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
The island trend of Hawaiian-style poke, or raw fish/seafood dressed with a variety of sauces and fresh toppings, has been kicking around the West Coast mainland for a while, particularly in Los Angeles, where its lean protein-rich nature is a big hit with the diet and camera conscious.
Truth that's embedded in humor is no less powerful than truth delivered by serious means. In fact, it can be more powerful just ask political satirists Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert, who attracted more than 200,000 people to a 2010 rally in Washington, D.C. In fact, some people consider Stewart and Colbert their main source of news, even though they aren't journalists by traditional standards. The mix of satire and politics is what attracted Kevin Kallaugher to political cartooning. Drawn from The Economist: The Editorial Art of Kal is a sampling of his work for a magazine considered to be one of the strongest voices in world affairs. During a span of three decades, Kallaugher has produced more than 3,000 cartoons for The Economist, including 120 that appeared on the cover. He has depicted world leaders including American Presidents George Bush (the 41st and the 43rd), Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat, Iraqi President Saddam Hussein, and longtime Cuban leader Fidel Castro. Kallaugher told CNN in 2008 that he regularly receives requests for copies of a cartoon he drew in 1997 of Wall Street hysteria, adding, A good cartoon is timeless.
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