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
When we think of shipwrecks, we think of Gordon Lightfoot singing The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald. (Oh, be quiet, it's a good song. And it's also based on a real event on Lake Superior. It describes how shipwrecks often involve high drama: fierce winds, collapsed hatches, ripped hulls, lost lives, and federal inquiries.) San Francisco has had its share of shipwrecks, too, it being a port city with formidable winter storms. A brief web search turns up a site saying that some 300 ships have hit the rocks and sunk in the Golden Gate. The most recent on that list is the oil tanker Frank Buck, which in 1937 struck the President Coolidge and sank. (We'd like to see Mr. Lightfoot make a heart-wrenching song with those two names.) We're not sure what eventually happened to the remains of the Buck, but there are places in San Francisco where, at low tide, you can look into the water and see what's left of vessels that didn't make it. The Shipwreck Hunt Hike includes two of those. The four-mile trip takes about an hour and a half, according to guide Alex Genadinik. His website says the Sierra Club's difficulty rating for the hike is 1-A, and while we don't really know what that means, we think it probably isn't that hard considering the variation in elevation on the trip is 100 feet. Genadinik advises hikers to dress for the weather and we'd say also bring a paper and pen, in case you get inspired and want to write a song or something.
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