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
At the San Francisco Theater Festival, please find 25 plays we've already told you about, plus 95 acts weve never heard of they're all part of this big, huge, giant, one-day thespian party. Among them is a tribute to The Big Lebowski called Lebowski Over the Line and Meldy Hernandez' one-woman show, BATHALA NA!, which follows a trilingual Filipina nurse through Africa. We don't generally use the phrase "something for everyone," because it isn't true. But the S.F. Theater Festival comes close to providing something for everyone, via "cocky Asians," tons of improv comedy, Global Women Intact's Voice of Africa band, and a contribution from the ongoing world-famous local production, Beach Blanket Babylon. Everyone, of course, also includes children, who rate their own fest-within-a-fest with jugglers, clowns, and magicians.
Sun., Aug. 8, 11 a.m., 2010