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
Once famous throughout the league as a haven for misfits and rejects looking to resurrect their careers, the Raiders have for the last decade or more made an art from out of epically wrong personnel decisions.
Since the advent of Napster, or perhaps even as far back as the Moog, music practitioners at odds with technology have been too busy racing innovation that they forget that music is also a hands-on experience. Return to the glory days of tactile tunesmithing with the 11th Annual Outsound New Music Summit, a celebration of the sensory side of music making and its place in the industry’s tech-fused future. Outsound showcases the city’s cutting-edge musical scenes, styles, and artists. Alongside the experimental old guard -- Gen-X favorites like synth and electro-acoustic -- sit new and unusual compositions and unconventional performance art. This year’s summit hones in on the marriage of touch and tech with a night of modern percussion ensembles, debut performances by local composers, a free harmolodics workshop, and a jazz-inspired free-for-all. Outsound is steampunk for your ears. Take the time to see how these small bands of tech ruffians are pioneering adventurous new musical terrain.
July 15-21, 7 p.m., 2012