It’s National Hugging Day

Did you know that January 21st is national hugging day so make sure you give someone a hug, and help me spread the word by sharing this post.

Furry Friday

Anyone recognize this handsome guy? He looks like he’d make for an amazing future ex-boyfriend, but first, I need to know his name.

Past Furry Friday

BosGuy brain teaser

riddle, exercise for your brainEach Friday, 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.

Leave your answer in the comment section. I’ll approve responses later in the day to give people a chance to respond without seeing any spoilers.

This week’s brain teaser: What is a snowman’s favorite breakfast? 

Here is a hint: They’re Great!

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

What to do this weekend

Below is a list of what is happening in Boston. Support these gay bars and businesses. If you have an event you want included, email bosguymail@gmail.com.

Boston Gay Bars

The Alley
THURSDAY: Trivia Night @8PM
FRIDAY: RPDR viewing party @8PM & DJ Begbick @10PM
SATURDAY: Tremors w/ DJ Scott Helms @10PM
SUNDAY: Bearaoke Karaoke Night @8PM

blend
THURSDAY: Open for dinner – no programming
FRIDAY: RPDR viewing party @8PM Supernature w/ DJ Brian Derrick @10PM
SATURDAY: Mayhem Saturday w/ DJ Andrea Stamas @10PM
SUNDAY: Disco brunch starts @11AM

Cathedral Station
THURSDAY: Bruins host Capitals @7PM
FRIDAY: Celtics host Trailblazers @7:30PM
SATURDAY: Bruins host Jets @3PM
SUNDAY: Brunch starts @11AM & Celtics play Wizards @3:30PM

Club Cafe
THURSDAY: TRL Drag Party w/ DJ Stevie Psyclone & host Mizery @10PM
FRIDAY: RPDR viewing party @8PM & DJ Stevie Psyclone @10PM
SATURDAY: House & Top 40 w/ DJ Brian Derrick @10PM
SUNDAY: Sunday brunch @11AM & Throwback Tea w/ DJ Brian Derrick @5PM

dbar
FRIDAY: Karaoke w/ VJ Ryan Grow @10PM
SATURDAY: Slay Saturday w/ DJ Jay Ine @10PM
SUNDAY: Brunch @11AM

Jacques Cabaret – Call 617-426-8902 to reserve seats to shows
THURSDAY: Now That’s What I Call A Drag Show! hosted by Amanda Playwith & Crystal Crawford @8PM
FRIDAY: RPDR viewing party @8PM & Drag Me To The Main Stage hosted by Destiny
SATURDAY: Drag Me To The Main Stage Hosted by Dee Dee de Ray 
SUNDAY: Sunday Fun Day – Open Mic night w/ Mitzzy @7PM

Legacy & Candi Bar (Gay Mafia Boston)
THURSDAY: Serve Thursdays w/ Kim Petras & Charli XCX w/ DJ Coleslaw @10PM
FRIDAY: Bussdown Friday w/ DJ Frenchy @10PM
SATURDAY: DJ Jesus Montanez comes to Legacy, doors open @10PM
SUNDAY: MLK Sunday w/ Las Bibas from Vizcaya at Royale @10PM

Trophy Room
THURSDAY: Bruins host Capitals @7PM
FRIDAY: Celtics host Trailblazers @7:30PM
SATURDAY: Bruins host Jets @3PM
SUNDAY: Brunch starts @11M & Celtics play Wizards @3:30PM

LGBTQ+ nights & events

THURSDAY: Queer Qomedy Hour presents Kendall Farrell at The White Bull Tavern (by Faneuil Hall) @8PM

THURSDAY: Queeraoke at Midway Cafe Thursday at 8PM

FRIDAY: Bussdown Fridays w/ DJ Frenchy at Legacy – Free entry before 11PM

SATURDAY: Latin Night for all you Latinos, the men who love’em, and the music (of course) is at La Makina, Revere Beach – doors open at 9PM

SUNDAY: Leather Penitence leather / fetish attire is strongly encouraged doors open @9PM at Phoenix Landing in Central Square

DRAG BRUNCHES IN BOSTON

Some drag brunches require tickets purchased ahead of time. Click the event links shared below for ticketing and reservation information.

Brunch up your life!
Saturday @11:00AM
HARP + BARD w/ Men of Melanin Magic

Illusions The Drag Brunch Boston
Saturday & Sunday shows @1:30PM
Hosted upstairs at Hennessey’s

Drag Me To Brunch (SOLD OUT)
Sunday @2PM
Carrie Nation Cocktail Club

And finally… another resource for what is happening at Boston gay bars is KikiPedia.

Vintage gay

Thanks to the printout atop the photo we can see this photograph was taken in March 1963 and based on their dress we can assume they are somewhere warm, which sounds pretty wonderful to me right about now. What do you think of this week’s photo?

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? Email me at bosguymail@gmail.com.

Previous Vintage Gay Photos

Is the Boston Sports Club South End closing?

The BSC South End lease will expire this spring

In recent weeks, there has been a lot of chatter about the future of the Boston Sports Club South End. Current and former employees have confirmed that the BSC would like to sign a new lease and the manager has indicated that negotiations with the landlord, GTI Properties are ongoing.

The current lease is set to expire this spring. If the BSC lease expires, it’s not clear if the space would be re-purposed, another chain would takeover, or if GTI would takeover the gym. While managing a gym would be a stretch for GTI, anything is possible. Last year, GTI Properties formed the SoWa Hospitality Group and hired Jeff Gates (former partner of Aquitaine Group) to manage food and beverage operations at the SoWa Powerstation, Brasserie, and Roma 500 (slated to open later this year). I hope the BSC and GTI come to some agreement. The uncertainty is frustrating, because it disincentivizes BSC from making any further investments or to improve the facility.

