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
To celebrate 10 years of publishing marginalized and outlandishly talented literary innovators, Akashic Books is sending three of its finest storytellers Chris Abani, Joe Meno, and Felicia Luna Lemus out for a dynamic and passionate all-star reading the likes of which cannot be described without a run-on opening sentence containing a half dozen dazzling adjectives. Abani reads from his new novel Song for Night, which tells the story of a voiceless West African boy soldier who journeys through a nightmarish and extraordinary landscape of war, from which Brangelina and Madonna are strangely absent. Meno, while largely known for his raw account of adolescence in the 90s in Hairstyles of the Damned, reads from his re-edited debut novel Tender as Hellfire. Get ready for poignant treatments of pain and confusion and a cast of displaced trailer park floozies. Lemus reads from Like Son, her new novel that follows Frank Cruz, a 30-year-old post-punk, through present day New York, 1990s Los Angeles, and 1940s Mexico City as he grapples with his dead father's legacy. Expect the folk heroes from Akashic to create a safe space where nouns, adjectives, and other parts of speech can finally come together for a live demonstration of literary merit.
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