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
While it's hard to think of something more deserving of the term "heckle" than an entire audience masticating on giant burritos whilst a comedian tries to get through an act, that messy confluence of humorous performance and hand-held Mexican food is implicit in the design of the San Francisco Comedy & Burrito Festival. Founders Ameen Belbahri and Jeff Cleary, powering their three-day event off a Kickstarter campaign, bring more than 100 comedians to three dozen events in six venues in the Mission -- legendary home of countless taquerias and the Mission burrito. If it takes off, the festival stands to be a pretty substantial addition to the comedy festival circuit. Either way, God help those comedians who under-perform before a crowd of surly folk armed with newborn-sized meat-bombs.
Oct. 11-13, 2012