Attend Cambridge meetings from Nov. 28-Dec. 4: Studying broadband and issues of the unhoused

Public meetings this week look at municipal broadband feasibility, the unhoused and substance issues, Alewife zoning recommendations and more.

Attend Somerville meetings from Nov. 28-Dec. 4: Plans for the Broadway Star Market after 15 years

Public meetings this week look at traffic calming, short-term rentals, access to recreation programs and a revised proposal for the long-vacant Broadway Star Market.

Harvard students’ semester on Harvard Square stretches from 1630 founding to current events

Harvard Square has been a special place for generations of people, and especially generations of Harvard students. A recently introduced class at the school exposes students to the square’s history and encourages them to get more involved in civic life by considering how it might be reenvisioned.

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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.


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.

Thankful in Cambridge, where the unhoused are part of us

Going into Thanksgiving, I am thinking about Cambridge’s identity and its role with the homeless. We cannot solve the world’s problems – but is it really a black mark that we are known as a compassionate city?

Kids are again saying ‘Give us what we need’: Tech education and entrepreneurship revamp

Twenty years after we added biotechnology and graphic design as well as space and funding to CRLS technical education, it has been depleted and ignored again.

Books + Writing

Jamie McCallum can’t stop reporting ‘Essential,’ the story of labor organizing during a pandemic

Sociologist Jamie McCallum brings his “Essential: How the Pandemic Transformed the Long Fight for Worker Justice” to a Harvard Book Store reading on Tuesday.

Arts + Culture

A week of events in Cambridge and Somerville from ‘The Grimkes’ to Giving Tree kickoff event

In a look ahead at a week of Cambridge and Somerville events, holiday shopping is underway and so is the Harvard Square Business Association’s Giving Tree tradition, and there’s comedy, music, book readings and interactive events such as the Cardboard City Big Group Build at The MIT Museum.

Film Ahead

‘Tenenbaums,’ Marilyn and Lynch in repertory, the new ‘Strange World’ and ‘She Said’ reviewed

These looks at what’s on screens in the coming week include Wes Anderson’s ensemble classic “The Royal Tenenbaums,” some Marilyn Monroe and David Lynch, the end of a “Jeff Bridges Abides” series and reviews of the new “Strange World” and “She Said.”

Wild Things

There are flying squirrels in the dark overhead, with occasional visits to backyard bird feeders

Did you know there are flying squirrels in Cambridge? If you haven’t seen one, it’s probably because flying squirrels are nocturnal. If you have, it might be because the squirrel visits your bird feeder at night.


‘Bones and All’: Searching for where she belongs consumes this cannibal teen

Luca Guadagnino’s “Bones and All” is definitely not a movie for a family, but it about family, roots and tradition, no matter how troubling that tradition may be.


Pillars of abolitionism and of their communities, but the family home is paved, the Clary name lost

An obituary described Francis Prince Clary as “custodian of the Harvard Chemical Laboratory for nearly his entire adult life”; a “natural musician”; “prominent in Masonry”; and a man who “held the esteem of the entire community.”