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.
If one of the jobs of a great city is to provide residents with a boon of affordable festivals, then San Francisco deserves a raise. If your rigorous schedule of themed weekend arts endeavors has you missing soccer practice or bird-watching, we understand. So much greatness to absorb! Regard Taiwan Film Days. Grab a seat and take in a vast array of narratives relating to Taiwanese life. Theres comedy, drama, and documentary on the schedule, and all you need do is know how to park your butt in front of a screen. One documentary is Taivalu, which is about Tuvalu, an island nation expected to be swallowed by the ocean as environmental distress causes water levels to rise. The issues faced by Tuvalu are similar to concerns in Tainan, Taiwan. Among the panoply of pleasures presented elsewhere in this program, see astute contemplation of the human spirit, playful stories, love, family, and spirituality. Youll be thankful to the filmmakers (some of whom appear at their respective screenings), and grateful to live in a town where they are presented.
Oct. 14-16, 2011