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
Anton Chekhov is not an easy sell for the YouTube generation. The Russian playwright and author specialized in drawn-out tragedy that mirrored real life in his native country around the turn of the 20th century. His plays move slowly, and they include lengthy conversations between characters that, over time, add up to his view of humanity. (You can probably tell it wasnt a particularly good view.) To pull the playwright into the modern era, avant-garde Russian director Oleg Liptsin turns one of Chekhovs classics Three Sisters on its head. He cuts it nearly in half and adds digital technology. The result? Three Sisters. Final Cut. The play tells the story of the sisters Olya, Masha, and Irina as well as their brother Andrey and his wife Natasha. It follows their hopes and dreams, which ultimately fade into bad marriages, insults, affairs, and colossal disappointment. The original play contains four acts, but in this freely adapted production the actors perform only the first and last in their entirety. Screens with live video are set up to show simultaneous happenings in different rooms with other characters. During intermission, crucial parts of the middle two acts are shown on film with the same actors, on the same set so audience members will have some idea of whats transpired before the finale. And to pacify those who cant wait, some of the intermission footage has already been placed on YouTube.
Tuesdays-Thursdays, 8 p.m. Starts: Oct. 21. Continues through Nov. 17, 2010