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
Pickup basketball is a weird social phenomenon where a bunch of strangers meet at a designated spot during a designated time to engage in an athletic competition governed by de facto rules established in some mythic rulebook.
If born in another time not all that long ago, Dead Prez might have been Eldridge Cleaver's in-house band. Instead, the New York rap group preserves the Black Panther ethos through its raw, confrontational tunes and close relationships with political activists. This resulted in the 2006 documentary Dead Prez: It's Bigger Than Hip Hop, the title taken from the group's biggest song. The film discusses the "S.F. 8," the name given to the eight former Panthers presently incarcerated here on murder charges that are, according to supporters, "based on confessions extracted by torture." In an ongoing effort to raise public awareness of the situation, this performance promises a refreshing angle never heard on commercial hip hop radio. Opener Wale is a hotly tipped rapper from Washington, D.C., who blends hip hop with that region's jangly local funk, known as go-go music.
Sun., Sept. 30, 9 p.m., 2007