Tag Archives: Art and Film

Movie night suggestions

Despite having what seems like an endless selection of movies to choose from on Amazon and Netflix, sometimes it takes us all night to find something to watch.  Below are three gay-thmed movies we’ve recently watched and enjoyed. If you have any movie suggestions, please share them in the comments section.


PRIDE was releasaed in 2014 and is the true story of how in 1984 a rag tag group of  gay activists built a seemingly impossible bridge of friendship with a Welsh coal mining community, who were engaged in a nasty strike with Margaret Thatcher’s government. The unlikely allies have to get over their mistrust of each other but ultimately recognize and bond over how society has marginalized and bullied both communities. Coming together they make news and help each other. Both Sergio and I teared up watching this movie.

Before the Fall

Before the Fall was released in 2017 and is loosely based upon the classic Pride and Prejudice. The acting in this melancholic movie is sometimes uneven but the story about the antagonistic relationship between the gay, affluent and arrogant attorney and the dejected, down-on-his-luck factory welder drew Sergio and me in. The movie which takes place in rural Virginia, features some spectacular views and gets two thumbs up from Sergio and me.

holding the man

Holding the Man is a 2015 Australian romantic drama film adapted from Timothy Conigrave’s 1995 memoir of the same name – a book I reviewed back in 2010. The story opens in the mid 1970s in Melbourne where Tim and John fall in love while teenagers at their all-boys high school. Their romance endured for 15 years and is an emotional rollercoaster. Just as I said in my book review ten years ago, their story is very touching and it really touched my heart.  Definitely a must see despite the heavy nature and content of the film.

If you have any flim suggestions, share them in the comments section.

Support the arts community with H.4879

cultcha, ahts, ICA, institute of contemporary Art, MFA, Museum of Fine Arts Boston, bosartsContact your state rep about h.4879 today

Massachusetts legislature is currently considering an important bill that will help provide relief for the arts and culture sector in Massachusetts, which includes organizations large and small that enrich our life and need your legislators support to provide funding for artists, local museums as well as students to gain access and experiences from our local arts and cultural organizations.

HOW YOU CAN HELP: Write or call your legislators at the State House today to voice your support for H.4879, An Act Enabling Partnerships for Growth.

Use this form to quickly and easily contact your representatives on Beacon Hill

The House expects to pass this bill by midnight, so your representative needs to hear from you ASAP. In most cases, the more sponsors an amendment has, the better its chances are for adoption.

Learn more about H.4879

Best bum contest

The headline may make you think this post is more salacious than it sounds, but I couldn’t help myself and apparently several museum curators cannot either.

Museums from around the globe each Friday take to Twitter to find which institution has on display the “best bum” as part of a weekly online battle between curators. Yorkshire Museum, in York, England, launched the search on social media in late June and the hashtag #BestMuseumBum on Twitter shows just how popular the contest has become. Below is a photo submitted by the Italian Museum The Pinacoteca di Brera in Milan from late June.

There is an absence of Boston area museums participating, and I would like to challenge curators from the Museum of Fine Arts Boston, Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, Harvard Art Museum, Peabody Essex Museum and others to join in on this fun by posting a photo this Friday post on Twitter with the hashtag #BestMuseumBum. Be sure to also tag @YorkshireMuseum.

Wicked Queer Festival will be streamed starting July 24

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.

Boston’s Apollo: Thomas McKeller and John Singer Sargent

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.

Hightown premieres on STARZ May 17

Provincetown, PtownFor 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.

Movies coming to Netflix, Hulu and Amazon Prime in April

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.

Bangkok Dangerous
Bend It Like Beckham
Blazing Saddles
Diary of a Hitman
Dr. Seuss’ Horton Hears a Who
Dr. T. and the Women
Free Birds
Fun in Acapulco
Get Smart
Gods and Monsters
Gorky Park
Kill Bill: Volume 1
Kill Bill: Volume 2
Let Me In
Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa
Moll Flanders
Phone Booth
Risky Business
Romancing the Stone
Shirley Valentine
The Ant Bully
The Book Of Eli
The Boost
The Chumscrubber
The Eternal
The Full Monty
The Jewel of the Nile
The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen
The Mexican
The Sender
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.

Different From The Others presented by Provincetown Film Society

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 OthersThe 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.

Fall film festivals in Boston worth checking out

Fat CatAre 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.

Kathy Griffin: One Hell of a Story

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.

Summer reading

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).

LGBTQ history, gay literature, gay non fictionThis 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.

fiction, gay fiction, greek mythologyFor 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.

gay fictionHaving 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).

Underground GetDown is June 29th

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.

South End ParkUnfamiliar 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.

JUDY comes to movie theaters this October

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.

MAAM: New contemporary art museum will open next year in Boston

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.

Free screening of The White Crow

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 bostonscreenings@gmail.com.

Unfamiliar with the film? Check out the official trailer below.