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
Though Adriano Paganini's restaurant specializes in Roman-style wood-fired pizzas, you'd be remiss to skip out on its appetizers, in particular the broccolini bruschetta, a dish that may very well become your new favorite way to eat these tiny trees of the produce world.
James Cameron has opened a private school and it's serving a completely vegan menu. This kind of makes me want to be a kid again so I can take advantage of the delicious menu. At least I assume it's delicious. Anything's got to be better than the lunch room "riblets" I had to eat in grade school.
If you bought your pumpkin pie from Whole Foods this week, you may want to return it. There's a recall due to undeclared walnuts (always trying to sneak in) hiding in the desserts. This is potentially annoying to those who hate nuts and potentially deadly to those who are allergic to them. Tl;dr: Whole Foods might be killing people.
Question: "Are vegans obligated to eat insects?" Answer: No, the only thing I am obligated to eat are cookies and cake. What you do is your own business. Pacific Standard, though, has an excellent discussion of whether eating insects isn't just ethical but mandatory for all vegans. Somewhere, a Whole Foods executive is rubbing their hands together greedily.
'Tis the season to gain all that weight because Thanksgiving and all the rest of the holidays and you have to see your family and nothing is more comforting than a cookie when your mom is all up in your grill about why you're still single. But if you want to shed for swimsuit season, you might try a vegan diet. New research suggests that it may be the fastest way to lose weight short of just removing a limb.
Saturday marked that annual holiday known as "World Vegan Day." For anyone interested why such a day even exists or matters, here's an excellent rundown from The Huffington Post.
Comedian Anthony Andersen's really slimmed down lately. What's his secret? i can't divulge all (classified information on a need to know basis, you see), but he told Access Hollywood that a diet that featured more plants than meat ("vegan-ish") has helped him lose the pounds and, more importantly, fight diabetes.
Hello! Are you excited for this week? No? Well, how excited would you be I told you that there's now a recipe for gluten-free vegan pumpkin bagels you can make at home? Not only can you enjoy the delicious flavors of the season, but you can also tell others (who are just sipping on a pumpkin spice latte) that you made your own pumpkin spice snack at home. Artisanally. Checkmate.
Want to live forever (read: longer)? Well, new research shows there's a correlation between eating a diet rich in vegetables (and impoverished in meat products) and lasting longer on this mortal coil. You can say what you want about how eating grass is for rabbits, but I found some barbecue-flavored sunflower seeds at the store yesterday, so I'm good and will also live forever. (Or like two more years.)
The newest discovery in fake meat is "blood" which is derived from plants, has the same taste and even bleeds like a steak would. You think that's gory? Try remembering the last time you ate meat and realizing that the thing that made it so delicious wasn't the charbroiled goodness that Burger King inflicts on their Whoppers, but the lingering taste of blood. Whatever, as long as it's synthetic, I'm into it.
Think milk is the only only thing that can do your body good? Well, forget everything you know from those milk ads and check this out: Greens and molasses can get you the calcium you need, too, as long as you’re being mindful. Yeah, it may be a little harder than just drinking a big glass of cow materials, but it’s possible. Do it!