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.
Iris Bahr's career to date has been about as varied as the many characters she embodies in her latest show. The thirty-something American-Israeli performer, writer, and director has worked for Israeli intelligence, appeared in assorted episodes of Curb Your Enthusiasm, conducted neuropsychological research at Stanford University, written and published a memoir based on her travels in the Far East (Dork Whore: My Travels Through Asia as a Twenty-Year-Old Pseudo-Virgin), and personified a celebrity- and politician-boffing Russian prostitute by the name of Svetlana on a weekly NPR commentary show. In Dai, a solo piece set in a Tel Aviv café just moments before a suicide bomber wreaks havoc on peoples' lives, Bahr brings 11 characters spanning a broad cross-section of Israeli society to life. A young American soldier serving in the Israeli militia, a snobbish Israeli expat now living in New York, a Palestinian academic, an American actor and a hard-line West Bank settler -- among other lively characters -- share their stories with us, unaware of their imminent fate. The show, whose title means "enough" in Hebrew, enjoyed two critically-acclaimed runs Off-Broadway and was nominated for a Drama Desk Award and UK Stage Award.
Jan. 10-13, 8 p.m., 2008