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Boston Public Garden

bret clancy, boston skyline, boston winterEstablished in 1837 The Boston Public Garden is a beautiful park in the center of town. I thought I’d share this gorgeous photo taken by Bret Clancy who has many photos of Boston on his IG account and available for sale on Etsy here. Much thanks to Arts Boston Instagram for posting this picturesque photo of kids playing hockey last month.

New jazz bar will open in Dudley Square

One of my favorite historic neighborhoods in Boston is Dudley Square. This part of Boston was a vibrant community in the 1800s for wealthy Bostonians and later became a shopping hub and home to a large Jewish community. By the start of the 20th century, demographics changed once again and it became an important neighborhood for Boston’s African American community. Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. worked as a minister at Boston’s Twelfth Baptist Church in Dudley Sq. when he lived in Boston.

Unfortunately, the neighborhood fell on hard times after WWII, and it wasn’t until the 21st century when city government started to reinvest in this neighborhood . A recent sign that this neighborhood is on the upswing was news that musician William Banfeld – a Berklee College of Music professor – will be opening a large cafe in Dudley Square’s Bolling Building that will include live jazz, dancing and theater. I love this neighborhood and will definitely check out the yet-to-be-named jazz bar and restaurant after it opens for business.

What to do this week: January 21 – 27

Lots happening this week, starting with free admission to MFABoston and ICA Boston on Monday in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Also of note happening later this week is the kick off of the annual Winter Rendezvous Gay Ski Weekend in Stowe, VT. However, if you’re looking for something a bit closer to home check out the full list below and make plans to get out.

MONDAY – THURSDAY

MLK Day Open House at MFA Boston in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, the Museum of Fine Arts is open and free to the public in Boston

MLK Day Free Admission at ICA Boston in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, the Museum of Fine Arts is open and free to the public in Boston

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

All Star Mondays is a weekly drag show with performances at 11:30PM and 12:30AM at Machine in Boston

Opus Affair Monthly Cocktail Social is an open and free event that welcomes everyone – this month join Opus at Better Sorts Social Club on the second floor of the Nine Zero hotel on Tremont Street starting at 6PM

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

Dirty Water Saloon Line Dancing for Queers & friends has country-western two-step, west coast swing and line dancing each Tuesday from 7-10PM (all are welcome) at the Milky Way Lounge in JP

Showtune Tuesday “Rent Live!” salutes one of the greatest musicals of our time. JUST in time for “Rent Live!” to air on the Fox Television Network

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

Gay Bowling Night At Lucky Strike Lanes  hosted by Guy Social Boston on Wednesday from 7-9:30PM; includes 2 hour of unlimited bowling, shoe rental and other games – rsvp early and save

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Winter Rendezvous Gay Ski Weekend starts

Winter Rendezvous Gay Ski Weekend kicks off  Wednesday evening in Stowe, Vermont

DJ Andrea Stamas Opening Party Winter Rendezvous kick off party at  Stowe on Wednesday from 8:30 – 11PM in Vermont

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

Gaymes People Play! is Thursday from 6-9PM is hosting different LGBTQ-themed board games at their office in the South End

Queer Boston Board Gamers is meeting Thursday from 6-9PM at the Cambridge Center Foyer in Kendall Square

Jazz Standards with Andy Lantz and Frankie Campofelice will be performed at the Napoleon Room on Thursday starting at 8PM

BRASH | Queer Party is hosted every fourth Thursday at Brass Union from 9PM – 1AM in Union Square, Somerville

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

THE WEEKEND

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

La Vie Boston: RENT Sing-Along is Friday from 6-9:30PM; entry is free but voluntary donations are welcome and will go to Fenway Health in Boston

RPDR All Stars 4 Viewing Parties are at The Alley BarClub Cafeand Trophy Room each Friday through March 1st in Boston

SWEAT is hosted the fourth Friday of each month by Mr. New England Leather 2019, Nick James, at Machine on Thursday starting at 10PM in Boston

La Boum Queer Dance Party is hosted the first Friday of each month starting at 10PM at the Milky Way in JP

FASCINATION Friday is a monthly gear/ fetish/ kink night at Jacques the 1st and 4th Friday of the month in Boston

