Scenes from Boston – The Somerville Second Line in Harvard Square

Somerville Second Line

Somerville Second Line

Somerville Second Line


Somerville Second Line Social Aid and Pleasure Society Brass Band performing in Harvard Square last night.

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Scenes from Boston – The Somerville Second Line in Harvard Square

Boston Bar Bites – Russell House Tavern

steak tartare

Meat and scotch. No reason necessary.

Last night I went to Russell House Tavern, situated in the heart of Harvard Square. I had been for lunch before and had been unimpressed, but wanted to give the restaurant another try. The evening began well as the downstairs bar and dining room have a more relaxed vibe than the smaller, upstairs dining room.

the dining room

dinner and drinks at the bar

The bar was busy for a Tuesday night, filled with Harvardians and Cantabrigian business-types. Beer seemed to be the drink of choice for most, and Russell House offers a good selection of drafts, 12 oz, and 22 oz bottles, many of which are local to the Northeast. The wines were tempting, especially the Pinot Noir and Chardonnay that are on tap. I have yet to see many bars in the area try kegged wine, but I will definitely be returning to try it here. But, last night I went with my favorite – Balvenie, 12 year, neat.


Cures what ails ya

I wanted a small bite before heading home for the evening, so I perused the appetizer menu, looking for something substantial to hold me over.  There are a lot of classics on offer, like crab cakes, caesar salad, and fried oysters, all which would have fit the bill. But I chose one of my favorite indulgences: steak tartare, served with a quail egg yolk and toasted brioche. The description sounded amazing, but the actual product was a little lackluster. The tartare was pleasantly herbaceous and light, but the brioche was only lightly toasted – very lightly. I wanted something crusty and crunchy to complement the soft texture of the raw steak, but the bread was just boring. The quail egg yolk ended up being my favorite part of the whole dish, but I’m a sucker for the sexy ooze of a golden yolk.

sexy oozy egg yolk

If it wasn’t for the ambiance and drink menu, I probably wouldn’t return to Russell House since better food for better prices is available at nearby restaurants like Tory Row and Cambridge 1. But for a good drink in a sleek bar, Russell House will do.

Russell House Tavern

Boston Bar Bites – Russell House Tavern

Women in Photography Night at the Photographic Resource Center

I have been volunteering with the Photographic Resource Center (PRC) at Boston University since last October, and have greatly enjoyed the various events and opportunities they offer. The organization truly is one of the best resources for photographers in New England. I was very excited to have the opportunity to share my work at one of their peer-review nights last Thursday. Lisa Kessler, a professor at Endicott College, hosted the night in which I, Leslie Jardine, Barbara Trachtenberg, Paris Visone, and Ryan McMahon shared our work. The conversation was lively, and the work shared showed a wide breadth of photographic interests and the stellar quality of work happening in the Boston area.

Click the image below to see more photos from the event!

presenting my work
presenting my work! (c) Marisol Marquez
Women in Photography Night at the Photographic Resource Center

Photograping at The Photographic Resource Center

One of my side projects as of late has been photographing and volunteering at events for the Photographic Resource Center at Boston University. If you’re unfamiliar with the organization, I highly recommend browsing their website as they offer a fantastic range of photography-related events and resources. Within the last month I photographed an informal critique on street photography, a lecture on collecting photography, and a lecture by photographer Catherine Wagner.

Click on the photos below for many more photos from each event, and definitely check out their website and list of events!


Street Night – September 28, 2011

“These free, informally structured programs foster a sense of community with photographers, PRC members, and students by offering an opportunity to share images and insights about particular topics in contemporary photographic practice. Presenters bring prints or show images on their own laptops, and are asked to make a brief statement about their work.” – PRC website

image of artist Keith Prue


Vintage and Modern: Workshop on Collecting Photography with Alice Zimet – October 13, 2011

“Alice Zimet conducted this fun, social, and informative workshop focusing on collecting photography, with a particular spotlight on the PRC 2011 Benefit Auction pieces. Karen Haas, the Lane Collection Curator of Photographs at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, led a tour of highlights from the live auction.

Attendees gained a greater understanding of the photography marketplace and the proper tools to become thoughtful photography collectors.” – PRC

Alice Zimet


Catherine Wagner: Photographs and Public Projects – October 19, 2011

“Catherine Wagner presented the last thirty years of her work, concentrating on projects of the last decade.” – PRC

Catherine Wagner and Attendees

Photograping at The Photographic Resource Center

SoWa Open Market

Every Sunday during the summer, a few parking lots in the South End of Boston are overtaken by arts and crafts vendors, a farmer’s market, and a vintage market. These markets, plus bevy of food trucks, make up the SoWa Open Market. Today was summer perfection: high 70s and sunny, the perfect weather for a trip down to the South End.

a view of the South End of Boston

The walk from Back Bay to SoWa took me through one of my favorite parts of the city. The brownstones are reminiscent of those in New York City, and the area has a calm that isn’t found in most of Boston. People were out walking their dogs, spending time with family, and enjoying the sun. The light was fantastic.

a roof with a garden framed by the sky



person framed by an open window

The market was busy when I arrived and I was tempted by the many different jewelry stands, but I spent most of my time in the vintage market. The colors and textures were what most caught my eye:

vintage fabric

vintage fabric

two vintage chairs in front of a brick wall

leather shoes on a wood floor

If you’re in the market for anything vintage, hand-crafted, or fresh from the earth, definitely check out the SoWa markets. It’s a great way to spend a Sunday afternoon.

Information on SoWa Open Markets

SoWa Open Market