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
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It's like a sinister cover-up. No one seems to want to talk about it. But the truth will out: Last year at "Toe to Toe," the dancers beat the athletes, badly, embarrassingly, and gracefully. The event is the brainchild of fearsome intellect and Mr. Moneybags Warren Hellman, and it pits the dancers of the ODC company against the football, basketball, cheerleading, track, and volleyball teams from UC Berkeley. In the 2007 match-up, the two groups squared off in contests of strength, agility, and chutzpah. They climbed rope ladders and recited poetry at the top, they stood on one leg and donned ridiculous costumes, an obstacle course involving BMX bikes was navigated, and there may have been a plain old footrace. We loved the Rock 'Em Sock 'Em Robots duel and the performances at the end, Dancing with the Starsstyle pieces during which tiny puffballs of dancers climbed around on loping b-ballers like squirrels on trees. At "Toe to Toe: The Rematch," the jocks might be forgiven for trying to hush up last year's results after all, they were better funded, better -appreciated, and there were more of them, and yet the artists trounced them, hilariously. Cute food, Gatortinis (Gross! Get me another one), and celebrity judges (Ronnie Lott is not only talented and beautiful but funny, too) these garnishes are fabulous but not as good as the games themselves. We don't usually recommend spending this much cash on a single event, but this one is worth it; it's also a benefit for ODC and the Cal teams. Go dancers! Beat Cal!
Tue., Feb. 12, 6:30 p.m., 2008