Scruffy Sunday

Seems like a lovely way to wake up if you ask me.

Previous Scruffy Sunday Posts

Saturday morning coffee

This weekend would’ve been Boston Pride’s parade and block parties would be scheduled throughout the weekend, but due to the pandemic that has been deferred. In place of the large celebrations, I hope friends will come together and make the most of the weekend.

Happy Pride Boston

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.

Click on this week’s comic strip to enlarge

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

Furry Friday

I’ve featured photos of the handsome French model and personal trainer Killian Belliard before. Most recently, I shared this photo of Killian for a Temptation Tuesday post this past February, and I’ll probably feature him again in future as well. However, I have to say he certainly makes for an ideal Furry Friday.

Past Furry Friday

BosGuy brain teaser

riddle, exercise for your brainEach Friday morning I post a riddle to get you to think outside the box and exercise your brain. If you are stumped, share it with a friend or colleague and see if you can figure out the answer together. Leave your answer in the comment section. I’ll approve responses later in the day to give people a chance to respond without seeing any spoilers.

This week’s riddle comes from the popular NPR show, Sunday Puzzle. These can be tough so don’t give up, enlist help if you are stumped. The riddle was submitted by Andrew Chaikin of San Francisco. Good luck!

This week’s brain teaser:Think of a famous philosopher — first and last names. Change one letter in the first name to get a popular dish. Drop two letters from the last name and rearrange the result to get the kind of cuisine of this dish. What is it?

HINT: The philosopher in question lived in Europe in the 19th century but the cuisine originates from another continent.

Like riddles? Check out past week’s brain teasers.

What to do this weekend

heels for hope is a gay fund raiser in Boston

This is what is happening in Boston and Provinceton this weekend. If you haven’t been out in a while, come out and show your love by supporting our gay bars and businesses. If you have an event or program you want included in upcoming posts, email bosguymail@gmail.com with the details.

Boston Gay Bars

The Alley
THURSDAY: Trivia Night with your host Dave Sawyer at 8PM
FRIDAY: FUZZ Returns w/ DJ Brent Covington and guest DJ Brian Halligan at 10PM
SATURDAY: Dancing w/ resident DJ BEGBICK at 10PM
SUNDAY: Idol Karaoke at 8PM

blend
THURSDAY: Bop Thursday with DJ Twisted Gleam at 10PM
FRIDAY: Friday Feels with DJ Begbick at 10PM
SATURDAY: Gay Pride Mixer with DJ Andrea Stamas at 10PM
SUNDAY: Disco Brunch starts at 11AM & Disco Tea w/ DJ Brian Derrick starts at 4PM

Cathedral Station Open but no programming scheduled.
The patio will be open and Saturday & Sunday brunch starts at 11AM.

Club Cafe
THURSDAY: Dancing with DJ FrenchY w/ hosts Mizery, Alana Thicc, Arabella and Travis Tí at 10PM, special show at 12:30AM
FRIDAY: Tracey O’Farrell in Napoleon Room at 7PM & DJ Stevie Psyclone at 10PM
SATURDAY: RPDR viewing party w/ Mizery at 8PM & DJ Stevie Psyclone at 10PM
SUNDAY: Tea Dance with DJ Begbick at 5PM & Tea with the Dame in Napoleon Room at 6:30PM

dbar
THURSDAY: Marc E Lewis Pride Event & fundraiser starts at 7PM
FRIDAY: Stoplight Party w/ DJ Jay Ine starts at 10PM
SATURDAY: The Category Is… dance party starts at 10PM
SUNDAY: Dorchester Pride Tea Dance starts at 4PM

Legacy & Candi Bar (Gay Mafia Boston)
THURSDAY: Serve Thursdays with DJ Coleslaw at Legacy at 10PM
FRIDAY: Twerk Fridays with DJ FrenchY at Legacy at 10PM
SATURDAY: Pride Saturday with DJ Ralphi Rosario at Legacy at 10PM
SUNDAY: Hot Mess Pride Finale with DJ Richie LaDue at Candi Bar at 10PM

Trophy Room will be reopening for business soon.

Featured LGBTQ+ events

THURSDAY: Pride Night @Fenway June 10, 2021 Click here for information and tickets.

