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
With neighborhood institutions like the 21 Club closing to make way for yuppie cocktail bars, Brown Jug remains an oasis — and one that takes full advantage of the state's operating hours window, 6 a.m. to 2 a.m. daily.
As a subject for the stage, blogging must be handled delicately, since most blogs, like most frozen foods, are worthless. Are you really going to put your character in pajamas? Are you going to have him write words like 4ever, a chestnut that Nancy Franklin, a New Yorker reporter with a presumably full keyboard, recently used on her fancy publications blog? A new local play about blogging, however, has a secret weapon: playwright Peter Sinn Nachtrieb, the same Nachtrieb who burst onto the national scene with what at first seemed to be a small potato, Killing My Lobsters first full-length play, Hunter Gatherers. By the time the dust had settled, he had a clutch of awards and the ear of every theater group in town. So he did what he wanted: He wrote a play about blogging, T.I.C. Trenchcoat in Common. Encore Theatre Company jumped. To Nachtriebs credit, T.I.C. doesnt involve a newsroom or a gossip-cave. Its about a sullen teenage girl who starts blogging about her tenants-in-common neighbors (an excellent use of a blog if there ever were one). Someone starts reading, and scary things happen. We like it when scary things happen to bloggers.
Jan. 2-Feb. 1, 2009