Opus Affair at Bastille Kitchen – Mon. Nov. 24 6-9PM

Opus AffairOpus Affair is hosting their monthly cocktail social at Bastille Kitchen on Melcher Street in Fort Point Channel. This month’s Punch Bowl Fund will raise money for one of these three arts charities: Boston Opera Collaborative, Arts Connect International, and Shelter Music Boston.

RSVP – No Cost (and lots of fun) – Bastille Kitchen 6-9PM

What is Opus Affair’s Punch Bowl Fund? Think of it as a charitable drinking game where you are invited to contribute $5 (cash) to the fund. In return you recieve a drink ticket for a glass of punch and a ballot to vote for one of the three featured arts organizations. At the end of the night, the organization with the most votes will collect the total amount raised that night.

Who is Opus Affair?  They are a community of artists and friends who love the arts who get together for cocktails and to chat about the arts scene.  If you’ve never been to one of their socials stop by and check them out.

25 Years ago this month

gay flagTwenty-five years ago in November 1989,  Governor Michael Dukakis signed a bill banning discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation in housing, employment, credit, and access to restaurants and other businesses.  It may be hard to appreciate this milestone but this was an amazing victory for our community and would distinguish Massachusetts as a gay rights leader in the nation.

With the stroke of the pen the Massachusetts Governor ended a nasty 17-year battle and our state became only the second in the nation to pass a law protecting the employment and other rights of gays and lesbians.  The Boston Globe has a great article addressing this major milestone worth reading, A key moment in gay rights fight

South End restaurant Union Bar & Grille to close

Aquitaine Group, Boston, South EndBig changes are in store for one of Aquitaine Group’s signature south end restaurants. Effective January 1, 2015 Union Bar & Grille, which first opened eleven years ago in the autumn of 2003 will close.  Aquitaine Group, which owns Union will retain the space and reopen a new restaurant under a new name with a targeted opening for April 2015.  There is no information about the new concept, menu or who will help run the re-branded space.  However, the Aquitaine Group understands the competitive South End restaurant industry better than most and have an impressive track record.

Aquitaine Group, South End restaurant, SoWaA lot has changed since October 2013 when Union opened.  They were one of the first restaurants in the emerging SoWa district of the South End. Despite the fact that earlier that year Wilkes Passage and Rollins Square had opened, the restaurant scene in the South End didn’t cross over Tremont Street with but a few exceptions. Union’s presence with their gourmet, house ground burger and 10k Tuna changed all that and shortly after more restaurants followed.

I have a lot of fond memories of Union but the restaurant has lost its way and newer restaurants nearby like The Gallows and Boston Chops have proven to be tough competition for a restaurant that has not been updated in over a decade.  I look forward to the new space when it reopens in the spring of 2015 and wish them all the best.

Scruffy Sunday

handsome guy, hunkWhat a nice way to wake up.  I like morning cuddles.

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Saturday night video: Toddrick Hall “Bitch Perfect”

gay parody, pitch perfect parodyTodrick Hall just posted this ahhhmazing gay parody of Pitch Perfect that will make you laugh out loud.   The faux movie trailer shares the story of the gay acapella team “The Bottom Notes” as they interview and audition new members.

Just when you thought acapella couldn’t get any gayer…

Frog Pond skating rink is now open

It’s official – The Frog PonFrog Pond ice skatingd on the Boston Common opened today at 10 a.m.  If you are looking for something different to do and want to get outside, head over to the Boston Common and skate under the stars.  While I’m not much of a skater, a half hour or so of ice skating seems like a great date night option; guaranteed to provide great people watching, some good laughs.  Follow up the skating by grabbing a hot cocoa or hot toddy in one of the surrounding neighborhoods: Beacon Hill, Back Bay and Downtown Crossing.

The Frog Pond rents skates for $10 and the rink is open until 10PM tonight.  The rink opens daily at 10AM but the hours do vary so check their website for the details at www.bostonfrogpond.com.

Nobody is that good looking

GrindrNobody is good looking enough for me to be able to get beyond someone this dumb. I’m flummoxed by both his confusion of the Middle East and a region of the US as well as his fourth grade-level spelling of the country Egypt.

Source: Kenneth in the 212