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
Nothing caps off a nice day at the beach like a mouthful of sand — especially if the grit in your teeth is the reward for the grit required to splay flat-out on your stomach, for the prize of a plastic disc in your hand, and all the glory that comes along with it.
The most "alternative" Christmas dinner we ever had was a box of six powdered donuts and take-out coffee. It took place in a 7-Eleven parking lot. In Pleasanton. On a work break. But at least we were getting paid double-time and our co-worker/companion was a "recovering Mormon." We pretended to be post-modern rejectors of commercial culture and organized religion rather than pitiful and lonely outsiders. Truth is, we were all the above. If you want "alternative" without the pitiful and lonely – and you don't have to work today – you have a place to go: It's a Jewish Christmas, San Francisco. The celebrity host is Broke-Ass Stuart – he of budget-minded travel writing and the TV series Young, Broke & Beautiful – whose very name gives him alterna-cred. Screening are a number of Woody Allen films (6 p.m., 8 p.m., 10:30 p.m.) as well as a retrospective of Larry David, co-creator of Seinfeld. Food will be of the Chinese variety – which is to be expected, considering that American Jews have a tradition of eating Chinese on Christmas Day. What's slightly unexpected (yet way more interesting than Chinese food) is a game of strip-dreidel. Speaking of frontal nudity, the décor is a "Hanukkah bush," which organizer Matt Haze (who's also today's DJ) says was flown in from "the guiltiest reaches of Poland." Accompanying this are "crappy gifts for everyone." Haze says that although everyone is welcome, the event is really for the chosen people – "those who've chosen to be alienated and bored stiff when everything is closed."
Sun., Dec. 25, 5 p.m., 2011