No more towed vehicles during street cleaning? Proposal is on hold with a call to ask the public

A proposal for the city to find ways to street clean without towing cars was stopped Monday for at least a couple of weeks, as a city councillor urged its authors to ensure that the people most affected by the change get asked about it.

Caroline Hunter arrives on School Committee, winning recount to replaced resigned Bhambi

The School Committee meeting Tuesday will be the first with a new member: Caroline Hunter, who was elected Thursday in a recount of ballots from November 2021.

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.

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‘Art in Public’: Film explores the relationship between creativity and enhancing community

Many might consider art just a tool to beautify a space. “Art in Public,” a feature-length documentary film about Cambridge-based public art, illuminates ways art allows us to see the world differently. It gets a premiere Wednesday.

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. 


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.

Food + Drink

El Jefe’s fundraises Tuesday for Abercrombie, hoping larger location sets a customer record

El Jefe’s Taqueria plans to take part in its fifth annual Ben Abercrombie Day on Tuesday, when proceeds benefit a player for Harvard football whose very first tackle resulted in a paralyzing spinal cord injury in 2017.

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.