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The Weekly Pineapple

Fashion.  Music.  And a whole lot of glitter.  Welcome to your weekend.

  • Thursday: Whether you’re a fashion fanatic or have only heard of Proenza Schouler from that video, you’ll probably want to see the duo behind the brand, Jack McCollough and Lazaro Hernandez, speak as part of Boston Fashion Week. 6:30pm, Institute of Contemporary Art, 100 Northern Ave., Boston, $15 students and members, $20 non-members.

  • Friday: Starting Friday, Harvard Square will be covered in music for the New England Americana Festival.  Check out acts in Winthrop Park, Brattle Square, Tommy Doyle’s, and even Tasty Burger.  Friday through Sunday, venues around Harvard Square, Cambridge, free.

  • Saturday: The Donkey Show might be the gayest piece of theater ever staged in Boston, but straight people seem to be enjoying it a little too much. Rude. Join over 150 TWCers as we reclaim the glitter-fest for our own and dance the night away. 10:30pm, Oberon, 2 Arrow St., Cambridge, $20 with TWC discount.

  • Sunday: Open Streets is back, this time taking over Blue Hill Avenue in Dorchester.  Enoy your streets with free performances, outdoor fitness, and art.  1-5pm, Blue Hill Avenue, Dorchester, free.

Have a story, event, or disco ball that you’d like to share? Drop us a line at blog@thewelcomingcommittee.com.

Shit Gays Should Know

Want to know what goes into a wedding announcement in the New York Times?  Here are the most popular words, tracked over time.  And yes, same-sex marriages are on the rise, but commitment ceremonies peaked in 2005.  Just don’t say “Phi Beta Kappa.”

Have a story, event, or Latin Honor that you’d like to share? Drop us a line at blog@thewelcomingcommittee.com.

Five Things You Shouldn’t Have Missed (And One You Should’ve)

Whether you spent the weekend reveling with FTC or bemoaning the official end of summer, here are five things to know this week:

And you’ve probably heard that twerking might just come from an obscure 19th-century German art term.  Of course.  

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Best Place To… Celebrate National Cheeseburger Day, Guilt Free

So Wednesday was National Cheeseburger Day, and to celebrate we asked the Corps to name their favorite cheeseburgers last week.  We got a lot of submissions for veggie burgers, though, so we just had to share those, too.  Here’s what the Corps has to say about the best vegetarian burgers in Boston:

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Corey says, “The only place I’ve found in Boston that serves Niman Ranch burgers is Ashmont Grill, which I generally like because it’s the only restaurant in that area of Dorchester that’s even halfway decent. Delicious drinks and the bartenders will generally talk your ear off about their exploits at the white party.”

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Fred says, “My pick is the Garden Burger at Boston Beer Works, served on a “buttery grilled bun” and honey dijon dressing. Top off that bad boy with some crumbled blue cheese, and you’ve got a party in your mouth. Don’t forget to order a side of sour cream & chive fries for added ecstasy (the legal kind).”

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Andrew says, “The mushroom-tofu burger at Sam’s on the Waterfront is delicious. They have tasty drinks, indoor and outdoor seating on the waterfront and live music too. It’s located right next to the ICA, which means it perfectly positioned for a pre- or post-date meetup.”

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Getting to Know: Corps Member Wes Mason #4442

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Hometown: Deerfield, MA

Where the coffeeaholic now resides: Central Square

What’s your caffeinated brew of choice? I can remember the moment when I had my first espresso while in Rome during my senior year of high school. I thought it was amazing. Latte is now a standard. Sip Café [in Boston’s Post Office Square] is probably my favorite coffee spot in the city.  

What’s something most people don’t know about you? I have a sleep disorder where I’m tired all the time, which works quite nicely with my love of napping.

That explains all the coffee. Does alcohol also get you charged? I’m not a super big drinker. Very rarely do I get anywhere near anything approaching sloppy. I’m the lady of the Corps.

What’s your day job? I manage IT Support and Services for a startup that does mobile app marketing.

As a self-proclaimed nerd, how do you geek out? Over the last two years, I’ve watched all episodes of Star Trek: The Next Generation, Deep Space Nine, and Voyager. I also just finished the book Dune, which makes me a big nerd (and simultaneously a terrible one for not having read it until now). I’m a fan of classical music from the Renaissance and Medieval periods. The polyphony and the hauntingly beautiful dissonances are exquisite.

