Kristina Kehrer

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Doing my best to capture the heart, soul, and essence of people, who then get to shine brightly on Cambridge Community Television. This in turn fills me with a great joy and satisfaction. I have lived many incarnations in Cambridge, Mass since 1986.

Stories by Kristina Kehrer

There have been a series of sad closings in Cambridge. To some, it is the march of progress, business, and the way of the world. To others, it is a painful representation of their loss of place and comfort in the community they call home.

As we usher in the fall season, we say goodbye to Troy Anthony’s Barber Shop located for 15 years on Cambridge Street in Inman Square, another casualty to the gentrification of this once working-class neighborhood. (Rumor has it, the place will become a Boston Burger – no one is excited.)

Every fiscal quarter the Cambridge Whole Foods Markets donates 5% of their net sales to local non-profits. On September 16, 2015 the “5% Day” earnings netted a hefty donation to the Cambridge School Volunteers (CSV): $14,344.03 to be exact.

“Meetups” for group activities are all the rage right now. You can "meetup"  to play Frisbee, learn about love, and even do some volunteer work. Classical musicians have “,” which is the same idea, but different because it is a paying gig in someone’s house.

The 26-year-old nonprofit, Solutions at Work, is on the verge of extinction. The only things that can save it are: quick thinking on the part of the city, the will of the people, and/or a big fat check.

Solutions at Work was created in 1989 by a group of homeless individuals who knew exactly what social services were needed, and missing, in order to help people step out of the vicious cycle of poverty and homelessness.

Ken Field has been living, loving, and playing music in Cambridge for 25 years. He was married to animation film director and namesake of the visual art gallery at Cambridge Community Television, Karen Aqua, for 27 years, until she succumb to ovarian cancer in 2011.

Field hosts a creative instrumental music show on WMBR every Tuesday, 2-4 p.m. called “The New Edge,” and his bands include: The Revolutionary Snake Ensemble, Birdsongs of the Mesozoic, Chandler Travis, and the Second Line Social Aid & Pleasure Society Brass Band.

The “NOT ART” guy is just as paradoxical as the stencil messaging he leaves around the urban landscape. Question: are these temporary, or lasting moments of urban decay, ART or NOT ART? Can you find the beauty in the discarded, the irrelevant, the crumbling and/or the ironic?

The centripetal force of the “The Pit,” located on the corner of Dunster and Massachusetts Avenue in Harvard Square is a legendary gathering place for kids of all kinds, and from all places.

In polite society, we refer to this community of rebellious, disenfranchised, homeless, and sometimes “poser” youth as “Pit Kids,” but they call themselves “Pit Rats.”

My interviewee was late to the Winthrop Square Park in Harvard Square, so I took up conversation with a busking musician. The conversation turned to the omnipresent topic du jour: the over-development and massive landscape changes in Cambridge, and the loss of longstanding, beloved businesses.

That is when the busking musician broke the news to me that Berk’s Shoes at 50 JFK St. was closing its doors forever, on this very day. I rushed right over.

Kemp Harris is a local musician who has lived in Cambridge since 1978. He has an extensive bio that includes: acting, composing, teaching, and writing. We had a long conversation, which included all the hot button issues locally and nationally: over-development, gentrification, and racism in America, but it is the music and artfulness of Harris that I chose to focus on. He is a Cambridge gem and a link to what I feel is the “old Cambridge.”

In the battle between Uber X and Taxis, doing the right thing should not be based on which service or business model is considered better according to personal preference, but on what creates a level playing field for both businesses to strive, succeed, or fail of their own accord.