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
Short on narrative but rich in imagery and portent, Cabaret-Berlin: The Wild Scene, weaves together original photographs, paintings, home movies, news clippings, documentary footage, and audio archives into an impressionistic collage representing the Weimar Kabarett. While today Bertolt Brecht and Kurt Weill are synonymous with the era, the scene was dominated by such genius as German Jewish journalist Kurt Tucholsky, openly lesbian chanteuse Claire Waldoff, and the Bavarian Charlie Chaplin, Karl Valentin. Unlike early American cabaret, which emphasized hot jazz over heated commentary, the German clubs prided themselves on having a sharp eye and sharper tongue. Comedians in the Kabarett never did light comedy — sarcasm, cynicism, and irony were their lifeblood, flowing from the body politic. But the window was quite small: Prior to the end of World War I, public criticism in theaters had been banned by the German Empire; by 1935, most Kabarett stars had been sent to concentration camps, committed suicide, or fled into exile. Actor Ulrich Tukur (best known for his roles in The White Ribbon and 2002's Solaris) acts as emcee for the film, connecting songs and sketches to historic and social context through off-screen narration.
Mon., Feb. 25, 7 p.m., 2013