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
Making the less-traditional transition from brick-and-mortar to mobile pop-up, A16 is finally offering its hearty Monday meatballs and signature wood-fired Neapolitan pizzas without the inconvenience of needing to book a table.
If you're smart, you can station yourself at Green and Battery streets to see the Giro di San Francisco riders take their first corner. Unlike the Tour of California, though, this race is a "criterium," meaning the fierce-looking athletes ride multiple laps on a shorter course for the spectator, this is key. After the peloton passes you at Battery, you can scurry down Green to Sansome to catch the riders whizzing past there, too. No corner this time, but after they pass, you're on your way back to your pole position to see the next lap: The pros take 55. If you like, you can pull a similar set of maneuvers at Union Street, or take Battery to Vallejo and back. The course is mostly flat, which seemed like hooey to us until we contemplated how much of it we might be walking. The long-standing Giro was won several times in the 1970s by Greg LeMond, but not too many major pros are expected today. Local superstar Levi Leipheimer is in China winning medals, for example, but maybe Rock Racing's recently crowned U.S. criterium champion Rahsaan Bahati will show up.
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