Tag Archives: Art and Film

Sequel to the 90s gay flick “Trick” in the works

Christian Campbell, John Paul Pitoc and Tori SpellingYesterday Kenneth in the 212 shared that one of my favorite gay films, Trick, is planning a sequel just in time for its <gulp> 20th anniversary.

Trick was released in 1999 as an independent film that focused on the incredibly cute (and young) Christian Campbell and J.P. Pitoc and their misadventures one night in Manhattan. Both actors provided stellar performances  and the storyline is so enjoyable, but it’s Ms. Coco Peru’s predatory bathroom scene (see below) and Tori Spelling’s nervous breakdown at a diner that still make me laugh when I think about it. If you’ve never seen this film – definitely see if it is available on Netflix or Amazon.

MFA Boston presents Winnie-the-Pooh: Exploring a Classic

A.A. Milne, MFA BostonOne week from today on Thursday, August 9th Museum of Fine Arts members can reserve their passes to see the highly anticipated Winnie-the-Pooh: Exploring a Classic. The member’s preview will run from September 16 -21 before opening to the public. For non-members who would like to see the exhibit, tickets to see the show can be reserved starting on August 30th.

This exhibition will trace the history and universal appeal of the classic Winnie-the-Pooh stories written by A. A. Milne and illustrated by E. H. Shepard through nearly 200 works drawn primarily from the archives of the Victoria and Albert Museum. The immersive display is intended to take visitors on a journey exploring how these stories have stood the test of time and continue to delight generations of readers around the world.

More information about the Winnie-the-Pooh: Exploring a Classic.

Free outdoor summer movies in Boston

movies, kittySummer in Boston = free outdoor movies are playing nearly every night. Most movies start around dusk but for details about times and  locations check the links included for each showing. Outdoor summer movies can make for fun evenings with friends or a nice date night.

Thursday, July 5           Hocus Pocus in Revere at Kelly’s Roast Beef
Thursday, July 5            Artificial Intelligence at the Lawn on D
Friday, July 6                 Field of Dreams at Rowes Wharf
Saturday, July 7            The Lion King at the Prudential Center
Thursday, July 12         Faces Places (Visages Villages) at the MFA
Thursday, July 12         The Lion King in Revere at Reinstein Bandstand
Friday, July 13               The Lion King at Rowes Wharf
Friday, July 13               The Emoji Movie at Rowes Wharf
Saturday, July 14          SING! at the Prudential Center
Thursday, July 19         Back to the Future in Revere at Kelly’s Roast Beef
Friday, July 20              Splash at Rowes Wharf
Friday, July 20              Elf at the Hatch Shell
Saturday, July 21          Coco at the Prudential Center
Thursday, July 26        Coco in Revere at Reinstein Bandstand
Thursday, July 26        Lincoln at the Lawn on D
Friday, July 27              Wizard of Oz at Rowes Wharf
Friday July 27               Cars 3 at the Hatch Shell
Saturday, July 28         Wonder at the Prudential Center

Thursday, August 2    Moana in Revere at Kelly’s Roast Beef
Thursday, August 2    The Nut Job II at Town Field – Dorchester
Friday, July August 3 Breakfast at Tiffany’s at Rowes Wharf
Friday, August 3          Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle at the Hatch Shell
Saturday, August 4     The Incredibles at the Prudential Center
Monday August 6        Leap! at Fallon Playground – Rozzie
Wednesday, August 8The Lego Ninja Movie at Ronan Park Dorchester
Thursday, August 9    Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind at the MFA
Thursday, August 9   Thor: Ragnarok in Revere at Reinstein Bandstand
Thursday, August 9    Paddington 2 at Doherty Playground, Charlestown
Friday, August 10       The Karate Kid at Rowes Wharf
Friday, August 10       Coco at the Hatch Shell
Saturday, August 11   Mulan at the Prudential Center
Monday, August 13     Peter Rabbit at Medal of Honor Park, Southie
Thursday, August 16  Sing! at Ramsay Park in Roxbury
Friday, August 17       Hook at Rowes Wharf
Friday, August 17       Beauty and the Beast at the Hatch Shell
Saturday, August 18  Tarzan at the Prudential Center
Monday, August 20   Despicable Me 3 at Hardiman Field Allston/Brighton
Tuesday, August 21   Cars 3 at Walker Playground in Mattapan
Tuesday, August 21   The Incredible Shrinking Man on the Greenway 
Tuesday, August 21   Revenge of the Creature on the Greenway
Thursday, August 23 Coco at Hynes Playground in W. Roxbury
Friday, August 24      Dr. No at Rowes Wharf
Friday, August 24      Thor: Ragnock at the Hatch Shell
Saturday, August 25  A Wrinkle in Time at the Prudential Center
Monday, August 27   Beauty and the Beast at Brophy Park – East Boston
Thursday, August 30 The Emoji Movie at Iacono Playground, Hyde Park
Friday, August 31       Out of Africa at Rowes Wharf

