Earlier today Boston Pride announced the five musical acts will headline the Boston Pride Festival on Saturday, June 14th from noon to 6pm at Boston’s City Hall Plaza. This year’s entertainment includes: Mary Lambert, A Great Big World, Alex Newell, JD Samson & Men , and Jeanie Tracy.
4/15/2014 Update: I was contacted by an employee of The Trophy Room who confirmed the Saturday Block Party will indeed take place as in past years outside the Chandler Inn.
With Fritz no longer at the corner of Chandler and Berkeley, I’m wondering if the unofficial block party that typically follows the parade on Saturday will still take place there. Last year AIDS Action Committee (the beneficiary of the Saturday block party) merged with Fenway Health so I’m unsure of the status of that event. Anyone happen to know?
Yesterday The AIDS Action Committee hosted their annual fundraiser and tasting, The Taste of the South End. This casual, fun event which draws heavily from South End residents and local foodies never fails to entertain and provides everyone a chance to interact with some of Boston’s most recognizable chefs. Thank you to everyone who was nice enough to pose, the participating restaurants andto AIDS Action for making this one of my favorite events to attend each year.
Taste of the South End (TOSE) will take place next Tuesday evening at The Cyclorama at the Boston Center for the Arts. Curious to see which restaurants are participating in this years Taste? Click here.
All proceeds raised at this casual event go to benefit the AIDS Action Committee of Massachusetts. Purchase tickets while they remain.
Tickets to the Taste of the South End
General Admission: 7:00 pm – 9:30 pm / VIP Admission: 6:00 pm
The Boston Center for the Arts 539 Tremont Street, South End
No plans tomorrow night? Check out Flashdance at the Oberon. More details about all the fun that starts at 10 pm on Friday here.
I’m still traveling in Brazil, but I wanted to remind everyone that today is World AIDS Day.
KNOW YOUR HIV STATUS
The AIDS Action Committee of Massachusetts is the largest AIDS Service Organization in New England and they are always looking for volunteers and donations. Interested? You may learn more about how to get involved or to make a donation by visiting here.
Here is a slightly naughty video that a blogger buddy of mine helped create that you might like. Stay safe, stay healthy guys.
Thanks to the generosity of my firm, I’m able to attend ARTcetera 2013 tonight in Boston. The funds from this event go to support The AIDS Action Committee of Massachusetts. The event includes approximately 200 objects of art that may be bid upon in both silent and live auctions. It is an absolute blast, attracting an eclectic mix of art enthusiasts, artists, and supporters of the AIDS Action Committee. I’ve included a quick video from the last event that was held in 2011 to give you an idea of what one may expect from tonight’s program.
Following Boston’s Pride parade tomorrow, the annual Chandler Street Block Party will open. This is not an official Boston Pride event and competes with the Pride Festival in Government Center that includes Berkeley Music duo Karmin.
Hopefully the annual Street Dance & Block Party will have resolved the issues they had last year with excessive lines and not enough cold beverages. Proceeds from this event go to benefit The AIDS Action Committee. The outdoor dance party runs from 1:30pm – 7pm and has a $15 cover.
Have any questions about this event? Email me at BosGuymail@gmail.com
Although it is not officially part of Boston Pride Week, AIDS Action Committee’s AIDS Walk & 5K Run Boston is held the first Sunday of June, coinciding with the first weekend of Boston Pride each year.
This event that raises unrestricted dollars for New England’s largest AIDS Service Organization, The AIDS Action Committee of Massachusetts (AAC), also helps raise awareness and brings Boston’s gay community together. I’ve always associated this event with Boston’s Pride Week and would encourage you to make a donation to AAC or come down to the Hatch Shell to participate in the walk this Sunday. More details about The Walk and Run can be found here.
AIDS Walk & Run Boston – Sunday, June 2nd at the Hatch Shell
The first Sunday each June is the AIDS Walk & 5K Run Boston. While I wish there was no longer a need for this fundraiser the sad truth is there remains no cure and infections continue to spread among all age groups and sexual orientation. No longer a “gay disease” it still resonates with the LGBT community and so I wanted to encourage you to create a fund raiser page and plan to walk in this year’s AIDS Walk & Run Boston on Sunday, June 2nd. You may register and sign up to walk or run by linking here.
AIDS Walk & Run Boston – Sunday, June 2nd
If you cannot join AIDS Action on Sunday, June 2nd, my friend and fellow blogger, Julian would greatly appreciate a donation (any amount is welcome).
Support Julian by making a donation today here
Julian has a very modest goal of raising $500. If you are not or cannot participate in the walk this year, won’t you help him shatter his goal? I think together we can help him raise far more. Proceeds go to support New England’s largest AIDS Service Organization, AIDS Action.
