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 island trend of Hawaiian-style poke, or raw fish/seafood dressed with a variety of sauces and fresh toppings, has been kicking around the West Coast mainland for a while, particularly in Los Angeles, where its lean protein-rich nature is a big hit with the diet and camera conscious.
Spalding Gray was odd and funny and brilliant and (ultimately) tragic. The nerdy northeastern intellectual wrote poetry, founded an experimental theater group, acted in motion pictures and on TV, and finished a novel. More than anything, he's remembered for his minimalist, autobiographical monologues in the 1980s. With a desk, a microphone, a glass of water, and a spiral notebook, Gray was LiveJournal before there was a LiveJournal. He turned several of these performances, including Swimming to Cambodia, into movies. But his battle with depression and bipolar disorder was no secret. His mother killed herself at age 52. He did the same in 2004. In Spalding Gray: Stories Left to Tell, five actors bring the monologuist's spirit back to the stage by portraying different parts of his psyche: love, career, adventure, family, and journal. The production was conceived by Gray's widow and collaborator Kathleen Russo. It mixes parts of his published works with previously private writings, and the actors vary in age, race, and gender. Gray's inner life was always the undisputed center of his monologues; this plural-logue, if you will, shows that the odd, funny, brilliant, and tragic man also reflected the world that encountered him.
Tue., Jan. 25, 8 p.m.; Thursdays-Saturdays, 8 p.m. Starts: Jan. 25. Continues through Feb. 26, 2011