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
The sinews of old San Francisco lie in the water: the posts standing in the Bay mud that supported the docks and piers where the shipping that made the city possible, and later allowed it to flourish, flowed.
As part of her masters' thesis, Jennifer Gorospe helps you grow vegetables. At her series of community meetings, "Gardening without Heavy Metals", the San Jose State Environmental Studies student offers advice about how to find cheap, reliable tests for the soil near your house. With the explosion of interest in DIY food production, Gorospe says, "I have spoken with many people who would like to start a vegetable garden but are worried about what is in their soil." Because yeah -- in the city, you really can't tell just by looking. Depending on where you live, and what's happened there in the past, something could be in your dirt that would make your bell peppers less than healthy. Kids and pregnant people are especially susceptible to this kind of contamination; yikes. "Gardening without Heavy Metals" happens Aug.17,19,23,24, and 26 at various venues.
Tue., Aug. 24, 6 p.m., 2010