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
You know what happens when you make an assumption? That's right: You make an ass out of you and umption. You've probably made a lot of assumptions about homeless people; it's hard not to, but just think of how umption must feel. At "A Night with the Stars," a local organization with a good track record of un-homeless-izing people, Community Housing Project, has organized a bunch of formerly homeless people for a talent show. Dancers, poets, Louis Armstrong soundalike Mr. Smiley, and plenty of others perform. We're sure every one of them is great, but honestly, our money's on the Princess Cheerleaders, six little girls prepared to annihilate your tear ducts with their rendition of "This Land Is Your Land." Meet them at www.youtube.com/watch?v=yh0haWANTKQ; see what you think. Those in the know point out that the former Olympian who breaks boards with his bare hands is also pretty cool. Whoever wins the cash prize, umption's bound to feel better.
Tue., April 21, 6 p.m., 2009