Nonstop service between Boston and Honolulu annouced

Late last week Hawaiian Airlines announced that it would start non-stop flights between Boston and Honolulu starting in April 2019, making Boston the second (New York City was first) East Coast hub to receive non-stop service on Hawaiian Airlines. The flight will also be the new longest domestic flight route in the United States with flights from HA to MA taking a little more than 10 hours and flights from MA to HA taking just under 12 hours (5,095 miles) .

The airline cited the fact that Boston is the largest U.S. travel market that currently does not receive non-stop service to Hawaii as a reason for rolling out this new service. An estimated 500 people fly between New England and Hawaii (approximately 60,000 visitors annually), which translates into ~$76 million in ticket sales for flights between the two city airports last year.

Boston to Honolulu air service, travel, HA90, HA91

From Boston to Honolulu: Hawaiian Airlines flight HA91 will depart Boston on Monday, Tuesday, Saturday and Sunday at 8:55am and will arrive in Honolulu at 2:35pm the same day. Friday flights will depart Boston at 8:00am and arrive in Honolulu at 1:40pm.

From Honolulu to Boston: Hawaiian Airlines flight HA90 will depart Honolulu on Monday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday at 1:45pm and arrive in Boston the following mornings at 6:00am.

2018 Boston Drag Idol is this Saturday

gay boston, gay life in boston, club cafe, boston spirit magazineBoston Drag Idol is an annual benefit that takes place at Club Cafe and is sponsored by Boston Spirit Magazine to help raise money for Victory Programs.

This Saturday, six contenders will take the stage at Club Cafe and try to win your hearts, the praise of the judges and the mistress of ceremonies, Verna Turbulence to claim the coveted title of Boston’s next Drag Idol.

When: Saturday, Sept. 22 from 6-9PM
Where: Club Café
Tickets: Purchase tickets here

Temptation Tuesday

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Mr. Boston Bear and Cub contest applications deadline Sept 30

Mass Bears and Cubs will be hosting their annual Mr. Boston Bear and Cub contest on Saturday, October 13th at the Alley Bar in Downtown Crossing. Contestants will compete for the 2019 Mr. Boston Bear and Mr. Boston Cub titles on the same night.

Applications to participate must be submitted by Monday, September 30th. For more information and to download a copy of the application visit the Massbearz contest application.

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Sunday, Sept. 30, 2018: Application Deadline for Mr. Boston Bear & Cub
Saturday, Oct 13, 2018: Mr. Boston Bear & Cub contest

This year’s events’ activities include:

  • Meet and Greet Friday, Oct. 12that 8 pm at the Alley Bar
  • Competition Saturday, Oct. 13that 9 pm at the Alley Bar
  • Victory Brunch Sunday, Oct. 14that 2 pm at Cathedral Station
  • Victory Bears and Cubs Tea – A Special Edition of *SIP* at     Jacque’s Cabaret Underground from 6pm to 9pm

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What to do this week: September 17 – 23

The fall may be the busiest time of year for Boston. Below I’ve shared 50 programs, events, parties and festivals all happening this week. Some events I’d like to highlight include a new drag night for Boston called Drag Gauntlet at Jacques on Tuesday, Mean Girls plays on Thursday at the Coolidge, and the 2018 Boston Spirit Magazine Drag Idol on Saturday at Club Cafe.

For foodies checkout one of  these festivals this weekend, the 5th Annual Lantern Festival 2018 in Chinatown, Phantom Gourmet Food Festival in the Fenway and the Fluff the 13th!  at Union Square in Somerville

Gay cult favorite, Mean Girls, plays at the Coolidge this Thursday at 7PM

MONDAY – THURSDAY

Pizza & Game Night is every Monday from 5-9PM (check out their ping pong and foosball tables) at Dorchester Brewery in Dorchester

