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
With neighborhood institutions like the 21 Club closing to make way for yuppie cocktail bars, Brown Jug remains an oasis — and one that takes full advantage of the state's operating hours window, 6 a.m. to 2 a.m. daily.
Filmmaker Tore Dahlin says he " ... wanted to make a movie as diverse as California." That's a damn tall order, but the result, Corky's Hot Ice, looks like it may actually have succeeded: Filipino goofballs, an Israeli Eurovision Song Contest winner, the town of Guerneville, a drag performer named Fierce Flava, assorted cops, and a diamond necklace are all featured. The plot concerns the necklace (stolen) and the people who want to find it (diverse); comedy ensues. Big dance numbers by the performers of Asia SF fit in there somewhere, and our favorite local drag performer, Steven LeMay, plays the titular criminal, Corky Hotpoint.
Sept. 12-18, 2008