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
Though Adriano Paganini's restaurant specializes in Roman-style wood-fired pizzas, you'd be remiss to skip out on its appetizers, in particular the broccolini bruschetta, a dish that may very well become your new favorite way to eat these tiny trees of the produce world.
Although Cinco de Mayo is not an official holiday (in Mexico or in the U.S.), we’ve been celebrating the cultural contributions and history of Latinos on May 5 in California since the 1860s. Here are the top events to celebrate. For the traditional, check out the annual Cinco de Mayo Festival in Dolores Park on May 4 (sfcincodemayo.com, free). Festivities include a Zumba-thon dance class, música bailable by the Mission District youth, mariachi and ranchera music, dancing, artistry, and of course, lots of tasty Mexican food. If, like most San Francisco holidays, what you’re looking for is an excuse to drink, a Cinco de Mayo Pub Crawl awaits you May 5 in the Marina (crawlsf.com, $5-$20), starting at Eye Heart SF Pop Down Shop. Those interested in the historical aspects of the day and the Latino influence of the Mission ’hood should check out the Mission Dolores Walking Tour (sfcityguides.org, free). For those interested in the American melting pot experience, head on over to AT&T Park for the Pre-Game Cinco de Mayo Fiesta before Los Gigantes take on the L.A. Dodgers. The free fiesta offers family-friendly fun, food, cultural entertainment, Coronas, margaritas, and the chance to win a Sergio Romo gnome. Root for the home team and for S.F.’s Latino roots.
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