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.
Going to outer space, Aundre the Wonderwoman sasses. I call it the final white flight. Cue audience losing it. Comedian waits half a beat and does a steely deadpan: The ultimate suburb. Audience pees collective pants. Ms. the Wonderwoman headlines Harveys Funny Monday this evening. You may know that Harveys is usually funny on Tuesdays, which is when host Ronn Vigh usually hosts said funny, but dont worry. Tonights show is a special pre-election episode, also featuring comedian and tongue-twister Dhaya Lakshminarayanan and mean lesbian Janine Brito. Lets face it: In this election season (as in most election seasons), were going to need all the mean lesbian, first-generation U.S. citizen, and white-flight jokers we can get.
Mon., Nov. 1, 9 p.m., 2010