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
Because not everyone can shell out a week's worth of rent on the edible art of a hand-tweezed tasting menu, veteran restaurateur Kash Feng (owner of Michelin-starred Omakase) and consulting chef Shin Aoki (formally of Michelin-starred Kaigetsu) bring you Okane — legit Japanese fare for epicures of the 99 percent.
Forget flying cars. By now, we assumed we'd be regularly jacking into William Gibson's cyberspace or Neal Stephenson's metaverse, if not the Mitchell Brothers World-O-Pleasure. Instead we have, what? The Nintendo Wii, Linden Bucks, Google Earth, and force-feedback game controllers. Christ. This weekend, however, you can at least pretend the tech revolution happened the way the prognosticators said it would and you can do so in puffy headphones. Just grab your finest portable audio headset (Mac buds are fine, if you must), hold the plug in front of you, and walk to the Lab. There, jack yourself into any of the 60 waiting slots (bonus if you do it like Neo and affect a nasty ice-cream headache). You'll be transported, if not visually, then aurally, to another place the [:] PLUG3 [:] Headphone Festival. Over the course of two days, 48 live performances will take place in various locations, and you can "virtually" attend the performances (OK, they use streaming media, but still) of dozens of bands, which dip appropriately into the electronic and experimental pools. Our local event is part of the granddaddy of all headphone festivals, Le Placard X, which has been steadily growing after Parisian Erik Minkkinen broadcast the first show from his closet in 1998. The festival is now international, migrating from city to city over the course of 97 days. It's starting to resemble, dare we say, an alternate universe, one that does not rely on killing things.
Oct. 13-14, 1 p.m., 2007