News

Actually, Riverbend Park will keep Saturdays, reversing an announcement two days earlier (updated)

Riverbend Park will again stay open Saturdays as well as Sundays, the state announced Friday – a reversal to a Wednesday announcement that left some questions unanswered.

State shuts down Riverbend Park expansion, promising to hold meeting after Labor Day

Saturday closings of Memorial Drive to traffic will stop this weekend, the state announced in a Wednesday statement. It sparked an outcry from bicyclists and city and state officials.

In court case over fourth-grader’s punishment, judges cite legal technicality to dismiss one part

Judges have dismissed part of a lawsuit saying school officials discriminated against a black fourth-grader described as being subjected to an extraordinary on-and-off-again suspension.

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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.

Wild Things

Bald-faced hornets are gigantic and fearsome, able to sting and survive in defending their nest

These yellow jacket wasps get up to an inch long and scary looking, with a a well-deserved reputation for aggressiveness – though only when protecting their nest.

Film

‘Emily the Criminal’: Student debt made her do it

Indie crime drama “Emily the Criminal” clicks because of Aubrey Plaza. Not enough can be said about her subtlety, or how much she does with a sneer or a shift of her large, luminous eyes.

Celebrations

This year’s Honk! fest is back to a full weekend and striving to recapture some pre-Covid feel

The Honk! festival of activist street bands returns to a full weekend schedule this year after a 2020 virtual version and one last year shrunken to a single day by Covid concerns.

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.