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
We often wondered about Tyler Florence: Applebee's? One would think a Food Network star could get a better gig, like Tom Collichio and his refreshing diet soda. But then we found out, via the Chron, that Applebee's paid him $3 million. Holy crap, there's no place like the neighborhood! (That's Applebee's slogan, more or less.) That kind of causal-dining money is allowing him to morph from a soft-faced TV guy into a real food player, with the new restaurant downtown, Wayfare Tavern, and a couple more in the works. Appropriately, Florence is all over SF Chefs 2010, a week of demos, parties, and classes. On Sunday, we get to see how far his spray tan goes at the clothing optional (not really) Bohemian Bash Hosted by Tyler Florence. That morning, he appears with other TV stars for Anolon Chefs' Challenge: As Seen on TV, teaming with Elizabeth Falkner (Iron Chef) to take on Chris Cosentino (Iron Chef) and Jennifer Biesty (Top Chef). Plenty of local chefs fill in the gaps, and dozens more create "SF Chefs Showcase" dinner menus at their own spots for Restaurant Week.
Aug. 9-15, 2010