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
In case you've been TaskRabbiting your way through life and haven't had the chance to leave the micro-loft to stroll the alleys and streets of central San Francisco, the number of homeless tent encampments in town is approaching epic levels — as in Hooverville and Great Depression levels.
Are you tired? Anxiety-ridden? Do you have headaches? A depressed mood? Do you experience all these things while in America? Congratulations; you might have Americanitis. We certainly do. A common ailment in the late 19th century, when they knew shit about psychopathological conditions, Americanitis afflicted scores of bored, stressed-out white people with good paychecks. Today, it cares nothing for paychecks. Artist Alison Pebworth can help. In addition to making stellar art with an air of the old-time traveling roadshow, shes been crisscrossing the city, getting info on modern-day Americanitis, for the past six weeks. With the help of volunteers and her crack team of pseudomedical disease-'n-liquor wranglers collaborator Jerome Waag, beekeeper and meadmaker Bryon Waibel, and home distiller Adam Wolf Pebworth has brewed up a magical cure-all. Down some at the potion social Good for What Ails You: The Americanitis Elixir who knows, you might want to start jogging or go to the Metreon.
Thu., April 15, 7 p.m., 2010