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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.

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.

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.

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.

SoWa open market returns this Sunday

SoWa Open MarketIn case you missed it, this Sunday the SoWa Art Walk will take place alongside the opening of the 2014 SoWa Open Market.

According to the website this year’s market will be even larger with more stalls at the farmer’s market, more artisans and nearly 30 food trucks every Sunday from May to October.

The Farmer’s and Artisan markets will be open from 10 AM – 4 PM with the Food Truck “Court” as they call it open from 11 AM – 4 PM.  If you are new to the area or unfamiliar with the South End, check out this handy map of the surrounding streets.

Click on image to enlarge

Click on image to enlarge

SoWa Boston First Friday

SoWa First FridayThe first Friday of each month the SoWa Artist Guild hosts something called “First Fridays” where participating artists in the SoWa Arts District open their studios at 450 Harrison Avenue from 5PM – 9PM.

If you are looking to do something different this weekend check out First Friday. This is a great date option as well as an opportunity to spend a couple hours with friends.  After perusing a few galleries and studios walk over to one of the many great restaurants in SoWa.  If you need any recommendations, feel free to reach out to me by leaving a comment or emailing me at bosguymail@gmail.com.