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
Before there was the love letter, there was dance. Courtship, mating rituals, and dance have gone together for as long as they’ve existed. But few dances can personify this history better than the Argentine Tango: The suits, the heels, the steady connection of two dancers with their legs entwining to the 2/4 rhythms of the orchestral mu-sic; it all creates a contagious visual seduction. And Argentine Tango has no greater icon than Mora Godoy. She created the first Tango-inspired musical, Tanguera, danced for the Rolling Stones, and showed how sexy a dancer could be on the cover of Playboy. Godoy will remain fully — yet fancifully — clothed tonight when she dances in Enamorados del Tango Lovers. Hailed as “a Tango show at the highest level,” by Banda Oriental, Tango Lovers is directed by Tango world champion Marcos Ayala. It features six couples, live vocals, and a full band with Grammy winner Federico Britos on the violin. As sexy as the show might be, it’s also about passion, history and storytelling — so if you’re writing a love letter to the cast, keep it classy.
Sat., April 20, 4 & 8 p.m., 2013