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 are a number of reasons why you should see a show at The Regency Ballroom — its ornate, turn-of-the-century architecture and eclectic lineup of performers, to name a few — but no reason is more compelling than the venue's ample seating.
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.
Rest assured that artist Emory Douglas images of protest are not based on experiences glimpsed from afar -- Douglas was the Minister of Culture for the Black Panther Party. His graphic art has the immediacy of a lobbed brick, from the boy selling Panther All Power to the People newspapers to the rifle-slung revolutionaries to the collage of corporate symbols supporting our puppet president (this one in particular being Gerald Ford). His work was the cornerstone of the Panthers' visual style, and served to educate people through the groups newspapers and pamphlets lately his stuff has been appearing in museums as well, such as the 150 pieces that appeared in Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art early this year. Today he headlines an exhibit memorializing another Panther hero, Bobby Hutton, who died in 1968 in a hail of police gunfire when he was 17 years old, shirtless, and attempting to surrender. The "Bobby Hutton Memorial Benefit Art Show" also has one of the most striking lineups weve seen in a while. Contributors, by no means all of them, include Andrew Schoultz, Swoon, Rigo 23, Shaun O'Dell, Monica Canilao, Trevor Paglen, Matt Gonzalez, John Dwyer, Barry McGee, and Ana Teresa Fernandez.
Nov. 29-Dec. 6, 2008