News

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.

Alert for Covid and monkeypox? Add West Nile, as Cambridge is now in ‘moderate’ risk category

The risk of West Nile virus infection in Cambridge was raised to “moderate” from “low” on Thursday after positive-testing mosquitoes were detected in Somerville, Boston, Brookline and Waltham.

Expect shuttle buses for four weeks on green line; Medford Branch opening is put off to November

Shuttle buses will replace trains between Government Center and Union Square stations in both directions from Aug. 22 to Sept. 18. Service on the branch began March 21.

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Features

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.

In identifying ways to improve neighborhoods, one lesson is: Students must get out and explore

A partnership with History Cambridge gave Harvard academy students a way to connect the past with the personal to better see themselves within a tradition of activism and change.

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.

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.

What We're Having

Classics at Buddy’s Diner

The menu’s handwritten and hanging up over the griddle. You sip your coffee and watch the cook whip, pour and fold your omelet on the steel hot-top just feet away. That’s old-school.

Arts + Culture

A week of events in Cambridge and Somerville, from free ‘Sonic’ to Imbolo Mbue and a Cypher

In a look ahead at a week of Cambridge and Somerville events, there are family bike rides and game nights, a smut slam, comedy with Kathe Farris and a book reading with Imbolo Mbue, as well as music from Mia Asano, John Powhida, Fabiola Mendez and the Bridgeside Cypher crew.