Category Archives: Art & Film

Boston Pride retrospective tonight at Back Bay Harry’s

Stephen Baumbach, Boston PrideCome and join me tonight at a pop-up photography exhibit I’ve helped to organize with Boston Pride and local photographer, Stephen Baumbach, whom I met during the South End Open Studios in May.

After work tonight come over to Back Bay Harry’s grab a drink (or two) and peruse the collection that will be on display in the backroom.  Stephen has entitled this collection Pride Retrospective “Find Your Moment” and no doubt many of you will recognize yourself and friends at Boston Pride through the years.

Boston Pride Retrospective – Tuesday, June 10th 5-9PM

Back Bay Harry’s  142 Berkeley Street, Boston

Saturday morning comic: Adam and Andy

Adam and AndyClick 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.

First Friday tonight

First Friday from 5-9 PM

Come to 450 Harrison Ave. to meet local artists and view their work from 5-9PM tonight. The First Friday of each month more than 60 artists open their studios in the 450 Harrison building.

Local galleries also support First Fridays by remaining open like, Boston Sculptor’s Gallery at 486 Harrison Avenue.  So take advantage of the beautiful weather; come out to see and support our local art scene.

Showtime bringing back Queer As Folk episodes

Showtime QAFSet your DVRs: In honor of gay pride month, Showtime is bringing back all five seasons of Queer as Folk and the complete six seasons of The L Word and Showtime Anytime beginning this summer. Back-to-back episodes of both series will air weeknights at 8 p.m., starting tomorrow, June 2 through June 30, and then exclusively on Thursday nights from July 3 through Nov. 13.

I remember first hearing about the original series in the U.K. and eagerly awaiting this show after Showtime announced they would produce an American version of the storyline.  One year Sergio and I ended up doing a Boston AIDS Walk & Run with actor Scott Lowell who played the buttoned down, conservative friend, “Ted”. We use to have QAF parties since we were one of the few friends who had Showtime. I remember those years and the series fondly.

Saturday morning comic: Adam and Andy

Adam and AndyClick 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.

Boston Pride Retrospective: June 10th at Back Bay Harry’s

Stephen Baumbach, Boston PrideI wanted to write about a pop-up gallery show that I have helped organize with Boston Pride and local photographer, Stephen Baumbach, whom I met during the South End Open Studios just a few weeks ago.   Together we have worked as a team to host a one-night only, pop-up gallery in the back room of Back Bay Harry’s.

After work on Tuesday, June 10th, come over to Back Bay Harry’s grab a drink (or two) and peruse the collection on display in the backroom. Stephen has entitled this collection Pride Retrospective “Find Your Moment” and no doubt many of you will recognize yourself and friends at Boston Pride through the years.

Boston Pride Retrospective – Tuesday, June 10th 5-9PM

Back Bay Harry’s  142 Berkeley Street, Boston

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Pride Retrospective Find Your MomentStephen Baumbach is a local artist who’s studio is located in the South End at 46 Waltham Street, Studio 214. His images are the result of months of detailed experiments in technique, process and style. Explore his most current collections today and look forward to the future moments he captures. Please enjoy Stephen’s art through his photography & find your moment. 

MUST SEE: The Golden Gals at the Art House in Ptown this summer

The golden gals at the Art HouseVarla Jean Merman and Ryan Landry are teaming up again this summer in Provincetown in a new show at The Art House called The Golden Gals.

The show will play Thursday thru Saturday at 7:30PM, from June 5th thru August 30th.

Sign me up. I’m there and if you are visiting Provincetown you’d be a fool to miss this.   Dorothy is played by Ryan Landry, her mother Sophia is played by Connie Tavanis, Blanche the oversexed southern belle is played by (who else?) Varla Jean Merman, and their clueless cohabitant Rose is played by Brooklyn Shaffer. I can hardly wait to see this show.

Get Your Tickets Here

The Normal Heart on HBO at 9PM

AIDS

The AIDS crisis had become a lightening rod issue for the Gay community by the mid-80s; just as I was coming to grips with my own sexuality. The response from the Reagan Administration, the community I lived and popular culture probably did more to shape my attitudes of social justice, the role of government and community than any other single event in my life. It also started what would be an intensely personal and difficult internal debate about religion that I would fixate on for another 10-12 years. I’ll miss the premiere tonight but plan on watching the HBO production.

