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
Nothing caps off a nice day at the beach like a mouthful of sand — especially if the grit in your teeth is the reward for the grit required to splay flat-out on your stomach, for the prize of a plastic disc in your hand, and all the glory that comes along with it.
The Awakening, a night of pain from World Combat Sports Challenge, is being billed as California's first five-rope mixed martial arts and Muay Thai fight night. Whats the significance of the extra ropes? Well, it appears that when a fighter is backed up against five ropes, in contrast to three ropes, its like hes being backed up against a '70s van instead of a '90s sedan, which provides the stability and lumbar support necessary for his opponent to remove all the blood from his face. So, five ropes. Tonights event is totally ridiculous in that there are 23 bouts, some including women, and one including local boy Rick Cheek, whos up for the Muay Thai Super Heavyweight World Title. Go do your thing, Rick. Also of note is Michael Espinoza, a former champ whos coming out of retirement to do his thing to some other guy. Make no mistake, hell do it -- his record is 32-0. A lot of bones will have to snap before Espinoza gives that up.
Sat., May 30, 5 p.m., 2009