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
With neighborhood institutions like the 21 Club closing to make way for yuppie cocktail bars, Brown Jug remains an oasis — and one that takes full advantage of the state's operating hours window, 6 a.m. to 2 a.m. daily.
When he puts his comic hat on, Bucky Sinister is one funny guy. But hes not just a comedian -- hes also a published author, a talented poet, and someone with a fascinating background that makes for great story fodder. Think Patton Oswalt with a more literary bent. With childhood dreams of being a fundamentalist preacher, Sinister wandered across the U.S. in his itinerant youth before taking refuge in the weirdo wonderland of San Francisco, where he honed his distinctive blend of poetic observation, comic snark, and spoken-word performance. Sinister has three books under his belt, and now hes got his first CD -- What Happens in Narnia, Stays in Narnia -- coming out on upstart local comedy label Talent Moat. Recorded at Hemlock Tavern, Narnia is an insightful and consistently hilarious look at recovery groups, attitudinal video clerks, raw food, Courtney Love, Craigslist dates, and more. And the last track, the 21.5 minute opus Like a Real Life Adam Sandler, is a sidesplitting narrative of Mohawk Girl, his punk rock tweaker stalker. (Theres a written version in the Spring 2006 issue of local lit zine Instant City.) Get ready to laugh when Bucky Sinister hits the stage at the CD release party, with music from Seattles Akimbo and locals Hank IV. The critically lauded noise-murk of Mexicos Los Llamarada kicks things off.
Fri., Sept. 14, 9 p.m.