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.
The Tenderloin was set to lose another irreplaceable when the Ha-Ra Club — a low-ceilinged dive of the slummiest reputation, long fallen into neglect, but nevertheless beloved for strong pours, idiosyncratic bartenders, and a long history — was taken over by the crew who run Ace's and Dobbs Ferry.
The 21st summer season of WestWave Dance is upon us -- in one night. Historically, this carefully curated festival has lasted between one and four weeks. And, because WestWave removed the prohibitive burden of production costs from the shoulders of new choreographers, the festival has always been a fruitful combination of burgeoning talent and seasoned vets. Over the years, that has meant 393 world premiers, 523 choreographers, and 2,092 performers -- completely dependent on outside funding. This year, it could afford to choose only one. A single choreographer for a single night. It chose Maurya Kerr. Often quoted as saying, “Ferocity doesn’t care what it looks like,” Kerr first grabbed our attention as a principle dancer for Alonzo King LINES Ballet. Through her own company, tinypistol, Kerr has condensed and distilled that loose-limbed intensity and fierce grace. Tonight, Kerr presents BUCK, which was commissioned by the Aspen Fringe Festival, and 2011’s Sick with Joy, as well as the world premiere of tinypistol’s FreakShow, an exploration of uniqueness that should resonate with most San Franciscans. We trust that this will not be the last we see of WestWave, but we are very glad they are choosing a bang over a whimper.
Mon., Aug. 27, 8 p.m., 2012