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
You're with a group of friends and one of them says, I worked with David Lynch. The reply goes up, Awesome! What was it like!? Well, there was a lot of standing around, and I was in a big crowd. It was really cold and I had to wait a long time. There was lots of free coffee. At one point during the shoot I had to walk right by Bill Pullman and he almost tripped over me! They might have had to re-shoot the scene because of something I did! OK, being an extra in a movie might not be the most exciting thing, but then again, one never knows. A chance meeting, an impromptu conversation, a moment where a person might become a memorable face in an otherwise indistinct crowd. Welcome to Porchlight Presents: Brushes with Fame. Extras, gawkers, and actors tell their stories and bring (as the producers put it) their incriminating clips. Host Arlene Klatte and Beth Lisick have departed from their usual venue to put it in the most appropriate setting a movie theater.
Tue., March 1, 7:30 p.m., 2011