Serve with the Strikers at Community Servings Roll up your sleeves and contribute to a good cause off the field! The Boston Strikers are volunteering with Community Servings to prepare made-from-scratch meals for home-bound and critically ill individuals from 6-8PM in JP

Drag Bingo is every Monday starting at 7PM free to play at Club Cafe in Boston

Cards Against Sobriety hosted every Monday night at the Alley join your friends for a fun game of Cards Against Humanity starting at 8PM in Boston

Trivia Tuesday is every Tuesday at the Dorchester Brewing Company and starts at 7:30PM in Dorchester

gay boston, milky way cafeDirty Water Saloon Line Dancing for Queers & friends has country-western two-step, west coast swing and line dancing each Tuesday from 7-10PM (all are welcome) at the Milky Way Lounge in JP

Boston Drag Gauntlet (Premiere) Come to Jacques on Tuesday from 7:30-9PM  to see the very first Boston Drag Gauntlet as competitors got to battle in their very first challenge in Boston

Showtune Tuesday hosted by VJ Ryan Grow starts at 9PM every Tuesday at dbar in Dorchester

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

Stump Trivia with Jonathan Brett is guaranteed fun and has lots of prizes (trivia starts at 8PM) hosted every Tuesday at Club Cafe in Boston

gay bostonQueer Boston Board Gamers is meeting Thursday from 6-9PM at the Cambridge Center Foyer in Kendall Square in Cambridge

Sports Night at BLEND  is every Wednesday night at BLEND (formerly Peggy O’Neil’s pub) in Dorchester

Siren Trivia is every Wednesday at 9PM at the Trophy Room bar in Boston

Atomic Karaoke with DJ Stevie Psyclone & Jonathan Brett is every Wednesday at Club Cafe in Boston

Queers With Beers: Allston Edition takes over Aeronaut Allston for a night of drinks, hangs, live music, and food trucks from 6-10PM in Allston

REWIND: Mean Girls it may not be Wednesday but grab something pink an dhead over to the Coolidge Corner Theater on Thursday to see this gay cult classic, starting at 7PM in Brookline

Bear Trivia Night is at 8PM every Thursday at The Alley Bar in DTX Boston

YES on 3 – Queeraoke FUNdrager this November voters will face the first-ever statewide popular vote on protections for transgender people from discrimination. A “yes” vote on Question 3 keeps the current law protecting trans peeps in Massachusetts – show support and come down to Queeraoke in JP

Karaoke Thursdays is every Thursday at Machine with your hosts Rob Botelho and Emphysema Menthol 100s in Boston

#Yaasss Thursdays presents: Sissy That Walk weekly drag competition the last Thursday of each month Showtime: 12:30AM at Club Cafe in Boston

THE WEEKEND

Queer Inclusive Climbing Klub (QuICK) Pizza night and climbing club at Brooklyn Boulders in Somerville

Astronomy After Hours (free)is every Friday  through October 26th (weather permitting) at the Gilliland Observatory on the roof of the Museum of Science 

Penny 4 Ya Thoughts?  come over to Jacques to watch your favorite local comedians share their worst dating stories. In between the show, we swipe on Tinder (Grindr, Bumble, etc.) to help a comedian AND an audience member find a match. Hosted by comedian and dating expert Penny Oswin – this Friday from 7:30 – 10PM in Boston

Dueling Drag Divas are back this year performing every Friday and Saturday at 8PM at Mainestreet in Ogunquit

Casual Fridays is a weekly dance party with no cover featuring DJ Begbick at the Alley Bar in DTX

XO Friday is the weekly dance party hosted by DJ Stevie Psyclone (no cover before 11PM) at Club Cafe every Friday

School is Back in Session with Calvin Banks this Friday at the Mirarbar from 9PM-2AM in PVD

LUV | 90s Divas JDD and Math3ca open and play digital files containing groovy 90’s divas that will give you life on Friday from 10PM – 1AM at the Milky Way in JP

5th Annual Lantern Festival 2018 is Saturday from 10AM – 6PM in Boston’s Chinatown

