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
When a local nonprofit hell-bent on building social consciousness through digital culture decides to open up a product-focused space supporting designers of sustainability-minded wearables, the world becomes richer not only in hyphenated words, but also in clothes. Broadcast, a shopping and fashion preview event meant to showcase the wares and talents of designers represented in the nonprofits new boutique, features the finished products of many a fashion-forward cottage industrialist. Whether its a frock inspired by playful Scandinavian melancholy and created by Sofie Ølgaard; an angular fur felt or fish skin hat from Jasmin Zorlu Millinery; or one of the hand-dyed, vegetable-tanned, solar-powered bags from Noon Solar, the fashionable bits and pieces on display look to the future without quite being a spherical, space-age Lady Gaga helmet. This evening of perusing the pants and bracelets and satchels of emerging talents unfolds to the music of DJs Fluid and Conor, who add a futuristic touch to holiday gift-buying.
Fri., Dec. 18, 8 p.m., 2009