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
Ask 100 calypso musicians what their genre is all about, and youll get 100 different answers: politics, religion, science, education, sport, romance. The prevailing attitude in Trinidad seems to be if you can write a story about it, you can write a song about it, which might be why locals refer to calypso as the poor person's newspaper. (Add it to the list of reasons why this music remains relevant.) Champions of the music are also fond of saying its rhythm and poetry makes women turn to jelly, which may be true. But what happens when the women are the ones singing? Thats the question posed by Singing Sandra, Kizzie Ruiz, and Shereen Caesar, who perform tonight in An Evening with the Women of Calypso. Hailing from Trinidad, the women offer an idea of what daily life is like in their homeland in the Caribbean, from a point of view other than that of the traditionally dominant male calypso voice. While Ruiz and Caesar have established themselves as rising stars in the genre, Singing Sandra (aka Sandra Des Vignes Mellington) is the veteran of the group. Shes been performing since the early 1980s and was named the Calypso Queen of the World in 1987. Onstage, shes a maternal and authoritative figure, giving voice to the female pillars of Caribbean society and other disenfranchised members of the public. Together, with a full band, the performers create a family of calypsos highest order.
March 24-27, 2011