With summer movie blockbuster commercials now in heavy rotation during every television ad break, I thought I’d give a shout out to some gay themed movies that you may want to check out this summer. If any of these films catch your attention, contact your local indie theater to see if they plan on showing the film this summer.
Wild Horses opens June 5. Written and directed by Robert Duvall the film also stars James Franco and Josh Hartnett, and is about a 15-year-old missing-persons case with clues that point to a powerful rancher (played by Robert Duvall), who is grappling with the sudden return of his estranged son (played by James Franco), whom he threw out 15 years ago because he was gay.
Do I Sound Gay? is a documentary David Thorpe created that opens July 10th, which addresses how many gay men grapple with how they sound. Commenters include David Sedaris, George Takei, Margaret Cho and Tim Gunn.
Tom at the Farm (“Tom à la Ferme”) is a psychological thriller from Canada that comes to theaters in the US August 7th.
Much thanks to one of my most faithful readers Daniel for sending along this tip about The Harvard Art Museums offering free admission tomorrow, Monday, May 18th
in celebration of International Museum Day and Art Museum Day.
If you have the day off and have yet to visit the Harvard Art Museums, use this as an excuse to explore the collections of the Fogg, Busch-Reisinger, and Arthur M. Sackler Museums, featuring works from the ancient world to the present, and from the Americas, Europe, North Africa, the Mediterranean, and Asia.
I rarely venture to the movies but this might bring me to the movie theater. I loved the National Lampoon Vacation movies from the 1980s. I’m sure many of you may have seen this teaser for the new Vacation movie that opens on July 29th.
Rusty Griswold (now a grown man) takes his family on a road trip to “Walley World” in order to spice things up with his wife and reconnect with his sons, all while reminiscing about his childhood memories from when his Dad took him to visit Wally World. Check out Chris Hemsworth towards the end of the video. It won’t be his rock hard abs that will have you laughing out loud.
Talk about Mommy issues… The 1981 classic and gay cult film, Mommy Dearest, starring Faye Dunaway as the sadistic, maniacal Mommy – Joan Crawford – will have two Midnight screenings this weekend Friday, May 8th and Saturday, May 9th at the Coolidge Corner Theatre. More details here.
The Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA) Boston is free on Thursday evenings. It has been a while since I last posted this and thought I’d remind those of you who may be looking for something a little different to do after work. Free Thursdays at the ICA run from 5:00 pm to 9:00 pm. Curious to see what is on display at the ICA? Check out their website here: www.icaboston.org/exhibitions
ArtWeek Boston runs from Friday, May 1 – Sunday, May 10th
Presented by Highland Street Foundation and produced by Citi Performing Arts Center, the 10-day ArtWeek extravaganza that starts next month spotlights programs like pop-up dinner theater and or entertainment, immersive workshops in unusual places, behind-the-scenes sneak peeks, and more. The intention is to highlight bold, creative and unique events that are unexpected.
All the fun will start at the ICA at their ArtWeek Cocktail Kickoff April 30th 5:30 – 7:30 PM. For more information about the week+ of arts programs visit their website at artweekboston.org.
The whale mural that has been visible from the Planet Self Storage building along Boston’s Southeast Expressway since the early 1990s has disappeared from view on I-93 ever since the Troy Boston residential building was erected. According to a recent story in The Boston Globe, a fourth whale is going to be added to Planet Self Storage building. The additional whale still won’t be visible to those on the highway but rather will face the Ink Block.
The developer behind the Ink Block, National Development, has commissioned Brookline graffiti artist, Tyson Andree, to spray-paint the new mural on a 15-foot-high by 68-foot-long section of Planet Self Storage’s northern wall, facing the Ink Block. The project should be finished by this weekend.