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 Sticky Time, time doesn’t follow our rules. Instead of progressing linearly, it sticks – like the title suggests – and bends and coils. Scenes that seem to take place at one time really take place at another, and the characters, who work in a time-recycling plant, seem to be family, yet their roles keep changing. Keeping with the subject matter, writer/director Marilee Talkington decided that her staging shouldn’t follow the rules, either. The audience is in the center of the playing space, with the action and four simultaneous video projections playing 360 degrees around them — a reverse of theater in the round. Sound, too, envelops the audience, with speakers situated around, above, and below their seats. Those seats are swiveling chairs, placed in close enough proximity that audience members must cooperate to avoid knocking knees. Talkington, who is legally blind, also wants to incorporate touch and smell into the experience (although she hasn't told us how that might happen). The visually impaired, she says, are usually “left out of the theatrical equation.” As such, she intends to offer at least two performances with audio description. The only people left out of this co-production between Crowded Fire Theater Company and Vanguardian Productions, it seems, will be sticklers for “proper” theater — and physics.
Nov. 9-12; Mon., Nov. 14; Nov. 16-18, 2011