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
Next to living a life of luxury, theres nothing quite like taking in a show that skewers and celebrates all the opulent superfluities that our world holds dear. Luxury Items is courtesy of Monique Jenkinson, the local performance artist and dancer who spent an important period of aesthetic development romping around where the wild queens were (Trannyshack) as her alter ego Fauxnique, eventually becoming the first biological ladything to take home the crown at the annual 'Shack pageant. Jenkinson has gone on to stimulate the gay brain even further with a couple of captivating, campy, and cerebral one-woman shows. (Earlier this year she saw great success with Faux Real, which sold out quickly and demanded an extended engagement.) Her latest is a lynx-eyed look at the luxe we live by, and promises so much more than gilded finery: handbag puppets engage in a crucial dialogue concerning their pedigrees; ye olde alter ego Fauxnique turns up to help Marie Antoinette and Coco Chanel explain themselves; and Jenkinson vogues and dances to the ever-so-fancy harpsichord music of J.S. Bach in a piece inspired by perfume advertisements. Also featured is a plea for the dying newspaper (from the lips of a hoarder) and a humorous, scholarly examination of Oscar Wildes essay The Soul of Man Under Socialism. Waggery, erudition, and effervescent embellishment? Thatll do, Mary. Thatll do.
Nov. 7-8, 8 p.m., 2009