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 day drinkers just could not stop pissing along the train tracks at Dolores Park, where every weekend tons of revelers gather to partake in booze and other inebriants, the city came up with a great idea to make public urination acceptable: install an outdoor urinal.
It started with this shit: "I didn't live to be 73 years old so I could eat kale. Don't fix me your breakfast and pretend you're fixing mine." This line of shit (we intend not as much disrespect as you think) was tweeted on Aug. 3, 2009, when people could still believe what they read on Twitter. The quote came from Justin Halpern's dad, and very soon Justin and his Shit My Dad Says feed was thrust into the quick-burning trash fire of new media deal-making, a screamy temp drive filled with e-mails from your mom, stuff white people like, and fucking hipsters. By October 2009, Halpern had a publishing deal (which resulted in a book topping the New York Times bestseller list last June). By November, he had a TV deal (which resulted in some bleeping shit now airing Thursdays at 8:30 p.m., reportedly; one day we'll watch that shit to make sure). Most impressive of all, the 29-year-old had begun signing contracts after just a pittance of tweets, no more than 50, the amount Roger Ebert knocks off before lunch. How'd he do it? Demand answers tonight, as he appears in conversation with Dan Wolf, with a post-talk show by Conspiracy of Beards. A bit of advice, though: Forget about Twitter. Twitter-to-book is dead, but we have it on terrible authority that the Foursquare-to-HBO genre is just being hatched in some idiot producer's head right now, like at a bar somewhere, so start checking in at some sexy places and build out your brand. Note: Halpern was a semisuccessful magazine and comedy writer before his big break, so do something like that, too.
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