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.
Busy parents hardly get the time to step out or kick-back during the whirwind of childrearing. For those strapped on time, energy, and resources, the Yerba Buena Arts District is your social salvation. Enjoy a daylong block party in downtown San Francisco with complimentary admission to five of the city's leading cultural institutions. SFMOMA, Contemporary Jewish Museum, Museum of the African Diaspora, Children’s Creativity Museum, and the Yerba Buena Gardens Festival welcome families to a day of free arts and crafts, screenings, workshops, and live performances. Among the exciting, hands-on, and kid-friendly activities at this year’s Yerba Buena Family Day are opportunities to create abstract chalk art, experiment with stop-motion film, finger paint, and take wildly transformative photos of friends and family. The event also features a performance by Latin Jazz phenomenon, Eddie Palmieri. The Yerba Buena Family Day is a parent-ready party in one convenient and easily accessible location.
Sun., Sept. 23, 11 a.m., 2012