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
Esther Paik Goodhart calls her mother "the Asian Tammy Faye Bakker." Scott Blakeman created "Stand Up for Peace: The Two Comedian Solution to Middle East Peace" with Palestinian-American comedian Dean Obeidallah, which the pair perform back home in NYC. And Shelley Berman's been on the Ed Sullivan Show 21 times -- the talent at the annual Kung Pao Kosher Comedy show is big-time. Berman, especially, is no less than a comedy legend maybe you know him as a regular actor on Curb Your Enthusiasm and Boston Legal. (Somehow, it's still the Sullivan Show gigs that do it for us. Call us old-fashioned, but playing the same show the Beatles and Elvis did is just different from playing Larry David's dad.) Kung Pao Kosher's creator Lisa Geduldig also performs at the event, which welcomes everyone from the family-challenged to the faithless and which benefits the Jewish Community Free Clinic and the Chicken Soupers. Oh, and did we mention? The early, dinner shows include a feast, and at all shows, "The fortune cookies are filled with Yiddish proverbs."
Dec. 20-25, 2007