Category Archives: Art & Film

Playland, one Boston’s most notorious queer bars, is now a movie – but when will it show in Boston

Boston’s Playland Café first opened in The Great Depression (in 1937). The space became one of Boston’s most notorious queer bars, known for attracting a diverse clientele from all over the city. It would close 60+ years later in 1998 after it lost its entertainment license. The debut film by Georden West, an Emerson University graduate, is creating a lot of buzz and will premiere tomorrow at the Rotterdam’s International Film Festival.

Hopefully this film will make its way back across the Atlantic and have a screening here in Boston. I’ll be certain to share more when I learn of a confirmed date.

The film, Playland, is set up as a series of dreamlike interactions capturing moments over the bars 60+ years from the bar’s cooks, waiters, bartenders and drag performers, starting in the the late 1930s and running through the mid-’90s, building narrative with each additional story. West’s use of archival footage of the bar and its surrounding neighborhood, Boston’s Red Light district called the Combat Zone, adds nostalgia, recalling a time when Boston was far less affluent and a much more gritty city.

The Embrace on Boston Common

MLK, boston

A few days before the country will pause to remember and celebrate the legacy of Nobel Laureate, Martin Luther King Jr., Boston will unveil a new 20′ memorial sculpture of both Martin Luther King and his wife, Coretta Scott King, who first met here in Boston in the 1950s when they were both studying. For those unfamiliar with their love story and courting, check out the video, Legacy of Love on YouTube.

This beautiful new sculpture on the Boston Common (near the start of the Freedom Trail and visitor center), is meant to capture the power of love and the love that these two shared for each other. It is a beautiful sentiment and tribute to both of these civil rights leaders. I particularly like that this is a tribute to the couple, recognizing them as equals who practiced their beliefs of non-violence to help change America (and the world for the better).

The sculpture is currently open to the public, but a ceremony to commemorate this new sculpture will take place on Friday morning. The massive piece was designed by sculptor, Hank William Thomas and was inspired by the photo of the couple embracing in 1964, during a news conference, following the announcement that he had been awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.

Photo Credit: Bettmann via Getty Images

For more information about the sculpture, The Embrace, and the work the organization, Embrace Boston is doing to help continue the teachings and work of these two civil rights legends, visit, embraceboston.org.

The 2023 Bob-Spread Calendar

Last year’s innaugural Bob-Spread Calendar was realeased ahead of the 2022 Winter Olympics. The eye-catching pg-13 rated photos were definitely popular, and I made the case that the proceeds from sales which supported the men on the US bobsled team was just icing on the cake for making this purchase. The photos are being included in a new 2023 calendar that is for sale.

The models (and members of the 2022 US Men’s Bob Sled Team) include team: drivers – Hunter Church and Codie Bascue, and push athletes – Hakeem Abdul-Saboor, Kris Horn, Blaine McConnell, Jimmy Reed, Nic Taylor, Carlo Valdes, Charlie Volker and Josh Williamson.

Orders placed by Wednesday, December 21st will arrive in time for Christmas and make for a great gift or Yankee Swap at $25.00.

2023 Bob-Spread Calendar

Margaret Cho comes to The Wilbur this April

Last week Margaret Cho announced her new tour, Live and LIVID. The 20+ city tour starts in early March but doesn’t arrive in Boston until Thursday, April 13th at The Wilbur Theater in Boston’s Theater District.

Tickets went on sale December 9th so don’t delay in making plans, because she will sell out! Hopefully she will add a second show for that evening. This would make for a fantastic night out with friends or a fun Christmas gift for that hard to buy for guy gay.

Margaret Cho is Live and LIVID at The Wilbur

Wicked Queer hosts the first annual documentary festival

Wicked Queer (a.k.a. Boston’s LGBTQ+ queer film festival) is hosting their first annual documentary festival this weekend, November 18-21. The seven different documentaries will be shown at the MFA Boston and Brattle Theater in Harvard Square. Boston’s History Project has partnered and will be co-presenting three films at this year’s festival.

For more information about showings and to purachase tickets, visit their website, Wicked Queer.

Portraits of Pride in Boston

Portraits of Pride is an LGBTQ Photography Exhibition currently on display at the Boston Common. The exhibit, which pays tribute to LGBTQ History Month (which is this month), will run through October 29th. The exhibit which is free and open to the public is comprised of 8-foot tall portraits of local LGBTQ leaders taken by world-renowned photographer John Huet. 

This one-of-a-kind exhibit honors the rich history of Boston’s LGBTQ+ community and the many contributions the area’s LGBTQ+ leaders have made to the advancement of LGBTQ+ rights in Massachusetts and beyond. An additional installation of the portraits is also exhibited on the Gallery Wall of Seaport Square located at 60 Seaport Blvd. in Boston. 

