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
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 fucking kids. Youll never know what it was like before hippie drag theater queens romped on the stages of San Francisco. Youll think there have always been outrageous pounds of glitter parading around for national banks to co-opt at Pride time. The people who invented all this shit for you, however, know perfectly well what it was like. They know that as late as the 1970s, drag was restricted to Mae West shows only, gays and straights did not ever speak, and something had to be done about the restrictive joylessness of the Nixon years. The Cockettes, David Weissman and Bill Webers documentary, shows you damn whippersnappers exactly who made the world groovier. Show some respect! Featured talking head John Waters isnt known to encourage respect, of course. Instead, he points out how much he (along with Truman Capote, Rex Reed, and other A-gays of the '70s) loved seeing the Cockettes whacked stage shows such as Tinsel Tarts in a Hot Coma. It was complete sexual anarchy. Which is always a wonderful thing, he tattles. One of the 'ettes' original plays, Pearls over Shanghai, has recently become an extremely long-running hit. Members of the cast, which includes two original Cockettes, appear at these screenings. Do not fear nudity or facepaint!
Sept. 7-9, 7 & 9:15 p.m., 2010