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
San Francisco Film Society held their Film Society Awards Night at Bimbo's on Tuesday, May 7th. Harrison Ford was in attendance accepting the 2013 Peter J. Owens Award. Photographs by Josh Edelson for SF Weekly.
Singer Serge Gainsbourg rake, libertine, lizard king died when he was 62, young enough for him still to be making oozy, boozy, lecherous public appearances, like the one where he told Whitney Houston he wanted to fuck her on live television. (Houston gasped, Gainsbourg imagined thunderous applause, and the host went full French: "Sometimes he's a bit drunk, you know.") There's so much to say about Serge the sexacapades, the scandals, is he Pepe le Pew or what? but as someone may have said about Paris in the '20s: What about the music? Bardot a Go Go's Serge Gainsbourg Birthday Party puts that center stage, and there are any number of years in Gainsbourg's long, many-genre-ed career that DJs Brother Grimm, Pink Frankenstein, and Cali Kid can lean on. Here's a couple we hope they do: 1967, when Gainsbourg fell in with Bridget Bardot. They rented a movie and created the double aught blast of French romanticism to the gut, "Bonnie and Clyde," with the two French singers saying "Bo-knee" so French in their French way. And 1969, when Gainsbourg fell in with Jane Birkin, and they recorded "Je t'aime...moi non plus," and she had orgasm halfway through the track, and they had a daughter, Charlotte Gainsbourg, who's recently been having extraordinary sex with Willem Dafoe on camera and making good music of her own (notably 2009's IRM). Anyway, like we said, there are hundreds of moments of Serge-cool to choose from. You can make some of your own, too: Just imagine you drove up with God, close your eyes halfway, add alcohol, and dance like you're wearing a French tickler.
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