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
Mozarts Le nozze di Figaro, ossia la folle giornata ( The Marriage of Figaro, or the Day of Madness), is one of the ten most performed operas in the United States. It falls just behind The Barber of Seville, in timeline and popularity; however, its the ideal premiere for the San Francisco Parlor Opera, which performs opera in private homes for small audiences craving a libretto in its original tongue. Le Nozze di Figaro unfolds over the course of a single day at a single location, albeit the grounds of a Spanish palace. Tonight, a historic local home built in 1893 stands in for the late-18th-century domicile of Count Almaviva of Seville. Very little imagination is necessary, as the action moves from the attic to the parlor to the beautiful back garden of this lavish Victorian. Happily, you need not be gentry to attend, nor must you be fluent in Italian. Chuck Taylors are as welcome as tuxedos, and an English narration precedes each act.
Thu., May 22, 7 p.m.; Sat., May 24, 7 p.m., 2008