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
Zahra Noorbakhsh has a thing about curry. Which is to say, a lot of people ask her about curry. She's of Middle Eastern descent, you see, and such people must eat curry, like, a couple of times a day, right? At least that's how it comes across, considering how often people talk to her about it. When she went to her boyfriend's family home in Orange County for Thanksgiving, for example, she brought a big pre-packaged salad from Trader Joe's to share. Oh, you brought curry! someone remarked. But tonight's story, All Atheists Are Muslim, isn't about her boyfriend's family. Or about curry (we think). It's about her and her family. Noorbakhsh and her boyfriend, Duncan, are moving in together. She needs to tell her parents that this is happening, and that it makes sense. Did we mention her parents are Iranian immigrants? And they're Muslim? And that she and Duncan have no intention of getting married? And that Duncan is an atheist? (We hope he likes curry.) Noorbakhsh describes it as just your regular, everyday story of boy meets girl, meets thousands of years of cultural tradition and religious doctrine." She warns that those who see the show might find out you're more Muslim than you think.
Thursdays-Saturdays, 8 p.m. Starts: Sept. 1. Continues through Oct. 1, 2011