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
There are a number of reasons why you should see a show at The Regency Ballroom — its ornate, turn-of-the-century architecture and eclectic lineup of performers, to name a few — but no reason is more compelling than the venue's ample seating.
Making the less-traditional transition from brick-and-mortar to mobile pop-up, A16 is finally offering its hearty Monday meatballs and signature wood-fired Neapolitan pizzas without the inconvenience of needing to book a table.
To read Maurice Maeterlincks Pelléas and Mélisande is to encounter a world of unexplained melancholia, gloomy forests and castles, and sweet, unconsummated love. In short, its pretty emo. But through the eyes of the consistently sensitive and imaginative folks at Cutting Ball Theater, the underappreciated playwright gets a gorgeous and compelling staging not least because director Rob Melrose uses his own translation of the play. To bring it into resonant sensory life, Melrose relies on the abstract sound design of Cliff Caruthers, the evocative choreography of Laura Arrington, and the video projections of Wesley Cabral. Cabral uses 13 veils hanging from the ceiling to transport us into Maeterlincks soulful world. Joshua Schell and Caitlyn Louchard, two of the Bay Areas most exciting young performers, make the title characters love affair at once innocent and fervent. Paul Gerriors return to this stage, as a dying patriarch, has been too long in coming since his star turn in the theaters production of Becketts Krapps Last Tape. Maeterlinck himself could hardly ask for a better dream team.
Thursdays-Sundays, 8 p.m. Starts: Oct. 21. Continues through Nov. 27, 2011