All Kylie, All Night is taking place at Bella Luna / Milky Way Lounge with DJ Brent Covington and DJ Taffy on Friday starting at 10PM 

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

Back Bay Chocolate Walking Tour

10th Annual Chocolate Festival is Saturday afternoon

10th Annual Chocolate Festival is a free event open to the public in Harvard Square from 1-2PM on Saturday

Boston Ironsides Awards Dinner  formal awards ceremony is this Saturday from 6-9PM at Down Nightclub (tickets required)

YLC Anniversary Party is on Saturday at the City Winery from 8PM – 12AM in Boston

So Hot Saturdaes: Onesie Party bring your friends for a fun night out with great music at Blend (formerly Peggy’s) in Dorchester

DONT ASK DONT TELL: 8 Year Anniversary join in the celebration on Saturday night at Great Scott in Allston starting at 10PM with DJ Colby Drasher and DJ Coleslaw who will be joined by a cast of diverse and talented performers

Video Night Tracks every Saturday night join VJ Ryan Grow at Cathedral Station starting at 9:30PM

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 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

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QUICK! hosts an afternoon of archery

ARCHERY! QuicK January Social is this Sunday from 12PM – 2PM at Ace Archers in Foxboro (leaving from Cambridge / Somerville at 10:45AM)

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

Gay Beer Club visits Backlash Beer Co. is this Sunday starting at 6PM (all are welcome) in Roxbury

*sip* presents DJs Gary Carlow & Reginald Johnson put on your dancing shoes and head to Jacques Underground from 6PM – 10PM on Sunday

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.

Boston Calling will be May 24-26, 2019

boston music, bosartsLast week the organizers for Boston’s biggest music festival, Boston Calling announced that this year’s event will take place over Memorial Day Weekend at the Harvard Athletic Complex and they released their line up including their headliners, which will include Twenty One Pilots along with names like Odesza, Janelle Monáe and many, many more.

Michael Che, Jenny Slate and Fred Armisen will be the comedy headliners and new this year will be a series of scheduled performances from the Boston Ballet as well as a special performance from Imogen Heap.

Want to get tickets or find out more about the 2019 Boston Calling music festival? Check out their website at, bostoncalling.com.

What to do this week: January 14 – 20

handsome, hunk, beautiful black manThere is a lot happening this week as we approach MLK Weekend so don’t go and hibernate, make plans to get out despite the winter weather. I’d like to give a few shout outs to this week’s Showtune Tuesday Salutes Rent at dbar; The T presents: “Hot Chocolate”  on Wednesday hosts a frank discussion about attraction in gay communities of color; and OUTBio meets on Thursday.

This weekend definitely make plans to head down to the Common on Saturday for the 2019 Boston Women’s March; all weekend long The Boston Globe Travel Show will take place at the World Trade Center; and on Sunday Trophy Room hosts their monthly Babes Brunch.

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Boston Gay Men’s Bookclub meets on Monday

MONDAY – THURSDAY

Boston Gay Men’s Book Club meets on Monday to discuss this month’s book at Trident Booksellers and Cafe starting at 7PM

Drag Bingo join the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence this Monday for bingo (proceeds this week go to Gay for Good Boston chapter), starting at 7PM at Club Cafe in Boston

All Star Mondays is a weekly drag show with performances at 11:30PM and 12:30AM at Machine in Boston

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

Dirty Water Saloon Line Dancing for Queers & friends has country-western two-step, west coast swing and line dancing each Tuesday from 7-10PM (all are welcome) at the Milky Way Lounge in JP

Showtune Tuesday Salutes Rent 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

The T presents: “Hot Chocolate” hosted by the Men of Melanin Magic, this is a dialogue for queer men of color about attraction and desire – all are welcome to join on Wednesday from 7-9PM – exact location TBA in Dorchester

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

Sexual Health Lobby Day takes place at the State House on Thursday from 10AM – 2PM to access to address sexual and reproductive health care concerns and to advocate for more funding and protections in the state

OUTBio is hosting their January meeting on Thursday at Bluebird Bio in Cambridge from 6-8PM click on the link to learn more about this LGBTQ professionals group and to RSVP

