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
SF Beer Week Opening Celebration @ the Concourse Exhibition Center
Over 75 Northern California breweries filled the Concourse on February 8th for the opening celebration of SF Beer Week. Participants enjoyed local eats and unlimited beer samples. Photographs by Gil Riego Jr. for SF Weekly.
"Masquerotica's Halloween Epic Celebration" went down on Saturday, October 20, 2012 at the San Francisco Concourse Exhibition Center and included a "Glamorous and Sexy Marketplace," and "Creative Sexy Wear Passionately Encouraged."