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
If you're like us, and you appreciate the slap-happy singles style of Tony Gwynn to the deep-ball threat of Barry Bonds, then the shuffleboard table at Fly Bar on Larkin and Sutter is definitely your speed.
I like to think of instrumental hip hop as background music for alternative-universe waiting rooms. Instead of easy listening, lite rock, and smooth jazz, all the doctors in this other world groove out to tracks by RJD2, Wagon Christ, and Four Tet. In this land, Dosh's second LP would be on constant rotation. "Simple Exercises" is the pediatrician's aid, with its prancing Rhodes keyboard parts and its Tinker Toy drum riffage (not to mention the samples of his wife talking about her pregnancy). With its clinking percussion and whirring organs, "Rock It to the Next Episode" offers a soundtrack to the operating theater, while the languorous keyboard purring of "Bye Rhodsy" recalls the post-op grogginess of a wisdom-tooth pulling. And while some of the tracks -- "I Think I'm Getting Married," especially -- hint at the ominous dread that often goes along with hospital visits, much of the Minneapolis native's album is as shiningly bright as a new scalpel. Besides, which would you rather hear at the doctor's office: Whitney Houston yowling about how she'll always love you or Dosh proving it, via lovingly crafted organ-and-drum jams?