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Kathy Olson/Randy Pingrey Quartet

Olson Pingrey Quartet    /     Friday July 7, 8pm    /     $15.  Tix / FB event The OPQ is led by Kathy Olson (baritone saxophone) and Randy Pingrey (trombone) and plays a mix of originals and inventive arrangements of standards. This time out, Kathy and Randy will be joined by Aaron Darrell on bass and Austin […]


What’s In A Name? Jerry’s Liquors

It seems fairly safe to assume that the people behind iconic local businesses like Jerry’s Liquors and Mike’s Food & Spirits would actually be named Jerry and Mike. It seems fairly safe… but it isn’t. While plenty of places around town are still helmed by the folks whose names they bear, it turns out that […]


Five Fun Facts With ‘Fluff’ Author Mimi Graney

To Mimi Graney, Marshmallow Fluff isn’t just a whimsical condiment. As the founder of the annual What the Fluff? festival in Union Square, where the pillowy product was invented in 1917, she says the story of Fluff is a uniquely American one—as much a tale of innovation and modernization as it is a desire to […]


Around the World, “American Food” Means Chips, Cake and Fluff

It turns out grocers from Germany to Australia to Ireland think one thing when they think “American food,” and that’s Somerville’s own marshmallow fluff. Most frequently spotted “American” food overseas? Marshmallow Fluff–invented in my neighborhood! https://t.co/OyJqGsafJP @ScoutSomerville — Jason (@coolmcjazz) January 5, 2017 In a January 4 Buzzfeed post, Dave Stopera asked, “Have you ever […]



Somerville Local Arts Mall Offers a Unique Holiday Shopping Experience

For more than a year, a former Cambridge Health Alliance walk-in clinic in Union Square has sat vacant. But that changed on November 20, when local artist Judith Klausner and a group of 33 area artisans opened to doors to the Somerville Local Arts Mall (SLAM), a pop-up store where shoppers will be able to purchase all […]



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, […]


It’s Britney, Brunch: Pun-Heavy Thunder Road Brunch Menu Debuts This Weekend

“Casseroling in the Deep,” “Sausage Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band,” “Caprese Little Thing Called Love”—if you love music, puns and/or breakfast foods, you’ll love the new Thunder Road brunch menu. Beginning this Sunday, July 31, the music venue and restaurant will be dishing out sweet, savory and shareable options dreamed up by Zach Hirtz and […]


At the Ruby Rogers Center, Nanci Baren Spends Her Days Giving Back

When Nanci Baren walked into the Ruby Rogers Center nearly two decades ago, she had nowhere else to go. She’d been living in her car for several months, and she didn’t know what was coming next. “It was kismet that I ended up here,” says Baren, revealing a big, warm smile. Since that first visit […]