Boston’s 36th annual Wicked Queer festival, had been scheduled to open in early April, but had to be postponed due to the coronavirus. Fortunately, the organizers were able to reimagine the festival so fans of queer film (no matter where you live) can access and watch this year’s fantastic festival on Xerb TV, from Friday, July 24 – Sunday, August 2.
This year’s festival can be viewed by anyone who loves queer film
To participate in this year’s festival you can register to watch individual films for $10 or a variety of packages starting at $30.00. This easy-to-follow video shares how to attend this year’s Wicked Queer Film Festival on Xerb TV.
Boston’s Wicked Queer Festival
Friday, July 24 – Sunday, August 2
Xerb TV calendar (includes date & time for each film)
For updates, visit wickedqueer.org.
Although museums in Boston remain closed, The Isabella Stewart Gardner exhibition “Boston’s Apollo: Thomas McKeller and John Singer Sargent” has been so well received by New York Times co-chief art critic, Holland Cotter, I thought I’d check it out and share it with those of you who love art and in particular are craving something deeper than the “flavor of the week” with Netflix programming.
The small show centers on a rather sensational painting and the unlikely relationship between the artist and his muse, Thomas Eugene McKeller (1890-1962). McKeller was a bellhop and elevator attendant at Boston’s deluxe Hotel Vendome, where Sargent often stayed, and one of the many beautiful men he hired as studio models. Interestingly, Cotter points out that McKeller may have been the only African-American to model for Sargent.
I’m sure nudes of an African American man drawn by a world famous American painter would have seemed outrageous at the time. But what is even more amazing was how McKeller was / is the face of many other famous paintings by Sargent, which until recently nobody knew. It makes me wonder if there was more to the relationship than meets the eye – McKeller certainly was special to be singled out by the artist. For more information, read the NYT article, that initially caught my attention.
For those of you who love Provincetown and are looking for something new to watch, check out Hightown on STARZ, which premieres Sunday, May 17th.
Shot in Provincetown, Mass. the show centers on Jackie Quinones played by actress Monica Raymund (Chicago Fire) as a gay fisheries agent, who’s life gets thrown into disarray when she discovers a dead body on the beach – another casualty of Cape Cod’s opioid epidemic. As a result of the trauma, Jackie takes her first steps toward becoming sober until she becomes convinced that it’s up to her to solve the murder at which point things spiral out a bit out of control. Hightown on STARZ is eight episodes and premieres this Sunday.
Check out the trailer below.
How are you holding up? This is the third week that I’m suspending my weekly “What’s happening this week” post. While there have been some creative live streaming parties set up, there is not a critical mass of programs to share so in lieu of upcoming events this week, I’ve pulled together this list of movies that will be available for streaming later this week, starting in April from Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon Prime.
Make some popcorn and settle in to watch a few of these movies this month.
Bend It Like Beckham
Diary of a Hitman
Dr. Seuss’ Horton Hears a Who
Dr. T. and the Women
Fun in Acapulco
Gods and Monsters
Kill Bill: Volume 1
Kill Bill: Volume 2
Let Me In
Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa
Romancing the Stone
The Ant Bully
The Book Of Eli
The Full Monty
The Jewel of the Nile
The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen
The X-Files: I Want to Believe
Trapped: The Alex Cooper Story
Victoria Gotti: My Father’s Daughter
Who Let The Dogs Out
Parasite (April 8)
Little Joe (April 9)
Unlocked (April 14)
Vault (April 14)
A Teacher (April 15)
The Messenger (April 15)
Harry Benson: Shoot First (April 16)
A Kind of Murder (April 20)
Paranormal Activity 3 (April 20)
Cunningham (April 23)
Abominable (April 24)
Footloose (April 29)
You can also see what new television shows will be available for streaming if you visit Boston.com article from last week, All the movies and TV shows coming to Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Prime in April 2020.
To commemorate the 100th anniversary of the earliest surviving film depicting LGBT people, The Provincetown Film Society presents two very special screenings of the recently restored Different From The Others. The German film dates back to the Weimar Republic in 1919 and was created in response to the then-current laws under Germany, that made homosexuality a criminal offense. It is believed to be the first pro-gay film in the world.
Want to see this historic film? You have two opportunities to buy tickets. Select the links below for more information about the screenings and to get tickets.