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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Women’s March Boston is this Saturday || Photo Credit: Stephen Naso

THE WEEKEND

The Boston Globe Travel Show starts Friday afternoon and runs all weekend at the Seaport Hotel and World Trade Center

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

S&M Comedy Night is Friday at Jacques Underground, starting at 7:30PM

RPDR All Stars 4 Viewing Parties are at The Alley BarClub Cafeand Trophy Room each Friday through March 1st in Boston

MOBD Muscle Otter Bear Daddy – Boston is this Friday at the Middle East in Central Square with DJ Tony Ruiz

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

luv sexy 80s icons w/ Static this Friday, 80’s icons play all night with a heavy dose of the purple royalty. Prince, Michael, Madonna and a special performance by Static in JP

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

H E R O E S: Tribute to David Bowie Retro dance party this Friday from 10PM-2AM at Sonia (formerly TT The Bear’s Place) in Central Square

2019 Boston Women’s March grab your pink hats and head over to the Boston Common starting at 10AM on the Boston Common – come down to show your support and be a part of the solution

Lumberjack Bear Tea Dance is this Saturday starting at 4PM at Mainestreet in Ogunquit

Queer Country Social this is a non-alcoholic event that focuses on socializing, and dancing (learn the two-step, west (and east) coast swing, waltz, line dances, and more; then after you’re welcome to head to JP Licks for ice cream on Saturday starting at 7PM at First Church in JP Unitarian Universalist

Serving Face w/ special guest Civilization is hosted by Sham Payne and Just JP starts at 9PM at Jacques Underground on Saturday

Blend Saturdays bring your friends for a fun night out with great music and no cover at Blend (formerly Peggy’s) in Dorchester

Snowflake Luau! Who’s getting Lei’d? starts at 10PM on Saturday at dbar in Dorchester

Video Night Tracks every Saturday night join VJ Ryan Grow at Cathedral Station starting at 9:30PM

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 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

Babes Brunch starts at 1PM on Sunday at Trophy Room

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

Adore Delano (18+) comes to Machine this 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.

Seaport / North Station ferry service is a go

boston harbour, boston skylineIn November I wrote about a potential new ferry service that was being pitched to help shuttle commuters between North Station and the Seaport. Earlier this month, several employers notified their employees that starting in mid-January the service would begin thanks to their support in underwriting the cost of the service; at this point it appears the service will be free to those employees but it is not clear if the service will be available to the general public.

The service will be managed by the Massachusetts Convention Center Authority (MCCA) and will take 18 minutes, running between North Station’s Lovejoy Wharf (by the Converse HQ) and Fan Pier (by the ICA Boston). Ferries will operate every 20 minutes Monday – Friday in the morning between 6:20AM – 9:40AM and in the afternoon / evening between 3:20PM – 7:00PM.

1/11/19 UPDATE: Ferry Service originally scheduled to begin the week of January 14th has been pushed back to start in early February due to ongoing work on the Lovejoy Wharf. 

The ferries will have an indoor capacity for 92-passengers and climate control to make the commute as comfortable as possible.

Found Boston Common hotel: For the budget conscious traveler

boston hotel, budget travelIt’s no secret that hotels are expensive in Boston but one week after the South End’s newest hotel The Revolution opened, another hotel targeting the budget conscious-traveler with an eye on European tourists and Millennials has opened; this time in Bay Village / Theater District.

Found Boston Common has just opened in the building formerly known as the Milner Hotel at 78 Charles Street South. The new hotel chain with hotels in Chicago, DC and San Diego targets budget conscious travelers and has plans to open in six more cities by 2020. The building which dates back to the late 19th century when it first opened as the Sumner Hotel, is marketing itself as a “micro hotel” with 66 private and 2 shared hotel rooms. The building has been completely remodeled with two lounge areas where travelers can gather, offering an affordable, social, stylish place for travelers in a prime location of the city. boston hotel, budget travel The decor could be described as minimalistic with an ivory and dark blue color scheme, dark herringbone floors, and walnut accents. However, the most amazing thing about this new hotel is that nightly rates start at $39.

You can learn more about Boston’s newest hotel by visiting their website or liking their Facebook page.