Opus Affair monthly social tonight

Opus AffairJoin Opus Affair in BackBay this evening is at Post 390 for their roving, monthly cocktail social, from 6 – 9 PM.

Don’t forget to RSVP
There is no cost – it is just to help them keep track of numbers

About Opus Affair in their own words: Opus Affair is a mix of artists and art appreciators who get together each month for cocktails and to chat about the arts scene in Boston…or whatever else comes to mind. Some people come for serious networking, others come for fun. There’s no agenda—just a chance to have a few drinks with other like-minded folks.

Area Four opens in the South End

area-four-dining-roomArea Four first opened as a casual restaurant in Kendall Square in Cambridge in May 2011. Since that time it has remained a popular neighborhood restaurant best known for their pizza and commitment to using locally harvested ingredients. On Friday, October 21st the owners opened a new location in the Troy in Boston’s South End.

I really like the look and layout of the space. The restaurant has a large bar in the back, open kitchen and soaring ceilings. I’m happy to say that the food and service was also very good. The menu is divided into three sections: 10″ PIZZAS which range in price from $13-$20; VEGETABLES (think of them as appetizers or sides) that range from $6-$13; and MEAT & FISH which I found the most confounding in part because these “dinner options” range so wildly in price from a Smoked Trout Salad for $13 to a Whole Fish & Chips for $40.

Area Four South End

Brussels Sprouts & Kale $12

I started dinner with the Brussels Sprouts & Kale Salad for $12 which included candied hazelnuts, red onion and shaved pecorino and lemon. The shredded vegetables along with the citrus and nuts was delicious and made me think of the summer, but will be a plate I continue to order well into the winter months.

Shown below are the traditional Magherita Pizza with tomato, mozzarella, pecorino and basil – this was light and flavorful; the Shitake Mushroom & Fontina Pizza which had a creamy / earthy taste and was my favorite; followed by the Wellfleet Clam & Bacon Pizza that tasted salty initially from the bacon but finished with a nice kick thanks to the hot peppers.

10" Area Four Margherita Pizza $13

10″ Margherita Pizza $13

A10″ Shitake Mushroom & Fontina Pizza $17

10" Wellfleet Clam & Bacon Pizza $18

10″ Wellfleet Clam & Bacon Pizza $18

I predict that Area Four is going to be a popular destination for pizza lovers who live in the neighborhood. The bar is large and inviting and the service on the main dining room floor on the night we were there was efficient and casual. Add this to your list of new restaurants to check out. They have a full bar with cocktails, wines by the bottle and glass as well as a solid beer selection.

Area Four is located at The Troy Boston at 264 East Berkeley Street, Boston and is open 7-days a week for dinner from 5 – 11pm (the bar is open until 2am). You can call ahead for reservations at (857) 317-4805.

What to do this week: October 24 – 30

GLAD, gay boston

GLAD – Legal Advocates & Defenders for the LGBTQ Community hosts their 17th annual Spirit of Justice Awards on Friday, October 28th

What to do this week: October 24– 30

I’ll be sharing a separate post on Wednesday afternoon with Halloween events

Opus Affair Monthly Cocktail Social come and meet people and have some fun, starting at 6PM on Monday, October 24 at Post 390 Boston

Karaoke Night starts at 10PM every Tuesday at Jacques in Boston

Showtune Tuesday hosted by VJ Ryan Grow starts at 9PM every Tuesday  and this week has a Halloween theme at dbar in Dorchester

Soldiers Field StadiumNovember Project: Stair workout at Harvard takes place at the Harvard Stadium from 6:30 – 7:30AM every Wednesday in Boston

Mama’s Last Performance is on Wednesday, October 26 at STYXX in Portland

Stump Trivia lets you impress your friends with all the trivia you know from 5PM – 10PM every Wednesday at Cathedral Station in Boston

Karaoke Kween is a lot of fun and if you’re good you may nab the $75 cash prize at the end of the night – hosted every Wednesday at Club Cafe in Boston

ICA Boston every Thursday from 5PM – 9PM admission is free to the public

gay bostonBoston Ballet Season 2016/17 Opening Night: Le Corsaire The Boston Ballet seasons starts with Le Corsaire at the Boston Opera House, starting Thursday, October 27 in Boston

Free Screening: Moonlight join Wicked Queer to see the movie Moonlight at 7:30PM at the AMC Boston Common on Thursday, October 27 in Boston

QuICK Weekly Climb starts at 6PM at Brooklyn Boulders on Friday, October 28 in Somerville

GLAD Spirit of Justice Awards starts at 6:30 PM at the Marriott Boston Copley on Friday October 28 in Boston

Sing Along Sound of Music benefit show by The Boston Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence is on Friday, October 28 at the Crown & Anchor in Provincetown

gay bostonFascination Fridays fetish night is at Jacques and starts at 9PM on Friday, October 28 in Boston

LGBT Creativity Day from the “Non-Scene” Gay Friends of Boston MeetUp group will be at the Prudential Center at 3PM on Saturday, October 29 in Boston

South End Open Market and SOWA Open Market return separately in the South End every Sunday from 10am-4pm in Boston

Back 2 Basics Tea Dance never has a cover and always has great music from 70s 80s & 90s, starting at 5PM no cover every Sunday at Club Cafe in Boston

Send me information about your upcoming programs and events in my blog’s comment section or message me the details on Facebook.

Nothing Gold Can Stay

Boston Public Garden

Source: Decodollop blog

Each October I post this poem on my blog. It is one of my favorite poems of all time and is by the famous 20th century New England poet, Robert Frost, and is entitled, Nothing gold can stay.

It is obvious that Frost was inspired by the fall foliage in New England when he wrote this poem back in 1923.

Nature’s first green is gold
Her hardest hue to hold.
Her early leaf’s a flower;
But only so an hour.
Then leaf subsides to leaf.
So Eden sank to grief,
So dawn goes down to day.
Nothing gold can stay.

Gay and bisexual men make up the majority of new syphilis cases

Sorry to be the bearer of bad news but a new report from the U.S. Centers of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) finds that rates of chlamydia, gonorrhea and syphilis have increased for a second year in a row to all-time highs, and unfortunately,  gay and bisexual men make up the majority of syphilis cases.Safe SexWhile STDs are preventable with safer sex measures and generally curable with antibiotics, the most alarming piece of news may be that the CDC says that antibiotic resistant STDs are becoming more prevalent.

You can read all about that from the World Health Organization which published their findings earlier this summer, Growing antibiotic resistance forces updates to recommended treatment for sexually transmitted infections.

Scruffy Sunday

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Autumn in New England

New England foliage, SlobodanAlthough I’m always sad to say good bye to summer, the autumn in New England is really quite spectacular.

My friend Slobodan (shown above) posted these beautiful photos on his facebook page and was nice enough to let me share them. The pictures were taken this week in Maine.  For those of you who have visited northern New England in the fall you know just how vibrant these colors and landscapes are. New England foliageNew England foliageNew England foliage, fall foliageNew England foliage, fall foliageNew England foliage, fall foliageThank you Slobodan for sharing your beautiful photographs.