Lee Erica Palmer Inspires State Legislation

While most elected officials can vividly recall the blood, sweat, and tear-soaked path to completing their first campaign for office, Lee Erica Palmer couldn’t have been more prepared for her initial run as school committee representative for Ward 3 in 2015. “Unlike a lot of first-time candidates who can be surprised by what it takes […]


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 […]


EHChocolatier To Move to Cambridge

Acclaimed chocolate maker EHChocolatier will move out of its Windsor Street home of eight years and into West Cambridge this fall, according to its founders. The new location at 145 Huron Ave. will allow for a better customer shopping experience than the current spot which, co-founder Elaine Hsieh explains, is a bit hidden in an industrial […]



Ben Ewen-Campen Helps Usher In a New Era of Local Politics

Progressive candidates backed by the local chapter of Our Revolution ushered the city into a new political era in November, when all nine candidates who were endorsed by the Bernie Sanders-inspired group took seats on the board of aldermen and the school committee. Ben Ewen-Campen brought to the table a platform rooted in creating affordable […]


Meet Artisan Asylum’s New Executive Director

Lars Hasselblad Torres will take over as executive director at Artisan’s Asylum on Aug. 6. We spoke with him about why he wanted to join the local makerspace and what his vision is for its future. Tell us a little bit about yourself. I’m an artist. I work in the collage media, and these days […]


Bird Scooters Arrive Without Any Notice to City Officials

A new transportation option arrived in the city on Friday: electric, dockless Bird scooters. Bird scooters are designed to be used for short trips to cut down on driving, according to a spokesperson. Fifteen is the magic number for the scooters: Trips cost 15 cents per minute (on top of a $1 base fee), the […]


How HipStory Is Redefining Storytelling in Digital Media

Over the course of its seven-year history, HipStory has been many things. It started as a mixtape, found a home online as hipstory.org, and then, at one point or another, set its sights on conquering every corner of the musical world. “It had many different aspirations,” founder and co-owner Cliff Notez says. “We wanted to […]



A ‘Living Room for the Community’ Pops Up in Bow Market

Trampolines greet you as you walk into CultureHouse, leading to a bright room with a workspace that easily converts to a stage and yellow swings hanging from the ceiling. CultureHouse’s creators have many aspirations for the pop-up that’s set up shop in a spare Bow Market space for the month of July. “A living room […]


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 […]


Afruza Akther Fights to Keep Somerville Affordable

Afruza Akther didn’t want to get involved in politics when she immigrated to Union Square from Bangladesh in 2004. And for about a decade, she didn’t—until 2014, when she was almost forced to leave Somerville because her family couldn’t afford the increasing rent of her Putnam Street apartment. Luckily, they were able get a housing […]