Arts

Do-Gooders, Key Players, and Game Changers: Lloyd Schwartz

The year was 1983. Lloyd Schwartz was living in Cambridge, working as classical music editor for The Boston Phoenix, an alternative weekly periodical with a nationally renowned music section. He was also teaching full-time at the University of Massachusetts Boston. At the time, Conde Nast Publications was reviving the magazine Vanity Fair, which had been […]


Join the Liz Bolduc Hate Club

Liz Bolduc says she’s the number-one person in her hate club, and that’s not a bad thing. In fact, that’s exactly how she became one of the Somerville comic book store Hub Comics’ favorite local artists.  Bolduc uses comics and zines to explore autobiographical themes like identity, personality, mental health, and relationships. She goes by […]


School of HONK Brings Joyful Noise

SCHOOL OF HONK – BEST KID-FRIENDLY ENTERTAINMENT290 WASHINGTON ST. SCHOOLOFHONK.ORG So take the “give a man a fish” parable, and replace “man” with “anybody of any age” and “fish” with, say, “sousaphone,” and … You know, let’s just stop there, because the potential of this idea is already almost too awesome to comprehend. Fortunately for […]


Shit-Faced Shakespeare Boozes Up the Bard

SHIT-FACED SHAKESPEARE – BEST PERFORMING ARTS255 ELM ST.(617) 315-8942 SHITFACEDSHAKESPEARE.COM “Give me some wine; fill full. I drink to the general joy of the whole table.” — Macbeth, from “Macbeth,” Act 3, Scene 4. Hey, think about it: If we change “table” to “theater,” you know what we’ve got there? A business plan! Okay, so […]


ArtBeat to ‘Consume’ Davis Square This Weekend

If you visit Davis Square on Saturday, you may find yourself in the middle of an art therapy workshop, or taking a stroll down “Aqua Alley” with different water samples, or next to a 12-foot inflatable virus statue. ArtBeat returns to Somerville this weekend, with a new challenge for attendees: to consider and confront the […]


‘Giving Joy’ Through Artisanal Gifts, Entrepreneurship, and Mentorship

Joy Kolin first came up with the idea for Giving Joy while at the salon, when her hairdresser complimented her purse and proposed that she sell the artisanal products that she had collected from around the world. Drawing off her experience in international development and economics, Kolin launched Giving Joy in November 2018. Giving Joy’s […]


Language and Art Build Bridges at the Center for Arabic Culture

“I want the community to know what I know, because they will love it.”  That’s what Alma Richeh says about her work at the Center for Arabic Culture (CAC), where she and others explore Arab and Arab-American cultures through art and education. For more than a decade, the center—headquartered at the Somerville Armory—has helped foster intercultural […]


What’s New: Arts & Entertainment

Union SquareUnion Tavern Launches Female-Fronted Residency Susan Cattaneo, a “New England Americana” singer/songwriter, will be performing every third Thursday at Union Tavern (formerly PA’s Lounge). A female-fronted residency like this, Cattaneo tells Scout, is a rarity in the Boston music scene, which is dominated by male performers. Cattaneo aspires to bring other women to join […]


East Somerville Gears Up for 10th Carnaval

East Somerville’s 10th annual Carnaval is coming up on June 2, marking the start of SomerStreets season and offering music, performances, food, and a craft fair. The entertainment and food at the festival will celebrate the diversity of East Somerville. Brazilian drummer Marcus Santos’s Grooversity will lead the opening parade, and three stages will feature […]


Radio Drama Sees a Revival in Davis Square

Many historians will say that the “Golden Age” of radio drama ended almost 80 years ago. But for the Post-Meridian Radio Players (PMRP), it’s alive and well in Davis Square.  At a live show, the sound effects are made on stage—we see the water poured slowly into a teacup, the envelope hastily ripped open, the […]



Decade-long Photography Project Captures Lasting Evidence of WWI

Local artist Bonnell Robinson has spent the last 10 years documenting European sites associated with the conflict of WWI through vivid, black-and-white film images. Her connection to the work is deeply personal, spurred by a desire to learn more about her grandfather’s involvement in the war. “Quite by chance, I came across a journal kept […]