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
Only in certain human endeavors can something attain a level of awfulness that it completes some weird circuit and be-comes good. Bad songs can be entertaining, ugly paintings can be desirable, skinny jeans can somehow maintain a hold on the crotches and minds of America. On the other hand, bad food’s flavor can never be improved by kitsch, and no one’s going to laugh over outpatient surgery gone horribly wrong. But oh, film. What creation elevates the awful to the sublime better than film! And what film trips heavenward these days better than Birdemic: Shock and Terror?Birdemic is of course about a bunch of poorly rendered CG birds attacking a guy who is improbably successful in business and love, and his new model girlfriend, in scenic Half Moon Bay. People with higher brain function call the movie the worst ever made, so it’s inevi-table that three of the wits behind Mystery Science Theater 3000 — Mike Nelson, Kevin Murphy, and Bill Corbett — should analyze this densest of texts. As part of their current gig, RiffTrax, the film-skewering is being broadcast live to theaters (though tape-delayed way out here in the West) across the country — perhaps the only national debate that really matters anymore.
Thu., Oct. 25, 8 p.m., 2012