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
A commitment to using video, performance, art, and education to progressing culture and community inspired the founders of Artists Television Access back in the weird year of 1984. We salute the tiny theater and art gallery on wild success in its mission. (Even the founders grammar was creative!) At Underground Experimental Unstoppable, the centers 25th anniversary celebration, the (music) performance component of that original mission statement takes center stage, and bands include Kacey Johansing, Eats Tapes, and Jefre Cantu-Ledesma, who plays along with Super 8 films by Paul Clipson. Over the course of the day, the celebration also features art installations, a raffle, and a barbecue. And on Dec. 11, film and video fans can catch a screening of work by practically everyone whos ever volunteered at the place: Lise Swenson (founder), Craig Baldwin (wild man), Rigo 23 (famous), and Shae Green (current volunteer) are just a few of the contributors. Also on Dec. 11, in a majorly fascinating move, the organizers plan to open a time capsule that was buried under ATA in 1984.
Sun., Dec. 13, 11 a.m., 2009