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
You dont have to sell any Californians on the abundance of Asian and Latino cultural influences in the visual landscape and San Francisco is particularly rich like that. Of course, the influence is not just seen but tasted, heard, and otherwise allowed to caress our tender senses. Anyone who ventures out of the U.S. admits that at some point while out there, they just wanted a freaking Mission burrito, for example. Tonights opening for Chico and Chang features artists who explore the blending and discord of Latino and Asian cultures in California, digging for nuance, humor, and a little truth. Among the artists is the fabulous Tracey Snelling, whose exquisite miniatures detail interesting pockets and less-explored corners of life, with video and sound accompaniments. Fundraising event Hybrid Fusion occurs in conjunction with the art opening, offering a panoply of culinary pleasures brought to our shores from our neighbors to the south and west; proceeds go to the gallerys youth engagement and education programs.
Tuesdays-Saturdays. Starts: June 11. Continues through Aug. 20, 2011