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
It’s official: If Les Claypool’s annual NYE party were a girl, she could legally buy alcohol -- not that she needs it, given the loose-limbed ferret-in-the-pocket psilocybin experience she already has to offer. At the close of 2011, we find Claypool reunited with Primus, and Green Naugahyde, their first release in 11 years, debuting at No.15 on the Billboard charts. Tapping into the exuberance of youth and the lucidity of age, the recording and the band strike a perfect balance between virtuosity and irreverence. The first single, “Tragedy’s a’ Comin’,” was drawn from the struggle of Claypool’s younger brother against leukemia. In the accompanying video, which premiered on IFC in three installments, Claypool shows up on the beach in a giant crustacean suit -- the fantasy-self of a doomed lobster sitting inside a restaurant tank watching his loved ones be consumed. It’s a real Primus moment. Naugahyde is filled with them. Surely, “Jilly’s on Smack” is going to prove a live favorite, with its chorus, “No, she won’t be coming back … for the holidays!” This year’s party theme, Hawaiian Hukilau, is inspired by an old-school fishing technique, and it leaves room for a lobster appearance as well as some in-depth exploration of the fishing songs on Naugahyde.
Sat., Dec. 31, 9 p.m., 2011