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
Coffee loyalty runs deep in San Francisco, and if asked to come up with a choice between Sightglass, Four Barrel, Ritual, or Blue Bottle, we might hiss and run away, flaring our frilled neck like a frightened Aussie lizard.
With all the talk of climate change, unchecked nanotech, and over-fished oceans, it's kind of a shame that people forget about the old-school catastrophic scenarios — volcanoes, man, plagues of things. And most apocalyptic of all, that old dinosaur-killer: impact from big space stuff. Comets and asteroids are, according to Donald Yeomans of NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, more likely to wipe out human civilization than anything else. (And yet here we are, sporting a cultural boner about a bunch of perambulating corpses when there are really compelling death fantasies to heavy-breathe over.) To that end, you'd be remiss to miss Yeomans' talk, "Near-Earth Objects: Finding Them Before They Find Us," in which we consider the sexiness of death by space rock, but also what said objects reveal about our cosmic origins — and suggest for the future of space exploration. 'Cause this place is dead, anyway.
Mon., Dec. 3, 7:30 p.m., 2012