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
The broad slapstick and so-dumb-theyre-brilliant one-liners of the Abrahams/Zucker Brothers films begot crapfests such as Scary Movie and Ace Ventura: Pet Detective, but surely you cant hold that against the folks behind Airplane!, which may stand as the Platonic ideal of 1980s comedy. Memorable quotes from the film Have you ever seen a grown man naked? or A hospital? What is it? It's a big building with patients, but that's not important right now are encoded in the cultural DNA of the time. Still, the jokes havent lost their hilarity despite the years and countless citations by stoned undergrads. This S.F. Sketchfest event pays tribute to the seminal comedy and careers of Jim Abrahams and David and Jerry Zucker, who also brought us The Naked Gun, Kentucky Fried Movie, and Police Squad! The tribute features a screening of Airplane!, certain to be more fun than catching the film on TBS at 2 a.m. after stumbling home from the bar. There will also be a freewheeling conversation among Abrahams, the Zuckers, and moderator Robert Hays, better known as Ted Striker, the reluctant pilot of Airplane! with a drinking problem (he spills his drinks). A tribute like this wont strike from the record all the shitty knockoffs that have proliferated in the 31 years since Airplane!s release, but its an opportunity for Abrahams and the Zuckers to remind their would-be heirs how to do it right.
Mon., Jan. 31, 7 p.m., 2011