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
War of the Insects is a 1968 Japanese sci-fi thriller, seldom seen in the U.S., because it sucks. Really: It's about killer bees created by a mad scientist attacking a plane carrying an atomic bomb wait, that sounds awesome. Why have we never heard of this War of the Insects!? Tonight, the movie gets completely adored stateside by getting completely shredded, scene by scene, nearly line by line, by the first group that realized such things could be profitable and not just morally necessary. No, not our SF Weekly film reviewers. This is Cinematic Titanic, formed by the creator and featuring the original cast of Mystery Science Theater 3000. We don't know why Joel Hodgson reformed his crew to do the same thing bust on films under a different guise, but it might have something to do with the hazards of shoving J. Elvis Weinstein into a robot costume with a gumball-machine head for the live shows.
Tue., Aug. 3, 8 p.m., 2010