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
Though Adriano Paganini's restaurant specializes in Roman-style wood-fired pizzas, you'd be remiss to skip out on its appetizers, in particular the broccolini bruschetta, a dish that may very well become your new favorite way to eat these tiny trees of the produce world.
Ah, Bigfoot. Where to begin? He's really a bear, or a giant ground sloth, or a moonshine hallucination. Last August, two enterprising idiots, Rick Dyer and Matthew Whitton, persuaded leading cable news outfits that they had a dead one in their freezer. Subsequent defrosting revealed a hollow head, rubber feet, and a receipt for a Deluxe Sasquatch Costume from TheHorrorDome.com ($449.99). Of course, Bigfoot could really be Gigantopithecus, a species of giant ape, but theres one drawback: Its extinct. For its part, mainstream science has largely ignored the folk hero, given the dearth of evidence, the glut of idiots like Dyer and Whitton, and the fact that there are plenty of real things in the world to investigate. But not every scientist is so quick to dismiss a terribly shy 10-foot ape out of hand: People like famed biologist Dr. George Beals Schaller and even Jane Goodall have wondered about all those eyewitness accounts. Tonight, the Ask a Scientist lecture series and wild science party provide a forum for other smart maybe-believers, with Eugenie Scott, physical anthropologist and executive director of the National Center for Science Education, giving a talk titled Bigfoot and Other Wild Men of the Forest. Bring an open mind the organization Bay Area Skeptics, which co-presents the program, wont abide any closed ones.
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