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
Nothing caps off a nice day at the beach like a mouthful of sand — especially if the grit in your teeth is the reward for the grit required to splay flat-out on your stomach, for the prize of a plastic disc in your hand, and all the glory that comes along with it.
Few who have experienced Montanas Glacier National Park would argue that it takes the cake for epic scenery among U.S. parks. But if global warming continues at the current rate, the result could be a glacier park sans glaciers. To celebrate its upcoming centennial and raise awareness about the chilling speed at which its namesakes are melting, the park recently co-commissioned four artists to create site-specific works on park land. Videographers then captured the works on film for integration into subsequent stage performances. Among the artists chosen for the project was choreographer Trey McIntyre, whose maverick brand of ballet has earned him growing international attention for a decade. Having created nearly 80 dances for bulwarks such as Stuttgart Ballet and New York City Ballet, McIntyre launched his own company from his home base in Boise three years ago. The Trey McIntyre Project makes its West Coast debut with "The Sun Road and Other Works." Footage of the company dancing among Glaciers majestic peaks serves as a backdrop to live ballet on the stage. Given the dancers backgrounds with some of the best ballet companies in the country, this one-night performance should offer some dancing to remember if Glaciers imperiled grandeur doesnt upstage it.
Fri., Oct. 30, 8 p.m., 2009