Are you a science fiction geek? You may want to check out The Boston Science Fiction Film Festival and Marathon (“Boston SciFi”) that starts later this week at the Somerville Theatre and runs through President’s Day weekend.
The Festival concludes with a 24-hour movie marathon. As the website says, “Think of it as binge viewing with 750 close friends.” The movie marathon at the Somerville Theatre in Davis Square starts at noon on the 14th and ends at noon on President’s Day. More information about the Festival and for tickets is available in the link below.
The Boston Science Fiction Film Festival and Marathon
Last week Boston Mayor Marty Walsh in his state of the city speech said he was going to fund three arts-related programs that would have a combined budget of $1 million. The programs are intended to do the following: 1-provide direct grants to individual artists; 2-help expand the city’s fledgling artist-in-residence program; and 3-establish an artist resource desk at City Hall, to help local artists.
To help support local artists $400,000 in direct artist grants will be available to artists living in Boston. According to The Boston Globe, the Walsh administration has yet to work out the details, but the funds will be unrestricted and likely available to individual artists.
You can read more about this in The Boston Globe’s January 20th article, City’s new trio of arts programs will share $1 million.
Are you heading to New York City in the coming weeks or months? You may want to check out the Leslie-Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art in SoHo.
Their current exhibit is Photography is the Medium of Desire: An International Anthology of Photography and Video. The exhibit opened last month and runs through March 16, 2016. For more information about the Leslie-Lohman Museum and their current exhibit visit their website www.leslielohman.org.
Enjoy free admission to the Museum of Fine Arts Boston to celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day and surround yourself with art, culture and community. With the weather outside so cold, come and check out Boston’s largest museum and lose yourself for an hour or two. You may be surprised by what you find and how much you enjoy visiting.
More information about the MFA and their hours on MLK day, here.
Do you have Martin Luther King day off? The Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum is open and free to the public starting at 11AM on first come, first serve basis. It is a great opportunity to peruse the museum’s eclectic art collection and take in the view of the tiny Venetian courtyard with grass and flowers in bloom.
You may recall a visit to the Gardner Museum was one of my suggestions on how to help fend off the Winter blues. If the cold spell has you down, head over to the museum and lose yourself for an hour or two in this very special place.
More information about the Gardner Museum and hours is available here.
Ten years ago today Ang Lee’s movie starring Jake Gyllenhaal, Heath Ledger, Randy Quaid, Michelle Williams and Anne Hathaway was released.
While I’m not a huge fan of Cowboy movies, the heartbreaking romance did draw me in. To put this in perspective, when Brokeback Mountain was released back in 2005, Gallup found that only 36% of Americans were in favor of marriage equality and same sex marriage was only legal in Massachusetts. I think movies like Brokeback Mountain challenged perceptions about what it means to be gay and as the image above says, “love is a force of nature” that brings us together.
Stu Maddux is showing his recent film, Reel in the Closet, on Monday night, December 7th at FenwayHealth. A friend of mine watched it at the SF LGBT film festival and gave it two thumbs up. Details about the free screening is below; RSVP by calling 617-927-6417 or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.