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
There's no secret to helping you focus better — unless you count Adderall — but studies have shown that listening to music before or while performing a task can improve attention, memory, and even your ability to perform mental math.
If youre looking for a new lease on Passover, the Out of Order Seder is for you. Like telephones, hairdos, and nightclub soundtrack providers (have we so gently navigated from DJ to Selector?), holidays can get updated to improve their performance or just to expand on their possibilities. Perhaps you're content to chat on your rotary phone with the pigtail cord (though how you get hold of a customer service representative, we dont know), and youre trying to find a pencil in your beehive right now. We dig. But instead, maybe youre looking for a little adventure. A change. Expect cocktails, an MC, and various entertainers engaging attendees with their additions to the holiday. Monologuist and Haiku Tunnel screenwriter Josh Kornbluth is among the artists on deck, as well as Iron Comic creator Nato Green. Veteran holiday rehasher and vocalist Amy Tobin, whose rock opera, The Esther Show, reinvented the Jewish holiday of Purim, according to her Web site, also contributes to the festivities. The evening includes the West Coast premiere of "Projecting Freedom," a collection of short films interpreting the Haggadah. No one is asking you to put down your matzo just to consider doing something new with it.
Wed., March 31, 7 p.m., 2010