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
The 2012 S.F. Fringe Festival is kicking into gear, and no fewer than 29 of its 40 shows are playing today. This afternoon you can catch magician-storyteller Michael Belitsos’ solo show The Movies of My Mind, which includes a tasty Theremin performance. But the real magic happens this evening in the form of Christopher Walken, whose enduring appeal comes from a natural intensity that makes everything he does seem fresh and unusual; for example, Fatboy Slim’s 2001 video “Weapon of Choice” still gets passed around on the strength of “OMG Christopher Walken is dancing!,” even though he's been dancing in movies since 1981’s Pennies from Heaven. This long history of hoofing informs actor-director Gabriel Grilli’s dance theatre piece Stalking Christopher Walken, originally workshopped in the 2002 NY Fringe Festival. The revamped Stalking uses dance to explore the architecture of Walken’s psyche, his public persona versus his private self, and -- inspired by the re-opening of the Natalie Wood death case last year -- a new emphasis on how Walken, who was on the boat the night Wood drowned, may be haunted by the memory. But it’s funny too! And Grilli does a terrific Walken, which is probably as close as we’re going to get to the man himself dancing about that fateful night -- but then again, with Christopher Walken, you can never be too sure.
Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays, Sundays. Starts: Sept. 8. Continues through Sept. 15, 2012