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
Though Adriano Paganini's restaurant specializes in Roman-style wood-fired pizzas, you'd be remiss to skip out on its appetizers, in particular the broccolini bruschetta, a dish that may very well become your new favorite way to eat these tiny trees of the produce world.
Rights of Passage, a world premiere, follows one man -- Wayan (Jomar Tagatac), a gay Balinese Hindu -- but its scope is LGBTs throughout the world. With the help of organizations like Amnesty International and the International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission, playwrights Ed Decker and Robert Leone (who are married) interviewed LGBTs in America, Asia, Europe, and Africa; those interviews became characters who share with Wayan three rites of passage that structure the play: childhood, adolescence, and adulthood. At what Decker calls “points of confusion or indecision,” a member of the international medley (RJ Castaneda, Michaela Greeley, Dazié Rustin Grego, Christopher Morrell, Randall Nakano, Anthony Rollins-Mullens, Desiree Rogers) interrupts Wayan’s coming-of-age story. “We might in that moment jump over to Africa and see the experience of a lesbian who’s experienced collective rape,” Decker says. “Or we might go over to Thailand and meet a transgender woman. Or we might go to the Deep South and meet a fierce black drag queen.” Director Arturo Catricala accomplishes the transitions with everything from music to masks to puppetry -- through juxtaposition and solidarity, what Decker calls “the challenges and struggles of the LGBT” become “the triumph of the human spirit.”
Wednesdays-Saturdays, 8 p.m.; Sundays, 2 p.m. Starts: Aug. 17. Continues through Sept. 16, 2012