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 were recently surprised to learn that, while print and e-book publishing lan- guishes, audiobooks do better and better with every passing year. (Downloads in 2015 were up 38 percent over 2014.) We like to imagine that it’s the allure of the well-trained dramaturge that makes emotional connections while leaving some- thing to the listener’s imagination — not background noise for long commutes. In such a case, there can be no finer pleasure than a staged reading by longtime favorites Word for Word, a company that has brought countless short stories from page to stage, including “Sonny’s Blues” by James Baldwin, “The Fall River Axe Murders” by Angela Carter, “Berenice” by Edgar Allan Poe, and “The Bunch- grass Edge of the World” by Annie Proulx. During “Off the Page,” devotees help the company massage prose into parts, and sometimes, as was the case with Al- ice Munro’s work, choose the next story for production. Tonight, the actors ap- proach short fiction from Jamie Quatro’s highly lauded IWanttoShowYou More, which explores faith, (in)fidelity, and family along the border between Georgia and Tennessee.More
A storytelling night with Carnie Asada, Profundity, Coco Buttah, Mahlae Balenciaga, Greg der Ananian, and Fauxnique, celebrates Shark Week with accounts of dangerous, deadly, and treacherous creatures.More
Be there when Cara Black discusses her new book: Murder on the Quai. Aimee Leduc is in her first year of college at Paris's preeminent medical school. But Aimee's world is crumbling: her boyfriend is leaving her, her father leaves for Berlin for a mysterious errand and asks Aimee to look after his detective agency. She begins to investigate a murder. A book sale by the Friends of the San Francisco Public Library follows the event.More
So you went out last Saturday night and wore those new dark-wash, skinny leg jeans that you just bought despite the fact that it's the end of the month and you should be saving that money for your rent check.
The hottest current thing in the world of tapioca drinks, a.k.a. boba tea (or, as Hillary Clinton recently called them when she tried one in New York, "chewy tea") isn't a crazy new flavor or new way to marinate the root starch balls — it's cotton candy!
Early directors of the Théâtre du Grand Guignol might have understood the guilty pleasure of today's reality TV, but it is highly unlikely that Bunny Ranch escapades would have satisfied the Parisian thirst for perversity. Around the turn of the 20th century, Guignol audiences gathered within living memory of public executions; a good night out was measured by fainting spells; the Marquis de Sade was considered both hero and inspiration; and the word "cunt" was hurled from the stage as often as animal entrails. It was low-brow shock-theater at its most explicit and sadistic. Little wonder that it took a troupe from San Francisco to revive the graphic art form and give it a permanent home. For more than 15 years, Thrillpeddlers has been staging authentic and original Grand Guignol scripts, forging relationships with like-minded lunatics worldwide. The result is www.grandguignol.com, a thespian depot of scandal and scholarship, and the Hypnodrome, an appropriately seedy theater which features a working guillotine, a 16-foot tall funhouse devil, a ready-made Victorian funeral cortege, and a row of private "Shock Boxes," which have been known to elicit some moans long before the house-of-horrors climax. This year's Shocktoberfest!!: Maker of Monsters opens each night with Google: Fetish, a variety show of unusual sexual compulsions curated and directed by UC Berkeley professor, theatrical historian, and longtime Thrillpeddler confederate Mel Gordon. The program also features three one-acts: 1929's classic carnival nightmare The Maker of Monsters, a chilling Thrillpeddler original called The Colossus, and a new comedy titled The Bloody Con (according to Gordon, humor in the Grand Guignol always caused more trouble than sex or violence). This year's special guest performers include Mike Spiegelman, Harmon Leon, Eddie Muller, Paul Mercer, Jill Tracy, and Jello Biafra.
Oct. 12-Nov. 17, 8 p.m., 2007