Category Archives: Boston

John Michael Gray (one half of the Hat Sisters)

john-michael-gray-hat-sisterBoston and Provincetown’s gay community is a little less fabulous today.

John Michael Gray who is survived by his husband Tim O’Connor have been known far beyond Boston and Provincetown as the iconic “Hat Sisters” for as long as I have lived in Boston.

For those of you from Boston and Provincetown, I’m sure your Facebook feed is already flooded with tributes and photos of these two very special men, and I wanted to join in my own way by sharing how much I love these two. I want to also express my profound respect for how their love for each other and Boston and Provincetown helped many of us become a little more comfortable with ourselves and feel welcomed. My fondest memories of John are of him having drinks at Fritz on Chandler Street, lighting the Pride Lights tree on Tremont Street each year and of course his fabulous entrance to Tea Dances at the Boatslip in Provincetown.

My heart is breaking for Tim O’Connor.

A GoFundMe page has been set up to help Tim with the medical costs incurred. You can learn more and help Tim by visiting the page here.

What Iconic Boston Street Are You?

boston-streetsPerhaps you’ve seen friends posting different streets in your news feed? It turns out that BuzzFeed has a rather fun survey that takes about 30 seconds to navigate, answering questions like choosing your ideal food, how you like to spend a Sunday afternoon, etc…

Based on your answers BuzzFeed shares what “Iconic Boston Street” your personality most resembles. Although highly unscientific it is still a lot of fun. As it turns out I’m most like Charles Street in Beacon Hill. What are you?

What Iconic Boston Street Are You?

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Berklee Beantown Jazz Festival

berklee-beantown-jazz-festival-2016I don’t know how I missed this in my weekly post, “What’s Happening This Week” so I wanted to give the Berklee Beantown Jazz Festival a shout out.

Berklee Beantown Jazz Festival is free on Saturday, Sept. 24th

Billed as Boston’s biggest block party, this annual event is a free, outdoor concert that is worth checking out. The festival features jazz, Latin, blues, funk, and groove performances. The festival offers world-class music on three stages, phenomenal food and drink, arts, crafts, and unique gifts.

This year’s entertainment includes Al Jarreau, Marcus Santos Brazilian Drum Group and Dan Moretti. For more information on all the musicians who will be playing check out the Berklee Beantown Jazz Festival performance schedule.

berklee.edu/beantownjazz

What to do this week: September 19 – 25

Boston Gay Men's Book Club

Boston Gay Men’s Book Club meets Monday, September 19 at Trident Booksellers

What to do this week: September 19– 25

Boston Gay Men’s Book Club meets to discuss Insignificant Others at the Trident Booksellers & Cafe on Monday, September 19 in Boston

Opus Affair Monthly Cocktail Social come and meet people and have some fun, starting at 6PM on Monday, September 19 at SRV in the South End Boston

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

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

the-fellows-twc-bostonTWC Fellows Monthly Social meet 30 & 40-something gay men for drinks and conversation  from 7-9:30PM on Wednesday, September 21 location TBD

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

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

tennessee-williams-provincetown-festivalProvincetown Tennessee Williams Theater Festival runs from Thursday to Sunday,  September 22 – 25 in Provincetown

Drag Race Thursdays join Mizery and friends for “Queens are Wild” RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars 2 starting at 8PM at Club Cafe in Boston

Newport Mansions’ Food & Wine Festival is this weekend, Friday & Saturday September 24-25 in Newport

QuICK Weekly Climb starts at 6PM at Brooklyn Boulders on Friday, September 23 in Somerville

south-end-open-studios-2016South End Open Studios celebrates 30 years with more than 200 artists Saturday and Sunday, September 24 & 25 in Boston

Play Me I’m Yours Boston brings 60 street pianos to the streets of Boston with each decorated by a local artist starting Friday, September 23 in Boston

Dont Ask Dont Tell: Kubrick hosts their monthly queer dance party and drag show at Great Scott on Saturday, September 24 in Allston

Mr. Boston Bear / Cub Competition starts early at 9PM at The Alley in DTX on Saturday, September 24 in Boston

So Hot Saturdaes: Durty Disco is at Peggy O’Neil’s starting at 10PM on Saturday, September 24 in Dorchester

club cafeBest of Sirlesque is the yearly review of the most unforgettable acts over the past year at Club Cafe on Saturday, September 24 in Boston

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

QuICK Social Meet & Greet is happening for the first time at Arc’Teryx on Sunday, September 25 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.

