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
Though Adriano Paganini's restaurant specializes in Roman-style wood-fired pizzas, you'd be remiss to skip out on its appetizers, in particular the broccolini bruschetta, a dish that may very well become your new favorite way to eat these tiny trees of the produce world.
The sinews of old San Francisco lie in the water: the posts standing in the Bay mud that supported the docks and piers where the shipping that made the city possible, and later allowed it to flourish, flowed.
It is now officially March, and while those allergies are still dormant you should enjoy the beautiful color-blend of tropical Begonias. Every month (except for December) the California Horticultural Society hosts a plant expert and a presentation of plants. This month it's Terra Nova Nurseries' resident plant guru -- and the original "hortiholic" -- Dan Heims, a veteran of The Martha Stewart Show. His topic, Bonkers for Begonia's, brings together an epic selection of hybrid varieties while also giving you some tips on how to care for its showy flowers in different landscape settings. Where else would you learn about a plant whose names range from Tiger Paws and Pin Up, to Irene Nuss, Looking Glass, and Ambassador Rose? Heims will also share some of the rarest species of begonias, from 2-inch-tall African plants to 7-foot-tall Brazilian giants.
Mon., March 18, 7:15 p.m., 2013