Phantom Gourmet Food Festival is Saturday from 12-4PM along Lansdowne and Ipswich Streets – get a discount for buying tickets ahead of time at this event which often sells out in the Fenway

Fluff the 13th! will feature musical performances, a cooking contest, Fluff-themed games, activities on Saturday from 3-7PM at Union Square in Somerville

2018 Boston Spirit Magazine Drag Idol Six contenders will take the stage at Club Cafe on Saturday evening from 6-9PM to win your hearts, and the praise of our three celebrity judges and majestic mistress of ceremonies, Verna Turbulence in Boston

H E R O E S Saturday (New Venue) Retro dance party hosted the 1st and 3rd Saturdays of each month from 10PM-2AM at Sonia (formerly TT The Bear’s Place) in Central Square

Video Night Tracks every Saturday night join VJ Ryan Grow at Cathedral Station starting at 9:30PM

The Donkey Show is the ultimate disco experience is a story inspired by A Midsummer Night’s Dream each Saturday at Club Oberon in Cambridge.

Grunt is a weekly dance party with no cover for burly men and their admirers, starting at 10PM at the Alley Bar in DTX

DONT ASK DONT TELL: Club Kid ft. DJ Accident Report (NYC)  check out this months super cool theme and get into the spirit by dressing the part on Saturday night at Great Scott in Allston

UNITE Saturdays is a weekly dance party at Club Cafe with DJ Susan Esthera (no cover before 11PM) in Boston

gay boston, dj jay inedbar Glows ULTRA Violet! dance partyIt’s Big, Black, and Bright! dbar’s Black Light party is ready to drape you from head to toe in glowing UV madness. Wear your brightest Neon clothes so you are sure to Glow! Body Painting and live art by Christopher Davis. Music by Jay Ine Saturday in Dorchester

SoWa Open Market SoWa Open Market is now open every Sunday from 10AM – 4PM through the end of October in Boston

Queer History Video Digitization Pop-up this is an open call to all queer history makers, activists, artists, collectors and amateur video documenters! 

Brunch of Queens at the Bell in Hand! this Sunday from 11AM – 3PM in Boston

Drag Me To Brunch September Drag yourself to Carrie Nation Cocktail Club and check-out what all the buzz is about  starting at 11AM; the drag show runs from 2pm-4pm(ish) in Boston

Dorchester Bike & Brew 2018 this community festival is designed to showcase the growing cycling community in Dorchester and will run from 5-9PM on Sunday at Peabody Square in Dorchester

*sip* presents Y2K with Guest DJ Brent Covington is this Sunday from 6-10PM at Jacques in Boston

Sunday Tea Dance never has a cover and always has great music from 70s 80s & 90s, starting at 6PM no cover every Sunday at Club Cafe in Boston

Karaoke at the Alley is every Sunday starting at 8PM in Boston

Pajama Party is a weekly dance party hosted every Sunday starting at 10PM at Machine in Boston

Hot Mess Sundays at Candibar in the Theater District is every Sunday starting at 10PM in Boston

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

Bar Lyon opens in the South End

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The long awaited and highly anticipated opening of Bar Lyon happened this weekend. Bar Lyon is part of the Columbus Hospitality Group which includes such venerable establishments like Mistral, Ostra and Sorellina.

This may be the Columbus Hospitality Group’s tiniest restaurant with only 48 seats in the dining room and an additional 12 seats at the bar, but it has been eagerly anticipated for months. Chef and owner Jamie Mammano and executive chef Cameron Cieslak have crafted a dinner menu that includes soft-cooked omelets, roasted chicken, poached monkfish with Maine lobster and clams, salmon tartare, and steamed mussels as well as a few items dubbed “Lyon classiques”. One also expects that they will have an excellent wine list in keeping with Columbus Hospitality Group’s other restaurants.

Bar Lyon
1750 Washington Street
barlyon.com