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
To Noah Lang, the Cold War seems almost quaint, compared to the War on Terror. When I was growing up, the Soviet Union was the evil empire, he says. When you crossed the border, you were really behind enemy lines. At this point, the political climate feels almost like abstract expressionism. Except, perhaps, in North Korea, which holds the worlds lowest ranking on the democracy index, as well as a 99 percent literacy rate. Its never black and white, says Lang, who has relished peeking behind Iron Curtains since his first adventure in East Berlin as a high school student. You have to see things with your own eyes. For Noah and his wife, Kris, that meant a honeymoon in Pyongyang a perfect bookend to their first date, which was spent viewing a documentary about North Korean acrobats. Two years ago, while attending the Olympics in China, the newlyweds slipped over the border for North Koreas famed Masked Games. Although they were never allowed to roam freely all visitors are relegated to an island hotel, except when under the watchful eye of official tourist minders the couple took enough pictures to give us a good look at North Koreas showcase city in the exhibit Honeymoon in Pyongyang. Its lickably clean, and utterly enamored of Kim Il-sung, the countrys elected eternal leader, dead some 16 years. Electric Works partners Noah and Kris provide lively commentary to their pictures tonight.
Wed., March 24, 7 p.m., 2010