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
Nothing caps off a nice day at the beach like a mouthful of sand — especially if the grit in your teeth is the reward for the grit required to splay flat-out on your stomach, for the prize of a plastic disc in your hand, and all the glory that comes along with it.
Hey, look: a poetry reading! Well, whens the last time you went to one? Okay, then. Go to this one. It should be great. Left Coast Writers presents Nevada Citys Molly Fisk, who is but you knew this, of course the author of the amazing poem Prayer for Joes Taco Lounge, Mill Valley, among many others, reading from her new book, The More Difficult Beauty; along with former San Francisco criminal defense lawyer Rebecca Foust reading from God, Seed, a book of environmental poetry illustrated by local artist Lorna Stevens. And theres even a guest appearance by S.F. poet Robin Ekiss, reading from The Mansion of Happiness.
Mon., Dec. 13, 6 p.m., 2010