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Here’s What’s on Deck at ArtBeat 2016

“The whole festival—it’s kind of loosely organized chaos,” laughs Somerville Arts Council Cultural Director Rachel Strutt of the annual ArtBeat celebration. “Things usually happen that surprise and delight us that we couldn’t even conceive of.” ArtBeat comes to Davis Square on July 15 and 16, with two stages of music, dance at the Somerville Theatre, […]


The Death of DIY?

“Only New York has more artists per capita than the City of Somerville,” boasts the city on its website. But what happens when those creatives start leaving for less expensive pastures?


A Wide World of Flavor, Right in Union Square

Sake, saffron, Salvadoran flor de izote—flavors from around the globe converge in Union Square, and the Somerville Arts Council wants to share the spice with its 2016 walking tours of the area’s six international markets. The tours are part of the Nibble program, the council’s food and community initiative which advocates for culinary creators in Somerville—especially those from the city’s immigrant population. […]



City Kicks Off Culinary Entrepreneurship Program

La Brasa, Casa B, Ebi Sushi, Dosa N Curry, Meju—Somerville’s globe-spanning restaurants have quickly made the area a veritable haven for foodies who fawn over all types of fare. Recognizing that the diverse flavors that make up the city are part of what makes it a cultural destination, the Mayor’s Office of Strategic Planning and Community Development has partnered […]


Porchfest 2015 Registration is Open

Something plucks a bit at my insides when I think about Porchfest. The bluegrass and folk tunes played on makeshift stages reminds me of my country upbringing. Yet there is something decidedly Somervillain about it—optimizing the use of an unconventional public space (the porch) to bring together community and music. And what warms my (icy, snowed […]


Somerville Names First Ever Poet Laureate

The cat may already be out of the bag (it looks like the Somerville Times had the scoop back in December), but the City of Somerville has officially announced that Nicole Terez Dutton will serve a two-year term as the city’s first ever Poet Laureate. Dutton’s work has appeared in journals including Ploughshares, the Indiana Review and Salt […]


SCOUT PICK: Somerville Illuminations Bike Tour

If you’re anything like us here at Scout HQ, you are probably waiting until the last minute to get all of your holiday shopping done. To be honest, it doesn’t exactly feel like the most festive and cheery season out there with the weather at 41 degrees and a (seemingly) constant rainfall. And now, to […]


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 […]