Events

Local New Year’s Eve Events

1. New Year’s Eve at Bow Bow Market—1 Bow Market Way Dec. 31, 8 p.m. to Jan. 1, 1 a.m. Tickets: $20 One event, all of your favorite restaurants and watering holes from Somerville’s newest marketplace. You can expect a dance party complete with a ball drop, plus outdoor “heaters, light displays, and a dome” […]


Skip the Small Talk Helps Forge Genuine Connections

“What book or movie had an impact on the way you see the world?” “What is your mind gravitating toward most these days?” “How are you really doing?” In most cases, you’d probably be a little freaked out if a stranger sat down next to you, asked you one of these questions, and stared at […]



New Festival Highlights Local Womxn in Music

For the team behind Bust Out Boston, the music festival is a sign of support for the #MeToo movement. “We wanted to create a platform and a safe space for womxn, non-binary, trans, and marginalized individuals to perform,” Alyssa Spector, a producer of the five-day festival, told Scout in an email. “It’s important for our […]


‘Are You Buying?’ Explores the Price of Advertising

Catherine Siller is used to commanding the attention of people around her—especially on harsh truths they might not often face. The Somerville-based dancer and multimedia performance artist interrogates beauty standards in her newest work, “Are You Buying?,” which will be performed in an empty storefront window by Downtown Crossing. The theatrical piece combines an interpretive […]


Zombie Apocalypse Game Aims to Build Community Resiliency

What’s the magic ingredient to turn disaster preparedness into public art? According to Rebecca Michelson, it’s zombies. “What’s most important for people to know is that there is a massive zombie apocalypse coming, and they need to be aware that it’s on its way, and preparing is the first priority,” she says. Michelson and her collaborator […]


ONCE Somerville to Reopen with Day of Celebrations

ONCE Somerville will reopen on Sept. 16 after a a roughly six-week closure, according to owner JJ Gonson. The venue closed indefinitely in August due to a series of financial setbacks including a “bookkeeper failure,” some show cancellations, and a robbery, Gonson told Scout in July. But Gonson and her team have used the intervening weeks […]


Somer Fest Variety Show Heads to ArtFarm

What is Somer Fest? Think of it as a variety show: It’s rap, it’s magic, it’s comedy. Zoë Reiches and Stephond Goler—a married couple and co-curators of Somer Fest—have been putting on their variety shows for years under the moniker “Thorpe Street Presents…” Reiches is a semi-professional, part-time magician, and Goler moonlights as the rapper […]


Ignite! Festival Returns to Union Square

The annual Ignite! Festival will return to Union Square on Saturday for a night of food, cultural exchange, performances, and fire. Designed to “showcase the incredibly delicious and diverse food landscape of Union Square”—according to Rachel Strutt, cultural director for the Somerville Arts Council—the festival weaves together dishes from the fabric of the city. There […]


Mobile Library Pops Up in Union

The public library’s on the go through Aug. 6, bringing a mini version of the library to Bow Market. A collection of about 60 to 100 books—staff favorites from various departments—can be checked out thanks to a computer system that lets librarians check out books and sign people up for library cards. A “DIY corner” […]


Sofar Sounds Brings Hyperlocal, Secret Shows

Sofar Sounds, a network of intimate concerts in more than 400 cities worldwide, is pushing a new type of music experience—one that is personal rather than distant, focused rather than chaotic. “Our founding principle [is] respecting music, listening to musicians, supporting them as much as we can, and giving them the focus and attention that […]


Somerville Gets Its Own ‘SNL’

The opening lines of the first-ever “Somerville Night Live” give viewers a good idea of what to expect from the makeshift sketch comedy show that borrows the format of its famous predecessor. “Folks, welcome to alt-comedy. This is what it’s all about—crafting material all through the night, without any institutional support, or even legality. Setting […]