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
If we told you theres this great band this balloon bass band called Unpopable, what would you think? Would you lose respect for us immediately? Would you say you heard Unopopable was opening for the Wiggles Friday night? Well, youd be wrong. The band, composed of long-time balloon man Addi Somekh and Latin folk-inspired guitarist Henry Bermudez, is no novelty act; it's drifting in from Los Angeles to join plenty of other seriously talented musicians in the North Beach Jazz Festival. Unpopable only involves one balloon instrument, the three-and-a-half octave balloon bass, which doesnt sound much like a balloon at all. While the bands style is difficult to classify, Somekh likes to call it elastic boogie or inflatable blues. Somekh is pretty much insane. He became proficient at the balloon bass a few years ago after he contracted Lyme disease on a photo shoot. (He was being photographed for Martha Stewart Living; he used to make balloon flowers for kids birthday parties ). Anyway, after eight months of balloon bass training, Somekh hit the bars in L.A. Bermudez soon joined him, and they released Unpopables first record, The Gift-Curse Combo, in January.
Fri., July 25, 8 p.m., 2008