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
The Bike Kitchen operates on the fishing principle: give a man a bike, he rides for a day; teach a man to repair his bike, and he rides for a lifetime. But the truly awesome thing about this do-it-yourself repair co-op is that it's not just the men doing the repairing. Since its inception in 2003, the Kitchen has made it a point to include women, transfolks, genderqueer peoples, and others who've traditionally been kept away from grease-monkeying in its egalitarian approach to free-wheelin'. A $5-per-day or $40-per-year membership gets you full access to tools and parts, along with lower prices for classes. Tonight, the Kitchen celebrates with a 5-Year Anniversary Benefit Party that'll help fund its move to new digs this winter. With music from Geographer, Excuses for Skipping, Maldextra, and Argentina; mechanics competitions; and $1 drinks, this is an event to unite spokes people of all kinds.
Mon., Sept. 29, 8 p.m., 2008