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.
Alfred Hitchcock’s great contribution to postmodern unease was thrusting murder into the center of everyday life. Killing was no longer the exotic province of cunning, sophisticated masterminds but the base response of ordinary (and occasionally deranged) people to unhappy circumstances. Hitchcock’s shocking revelation was that most of us have the capacity to commit murder, given the moment and the means. (We didn’t spoil your eggnog latte, did we?) The San Francisco Cult and Psychotronic Film Society pays perverse and entertaining homage tonight to the master’s legacy with a double bill of blood-soaked horror-comedies. Bob Balaban’s deliciously disturbing takedown of 1950s suburbia, Parents, is a pitch-perfect depiction of a boy discovering the ghastly truth about his perfect parents (Randy Quaid and Mary Beth Hurt). Cursed with mixed reviews when it came out in 1989, Parents’ reputation has improved greatly in the ensuing years. The same could be said of Trey Parker and Matt Stone, whose 1993 debut, Alferd Packer: The Musical, was inspired by an 1870s prospector tried for killing and eating fellow miners. Made when the South Park duo were students at the University of Colorado, the film was released a few years later as Cannibal! The Musical. Hitch would have approved.
Tue., Nov. 27, 7 p.m., 2012