Category Archives: Video

Movie review: Call Me By Your Name

gay literatureLast month I was invited to special screening of the book recently turned into a movie, Call Me By Your Name.  Below is a brief description of the story which remains ever so faithful to the book.

Movie Synopsis: It’s the summer of 1983 in the north of Italy, and Elio Perlman (Timothée Chalamet), a precocious 17- year-old American-Italian boy, spends his days in his family’s 17th century villa  living with his parents. Elio’s father (Michael Stuhlbarg), an eminent professor specializing in Greco-Roman culture, and his mother Annella (Amira Casar), a translator, both love and dote on their only child. Oliver (Armie Hammer), a charming American scholar, arrives as the annual summer intern tasked with helping Elio’s father. Amid the sun-drenched splendor of Northern Italy, Elio and Oliver discover something in themselves that will alter their lives forever.

For those of you familiar with the book by André Aciman, the storyline will sound very familiar. For those who love the book, the good news is the movie does not disappoint. It comes to life in this coming of age story that touched me each time I read the book and did so again in the movie theater. It is ripe with scenes from the book like the infamous moment with the peach and the father son  tête-à-tête near the end of the movie is even more touching when viewed and Oscar worthy in my opinion.  The ending changes slightly and for once I side with the movie (not the book) preferring how the director Luca Guadagnino chose to close the movie with a very emotional Elio who’s feelings flit across his face as the movie credits roll on the screen.

Call Me By Your Name will be released in the United States on November 24th and I strongly encourage you to see it.

Boston Ballet presents Obsidian Tear

Tonight, Boston Ballet’s 2017–2018 season opens with Obsidian Tear. The North American premiere of Wayne McGregor’s Obsidian Tear, is a co-production with The Royal Ballet of London, and a world premiere by Resident Choreographer Jorma Elo. The production has been described as a raw and powerful work for an ensemble of nine men (hear that guys, 9-men). If there was ever a ballet you might want to check out this just might be the production.

Support Boston’s Arts: Check out Obsidian Tear

For those of you who have never been to a ballet or if it has been several years since your last visit, be sure to check out Obsidian Tear, which runs Nov 3–12, 2017, at the Boston Opera House.

Ticket Information Here

Wicked Queer Cinema Club presents Apricot Groves

Fat CatDo you love independent film? Check out the Wicked Queer, (formerly “The Boston LGBT Film Festival”) Cinema Club. This group in conjunction with ArtsEmerson meets monthly to screen LGBT film and this Friday (November 3) they meet to see, Apricot Groves.

About Apricot Groves: Aram, the Iranian Armenian youth who has immigrated to the US in childhood returns to Armenia for the first time to propose to an Armenian girlfriend Narbeh met and lived with in the US. Narbeh sees many cultural, religious, and national differences on the one day trip, but harder obstacles are ahead.

Click on the link below to learn more and get your tickets today.

Apricot Groves
Friday, November 3 at 7PM || $11.00
At The Paramount Center at Emerson College

Time Out Market Boston to open in Fenway

Last year when Sergio and I were visiting Lisbon, we stumbled upon a beautiful food hall called (appropriately enough) Time Out Lisbon. It turns out that the Lisbon Market is the original Time Out (opening in 2014) but at the time we’d never heard of this international food hall that now operates in more than 100 cities and nearly 40 countries.

Earlier this month The Boston Globe wrote that Time Out Market Boston will open in the Landmark Center building in the Fenway in 2019 and will feature 16 culinary offerings, outdoor patios, two bars, a cooking academy, and a retail shop. The market will operate in a newly revitalized Fenway / Kenmore neighborhood which in recent years has seen a lot of residential development.  More news about the vendors that will participate and the opening for Boston’s TimeOut Market is sure to come in 2018.

Below are a couple of photos that I snapped when visiting Time Out Market Lisbon in September 2016.


Time Out Market Lisbon


Time Out Market Lisbon

What if straight couples were treated like gay couples on vacation

VIRGIN HOLIDAYS ASKS: What if straight couples WERE treatED LIKE gay couples?

Earlier this month Virgin Holidays released this funny video. Sergio and I definitely take into consideration where we will travel based on situations like this which are comical in the video but very uncomfortable when it happens in real life. Leave it to Virgin to create such a cheeky promotional video.

You can read more about research done which highlights the disparity between the experiences of LGBT+ and heterosexual couples when they travel by visiting this Gay Times article.

Gay Bowl XVII comes to Boston this weekend

gay boston, gay sportsThe Gay Bowl is the national LGBT flag football tournament, put on every Columbus Day weekend by the National Gay Flag Football League (NGFFL). Started in 2002 as an annual national championship tournament for LGBT flag football teams, about 40 teams will compete in multiple divisions (including a women’s division) from across North America in Boston this weekend.

I first wrote about the Gay Bowl in May when it was announced that the New England Patriots would sponsor the Gay Bowl, making them first NFL team to sponsor one of the annual Gay Bowl tournaments (and let’s hope not the last).

In addition to a lot of football that will be played through the weekend, a host of social events including a “Pep Rally” party tonight at the Emerald Lounge (how appropriate is that), Bracket Reveal Party later in the evening at ICON as well as parties each night, concluding on Sunday at Royale with a closing ceremony that will take place just prior to the large dance party from Chris Harris Presents in the same venue. For more information visit the website Gay Bowl XVII.

And just to give you a flavor of how fun Boston’s league is, I wanted to share this video from Boston’s F.L.A.G. flag football league – enjoy. If you think you may like to learn more about this group which was instrumental in bringing the Gay Bowl to Boston this year visit their Facebook page, here.

Wicked Queer Cinema Club presents Heartstone

Fat CatDo you love independent film? You may want to check out the Wicked Queer, (formerly “The Boston LGBT Film Festival”) Cinema Club. This group in conjunction with ArtsEmerson meets monthly to screen LGBT film and next Friday (October 6) they meet to see, Heartstone.

Heartstone takes place in a remote fishing village in Iceland. Teenage boys Thor and Christian experience a turbulent summer as one tries to win the heart of a girl while the other discovers new feelings toward his best friend. When summer ends and the harsh nature of Iceland takes back its rights, it’s time to leave the playground and face adulthood.

Click on the link below to learn more and get your tickets today.

Friday, October 6 at 7PM || $11.00
At The Paramount Center at Emerson College