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
In 1970, it would’ve been difficult to imagine local governments competing for the title of Greenest City. But green is the new black, and San Francisco is number one! In 2011, we recycled or composted 80 per cent of our waste – the highest rate achieved by any major city. But competition is fierce — we’re watching you, Portland – and urgent. Luckily, it can be fun, too. This year’s Earth Day SF celebration promises the return of the popular Eco-Fashion Show, permaculture zone, and kids’ midway, with games like the GMO Freak Show, where you can stick your head on top of the body of a tomato-fish! Too soon after the defeat of Prop 37? Find solace with California’s Right to Know media director Stacy Malkan, who will explain what went wrong and what we can do about it. She is joined in the speakers’ tent by former IBM Finance jockey Marc Armstrong, who will show us how public banking can defeat Wall Street; and plastic-free blogger Beth Terry, whose pain was palpable when she finally gave up store-bought tortillas. Between speakers and classes, you can shake it up with Afrobeat from Albino, hip-hop from Earth Amplified, and gypsy-swing from the Jaunting Martyrs. For those seeking quieter ways to participate, there is an Art-a-Thon at the Thoreau Center for Sustainability, a clean-up at Ocean Beach (visit parksconser-vancy.org for details), and, on Monday, a screening at the Castro Theater of the truly breathtaking Chasing Ice — this is the Moby Dick of climate change stories, a thing of great beauty which captures the majesty of both vanishing glaciers and man’s obsession.
Sat., April 20, 10 a.m., 2013