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 "How-To" series, organized by Juliana Gallin -- also the big brain behind the "Ask a Scientist" series -- gets drunk tonight. Seven years of experience make Caleb Shaffer a great teacher for the "How to Make Beer in Your Basement" event; the series website points out that "When you learn to make your own beer you save money and get invited to more parties!" Past episodes of "How-To" have featured book publishing, vegetable gardening, and videoblogging. If you know how to do something neat, get in touch with Gallin, and tell people how you DIY.
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