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.
For some, the Giants County Fair is ironic: Youre 31 and in a bumper car? But thats okay. Nobody can eat cotton candy after a ride in a Super Swing and not feel like the world has gone upside down just a tiny bit. But at todays Urban Eats food competition, smirkless authenticity is enforced. Presented by CUESA, the competition is open to locally grown foods, ideally from your windowsill or the little community plot, with rules that span a terrifying 10-page PDF beast. The judges brook no bullshit, or anything made from the back of a cake box: They are Jeannie Choe from SF Food Wars and Celia Sack, owner of Omnivore Books. Categories include homegrown gardening (one fruit, vegetable, or herb), honey, eggs, preserved food, fruit pies, and the biggie, Picnic Basket. Urban Eats also includes talks on urban gardening, cooking demos, and exhibits by loads of local companies such as Far West Fungi and San Francisco Beekeepers Association. It also has a cherry-pit-spitting contest. Eat it, Sebastopol.
Sun., June 20, noon, 2010