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.
Heres how you save network sketch comedy: You kill it. Were halfway there. MadTV, after 13 years of surprising viewers by remaining on the air, is down to its last episodes. Perhaps it will reinvent itself on some cable channel and never be heard from again, like the Whitest Kids U Know. We never really understood the Mad angle, anyway -- you name yourself after the most influential publication in the world (pre-Onion) and theres no Don Martin? No Sergio Aragonés? No Fold-Ins? But MadTV did have the incomparable Frank Caliendo for five years his John Madden is titanic as well as Ariel Spears for eight seasons. Spears does rap stars DMX, LL Cool J, Snoop, Jay-Z really well, and a pretty mean Michael Jackson to boot (mean as in supervicious and cruel).
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