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
We will dispense with the double entendres: Carol Doda, who we lost in November, was a San Francisco hero who will be rightly celebrated and remembered as long as the town she helped create still stands, the torch held aloft along Broadway and kept alight in neon.
Second to Thanksgiving, Super Bowl Sunday is America’s favorite day of overindulgence. This “holiday” of gluttony includes van-sized televisions, 30-packs of cheap beer, and lots of foods cooked in oil and covered with cheese. What is this perfection equation missing, you ask? Heavy metal! Join other like-minded folks for a metal-themed cooking battle at the fifth annual Stupor Bowl Heavy Metal Chili Cookoff. The contest is limited to 20 contestants (they are still accepting submissions; e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org to enter), and is judged during halftime. All chilis must be at least four quarts, served in a crockpot, and given a heavy metal title (last year’s winner was “Nordic Flesh Feast”). If chili’s not your bowl, guests are welcome to bring something else to share. DJ Foodcourt provides the tunes for the event, but hopefully not during the game or the high-budget commercials.
Sun., Feb. 3, 1 p.m., 2013