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
Dave Bachinsky is coming up in the world of skateboarding. The young professional skater was thrown into the spotlight a couple years ago after hucking himself down 20 stairs in Southern California. He actually kickflipped the stair set, which involved jumping really high, flipping the skateboard, , maybe a quick prayer, and then absorbing the impact of the 15-foot drop, hoping not to blow out any ankles or knees. City Skateboards premieres What the F**k is a Bachinsky? in the Mission and it promises to be a party. Although the skate video screens at shops and theaters in more than 75 cities across the country, City is run out of San Francisco's Hunter's Point, making the event a hometown celebration topped with a performance by Oakland's Mistah F.A.B. The video includes the skating of Bachinsky, as well as Jeremy Reeves, Russ Milligan, and others. So what the fuck is a Bachinsky? It's best explained on City's website by the man himself: "A Bachinsky is a dude who doesn't give a fuck and skates his ass off."
Fri., July 18, 10 p.m., 2008