The Boston Gay Men’s Movie Group (a friendly Meetup group) is planning to go see Love, Simon at the AMC Movie Theater on the Boston Common on Sunday morning. If you’d like to join them to watch the movie, you need to RSVP for details on where and when they will be meeting before heading into the theater.
Love, Simon has been getting rave reviews. It has a 91% rating on Rotten Tomatoes, has been referred to as this generation’s Breakfast Club (high praise indeed) and is being dubbed the first gay-themed RomCom.
Boston Gay Men’s Movie Group
About Love, Simon: Everyone deserves a great love story, but for 17-year-old Simon Spier, it’s a little more complicated. He hasn’t told his family or friends that he’s gay, and he doesn’t know the identity of the anonymous classmate that he’s fallen for online. Resolving both issues proves hilarious, terrifying and life-changing.
Rendering of “Pathways to Freedom” on the Boston Common. From The Jewish Arts Collaborative
The Jewish Arts Collaborative has engaged American sculptor, Julia Vogl, to create a public piece of temporary art on the Boston Common that will be inspired by dialogue about freedom and immigration in Boston. Her artwork will reflect the 2,000 conversations she will have in the coming weeks, asking people from all backgrounds about their journeys to freedom.
Drawing inspiration from these stories, Vogl will create a larger than life visual representation that will be on display to the public from on display from April 25 to May 2 on the Soldiers and Sailors Monument on Boston Common.
Would you like to be involved in this public art project?
Vogl is inviting the public to meet up with her at scheduled “encounters” around Greater Boston. These encounters started this week and will run through Sunday, April 8. If you decide to participate, you will be asked to answer four multiple-choice questions about freedom and immigration on an iPad and decorate a button that is fashioned after a seder plate.
For more information about this project link here: Pathways to Freedom.
Two weeks from today, Wicked Queer, Boston’s annual LGBT film festival, celebrates its 34th year with screenings across the city – bringing the latest in contemporary queer film to our community.
Sunday, March 18: Wicked Queer (Film Festival) Preview Party
This year’s festival opens on a serious note at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston March 29 with A Moment in the Reeds an intimate romantic film about a Syrian refugee and the Finnish college student he falls for. The film, fresh off its premiere at the BFI London International Film Festival, is an auspicious debut from filmmaker Mikko Makela. Director Mikko Makela will be in attendance.I’d like to also give a shout out to BPM (Beats per Minute), which will be showing at the Paramount Center on Thursday, April 5th and is free to the public. The movie is about societies response (or maybe it is better say lack of response) to the AIDS crisis impacting Paris in the early 1990s and is entwined with a heartbreaking love story.
Wicked Queer Film Festival March 29 – April 8, 2018
This year’s festival will host screenings at the Museum of Fine Arts, the Paramount Theatre at ArtsEmerson, The Brattle Theater in Cambridge and the Institute of Contemporary Arts. If you’d like to learn more about this year’s festival visit the Wicked Queer website. There is also information about volunteering if you’d like to get more involved with this wonderful group.
Are you a fan of the Tales of the City series? You’ll want to come out and meet the author, Armistead Maupin, who will sit down with Boston arts journalist Louise Kennedy for an intimate discussion at the New Rep Theatre in Watertown on Monday, February 12th.
Tickets start at just $25 with the NewRep’s discount code made available to BosGuy.com readers. Receive the discount by using the code MAUPIN25 when you order your tickets online.
What: An evening with Armistead Maupin
When: Monday, February 12th at 7PM
Where: NewRep Theatre in Watertown
Info & Tix: newrep.org/events/armisteadmaupin (use the discount code above)
Below is a photo I took of Sergio with Armistead Maupin who was visiting Provincetown a few years ago. He’s a very friendly person who has a lot to share. I’d encourage anyone interested to get tickets before this sells out.
Launched in 1976 as a groundbreaking serial in the San Francisco
Chronicle, Armistead Maupin’s iconic Tales of the City series has
since blazed its own trail through popular culture. Hear Armistead Maupin talk
about creating the series and his new book, a memoir titled Logical
Family (October 2017), which grew out of his critically acclaimed
one-man show of the same name.
The MFA Boston’s exhibit, M.C. Escher: Infinite Dimensions opens tomorrow, Saturday, February 3rd and will run through May 28, 2018.
This is the first exhibition of original prints by the artist in Boston, bringing together 50 works that highlight Escher’s imagination and ability. Infinite Dimensions investigates some of the themes that defined his work, including tessellations (arrangements of repeated shapes that fit together with no gaps), perspective and perception conundrums, sphere and water reflections, and transformations. Among the highlights is the 13-foot-long Metamorphosis II (1939-40), a monumental exploration of the fluidity of time and space in which a chessboard, hive of bees, rustic village, and other elements merge into a continuous woodcut printed from 20 blocks.
About the artist: Maurits Cornelis Escher (1898-1972) is one of the world’s most famous and prolific graphic artists, making 448 lithographs, woodcuts / wood engravings and 2,000+ drawings and sketches. He was born in the Netherlands and attended the School for Architecture and Decorative Arts in Haarlem.
For more information about the MFA exhibit click here: M.C. Escher: Infinite Dimensions.
Today tickets go on sale for non-members for the MFA Boston’s next “Late Nites”, which have been wildly popular and sell out so make plans and purchase tickets while they remain available if this is something that interests you.
The ucpoming MFA Late Nites on Saturday, March 3rd runs from 8PM – 2AM and will include access to exhibitions like “Takashi Murakami: Lineage of Eccentrics,” “(un)expected families,” and “Seeking Stillness,” in addition to dancing to great DJs, pop-up performances, food and more.
Get Your Tickets Here (But Hurry)
Photo from instagram.com/gardnermuseum
Boston’s weather forecast for this coming week (and likely the next many weeks) is bone chilling cold. However, that doesn’t mean you cannot get out and forget about the crazy cold gripping the city. It just means you have to be a bit more creative about choosing what you do.
One of my favorite museums in Boston is the Isabella Stewart Gardner, located in the Fenway (about a 5-minute walk from the MFA). Once the home of the wealthy arts patron, Mrs. Isabella Stewart Gardner, it was transformed into one of the nation’s more quirky museum which has objects of art dating from Roman antiquity to 20th century American artists like John Singer Sargent.
The home, which looks fairly plain from the Fenway, is actually modeled after a Venetian Palazzo and was designed by Willard Sears, a prominent architect at the time who also went on to build the Pilgrim Monument in Provincetown. The home was built to house Gardner’s growing art collection and was modeled after the architecture in Venice (one of the Gardner’s favorite cities).
The centerpiece of the palace is the courtyard where the stonework arches, columns, and walls create an unforgettable impression. And for those looking to forget about winter, no place in the city is more comforting. Surrounded by a world class art collection you can smell the flowers in bloom, see the tiny grassy patch and hear water cascading from a Roman fountain. Its the best therapy you can get for chasing away the winter blues and far cheaper than a therapy session.
If you’ve never been or if you need to forget about this ridiculous cold, plan on visiting the Gardner Museum.
Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum