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
Though Adriano Paganini's restaurant specializes in Roman-style wood-fired pizzas, you'd be remiss to skip out on its appetizers, in particular the broccolini bruschetta, a dish that may very well become your new favorite way to eat these tiny trees of the produce world.
English lesson: "Irony" is when the literal meaning is the opposite of the actual meaning. It is not, for example, rain on your wedding day. But when a dance company questions consumerism inside an ancient bastion of money, it is a very nice piece of visual and conceptual irony. See that? In Joe Goode Performance Group's Traveling Light, choreographer Goode (working with lighting designer Jack Carpenter) designed a walking tour of a dance performance small groups of audiences move from courtyard to foyer to hallway. "Life doesn't happen one thing at a time," Goode told a television reporter during Traveling Light's initial run. "Let the stage reflect life." And let the stage be made of marble, and have soaring ceilings and massive vaults. Now please discuss among yourselves: Are Goode's hallmark talking and singing dancers ironic?
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