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
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Remember how fun it was to sing carols, walking from house to house while tanked on cider and dizzy with the holiday lie known as Santa? Hold that thought. Now remember, years later, how you carried your first boombox around like a soul brother from the '70s, causing all sorts of suburban mayhem in the outdoor mall? Sure you do. Merge those two pleasures and you have Unsilent Night, a march through the Mission in which revelers carry boomboxes blasting the music of Phil Kline, a musician who has been leading carolers in cities across the globe for 15 years. Each person who brings a boombox (or whatever you have that resembles one) gets a separate track of Kline's ambient score, a shimmering, symphonic blast of bells and chimes. The result is a blocks-long sound sculpture (last year drew 1,000 people) that blows the doors off singing "Silent Night" in front of Cancun (although that would be something). Supported formats include MP3, CD, and cassette.
Sat., Dec. 22, 7 p.m., 2007