Events

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, […]


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. […]


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 […]


High-Flying Photos from the Esh Circus Arts Advanced Show

Last month, Esh Circus Arts brought gravity-defying aerial acrobatics to the Center for Arts at the Armory with its advanced studies show: 17 Words. The sold-out production saw students of Esh’s Professional Preparatory Program and Adult Summer Intensive (along with some special guests) soaring through the air on trapezes and silks or tumbling and contorting […]



At the Rockwell, Friends and Former Bandmates Remember Jason Molina

I’m to blame for the fact that Jason Evans Groth is answering my questions from the frozen goods aisle of a North Carolina Costco. Groth and the other musicians calling themselves Songs: Molina – A Memorial Electric Co. will be at the Rockwell in Davis Square on Saturday to perform a tribute to their friend and collaborator Jason […]


A “Big Gay Dance Party” is Coming to Union Square

This year, Somerville is kicking off Pride Month with a brand-new event you won’t want to miss: a Big Gay Dance Party. The free event from the Somerville Arts Council and the Somerville LGBTQ Community Liaison will bring glitz and glitter to the Union Square Plaza from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. on June 3, with music […]


Five Questions With Backbar’s Sam Treadway

Thirst Boston, a cocktail conference (seriously!) that brings the city’s bartending experts together for a celebration of sipping locally, returns on April 28 with panels, classes and—of course—a few parties. Sam Treadway of Union Square’s Backbar is one such expert; he’s leading a discussion called “The Golden Age of Bitters: An Amaro by any Other Name…” And while […]


Stouts, Soda Bread and Song: St. Patrick’s Day in Somerville

Seeing green? Good, because St. Patrick’s Day is here! There is no shortage of ways to celebrate this Friday—whether you’re Irish or not. We’ve rounded up festivities around the ‘Ville. Aeronaut Brewery is stretching the celebration out over two days—and for a good cause! They’re fundraising for the Irish International Immigrant Center with Irish music, dancing, theater, […]


Somerville Celebrates Women’s History Month

Who run the world? Girls. And in honor of Women’s History Month, local businesses and organizations are stepping up to celebrate women here in Somerville and beyond. We’ve rounded up events and other ways you can participate.  Here’s what’s happening in the ‘Ville: On March 8—which happens to be International Women’s Day—Creative Somerville Series and Workbar Union will host Breaking […]


Where to Celebrate ‘Villen-tine’s Day

Valentine’s Day is fast approaching, and we’ve got you covered when it comes to buying the perfect gift or finding the best places to eat, drink and be merry. From a semi-formal to a silent film, tacos to three-course meals, there’s something for all the lovers—and the single folks too—to do in Somerville. Where to Buy Gifts for Your […]