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
Mashing up different world cuisines is usually a popular conceit for new quick-service eateries and food trucks to make a quick buck and gain Instagram fame, but Volta has shown how well global cross-pollination works on a refined plate without stretching for novelty or pretense in the process.
The Dandelion Dance Theater is known for mixing things up: Dancers in wheelchairs, live music composed and performed by dancers, and choreography set to yelling are standard with this gang. But with Mutt Chapters One and Two, company directors Kimiko Guthrie and Eric Kupers mix kimonos and cowboy boots. Have they gone too far this time? A recent run in New York City was well-reviewed, but still, that was the Big Apple. How will audiences react to country music mixed with live Japanese narration here in the 7X7? The plot (contemporary dance and plot? Another wacky combo by DDT.) concerns the afterlife of a Japanese-Redneck, aka a girl born to a World War II internee and a Texas prison guard; hence the title.
Sept. 18-20, 8 p.m., 2009