Category Archives: Pop Culture

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“Wonder Gay Powers, Activate”

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“Ouch!”

Lil Nas X: Long Live Montero Tour

Lil Nas X Long Live Montero World Tour begins in September 2022 and will pull into Boston for one show only on September 18th at the new MGM Music Hall at Fenway. The MGM Music Hall capacity is 5,000 people so this will be an exciting show and will sell out quickly.

For more information about about the tour and to purchase tickets which are now on sale, visit here.

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“Tres Amigas”

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“Meet me at the bat cave, tonight”

RuPaul’s Drag Race British Invasion comes to Boston May 24th

Tuesday, May 24th RuPaul’s Drag Race British Invasion lands in Boston. The national tour starts the week before in San Francisco (May 20) and will also visit Chicago (May 21), New York City (May 22), Dallas (May 26), and Washington DC (May 27).

Season one contenders Baga Chipz, Divina de Campo and RuPaul’s Drag Race UK vs. The World winner Blu Hydrangea take the stage as the musical group, The Frock Destroyers and will be joined by season two favorites Tayce A’Whora, and Lawrence Chaney, as the drag queen girl group, United KingDolls. Joining them will be the UK’s reigning Next Drag Superstar, season three winner Krystal Versace and RuPaul’s Drag Race UK vs. The World’s Cheryl Hole as well as guest stars Janey Jacké (runner-up of Drag Race Holland Season 1), Lemon (from Canada’s Drag Race), and Pangina Heals (from Drag Race Thailand).

Tickets have been on sale for a couple of weeks to see the show taking place at Royale. Ticket prices start at $45 for general admission.

Cabin fever setting in?

snow, handsome, hunk, snowman, shirtless guy, winter

March can be a tough month in New England. The winters are long and cabin-fever starts to set in (big time), so I wanted to give a shout out to several events that Sergio and I have either attended or are planning to attend later this month.

If you have an event you’ve attended or are looking forward to attending later this month, please share it in the comments section.

Imagine Van Gogh: The Immersive Exhibition

Imagine Van Gogh: The Immersive Exhibition closes March 19, 2022

Located at the SoWa Power Station. This exhibit first opened in December and will wrap close on March 19th. Sergio and I went to this in December and really enjoyed ourselves. It makes for a great date night option. I’d recommend grabbing a drink or dinner (or both) nearby after you go. More info here.

What the Constitution Means to Me

What the Constitution Means to Me closes March 20, 2022

Sergio was not pleased when I told him we would be going to this play at the Emerson Majestic Theater. His response, “I hate political plays”. Fast forward 90-minutes later and Sergio was one of the first people to jump up from his seat to cheering and applauding Cassie Beck with tears in his eyes. I was blown away and wish everyone would see this show. Who knew Constitutional history was so fascinating and funny? More info here.

The Art of Banksy

The Art of Banksy closes April 30, 2022

This exhibit which opened last month in Harvard Square runs through April and is really amazing. It includes approximately 100 pieces by the mysterious / notorious artist. While Sergio was not familiar with the name Banksy, he did recognize some of his more iconic images. The exhibit has a fun wall of reproductions at the end for fun interactive selfies with his artwork. More info here.

ChoreograpHER

Boston Ballet ChoreograpHER, March 3 – 13, 2022

I am excited to see this ballet of five ChoreograpHERs, five voices, five world premieres. This female-led program celebrates the innovative talent of women including New York City Ballet Principal Dancer and choreographer, Tiler Peck. More info here.

Coco Peru is Bitter Bothered & Beyond

Miss Coco Peru March 25-26, 2022

Sergio and I have convinced a few friends to join us for Coco’s show on Friday evening at Club Cafe and I’m very excited. Coco never disappoints and is always entertaining. I understand the Friday show is now sold out but a few tickets may be available for her Saturday performance. More info here.

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Two tops looking for their bottoms

Book review: Sweet & Low by Nick White

Sweet & Low by Nick White is a collection ten short stories set in the South; with most in the Mississippi Delta. Each story focuses on an important and defining moment or series of moments in the main character’s life. Often poor and with little opportunity, the characters bear little resemblance to who I usually read in books but White does an excellent job bringing them to life.

Most of the short stories include an LGBT character, which is a good reminder that all gay men don’t live in cities or suburbs, nor are they all wealthy, despite what you see portrayed on television. The opening story, The Lovers, provides insight into several of the themes that run through all the stories, touching upon struggle and loneliness. My favorite story was perhaps one of the saddest. The Exaggerations is told by a nephew abandoned by his mother and raised by his aunt and uncle. The final paragraph of this short story is perhaps White’s best in the entire book.

Fans of romantic comedies or happily ever after endings will find this book tough to get through. Many of the characters aren’t all that likeable. A good example is, Pete, in Cottonmouth, Trapjaw, Water Moccasin, but most are misguided, lonely, and self-involved. The best example of that might be Forney’s mom in the short story the book is named after, Sweet and Low. Told through the eyes of Forney, she appears to want nothing more than to pick up her once aspiring country music singing career after the unexepected death of her husband, and she can’t be bothered with her only child who she has little connection or love.

If you enjoy reading before going to bed, the short story format is ideally suited to you. In 20-30 pages, White weaves a story full of depth meaning at defining moments of each main character. While I couldn’t relate to any of the characters, their stories still resonated and is why I would recommend reading this book.