Friday, Sept. 7              Black Panther at the Frog Pond, Boston Common
Thursday, Sept. 13      The Wicker Man at the MFA
Friday, Sept. 21           Karate Kid at the Frog Pond, Boston Common

ICA Boston opens “The Watershed” in East Boston, July 4th

Institute of Contemporary Art BostonEarlier this year The Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA) announced that the museum would expand and have a second satellite location in East Boston. Called “the Watershed”, the space will open to the public on Wednesday, July 4.

Located directly across the harbor from the ICAs home in the Seaport, the Watershed is in an active ship yard and is a refurbished former copper pipe and sheet metal facility. The 15,000 square foot industrial space along the East Boston waterfront increases the museum’s exhibition space by 50%. 

The satellite space is seasonal open through October 8th this year then operating between late May and early October annually. Travel by boat between the two locations will be free to ICA members or with an ICA ticket.

I think this is great news and a wonderful addition to East Boston. The New York Times apparently agrees and  has an article in this week’s Sunday Times, In an East Boston Shipyard, a Watershed Idea for ArtI hope the ICA’s investment in the neighborhood is a signal to other Boston cultural institutions to look across the harbor and make similar investments in this community. Visit here for more information about the ICA’s Watershed.

Gardner’s summer solstice party is June 21st

Source: Isabella Stewart Gardner Facebook page

Next Thursday, on June 21st, the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum will celebrate the Summer Solstice at their monthly Third Thursday party.

Tickets are required to attend this party which is expected to sell-out so grab your tickets in advance if this is something you’d like to attend. Tickets may be purchased online at gardnermuseum.org, by calling the box office at (617) 278-5156 or at the door. Tickets include Museum admission. Ticket prices are as follows:  $15 for adults, $12 for seniors age 65 and up, $5 for students with a valid college ID.

Provincetown International Film Festival June 13-17

gay film, lgbtq film, independent filmThe annual Provincetown International Film Festival (PIFF) opens today.  Now in its 21st successful year, PIFF is the largest cultural event in lower Cape Cod and a premier cultural event, attracting 10,000 plus film-goers, movie buffs, and arts patrons.

This 5-day festival will showcase 45 features and 29 short films. Twenty-seven of the 70+ films were directed by women, reflecting the festival’s strong commitment to women-directed films (something Hollywood doesn’t champion despite lip service provided at the podiums of award shows).

This year Sean Baker will receive PIFF’s 2018 Filmmaker on the Edge and Molly Shannon and Chloe Grace Moretz will receive PIFF’s Excellence in Acting award. For more information and to get tickets visit their website at provincetownfilm.org.

Provincetown 2018 summer entertainment

Entering-ProvincetownWhenever I am contacted by readers asking for suggestions about what to do in Provincetown, I always encourage them to attend at least one performance.

Below is a listing of the talent coming to Provincetown. I’ve added links to make it easier to get more information about these performances and to purchase tickets. An asterisk* it signifies that the show is performed regularly (on specific nights) starting on that date and running through the remainder of the season.

 Migguel Anggelo, Nora Burns, Chris Harder, James Judd, Sam Morrison, Neil Thornton, Deven Green, Randy Rainbow, Unitard, Paula Poundstone, Leslie Jordan, Bruce VilanchCOMEDY & CABARET IN PROVINCETOWN

May 30 – Jun 3   Cabaretfest
Jun4*                    ShowGirls weekly talent show is every Monday
Jun 12-13              Migguel Anggelo performs his one man show, La Misa, Baby!
Jun 19-20             Nora Burns performs her one woman show, David’s Friend
Jun 26-27             Chris Harder performs his show Porn To Be A Star
Jun 28*                 James Judd from NPR brings his show to Ptown
Jul 9-11                  Sam Morrison performs his show Hello Daddy
Jul 10                     Neil Thornton One night only, comedy show
Jul 18-20               Poppy’s Poppin’ N Rockin’ Comedy Show
Jul 23-27               Deven Green comes to Ptown for five nights only
Aug 6-7                  Randy Rainbow YouTube personality
Aug 9-10                Unitard presents their show Tard Core
Aug 11                     Paula Poundstone performs for one night only
Aug 13-14               Leslie Jordan performs his show Exposed
Aug 17-18               Bruce Vilanch performs A funny thing happened on                                                     the way to the dick dock


