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
Though Adriano Paganini's restaurant specializes in Roman-style wood-fired pizzas, you'd be remiss to skip out on its appetizers, in particular the broccolini bruschetta, a dish that may very well become your new favorite way to eat these tiny trees of the produce world.
As spacey as its title suggests, Gregg Arakis latest youth film is an occult mystery set in the ultimate SoCal college playpen. Kaboom is Scooby Doo with sex, drugs, and tattooed hotties; following on the heels of Arakis relatively commercial stoner farce, Smiley Face (2007), the movie makes you wonder whether Mysterious Skin (2005), his surprisingly serious and emotionally subtle evocation of pedophilia, was basically a one-off. Now 51, the director seems nostalgic for the self-characterized irresponsibility that was his youthful trademark. Kaboom shows him nearly as rambunctious as he was in the early '90s, when he burst upon the indie scene as the leading bad boy of the New Queer Cinema. Like Nowhere (1997), the old-school Araki film Kaboom most resembles, teenage fantasy runs rampant. There is ample reason to assume the movie is a dream of college by ambisexual freshman and would-be cinema-studies major Smith (Thomas Dekker). Smith has a hunky surfer roommate named Thor (Chris Zylka), who sits down on his bed naked and says, Ive never kissed another guy before wait, that is a dream! With its pop colors and compositions including a giant close-up of mac-and-cheese Kaboom is a garish billboard for id unbridled. The film does have an excellent punchline, although even at 86 minutes it feels a bit long mainly because Araki cant help letting his camera linger over his performers. Hard to blame him hes assembled the best-looking cast in town and its largely his gaga fetishization that makes the movie so much fun.
Feb. 17-23, 2011