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
So you went out last Saturday night and wore those new dark-wash, skinny leg jeans that you just bought despite the fact that it's the end of the month and you should be saving that money for your rent check.
Anyone hoping Frank Black would revisit the quirky frenzy of the Pixies or the power-pop of his solo debut, Teenager of the Year, will be nonplussed by his rootsy Honeycomb. But Black isn't going altcountry on us, even though this set was recorded in Nashville with Buddy Miller (from Emmylou Harris' band) and legendary R&B guitarist Steve Cropper. Honeycomb is seasoned with the country rock and mellow Southern soul of the late 1960s and early '70s, though it never feels "retro" or nostalgic -- Black adapts those genres to his own approach, not the other way around. He's retired (for now) his trademark yelp, singing in a subdued, plain-spoken style (à la Neil Young, Johnny Cash) that contains more than a touch of world-weariness (reflecting, perhaps, the recent dissolution of his marriage). Black's lyrics are his usual mix of the abstract and the angst-ridden, as in the sarcasm-and-pun-laced "Song of the Shrimp" and lines like "I let snow fall on frozen yesterday/ I burn today," sung resignedly to an undulating folk-rock melody. The bittersweet Honeycomb is Black's testament to a head-on confrontation with adulthood.