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
When day drinkers just could not stop pissing along the train tracks at Dolores Park, where every weekend tons of revelers gather to partake in booze and other inebriants, the city came up with a great idea to make public urination acceptable: install an outdoor urinal.
After the banners of Hardly Strictly have been packed away, the idea of returning to bluegrass seems as appealing as sticking to a healthy diet. Though we take it for granted, bluegrass, unlike other genres, has not only embraced but encouraged the whole of its messy evolution. For the past 14 years, the San Francisco Bluegrass and Old-Time Festival has offered a citywide winter tradition of live music by grassroots artists. The festival is a bundle of concerts, live performances, children’s shows, movies, and workshops held in intimate venues throughout the Bay Area. This year’s 10-day event is an eclectic mix of folk and contemporary styles with more than 25 shows held in 18 clubs, including performances by local favorites and longtime veterans Dark Hollow, Laurie Lewis and the Right Hands, and The Crooked Jades. The festival also features a concert by homegrown juggernauts the Get Happy String Band. The band promises an afternoon of raucous, ragtime fun — replete with fiddle and the occasional mandolin. Bluegrass offers opportunities for retreat in music slow-cooked to its purest and most celebrated form.
Sun., Feb. 10, 4:30 p.m., 2013