Tonight: Pop Rocks karaoke duets night at dbar

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Grab a partner for Duets Karaoke Night at dbar tonight where you can sing your favorite song as a pair with the help of VJ Ryan Grow. There are over $300 in prizes available for the best musical stylings of the night.

Anyone have the chops to sing this personal favorite?

Furry Friday

handsome, hunk, hairyWe know where this guy stands regarding the question, boxers or briefs.

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BosGuy brain teaser

brain teaser, shirtless manEach Friday morning I post a riddle to get you to think outside the box and exercise your brain.  If you are stumped, share it with a friend or colleague and see if you can figure out the answer together.

I’ll confirm answers in the afternoon so don’t worry if you don’t see your comment posted right away. I want to give everyone a chance to guess.

This week’s riddle 
I roll, but I am not round.
I roar, but I have no mouth.
I crack, but I am not fragile.
I have a deadly companion, yet I am feared more than he.
He strikes, but has no hands.
He always arrives before I do.
Who am I, and who is my companion?

Like riddles? Check out past week’s brain teasers.

Support Boston’s theater and arts scene this October

Looking for a fun date alternative? Next month there are some really cool productions from local theater companies that are worth taking note of and reserving tickets to see. Peruse the list of shows I’ve shared and feel free to add others I’ve omitted in the comments section.

BCA Black Box Theater, Boston Fringe Theater, BosArtsThe Fall River Axe Murders at the BCA Black Box Theater Oct 1-22 Just in time for Halloween, Angela Carter uses an inventive blend of storytelling, movement and puppetry arts, The Fall River Axe Murders. We all know what Lizzie Borden did on that sweltering August day in 1892, but what if there were more to the story? Angela Carter’s strange and Gothic play takes a much closer look at Lizzie Borden and the gruesome murders.

BosArts, Boston theaterWe’re Gonna Die from Company One at Club Oberon Oct. 4-8 After a sold-out run in April 2016, We’re Gonna Die returns to Club Oberon for five shows. Boldly exploring the less awesome moments of life through song, storytelling and stand-up, this OBIE-Award-winning cabaret event is the smartest and most life-affirming way to contemplate the inevitable!

Boston Theater, BosArtsTiger Style! from The Huntington Theatre at the Calderwood Pavilion Oct 14 – Nov 13 This smart urban comedy is abou two squabbling siblings Albert and Jennifer Chen who reached the pinnacle of academic achievement. But as adults, have become epic failures: he’s just been passed up for promotion and she’s been dumped by her loser boyfriend. So, naturally, they confront their parents and launch an Asian Freedom Tour! From California to China, this hilarious new comedy examines race, parenting, and success.

The WarriorWarrior Class from the Lyric Stage Co. Oct 21 – Nov 13 Just in time for the climax of this year’s Presidential election season is The Lyric Stage Co. productionof Warrior Class which centers on an up and coming New York assemblyman who’s been dubbed “The Republican Obama.” The son of Chinese immigrants and a decorated war veteran, he looks forward to a seemingly limitless political career until someone from his past threatens to reveal a college transgression. How far will he go to keep the incident out of the public eye?

SpeakEasy Stage Co., BosArts, Boston TheaterThe Scottsboro Boys from the SpeakEasy Stage Oct 21 – Nov 19 This Boston premiere brings to light one of the most infamous events in American history: the shocking true story of nine African American boys jailed in Alabama in 1931 for a crime they did not commit. Featuring a mix of gospel, jazz, and vaudeville, this audacious musical uses the construct of a minstrel show to tell the harrowing true story that provoked a national outrage and helped launch the American civil rights movement.

BosArtsLe Corsaire from Boston Ballet at the Opera House Oct 27 – Nov 16   The Boston Ballet opens their 2016/2017 season with Le Corsaire, a classical ballet steeped in swashbuckling adventure and passionate romance. A dashing pirate battles to rescue his beloved from Pasha’s harem with danger looming at every turn – in opulent places, secret caves and on the turbulent sea.