Although it is still weeks away, I wanted to give a shout out to The AIDS Action Committee which is working with individuals, teams and corporations to help fund raise for this year’s AIDS Walk and Run on Sunday, June 2nd.
This year is the 28th anniversary of this walk. Will you be participating in the Walk this year? Put the date in your calendar and talk to your friends about coming down to the DCR Hatch Shell.
You may sign up to run, walk or volunteer by linking here.
AIDS Action deserves a lot of credit for hosting another successful Taste of the South End. I’ve attended many tasting events put on by different neighborhoods and organizations and this annual event held in the South End remains my favorite. The number and variety of food and drink is impressive, the crowd is always friendly and the money goes to such a worthy charity.
As usual, there were some real stand outs, my favorite was the tuna tartare with soy and ginger served on cripsy wontons from Mistral. The tuna melted in the mouth and I had all I could do not to swipe one of the platters holding a dozen or more of these treats from their table. Additionally, Myers + Chang’s served their restaurant’s popular salmon + honeycrisp apple tartare with spicy soy, spinach and sesame crisps; mental note to order it on my next visit there.
On the sweeter side, PICCO wowed me for the second year in a row with their “adult float” which combines a fruit flavored lambic (this year was peach) poured over either vanilla or chocolate ice cream. Also adicting was The Gallows miniature fluffernutter pies which were conveniently next to PICCO.
In addition to eating great food and getting the opportunity to chat with friends, attendees find out about changes at neighborhood restaurants. For example, did you know Estelle’s has started serving lunch on Saturdays and Aquitaine has a newly expanded lunch menu which they offer weekdays.
One week from today the Taste of the South End will take place at the Boston Center for the Arts (BCA) on Tremont Street. All proceeds from this culinary delight that each year tempts the hundreds who help this event sell out will go to benefit New England’s largest AIDS service organization, The AIDS Action Committee.
Taste of the South End is Tuesday, March 5th
Doors are open from 7-9pm (VIP’s are welcome starting at 6pm)
It is difficult to articulate how much fun I have at this event each year and for those new to the area or curious to check out restaurants in the South End, this offers you a great opportunity to sample plates from 40+ restaurants in the neighborhood. Many of the stations are hosted by the head chef or general manager of the restaurant so it also offers you a chance to chat 1:1. If you haven’t yet, consider supporting AIDS Action Committee’s superb event The Taste of the South End by purchasing tickets today.
Purchase Tickets to The Taste of the South End Here
This year’s participating restaurants include: 28 Degrees, Addis Red Sea, Aquitaine, B&G Oysters, The Beehive, BoMA, The Butcher Shop, Cinquecento, Coppa, DaVinci Ristorante, Darryl’s Corner Bar and Kitchen, Davio’s, Estelle’s, El Centro, Flour Bakery, Formaggio South End, The Gallows, Gaslight, Haley House Café, Hamersley’s Bistro, Kitchen, Masa, Mela, Metropolis Cafe, Mistral, Myers + Chang, OrinocoPetit Robert Bistro, Picco, Pigalle, Sibling Rivalry, South End Buttery, Stella, Stephi’s on Tremont, Stir, Toro, Tremont 647/Sister Sorel, Turner Fisheries, Union Bar and Grille, and Whole Foods Market
For those who purchase VIP tickets these restaurants will be in the VIP Lounge: Bistro du Midi, Summer Shack, and Yakitori Zai
The Taste of the South End, which raises funds for the AIDS Action Committee of Massachusetts may be my favorite charity event of the year. With 40 restaurants participating, it is a “must attend” in my opinion. That is why I wanted to give everyone a heads up that one month from today, on Tuesday, March 5th, the Taste of the South End 2013 will take place. If you’d like to learn more about the event or purchase tickets online, link here.
Feel free to check out my two minute video from last years Taste.
New Study on Penis Size and Condom Usage
Hunter College in New York collected data in 2010 from nearly 500 gay and bisexual men and the findings of their report will be published in the February 2013 issue of Archives of Sexual Behavior.
The study asked gay and bisexual men if “the comfort and fit of a condom has an impact on them having safer sex.” The study concluded the larger the man’s penis size, the higher the rate of condom failure, and the more likely he was to forgo condom usage. Most gay clubs / bars in the US already make condoms available for free, but the study suggests taking an additional step of including larger sized condoms to help encourage safer sex.
A new study from Hunter College’s Center for HIV Educational Studies and Training determined there is a correlation between the size of a gay man’s penis and the likelihood he’ll use a condom.More findings from this self-reported study included:
• Nearly 50% of men reported condom slippage during sex.
• Almost 33% reported condom breakage in the past 3 months.
• 40% reported that they did not have a problem finding condoms that fit properly.