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
With neighborhood institutions like the 21 Club closing to make way for yuppie cocktail bars, Brown Jug remains an oasis — and one that takes full advantage of the state's operating hours window, 6 a.m. to 2 a.m. daily.
If you haven’t been giving much thought to your impending mortality lately, this should help: Star Trek: The Next Generation turns 25 this year. Remember how long ago your 25th birthday was? Exactly. The Next Generation is getting a great birthday party too, in the form of Creation Entertainment’s Official Star Trek Convention. Stars from many iterations of Trek appear all weekend long -- with the exception of the 2009 reboot, curiously enough -- but we’re especially excited by today’s lineup, which includes some of our favorite writers. Longtime Trek truth-speaker and “Trouble with Tribbles” scribe David Gerrold speaks on stage, as well as screenwriter Morgan Gendel, whose multimedia presentation “Journey to the Inner Light” describes his struggle to make it as a freelance TV writer, a struggle that resulted in what may well be the best episode of The Next Generation. Also appearing on stage is one of our favorite Trek actors, Jeffrey “Re-Animator” Combs, whom you can meet at the Friday Night Cocktail Party if you’re willing to drop a few more bucks. If not, even a general admission ticket is worth it to see all the pointy ears.
Fri., Nov. 16, noon; Sat., Nov. 17, 10 a.m.; Sun., Nov. 18, 10 a.m., 2012