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
Making the less-traditional transition from brick-and-mortar to mobile pop-up, A16 is finally offering its hearty Monday meatballs and signature wood-fired Neapolitan pizzas without the inconvenience of needing to book a table.
Pamela Yates traveled to Guatemala in 1982 to document that country’s civil war. It had gone on for 22 years, and it was nowhere near its end. Military insurgents had just taken a foothold in the country’s government, and they continued the systematic extermination of indigenous Mayans. Rigoberta Menchu lost her father in the war, relating her experience to an anthropologist that same year for the book I, Rigoberta Menchu. Her recollections became the focal point of Yates’ documentary When Mountains Tremble. The war ended in 1996, but Yates’ work with it hasn’t. Granito: How to Nail a Dictator is the sequel to her first film. At the behest of international criminal lawyers hoping to bring charges in Spain against dictator Rios Montt and others, she hopes to use archival footage from her work to bring justice to a country still recovering from 36 years of civil war and genocide. Granito has won numerous international awards, including a nod at 2011’s Sundance Film Festival. On hand is San Francisco-based prosecutor Almudena Bernabeu, who has worked on the genocide case since 2006. The one-night engagement takes place at the Balboa Theatre, one of the city’s last neighborhood moviehouses, which recently announced a financial and programming partnership with a local foundation. Let’s hope tonight’s event illustrates the Balboa’s future.
Thu., Feb. 16, 7:15 p.m., 2012