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
We were recently surprised to learn that, while print and e-book publishing lan- guishes, audiobooks do better and better with every passing year. (Downloads in 2015 were up 38 percent over 2014.) We like to imagine that it’s the allure of the well-trained dramaturge that makes emotional connections while leaving some- thing to the listener’s imagination — not background noise for long commutes. In such a case, there can be no finer pleasure than a staged reading by longtime favorites Word for Word, a company that has brought countless short stories from page to stage, including “Sonny’s Blues” by James Baldwin, “The Fall River Axe Murders” by Angela Carter, “Berenice” by Edgar Allan Poe, and “The Bunch- grass Edge of the World” by Annie Proulx. During “Off the Page,” devotees help the company massage prose into parts, and sometimes, as was the case with Al- ice Munro’s work, choose the next story for production. Tonight, the actors ap- proach short fiction from Jamie Quatro’s highly lauded IWanttoShowYou More, which explores faith, (in)fidelity, and family along the border between Georgia and Tennessee.More
A storytelling night with Carnie Asada, Profundity, Coco Buttah, Mahlae Balenciaga, Greg der Ananian, and Fauxnique, celebrates Shark Week with accounts of dangerous, deadly, and treacherous creatures.More
Be there when Cara Black discusses her new book: Murder on the Quai. Aimee Leduc is in her first year of college at Paris's preeminent medical school. But Aimee's world is crumbling: her boyfriend is leaving her, her father leaves for Berlin for a mysterious errand and asks Aimee to look after his detective agency. She begins to investigate a murder. A book sale by the Friends of the San Francisco Public Library follows the event.More
In one key category revelations per minute the S.F. International Asian American Film Festival has the edge over Frameline and the S.F. International Film Festival among the Bay Areas Big Three movie showcases. Thats to be expected, frankly, for the identity-oriented SFIAAFF program is all about demolishing expectations and exploding stereotypes at every turn. Todays slate serves up one surprise after another, with no less than three world premieres, salutes to forgotten pioneers and spotlights on new ones, and a pull-out-the-stops musical climax. The invaluable documentaries Patsy Mink: Ahead of the Majority and You Dont Know Jack: The Jack Soo Story (by local filmmaker and Public Defender Jeff Adachi) revive the reps, respectively, of the first woman of color in Congress and a relentless, underappreciated actor, while The Mosque in Morgantown follows the fallout when a woman journalist challenges the Islamic patriarchy in a West Virginia college town. Changing the world doesnt have to be all sacrifice and tears; youd be surprised how far a song and a bad attitude will go. Thats the mantra of H.P. Mendoza, the composer and co-star of the much-loved Colma: The Musical, who makes his directorial debut with Fruit Fly, a tune-filled S.F.-set send-up centering on a queer-friendly Filipina-American performance artist with a bevy of iconoclastic, sharp-tongued roommates. Moviegoers with a soft spot for more sentimental (read: romantic) musicals are already lining up for the Bollywood extravaganza Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi. This crowd-pleasing fantasy, starring reigning heartthrob Shah Rukh Khan may be the only film all day that delivers exactly what youd expect.
March 12-22, 2009