Do you sing solo? Yes, when I’m alone. I’m not awesome at karaoke because of my range. Most male singers in pop music are tenors and I’m in the bass range. Actually, Annie Lennox’s voice works pretty well for me.

You’re 6’7”. Have you ever dated anyone taller than you? I went on a date with a guy who was 6’8”, which was a little weird, but also kind of awesome. I love cuddling with someone around the same height as me; it makes it decidedly less awkward when I want to be the little spoon. It doesn’t happen often, but when it does, it’s pretty great.

Favorite animal? I feel like my spirit animal is a baby giraffe. It goes back to being tall and a little awkward, which I’m hoping is endearing. I also like penguins.

What key qualities do you look for in a friend? They should to be good at communicating, though comfortable with silence.  A healthy amount of nerdiness is important, as is social aptitude – and also an appreciation for Arrested Development.

What’s one of your guilty pleasures? Given the opportunity, I can eat an entire bag of salt and vinegar potato chips in a single sitting. I should also never, under any circumstances, be left alone with a jar of Nutella.

Delicious. When you’re not keeping Frito-Lay in business, how else do you unwind? Napping, running, yoga, board gaming, cycling.

How avid a cyclist are you? On weekends, I typically bike from 20 to 60 miles. 

Why did you join the Corps? On one hand, it was an opportunity to meet new people. On the other hand, while I certainly had gay friends before moving to Boston, I never had a solid group of gays and the experience of having sustained gay space. Once I experienced it, I realized how important it was to me. I heard about TWC and loved that the core of its mission is to make comfortable spaces in more places; it’s important for gay people to have those opportunities.

 How would you describe your fellow Corps mates? They have this boundless energy. They’re a loving, caring, crazy group of people.

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Wes savored his Sip coffee [shameless plug #1] while being interviewed by Corps alum Fred Durso #4042, who blogs at freddurso.wordpress.com [shameless plug #2].

Shit Gays Should Know

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This is huge: today, September 19, is International Talk Like a Pirate Day.  Furthermore, if you talk like a pirate at Krispy Kreme, you will get a free doughnut.  And if you wear at least three of eight officially recognized pirate accessories, you get a dozen free doughnuts.  Sadly, most of the Krispy Kreme shops in New England closed in 2006, and the offer isn’t valid in Connecticut, but TWCers in Philadelphia and elsewhere can take advantage of this delicious offer.  Ahoy, mateys!

Have a story, event, or fried confectionery that you’d like to share? Drop us a line at blog@thewelcomingcommittee.com.

The Weekly Pineapple: Boston

Sweater weather is here, and it’s the third weekend of September, which means it’s time for FTC!  Here’s what else you shouldn’t miss in Boston this weekend:

  • Thursday: Icona Pop is fresh, hot, and their newest video pays homage to drag ball culture.  We couldn’t be more enthused.  Catch them if you can before tickets sell out.  9pm, Paradise Rock Club, 967 Commonwealth Ave., Boston, tickets from $20.

  • Friday: This week kicks off the Big E, the fair of the Easter States Exposition in West Springfield, Massachusetts.  Here you’ll find everything you didn’t think existed above the Mason-Dixon line, at least not on this scale: a carnival, horse show, cheese and wine competitions, and, of course, fried everything.  10am-10pm through September 29, West Springfield, tickets from $15.

  • Saturday: This month Flannel Takeover Company will be wreaking havoc on a bar downtown in what promises to be our biggest event yet.  Make sure you’re on the list to find out the venue. 9pm-2am, Downtown Boston, $5.

  • Sunday: Over 200 artists open their studios at once in this year’s South End Open Studios.  High rollers can purchase artwork, but everyone can enjoy in-house demonstrations and talks with the artists.  Plus, it finishes in time for you to watch Neil Patrick Harris host this year’s Emmys.  Saturday and Sunday, 11am-6pm, South End, Boston, free.

Have a story, event, or fried dough that you’d like to share? Drop us a line at blog@thewelcomingcommittee.com.

Shit Gays Should Know

You probably already know about Laverne Cox, the transgender actress who plays Sophia Burset on Orange Is The New Black.  But do you know about these other trans* people who are tearing up the entertainment scene?  You should.  

Have a story, event, or role model that you’d like to share? Drop us a line atblog@thewelcomingcommittee.com.