Category Archives: Art & Film

More public art coming to Boston’s Greenway

Boston Greenway Public ArtJesse Brackenbury, the next leader of Boston’s Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy Greenway, said last week that he wants to significantly increase the presence of public art and other new features in the downtown park network. My response, “Most excellent. Let’s do it.”

The quote and image atop this post is from the Rose Kennedy Greenway’s Public Art on the Greenway: A Five Year Strategy 2013-2017.   The Greenway’s vision for this work (according to their website) is to bring innovative and contemporary art to Boston through free, temporary exhibitions on the Greenway that engage people in meaningful experiences, interactions and dialogue with art and each other.  I won’t wax on about the potential here – I’ll keep my trap shut (for now). Want to learn more about this? Check out the Greenway’s Public Art Program web page, here.

Saturday morning comic: Adam and Andy

Adam and Andy comicClick on the comic strip to enlarge.

ADAM & ANDY is set in the fictional New England town of Woodfield, CT. You can learn more about this strip by visiting, adamandandy.com.

Opus Affair checks out Park in Harvard Square

Opus AffairOpus Affair’s January social takes place tonight at Park in Harvard Square at 59 JFK Street.  This month’s Punch Bowl Fund will raise money for one of these three arts charities: Boston Gay Men’s Chorus, Meravelha, and Commonwealth Shakespeare Company.

Opus Affair at Park – Monday, January 27th at 6PM

RSVP – No Cost

What is Opus Affair’s Punch Bowl Fund you ask? 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 three featured arts organizations. At the end of the night, the organization with the most votes will get a donation for the total amount raised that night.

Who is Opus Affair?  They are a community of artists and friends who get together each month for cocktails and to chat about the arts scene.

Neil Patrick Harris to receive Hasty Pudding Award

neil patrick harrisHarvard University’s Hasty Pudding Theatricals has named Neil Patrick Harris as this year’s “Man of the Year”.  He will be given his pudding pot following a parade through Harvard Square and roast scheduled for Friday, February 7th.

Neil Patrick Harris will join an esteemed list that includes men like Paul Newman, James Cagney, Robin Williams, Kevin Kline, Robert Downey Jr and many more.  You can see the full list of award recipients from our nation’s oldest undergraduate drama troupe here.

Bob Mizer and Tom of Finland exhibit at MOCA closes this week

GayThis past November I wrote about this exhibit at MOCA in Los Angeles and I’ve had a few of you write to me to let me know that you’ve enjoyed it.  I was recently contacted by the organizers and asked if I would remind readers (especially those of you in the Los Angeles area or those of you traveling there) that the exhibit closes this Sunday.

The MOCA exhibition features a selection of Tom of Finland’s drawings and collages, alongside Mizer’s rarely seen photo-collage “catalogue boards” and films, as well as a comprehensive collection of his groundbreaking magazine Physique Pictorial, where drawings by Tom were first published in 1957.

On view at:  MOCA PACIFIC DESIGN CENTER
8687 Melrose Avenue in West Hollywood

Institute of Contemporary Art free tonight

ICA Boston Now that the holidays are over, the inevitable ‘holiday hangover’ may have settled in and if you are like many others your wallet is only just now realizing the full impact of all those presents, holiday party gifts and impulse buys from last month.

However, that doesn’t mean you can’t go out tonight. The Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA Boston) is a fantastic local museum that is open to the public and free each Thursday evening from 5 – 9pm.

Saturday morning comic: Adam and Andy

Saturday morning cartoonClick on the comic strip to enlarge.

ADAM & ANDY is set in the fictional New England town of Woodfield, CT.  You can learn more about this strip by visiting, adamandandy.com.

New HBO series: Looking

gay televisionHBO’s newest series, Looking, may make Sunday nights a lot more interesting. Two weeks from tonight at 10:30 pm on January 19th Looking will premiere on HBO. According to the series website, Looking, offers the unfiltered experiences of three close friends living in modern-day San Francisco.  The trio’s stories intertwine and unspool dramatically as they search for happiness and intimacy.

I find myself drawn to gay-themed movies and stories and hope that HBO’s track record for making entertaining hit series extends to Looking.  I’ll definitely be tuning in on the 19th.

Saturday morning comic: Adam and Andy

Adam and Andy

Click on the comic strip to enlarge.

ADAM & ANDY is set in the fictional New England town of Woodfield, CT.  You can learn more about this strip by visiting, adamandandy.com.

Devotion: Excavating Bob Mizer in NYC

Devotion

80 Washington Square East Gallery – New York City

Are you a photography enthusiast? You may want to check out this exhibit in NYC, that runs through February 15, 2014.

DEVOTION is the first major institutional solo presentation of Bob Mizer’s work to be shown anywhere in the world. Bob Mizer, was an American photographer and filmmaker whose work spans five decades starting in the 1950s.  He is widely known as a pioneer in erotic male photography, but much of his other work was put aside by Mizer and went unseen until this exhibit in New York City that runs through February 15, 2014.

More information about Bob Mizer: Bob Mizer Foundation

More information about Devotion: 80 WSE Gallery

Bob Mizer and Tom of Finland exhibit at MOCA

GayThe Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles is the first American museum exhibition devoted to Bob Mizer and Touko Laaksonen (a.k.a. “Tom of Finland”).  The exhibition features a selection of Tom of Finland’s drawings and collages, alongside Mizer’s rarely seen photo-collage “catalogue boards” and films, as well as a comprehensive collection of his groundbreaking magazine Physique Pictorial, where drawings by Tom were first published in 1957.

The exhibit opened earlier this month in Los Angeles and runs through January 26, 2014.  Do you live in Los Angeles or have plans to visit in the coming weeks? You may want to check out this exhibit.  I would love to see something like this come to the ICA Boston. More information is available on MOCA’s website here.

Take the bus

I love this commercial to encourage use of public transportation.

Boston Film Festival: Oct 25-27

Boston Film FestivalAttention movie fans.

The 29th Annual Boston Film Festival starts tomorrow and runs through the weekend, featuring films screening in Theatre 1 at The Revere Hotel.

Tickets for the festival’s screenings are available for purchase at the theater or via the Boston Film Festival website.

John Singer Sargent Watercolors at MFA

John Singer SargentOctober 13, 2013 – January 20, 2014 at MFA Boston

Fresh and full of light, the MFA’s latest exhibition traces the footsteps of this iconic American painter in his travels across Europe and the Middle East, exploring their landscapes and observing their people.  For a taste of Sargent’s genius, check out the murals he painted at the Boston Public Library before you visit the MFA. You may purchase tickets to the MFA exhibit here.

Adult admission $25
Seniors (65+) and Students (18+) $23

Youths 17 and under FREE

 

Lighting art installation

Boston University Talking TowersStarting at dusk tonight and running through October 13th each night until 2 AM a public art installation will be visible as a bright-red beam of light will slice the Boston skyline, stretching between two Boston University towers more than a half mile apart. 

The afterhours show is part of a temporary public art installation by Florian Dombois. The display is intended to serve as a “metaphorical centerpiece” for TransCultural Exchange’s 2013 conference happening at Boston UniversityEngaging Minds: International Opportunities in the Arts.

Thanks to BostonInno for the tip.