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 […]


Crafting A Neighborhood at Assembly Row

“This used to be nothing, back in the day,” says Vanessa Martinez, an assistant marketing manager for Federal Realty Investment Trust, the developer of Assembly Row. “It kind of was a pile of dirt. There was not really much here before we came in.” Assembly Square has come a long way since its days as […]


What’s Happening at East Somerville Main Streets

East Somerville Main Streets is hard at work supporting the neighborhood’s small businesses. The organization is focusing on three big tasks, according to Executive Director Teresa Vazquez-Dodero: making connections that benefit small businesses, helping companies make investments in the neighborhood, and making the Kensington Underpass safer. Making Connections to Support Small Businesses East Somerville Main […]


‘Moon Eaters’ Creates Platform for APIA, Femme Voices

Somerville resident Lily Xie and her fellow creators choose the words of their mission statement with great care, laying out the groundwork of a zine at the intersection of Asian Pacific Islander American (APIA) and femme identities. “Moon Eaters is a place for us to talk to each other about representation and cross-diaspora experiences. We […]


The Arts Council’s Rachel Strutt On the Language of Food

Rachel Strutt, program director at the Somerville Arts Council, has always been interested in helping to amplify marginalized voices. She got her master’s degree in medieval art history at Tufts, studying the “people on the margins.” She continued with her passion of promoting people’s stories as a journalist, and eventually carried that drive to the […]


‘We Envision Gas Stations As Hubs of Environmental Advocacy’

You use reusable shopping bags. You recycle, and maybe even compost. You take the T whenever you can. But sometimes, driving is unavoidable—maybe your job is inaccessible by public transit, or maybe the bus never showed. You take your car, even though you cringe when you think of the impact non-electric cars have on the […]


The SheBoom Sisterhood

They have many names for themselves. “The Sisterhood of the Traveling Drums.” “The Rolling Crones.” A “post-menopausal percussion and vocal ensemble.” They are many things—women, activists, mothers. One was a realtor, another’s a former professor, and a third has written five books about Halloween. They came together haphazardly. “It’s a small world in Somerville and […]


Activist-essayist-poet Jackie Wang Tackles Incarceration

Local poet Jackie Wang will not be pigeon-holed. She’s a performer, the author of multiple radical zines, and a self-described “poetry-school drop-out,” “library rat,” and “trauma monster.” She’s also a Ph.D. candidate at Harvard in African and African American Studies, and, she cheerfully adds, “I also make music and films!” You may have heard her […]


Ellie Tiglao Brings ‘Narrative Cuisine’ to the Table With Tanám

“It’s important to tell your own food story.” That’s the driving force behind what Ellie Tiglao, one of Boston’s rising culinary talents, describes as “narrative cuisine.” Her new restaurant, Tanám—slated to open in Bow Market in late summer—blends artistic inspiration and historical awareness to create intimate and memorable dining experiences. A career scientist with a […]


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 […]


Meet Fluffy, Creator of Community at the Mystic Learning Center

You matter, and your community has your back. That’s the fundamental message Florence Bergmann has tried to impart to thousands of East Somerville children over the past 45 years through her work at the Mystic Learning Center (MLC). MLC works to break the cycle of poverty by providing a safe, low-cost space for kids and […]


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 […]