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
Mashing up different world cuisines is usually a popular conceit for new quick-service eateries and food trucks to make a quick buck and gain Instagram fame, but Volta has shown how well global cross-pollination works on a refined plate without stretching for novelty or pretense in the process.
What can we tell you about bugs and Cirque du Soleil that you don't already know? Bugs: They jump around, eat eat eat, suck flowers, and wear colors that don't normally go together. Cirque: It's a French Canadian stage show irresistible to all, even those who bizarrely think its "Cirque de So Gay" nickname is an insult. Yeah, you knew all that. But did you know the mystery insect has the hots for the ladybug? All the bugs are hopping around minding their business in the new show OVO, slinging from wires, carrying food from here to there in surprising ways, and making music, like bugs do. But they've all got their inquiring minds on the ladybug's romance, as well as on the big, mysterious, and symbolic titular egg.
Nov. 27-Jan. 24, 2009