TWC Fenway Park takeover this September

Boston PrideThe Welcoming Committee is planning another Fenway Park takeover later this September but you only have until Friday, August 24th to purchase your tickets for the game against the Baltimore Orioles on Tuesday, September 25th.

Enjoy the final month of regular season baseball with some cold beers and friends. For more information visit TWC’s website,  Red Sox Fall Takeover.

Temptation Tuesday

Temptation Tuesday

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Harrison Albany Block construction continues

south end real estate, boston real estateWith all the construction happening in and around the Ink Block you may not have realized that a comparable residential development sitting upon 3+ acres of land between Harrison Avenue and Albany Street is shaping up just a few blocks away. The new residential complex will include approximately 650 apartments, 80,000 square-feet of office space and 20,000 square-feet of retail. The project has been scaled back slightly from its initial proposal of including 710 units, which had also included 65 affordable units, but it will still stretch (as its name indicates) from Albany Street to Harrison Avenue.

This is just one of a handful of projects that have taken city planners by surprise and is forcing Boston to re-evaluate their infrastructure plans for the neighborhood. The city expected more commercial building but due to a tight housing market and lack of housing developers are constructing more housing. Let’s see if these prove to be anymore affordable than the developments currently underway just a few blocks up the street.

Below is a recent photo shared on the Bldup.com.

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Men in kilts

Poison Ivy + Kilt = Itchy Situation.

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What to do this week: Aug 13 – 19

Ptown, Provincetown, Carnival

Provincetown’s Carnival celebration is this week || Photo Credit – Kyle Szary

This week I’ve listed nearly 50 events and that doesn’t even include the full event calendar for Provincetown’s 40th Carnival Anniversary or free outdoor movies showing this week in Boston.

Check the full list below and leave a suggestion for anything I may have missed as a comment. A few programs / events I’d like to give a shout out to include: the return of Gay Secrets of the MFA, the monthly Out to Climb, the new monthly Big Gay Roller Skate: Boston Launch and the MaineStreet Riptide Fundraiser Tea Dance.

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40th Annual Carnival Week is already underway and events will run through Saturday this week in Provincetown

All Star Mondays Early show  starts at 11:30PM on Monday with your host Raquel Surpreeze – late show starts at 12:30AM and is  hosted by Violencia Exclamation Point with special guests at Machine in Boston

Pizza & Game Night is every Monday from 5-9PM (check out their ping pong and foosball tables) at Dorchester Brewery in Dorchester

Drag Bingo is every Monday starting at 7PM free to play at Club Cafe in Boston

 ShowGirls weekly talent show hosted each Monday at the AHouse in Ptown

Cards Against Sobriety hosted every Monday night at the Alley join your friends for a fun game of Cards Against Humanity starting at 8PM in Boston

Trivia Tuesday is every Tuesday at the Dorchester Brewing Company and starts at 7:30PM in Dorchester

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

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

Stump Trivia with Jonathan Brett is guaranteed fun and has lots of prizes (trivia starts at 8PM) hosted every Tuesday at Club Cafe in Boston

Queer Boston Board Gamers is meeting Wednesday from 6-9PM at two locations: Lucky Goblins – Quincy and Wegman’s – Medford

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Gay Secrets tour of the MFA returns this Wednesday

Gay Secrets of the MFA hosted by Oscar Wilde Tours returns this Wednesday but tickets are required and this typically sells out – tour starts at 6:15 in Boston

Out to Climb head over to Brooklyn Boulders to join this monthly LGBTQ climbing community – check in starts at 6:30 and concludes (if you like) at 9PM with free apps at Brass Union in Somerville

Sports Night at Peggy’s  is every Wednesday night at Peggy O’Neil’s pub in Dorchester

Siren Trivia is every Wednesday at 9PM at the Trophy Room bar in Boston

Atomic Karaoke with DJ Stevie Psyclone & Jonathan Brett is every Wednesday at Club Cafe in Boston

Boston Calling Weekly Block Party is hosted every Thursday with live bands, great beer & wine from 5-8PM in Dewey Square by South Station

Big Gay Roller Skate: Boston Launch hosted by Guy Social Boston this month’s theme is Totally 80s! at Chez Vous Roller Skating Rink from 7-10PM (tickets purchased in advance are just $20) in Dorchester

Bear Trivia Night is at 8PM every Thursday at The Alley Bar in DTX Boston

Gay Bash’d is a dance party that takes place on Thursday at Rogue Boston (no cover) in Boston

Karaoke Thursdays is every Thursday at Machine with your hosts Rob Botelho and Emphysema Menthol 100s in Boston

#Yaasss Thursdays presents: Sissy That Walk weekly drag competition the last Thursday of each month Showtime: 12:30AM at Club Cafe in Boston

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Lots going on this weekend with two great shows in OGT: Chelsea Piers  and Paula Poundstone as well as a worthwhile fundraiser MaineStreet Riptide Fundraiser Tea DanceThere are also two different beach parties happening including a birthday edition of Kiki Beach as well as the 1st Annual Beach Bear Bonanza at Horseneck Beach State Reservation.

