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
Producer, writer, and activist who produced shows like All in the Family, Sanford and Son, and Maude, is awarded the 2016 Freedom of Expression Award after a screening of the new documentary Norman Lear: Just Another Version of You.More
At the main festival ground on Saturday July 23rd and Sunday July 24th at Fort Mason Center, we welcome many celebrities from Japan, including WORLD ORDER, Silent Siren, Wednesday Campanella, GARNiDELiA, Mitz Mangrove, and many more, and we will also host a variety of events, including J-POP LIVE concerts, Meet & Greet sessions, Q&A with special guests, Interactive Summit, Travel Pavilion, Ramen & Sake Summit, dance, karaoke,cosplay and'J-POP Queen' drag contests.More
Making the less-traditional transition from brick-and-mortar to mobile pop-up, A16 is finally offering its hearty Monday meatballs and signature wood-fired Neapolitan pizzas without the inconvenience of needing to book a table.
For the artist, the decision between making a living and following creative bliss -- the decision between eating and creating -- has always been a struggle. Patti Smith was homeless when she moved to New York City, and Vincent Van Gogh was poor and all but unknown when he died. The dual nature of this situation is a never-ending problem for most creative people. Dionysus, then, is a fitting character to illustrate this struggle. The Greek god associated with the grape harvest and wine, Dionysus represents duality: On one hand, wine symbolizes celebration and abundance, while on the other, excess and recklessness. Hold Me Closer, Tiny Dionysus: A Greek Comedy Rock Epic, explores this duality in the modern day as well as the choices that are presented to artists. The opera, an adaptation, centers on Tiny Dionysus, who after being banished from Olympus, helps liberate unemployed San Franciscans from the Great Recession. Drag, puppets, glittery costumes, and classic rock are an easy and effervescent way to talk about a subject that many are contemplating -- Do I do what makes me happy? Or do I do what brings in a steady paycheck? Written by Trixxie Carr and directed by Ben Randle, the rock opera aims to get the audience thinking about a place where -- regardless of gender, race, class, or aspirations -- happiness and creative satisfaction is an attainable thing. And really, is that so unreasonable?
Feb. 17-20, 8 p.m., 2012