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
Mike Patton has sparked a million crazy music projects over the decades, not to mention an uncompromisingly eclectic record label, but he'll perhaps always have his biggest following in fans of Faith No More, the San Francisco hard-rock-and-then-some act he became the frontman for in the late '80s.
By the time of FNM's breakthrough album, 1989's The Real Thing, the group had cycled through many singers--including, reportedly, Courtney Love. But Patton helped the group turn "Epic" into a slam dunk hit.
Patton will be part of the FNM lineup that's pushing forward after a decade apart. The band reunited last year for a European tour, and will now play the Warfield on April 14, presumably a warm up show for the group's Coachella date. The news was broken by keyboardist Roddy Bottum, who tweeted today: "San Francisco... At last we announce... FNM special show at the Warfield Theatre/April 14!!! Tickets on sale Sunday 2/07." Bottum and Patton will be joined by original FNM'ers Mike Bordin, Bill Gould, and Jon Hudson.
This gig is just one of many treats we get from being so close to Coachella. If you don't feel like making the big desert festival haul, many of those artists book shows in San Francisco around the middle of April as well.