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
The sinews of old San Francisco lie in the water: the posts standing in the Bay mud that supported the docks and piers where the shipping that made the city possible, and later allowed it to flourish, flowed.
The customary way to welcome the New Year is to tie one on, get loaded — or hammered, blotto, three sheets to the wind, or whatever your preferred phrase for excessive debauchery may be. But among career drinkers, New Year's Eve is scorned as "amateur hour," the dreaded night when less-dedicated peers cast off life's worries and get well lubricated on sugary cocktails and expensive craft beers. It's the following day — today — that separates the amateurs from the career-minded inebriates. To rouse oneself from bed on New Year's Day and stumble to the nearest tippling spot? That takes real commitment, and no small amount of practice. The third annual Supper of Survivors salutes these heroes for their perseverance and indefatigable spirits. Here, steadfast inebriates will get more than engorged livers for their trouble. They'll be honored by organizers Brass Tax with medals for their valorous work in the service of insobriety, and they'll be treated to an effective assortment of hangover triage methods, including downtempo beats, hunger-sating finger foods, and — look out, rookies! — cocktails to calm the delirium tremens.
Sun., Jan. 1, 4 p.m., 2012