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
We don't often go out of our way for restrooms, but in the case of Macy's sixth-floor ladies room (sorry guys: you'll just have to make do with having everything else), all who pass through its doors will understand why it's worth the effort.
For its last two shows, the devised theater ensemble Mugwumpin took theater out of theaters and into a park, a hotel room, and the Old Mint building. For its latest work, The Great Big Also, about America's long and varied history with prophetic movements, the group returns to a more traditional theater space, but they're repurposing it in very untraditional ways. Audiences entering the lobby of Z Space will find a living room and reading area that's a little too wholesome, a little too tidy; it's the waiting room of an extreme sect, a place to browse the group's literature before you're led inside to an event that's part immersive theater, part conversion experience. Eight guides take great pains to learn audience names and empathize with confusion before separating spectators from their companions and dispersing them inside the theater's disorienting, labyrinthine set (by designer Sean Riley) and giving upbeat but stern instructions not to move. The show, which has been in development since 2011 under the direction of Christopher W. White, doesn't just put audiences in the uncomfortable shoes of the about-to-be-converted; it also offers an anatomy of radicalization, showing how a simple disagreement, coupled with hypersensitivity and insecurity, can force a large group to make polarizing decisions many aren't ready to make.
Thursdays-Saturdays, 8 p.m.; Sun., March 24, 3 p.m. Starts: March 21. Continues through March 24, 2013