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
The proudly (or perversely) named San Francisco Frozen Film Festival -- a reference to Mark Twain’s apocryphal one-liner, not the summertime allure of dark, cool cinemas -- aspires in part to fill a void left by the long-gone Film Arts Festival and only partially addressed by our various independent and underground fests. The SFFFF has the lofty goal of creating a hub, and an incubator, for Bay Area filmmakers to forge connections as well as to cross-fertilize with visiting filmmakers. To that end, the festival opens Thursday night, not with movies, but with a hob-nobbing mixer. The next two days bring a flurry of flicks, highlighted by programs of short documentaries, animated shorts, and (drum roll, please) the Best Youth Films of 2012 (11 a.m. Saturday). Non-filmmakers will find plenty to chill their drinks, notably Jeffrey Durkin’s Working Class (4:40 p.m. Saturday), an idea-rich doc that depicts the environments and philosophies of tattoo artists and longtime friends Mike Giant of S.F. and Mike Maxwell of San Diego. Not outré enough for you? Then stick around for the festival closer, Donkey Love (10:30 p.m. Saturday), about the purportedly acceptable phenomenon of Colombian men having sex with asses. Ice cube, anyone?
Fri., July 13; Sat., July 14, 2012