Ptown Showing: Provincetown Theater on October 24
Boston Showing: Strand Theater/Dorchester on December 5
Different From The Others tells a compelling story of secrecy and oppression that continues to play out in the world today. The film is about a violinist whose romance with a talented male student is thwarted when a blackmailer threatens to expose their relationship.
Proceeds raised from these showings will go to benefit the Ptown Flim Society and Trevor Project.
Are you a movie lover? If so, take note because there are several interesting movie festivals to look forward to this fall in Boston. According to boston.com nearly a dozen film festivals take place in Boston just this fall complete with premieres and guest speakers.
A few festivals taking place this fall that caught my attention include:
Boston Latino Film Festival Sept. 25-29
Boston Women’s Film Festival Sept. 26-29
Boston Asian American Film Festival Oct. 24-27
Boston Jewish Film Festival Nov 6-17
Support local festivals and independent film by attending screenings movies shown at one or more of these festivals which are hosting screenings here in Boston and Cambridge.
Have you heard? That fiery, foulmouthed, reality TV obsessed, red head, Kathy Griffin has a docu-comedy coming to theaters next week for one day only. The film is Griffin’s response to what happened following the graphic, viral photo of her holding a bloodied, severed head of President Trump two years ago.
The film, Kathy Griffin: A Hell of a Story, premiered at this year’s South by Southwest Film Festival and will open for one show only at 8PM on Wednesday, July 31. Locally this will play at ShowPlace ICON Boston, AMC South Bay, Regal Fenway as well as many surrounding theaters in the ‘burbs.
You can read more about the film and what Kathy Griffin has been up to in the LA Times article, Kathy Griffin made $75 million making people laugh. But the phone’s not ringing.
With the July 4th holiday around the corner and beach weather in the forecast, you may be looking for some quality summer reading materials. As in past years, I wanted to share a few books for you to consider. While all these books are available via sites like Amazon.com, consider purchasing one or more of these books from your local LGBT bookstore (if you still have one).
This book is most likely going to appeal to those who reside or hail from New England. Published earlier this year by Shawmut Peninsula Press, The Hub of the Gay Universe: An LGBTQ History of Boston, Provincetown and Beyond, was written by my friend and neighbor, Russ Lopez. The 300+ page soft cover starts in the early 1600 when Pilgrims landed first in Provincetown and soon after in Plymouth and concludes with the progress the LGBTQ community has made in present day. Lopez beautifully captures moments in history and shares story after story about pioneers – many of whom you’ve never heard because American queer history is virtually unknown and barely taught.
For those looking for an escape from reality, I definitely suggest Madeline Miller’s NYT Bestselling novel, The Song of Achilles, which chronicles the story of Achilles – the son of Thetis the cruel sea goddess and Kink Peleus who is doomed to die on the battlefield and destined to be Ancient Greece’s greatest hero. Miller doesn’t shy from the companionship and love between the hero and Patroclus, an unassuming exile who is made famous in Greek mythology because Achilles names him Therapon, ‘brother-in-arms’. Miller’s talent cannot be denied. I promise you will find yourself turning page after page, staying up late to finish the novel.
Having recommended a new nonfiction book on LGBTQ history followed by an historical fiction novel of sorts it seems only fitting to conclude with the gay classic, Tales of the City. I can vividly remember watching in secret the TV series in the early 1990s up in my parent’s bedroom. And later buying the books in an out-of-the-way bookstore so I wouldn’t run into anyone I knew. If you’ve never read the series or if it has been a few years, add this to your summer reading list. The novel captures a time that no longer exists and as the NY Times review says, reads like “an extended love letter to a magical San Francisco”.
If you have a book that you’d like to suggest, please leave the title and author in the comments section of this post. And as I mentioned previously, while all these books are available via sites like Amazon.com, consider purchasing one or more of these books from your local LGBT bookstore (if you still have one).
Get Down at the Underground FREE public party at Ink Block on June 29 is being hosted at the Underground at the Ink Block park that is under the I-93 expressway. The event is being hosted to celebrate new murals in the park that are done by street artists, Dana Woulfe (Boston), GoFive (Boston), Greg Lamarche (NY), Indie184 (NY), Marka27 (NY/Boston), Matthew Zaremba (Boston), Muro (Spain), and Silvia Lopez Chavez (Boston).
