While they often presented themselves as bodybuilders’ publications, their chuckle-prompting titles — Torso, Adonis, Honcho, Mandate — didn’t lie. Gay men’s magazines of decades past were bought by gay men who wanted to look at the erotic illustrations of well- built male bodies therein. Because any- one known to possess such material in the homophobic 1950s and 1960s could experience serious consequences, men hid the magazines under their mat- tresses. These illustrations have now inspired a traveling exhibition, Stroke: From Under the Mattress to the Museum Wall. Curated by notable erotic artist Robert W. Richards and orig- inating at the Leslie-Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art, the popular show contains 24 original illustrations that ap- peared in gay magazines from the 1950s to the 1990s. It also looks at how gay men, forced into the closet during those decades, used these pictures to explore their sexuality intimately. It additionally serves as a showcase for the artists in- volved. On view are works by two dozen top artists of the times, including Touko Laaksonen (Tom of Finland), Antonio Lopez (Antonio), and David Martin.More
Mashing up different world cuisines is usually a popular conceit for new quick-service eateries and food trucks to make a quick buck and gain Instagram fame, but Volta has shown how well global cross-pollination works on a refined plate without stretching for novelty or pretense in the process.
Call it the story of Hayes Valley (or any other emerging neighborhood in any major American city). Bruce Norris critically lauded comedy Clybourne Park, winner of the London Evening Standard Award for Best New Play, makes its West Coast premiere in January at A.C.T. The play opens in 1959, with a white couple selling their Chicago home to a black family; in Act II, we find ourselves in the same home 50 years later, as the forces of gentrification transform the neighborhood back into a state of blinding whiteness. The show marks the A.C.T. mainstage debut of director Jonathan Moscone, whose productions at Cal Shakes are always worth a look. This is shaping up to be the local stage event of early 2011.
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