News

Attend meetings on farewells to city officials, upgrades at 105 Windsor and Alewife zoning

Public meetings this week say goodbye to a city manager, chief operating officer, attorney and auditor with a combined 152 years of service; granting $4.5 million to improve an 1868 city building in The Port; MBTA bus network redesign; Alewife zoning and park planning processes; and more.

Drug use and violence among a plaza’s unhoused infiltrates Manning public housing, residents say

Some residents of Manning Apartments, a public housing complex near Central Square for seniors and people with disabilities, say they feel unsafe amid a spike in illegal activity in and around the building – and an official at the Cambridge House Authority said Friday that an attempt to address the problem better with private security has suffered a setback.

Children under 5 can get vaccinated against Covid at free Saturday clinic offered by Health Alliance

Cambridge Health Alliance will begin offering long-awaited Covid-19 vaccinations to children under 5 starting Saturday at a clinic in Somerville, one of the first health care systems in the Boston area to offer the vaccine at a clinic since authorization June 17.

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Features

There’s 180 years of queer history at 105 Brattle

Over the century that family of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow lived in West Cambridge there was a strong queer presence in their home, much of which was documented and preserved for us to study today.

Juneteenth has special meaning at 105 Brattle St.

Descendants of Tony and Cuba Vassall were guests at Sunday’s Juneteenth gathering at the Longfellow House-Washington’s Headquarters National Historic Site, where their family was once enslaved by Loyalist who fled on the eve of the American Revolution.

Opinion

Cambridge has the power to build climate justice, and must use it

Understanding just how monumental the climate crisis is can be paralyzing, but that fear obscures the truth of our own power. Some of the biggest changes in our country’s history have started with grassroots activism.

The MIT community should support a Green New Deal for Cambridge

As members of the MIT community, we are especially disappointed that our administration is acting to weaken policies to address the climate crisis – and want the City Council to know that this is not reflective of the interests or the opinions of the entire community here, whose faculty and students broadly support institutional action.

Why this pit kid is not going to ‘Pit-A-Palooza’

A “Pit-A-Palooza” event this weekend is supposed to honor the people organizers call “Pit Rats,” but I just can’t attend an event run by people that have helped kill everything that made Cambridge special.

Arts + Culture

Pit-A-Palooza farewell party for Harvard Square sounded, moshed and even smelled like old times

A farewell party to Harvard Square’s “Pit” on Saturday – officially, Pit-A-Palooza – sparked nostalgia in several ways. The air smelled of sweat and marijuana as energetic fans surrounded a band, and there was nostalgia for a fixture of city youth since 1982.

Arts + Culture

A week of events in Cambridge and Somerville: Drag, fireworks and ‘The Hijacking of Rights’

In a look ahead at a week of Cambridge and Somerville events, there are talks on “Much Ado About Mushrooms” and “The Hijacking of Rights in America”; a story slam and poetry; a drag night with local queens Coleslaw and Severity Stone and drag king Travis Tí; dance and music; “Moana” and “School of Rock” for free; and July Fourth comedy and fireworks.

Film Ahead

‘Mad God’ and more cult flicks are at The Brattle; ‘Elvis’ and ‘Official Competition’ begin their runs

These looks at what’s on screens in the coming week include literally giant films at the Somerville Theatre, including “L.A. Confidential” and “Spartacus”; unforgettable weirdness such as “Mad God” and Lynch’s “Lost Highway” at The Brattle; and new works such as “Elvis” and the delicious “Official Competition” reviewed.

Wild Things

Where city meets forest, white-tailed deer emerge to snack until something startles

It’s hard to believe that a mammal as big as a deer is found in a city as urban as Cambridge, but the deer are here. With a little bit of thoughtful management, we can live in harmony.

Film

‘Hit the Road’: Steering into something big

Panah Panahi cooks up something politically barbed in “Hit the Road,” which begins with a semi-joyous car ride and a becomes a poignant and provocative existential odyssey.

Film

‘The Black Phone’: Its ’70s retro trappings aside, supernatural-tinged thriller might not grab you

The film’s shining asset, aside from the allure of a 1970s setting and devil mask worn by the central boogeyman, is the strong performances by young cast members portraying a brother and sister with a dead mom, scary dad and even scarier kidnapper to tackle.