the series. Hosting a book club at the popular brewery […]