National gym chains vs boutique studios

Regardless of the fate of the BSC South End, if the space remains a fitness center, the gym will need to do more to fend off competition from the many boutique studios that have opened. While these smaller studios are more expensive, their popularity increased during the pandemic.

During the pandemic two gyms opened blocks from the BSC SE, Elite Training Group (operated by former BSC SE trainers) and Epoc Studios. But these are hardly the only boutique studios to open. A quick Google search will show a dozen such gyms within blocks of the BSC SE — several of them owned and opened by former BSC South End trainers who’s clients followed them.

Caption this photo

Hopefully the caption I’ve shared of Paul Wagner (and his conversation with ‘himself’) inspires you to share one or two of your own in the comment section for readers to enjoy.

“Calm down buddy”

Boston Sisters’ Community Grants

Boston Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence have extended their deadline for organizations to submit requests for their Spring Grant Ceremony which will take place later this year at a date and time to be determined due to the fucking ongoing pandemic.

The grants range from $250 – $1,000 and are designed to help smaller not-for-profits that are often overlooked. To date, Boston’s convent has distributed more than $25,000. Interested? Grab your grant form here at bottom of page.

Criteria For Consideration

To be considered for a grant, the not-for-profit’s mission and planned use of grant funds must be used to improve / benefit the Boston community and build cooperative, cordial and supportive relationships in our community in one or more ways as described below:

• Alleviating economic and/or social disadvantage to members of the community
• Providing for the health & welfare of the LGBT community
• Promoting awareness of personal health and healthy living
• Prevention & education of health issues impacting LGBT community
• Providing resources, support or care to those with disease / disability
• Supporting / advancing human rights equality and dignity for all
• Providing for the free expression of human sexuality, conditions, aspirations, and spirit through visual and/or performance arts
• Must be incorporated as a not-for-profit, 501(c)(3) corporation
• Grant funds must be submitted correctly, in its entirety

For questions, clarification or to submit your form for consideration e-mail grants@thebostonsisters.org or send your grant request via snail mail to:

The Boston Sisters
Attn: Mistress of Grants
20 Daniels St Unit# 120
Malden, MA 02148

Here is the link to the web page with the grant form (scroll to the bottom of the page to download and fill out). The deadline has been extended to Monday, January 31, 2022 by 11:59pm.

Temptation Tuesday

This week’s post of model, Chris Curtis, is a nod to the 2022 Australian Open that started yesterday and will run though Sunday, January 30th.

Past Temptation Tuesday Posts

Men in kilts

This week’s photo is from Fashion Kilt™. If you’re looking to buy a kilt, check out this company, which seems to make a kilt for every occassion. Check’em out online at fashionkilt.com.

Previous Men in Kilts Posts

Monday morning mancandy

Last year my friend Bian M suggested that I check out this handsome model, Michael Yerger. He makes for an excellent Monday morning mancandy post. Don’t you think? You can see more of Michael on his Instagram account, @michaelyerger.

Escape the cold see a show

Boston’s theater companies have some great productions this winter

Boston’s local theater companies returned to the stage with some amazing live performances. While this is not an exhaustive list, it does share in-person shows from some of my favorite local theater companies.

Some of the show dates above have changed due to COVID

Boston’s “B Together” policy is in effect and will require you show proof of vaccination to allow you to enter. For more information visit B Together.

Lyric Stage: Mr. Parent

Synopsis: This one-man performance based on actor Maurice Emmanuel parent’s real-life adventures of teaching in an urban public school system.

January 13th – February 6th. Tickets start at $25. Get your tickets here.

The Huntington: The Bluest Eye

Synopsis: Based on the first novel by Toni Morrison, it tells the story of Pecola, a young Black girl who believes everything in her world would be made wonderful if only she had blue eyes. .

January 28th – March 13th. Tickets start at $25. Get your tickets here.

Central Square Theater: Young Nerds of Color

Synopsis: Assembled from over 60 interviews with scientists – established and emerging, rock stars and renegades – playwright Melinda Lopez weaves together their challenges, successes, and wildest dreams. Told from the perspective of those most underrepresented in science, their stories are amplified with rich harmonies to bring us together and break down the boundaries of science.

February 3rd – March 6th. Tickets start at $25. Get your tickets here.

SpeakEasy Stage: People Places & Things

Synopsis: Emma is a 30-something actress who thinks she is having the time of her life, until she finds herself in rehab. Her first step is to admit that she has a problem – but therein lies the problem. Will she ever sober up?

February 11th – March 5th. Tickets start at $25. Get your tickets here.

American Repertory Theater: Ocean Filibuster

Synopsis: Inside the Senate chamber of a global governing body, Mr. Majority introduces an “End of Ocean Bill” designed to shrink Earth’s oceans into a more manageable (and marketable) collection of inland seas. When the floor is opened for debate, the Ocean arrives to speak in its own defense…and so begins an epic Human-Ocean showdown.

February 18th – March 13th. Tickets start at $25. Get your tickets here.

Support local theater! Make plans to see one or more of these shows. They make for an excellent date night or evening out with friends.

Scruffy Sunday

This week’s photo comes from the Gruenholtz Studio in New York City. You can see more by following them on Twitter at @Gruenholtz.

Previous Scruffy Sunday Posts

Saturday morning coffee

I’m continuing with my bearish theme, that I started with this morning’s humorous Saturday morning comic post. It’s far too chilly today to be in the buff enjoying a morning cup of coffee here in Boston.

I’ll post the unedited version on my Twitter feed later this morning at @bosguy.

Saturday morning comics

ADAM & ANDY comic strip will hopefully return soon, but in the interim, I thought I’d share this hilarious doctored cartoon I found online courtesy of @oldmasc on Twitter. 

Click on this week’s comic strip to enlarge