FRIDAY: Big Gay Dance Party (Outdoors) Friday June 11 (rain date June 18) from 6:30PM – 9:00PM in Union Square, Somerville with DJ FrenchY and drag performances by Amanda Playwith and JP. More info here.

SATURDAY: Boycott Boston Pride Meet Up A growing list LGBTQ+ groups are calling for a boycott of Boston Pride 2021. Learn more about why and what is happening on Saturday at 10:30AM in Nubian Square and march to Franklin Park where a vigil for black trans lives will take place at the Park Playstead / Trails on Pierpont Road in Jamaica Plain.

gay boston, kiki beach

SATURDAY: Kiki Beach If you’re unsure where the boys go on M Street Beach, check out the map on the Kiki Beach Boston Facebook Page, but when in doubt follow the good music and speedos.

SATURDAY: Big Ass Cookout starts at 4PM in Mattapan. Tickets can be purchased here. For more information about this group visit, Boston’s Lesbian Urban Foundation.

SATURDAY: The Loud & Proud (Drag Show) at Icon will help raise $$$ for industry friends and family who have been impacted by COVID-19. Hosted by Miranda Wrights with performances by: Mizery, Kris Knievil, Penny Tentiary, Destiny, Khloe, Miranda Wrights, Adeli Meat, and Haus of Snap and of course great music from Gay Jim.

SATURDAY & SUNDAY: Join the Boston Gay Men’s Chorus concert broadcast on WCVB-TV on Saturday at 7:30PM, Sunday at 12:30PM or on YouTube on Sunday at 2:00PM.

SUNDAY: Drag Bingo @DBco will likely sell out so don’t delay and get your tickets. All proceeds go to BAGLY.

Sunday Tea Dances in Boston

Sunday Fun Day: This weekend Boston has several Pride themed tea dances.

dbarPatio Tea Dance to celebrate Dorchester Pride starts at 4PM

blendDisco Tea Dance with DJ Brian Derrick starts at 4PM

Club CafeThrowback Tea Dance with DJ Begbick starts at 5PM

Legacy BostonCome Together Tea Dance with DJs Esthera & Brian Halligan starts at 6PM

Drag brunches in Boston

Some drag brunches require tickets purchased ahead of time. Click the event links shared below for ticketing and reservation information.

Drag Diva “Disco Inferno” Brunch (SOLD OUT)
Saturday, 6/5 @11:00AM – 1:30PM at House of Blues

Mizery Loves Company Drag Brunch (SOLD OUT)
Sunday, 6/6 @11:00AM & 2:00PM at blend

Anyone up for hosting a drag brunch? Seems like a missed opportunity!

Provincetown gay bars & live entertainment

Ptown

For more information about live entertainment in Provincetown this week (and all month) click here. Click the links below for more information about each bar.

A House – One of Provincetown’s most popular dance clubs.

Aqua Bar – Located at the Aquarium Marketplace, with views of the harbor.

Backstreet Club – Previously Club Purgatory will NOT reopen this summer.

Buoy Bar – Located on Commercial Street at The Boatslip. It is fabulous for people watching (esp after Tea).

The Club – Lea Delaria’s supper club includes live entertainment in the lounge.

Dive Bar – Weekend piano bar at The Crown & Anchor.

Harbor Lounge – Waterfront cocktail lounge in the East End.

Little Bar – Provincetown’s oldest bar.

Macho Bar – Provincetown’s longest running leather and denim bar.

Monkey Bar – Will NOT reopen this summer.

Paramount – Located at the Crown & Anchor. This is Ptown’s largest dance club.

Porchside Lounge – Located at The Gifford House.

Provincetown Brewery – Popular brew pub on Bradford Street.

Shipwreck Lounge – Located at the Brass Key Guest House.

Tin Pan Alley – This restaurant has a lively piano bar that has a friendly crowd.

The Vault – Located at the Crown & Anchor. This is a leather / fetish bar.

Velvet Lounge – Dance club with DJ Mark Louque spinning each Friday.

The Wave Bar – Located at the Crown & Anchor. This is a fun video bar.

Missing a favorite bar / club in Provincetown? Share it in the comments section. If the status of these bars / clubs change, it will be noted.

