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
Coffee loyalty runs deep in San Francisco, and if asked to come up with a choice between Sightglass, Four Barrel, Ritual, or Blue Bottle, we might hiss and run away, flaring our frilled neck like a frightened Aussie lizard.
English actor and comedian Russell Brand has described himself “an S&M Willy Wonka,” except that instead of sweetmeats, Brand has surrounded himself with other tasty treats, including heroin, cocaine, and Katy Perry. Flamboyant in his dress, in his public statements, and in his relationships with law enforcement agencies around the world (he was deported from Japan earlier this year because of his arrest record), Brand is a standard-bearer for the punk lifestyle in a post-punk era. Brand’s stand-up comedy is blunt, confessional, outrageous, self-deprecating, sexual, manic, and very smart. Brand does fewer live shows of late, now that he is an international superstar (seen in Forgetting Sarah Marshall, Get Him the Greek, and the upcoming Rock of Ages), and that’s one reason why his appearance tonight is such a big deal. It’s also a benefit for the David Lynch Foundation, “to support stress-reducing meditation programs for veterans, inner-city students, and the homeless,” according to the show producers. Brand has been involved with the foundation before, and as a practitioner of transcendental meditation has said, “It’s very easy to get caught up in what you look like or what you want or how you felt yesterday, but transcendental meditation is a reminder that you have access to beauty constantly, and that the important things are accessible to all of us.” Considering the amount of energy he burns on stage, it's no wonder he needs constant breaks from this dimension.
Tue., Nov. 29, 8 p.m., 2011