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
Although life itself sometimes feels like a never-ending and humiliating style war a high-stakes skirmish, with plaid jumpers eliciting audible gasps and trollops casting the evil eye upon last seasons riding habit sometimes its just grand to show up at a nightclub and watch mavens duke it out in the blood-soaked arena of instant fashion. House of Diehls Style Wars: The Style Battle Championships pits up-and-coming fashion people against one another in a frenzy of rapid design, asking them to scrape together runway pieces from recycled rags and everyday objects. Garments get made in a matter of minutes. Models walk them down the fashion plank, DJs (Pase Rock and Richie Panic, in this case) engage in fashionable noisemaking, and judges (Simon Ungless of the San Francisco Academy of Art and Irene Hernandez of fashion and arts event company Chillin) decide who lives, who dies, and who wins a spread in Surface magazine. Allegedly born in the basements of New York City, the phenomenon has turned out to be so too-fierce-to-handle that House of Diehl trademarked the words style battling, so there. The resulting event takes the street-level attitude of a rap battle, the teeth-whitening glamour of a runway show, and the proprietary gusto of a trademarked brand, and mixes until creamy.
Sat., Nov. 21, 10 p.m., 2009