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 don't often go out of our way for restrooms, but in the case of Macy's sixth-floor ladies room (sorry guys: you'll just have to make do with having everything else), all who pass through its doors will understand why it's worth the effort.
The Tenderloin was set to lose another irreplaceable when the Ha-Ra Club — a low-ceilinged dive of the slummiest reputation, long fallen into neglect, but nevertheless beloved for strong pours, idiosyncratic bartenders, and a long history — was taken over by the crew who run Ace's and Dobbs Ferry.
When Cheech & Chong reunited in 2005 at the Aspen Comedy Festival -- their first onstage performance in 20 years -- it didnt go well. After Cheech performed Mexican Americans, Chong sang a stream-of-consciousness bit that dissed Cheechs role on the TV show Nash Bridges. The tune was about getting stoned and watching a show on the Discovery Channel about two frogs fucking. One verse went like this: You start thinking, Gee, Cheech looks funny without his mustache, and whos that frog fucking him? It looks like Don Johnson! As you might imagine, Cheech didnt appreciate the joke. Nonetheless, in March of this year the two met at Cheechs house in Malibu to talk about working together again, according to Chongs new book, Cheech & Chong: The Unauthorized Autobiography. That meeting also didnt go well. Cheech called his old partners previous book, The I Chong, lousy. As I listened to Cheech insult my ability as a writer, Chong says at the end of the unauthorized autobiography, I realized I could no longer work with the guy. Well, they must have put their differences behind them because theyre scheduled to do a reunion tour later this year. In the meantime, Tommy Chong is flogging his new lousy book.
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