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
Besides physics, the branch of science most attractive to writers is biology, especially where it deals with inheritance and sex. Brighde Mullins' new play accordingly stirs a little neo-Darwinism into the story of a teenage castaway. Tara Scanlon, "who is big for her age," has to contend with Vegas-area bars and straying geneticists after her Marine father abandons two of his children in the Mojave Desert (to toughen them up). The straying geneticist in question is Henry Kropotkin, or "Copenhagen," who can seduce women by removing his sunglasses. He picks up Tara in a bar and drives her around the desert, like Nabokov's Humbert Humbert, while his colleagues try to convince him to return to a normal university career. Copenhagen finds the solution to his highest theoretical problems in Tara, and Tara finds a smart and sensitive father figure in him. The play, unfortunately, is an overly clever contraption: Not much emotion filters into the audience, even when the acting is strong. Kathryn Pallakoff does well enough as Tara, but in a preview performance Hank DiGiovanni and Molly Goode played her parents stiffly, and Rhonnie Washington was an unseductive Copenhagen. Amy Resnick was very funny as a straight-laced caseworker getting blind drunk on a bottle of chardonnay, but most of the show was too scattered to leave much of an impression -- about Darwin or sex or anything else.