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
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Who would write a book that practically begs geeks to challenge its accuracy? Who wants to go up against fanatics? Frank Portman, is that you, waving your hand and pleading "Me, me! Pick me?" Well, OK. Portman, aka Dr. Frank of punk superstars the Mr. T Experience, reads from his new chunk of young adult fiction, Andromeda Klein. (His previous YA novel, King Dork, is in film production.) Following the life of a teenage girl, the story weaves in references to "majick" and anything that could possibly be associated with the occult, tarot cards, or Ouija boards. Summoning the intensity of adolescence, Portman limns his protagonist with persnickety detail and the kind of dry, absurdist in-jokes smart children think are their exclusive domain. Andromedas obsession with ancient Egypt and Aleister Crowley wanna-bes is the dorkbait here; do you think your kung-fu is better than his? Appear and show Frank Portman what you've got.
Tue., Sept. 8, 7 p.m., 2009