Happy Birthday Boston

Fourth of July

This weekend Boston celebrated its 386th birthday, making it one of the oldest cities in the United States. Although Boston is not a large city (it is the 23rd largest city in the US), it is one of the largest metropolitan areas with just under 5 million and is the 4th most densely populated after New York Metro Area, Greater Los Angeles and South Florida Metro Area (according to worldpopulationreview.com).

Here are a few interesting facts about present day Boston.
Boston (and Massachusetts) growth is coming mostly from immigrants and without those immigrants the state’s population would have actually declined over the past decade. Almost 1/3 of Boston’s population is now foreign born.

Boston’s population is also growing younger, as nearly 1/3 of all residents are 20-34, which is younger than most other major cities in the country.

Boston’s population growth rate of 3.1% is expected to continue through at least 2020, reaching around 780,000 to 790,000 by the next Census in 2020.

For a city of nearly 400 years it still is young at heart. Happy birthday Boston.

Boston Freedom Rally this weekend in Boston

Legalize marijuana, pot rally, boston marijuana rallyThis weekend the Boston Freedom Rally will return to host their 27th event and continue to spread their message of cannabis legalization and education. The two day festival / rally is packed with food, art and vendors and tens of thousands of attendees on the Boston Common.

What to do this week: September 12 – 18

Legalize marijuana, pot rally, boston marijuana rallyWhat to do this week: September 12 – 18

Harbor to the Bingo will raise money for Harbor to the Bay and starts at 7PM at Club Cafe on Monday, Sept 12 in Boston

Fascination Mondays is a fetish / kink night hosted in the basement of Jacques Cabaret from 8PM – 12AM in Boston

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

showtune-tuesdayShowtune Tuesday hosted by VJ Ryan Grow starts at 9PM every Tuesday at dbar in Dorchester

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

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

Peggy O'Neil's, gay dorchesterTHOT THURSDAYS is a dance party hosted the 1st and 3rd Thursdays of each month at Peggy O’Neil’s Pub starting at 10PM in Dorchester

Drag Race Thursdays join Mizery and friends for “Queens are Wild” RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars 2 starting at 8PM at Club Cafe in Boston

BEYONSLAY from The Welcoming Committee is at Hurricane O’Reilly’s and starts at 9PM on Thursday, September 15 in Boston

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

MASSBEARZ Monthly Social is hosted the third Thursday of each month at Cathedral Station starting at 8PM in Boston

brown-is-the-new-pinkBrown is the New Pink the popular Ptown play starring Ryan Landry & Varla Jean Merman opens this week, from Thursday, September 15 – 18 in Boston

Gay Men Camping at Harold Parker State Forest starts on Friday, September 16 in Andover, MA

QuICK Weekly Climb starts at 6PM at Brooklyn Boulders on Friday, September 16 in Somerville

Boyfriends the monthly gay dance party will celebrate Britney Spears on Friday, September 16 at the Milky Way Lounge in JP

Casual Fridays: Britney vs. Christina features DJ Nathaniel Bluhm and starts at 10PM at the Alley Bar on Friday, September 16 in Boston’s DTX

Therapy GLOW party 18+ from 11:55PM to 5:00 AM starting on Friday, September 16 in Providence

NGPA, National Gay Pilots AssociationCape Cod Classic annual event for Nat’l Gay Pilots Assoc. takes place Friday – Sunday, September 16-18 in Provincetown

MixFest FREE Concert will feature New Republic among other bands at the DCR Hatch Shell on Saturday, September 17 (gates open at 11AM)  in Boston

Social Fitness Festival at City Hall Plaza from 7AM – 6PM on Saturday, September 17 in Boston

Boston Freedom Rally celebrates their 27th year promoting legalization of marijuana Saturday & Sunday, September 17-18 on Boston Common

Paradise Block Party welcomes back the students starting at 9PM on Saturday, September 17 at Paradise Night Club in Cambridge

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

Public BodySanta Speedo Run Kick-Off Workout by Public Body starts at 10:30 at Heartbreak Hill Running Co. in South End on Sunday, September 18 in Boston

BEARZ 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.