Boston Pride president, Linda DeMarco, to resign as calls for a boycott of Boston Pride grows

Boston Pride has been embroiled in a nasty back-and-forth with activists who have (for some time) called the non-profit organization racist and “trans-exclusionary”.

The tipping point for activists came last summer after the Boston Pride board’s tepid response to the police killing of George Floyd and the Black Lives Matter movement. The organization’s response was developed without consulting Black Pride subcommittee members. Critics said the board routinely disregard LGBTQ+ minority groups (especially those in the trans community) and that the all-white Boston Pride leadership and board needs to go. Organizers say by removing the entire board it will give the organization a fresh new start – one that is hopefully more representational of Boston’s LGBTQ+ community.

In today’s Boston Globe, Sue O’Connell, copublisher of Bay Windows and a host at NECN, the official media sponsor of Boston Pride, said, “The pandemic and the reckoning of our unjust racial past has just claimed the Pride committee because they were unable to actually do the right thing over many, many years.”

Activists are calling for the entire Boston Pride board to resign and are holding their second annual vigil for Black Trans Lives on Saturday. DiMarco’s announcement will certainly be acknowledged from the stage, but will DeMarco’s resignation be enough? The protest and vigil will start in Nubian Square and people will march to Franklin Park. More information about that is available here.

Vintage gay

Much thanks to my friend Jim L for sharing this photo with the hand written note “Let not your hearts be troubled”. I can’t imagine what that might be referring to and think the heart-shape cut out for the photo seems quite sweet. Does anyone have any guesses on when or where this photograph may have been taken?

I dedicate this weekly post, featuring vintage gay photographs, to the men and women who lived in a more critical time where being true to yourself and loving who you want wasn’t always an option and came at a great price. Do you have a photo you would like to share? Email me at bosguymail@gmail.com.

Previous Vintage Gay Photos

New music venues to open in Boston

Two new live music venues will open in Boston

Over the next year Boston will get two new state-of-the-art live music venues. These mid-sized venues will be welcome additions to the city and provide new space for musicians, artists and performers. The first venue expected to open is the MGM Music Hall at Fenway Park, which is eyeing a late fall 2021 opening. The second, is The Roadrunner, will open at Boston Landing in Allston / Brighton in the spring of 2022.

MGM Music Hall at Fenway Park is a new performing arts center located at the corner of Lansdowne and Ipswich Streets. The new venue has a 5,000 person capacity and will be operated in partnership with Live Nation Entertainment. MGM Music Hall is expected to open in the fall of 2021, but no website or further information has been forthcoming. This venue will provide Boston yet another indoor, performing arts space with a capacity that is approximately twice that of the neighboring House of Blues on Lansdowne Street and roughly the same as the seasonal venue, Harbor Lights (now known as Leader Bank Pavilion). Stay tuned for more updates on this new venue.

Roadrunner is set to open in the spring of 2022. Located at Boston Landing in Allston / Brighton, the venue is larger than the House of Blues but smaller than the MGM Music Hall. With a capacity of 3,500 the Roadrunner will be the largest general admission indoor music venue in New England when it opens. In case your wondering, the venue’s name comes from the 1976 rock song Roadrunner by the Modern Lovers, which has been proposed as the state’s official rock song. This venue will be operated by The Bowery, which also own and operate The Sinclair in Harvard Square and Royale in Boston’s Theater District. You can sign-up to receive updates from this venue by visting their website at roadrunnerboston.com.

Caption this photo

Hopefully the caption I’ve shared below inspires you to offer up one or two of your own. Leave a funny caption in the comment section, and I’ll approve it for readers to enjoy.

“Just a typical day at Boston’s Kiki Beach.”

Show Tune Tuesday @dbar tonight

No plans tonight? How about dinner and a show at dbar?

Show Tune Tuesday is back every Tuesday with VJ Ryan Grow starting at 8PM.

Temptation Tuesday

hairy, hunk, handsome man

This week I thought I’d share this rather tempting photograph. I don’t know who this is but if anyone recognizes the model or know if he has an Instagram or Twitter account, share it in the comments section.

Past Temptation Tuesday Posts

Men in kilts

If you like my weekly Men in Kilts post and are on Facebook, check out the group, Men Who Like Kilts.

