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.
Russian hip-hop dance looks just like American hip-hop dance, if you don't know hip-hop dance. Those who do know that the Russians are a bit cheeky in their style, and might throw in the cross-armed, cross-legged Cossack move known as "the Russian." In Korea, where hip-hop dance is a cultural phenomenon far larger than it was here in the '80s, the B-boys are doing freaky things with backspins in homage to the country's martial arts history (Japan and China are also pretty shazzle in this as well. Or shizzle. Drizzle?). Wisely, the San Francisco Hip-Hop DanceFest always makes room for international groups, and this year, the fest's tenth anniversary, the Russia crew Top 9 gets a slot in all four shows. Other stars include Michael Ryna from the Netherlands and Flawless and Plague from the U.K. More than 20 other companies round out the lineup, including audience favorites O.T.I., Mop Top, and Popping Legend (of the Electric Boogaloos.)
Nov. 21-23, 8 p.m., 2008