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
Last year, the PianoFight theater troupe, in response to the nationwide Free Night of Theater, instructed its audiences to throw rotten vegetables at PianoFight actors. Fair enough. To facilitate it, the troupe provided serving trays full of rotten vegetables, which theatergoers heaped onto plates. To make sure the produce was hurled and not tucked under the chairs to snack on later, the troupe designed sketch comedy that encouraged audiences to get rid of it as fast and as hard as possible Samuel Beckett farting into a microphone, that sort of thing and it rained whole foods. Tonight, theyre at it again. Throw Rotten Veggies at the Actors Nights have crap like Ben Bernanke and Henry Paulson giving stock tips and George Bernard Shaw hassling a young child, so dont hold back. It comes on the heels of the main act, the audience-judged play contest ShortLived 3.0., which you should not throw vegetables at. You should applaud, like normal people.
May 14-15, 8 p.m., 2010