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
This year, Disney announced plans to revive the magical, majestical, supercali- fragilistical title character of Mary Poppins. We can’t find too much fault with the choice of Emily Blunt in the starring role, and we are pleased that this won’t be a “reimagining” of P.L. Travers’ original tale. (Travers wrote many more adventures for her English governess, so there’s plenty of material to draw upon.) Still, even if the composers are Hairspray’s Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman, and they have elicited the support of at least half of the Sherman Brothers who wrote “Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious” and “Chim Chim Cher-ee,” we have a difficult time imagining a movie that can compete in our child brain with the five-time Oscar winner. Granted, Dick Van Dyke’s cockney accent left a lot to be desired, and maybe the movie does take its own sweet time getting started — to say nothing of those interminable penguins — but we’ve done some internal editing, leaving nothing but a sweet aftertaste that, during this month’s “Wine Down with a Movie,” might be accompanied by free tipples of Domaine Chan- don.More
ArtPadSF brings the boutique art fair but skips the stodgy attitude. Founders Chip Conley and Maria Jenson proudly embrace the fair’s location in the gritty Tenderloin District, and ArtPad always makes room for emerging artists. For its third year, the event returns to “rock 'n' roll hotel” the Phoenix, where it will convert more than 40 rooms into galleries, the swimming pool into a performance area, and an adjacent building into a screen for Andrew Benson’s digital mural Shine Bright Plastic Diamonds. This year’s exhibitors include returnees Beta Pictoris, The Luggage Store Gallery, New Image Art, Steven Wolf Fine Arts, and Unspeakable Projects, as well as newcomers Blythe Projects and Charlie James Gallery. Thursday’s opening night VIP preview benefits SFMOMA’s Society for the Encouragement of Contemporary Art program, which awards emerging artists a cash prize and an SFMOMA exhibition. Synth-pop band Altars and S.F.’s gold medal-winning synchronized swim team Tsunami Synchro will also perform at the preview. But there’s plenty to see beyond opening night – performances, exhibitions and panel discussions continue through Sunday.
May 16-20, 6 p.m., 2013