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
After years of hand wringing and looking the other way, Federal officials have officially allowed Mavericks surfers to use wave runners, those noisy, polluting watercraft that make environmentalists heads explode. Valid only on big-wave days, its a concession to the sport, much in the way helicopters are required for skiing on a mountain in the middle of nowhere, and anyway the whole affair takes place a half-mile out, so your knucklehead beachcombing is secure. The crafts allow surfers to catch waves that would otherwise be out of reach -- the ones that eclipse the sky, fucking with gravity -- and allows for films like Ride-On. The latest feature from Powerlines Productions, Ride-On devotes itself to 2008 Mavericks, a scooping barrel in Mexico, and Ghost Tree off Pebble Beach, where tow-in surfing is now banned forever. Mavs is huge, filmmakers compare it to the legendary 100-foot Wednesday in 2001, which, conveniently, was the subject of their 2001 film 100-Foot Wednesday. All the locals are still out.
April 3-6, 2009