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
Each year, DogFest takes over Duboce Park to celebrate the joys of four-legged friends and the children who love them, all in an effort to raise money for San Francisco’s McKinley Elementary School via silent auction. Now in its sixth year, DogFest includes a parade and the “Everyday Dog Show” (no fancy bows or skills required), with categories like best coat, best park, and best twin-like ability to morph into looking like one’s owner. Families considering adopting will find resources to explore as well as the opportunity to take on a rescued dog. Face painting, carnival games, food, and other kid-friendly activities round out the day. Local native Daniel Handler, best known as children’s author Lemony Snicket takes the leash and serves as the afternoon’s host.
Sat., April 13, 11 a.m.-4 p.m., 2013