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
Out of Sight, Sara Felder's new one-woman show, is figuratively and literally a juggling act. The play revolves around Felder's relationship with her mother, who clings fervently to Zionism as Felder herself begins developing more sympathy for Palestine. That may not sound like a laugh riot, but Felder manages to keep the show from wallowing in self-seriousness -- and anytime it starts getting a little too heavy, she picks up a couple of lemons (or scarves, or knives) and begins to juggle. With a show this personal and potentially controversial, it's no surprise that we occasionally end up in schmaltzy or even preachy territory. Felder's timing isn't always as crisp as it should be. And every once in awhile, the juggling metaphors seem a little labored. But the actress becomes more and more endearing as the show progresses, and the sharpness of her best observations helps minimize the play's rough spots. The result may not be (forgive me!) out of sight, but at least it's rich, satisfying, and charmingly off-kilter.
Saturdays, Sundays. Starts: March 19. Continues through March 27, 2011