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
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Everyone loves to eat food in the street lately. City people everywhere can be seen nibbling on fricasseed frog legs from the backs of trucks, sitting on abandoned loading docks with their faces buried in bowls of organic scrapple, and scarfing down Moon Pies while speeding down the street on rollerblades. Its all so fresh, so fancy, and so fast, just like the inaugural San Francisco Street Food Festival. The street closes down, the omnivores come out, and a caravan of food trailers and tents from the likes of Kasa Indian Eatery, Poleng Lounge, and Zellas Soulful Kitchen serve up handheld dishes for discerning urban palates. Ceviche, Moroccan squid salad, and handmade organic corn tortillas with slow-roasted and achiote-rubbed pork shoulder are just a few of the delights on offer from a selection of vendors spanning the culinary spectrum. A silent auction includes prizes such as a day in the kitchen with chef David Tanis at Chez Panisse, a meal for four at hoppin new pizzeria Flour + Water, and Japanese cooking classes from Peko-Peko Catering. The event is a benefit for a Mission District "incubator kitchen," which provides commercial kitchen space and technical assistance to low-income and immigrant women starting food businesses. The Street Food fest promises to be an apt and timely celebration of the Bay Areas flourishing food culture.
Sat., Aug. 22, 11 a.m., 2009