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Tom of Finland 

When: Wed., March 7, 7 p.m. 2018
Price: $13
Touko Laaksonen is not well-known in America, but his Americanized name, Tom of Finland, is quite famous in certain circles. The Finnish artist turned his fantasies about rugged, masculine men posing in leather, uniforms and in their all-together into detailed, elegant illustrations. His art was his only link to gay life in the repression of his Finnish homeland, but as the uptight '50s gave way to the swinging '60s, Tom was able to sell his drawings first to muscle magazines and eventually to collectors of fine art. Dome Karukoski's feature film Tom of Finland tells the true story of a shy, gay man who escaped from a world of conformity into the world of art, gay sex and making fantasies reality. Karukoski's' biopic screens at 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 7, at the Landmark Tivoli Theatre (6350 Delmar Boulevard; www.cinemastlouis.org) as the early kick-off for this year's QFest. The LGBTQ film festival opens in early April, but the official schedule will be announced after the screening. Tickets are $13.
— Paul Friswold

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