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
Jared Blumenfeld wants you to ride your bicycle to a park. No surprise there: Blumenfeld is the new director of the citys Department of the Environment, and he's paid to say those sorts of things. But hes doing us one better or 364 miles better. He's leading ParkBike Tours from Golden Gate Park to pretty much every green space in the city over a four-month period, with 57 planned rides. This morning, that means a nice trek to St. Mary's Playground and Alemany Farm. If such a trip makes you tired just thinking about it, check the online route map and grab hold of the group when it passes.
Jan. 27-March 2, 10:30 a.m., 2009