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
The island trend of Hawaiian-style poke, or raw fish/seafood dressed with a variety of sauces and fresh toppings, has been kicking around the West Coast mainland for a while, particularly in Los Angeles, where its lean protein-rich nature is a big hit with the diet and camera conscious.
The "Amoeba Art Show #2" features a slew of artists who work at the big ol' record store. The shop's PR department seems to be in overdrive promoting the exhibit through the appropriate outlets, like Craigslist. This seems pretty cool. But our radar always beeps when a large organization hypes its own workers (according to the Web site, they are "ultra-talented, intensely creative employees,") yet fails to name even one of them. Here's the rub: We agree quite heartily with Amoeba PR. The people who buy, sell, and organize music at the Haight Street and Telegraph Ave. stores rule, and we've never been to the one in L.A. (artwork comes from all three stores) but the smart money's on those folks being cool too. And by that we mean they probably have intense creativity and ultra talent, artistically.
Jan. 25-26, 2008