In a look ahead at a week of Cambridge and Somerville events, there’s plenty of Halloween to be had, including a Peabody Museum “Day of the Dead” event and a Monster Mash on Somerville streets, as well as lots of readings, poetry, dance, music and art. We also learn how an “Emerald Tutu” can help keep us safe from climate change.
By now, everyone has seen or heard about Will Smith slapping Chris Rock at the Oscars for joking about his wife’s short hair – the result of alopecia, an autoimmune disease. As shocking as Smith’s slap was, so too are the mixed reactions to the assault within the Black female community, who either praised or condemned his violence.
Dan Kwan and Daniel Scheinert’s “Everything Everywhere All at Once” is an absurdist multiverse overload, but the directors are bummed when science fiction is just a plot point that doesn’t ask big questions – such as “How do you find each other and truly see each other, when there’s so many things trying to pull us away from each other?”
Gannett – the 900-pound gorilla of multinationals in the local news space – announced last week that it was eliminating many of its Massachusetts news properties and merging others including the Somerville Journal with the Medford Transcript. It’s doubtlessly a last, brief flash in the proverbial pan before elimination by a profit-focused corporate parent.