About The Normal Heart: Originally written as a play by Larry Kramer, The Normal Heart focuses on the rise of the HIV-AIDS crisis in New York City between 1981 and 1984, as seen through the eyes of writer/activist Ned Weeks, the gay Jewish-American founder of a prominent HIV advocacy group.

 

Saturday morning comic: Adam and Andy

Saturday morning 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.

Institute of Contemporary Art free after 5pm

Institute of Contemporary ArtPeriodically I like to remind people that Boston’s Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA) is open and free to the public each Thursday from 5 – 9 pm.  If you don’t have plans this evening perhaps you should check out this fantastic local museum.

Institute of Contemporary Art – Boston

Located in the Seaport district, you can easily head out to a restaurant or bar if you’d like to extend your evening.  Let me know if you need any recommendations.

The Theater Offensive climACTS! Bold

This is the second year I’ve attended The Theater Offensive (TTO) annual fundraiser and celebration, climACTS!  TTO celebrated their 25th Anniversary by throwing a fantastically fun party and acknowledging Tony Award-winning star, Billy Porter, by presenting him with their  OUT on the Edge Award. 

TTO works to present the diversity of the LGBT community through art to help break through personal isolation, challenges and status quo.   If you’ve never attended one of their programs, check out this video then like their Facebook Page and attend an upcoming TTO event.

Edgar Allan Poe statue to be unveiled in October

Edgar Allen PoeMany may not know that American author and poet, Edgar Allan Poe was born in Boston in the early 19th Century.  Poe ranks as one of my favorite authors. I love his fictional character C. Auguste Dupin who was in The Murders of the Rue Morgue - considered the first detective fiction story written.

To recognize Poe, the city of Boston will install this beautiful statue from sculptor Stefanie Rocknak on October 5.  The statue will stand in Poe Square at the intersection of Boylston Street and Charles Street South.

Saturday morning comic: Adam and Andy

Saturday morning 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.

The Hard-Won Fight: America’s First Legal Same-Sex Marriages

The Hard-Won Fight: America’s First Legal Same-Sex Marriages

Source: Susan Symonds photo “Homo Sex Is In”

Sip the Rainbow cocktail reception on Friday marks the opening of the Boston Center for Adult Education photo exhibition The Hard-Won Fight: America’s First Legal Same-Sex Marriages by Marilyn Humphries and Susan Symonds and Marriage Equality / 10th Anniversary Portraits by photographer Joel Benjamin.

Sip the Rainbow: Friday, May 16th  6:00 – 8:00 PM 
$15 in advance / $20 at the door
Includes 3 cocktails from Ki Bar Event+Cocktail Design
Purchase Tickets Here 
 

The legal battle Goodridge vs. Department of Public Health is etched in my mind.  Not only did I follow this local story, but I also stood outside the Massachusetts State House in the months that followed the ruling showing my support in the freezing cold to offset the hundreds of people who came from all over the country to protest and pressure our State Legislature to reverse the State Supreme Court’s ruling.

This is part of our story.  Be  proud of what started here in 2004.  We set the country on fire with this debate and have proven that the criticism that this would destroy the institution of marriage is nothing but homophobic rants; a decade later and Massachusetts continues to have the lowest divorce rate in the country. #InconvenientTruth

Shakespeare lovers take note

ArtsEmersonArtsEmerson: The World On Stage continues this Friday with an expanded offering of the Royal Shakespeare Company’s Live from Stratford-Upon-Avon film series.  The films, produced in collaboration between the Royal Shakespeare Company and Picturehouse Cinemas, will include: Richard II, Henry IV Part I, Henry IV Part II, and Two Gentlemen of Verona.  Richard II has four shows: Friday at 7PM, Saturday at 2PM and 7PM and Sunday at 1PM.

All screenings take place at the Emerson/Paramount Center’s Bright Family Screening Room, located at 559 Washington Street in Boston’s theatre district and tickets are $18 (or $16 for ArtsEmerson Members).  You may purchase your tickets in advance at artsemerson.org or by calling the ArtsEmerson Box Office at 617‐824‐8400.