Tag Archives: Art and Film

Whale mural on Planet Storage building in the South End

public art, Tyson Andree, ink blockThe 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.

Rosie O’Donnell comes to Provincetown

PtownMemorial Day Weekend – a.k.a. Baby Dyke Weekend in Provincetown – Mark Cortale proudly presents the launch of the Broadway at Town Hall series, starring Emmy Winner and cultural icon Rosie O’Donnell.

Accompanying Rosie will be Sirius XM Radio Star Seth Rudetsky who will join Rosie as pianist and host for the evening.

Rosie O’Donnell show Sunday, May 24th – Memorial Day Wkd

For more information about the show at the Town Hall and to purchase tickets which are certain to sell out, link here.

Set your DVRs to Logo TV shows Cucumber and Banana

Russell T Davies, Queer as Folk, Logo TV

Vincent Franklin as Henry in Russell T Davies’s new drama Cucumber Photo: Channel 4

Are you still bummed about the news that HBO’s series, Looking, has been canceled?  Perhaps you should set your DVRs to record the UK Channel 4 series Cucumber and Banana, which started this past Monday on Logo TV.

Cucumber centers around Henry Best, a 46-year-old insurance executive from Manchester, England who suffers a midlife crisis after he has a meltdown when he and his partner bring home a third person from the bars.

The one hour dramedy Cucumber and its half-hour companion, Banana, which follows immediately on Logo was very funny this week and has me hooked.  The show is from Russell Davies who showcased Manchester more than a decade ago in his UK hit series Queer as Folk.  However, where Queer as Folk focused on men in their teens to late 20s; Cucumber picks up the stories of gay Manchester a generation later.  Set your DVRs to record – Locally Logo TV is channel 281.

Sanctuary in the city

BPL, Todd Van HoosearSource: Todd Van Hoosear

Although Boston isn’t quite there yet, spring is definitely in the air and it is a beautifully sunny day in Boston.  This courtyard in the McKim building of the Boston Public Library (BPL) is one of my favorite places to enjoy in good weather. The BPL courtyard (open to the public) is surrounded by an arcade that reminds me of architecture more often found in Europe than the US and is the perfect place to get away from all the noise and nonsense in one’s life.

Whenever visitors come to Boston, I bring them to the BPL.  It isn’t on a lot of tourists radar but everyone I bring here leaves both impressed and glad they stopped by. If you have time be sure to also walk upstairs to check out the John Singer Sargent’s murals.

Gordon Parks Back to Fort Scott at MFA Boston

Museum of Fine Arts bostonThe Museum of Fine Arts Boston has an exhibit that I plan on visiting this month and I hope you will too.  Gordon Parks (1912–2006), one of the most celebrated African American artists of his time, is being featured in the MFA exhibit, Gordon Parks Back to Fort Scott in Robert and Jane Burke Gallery (Gallery 335).

This exhibition represents a rarely seen view of everyday lives of African American citizens, years before the Civil Rights movement began in earnest. His photographs focus on the realities of life under segregation, but also relating to Parks’s own fascinating life story.

About Gordon Parks:  In 1948, Gordon Parks became the first African American photographer to be hired full time by LIFE magazine. One of the rare African American photojournalists in the field, Parks was frequently given magazine assignments involving social issues that his white colleagues were not asked to cover.

Gordon Parks Back to Fort Scott is on exhibit at the Museum of Fine Arts Boston through September 13, 2015.

Boston LGBT Film Festival opens April 2nd

gay film, queer film, moviesThe Boston LGBT Film Festival opening night is later this week on Thursday, April 2nd at the ICA Boston in the Seaport.  The festival celebrates films by, for and about the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community.

The Boston LGBT Film Festival runs from April 2 – 12th 

This year’s festival opens with the 95-minute romantic comedy, EAT WITH ME. The Director, David Au, will be present at this showing and an after party will follow at Empire.  For more information about this movie, the complete festival calendar and to purchase tickets visit their website, bostonlgbtfilmfest.net.

Daniel Craig returns as James Bond in SPECTRE

SPECTREA new trailer for the next James Bond film, SPECTRE,  has just been released. The latest addition to the James Bond franchise sees Daniel Craig reprising his role as the infamous MI6 spy for a fourth time, following the worldwide success of 2012’s Skyfall, which I loved despite the fact that it killed off Judi Dench.

SPECTRE is scheduled to open in theaters on Friday, November 6, 2015.