News

Attend Cambridge meetings from Dec. 5-11: Tow-free street cleanings and green zoning

Public meetings this week look at street cleaning without tows, green zoning, a municipal property inventory; conservative “birthing” clinics, board Stipends and bank frontage; and zoning to decide where labs are allowed.

Attend Somerville meetings from Dec. 5-11: Municipal broadband and Boynton Yards labs

Public meetings this week look at development of a Boynton Yards lab building, implementing municipal broadband, city charter changes and affordable housing

Acknowledging survey, MIT resets public access closer to open campus policy from before Covid

The Massachusetts Institute of Technology has opened more of its campus to the public, bringing access closer to what it was before the Covid pandemic.

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Features

History Cambridge has a new partnership, joining with Slave Legacy History Coalition

While the Slave Legacy History Coalition applies for its own nonprofit status, History Cambridge expects to act as its fiscal sponsor and provide administrative support. 

November is Native American Heritage Month, but Indigenous history can be celebrated all year


Thanksgiving and its accompanying celebrations provide an opportunity to learn about Indigenous history, but we shouldn’t be limited to November.

Opinion

Happy, healthier eating over the holidays

Studies have found that adult weight gain is significant during the period from the last week of November through early January. Here’s how to fight back.

What is the plan for Cambridge?

The city manager and City Council should explain what they want Cambridge to be like in the future, and offer more clarity about regional plans affecting the city.

On this Transgender Day of Remembrance, commemorate Rita Hester: Her life mattered

In the pantheon of slain Americans who have furthered the civil rights of a marginalized group is Rita Hester, an African American transgender woman.

Arts + Culture

A week of events in Cambridge and Somerville, from ‘Birth of Rock ’n’ Roll’ to a Poetry Brothel

In a look ahead at a week of Cambridge and Somerville events, there’s a book on the “Birth of Rock ’n’ Roll” as well as more music to hear, a Poetry Brothel as well as more basic readings, nature walks and museums, labor history and “Lovefool” and holiday happenings from shopping strolls to drag shows.

Film Ahead

Lynch series, Grrl Haus and RPM at The Brattle, while we review ‘Nanny,’ ‘Fabelmans’ and more

These looks at what’s on screens in the coming week include repertory fare such as a “Films of David Lynch” series, all of Truffaut’s “Antoine Doinel” films, works from Grrl Haus Cinema and the Revolutions Per Minute Fest and new works by Nikyatu Jusu, Amanda Kramer, Elegance Bratton and – in an autobiographical turn – Steven Spielberg.

Wild Things

Cedar waxwings love their fruit and berries, sometimes farmers’ fruits and berries too

It is not too surprising that farmers in the 1800s and 1900s hated these birds – they were an agricultural pest John James Audubon proposed calling the fruit-devourer.

Books + Writing

Henriette Lazardis, exploring 1910 ‘Terra Nova,’ knows what keeps her readers turning the page

After teaching English literature at Harvard for 10 years, Henriette Lazardis became a full-time writer with a new novel: “Terra Nova,” a story of love, betrayal and adventure set against the backdrop of Antarctic discovery.

What We're Having

Intimate ambiance, creative small plates and delicious wine at Spoke

The wine selection and knowledge behind the bar at Spoke remains top-shelf, while the food has just become more eclectic and nuanced since its opening in 2013.

Music

Tenant for Oberon space will be named in 2023; Once music club went far in an obscure process

An unnamed but “exciting” tenant has been chosen for 2 Arrow St. for the new year, replacing the venue formerly known as Harvard University’s Oberon theater.

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