May 26-27*          Thirsty Burlington performs All Things Cher                                                                   Every Friday and Sunday, starting June 29th
May 26*                Miss Ritchfield 1981 (new venue this year)
June 1*                  Dina Martina performs “Crème de la Dregs” 
Jun 5-6                  Liza Lott Sings the Blues
Jun 21*                  Raja Season 3 winner of RPDR performs
Jun 23-27             Jackie Beat comes to Ptown for 4 shows only!
Jun 26-Jul            Candis Cayne performs Hi Gorgeous for 6 shows only
Jun 29*                 Jimmy James performs Divas are forever!
Jul 2-3                  Pam Ann
Jul 4 – Aug 19      Trixie Mattel brings her show to Ptown
Jul 6*                     Ben DeLaCreme performs Inferno A-Go-Go 
Jul 6*                     Varla Jean Merman & Peaches Christ perform The Whining
Jul 16                     Chelsea Piers performs Are you there Ru it’s me Chelsea
Jul 23-24              Sandra Bernhard performs her show, Sandemonium
Jul 23-Aug 1         Joan Rivers Tribute ShowThe Bitch is Back
Jul 24*                   Aurora Sexton performs Let Them Eat Cake
Aug 12-14              The rise and fall (and rise) of Martha Stewart
June 22*               Varla Jean Merman performs Under a Big Top 
Jun 23*                 Jinkx Monsoon performs Beach City Bimbo 
Jun 30*                 Miss Conception performs Forbidden Diznee 
Jul 4*                     Jinx, Peaches & Liza in Hocum Pokem 
Jul 6*                     Varla Jean & Peaches Christ in The Whining 
Jul 9                       Bianca Del Rio One Show Only! Blame it on Bianca
Jul 23-29               Deven Green
Jul 30-Aug 1         Paige Turner  performs Drag Me To The Top
Aug 17-30              Miss Coco Peru performs The Taming of the Tension
Aug 20-29             3s Company, If you can’t beat’em join’em
Aug 28 – Sept 2    Lady Bunny comes to Ptown for six shows only
Sept 3                     Bob The Drag Queen appears for one show only
Sept 6-8                 Sherry Vine comes to Ptown for three shows only


May 2 – Jun 2       You Can’t Take It With You
Jun 2                       Jodi Kantor & Andrew Sullivan in conversation
Jun 16                     POLLOCK: A staged reading
Jun 21*                   MALECALL presents Student Bodies 
Jun 22*                  Star Boys w/ Kim David Smith sci-fi burlesque show
Jun 24*                  Brokelahomo! from the Gold Dust Orphans
Jul 8-9                    Bearlesque hosted by Josh Schonewolf
Jul 10*                    Hair the Musical
Jul 16 – Aug 30     Love! Valour! Compassion!
Aug 5-9                   Baloney: San Francisco’s All Male Revue
Sept 6-8                  Midnight at the Never Get


May 28*                Bobby Weatherbee at the Central House Piano Bar
May 28*                Doug Repetti at the Dive Bar Piano at the Crown
Jun 29*                 Esera Tualo from The Voice performs at Pilgrim House
Jul 1*                      Well Strung
Jul 5*                     Steve Grand returns for a second season
Jul 7-8                   Branden & James
Jul 9-10                 Matt Alber
Jul 11-12                Tom Goss performs Confessions of a Pocket Cub
Jul 15-16               Judy Kuhn w/ Seth Rudetsky
Jul 17                     Adam Pascal w/ Seth Rudetsky
Jul 17*                   Speakeasy Night w/ Zoe Lewis & the Bootleggers
Jul 19-20              Christine Ebersole w/ Seth Rudetsky
Jul 23                    Lucy Arnaz
Jul 28-29              Will Swenson w/ Seth Rudetsky
Aug 4-5                 Sierra Boggess w/ Seth Rudetsky
Aug 5                     Telly Leung, Broadway and TV star performs for one night
Aug 9                     Provincetown’s Jazz Festival
Aug 11-16              Brian Justin Crum
Aug 12                   Liz Callaway w/ Seth Rudetsky
Aug 13                   Jeremy Jordan w/ Seth Rudetsky
Aug 19                   Emily Skinner w/ Seth Rudetsky
Aug 21-22             Stephanie Block w/ Seth Rudetsky
Aug 24-27             Marilyn Maye
Aug 26-27             Linda Eder returns to Ptown for two shows
Sept 1-2                 Alice Ripley w/ Seth Rudetsky
Sept 9                    Kathy Najimy performs Lift Up Your Skirt

NOTE: The asterisk * signifies that this production / performer will be playing through the remainder of the 2018 summer season.