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
The island trend of Hawaiian-style poke, or raw fish/seafood dressed with a variety of sauces and fresh toppings, has been kicking around the West Coast mainland for a while, particularly in Los Angeles, where its lean protein-rich nature is a big hit with the diet and camera conscious.
For someone who lives in the downtown corridor — all right, the Tenderloin — the idea of going to Ocean Beach for pizza is rife with potential pratfalls: high Uber fares, lengthy Muni trips, ever-present fog, jet lag.
Gina Yashere was working as an elevator engineer in London when she decided to take a summer off to do things she had always wanted to do. That included trying comedy. Yashere said she was naturally funny growing up, and many people, including teachers, told her she should be an actor or comedian. So Yashere performed at an open mic night. She got a great response, including people who asked her to come perform at their shows. She thought she’d ride the wave for as long as she could before going back to fixing and building elevators. That was 15 years ago. Yashere came to America in 2007 to appear on Last Comic Standing, where she was one of the 10 finalists. She has also been on The Jay Leno Show as the Surly Psychic, The Tonight Show with Conan O’Brien, and she was the first British person on Def Comedy Jam. She made a DVD in England, Skinny Bitch. Now she’s taping another in San Francisco, Laughing to America, a take on Eddie Murphy’s Coming to America. She’s funding it through a Kickstarter campaign, which allows her to have it look the way she wants, with the jokes she wants in it. Those jokes include ones about her being an outsider in America, growing up in England with Nigerian parents, and the difference between politics in England and America. And maybe a few about elevators.
Sat., Sept. 22, 8 p.m., 2012