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Tom of Finland: Yearning to Love


At last the story behind the cult illustrator of hyper-masculine cowboys is coming to the big screen in 2017. The trailer is already here to whet our appetites, however. There have been other films about the artist Tom of Finland, but this is the first one to be endorsed by the Tom of Finland Foundation, dedicated to the promotion and preservation of erotic art.

The film will tell the story of ‘Tom of Finland’ – Touko Laaksonen, a veteran of the Second World War and how his experiences as a queer man in the post-war period led to his practice as a queer artist. It’s easy to forget in these days of same-sex marriage how difficult it was for queer people in the past; Tom of Finland’s art was the vanguard of change.

Cultural historian Joseph Slade described Tom of Finland as the ‘most influential creator of gay pornographic images’. The artist produced 3500 illustrations over 40 years depicting muscular men with tight clothes or partially undressed. Considering the popularity of the images, it’s about time they were finally brought into the mainstream.

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Summer Solstice at the Shard with Morning Gloryville

Ever fancied seeing in the summer solstice from the Shard? Well, now you can. The immersive morning dance specialists Morning Gloryville will collaborate with The Shard to open the doors at 4.15am on 21st June for Sky High Solstice. It should be stunning if the weather carries on being so clear. Not to say transcendent, as the summer solstice is a celebration that dates back to pre-Christian times.

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Rock the Strand this Thursday 22nd June

Save the date – on Thursday 22nd June from 7.15pm – 10.45pm, Rock the Strand will take place at the Strand Palace Hotel. Curated by industry legend Tony Moore, Rock the Strand will showcase an eclectic range of genres from indie alt-folk to country from emerging new talent and established acts, highlighting the UK’s varied and diverse musical landscape.

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Sagardi: Pleasures of the Flesh

SEEN was reminded of what a privilege it is to meet chefs and butchers who are truly passionate and single-minded about the food they prepare and cook. Thus it was at Sagardi in Shoreditch, where the ravenous foodie press was assembled earlier this week, to witness the butchery of, and subsequent cooking over a splendid barbecue grill, of a side of ox.