Next Saturday The Theater Offensive will present Boston’s first-ever Saint Sebastian Festival (Festival de San Sebastian), full of folklore music & dancing, a community parade, “cabezudos” (giant dancing head puppets), theater, poetry, performance, artisan crafts, salsa music, and a live Saint Sebastian installation.
The event will take place at Villa Victoria Center for the Arts, 85 West Newton St in Boston, on January 28, 2017 from 4-10pm. For more information about this free event open to the public, click here.
Tonight is opening night for Trans Scripts Part I: The Women at the A.R.T. in Cambridge. The production shall run for the duration of the I.D. Festival, which celebrates the diverse experiences of the trans community.
Tickets for I.D. Festival are currently on sale by phone at 617.547.8300, in person at the Loeb Drama Center (64 Brattle St, Cambridge, MA; Tues – Sun, noon – 5PM) and) or OBERON (2 Arrow Street, Cambridge, MA; 1 hour before curtain), or online at americanrepertorytheater.org/id-festival.
Alison Young and the Swinging Steaks (Sunday, January 22 at 8PM) Alison comes to The OBERON for one night only to perform a mix of original country songs and covers of contemporary favorites. Buy Tickets
Becca Blackwell (Monday, January 23 at 7:30PM) Transactivist performer and downtown New York theater star Becca Blackwell’s They, Themself and Schmerm is a fiercely vulnerable solo piece that details the tragic-comic transitions in life, family, sex, and gender. Buy Tickets
Peacock Rebellion (Friday, January 27 at 8PM) is an SF Bay Area -based, queer + trans people of color crew of artist-activist-healers who make sassy sexy art to help build a culture of social justice. Performances are from the Rebellion’s Brouhaha Stand-Up Comedy graduates. Buy Tickets
Our Lady J (Saturday, January 28 at 7:30PM) Hot on the heels of writing on the Golden Globe and Emmy Award winning TV show Transparent, Our Lady J comes to OBERON to paint the church pink with Gospel for the Godless, an exhilarating celebration of well-known pop songs, re-imagined through gospel. Buy Tickets
NIC Kay (Sunday, January 29 at 8PM) lil BLK is an experimental solo performance by NIC Kay. Influenced by New York City gay/queer ballroom culture, live punk shows. lil BLK is a story about a fairy boi, child of god, little black girl, performer, and activist. The story plays out through a series of biographical moments that are equal parts narrative and dream. Buy Tickets
A.R.T. of Human Rights (Monday, January 30 at 7:30PM) Embark on an exploration through the documentary-musical My Prairie Home, in which indie singer Rae Spoon takes us on a playful, meditative and at times melancholic journey. Spoon’s inspiring process of building a life of their own, as a trans person and musician. Tim McCarthy will then moderate a discussion with Rae and performance artist NIC Kay about accessibility, process, creation, and the challenges ahead for trans and queer artists. Free – RSVP
The Moth (Tuesday, January 31 at 8PM) The Moth StorySLAMs are growing in popularity, gathering people and stories from all over the country. New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, and Boston have multiple shows each month. The Moth is open to anyone with a five-minute story to share on the night’s posted theme – Tuesday, January 31’s theme will be Gender. On Sale at 3PM Tuesday 1/24
Kit Yan (Friday, February 3 at 8PM) Queer Heartache is an award-winning solo slam poetry theatre show by Kit Yan that explores his identity as transgender, queer, Asian American from Hawaii. If you’ve ever had your heart broken, or wanted to tell someone your gender is none of their business, this show is for you. Buy Tickets
Calpernia Addams (Saturday, February 4 at 7PM) As a multi-instrumentalist and songwriter, Calpernia has toured the US and Europe playing original acoustic music, most recently opening for indie superstar Patrick Wolf in London, Ukraine, Germany and more across two continents. Buy Tickets
Despite using San Francisco’s skyline to promote their findings, San Francisco barely cracks the Top 20 based on The Advocate’s pointless metrics to create this joke of a list.
I’ll be the first to admit that I enjoy unscientific “Best of” lists and have been known to include many of them on this blog, but The Advocate’s annual list of “Queerest Cities” in America is a waste of time. Using random metrics like tour dates from a gay duo and number of gay rodeos as criteria to create their list makes me wonder why even bother?
In their latest ranking New York City, Los Angeles and Chicago don’t even make their list of 25 cities. Never mind the fact that arguably the gay capital of the US, San Francisco (which is also the skyline they use to promote the list) ranks 17th yet Irvine, CA is ranked 10th and Miami ranks 16th with St. Petersburg (a.k.a. retirement capital of the east coast) is ranked 3rd.
