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
When it comes to hardcore devotion, the Star Wars set is about as fanatical as it gets. We heard about one guy who broke up with his girlfriend because she said the Phantom Menace really kind of sucked especially when compared with the first three films. As it turns out, she might not be in a minority, even among devotees of that Galaxy Far Far Away. Hundreds of Star Wars fans were interviewed and described their love-hate relationship with director Georg Lucas, mostly because he chose to produce the three "prequel" movies after the original trio. How do we know this? A group of filmmakers made a documentary about it, of course. Its called the People vs. George Lucas (take that, Larry Flynt!), and its part of the SF Documentary Festival. (www.sfindie.com) Its described as hilarious and heartfelt, taking on the cultural legacy of Lucas. In addition to footage from the interviews, it documents peoples obsession with Star Wars through the creations in song, claymation, puppetry, needlepoint, and Legos. It begs the question: Who truly owns Star Wars? George Lucas, or the fans whove made it a way of life?
Sun., Oct. 24, 2010