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
It's unusual but not unthinkable for an artist to retire a certain style or project while it's still popular. Better to be remembered for the high points, the reasoning goes, rather than as the thing that wouldn't die. In the 1980s, cartoonist Berkeley Breathed pushed the outlandish cast of Bloom County to popularity and a Pulitzer. The strip featured an infomercial-addicted, naively optimistic, large-nosed penguin (Opus) as well as a wild-eyed, catatonic tabby (Bill the Cat) who ran for president and coughed up a hairball on Connie Chung. It also offered the most pointed political and social commentary seen in a comic strip since Garry Trudeau's Doonesbury. At its apex, it was syndicated in 1,200 publications worldwide. But unlike Trudeau, Breathed retired his strip in 1989, saying, A good comic strip is no more eternal than a ripe melon. Perhaps, but that doesn't mean the strip or the cartoonist has lost anything over the years. From Bloom County to Mars: The Imagination of Berkeley Breathed features a retrospective of the cartoonists prolific career encompassing the creation of seven childrens books; cartoons; movie projects (including an upcoming film based on his book, Mars Needs Moms); and, of course, a comprehensive look at Bloom County. His inspiration? Well, everything: "You draw literally from your life if youre going to write anything with some juice to it." We respect the right of any artists to do whatever they think is best. Just the same, we'd love to see Opus and Bill have their way with the likes of Sarah Palin and Rush Limbaugh.
Tuesdays-Sundays. Starts: Feb. 16. Continues through June 19, 2011