Perhaps the oddest finding is ranking Jersey City, NJ as America’s Queerest City. What’s the point Advocate? Are you just trying to keep your journalists busy?
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Trans Scripts, Part I: The Women January 19 – February 5, 2017
Trans Scripts Part I: The Women opens Thursday, January 19th for a two and a half week run at the A.R.T. in Cambridge.
Drawn from dozens of interviews conducted around the world, Trans Scripts, U.S. premiere uses the real words of women to shed light on the rich and diverse experiences within the transgender community. This show received a Fringe First Award for new writing at the 2015 Edinburgh Festival Fringe.
Click here for more information and to purchase tickets
In years past I’ve written posts for newcomers to Boston who may not be familiar with New England winters. One of my suggestions is to try and learn to embrace what winter offers. Never has that been more fun with gay ski weekends and weeks here locally and out West to tempt you.
Below are a few such events you may want to consider. The price of tickets out West varies widely by destination and carrier but you can use a locally developed app called Hopper to alert you to last minute airfares and price reductions.
Gay Aspen Ski Week (January 15 – 22, 2017) is the longest running and perhaps largest event of the season. It kicks off this Sunday but most of the fun is reserved for the second half of the week. Shown above is last year’s Ultimate Après Ski Party sponsored by Logo. For more information gayskiweek.com.
Winter Rendezvous (January 18 – 22, 2017) is one of the largest gay ski events happening in New England. The party at Stowe Mountain in Vermont is also only a 3 hour drive making it logistically a lot easier and more affordable option. For more information winterrendezvous.com.
Whistler Pride Ski Festival (January 22 – 29, 2017) turns 25 this year and the winter pride festival is filled with fun events including a visit from one of my favorite drag queens, Pam Ann. For more information gaywhistler.com.
White Out Weekend – WOW (February 3 – 5, 2017) is an annual event hosted by The Welcoming Committee (TWC) and is the perfect opportunity for those who do not want include the hassle or expense of airfare or take off time from work. TWC will even take care of transportation for you up to Sunday River in Maine. For more information thewelcomingcommittee.com.
Elevation Utah 2017 (February 23 – 26, 2017) is celebrating its seventh annual party at Park City, Utah. For more information utahgayskiweek.com.
Telluride Gay Ski Week (February 25 – March 4, 2017) is the last big gay ski week of the 2017 winter season in North America, bringing the gay ski season full circle back to beautiful Colorado. For more information telluridegayski.com.
Boston’s OutRyders Gay Ski Club
If getting away for one of these trips is not going to work, but you’d like to ski, consider joining Boston’s Gay ski / snowboarding club, OutRyders. The group has monthly socials and plans numerous day trips and overnights to mountains here in New England and out west. For more information outryders.org.
Two times a year, in September and January, the Boston Gay Men’s Chorus (BGMC) audition new prospective singing members. For those of you who may be interested, auditions are Sunday, January 8th.
If interested in auditioning, please fill out a BGMC Audition Inquiry Form.
For more information about BGMC visit their website, bgmc.org.
On Christmas Eve The Economist published “Gay bars are under threat but not from the obvious attackers“. Although Boston is not mentioned, the transformation of our city’s traditional gay neighborhood, The South End, from a gritty cityscape into a trendy, upscale place young married couples and retirees are now choosing to live highlights one of the many challenges facing gay bars.
What constitutes a gay bar and what is the fate of these spaces remains to be seen. There have been times when I’ve been in “gay bars” that are so overrun by heterosexual couples and or packs of single women that I’m hard pressed to think of it as a ‘gay bar’. Club Cafe in Boston, The Boatslip Tea Dances in Provincetown and Mainestreet in Ogunquit are all good examples.
The Economist asserts that where there is growing acceptance of the LGBTQ community, bars are more likely to be mixed or the LGBTQ community may feel less of a need to be a patron at a designated “gay” bar. It also suggests that the advent of “dating” apps has added another challenge, but I think it is mostly what I think of as a gay diaspora that poses the most significant problem for gay bars. As cities lose traditional gay enclaves, all sorts of businesses that cater to the LGBTQ community suffer. An early casualty to this was the gay bookstore followed by sex shops and gay gyms.
In my opinion bars have held out longer because even after many gay men move away from a traditional ‘gay neighborhood’ they return at night for dinner or drinks. However, I think the impact of losing a gay neighborhood means the long term prospects for many gay bars is grim. I don’t necessarily think Boston will lose all its gay bars but the density and numbers of gay bars has been severely cut over the past two decades since the South End migration started.