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.
Christmas did not always mean stampedes on Black Friday, though perhaps that was back when the Ferry Building was as busy as Londons Charing Cross and penny arcades offered rare glimpses of distant lands. Surely, as the citys oldest ferry boat, the Eureka holds such memories in the crevices of her twin paddlewheels. Built in 1890, the 300-foot long vessel hauled freight cars for the North Pacific Railway before becoming one of the bays largest passenger ferries. Those who tend the Eureka today, from the volunteers wholl teach you to tie a bowline to the craftsmen who helped replace her kingposts, all share a genuine love for Hyde Streets historic boats, as well as for the sense and sensibility that made them possible. Their antediluvian holiday party, Christmas at Sea, is an invitation to slow down and appreciate the season aboard the vessel. During the afternoon, the Dogwatch Nautical Band regales parents, while children make ornaments, hear stories, and whisper in the ear of St. Nick. After sundown, finely dressed Living History players tempt guests with Victorian parlor games and sea chanteys before the captain and crew propose refreshments. The night watchmen leads lamplight tours from the top of the pier every 20 minutes, but reservations are necessary.
Fri., Dec. 12, 3 p.m., 2008