RSVP for your Free tickets or to purchase VIP 21+ tickets here
This is a FREE event but there is a 21+ VIP area that you can reserve tickets for now. Early bird access to these tickets provides a slight discount if purchased on or before Sunday, June 23rd.
Unfamiliar with the Underground at the Ink Block park? Learn more here. You can learn more about the featured artists, here. Check out my post about this cool park check out my post from September 2017, South End’s newest park Underground Ink is open.
Renée Zellweger has been cast as Judy Garland in this movie about the Hollywood legend that will open in theaters this October. The movie opens with the star arriving in London in the winter of 1968 to perform in a sell-out run. As you might imagine, drama ensues as she prepares for the show, battles with management, charms musicians, and reminisces with friends and adoring fans. But after working for 45 of her 47 years, she is exhausted; haunted by memories of a childhood lost and gripped by a desire to be back home with her kids.
The movie will feature some of her best-known songs, including the timeless classic ‘Over the Rainbow’, JUDY celebrates the voice, the capacity for love and the sheer pizzazz of “the world’s greatest entertainer”. Assuming this is as well done as the trailer looks, I bet you can expect an Oscar nomination for Renée.
A new contemporary art museum will open in Boston in February 2020 on the Massachusetts College of Art and Design (MassArt) campus. Located on Huntington Avenue, it will be near the Museum of Fine Arts and Gardner. The MassArt Art Museum or MAAM as it will be referred to, will encompass more than 15,000 square feet and be free to the public. MAAM will also have outdoor space in the Arne and Milly Glimcher Plaza for programming beyond the walls of the museum. Below are renderings of two of the new museum’s galleries.
You can follow the progress of what will be Boston’s newest museum by following them on Instagram at @MAAMBoston.
Boston’g LGBTQ film festival organizer which is better known as Wicked Queer invites you and a guest to a special screening of The White Crow on Monday. Please RSVP your intentions to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Unfamiliar with the film? Check out the official trailer below.
Wicked Queer Film Festival Preview Party
Boston’s annual LGBTQ film festival – better known as the Wicked Queer Film Festival – is hosting a preview party this Saturday, March 16th at Post 390 in the Back Bay. If you’re a fan of independent film you should really check out this festival which is among the longest running LGBTQ film festivals in the country.
Wicked Queer Preview Party
Saturday, March 16 12PM – 3PM
More Info & Preview Party Tickets
The preview party will showcase this year’s festival schedule, show trailers and have plenty of delicious food courtesy of Post 390. All proceeds raised will go towards supporting the film festival and LGBTQ filmmakers.
A new film about the life and work of photographer Robert Mapplethorpe opens next month. For those who are unfamiliar with Mapplethorpe, Wikipedia describes his work as “sensitive yet blunt treatment of controversial subject-matter in the large-scale, highly stylized black and white medium of photography.” His most controversial work is that of the BDSM subculture in the late 1960s and early 1970s of New York City. The homoeroticism of this work fuelled a national debate over the public funding of controversial artwork.
The movie, Mapplethorpe, opens March 1 and depicts his life from moments before he and Patti Smith moved into the famed Chelsea hotel, where he begins photographing its inhabitants and his new found circle of friends including artists and musicians, socialites, film stars, and members of the S&M underground. Exploring the intersection of his art, his sexuality and his struggle for mainstream recognition, the film offers a nuanced portrait of an artist at the height of his craft and his self-destructive impulses.
At this point, I don’t have details for where or when this film will show in Boston.
Each year The Provincetown Compact offers several artist and writers residencies in the historic Fowler and C-Scape (shown below) dune shacks located within Peaked Hill Bars National Register Historic District of the Cape Cod National Seashore. The shacks are primitive lacking electricity and indoor plumbing — and isolated, allowing for uninterrupted solitude and refuge.
The Compact funds, or partially subsidizes, residencies for three visual artists who are selected by jury and for two writers who are selected by lottery. The top recipient of the artist residency will also receive a $500 fellowship.
The Deadline for residencies is January 15, 2019
Artist Residency Application – 2019
Writer Residency Application – 2019
About The Provincetown Compact: The Compact was established in 1993 as a 501(c)3 non-profit organization by artist Jay Critchley. It is organized as a community-building and philanthropic organization to support living artists and the vitality of the arts community. Their initiatives include: The Swim For Life, Dune Shack Residencies, our Think-ubator program and Prayer Ribbons. For more information visit, thecompact.org.