Category Archives: Art & Film
The Boston Gay Men’s Movie Group (a friendly Meetup group) is planning to go see Love, Simon at the AMC Movie Theater on the Boston Common on Sunday morning. If you’d like to join them to watch the movie, you need to RSVP for details on where and when they will be meeting before heading into the theater.
Love, Simon has been getting rave reviews. It has a 91% rating on Rotten Tomatoes, has been referred to as this generation’s Breakfast Club (high praise indeed) and is being dubbed the first gay-themed RomCom.
About Love, Simon: Everyone deserves a great love story, but for 17-year-old Simon Spier, it’s a little more complicated. He hasn’t told his family or friends that he’s gay, and he doesn’t know the identity of the anonymous classmate that he’s fallen for online. Resolving both issues proves hilarious, terrifying and life-changing.
The Jewish Arts Collaborative has engaged American sculptor, Julia Vogl, to create a public piece of temporary art on the Boston Common that will be inspired by dialogue about freedom and immigration in Boston. Her artwork will reflect the 2,000 conversations she will have in the coming weeks, asking people from all backgrounds about their journeys to freedom.
Drawing inspiration from these stories, Vogl will create a larger than life visual representation that will be on display to the public from on display from April 25 to May 2 on the Soldiers and Sailors Monument on Boston Common.
Would you like to be involved in this public art project?
Vogl is inviting the public to meet up with her at scheduled “encounters” around Greater Boston. These encounters started this week and will run through Sunday, April 8. If you decide to participate, you will be asked to answer four multiple-choice questions about freedom and immigration on an iPad and decorate a button that is fashioned after a seder plate.
For more information about this project link here: Pathways to Freedom.
This year’s festival opens on a serious note at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston March 29 with A Moment in the Reeds an intimate romantic film about a Syrian refugee and the Finnish college student he falls for. The film, fresh off its premiere at the BFI London International Film Festival, is an auspicious debut from filmmaker Mikko Makela. Director Mikko Makela will be in attendance.I’d like to also give a shout out to BPM (Beats per Minute), which will be showing at the Paramount Center on Thursday, April 5th and is free to the public. The movie is about societies response (or maybe it is better say lack of response) to the AIDS crisis impacting Paris in the early 1990s and is entwined with a heartbreaking love story.
This year’s festival will host screenings at the Museum of Fine Arts, the Paramount Theatre at ArtsEmerson, The Brattle Theater in Cambridge and the Institute of Contemporary Arts. If you’d like to learn more about this year’s festival visit the Wicked Queer website. There is also information about volunteering if you’d like to get more involved with this wonderful group.