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 would be a mistake to accuse vaunted San Francisco film archivist and collector Rick Prelinger of living in the past. Sure, hes forever sifting through vintage reels and tapes of unedited material in search of rare images of historical resonance. But he isnt some plaid-jacketed nostalgia junkie, morosely jonesing for one more taste of life in a San Francisco that no longer exists. Prelinger embraces the inevitable reality that cities change and, via San Francisco Top to Bottom: The City Seen by Hollywood and Home Moviemakers, invites us to do likewise. This hour-plus compilation of 20th-century footage, presented under the auspices of the S.F. Museum and Historical Society, contrasts generic travelogue shots of our town used as backdrops in studio pictures with images taken by visitors and residents who had an unmistakable emotional connection to their fog-laced subject. The kicker: Prelinger encourages viewers to talk to the screen, name locations, and generally interact in a raucous act of community. After all, were all continuously building this city.
Tue., June 14, 7:30 p.m., 2011