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
We don't often go out of our way for restrooms, but in the case of Macy's sixth-floor ladies room (sorry guys: you'll just have to make do with having everything else), all who pass through its doors will understand why it's worth the effort.
Keith Lowell Jensen hates Chicago. But he has a reason. He spent a night in jail there after being caught with a handgun in the airport. But it wasn’t his gun. Unknown to Jensen, the gun was in his friend’s bag, which Jensen carried through security while the friend checked in. So Jensen asked the cops to fetch his friend so he could explain. But they wouldn’t. One cop asked Jensen whether he was a skinhead, even though Jensen had long hair. This made Jensen mad. His reply made the cop madder. Another cop wanted to release Jensen. But he wouldn’t after he learned that Jensen was a communist. Except he wasn’t -- or, he hadn’t meant to be. So Jensen and his friend went to jail. Their dinner? Bologna sandwiches with lots of mayo. Did we mention that Jensen is vegan? Welcome to The Angry Geek Show. Erikka Innes (who calls herself “the sexy nerd”) says it’s “a smart comedy show for people who hate things.” We’re not sure what Innes hates, but Sammy Obeid hates couples. To express his loathing while he walks on crowded streets, he plays a childhood game with people holding hands. “Red rover, red rover,” he says as he walks between them and pulls their hands apart, “this relationship is over.” Brick Stone (“scourge of the Westboro Baptist Church”) hosts the lineup that also includes Alison Stevenson (“the comic book reader”), Tapan Trivedi (“the Indian nerd”), and Nina Daniels (“the cello nerd”). Jensen, meanwhile, is listed as “the atheist nerd.” We bet he didn’t tell airport security about that -- otherwise he’d still be in Chicago.
Tue., April 10, 8 p.m., 2012