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
Still reeling from the stiletto-sized hole in your heart since The Golden Girls Christmas Episodes closed for the season? Us too. But you can wipe the glitter-encrusted tears from your eyes, because Trannyshack is back with drag renditions of the popular, cosmo- and shoe-obsessed HBO series Sex and the City. Drag dynamo Heklina stars as Carrie, D’Arcy Drollinger (who also does a terrific Lindsay Lohan) plays the vixen Samantha, Lady Bear serves up the cynicism as Miranda, and Trixxie Carr tackles the prudish yet romantic Charlotte. Sex and the City: Live!features two episodes a night every Wednesday until the vodka runs dry (i.e., its run is open-ended). This also comes perfectly timed with the Sex and the City prequel, The Carrie Diaries, premiering on the CW this month. When it comes to powerhouse drag performances, now is the time to get Carried away.
Wednesdays, 7 & 9 p.m. Starts: Jan. 23. Continues through Nov. 13, 2013