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
Because not everyone can shell out a week's worth of rent on the edible art of a hand-tweezed tasting menu, veteran restaurateur Kash Feng (owner of Michelin-starred Omakase) and consulting chef Shin Aoki (formally of Michelin-starred Kaigetsu) bring you Okane — legit Japanese fare for epicures of the 99 percent.
The do-it-yourself counterculture continues to protest the idea that artists need large amounts of money to be creative. From stenciling sidewalks to setting up renegade concerts to photocopying literature, many people prefer to cut out the middleman and express themselves to the masses directly. The S.F. Zine Fest is an annual gathering of like-minded people who hope to keep independent and underground publishing alive. The festival has grown over the last six years, but its emphasis is still on small-circulation, unbound books zines. AK Press, Cutter Photozine, and cartoonist Michael Capozzola are just a few of the more than 100 DIY creators selling and trading their artwork at this years new location in Golden Gate Park. Aside from the chance to stroll around picking up inspiration, you can take in workshops, a nature walk, and a documentary film screening, ending the day with a big game of DIY kickball.
Sun., July 20, 11 a.m., 2008