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
At Bay Area Dance Week, there are so many events, classes, and performances, with so many local troupes, that it took us more than three minutes to scroll down the events page this speaks to the massive footprint of BADW and to its Web design, equally. Opening weekend offers something for the widest possible audience, because its free, on fire, and shocking: the Temple of Poi 2010 Fire Dancing Expo. Imagine every fire dancer youve ever seen in a parking lot, quadruple the talent, take away the dust, tone down the hallucinogens, and plop everyone in the stented heart of the citys high-end consumer district with a barrel of lighter fluid. This weeks Union Square tourists came on the right weekend, absolutely. The Expo features Temple of Poi talent as well as renowned practitioners from around the world, including MCP from Scotland and Flames of the Phoenix from Australia.
Sat., April 24, 7:45 p.m., 2010