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
Most attempts at compiling the massive output of Italian soundtrack giant Ennio Morricone have stuck to the obvious, focusing on a mix of the indelible spaghetti western themes that helped elevate director Sergio Leone's '60s films to high art along with a sampling of music from later, high-profile productions like Once Upon a Time in America and The Mission. Leave it to the avant-garde eggheads at rock maverick Mike Patton's Ipecac Records to put together this stunning two-disc set selected by Sun City Girls founder Alan Bishop that delves into the prolific composer's far more experimental work. Drawn from a variety of bloody psychological crime thrillers and horror movies made during the late '60s and early '70s, the music finds Morricone inspired to match the stylized violence of these Euro exploitation flicks with a wildly expanded sonic palette. Acid-rock freakouts writhe in the midst of free-jazz mayhem; female voices constricted with passion and/or strangulation pant and moan in time to spare, heartbeat drums; and fractured electronics swirl over jangling junkyard percussion, sometimes all within the space of a single piece. Morricone's nonlinear, ADD style on the collection recalls the chaotic universe of Looney Tunes maestro Carl Stalling, another composer Patton and liner-note writer John Zorn hold in high esteem. Crime and Dissonance is completely batshit bananas and an absolutely essential purchase for any adventurous fan of terrifying and beautiful music.