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
To most of us, North Korean cinema, like North Korea itself, is a blank wall. We assume its pure propaganda, generated by a strange clique that portrays itself as gods to its hapless populace. Centre Forward, directed by Pak Chong-song, is a rare example of the real thing. Restored and made available by a travel agency based in Beijing, the drama depicts a would-be soccer player who learns how to subordinate his ego to the benefit of the team. This has been a staple of conformist, militaristic cinema since forever old Hollywood circa World War II was full of movies about wisecracking nonconformists (Jimmy Cagney, John Garfield) learning to take one for their comrades. Evidently this 1978 film, a great success at home, takes this trope to new heights (although there are no wisecracks or humor of any kind). Its highlight comes when its central figure doggedly shoots 100 consecutive goals. This, his coach tells him, is his responsibility to your team and the motherland. More join in: The boys mother tells him that a soccer player should practice so much that he can score a goal with his eyes closed. His grandmother and sister (the latter active in political musical numbers for the regime) pile on as well. Soccer, dances, even a roller-coaster ride its all to benefit the state and of course the Great Leader, Kim Il-sung, who, the coach tells us, taught us to make the country a kingdom of sports. Lets accomplish his teachings by working even harder.
Thu., June 30, 7:30 p.m., 2011