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.
Locals love to love the crusty beer "garden" at Zeitgeist, but tourists must think they've landed in either heaven or hell. Come to think of it, some locals also hate to love it or even love to hate it. The joint evokes strong emotions: Its long, shared tables, gravel underfoot, and anarchic regulars are just the beginning. The Zeitgeist International Film Festival is an annual chance to check out a bunch of short films from around the world in this jolly, maladjusted venue: It turns out there are hardworking, tattooed, bike-monster-compatible filmmakers in Madrid, Glasgow, and Collingswood, N.J., in addition to obvious S.F. sister cities like Zagreb. Bay Area filmmakers contribute to the fest as well, with titles like Crud: The Intervention and Earth Girls Are Evil. New Yorkers Taly and Russ Johnson's film Side Effects sounds like it truly deserves to be screened in the festival's famous "beeroscope," since it's described as "a montage of drug ads." We're thinking the pair have spliced together the last five seconds of all those TV spots for new medicines that show middle-aged or older people romping moronically through idyllic meadows, while lists of disgusting potential maladies waft around them. Drink to that.