Business + Money

Somerville Theatre will bring Davis more music with Crystal Ballroom replacing upstairs screens

The Somerville Theatre is trading in two screens for the Crystal Ballroom, a 500-person capacity performance hall that will return live music to Davis Square for the first time since the amps went silent at Johnny D’s back in 2016.

Clubs battered by coronavirus travel a tough path to promised federal aid; It’s easier for restaurants

Six months after Congress approved roughly $16 billion in aid for entertainment venues shattered by coronavirus, only 411 have received money out of 14,214 applications. The Small Business Administration says it’s working to catch up.


Attend meetings on reparations, name changes, police technology and aging elementary schools

Public meetings this week look at reparations through cannabis revenue, name changes to the Agassiz neighborhood and Central Square branch library, police surveillance technology that worries civil libertarians, aging elementary schools, tree tear-downs and much more.

At nursing homes most vulnerable to Covid, filings show 80% of workers are vaccinated

More than 80 percent of workers at nursing homes in Cambridge are fully vaccinated against Covid-19, according to government filings. But there is little data breaking down rates by job category, which would show how many employees who have the most contact with residents are immunized.

City manager bans remote public comment during in-person meetings, defying council

With meetings by video conferencing no longer demanded by a pandemic, City Manager Louis A. DePasquale ordered city staff on Tuesday to not permit remote public comment if a meeting was otherwise in person – conflicting with council orders without explanation.

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A story of enslavement; a Juneteenth reflection

In his own recounting of his historic April 18, 1775 ride, Paul Revere uses the body of an enslaved person as a landmark. To today’s reader, the reference is likely shocking.


It’s no coincidence that eight decades passed without the council holding a charter review

The incrementalism of the City Council’s charter change order is sad, but what elevates it to tragedy is how thoroughly the nature of our government stunts its own reform, and how blind the council as a whole seems in identifying the circular nature of the problem.

Should police be at Pride parades?

Over the weekend, the second annual Trans Resistance March and Rally took place. Noticeably missing, guiding and participating in the march from Nubian Square in Roxbury to the Franklin Park Playstead was the presence of police and law enforcement.

Few thousands lost to outdated rules is terrible, but compare it with fortunes cost by license con

Now that the City Council has updated Cambridge’s retail table of land uses and home occupations zoning – a process that began in 2015 – is it getting any closer to remembering the businesses victimized by buying worthless alcohol licenses?

Film Ahead

As The Brattle nears full reopening to the public, welcome Cinema Week, ‘Too Late’ and ‘Orphans’

The Landmark Kendall Square Cinema entices people back to the big screen with a week of discounts, The Brattle prepares to enlarge everything you streamed at home in 2020 and new releases arrive for review: “Too Late,” “The Hitman’s Wife’s Bodyguard” and “12 Mighty Orphans.”

Food + Drink

After 3.5 years away, Toscanini’s ice cream expects to reopen this summer near Central

Toscanini’s ice cream is looking to reopen in Lafayette Square at the end of July or beginning of August, making it 3.5 years after closing there for construction of the boutique hotel 907 Main.


‘Luca’: Pixar dips into lovely Italian waters, telling a genial coming-of-age adventure

“Luca” is Pixar at its most delicate, an immaculately structured story that might not be the grandest the studio has released, but is one of the most honest. There’s a humanism between the moments of humor and fantasy that anchors the film and makes it a must-watch, and not just for Pixar fans.

What He's Having

The turkey melt special at Shays Pub & Wine Bar

For eats, Shays has a limited menu, but a rock solid one with good burgers, including veggie- and plant-based alternatives. But the real jam is its sandwiches.

Film Ahead

Documentaries for body cams and stamp con; possible pick for Juneteenth; and ‘Vicious Fun’

Anticipating the Emancipation Day celebration, consider an odd turn of history in “Free State of Jones.” Things get even more real with a documentary about the moving image, police body cams and image as evidence and a postal pondering, and there are some blood-pumping genre pieces to see too.

Food + Drink

This year’s ‘Taste’ events will skip the samples for diner bargains that help restaurant workers

Post-pandemic, the Taste of Cambridge and Taste of Somerville events have been rethought for the year, creating a “Dining Passport” program running July 1 to Aug. 15, with proceeds going to restaurant workers and nonprofit organizations.