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
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In its three short years of existence, the Stars and Garters Theatre Company has woven a love spell around this city. Its first offering, The Curse of the Goddamned Ship, a zombie-musical written by company members Jenny Jo Kristan and Ben Burke, played to sold-out audiences wherever it landed. Its second, The Robber Bridegroom, based very loosely on the Brothers Grimm tale, proved that Goddamned Ship was no fluke. Each production is a gesamtkunstwerk, an integrated performance of music, theater, and visual arts. The company -- comprised of gifted puppeteers, writers, comedians, musicians, and makers of beautiful things -- constructs their shows from the floor up, delivering songs, sets, and clothes that make the heart yearn. Star and Garters bi-monthly variety shows, sponsored by the Intersection for the Arts, also sell out routinely and feature everything from glass-eating to tap dancing. By such standards, tonights fete, "Country Duet Roulette, is a simple porchlight affair, with members of the company pairing up and competing for homespun swag in three rounds of song. But dont be fooled, surprises are in store. Celebrity judges include members of the Yard Dogs Roadshow and Tiger Honeypot. Isaac Frankle -- a.k.a. Shovelman -- kicks off the jamboree by playing music on, you guessed it, a shovel.
Sat., May 31, 9 p.m., 2008