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Sunday, August 29, 2010

After Dark May 1971 (Part 2)

In addition to cover girl Bette Midler, Claire Bloom, and Fortune and Men's Eyes, this issue also featured the Summer Festivals that were coming up for the 1971. It was a compilation of many annual theater, film, music and dance attractions that was to occur throughout the United States and abroad. In Central Park, the New York Shakespeare Festival, while Georgia had the Atlanta International Film Festival. Countries like Bulgaria, Austria, Turkey and Yugoslavia were holding festivals of their own.

The Harold Prince/Michael Bennett musical Follies was being presented with music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim and book by James Goldman. Dorothy Collins lead the cast as Sally Durant.

Yvonne De Carlo and John McMartin appeared as Carlotta and Ben.

Michael Bartlett performed "Beautiful Girls" with Alexis Smith, Fifi D'Orsay and Mary McCarty.

Here is Sheila Smith, Ethel Barrymore Colt, Alexis Smith, Dorothy Collins, Helen Blount, and Yvonne De Carlo in the show-stopping production number, "Who's That Woman?" while the ghosts of the original Follies girls mirror the routine.

Contemporary artists got spotlighted in a portfolio of photographs by Jack Mitchell. Collagist Ray Johnson, who was the founder, innovator, and official head of the New York Correspondance School.

Robert Indiana, is the painter best known for his "LOVE" painting seen here with the sculpture representing his painting.

Ian Hornak is a young Realist painter of highly detailed landscapes and nudes seen with his "Self Portrait".

Stephen Mueller's paintings have been described as lyrical abstractions.

Pop artist Roy Lichtenstein and his wife Dorothy in their living room.

America's leading Op Artist Richard Anuszkiewicz surrounded by some of his paintings.

Kenn Duncan photographed these models for the feature "Who Wears Short Shorts?" City Center Joffrey Ballet's Christian Holder in cotton velvet Half Mast pants by Seafarer.

Terry Eno and Leigh Carole of the touring version of the English musical Cantebury Tales are in fashions by Seafarer and Capezio.

Bob Clancy, Carolyn Gale and Lee Wright in more fashions by Seafarer and Capezio.

Capezios are not just for dancing, but Joffrey Ballet's Gary Chryst wears a suede and leather hotpants suit while Lili Cockerille is in a Levi-inspired hotpants suit in butter-soft chamois.

Speaking of short shorts, the Parr-Shirt (which continues in one piece as an underbrief) is paired with these tab shorts. They were available from Parr of Arizona.

Kaftans were going strong in this striped number worn by Australian Ballet star Alan Alder.

High Gear offered a kaftan wrap in polyester knit for $40.

I love ads in After Dark as you can tell, but sometimes the simple ones stand out to me like this one for Scozz Afava.

Whitt Goldsmith used a seductive ad to sell their original designs in jewelry.

The St. Croix Binkini Swimsuit and variations of it will appear numerous times in my posts, but this is from a Skinwear Ltd. catalog ad.

A new novel by Leo Skir called Boychick was advertised this issue. This ad definitely makes me wonder what the book was about. I wonder if it dealt with any homosexual issues? What do you think?

Two more Kenn Duncan photos before I finish out this post. The first is this model in a long wrap-around paisley loincloth from Dutch designer Koos Van Der Akker.

The second photo is a portrait of Joe Dallesandro. This portrait was used to sell a coffee table book called Kenn Duncan Nudes.

Well for my After Dark Bette Midler weekend, the next issue will be the January 1973 issue which features Bette in a fashion layout.

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