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
Californias agribusiness plows, plants, and picks pretty much year-round, but we tend to celebrate only the spring-summer harvest. (Seen the price of cherries in Chinatown lately?) Yet even in the midst of the juicy season we ignore the factors and conditions that produce our produce. Bill Benenson and Gene Rosows straight-from-Sundance documentary, Dirt! The Movie, tills the most mundane of subjects and raises a bumper crop of illuminating insights. Above all, the film drives home the connection between the thin layer of soil that covers the Earth and the larger forces (famine-fueled war, for one) that affect millions. The centerpiece of 3rd Is "Green Eye Day," an offseason program from the folks who put on the fall South Asian Film Festival, the doc (screening at 6:30 p.m.) is preceded by a free walking tour of Mission District urban farms and followed by writer and activist Raj Patel expounding on the First World-Third World dichotomy laid out in his 2008 book, Stuffed and Starved: The Hidden Battle for the World Food System. Dirty hands, clean heart, or so they say.
Sat., June 13, 5 p.m., 2009