News

No landmarking study for Harvard Square’s Pit, where history of use upstages the architecture

The celebrated area surrounding the Harvard Square subway station known as The Pit will not become a historical landmark, the Historical Commission decided last week.

Peter Valentine, colorful artist, is reported dead; His home is a landmark, the city was his canvas

Peter Valentine, the artist and eccentric whose Cambridgeport home became a landmark for its bright colors and otherworldly wisdom, died Tuesday at his home, according to Michael Monestime of the Central Square Business Improvement District.

Attend meetings on advancing Alewife zoning, catering from within a condo, a Harvard bank

Public meetings this week look at Brattle Street safety improvements, schools’ nondiscrimination policy, a caterer in Porter and bank and apartments in Harvard, and Alewife zoning recommendations.

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Features

Lightning the way to a break in the weather

During a flash storm at around 7:45 p.m. Sunday, Pia Agliati caught a lightning strike over Harvard Stadium – a dramatic example of recent intense weather that’s due for a break.

Being an ally to Indigenous people isn’t difficult, from calling legislators to learning town names

In addition to commemorating the annual International Day of the World’s Indigenous People, there are several ways to show solidarity and support for Indigenous people.

Opinion

Inclusionary housing rent calculations are unfair

Many part-time and seasonal workers are being unfairly rejected or charged more than 30 percent gross income for inclusionary housing. All we ask is to pay what we make, not what city workers think we will.

Proposed bus cuts will make transit unusable

Unless you’ve been a regular bus rider, you won’t understand the impact minor changes can have on the feasibility of using transit. After this proposal, I must wonder if any MBTA planners have relied on the service they want to change.

Memorial Drive changes are off to a good start, but groups still share five significant concerns

The state’s changes to Memorial Drive could – and should – fully separate paths by repurposing the existing roadway, implement additional traffic calming measures and more.

What We're Having

A big omakase night out at Umami

For your special-evening-out dollars, Umami gives you an 18-dish custom meal with a chef’s entertaining explanation of each course and where it came from, sea to seat.

Art

Gallery 24/7 turns ATM, an icon of consumerism, into a free space for exhibit of artists’ inspiration

A former Bank of American ATM in Harvard Square has morphed into Gallery 24/7 – an all-day, all night collaborative that begins its exhibits with works by five local artists.

Arts + Culture

A week of events in Cambridge and Somerville, from a nature walk to ‘violin from the future’

In a look ahead at a week of Cambridge and Somerville events, there’s a Fresh Pond nature walk and Nature in the City Festival, “Cinema Strange” and free screenings of new Pixar classics, classes in augmented reality and a “Yart Sale” – a citywide yard sale for art.

Film Ahead

In repertory, odd ‘El Topo’ is back at The Brattle; Reviews of ‘Resurrection’ and ‘Take the Night’

Alejandro Jodorowsky’s “El Topo” and “Holy Mountain” return to enthrall and bewilder audiences, but there’s Judy Garland and Josef von Sternberg-Marlene Dietrich to balance it out, as well as John Frankenheimer’s “The Train,” Hitchcock’s “Strangers on a Train” and the new Brad Pitt action film “Bullet Train” (and more) to keep you on your toes.

Wild Things

Bullfrogs can and will eat almost anything, getting big enough that we then eat them

Bullfrogs will eat just about any animal smaller than they are. Scientists have found in bullfrog stomachs rodents, lizards, snakes, small birds, spiders and even bats – with a tongue that propels out like a slingshot so frogs can use their hands to stuff large prey into their maws.

Film

‘Thirteen Lives’: 2018 cave rescue in Thailand gets straightforward, inspiring dramatization

A respite from the seemingly endless stream of doom and gloom in the newsfeeds, Ron Howard’s “Thirteen Lives” is an inspiring tale of triumph over tragedy.