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
Our fair city supports a vast range of trees, from the ubiquitous Ligustrum and Podocarpus (which predate most of us here) to new(ish)comers such as Arbutus marina and Acacia stenophylla. As thinking individuals, how can we expand the botanical vocabulary of our own public and private flora? The answer is Cool Trees for San Francisco Gardens. Palm expert Jason Dewees and Friends of the Urban Forest program director Doug Wildman inspire master gardeners as well as those who cant keep a small houseplant alive. Receive expert guidance and tips for working in deep shade and full sun, then everywhere in between. Dont want to clean up after a deciduous tree? Want to incorporate a palm, but dont know what works for your yard? Interested in a Japanese aesthetic? The discussion and slide show will address all your concerns and deepen your appreciation for what is possible within our 49 square miles.
Thu., Nov. 4, 5 p.m., 2010