Otis Street Playground Community Meeting

The Otis Street Playground community meeting previously scheduled for February 3rd has been rescheduled for Tuesday evening March 3rd at the East Somerville Community School Cafeteria at 50 Cross Street from 6:30-8:00 pm.

A team of landscape architects will draft the new park plans, but the city needs resident input to be sure that the new design meets all the needs of the community. Spanish and Portuguese interpreters will be available.

Weekend Going-Out Guide for Cambridge & Somerville

We’re finally going to have a, hopefully, precipitation-free weekend with some sunlight. It’s still going to be freezing cold, however, so here are a few warm indoor ways to enjoy your weekend.


Using 50,000 lumens of projection systems, Visualize Somerville is bringing you the chance to climb a waterfall, a picturesque mountain peak, or even a lava flow all in one night in an event hosted by BKB and Aeronaut Brewing. Featuring climbing on projection mapping, live DJs, and an art show highlighting Somerville and Boston-based artists, this one-night experience will add another dimension to your climbing experience.

Bluegrass Fridays are back in the Café at the Center for Arts at the Armory in Somerville. The event is free and you can either listen to the host musicians play or jump in with your own instrument.


Don’t miss the artists behind “Fields of Viewpoints” talk about their work at the Kathryn Schultz Gallery in Cambridge. Saturday represents the last day of this interesting collaborative exhibit that features “four artists whose work reflects various ranges, prospects, scans, scoped, observations, interpretations, and involvement. This show is part of the Cambridge Art Association’s 70th exhibition year.

Later on Saturday evening, Altan, one of the world’s finest traditional Irish bands, will transport your mind to the beautiful rolling hills of Ireland at the Somerville Theater.

If you’d rather be transported to the romantic streets of Paris, head over to the First Church in Cambridge to experience the tunes of Pro Arte Chamber Orchestra of Boston.


Cap off the weekend with some American classics presented  by the acclaimed song duo Valerie Anastasio & Tim Harbold in their new show, In the Mood – A Time Capsule of Classics from 1939. Valerie & Tim showcase a remarkable year in film and song with songs from The Wizard of Oz, along with beloved song hits of the year including In the Mood, All the Things You Are, Good Morning, And the Angels Sing, Sunrise Serenade, Beer Barrel Polka, and Lydia the Tattooed Lady.


Construction Advisory: Medford St. Bridge Sidewalk & Street Closure

As part of the Green Line Extension (GLX) project, it will be necessary for the GLX contractor, White Skanska Kiewit, to close the eastbound travel/bike lane and west side sidewalk between School Street and Walnut Street to vehicular, bike, and pedestrian traffic for the purposes of erecting a temporary utility bridge.

Residents will be able to cross Medford Street over to the east side sidewalk to cross over the bridge and the westbound lane will be reconfigured to allow for two-way vehicular and bike traffic.

This construction will start tomorrow, Tuesday February 24th at 8:30 AM and last until the end of September 2015. Signage providing direction and detail police providing assistance will be available to assist vehicular, bike, and pedestrian traffic.

Please click here to learn more about the GLX project, and feel free to contact the GLX project team at 855-GLX-INFO or info@glxinfo should you have any questions.

Weekend Going-Out Guide for Cambridge and Somerville

This weekend’s Going-Out Guide for Cambridge and Somerville features music, laughs, plenty of educational opportunities, and a free yoga lesson.


If you’re curious about how pasta is made, you can buy tickets to “Lilly’s Fresh Pasta talk and lunch.” The event is part of the Harvard Food Literacy Program and Lilly will share her story about emigrating to America and starting a pasta business in the Boston area. Tickets are $5 per person and the event is between 12pm – 1:30pm at Harvard University’s Dudley House.

Later on Friday, you have the chance to spend a few hours laughing at the 10th annual College Comedy Festival and Beanpot Tournament at ImprovBoston in Cambridge. The competition features contestants from all over New England and is a great opportunity to discover future comedy stars.

For all you music history buffs, enjoy the free “History of Synthesis Part 1: Before the Moog” at MMMMaven. The interactive seminar uses sound and video recordings of early synthesizers and offers the audience a chance to play on one of these mythical machines.

Over in Davis Square, the Somerville Theatre offers a historical lesson in the form of a rare historic dramatization of the 1968 capture of the USS Pueblo by North Korean from 8pm to 10pm.


Kick-off your Saturday morning at the Harvard Museum of Natural History where you can explore fossils of long-extinct animals, sketch a mammal, excavate a mock dinosaur dig, or discover life in a rotting log while interacting with scientists and graduate students studying topics ranging from tiny insects to dinosaurs.

After spending a few hours with fossils, you can head over to Artisan’s Asylum in Somerville where you can learn the difference between a lariat and an opera necklace in a Beading for Beginners class. The two-hour session is led by Arlene Elkins of Alchemist’s Apprentice, requires no previous experience, and you’ll get to leave with the necklace you bead.

