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
How tempting would this be? You see a Big Important County Supervisor standing near the edge of a hotel swimming pool. Or maybe its the head of a Big Important Investment Firm or a group of high-profile people from, say, Twitter. Do you sneak up and push them in? Dont be preposterous! Of course you dont! You pay off someone at the hotel first so you wont get in trouble! No, really: You pay off someone at the hotel. Tonight. But its not to avoid getting in trouble, its to help an organization that assists low-income people in the city. Its the Celebrity Pool Toss, where people (which is to say, you) bid to hurl local celebs into the drink. This years tossees include District 6 Supervisor Jane Kim, CEO John Pritzker of Geolo Capital, and a yet-unidentified group of techies calling itself Team Twitter (which we bet has fewer than 140 members). It raises money for the Tenderloin Neighborhood Development Corp. Organizers say its brought in more than $3 million since it was started in 1992. Tonights pack of hosts includes Cindy Williams and MC Hammer, and non-pool entertainment will feature the Fabulous Bud E. Luv Show, Samba do Coração, and DJ Rafa. We hear there will be buff lifeguards, too. The ticket price is a bit higher than our usually recommendations, but consider this: One tossee is Whitney Arnautou, a first-degree black-belt who developed a self-defense program called Core-a-Te. After tonight you might be able to say, I once pushed a martial arts expert into a pool at this party, and she didnt even fight back.
Tue., Oct. 11, 6 p.m., 2011