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
We don't often go out of our way for restrooms, but in the case of Macy's sixth-floor ladies room (sorry guys: you'll just have to make do with having everything else), all who pass through its doors will understand why it's worth the effort.
Television, the drug of the nation/Breeding ignorance and feeding radiation. If you can name the first band to do that song, you ought to buy yourself a new Wii. (Hint: Its not Disposable Heroes of Hiphoprisy.) But television: Is it really the opiate of the masses? Many, many doctoral theses have been written on this subject, yet the technology seems to change shape every day, among cable, videogames, Hulu, TiVo, and YouTube. Youve got your theory, weve got ours, and were all still watching: Does TV really contribute to alienation if you spend several days excited to watch the new episode of Lost at your neighbors house? The famous San Francisco artists with developmental disabilities have some comments, too, at TV and Me. The discourse is more personal than metacultural, with Threes Company coming in for a lot of love, especially Don Knotts. The hunks of ER, Westerns, and the glory of remote control are featured as well, bathed in the total candor weve come to expect from this gang.
March 12-April 22, 2009