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
Leave it to the Brazilians to bring soccer to the beach. The country of capoeira dancers, baile funk, and Carnaval imported the same informal esprit de corps to soft-sand futbol when it became an officially recognized professional sport in 1992. Among the rules: You cant wear shoes, the pitch is far shorter than that of a grass field (making scoring easier), and, judging by the schedule for todays Beach Soccer Festival, a jangly DJd soundtrack is a requirement. Rather than a competitive environment, this two-day event is more of a soiree although players will have a chance to show off their control dribbles and hook turns. Participants can sign up to take the title (with each team consisting of five players), while spectators might enjoy a bikini fashion show, a Brazilian jiu-jitsu demonstration by Grand Master Rorion Gracie, and plenty of pageantry from the navel-bumping samba belles of Aquarela Brazilian Dance Ensemble.
Sept. 27-28, 9 a.m., 2008