Investors ask North Carolina to repeal their anti-LGBT bill

Gov Pat McCroryIt seems every couple weeks more bad press results from the anti-LGBT, transphobic legislation Governor Pat McCrory signed into law. Earlier this week approximately 60 investors representing $2.1 trillion in managed assets called for a full repeal of HB2; joining the NBA, NCAA, entertainers and more than 200 businesses that have called for North Carolina to repeal the anti-LGBT law.

In a news conference on Monday, Trillium Asset Management CEO Matt Patsky said that North Carolina was headed for a “state-government-inflicted recession” while the economy of the rest of the country improves.

Source: EdgeMedia Network

Vintage gay

George Dyer and Francis Bacon

George Dyer and Francis Bacon on the Orient Express in 1965

Francis Bacon met George Dyer in 1964 when the younger man burgled the artist’s apartment. Dyer was impressed by Bacon’s self-confidence and artistic success, and Bacon acted as a protector and father figure to the insecure younger man until Dyer’s suicide in 1971.  Bacon continued to paint Dyer for some years after, including works that are among the artist’s most famous: his black triptychs painted in 1972-74.

Previous Vintage Gay Photos

I dedicate this weekly post, featuring vintage gay photographs, to the men and women who lived in a more critical time where being true to yourself and loving who you want wasn’t always an option and came at a great price. Do you have a photo you would like to share for a future post? Email me at bosguymail@gmail.com.

Jody Adams new restaurant: Porto Boston

Jody AdamsJody Adams opened Porto Boston this summer in the Back Bay. Due to its unique location it may be the best restaurant you are guaranteed to always get a table last minute. The restaurant’s address is 780 Boylston Street but it isn’t on Boylston St. It is actually located next to Saks Fifth Avenue across from Shaws, in a space that was not previously a restaurant – go figure.

I joined my friend Tracey who writes the Life Food Wine blog to check out Adams’ newest dining establishment. We had the bar entirely to ourselves until we were ready to leave at which point one of Boston’s best chefs, Ken Oringer, and his wife walked in the door. What can I say? I keep good company.

Photo Source: Porto Facebook Page

Photo Source: Porto Facebook Page

The restaurant has an open kitchen and several bars along with an outdoor, covered patio that has lounge furniture. We opted to sit at the long bar just to the right of entrance and enjoyed the undivided attention of a very helpful bartender who walked us through their menu which is almost entirely comprised of fresh seafood that changes frequently.

Most of the items offered are smaller plates and intended to be shared. I’ll be honest that this is generally a turn off for me, but I enjoyed the items we ordered and would certainly return based on how much I enjoyed what I ate.

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Porto’s Olive Bread $3

Tracey and I started with two small plates: an olive bread ($3) that was served warm and looked like a funky pretzel as well as the raw hamachi ($16).  I’ve yet to meet a bread that I don’t like and I would recommend this for those of you who are not carb-phobic because it was nice to have alongside our other plates, but clearly the better of the two plates was the hamachi which rivals (if not is better than Ostra’s in the Theater District).  The Hamchi had a bit of a kick, that I believe was partly due to the use of paprika and a few other seasonings that we both really enjoyed but couldn’t place; definitely give it a try.

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Porto’s Hamachi $16

Dinner concluded with the Grilled Swordfish which was highly praised by our bartender and I’m happy to say lived up to the hype. Cooked to perfection, it sat atop sauce, grilled onions and green tomatoes (although I’m still convinced what was on my plate were figs – regardless of what the menu said). I should point out that we enjoyed a bottle of their Cote Mas Rose but if you are not partial to Rose wines,  Porto has an impressive wine list for you to peruse.

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Porto’s Swordfish $31

While Porto may not be for everyone, this is a restaurant you may want to put on your radar if you’re looking for an upscale, relaxing seafood restaurant.  Back Bay has very few such places, which I’m sure is one of the reasons Jody Adams wisely chose this slightly off the beaten path location. I wish Porto much success.

*Special thanks to my friend Tracey for sharing her photos.