Previous Men in Kilts Posts

Monday morning mancandy

The summer has arrived and I cannot wait to be able to put my toes in the sand. May this handsome model at the beach distract you from the fact that it is sadly a Monday morning. 

Boston hotel spotlight: The Newbury Hotel

I’ve written a four-part series featuring different luxury hotels in Boston for gay travelers who may be visiting the area. These articles are also for locals who may want to pamper themselves with a posh stay-cation and those who may never spend a night but would like to treat themselves to hotel services and or dining. We can all do with a little pampering and these hotels are ready, willing and more than able to help you feel special.

lux·u·ry ˈləɡZH(ə)rē/ noun: the state of great comfort and extravagant living.

Boston luxury hotel spotlight for gay travelers

Over the past few years several luxury brand hotels in Boston have opened and / or undergone significant renovations and are now open for business. Even if you don’t have the budget to fully experience the ammenities, it is possible to experience luxury in doses. The Newbury Hotel in Boston’s Back Bay is one such newcomer worth checking out.

When I think of luxury, The Newbury Hotel, (formerly the home to the Ritz Carlton for 75+ years) comes to mind. In 2019 the luxury hotel chain Taj Hotels closed the property and extensive renovations have recently finished. The elegant building that first opened in 1927 has been lovingly updated and reopened to the public as The Newbury Hotel in late May.

For those familiar with the property, the most notable change from the exterior is the hotel’s main entrance which moved from Arlington Street to Newbury Street. The Newbury Street entrance provides greater curb appeal and is easier for those arriving or leaving by car. The other significant change to the building are the enhancements made to the guest rooms. When the building first opened in the 1920s, many guests traveled with large steamer trunks and the hallways were much wider to accommodate them. By modernizing the width of the hotel hallways the Newbury was able to give more space to the guest rooms.

Photo from Newbury Hotel Instagram

Newbury Hotel restaurants and more

If a stay at The Newbury is not in the cards, you can still admire and enjoy this beautiful place and the excellent service from the staff by visiting The Street Bar (see below). The street-level bar looks out across Arlington Street and has nice views of the Public Garden. If you’re familiar with the previous bar, you’ll be pleasantly surprised by the redesign which is filled with rich jewel-tone colors, comfortable club chairs and plush banquettes.

At the time of their opening, the bar was serving breakfast, lunch and dinner daily, but I think it makes for a great jumping off point for a fun night out in Boston or for a nightcap before heading home. I love restaurants and bars with a fire place and this cozy new bar is a welcome addition to the Back Bay.

Photo from Newbury Hotel Instagram

Above The Street Bar, tea service shall begin in July on the second floor. The views overlooking Arlington Street and the Public Garden are difficult to beat and provide plenty to see while indulging in the finger sandwiches, treats and tea. At some point I plan on bringing my niece to enjoy what she will likely refer to as a “fancy” day out with her uncle. Unfortunately the tea service menu is not currently available.

Ken Fulk Interiors [Official Rendering]

If you want to spend more time on the property, make reservations at the newly renovated glass rooftop restaurant called Contessa, that is expected to open before the end of June 2021. The rooftop restaurant with sweeping views of the Public Garden and Boston Common is unique and will be a place to add to your list of restaurants to try. Contessa’s menu will be Italian. The executive chef Mario Carbone is known for 1950s-style red-sauce dishes, according to this article in The Boston Globe.

If you’re idea of a luxury comes in the form of retail therapy, The Newbury Hotel sits at the top of Newbury Street, which offers some of Boston’s most exclusive brands and designers. However, you don’t even have to set foot outside the hotel. You can shop at the Tiffany’s store in the hotel, which means you can shop for some bling then wear it at the roofdeck restaurant over brunch as you live your best life and channel your inner Audrey Hepburn.

After you are done sight seeing, shopping or however you choose to spend your time while staying at the Newbury Hotel, head over to Club Cafe for a cabaret show or dancing in the backroom. For more information about places to shop, dine or go out read my post about the Back Bay and South End which include more places to eat or enjoy a few cocktails at Boston’s gay bars.

The Newbury Boston
One Newbury Street, Boston 02116
617.536.5700
thenewburyboston.com