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 you think “drag queen,” you probably think “glamorous lip-synching.” So it may come as some surprise to hear about The Golden Girls: The Christmas Episodes, in which talented local queens not only wear holiday sweaters in the manner of Bea “Not Glamorous, Exactly” Arthur, but also recite the exact words of the beloved sitcom. The annual show is fast becoming a Bay Area tradition, one whose wigs are astonishingly perfect replicae of the television originals. It’s satirical comedy, to be sure, but the quite genuine warm fuzzies begin with the loud and accurate audience rendition of the famous theme song, and end with the cutest little senior-drag lap dance you could ever hope to get if it’s your birthday.
Thursdays-Saturdays, 8 p.m. Starts: Dec. 1. Continues through Dec. 23, 2011