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
Second only to Walt Disney, Chuck Jones was one of the most influential American animators in history. Eleven years after his death at age 89, Jones’s style continues to influence animators and cartoonists by the dozen. Closely associated with Warner Brothers throughout his career, Jones directed hundreds of Looney Tunes shorts and created Marvin the Martian, Pepe le Pew, the Road Runner, and Wile E. Coyote. In the 1950s, Jones directed a trio of Looney Tunes shorts that are considered among the very best ever made: Duck Amuck (in which Daffy is tormented by his animator), One Froggy Evening (starring Michigan J. Frog, later the mascot of the short-lived WB network), and What’s Opera, Doc? (the famous Wagner parody). Jones’s exaggerated character design and flat, semi-abstract backgrounds continue to provide the dominant Warner Brothers look. The Cartoon Art Museum, working with the Chuck Jones Center for Creativity in Costa Mesa, presents the centennial exhibition, “Chuck Jones: Drawing on Imagination” through May 5. On Saturday, CAM hosts a special reception for the exhibition with Jones’s widow, Marion, his daughter, and grandson, who lead a VIP tour of the exhibition at 6 p.m.
Sat., March 23, 7 p.m., 2013