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
The title might evoke an image of clammy-fingered men in ill-fitting clothes bent over synthesizers with penlights attached to their heads, but the Switchboard Music Festival is actually a bold eight-hour expedition through convention-crushing terrain led by musical fire-eaters. Certainly, the dazzling Zoë Keating fits the bill. While with the critically acclaimed Rasputina, she helped expose the indie-rock world to the power of four women cellists and a distortion box. On her own, her music is even more peculiar and haunting. Using numerous pickups and a foot-controlled laptop, she transforms her instrument into an orchestra capable of hypnotic percussion, unearthly harmonies, and gripping drama. Since Rasputina, Keating has not avoided nightclub audiences shes worked with DJ Shadow, Amanda Palmer, Imogen Heap, and Curt Smith (yes, of Tears for Fears) but there is no doubt she seeks some deeper resonance with an invisible world. In that search she finds unlikely companions at Switchboard, including Thorny Brocky, which combines Indian and Balkan music with jazz, rock, and klezmer to make imaginary cartoon soundtracks; Sqwonk, a bass-clarinet duo with a penchant for heavy metal and pterodactyls; and Oaklands miRthkon, a jazzy chamber-prog conflagration that uses video and text to add flesh to its own mythology.
Sun., March 28, 2 p.m., 2010