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

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.

Youth-led social justice movements lead the way in Cambridge around issues of race and climate

Learning about the Black Student Union and Sunrise Movement, and understanding how group members’ knowledge is fueled by experience, made for an eye-opening four-month fellowship.

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.

Food + Drink

Tasty Burger’s plans to open in Central Square are delayed by snafu from city’s permit system

Tasty Burger is taking a second swing at the Central Square market. The eatery walked away from a 2013 bid to replace a nearby bakery after license commissioners voted against allowing late-night beer and wine in a residential area.