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
Coffee loyalty runs deep in San Francisco, and if asked to come up with a choice between Sightglass, Four Barrel, Ritual, or Blue Bottle, we might hiss and run away, flaring our frilled neck like a frightened Aussie lizard.
It's Isadora Duncan's birthday, so naturally, someone is throwing her a dance party: the Dionysian Festival. Very few dancers perform Duncan's own choreography, but Mary Sano and her Duncan Dancers do, re-creating as closely as possible the look of the works first staged in the 1910s. Authentic flowing tunics, bare feet, and joyful smiles accessorize the dancers, who look shockingly like old photographs of Duncan's work; director Sano has spared no effort to keep her company true to the original letter and spirit of Duncan's Greek-urn-inspired romps. Isadora Duncan was also vociferously inspired by traditions other than the European ballet world (which she despised as unhealthy and lacking soul). To pay tribute to what we might now call that global consciousness, Sano includes international movement and music including G. Hoffman Soto and SotoMotion, Priya Ravindhran and Rebecca Whittington's Bharata Natyam, and a koto performance by Shoko Hikage.
Sat., May 24, 8 p.m.; Sun., May 25, 5 p.m., 2008