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
Mashing up different world cuisines is usually a popular conceit for new quick-service eateries and food trucks to make a quick buck and gain Instagram fame, but Volta has shown how well global cross-pollination works on a refined plate without stretching for novelty or pretense in the process.
Despite the extremely decelerated pace of most gastropods, they do tend to get feared and ostracized for their profound lack of what most would consider adorable animal features. San Francisco Botanical Garden Society hopes to impart some dignity to the species with the educational program “The Secret Life of Slugs and Snails.” Daniel George Gordon, author of the similarly named The Secret World of Slugs and Snails: Life in the Very Slow Lane, reveals the feelings, relationships, and plant preferences of these seemingly featureless creatures. Gardeners will come away with some new tips and tricks to make friends with the fellas instead of going on a murderous rampage when they get into those homegrown strawberries. But for better or worse, Gordon, who also penned The Eat-a-Bug Cookbook, won’t be serving up denuded escargot after the talk.
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