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 2009, So You Think You Can Dance featured traditional Russian folk dancing (dont ask us how we know this) and it bombed, spectacularly. Primarily because American audiences have little patience for folk dancing that is not Riverdance, but also because traditional dancing should be done by traditional dancers, not by breakdancers after a days practice in a studio gone toxic with made-for-TV sexual tension. The Hula Show doesnt have this problem; Na Lei Hulu, a 40-strong dance company with a 25-year history in San Francisco, steeps its members in the ancient style. And then it turns them loose with hula mula, which pairs hula with decidedly non-hula music, including opera, electronica, alternative, and pop. This years show goes especially eccentric: After jumping from India to Turkey to Spain, it lands at home with the Golden Gate Mens Chorus providing a cappella accompaniment onstage. Dont be scared few understand their first bite of Spam sushi, either. Another, more traditional highlight is Hanohano Kapalakiko, an original suite of chants celebrating the historical relationship between San Francisco and Hawaii, written by composer Puakea Nogelmeier.
Fri., Oct. 21, 8 p.m.; Sat., Oct. 22, 8 p.m.; Sun., Oct. 23, 4 p.m., 2011