Wear that beautiful new necklace to “An Evening with the Yaeko Miranda Elmaleh Quartet” at the Armory in Somerville  or to East End Grille where you can watch The Undercovers play the hits of the 60s and 70s.


Top off your weekend by unwinding physically and mentally from several weeks of commuter stress and snow shoveling with a free yoga lesson at Inner Space Meditation Center and Gallery.

Update on East Cambridge Snow Removal Plans

The following is a press release from the City of Cambridge Department of Public Works regarding the most recent snow removal efforts in East Cambridge. – Tim


Begins Thursday, February 19

Dear East Cambridge Resident,

The recent winter storm events have narrowed many streets in Cambridge. East Cambridge has been particularly impacted by these conditions, and the City is taking steps to improve public safety during current snow conditions.

Starting Thursday, February 19, selected streets in East Cambridge will temporarily change from two-way streets to one-way streets. Crews will begin posting “Do Not Enter” signs throughout the neighborhood on Thursday.

• Please look for signs indicating the “Do Not Enter” locations.
• We ask that residents follow the new directional plan, as it will reduce conflicts and improve access for public safety vehicles.
• We understand that some parked vehicles will be facing the wrong way. These vehicles will not be ticketed, but please park in the new direction when you return
• Please continue to use caution as you navigate the city on foot, bike or vehicle. The snow is reducing sightlines at corners and narrowing streets throughout the city.

We expect these traffic shifts to be in place until April 1. Please refer to the attached map for affected streets. Over the next week, city staff will continue to evaluate streets throughout the city to determine if additional changes are warranted.

We appreciate your continued patience and efforts as we manage historic amounts of snow in our city. For more information on the City’s snow operations, please visit www.cambridgema.gov and follow us on Facebook and Twitter (@CambridgeDPW, @CambMA, #CambMASnow).

Residents with questions about these traffic changes can contact Public Works at 617.349.4800 or the Traffic Department at 617.349.4700.

Thank you,

Owen O’Riordan, Commissioner

Monica Lamboy, Interim Director
Cambridge Department of Public Works Cambridge Traffic and Parking Department


Internship opportunities at the Charles River Conservancy

The Charles River Conservancy (CRC) is seeking Spring and Summer interns for “Visual Resources” and “Communications & Development.” Please click the links for details on each internship. The CRC is a non-profit “dedicated to the renewal and active use of the Charles River parklands from Boston Harbor to the Watertown Dam,” and is looking for applications from qualified and committed individuals who believe in its mission. Please click here for more info on the CRC.

Local Weekend Going-Out Guide for Cambridge and Somerville


The third installment of this blog’s Going-Out Guide features a third round of this year’s winter wonderland. The latest update from the National Weather Service is that Saturday into Saturday evening, low pressure out of the Great Lakes will sweep southeast of New England during which time light to moderate snow will spread across the region.

Saturday night into Sunday, low pressure will strengthen quickly into the Gulf of Maine the proximity of which will present the potential for blizzard conditions across east/southeast-coastal New England with snowfall amounts in excess of a foot along with strong to damaging winds possibly up to hurricane force. Combination of increasing winds and the Sunday morning high tide presents the threat of minor to moderate coastal flooding.

Possible hazards associated with this storm include; poor travel conditions, power outages, strong wind gusts, extreme cold, minor to moderate coastal flooding, and beach erosion.

I’ll keep you updated throughout the weekend on my Twitter and Facebook pages about any changes to the weather forecast.

Tonight, you can experience a special screening of Casablanca at the legendary Brattle Theatre or listen to the unique and original voice of Jeffrey Gaines at Passim. Click here to buy tickets for Casablanca and here to learn more about Jeffrey Gaines’ show.

On Saturday, you can to step into a film time machine and enjoy Seven Chances with Jeff Rapsis on the Piano at the Aeronaut Brewing Company in Somerville. Please click here for more info.

Finally, tomorrow marks the beginning of the twentieth annual Bugs Bunny Festival at the Brattle. This year’s festival is dedicated to the memory of Brian Murphy, who passed away last week. Brian was a good friend and a dedicated public servant. Speaking with his family and friends over the last week, it is Brian’s sense of humor that lasts in people’s memories. Dedicating this year’s bugs bunny festival in his honor is another fitting testament to how Brian impacted our lives. His presence and leadership will be missed. Please click here for more info about this event.

This weekend’s Going-Out Guide for Cambridge and Somerville

The beginning of this week was once again swallowed up by adverse weather conditions so this edition of the Going-Out Guide will only cover weekend events. More snow is expected, but hopefully it won’t prevent you from attending some of the great events our community has to offer.

