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
We were recently surprised to learn that, while print and e-book publishing lan- guishes, audiobooks do better and better with every passing year. (Downloads in 2015 were up 38 percent over 2014.) We like to imagine that it’s the allure of the well-trained dramaturge that makes emotional connections while leaving some- thing to the listener’s imagination — not background noise for long commutes. In such a case, there can be no finer pleasure than a staged reading by longtime favorites Word for Word, a company that has brought countless short stories from page to stage, including “Sonny’s Blues” by James Baldwin, “The Fall River Axe Murders” by Angela Carter, “Berenice” by Edgar Allan Poe, and “The Bunch- grass Edge of the World” by Annie Proulx. During “Off the Page,” devotees help the company massage prose into parts, and sometimes, as was the case with Al- ice Munro’s work, choose the next story for production. Tonight, the actors ap- proach short fiction from Jamie Quatro’s highly lauded IWanttoShowYou More, which explores faith, (in)fidelity, and family along the border between Georgia and Tennessee.More
A storytelling night with Carnie Asada, Profundity, Coco Buttah, Mahlae Balenciaga, Greg der Ananian, and Fauxnique, celebrates Shark Week with accounts of dangerous, deadly, and treacherous creatures.More
Be there when Cara Black discusses her new book: Murder on the Quai. Aimee Leduc is in her first year of college at Paris's preeminent medical school. But Aimee's world is crumbling: her boyfriend is leaving her, her father leaves for Berlin for a mysterious errand and asks Aimee to look after his detective agency. She begins to investigate a murder. A book sale by the Friends of the San Francisco Public Library follows the event.More
Upon finding delight in the corporeal world, most infants express it by slapping, clapping, stomping, thumping, and vocalizing. This same combination has been cultivated and refined in every culture around the world. Yet, there has never been an international gathering of body musicians. This year, Keith Terry co-founder of the Jazz Tap Ensemble and longtime sound effects artist for the Pickle Family Circus received the Guggenheim Fellow award for body music, not only for his uncanny ability to transform his personal mass into an orchestra, but also for his ability to draw artists together for the First International Body Music Festival. Eager students of gumboot, hambone, and kecak can attend workshops during the day, then line up for concerts at night. The devastating range and beauty of the human mechanism is illustrated by Barbatuques, a 12-person ensemble from São Paolo, who conspire with Terrys Oakland-based Slammin All-Body Band to create something between beatbox and maracatu. Original Hambone Kid Sam McGrier and his postmodern progeny Derique McGee strut the purely American tradition, which developed rapid slaps to replace forbidden slaves drums. Gamelan Sekar Jaya and Gamelan X employ the Balinese kecak, a divinely inspired chant associated with the monkey god Hanuman, while Turkish duo KeKeÇa transforms traditional songs into delicate body pieces worthy of Rumi.
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