Events

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, […]


The Encyclopedia Show Brings Music, Mirth and Madness to the Davis Square Theatre

The latest installment of the Encyclopedia Show is coming to the Davis Square Theatre on Thursday, March 10. The improv-sketch comedy-variety show will be bringing scientific flare to the March instillation, presenting “The Periodic Table of Elements.” Originally a franchise show from Chicago, the Encyclopedia Show came to Boston in 2012. Simone Beaubien, the slammaster and producer of […]



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 […]


SCOUT PICK: Somerville Local First’s Harvest Fest

It’s finally feeling a little autumnal outside—what better way to celebrate than with Harvest Fest? This Saturday, October 17, Somerville Local First is bringing fall fun to the Armory with their annual celebration of the area’s independently owned businesses. Somerville Local First is a nonprofit that works to support an economy that’s “local, sustainable and fair,” says board […]


Photos from the 10th Annual Honk! Festival

The 10th annual Honk! Festival brought the brass to Somerville and Cambridge this weekend. More than 25 bands with influences as diverse as punk, funk, Afrobeat and more filled the streets—from Somerville’s Davis Square to Harvard Square in Cambridge—with music. Scout was there, too—dancing, laughing and snapping photos of the action.


SCOUT PICK: Boston Cyclists Union’s Biketoberfest

How could Oktoberfest get any better? By adding bikes into the mix! At least, that’s the idea behind the Boston Cyclists Union’s Biketoberfest, which will welcome more than 300 area pedal pushers to the Armory on October 15 to eat, drink, socialize and celebrate the work the union has been doing. Any time an area street is […]


Scenes from the 2015 East Broadway Foodie Crawl

The bad news is that it rained. The good news is that a little drizzle couldn’t stop hundreds of Somerville residents from taking to the streets (or street, rather—namely Broadway) on Tuesday night for the 2015 Foodie Crawl. Presented by East Somerville Main Streets, the fifth annual Foodie Crawl saw more than 15 of the area’s restaurants […]


PHOTOS: Somerville Dog Festival 2015

Hundreds of adorable area dogs (and their owners) pawed on over to Trum Field on Sunday for the sixth annual Somerville Dog Festival. Presented by the Somerville Foundation for Animals, this free canine carnival welcomed trainers, behaviorists, vendors and pet lovers of all kinds to celebrate our four-legged friends. A slight drizzle didn’t stop anyone—person or pup—from enjoying the […]


“Considerations for the City Dog” Author Talks Raising Pups in the ‘Ville

In our coverage of transportation issues in this city, we often write about how streets are built for cars rather than pedestrians or cyclists—and about the current efforts to make urban routes accessible for those more vulnerable groups of travelers. We’re hyperconscious about the ways in which humans move around Somerville, but here’s something we’d never considered until […]


SCOUT PICK: This Saturday, Riverfest Returns to Assembly Row

The days are getting shorter, the kids are back in school and Labor Day is behind us—we’re sorry to say it, folks, but summer 2015 is winding down (even if Mother Nature doesn’t seem to think so). Luckily, you still have a few remaining chances to get out in the sun and pretend that autumn isn’t on […]


FRIDAY: Firkins, Feminist Fibers, Fun, Friends

This weekend, a new art exhibit at Aeronaut is turning their standing Firkin Friday into Feminist Fiber Friday. For more than two years, local artist Iris Nectar has been running a blog highlighting woman-identified makers in the textile arts, and in January she began planning an exhibition that would bring their work out of from behind the […]