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
With neighborhood institutions like the 21 Club closing to make way for yuppie cocktail bars, Brown Jug remains an oasis — and one that takes full advantage of the state's operating hours window, 6 a.m. to 2 a.m. daily.
When we think skateboard soundtrack, bands like JFA and RKL still immediately spring to mind. Early on, the speed and rebellion of punk were the aural embodiment of the skaters’ innate disregard for life and limb. But recently, we saw a deck painted up with Marvin Gaye and that made sense, too — weaving through urban obstacles with the leonine grace of the Prince of Soul. Under the art direction of Ian Johnson, Western Edition has produced a number of jazz-inspired skateboards, including the Miles Davis Quintet. It’s not a huge leap. Jazz and skateboarding both require complexity, dexterity, and mastery, which naturally lends itself to improv, and perhaps collaboration. Enter MacArthur Genius Jason Moran. Turning heads and winning awards since the late ’90s, this young jazz giant was recently named the Kennedy Center’s Artistic Advisor on Jazz (at half the age his predecessor was appointed). So when Moran said he wanted to conclude his residency at SF Jazz with a half-pipe, they said, “How high?” The ramp will sit right in front of the stage, where Moran’s exceptional trio Bandwagon will exchange movements with skaters such as Ben Gore, Adrian Williams, Alex “Tons” Wolslagel, and Jake Johnson.
Sat., May 4, 7:30 p.m., 2013