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
With most holiday sing-alongs, you simply show up, get over yourself, and open up whatever pipes you got, ideally greased by seasonal vodka-nog. The Sing-It-Yourself Messiah is not of this genre, because the Messiah in the title is an oratorio by Handel, that Handel, and the public is accountable for the evening-making Hallelujah portion, which you know from any number of commercials (the worst offender being a certain squeezable toilet paper, whose bears rejoice upon finding the ply necessary to shit in the woods). But rest easy: Performing backup is the San Francisco Academy Orchestra, along with soloists Heather Klein (soprano), Janet Campbell (mezzo-soprano), and Brian Thorsett (tenor), with everything held together by conductor Alden Gilchrist. For those who cannot, or should not, attempt Handel for the first time in the company of people who think it is bad form to pair Hallelujah" with the continence of bears, Gilchrist is holding a free Messiah Workshop on Dec. 19 at 10 a.m.
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