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
In 2013, when Catharine Clark moved her eponymous gallery from 49 Geary to the Potrero Hill area, she gave herself more room to work with, including a dedicated media space that has shown indelible work by such artists as Shalo P ("The Bedroom Suite"), Nina Katchadourian ("In a Room Full of Strangers"), and Andy Diaz Hope and Jon Bernson ("Beautification Machines").
Riders on the 22 Fillmore are in love with "Push It!," the citys first happy-hour dive-venue aerobics class. As the bus stops outside Thee Parkside, Judas Priest's "You've Got Another Thing Coming" blasts through the barroom door; the sweaty women inside wave and grin while locals raise their pints. It's a far cry from the bile-raising scene at 24 Hour Fitness. No techno, no Top 40, no experience necessary. The folks who come here every Wednesday feel more comfortable in a pit than in a spinning class, and the hilarious staff promoter Audra Angeli-Slawson (Stinky's Peep Show, Incredibly Strange Wrestling), DJ Spike (Swingin' Utters, Me First and the Gimme Gimmes,
Re-Volts), and instructor Gina "Lunges" Lovoi wears matching headbands and mirrored sunglasses. Which is not to say the workout isn't serious. Lovoi, whose studio opens next month, got her start in boxing (she fought pro in the '90s), but she has experience teaching the elderly and determinedly rotund. She was also host of a public access fitness TV show, which might explain Sam the Hong Kong native who attends every class with his shorts pulled up to his chest, singing his own version of "Heartbreaker" and counting loudly in Chinese. When you were 15, you probably didn't picture yourself doing aerobics to the Damned with Sam, but you probably didn't think youd live this long either, so drop in and work it off.
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