Queer Inclusive Climbing Klub (QuICK) Pizza night and climbing club at Brooklyn Boulders in Somerville

Chelsea Piers (2 Shows Only) performs on Friday and Saturday her one woman show, “Are you there Ru? It’s me, Chelsea” at Mainestreet in Ogunquit

Paula Poundstone (2 Shows Only) is performing on Friday and Saturday at Jonathan’s in Ogunquit

Dueling Drag Divas are back this year performing every Friday and Saturday at 8PM at Mainestreet in Ogunquit

Casual Fridays is a weekly dance party with no cover featuring DJ Begbick at the Alley Bar in DTX

XO Friday is the weekly dance party hosted by DJ Stevie Psyclone (no cover before 11PM) at Club Cafe every Friday

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1st Annual Beach Bear Bonanza at Horseneck Beach State Reservation

1st Annual Beach Bear Bonanza find the Bear flag down the far right of the beach as you enter Horseneck Beach State Reservation in Westport MA

Kiki Beach is back for its third year and Southie’s M Street Beach has never looked so fabulous – look for the speedos and listen for the good music; starting at 11ish in Boston

Brew at the Zoo is Saturday from 3:30 – 8:30PM at the Franklin Zoo in Boston

MaineStreet Riptide Fundraiser Tea Dance head up for this annual fundraiser for Beantown Softball on Saturday from 4-7:30PM at Mainestreet in Ogunquit

Underwear Party is every Saturday at Club Purgatory – doors open at 9PM in Provincetown

H E R O E S Saturday (New Venue) Retro dance party hosted the 1st and 3rd Saturdays of each month from 10PM-2AM at Sonia (formerly TT The Bear’s Place) in Central Square

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Jersey pick up party is at Cathedral on Saturday and games start Sunday morning

Boston GayKickball.com Jersey Party come to Cathedral Station to pick up your uniform, enjoy some appetizers and meet your teammates / league mates starting at 8:30PM in Boston

The Donkey Show is the ultimate disco experience is a story inspired by A Midsummer Night’s Dream each Saturday at Club Oberon in Cambridge.

Grunt Gear Party is a weekly dance party with no cover for burly men and their admirers, starting at 10PM at the Alley Bar in DTX

UNITE Saturdays is a weekly dance party at Club Cafe with DJ Susan Esthera (no cover before 11PM) in Boston

Saga Saturdays Boston’s biggest gay dance party at Paradise in Cambridge

Boston Gay Kickball (Opening Day) is on Sunday from 10AM-1PM at Joe Moakley Field in Dorchester

SoWa Open Market SoWa Open Market is now open every Sunday from 10AM – 4PM through the end of October in Boston

Babes Brunch is this Sunday at Trophy Room from 1-4PM in Boston

Sunday Tea Dance never has a cover and always has great music from 70s 80s & 90s, starting at 6PM no cover every Sunday at Club Cafe in Boston

Karaoke at the Alley is every Sunday starting at 8PM in Boston

Pajama Party is a weekly dance party hosted every Sunday starting at 10PM at Machine in Boston

Hot Mess Sundays at Candibar in the Theater District is every Sunday starting at 10PM in Boston

Send me information about your upcoming programs and events in my blog’s comment section or message me the details on Facebook.

Book review: Less by Andrew Sean Greer

gay literature, book reviewIt is rare that I read a book that has won as many accolades as Less by Andrew Sean Greer. The national best seller went on to win the Pulitzer Prize and even though I was initially questioning what all the hype was about, once Arthur Less starts his travels, I couldn’t help but get swept up in this story about a little known novelist, trying to live off the acclaim he received from his first book and past relationship with a famous, aging poet.

When Less Andrew’s on again / off again lover (who is much younger than him) sends him an invitation to his wedding, it proves to be more than he can handle. That news, combined with the realization that he will turn 50 in a few months results in a comical midlife crisis. Less decides to decline the wedding invitation and embark on an around the world trip first to NYC then Europe before heading to Morocco, India and finally Japan before settling back home in San Francisco. I think of the trip as a funnier and more relatable, Eat, Pray Love (gay men of a certain age are really going to enjoy).

Less is about a struggling gay author who suffers a spectacular midlife crisis which Greer details beautifully in his book.

Andrew Sean Greer makes a handful of literary references in each chapter, most of which go over my head, but in spite of those references, I found myself either smiling or laughing as I turned the pages. The book is also full of really beautiful insights like this conversation Less has with a friend late one night in Morocco after he learns his friend is splitting with his partner of 20 years. His friend, Lewis, refuses to think of his 20 year relationship as anything but a success.

But you broke up with him. Something’s wrong. Something failed.
       No! No, Arthur, no, it’s the opposite! I’m saying it’s a success. Twenty years of joy and support and friendship, that’s a success. Twenty years of anything with another person is a success… 
     You can’t do this, Lewis. You’re Lewis and Clark. Lewis and fucking Clark. It’s my only hope out their that gay men can last.
     Oh Arthur. This is lasting. Twenty years is lasting! And this has nothing to do with you.

This book can be purchased online at major resellers but you may also buy this in person or online at local bookstores. If you’re open to supporting local bookstores try one of these links, which will take you right to the book so you can make a quick purchase online if that is your preference.

Brookline Booksmith 279 Harvard Street by Coolidge Corner
Harvard Bookstore  1256 Mass Ave in Harvard Square
Papercuts JP 5 Green Street, Jamaica Plain
Porter Square Bookstore 25 White Street in Porter Square
Trident Bookseller’s & Cafe 338 Newbury Street in Back Bay

Scruffy Sunday

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