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
I was getting ready to play the new Colleen album for my friend and blathering on about how delicate and breathtaking her first album, Everyone Alive Wants Answers, was. Then I put on The Golden MorningBreaks and he said, "It's nice. It's like indie New Age music." And goddamn it! It totally is, and I can't hear it now without thinking of poor Colleen on tour with freaking Enya! But wait -- maybe this could work. Bear with me here -- let's imagine a world where Enya isn't the root of all evil. Breaks is ambient and wistful, yes, and full of tinkling crystals. But the swooping, subtle loops of sounds Colleen spins with acoustic instruments (including a glass harmonicon, one of the weirdest and coolest instruments ever) and samples tiptoe up your spine, leaving a shivery residue in their wake. In Colleen's hands, the stuff of cliché (contemplative music boxes, otherworldly wind chimes) becomes these perfectly crafted, incandescent little lullabies that do kind of make you want to do a little soul-searching. And maybe that isn't such a bad thing.