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
Nothing caps off a nice day at the beach like a mouthful of sand — especially if the grit in your teeth is the reward for the grit required to splay flat-out on your stomach, for the prize of a plastic disc in your hand, and all the glory that comes along with it.
Capitalism, yeah, yeah. It's great! It's real motivational and gets you blenders. Still, it doesn't really help if you're poor, or weird enough to want things other than money and blenders. We know that describes a lot of you out there, so for you, there's the Really Really Free Market, which doesn't have much to do with the free market. Instead, it's about bringing usable items to an event with a flea-market vibe, and giving them away while picking up usable items brought by someone else. The RRFM doesn't even trouble itself with the trade or barter models; the idea is just to give and get. (Just be prepared to cart home what no one takes.) Organizers compare it to a potluck dinner, and make the point that in this consumer-goods-rich place, we shouldn't have to either buy or toss so many blenders.
Sat., Dec. 29, 1 p.m., 2007