To learn more about Portraits of Pride and those who are being honored visit, portraitsofprideboston.org.

NYC LGBTQ Film Festival

Whether you live in Hell’s Kitchen or in Hell, Michigan (yeah that’s an actual town), you can watch this year’s NYC LGBTQ Film Festival which runs from October 13 – 25th. The hybrid festival will include more than 130 new LGBTQ+ stories, special events and panel discussions.

A few movies that have caught my eye include Lance Black’s film Mama’s Boy (live viewing on opening night), My Policeman which is based on a book by Bethan Roberts that I reviewed recently (you can read my book review here), and Keep the Cameras Rolling: The Pedro Zamora Way, but there are many more which you can peruse, here.

If you love independent / LGBTQ+ film, you should check out this year’ NYC LGBTQ Film Festival. This year’s virtual all access streaming pass (10/13 – 25) is $95. For more information about the festival and streaming pass click the link below and enjoy.

2022 NYC LGBTQ Film Festival

Gay RomCom: Bros opens Friday

Luke MacFarlane and Billy Eichner filming a scene from Bros in front of A-House in Provincetown

I haven’t been to the movie theater in quite some time but Sergio and I plan to check out the movie Bros, which opens on Friday, September 30th.

Last August I was contacted by one of their casting managers and asked if I could help spread the word that they would be filming in Provincetown the following month and encourage interested people with “quirky personalities” to answer the open casting call. I wrote about it here. Sergio had the time off (and he has a quirky personality) so he answered the casting call and was selected for the filming.

I know there has been a lot of back and forth within the LGBTQ+ community about this movie, but I’m excited to see it. I love the feelgood and corny appeal of the RomCom movie genre, I love the idea of Provincetown being a backdrop for a few scenes in the movie, and I’m more than a little curious and excited to see if I can spot Sergio in one of the scenes filmed there.

If you’re unfamiliar with the movie, you can read more about the storyline and who is starring in the film here.

Saturday morning comics

ADAM & ANDY is set in the fictional New England town of Woodfield, CT. You can learn more about Adam and Andy and purchase a copy of “the definitive collection of Adam and Andy” by visiting, adamandandy.com.

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Click here if you would like to see  the previous Adam & Andy

Saturday morning comics

Hey everyone there isn’t any new material to share with you for this week’s Saturday morning comics so here is a throwback post from 2019 that I loved.

While I enjoy this series, new material has been difficult to get. Are there any gay-themed comic series that you enjoy and would recommend if Adam & Andy was no longer available to share each Saturday?

ADAM & ANDY is set in the fictional New England town of Woodfield, CT. You can learn more about Adam and Andy and purchase a copy of “the definitive collection of Adam and Andy” by visiting, adamandandy.com.

Click on this week’s comic strip to enlarge Click here if you would like to see  the previous Adam & Andy

Saturday morning comics

ADAM & ANDY is set in the fictional New England town of Woodfield, CT. You can learn more about Adam and Andy and purchase a copy of “the definitive collection of Adam and Andy” by visiting, adamandandy

Click on this week’s comic strip to enlarge

Click here if you would like to see the previous Adam & Andy

Saturday morning comics

ADAM & ANDY is set in the fictional New England town of Woodfield, CT. You can learn more about Adam and Andy and purchase a copy of “the definitive collection of Adam and Andy” by visiting, adamandandy

Click on this week’s comic strip to enlarge

Click here if you would like to see the previous Adam & Andy

Saturday morning comics

ADAM & ANDY is set in the fictional New England town of Woodfield, CT. You can learn more about Adam and Andy and purchase a copy of “the definitive collection of Adam and Andy” by visiting, adamandandy

Click on this week’s comic strip to enlarge

Click here if you would like to see the previous Adam & Andy

Saturday morning comics

ADAM & ANDY is set in the fictional New England town of Woodfield, CT. You can learn more about Adam and Andy and purchase a copy of “the definitive collection of Adam and Andy” by visiting, adamandandy

Click on this week’s comic strip to enlarge

Click here if you would like to see the previous Adam & Andy

Saturday morning comics

ADAM & ANDY is set in the fictional New England town of Woodfield, CT. You can learn more about Adam and Andy and purchase a copy of “the definitive collection of Adam and Andy” by visiting, adamandand

While we wait for new content from James to find out what Adam & Andy are up to, here is a throwback to a storyline from May 2020 that was pivitol for Tommy and Dillon.

Click on this week’s comic strip to enlarge

Click here if you would like to see the previous Adam & Andy