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
We were recently surprised to learn that, while print and e-book publishing lan- guishes, audiobooks do better and better with every passing year. (Downloads in 2015 were up 38 percent over 2014.) We like to imagine that it’s the allure of the well-trained dramaturge that makes emotional connections while leaving some- thing to the listener’s imagination — not background noise for long commutes. In such a case, there can be no finer pleasure than a staged reading by longtime favorites Word for Word, a company that has brought countless short stories from page to stage, including “Sonny’s Blues” by James Baldwin, “The Fall River Axe Murders” by Angela Carter, “Berenice” by Edgar Allan Poe, and “The Bunch- grass Edge of the World” by Annie Proulx. During “Off the Page,” devotees help the company massage prose into parts, and sometimes, as was the case with Al- ice Munro’s work, choose the next story for production. Tonight, the actors ap- proach short fiction from Jamie Quatro’s highly lauded IWanttoShowYou More, which explores faith, (in)fidelity, and family along the border between Georgia and Tennessee.More
A storytelling night with Carnie Asada, Profundity, Coco Buttah, Mahlae Balenciaga, Greg der Ananian, and Fauxnique, celebrates Shark Week with accounts of dangerous, deadly, and treacherous creatures.More
Be there when Cara Black discusses her new book: Murder on the Quai. Aimee Leduc is in her first year of college at Paris's preeminent medical school. But Aimee's world is crumbling: her boyfriend is leaving her, her father leaves for Berlin for a mysterious errand and asks Aimee to look after his detective agency. She begins to investigate a murder. A book sale by the Friends of the San Francisco Public Library follows the event.More
This beautiful vegan monstrosity won third place in the dessert category of L.A.'s 10th Annual Grilled Cheese Invitational. It's a dessert grilled cheese! Genius! Compassion Over Killing has the recipe for you because they are amazing and they love you.
Ad agency BBDO and the SF SPCA have put out a really great anti-puppymill campaign, the second phase of which launched this week. They put a typical newspaper bin out on the street but the window of this bin displayed a video of puppies. Inside, people found a little newspaper dedicated to exposing puppymills. Here are some reactions:
Did anyone get a chance to see it out on the street?
PETA released a more disturbing video recently that I'm not embedding because I wasn't able to watch it out of fear for my sanity. But you can give it a go if you're up to it. It documents awful animal abuse that is a routine part of military training. Like, there's chainsaws.
A cow sent from a Cali dairy farm to a rendering (the grossest thing ever) facility tested positive for mad cow disease. Luckily, it never made it to anyone's table and apparently mad cow does not affect milk. If you didn't know, mad cow typically comes from feeding cows cow! Which is totally gross. Supposedly, it's from feeding them infected cow but I saw this special one time that was like, no, it's the feeding cows cow that's the problem. And they showed this one culture where the people actually eat their dead and some developed symptoms just like a cow with mad cow disease. This case, however, it doesn't seem they know how the cow likely contracted the illness. It was reportedly a "downer," which many think shouldn't be used for meat as a general practice. Go figure!