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 immortal moment came decades ago: a long-suffering fan already, at 8 years old, slumped against a rail at the ballpark for what could be the last time, defeated on the field and off of it, where the Giants were planning to possibly decamp from Candlestick Park to Florida.
Heres a helpful hint Heloise neglected to mention: Guys will say and do anything to get laid. You already knew that? Well, thats precisely what frustrates the greasy titular hero of The Snake, local filmmakers Eric Kutner and Adam Goldsteins ribald and highly entertaining comedy. The fork-tongued protagonist (played by Goldstein with an unflinching shamelessness and weasel 'stache Sacha Baron Cohen would admire) operates in a modern world in which every woman sees through his smarmy pick-up lines and made-up accomplishments. But he keeps on chuckin (lies), smilingly sailing past the farthest boundaries of self-respect into chuckle-and-cringe territory. The Snake receives its hometown premiere in the San Francisco Frozen Film Festival, an eccentric mix of programming that encompasses Spanish shorts, Bay Area animation, a George Clinton concert-tour documentary (The Silence in Between), and a face-to-face-off with survivors of the Rock (Alcatraz Reunion). The festival, angling to become a midsummer classic, takes its name from our burgs frigid temps in fog-shrouded July and August. The upside is we dont require air-conditioned theaters.
July 10-11, 5 p.m., 2009