SCOUT WEEKEND: MAY 24-27 edition

This aptly forecasted rain is kind of gross, but we’ve got plenty of things for you to do in the Great Indoors of Somerville! Curl up in your bed and watch Arrested Development or take an alternative approach got to a show (inside) at a great local venue. Whether you’ll weather the weather or not, […]


Magoun Square’s red-and-gold sign unveiled

 Ward 5 Alderman Courtney O’Keefe unveiled the new Magoun Square in a ceremony on May 23 after it was initially installed and removed three weeks ago. The neighborhood has been awaiting a sign to welcome visitors since its redesign began three years ago –especially since other Somerville squares have had them for years. Thursday’s ceremony […]


NEWS: Mayor Curtatone eyes re-election

Mayor Joseph Curtatone kicked off his re-election campaign on Wednesday, May 22 with a speech made at the Center for the Arts at the Armory. If re-elected, Curtatone will enter his eleventh year in office. Election Day is slotted for November 5. The text of his speech is as follows:


WHAT’S NEW?: Pennypackers rolls into Magoun

One of Boston’s fave food trucks is coming to a storefront location near you: following initial proposals, Pennypackers Fine Foods has been approved to open a brick and mortar space in Magoun Square. According to its Facebook page here, the upscale fast food joint will join Caprese Pizza, the K2 Market, and the under-construction King […]


Scout Weekend: Your Guide to Porchfest

This Saturday, May 18, porches in Somerville will transform into stages for over 100 of the city’s most diverse musical acts. Passersby can hear anything from punk to Afro beat. With three separate time slots from noon to 6 p.m. based on location, Porchfest offers an evening full of music from Somerville’s finest. For the […]


Q&A: Ruby Ridge and the politics of EDM

Amid the candy-colored luster of the Together Fest, one group remains resolutely unpolished. Named for the infamous 1992 standoff in rural Idaho that left three dead, Cambridge wife-and-husband duo Ruby Ridge (John Bittrich and Callan Blank) are the unrepentant ugly ducklings of Boston EDM. In a genre dominated by high-gloss club anthems, their dark, abrasive, […]


O’Keefe responds to homophobic backlash

On May 14, Somerville Mayor Joseph Curtatone released a letter condemning two residents who allegedly had used homophobic slurs in statements against recently appointed Ward 5 alderman Courtney O’Keefe, whom he didn’t name specifically. In the letter, he referred to an ordinance guaranteeing inalienable rights to all Somerville citizens regardless of characteristics such as gender, […]


SCOUT OUT!: Getting hoppy with Magnifico

Dan Paquette of Pretty Things brewery knows that crafting the perfect seasonal takes a lot of hops. Last Wednesday, longtime fans and new friends gathered at The Precinct in Somerville’s Union Square to celebrate the relaunch of Magnifico, the happiest, hoppiest session beer in town. First brewed in 2011, this tawny amber rustic session pale […]


Community path extension ground breaking

“To Lechmere and beyond!” Friends of the Community Path’s co-founder and president Lynn Weissman chanted her organization’s newest tagline to the crowd at Monday’s groundbreaking ceremony, which took place at 6 p.m. on the intersection of Lowell and Cedar Street. Public officials and members of the audience joined in, celebrating the pedestrian and bicycle pathway’s […]


SPOTLIGHT: Keepin’ it fresh with Ethan Marsh

Ethan Marsh is a man who likes to keep things fresh. A long-time regular at local shows like Horse’s Mouth and Jim Rodney’s Medicine Show at Middlesex Lounge, the JP-based stand-up comic says it was the prolific creativity of his friends in the Boston scene that inspired him to spearhead his own show. “I was […]


WHAT’S NEW?: Bronwyn restaurant opens shop

Bathing suit season is on the horizon, but most Somervillians are currently fixated on how many sausages and pretzels they can eat in one sitting. Thankfully, the much-anticipated Bronwyn will be providing all of that and more starting this Wednesday, May 15. “We’re incredibly excited to bring Bronwyn and the flavors of my ancestral cuisine […]


Iconic Rosebud Diner’s closing postponed

Rosebud Bar and Grill, one of the more historic diners in the region, was reportedly slotted to close shop on Sunday, May 12. However, the Mother’s Day closing has been postponed. “Between last night and this morning something has changed the closing of the sale was scheduled to happen on [May 15],” reports Rosebud’s Facebook page here. […]