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
I knew something was up when Tegan & Sara wound up on the Monster-in-Law soundtrack. Ever since some dialed-in music supervisor in Newport Beach figured out how to exploit indie rock, hipsters have infiltrated mainstream media, replacing Bob Seger and Aerosmith with Razorlight and the Album Leaf in car ads. Shit, the Garden State soundtrack just went platinum! In the grand tradition of Music from The O.C. Mix 4 comes the Wedding Crashers soundtrack, which is relying on the Converse-clad masses to shell out for a compilation whose track listing reads like last year's Coachella lineup: heavy hitters like Death Cab for Cutie, Jimmy Eat World, Bloc Party, Spoon, and Rilo Kiley, as well as little guys who deserve more exposure such as Robbers on High Street, the Long Winters, and the Weakerthans. The usually annoying Flaming Lips pitch in a new song ("Mr. Ambulance Driver") that won't make you want to gouge out your eardrums, and '70s one-hit wonders Mungo Jerry represent with "In the Summertime." This being a movie about weddings, the disc closes with a remix of the Isley Brothers' "Shout" and "Hava Nagilah," as sung by Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson -- 'cause let's face it, there's always room for klezmer.