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
Dave Foley has had many high-profile gigs during his 25 year comedy career Kids in the Hall member, NewsRadio star, Celebrity Poker Showdown host (ahem) but standup comedy is not among them. He clocked in a year working as a standup comic in the mid-1980s, but once he formed the Kids in the Hall with Kevin McDonald, he abandoned the red-bricked walls of comedy clubs for stuffed brassieres and cult television fame as a member of the legendary crossdressing comedy troupe. Decades later, Foley is back on the standup circuit. Why the return? Put simply, he needs the dough. As he confided to Marc Maron during an episode of the comedians WTF with Marc Maron podcast, Foley has fallen far behind on his child support payments, which are based on his income during his years as a well-paid NewsRadio star. The past decade hasnt proved as lucrative, forcing him to take just about any gig available to try to keep up with the payments, which exceed $10,000 if you believe, well, a lot of different sources. If youve ever wondered why Foley agreed to full-frontal nudity in Uwe Bolls execrable Postal, thats probably why. Returning to standup is a far more dignified way to pay the bills. But dont go out of a sense of charity. Standup comedy may not be his primary vocation, but his restrained intensity and dark sense of humor is as well suited to the comedy club as it is to the subversive surrealism of the Kids in the Hall.
Thursdays-Saturdays, 8 p.m. Starts: June 9. Continues through June 11, 2011