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
Commissioned by the Eurostar train company as part of the promotional campaign for its new high-speed rail service from London to Paris, Shane Meadowss Somers Town may merit a footnote in film history as the apotheosis of product placement. But whereas Hollywood long ago sold its soul to corporate America, moviegoers can rest assured that Meadows has managed to retain his. Trains actually figure curiously little in Meadowss tale of a spirited Nottingham youth (the wonderful Thomas Turgoose, who was the skinhead initiate in Meadowss previous This Is England) who travels to London with all his worldly possessions on his back, and a Polish teen (newcomer Piotr Jagiello), whose recently divorced dad is one of the laborers building the new Eurostar line. The two boys meet by chance and become fast friends, and, without ever trivializing his characters meager circumstances or resorting to the rags-to-riches fantasy of Slumdog Millionaire, Meadows brings an airy, whimsical tone to their adventures through the titular working-class neighborhood adjacent to the St. Pancras train station. The result is a lovely film about the ability of the imagination to offset the harshness of reality, and the hopefulness -- perhaps earned, perhaps illusory -- that has come with the disappearing borders (and, OK, fast trains) of the new Europe.
Aug. 28-Sept. 3, 2009