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
Ah, the VHS tape. Currently a waste-of-space lick of nostalgia and soon, if not already, to head into the realm of kooky hipster collector item when those "Screw Blu-Ray" movie nights start popping up.But until then we suspect VHS tapes are just collecting dust in your closet, so it's time to clean up and get crafty. Be kind, rewind, and unreel those tapes while guest artist Suzanne Morlock teaches you how to knit little goodies with them! Craft Bar happens on the first Thursday of every month, where participants of all ages can create and meet others enthusiastic about D.I.Y. everything. Of course, no crafting event is complete without a little help from the craft czars over at Etsy, who stream the demonstrations online in virtual labs the day of the event. VHS-tape wrist cuffs probably aren't going to do much to keep you toasty this fall, but you don't need that noisy copy of Jurassic Park for much else. Craft Bar includes refreshments by Trumer Pils and Milk Bar, as well as other local food, musicians, and arts community patrons.
Thu., Sept. 6, 6 p.m., 2012