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 don't often go out of our way for restrooms, but in the case of Macy's sixth-floor ladies room (sorry guys: you'll just have to make do with having everything else), all who pass through its doors will understand why it's worth the effort.
General Hospital is the second-longest-running soap opera on TV, having first hit the air in 1963. And, of course, Dr. Quinn Medicine Woman, ER, Scrubs, and Nurse Jackie are just some of the other dramas churned out to satiate our unending fascination with the personal tragedies and triumphs that unfurl every day around medical professionals. Throw in the engrossing theater of health care reform (moral quandaries! Tea Party protesters! Vicious rumors!) and you have a red-hot topic on your hands. In real life, it doesnt get more tumultuous than being an ER psychiatrist at San Francisco General Hospital. And thats exactly what Paul R. Linde is. His book, Danger to Self, chronicles his dealings with deeply troubled patients, insurance companies, and, yes, moral quandaries. Any reader who has spent time in the emergency room of the big brick building on Potrero Avenue can probably imagine how difficult his job can be.
Tue., April 13, noon, 2010