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 case you've been TaskRabbiting your way through life and haven't had the chance to leave the micro-loft to stroll the alleys and streets of central San Francisco, the number of homeless tent encampments in town is approaching epic levels — as in Hooverville and Great Depression levels.
A lot of the art at Burning Man is cool. The problem is where the art is located: Burning Man. (For those who think the problem isnt a problem at all but a solution, shouldnt you be walking a cat or something?) Not that we dont like certain facets of Burning Man. It makes the city quiet, for one, like during Christmas. At Exploratorium After Dark: Resolution, however, things wont be quiet, for artist Mark Lottor has picked tonights museum party to display the Burning Man-favorite the Cubatron. People at Black Rock like the Cubatron because it has thousands of programmable LEDs flashing according to Lottors machinations; BM people think they are seeing another dimension, before they fall asleep, when they lie under it. Lottor will be on hand tonight, so you can finally look him dead in the eye and whisper, Fucking trip, bro. The night also features a full bar and discussions about stuff like the Tiltshiftoscope exhibit, which is a trip to people who have never seen the world in miniature.
Thu., Jan. 7, 6 p.m., 2010