If you’re interested in purchasing this book and open to supporting local bookstores, try one of the links I’ve shared. The links below will take you right to the book so you can order it online in just a couple of clicks. Alternatively, you can check your local library for a copy of this book. Here is a link to the BPL copy for Sweet & Low.

Brookline Booksmith in Coolidge Corner
Harvard Bookstore in Harvard Square
Porter Square Bookstore in Porter Square
Trident Bookseller’s & Cafe in Back Bay

Book review: The Sun and Her Stars by Donna Rifkind

The Sun and Her Stars by Donna Rifkind is a biography about the extraordinary but little known life of the Jewish, Austrian actress turned Hollywood screenwriter, Salka Viertel, who moved from Europe to southern California in the late 1920s. If you are fascinated by the Golden Age of Hollywood, you’ll find Rifkind’s detailed account of Viertel’s life and those around her fascinating to read.

It was fascinating to compare how several characters in this year’s celebrated film, Mank, were perceived by Salka. The black and white film about screenwriter Herman Mankiewicz writing of the acclaimed movie, “Citizen Kane” takes place at the same time and is nominated for 10 Oscars. Some of the Hollywood heavyweights referenced in both the book and movie include Orson Welles (actor), Ben Hecht (screenwriter / novelist), David Selznick (studio executive), and Charlie Chaplin (actor).

Hitler’s rise to power in the 1930s led to a braindrain of the creative class from Europe. These shellshocked ex-pats fleeing from the horrors of Nazi Germany, were not welcomed by most in America. Rampant, in-your-face antisemitism was pervasive and put many on edge; feeling fortunate to escpe but unsure of their future or ability to rebuild in an alien country and culture. Salka’s home in Santa Monica became a refuge for these people. Her close friend, Greta Garbo, was a frequent visitor as were the many refugees who would flock to her Sunday parties.

The biography also details the personal trials and triumphs of Salka who earned a commanding salary and the respect of studio executives, producers and directors at a time when few women were respected in the male-dominated industry. Rifkind also touches upon the blacklisting that impacted Salka and many other Europeans in the decade that followed WWII because of their political sympathies and foreign accents which made them tagets of McCarthy and those on the HUAAC.

The book was a fascinating read from a pop culture, political and historical perspective, and I’m glad I read about this rather extraordinary woman. Through her efforts she saved the lives of many fleeing from Europe to escape fascism and rubbed elbows with some of the biggest stars and deal-makers in Hollywood’s Golden Age. If you are fascinated by or liked the Oscar-nominated film, Mank, add this to your reading list.

If you’re interested in purchasing this book and open to supporting local bookstores, try one of the links I’ve shared. The links below will take you right to the book so you can order it online in just a couple of clicks.

Brookline Booksmith in Coolidge Corner
Harvard Bookstore in Harvard Square
Porter Square Bookstore in Porter Square
Trident Bookseller’s & Cafe in Back Bay

The Divas Experience at the MoS

The Boston Museum of Science has a new show that may be of interest to you. The Boston MoS new weekly 40-minute program, The Divas Experience, fuses the sounds of some of musics’ most iconic pop stars with stunning and inventive visuals under the Charles Heywood Planetarium dome.

Developed as a part of the SubSpace Project, the experimental playground for new work at the Museum of Science, this musical experience engages audiences in a sensory journey full of innovation, artistry, and imagination set to a pulsating soundtrack of music’s greatest icons.

Tickets are now on sale for shows on Friday and Saturday evenings. For more information and to purchase your tickets visit the Museum of Science planetarium website here.

Just a reminder that tomorrow you should wear…

handsome, hunk, man wearing underwearHard to believe that it was 15 years ago that the movie Mean Girls came out and I’m still quoting it regularly. May your Tuesday pass quickly and remember to find something pink to wear tomorrow.

Friends pop-up opens in the Fenway this month

If you are a pop culture fan and loved NBC’s Must See TV programming, you may want to check out this roving Friends recreation, that just ran in New York City and will make its way to Boston later this month. The “pop-up” will set up shop 401 Park from November 21 through January 5. Tickets are required (of course) and are now on sale here.

The official site, friends25popup.com, has a FAQ page for any questions you might have about the pop-up as well as merchandise for sale. The website encourages fans of the popular NBC sitcom to enjoy set re-creations from popular episodes, take advantage of fun photo ops and of course, Central Perk.

As much as I enjoyed the show when it was on, I can’t see myself going to this  but if you do get tickets to check it out, let me know what you think of it (and have a double espresso for me while you’re there).

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“Open wide”

Game of Thrones final season starts tonight

Season seven of the Game of Thrones ended after just seven episodes in August 2017, but tonight the series returns to HBO. The much hyped and incredibly successful series inspired by  George R. R. Martin’s, A Song of Ice and Fireseries, may be a little fuzzy for many who have not seen an episode in 20 months.

Although many GOT fans may have been binge-watching in anticipation of tonight’s return, CNN has made it a bit easier for all of us who don’t have the time or inclination to revisit past shows with their article, 10 critical ‘GoT’ details to remember during the final season.

I’m looking forward to the final season and hope it lives up to the hype. Do you plan on watching the final season of Game of Thrones?