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
With the App Store, Steve Jobs gave the newspaper industry an innovative way to distribute and charge for their content, similar to what he did for the record industry. The newspaper industry responded with a flash of insight: How about we do all that and not charge for our content? And so, while iFart costs a buck, applications like NYTimes, USA Today, and WSJ are all free. Our local hard-up daily had an even more radical response to the pricing dilemma: Fuck the App Store. Why? Find out from Phil Bronstein. As the Chrons former executive vice president and editor, current editor at large, and featured speaker at the panel discussion Newspapers Are Dead. Now What? hes good for some of the hard, practical truths about running a newspaper into the ground. Ask him why you have to read his backwards. Providing the more ethereal stuff will be journalism professor Lowell Bergman, Kara Andrade of community funded reporting Web site Spot.Us, and Cynthia Typaldos of Kachingle, a site that wants you to give money to sites you like to read.
Mon., June 29, 6:30 p.m., 2009