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
Bay to Breakers is like an old punk band: harangued by cops, cursed by substance abuse, liable to get arrested whenever it plays. Perhaps it will suffer the same fate as the notorious Halloween in the Castro, which was ignobly quarantined in a parking lot before it was finally sent to the shredder. In any case, maybe it's time for a new infamous fun run? And maybe that's Run Wild for a Child. Check the stats: The annual race happens early Sunday after Thanksgiving, when all the squares huddle around their televisions for football. It's set entirely in Golden Gate Park and the Panhandle. It benefits the Firefighters Toy Program. And runners dress up been doing so for years as toys. Imagine what you could do with that. You and your friends could be Lite-Brite, for one. Someone should at least be a can of Slime think of the local news. Don't worry, you only have to muddle along like that for 5K, though those looking to really run get 10K of USA Track and Fieldcertified course to screw around on.
Sun., Nov. 28, 8:30 a.m., 2010