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
Pickup basketball is a weird social phenomenon where a bunch of strangers meet at a designated spot during a designated time to engage in an athletic competition governed by de facto rules established in some mythic rulebook.
Maybe you can beat your niece and nephew at Just Dance 4 on the Wii. Maybe you’re a So You Think You Can Dance junkie and host viewing parties at your place. Or maybe you’ve made up your own routine to “Gangnam Style” and your moves are even more over-the-top than the ones in the video. No doubt about it: Dance is part of the cultural zeitgeist, with movies like Black Swan and the seemingly infinite iterations of Step Up tapping into the energy, too. Now, Yada Dance Company captures some of that excitement in its stage show “Dance Rush.” The story is based loosely on the 2007 film August Rush, in which a young boy with extraordinary musical abilities searches for his parents in NYC, and features Robin Williams as a Fagin figure among the street performers. In Yada’s version the boy falls asleep and, as in the Nutcracker, dreams a series of dances, each with its own distinct musical style like jazz or ballet. Really it’s just an excuse for Yada to show its stuff, as the 25-year-old company appears here for the first time in the U.S. and brings a corps of more than three dozen performers. Expect nothing less than a dance extravaganza.
Jan. 11-20, 2 & 7 p.m., 2013