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
With neighborhood institutions like the 21 Club closing to make way for yuppie cocktail bars, Brown Jug remains an oasis — and one that takes full advantage of the state's operating hours window, 6 a.m. to 2 a.m. daily.
The dawning of a new year signifies renewed promise. Yet too often, our self-indulgent, self-centered ways seize this opportunity to focus on our faults: We’re too fat, too lazy, too complacent. So tormented are we by our expectations that the rest of the year can be spent in an endless battle of toil and escape. So escape to 2012 and refashion your very identity at the New Year's Eve Masquerade Ball. Here, on the heels of its 100th year, the San Francisco Symphony offers the opulence of anonymity — a festive night of mystery, elegance, and glamor captured in a masquerade ball. Ring in the new year with the symphony’s tantalizing dance program, featuring the music of Strauss, Britten, Shostakovich, and Brahms, as well as a live performance by the dancers of Dance Through Time. Pre- and post-performance revelry includes cocktails and swing music by The Martini Brothers, a 1980s-themed dance party, big band music by New Year’s staple the Peter Mintun Orchestra, and, as always, sparkling wine, desserts, and a patented midnight kiss.
Sat., Dec. 31, 8 p.m., 2011