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
It's always hard to share the holidays with someone of different politics even the politics of dog training. Put Cesar Millan and the SF SPCA in a room together and watch out! Here's the story: A few years ago, Millan, who has built a media juggernaut around getting dogs to pay attention to his whispering, came under fire from Jean Donaldson of the now-defunct SPCA Academy for Dog Trainers. She wrote that some of his methods were aggressive and outdated (the American Humane Association thinks the same thing, incidentally). For his part, Millan is one of Oprah's favorite things. To his credit, he has kind eyes. Back to arguing around the holiday table: Today, the two camps appear under the same roof, though admittedly it's giant roof it's a department store roof to do their respective dog-loving things. At 1 p.m. in the Cellar, the dog whisperer signs copies of his new book, Cesars Rules: Your Way to Train a Well-Behaved Dog, released just in time to be a Christmas bestseller. And one floor up the SPCA holds court at Macy's Holiday Windows, the adoption event that absolves the store each year from so many consumer-culture wrongs, like the Wolfgang Puck outpost in the basement, by placing doggies and kitties in the holiday-themed window displays. (For those who need an instant fix, view three live streaming cams on the SPCA site.) We're certain any chance meetings between the two parties would be amicable nobody wants to see a puppy cry.
Dec. 2-Jan. 2, 2010