You can kick-off the weekend with some early music from The Newberry Consort. The Chicago-based ensemble will perform at the First Church in Cambridge at 8 pm tonight and, according to the Boston Early Music Festival (BEMF), the performance features “selections from the Cantigas de Santa Maria with singers from Boston’s own Exsultemus.” Click here to learn more or to purchase tickets.

If you’re interested in more contemporary music, you can enjoy a free night of Americana, folk, and pop at the Center for Arts at the Armory. Local singer-songwriter, Andy Newton, will perform tunes from his debut record, A Banner Day, tonight from 9 pm to 10 pm. The Armory offers more free music on Saturday morning from 10:30 am to 12:30 pm with a wide repertoire of jazz, great American Songbook, and more by Rick Schilling (piano) and Rick Silberg (vocals).

You can round off your weekend with some educational down time at the Peabody Museum where The Arts of War: Artistry in Weapons Across Cultures exhibit “presents the varied beauty and craftsmanship of war objects drawn from cultures around the world,” and offers more than 150 examples of weapons that are also works of art. Click here for more info or for a virtual tour of the exhibition.

© The Peabody Museum L-R: Executioners knife; iron and antelope horn shield, Asia; painted wood shield, Papua New Guinea; Zulu cowhide shield; Masai shield

© The Peabody Museum
L-R: Executioners knife; iron and antelope horn shield, Asia; painted wood shield, Papua New Guinea; Zulu cowhide shield; Masai shield

Local going out guide for Somerville and Cambridge

Somerville and Cambridge are hotspots for various cultural activities, and going forward I’ll be posting a weekly guide to local events. As we return to normalcy after the blizzard, there will be plenty to do in and around Somerville and Cambridge for the rest of week.

Rain and snow showers are forecast for Friday so why not spend an evening at the Armory in Somerville searching for Cleopatra’s crown? The Search for Cleopatra’s Crown is an evening of short movies and animations about history by Mick Cusimano. It’s free and open to the public this Friday from 8pm to 9:30pm at the Center for Arts at the Armory on 191 Highland Avenue.

 © Courtesy of Center for Arts at the Armory

© Courtesy of Center for Arts at the Armory

If you’re musically inclined, an all-star lineup of artists will keep the music and spirit of Pete Seeger alive on Friday evening at the Cambridge Forum in a Sing-Out Tribute to the iconic singer who passed away last year. Tickets are $20 if you buy them in advance and $25 at the door.

Inclement weather is forecast for Saturday as well, but you’ll probably spend most of this day preparing for the big game on Sunday so why not visit the Somerville Winter Farmers’ Market for your Super Bowl Party food? That’s right, the Center for Arts at the Armory in Somerville is hosting a Winter Farmers Market on Saturdays, from 9:30 AM to 2:00 PM, December through March. This weekly market offers a variety of locally grown and regionally produced agricultural products, features rotating guest vendors each week, as well as live music and delicious treats in two café areas.

The Somerville Winter Farmers Market accepts SNAP/EBT cards, and doubles SNAP purchases dollar for dollar up to $10 – allowing SNAP recipients double their spending power.

© Courtesy of www.somwintermarket.org

© Courtesy of www.somwintermarket.org

Finally, on Sunday, Go Pats!

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day Celebrations

Monday marks the 30th anniversary of the observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day. This holiday creates an opportunity for us to recognize the many contributions and achievements of Dr. King, and the following are some free events happening locally on Monday in recognition of this important holiday:

The City of Somerville’s 2015 MLK Jr. Day Celebration

Mayor Joe Curtatone, Somerville Public Schools, and the Office of Somerville Commissions invite you to the City of Somerville’s 2015 celebration at the East Somerville Community School on 50 Cross Street from 11 am to 1 pm on Monday, January 19th. The 2015 program features Master of Ceremonies Marcos Santos, dance and musical performances, youth essayists, and MLK Jr. Awards.

Many Helping Hands 365’s A Day of Service for the Cambridge Community

This is the 5th Annual Cambridge Day of Service that Many Helping Hands 365 has organized to celebrate the Martin Luther King Day holiday. The event is free and open to the public, and all ages are welcome to help with hands-on crafts projects that benefit Cambridge residents in need. Join your neighbors from 2 pm to 5 pm at Cambridge City Hall on 795 Massachusetts Avenue for an afternoon of hands-on service projects. Many Helping Hands 365 is also collecting and sorting donations of food, children’s books and winter clothing at the event. Please click here to register for the event or to donate to the organization.

Museum of Fine Arts’ Martin Luther King Jr. Day Open House

The MFA, at 465 Huntington Avenue in Boston, is celebrating Dr. King’s legacy with a day of free admission from 10 am to 4:45 pm. Enjoy vibrant performances, dazzling exhibitions, engaging art-making activities and gallery tours, and much more. Click here for more details.

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