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
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Because not everyone can shell out a week's worth of rent on the edible art of a hand-tweezed tasting menu, veteran restaurateur Kash Feng (owner of Michelin-starred Omakase) and consulting chef Shin Aoki (formally of Michelin-starred Kaigetsu) bring you Okane — legit Japanese fare for epicures of the 99 percent.
you may have read or heard about the case of Jose Padilla, a young
American who rose through the management ranks at Taco Bell and
was later captured for conspiring with al Qaeda.After our diligent
Government agents arrested Mr.Padilla for being an enemy combatant
and detained him indefinitely, some people foolishly and dangerously
attempted to argue that people like Mr.Padilla deserve things like
“rights ” and “due process.” These people
ask irrelevant and distressing questions like, “When will
he get a fair trial?” To which we, the co-authors of this
pamphlet, say: We ’ll get around to it soon enough! These
same critics argue that our Government ’s approach to finding
terrorists seems random. Some people get trials, some don ’t;
some arrests are based on strong evidence, others not. Does this
mean the Government doesn ’t know what it ’s doing?
As members of our youth culture like to say: Whatever! We ’ll
root out terrorism wherever we find it. After all, are you sure
you ’re not a terrorist? We ’re not! Why is all this
important to San Francisco? Things are not as pleasant as they seem
here in the city by the bay! Behind the sourdough curtain lurks
a haven of evildoers —al Qaeda terrorists maybe, or at the
very least people who are up to no good, or look like they might
be.People taking advantage of our warm weather and diversity to
cloak their evildoings. We need your help to stomp out these people
and get them locked up as enemy combatants. And to the critics:
Grow up, San Francisco! Some people don ’t deserve the U.S.Constitution!
Let the information in this guide help you uncover the danger in
people look just like ordinary folks going about their business
on a typical day in San Francisco.But there are many clues in these
photos suggesting that these people ought to be arrested immediately
and held indefinitely.Take a look.
DO YOU THINK ABOUT AL QAEDA
IN SAN FRANCISCO?”
think it ’s a very serious problem. Just yesterday, there
were two ruffians in front of my apartment building. They were
smoking and had matching jeans —blue. I ’m not sure
what they were up to, but I ’m sure it was something.”
’s here, totally. This guy I know? He reads newspapers?
He ’s always talking about how weird it is that the
president said he wouldn ’t arrest U.S.citizens without
trial and that like, now, he is. Totally questioning the president.
I ’m all like, ‘Chill, dude.’ But he ’s
all on about it. I don ’t think he likes the government,
and we should totally arrest him. Want his address?”
’re on the lookout for all entities, groups, or individuals
who are alleged to advise, teach, or advocate the overthrow
by force or violence of the government of the United States.
This includes low-level gang members and former Taco Bell employees.”
HOW TO IDENTIFY AL QAEDA
IN SAN FRANCISCO
Al Qaeda subversives
aren ’t easy to find. That sharp-l ooking fella or comely
dame down the street could be passing along information on
ydrogen bombs! But listen carefully ... if you hear people
say things like this, they might be subverting American values:
Where are you taking me?”
cable car go to Fisherman ’s Wharf?”
“That ‘Proud to Be an American ’song is
“In all criminal prosecutions, the accused shall enjoy
the right to a speedy and public trial, by an impartial jury
of the State and district wherein the crime shall have been
committed, which district shall have been previously ascertained
by law, and to be informed of the nature and cause of the
accusation;to be confronted with the witnesses against him;
to have compulsory process for obtaining witnesses in his
favor, and to have the Assistance of Counsel for his defense.”
IS SAN FRANCISCO TOO DIVERSE?
THREE SAN FRANCISCANS TO LOOK OUT FOR
don ’t know for sure if the following three celebrities are
al Qaeda, but they sure seem shifty to us! Their wealth, good looks,and
kindly manner might put your mind at ease ...but look closer:
Quick-tempered. Strong.Moody.A definite threat to do damage!
This published author has a large mansion with more than two dozen
parking spaces. What ’s she really doing in there?
Once a legislative leader for the whole state of California, he curiously
avoided bigger ambitions to instead rule over the state ’s third-largest
city. An aging politician in decline ...or a dangerous man focusing