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
Pickup basketball is a weird social phenomenon where a bunch of strangers meet at a designated spot during a designated time to engage in an athletic competition governed by de facto rules established in some mythic rulebook.
As the producer of the annual Fringe Festival and Divafest, the Exit Theatre has long ruled the Bay Area's freeform theater fiesta scene with an iron rod of box-office splits and free pretzels. But the local bastion of underground performance is about to face some stiff competition from San Francisco theater group foolsFURY. Bringing together the work of 13 companies from S.F., Los Angeles, and New York, foolsFURY's "FURY Factory" celebrates the art of ensemble theater -- that is, original productions developed through an ongoing creative collaboration between artists rather than the more traditional method, where the power lies mostly with a director, star actor, or playwright. The three-week festival launches with a party and ends with a weekend-long symposium devoted to raising the profile of ensemble theater. In between, the festival offers an eclectic program of full-length productions, works in progress, and workshops with ensemble theater experts. Full-length works by local groups include foolsFURY's adaptation of Henry James' novel The Turn of the Screw, mugwumpin's Still Standing Still, and Traveling Jewish Theatre's Death of a Salesman. Visiting groups such as Zoo District, Ghost Road, and ARTEL from L.A., and N.Y.'s Strike Anywhere Performance Ensemble perform The Defenders, Orestes Remembered, We Play Devil's Advocate (Variation #50), and 10 Brecht Poems, respectively. The works-in-progress part of the proceedings, meanwhile, includes work by Dandelion Dance Theater and movement-based thespian Aadika Singh.
April 11-29, 7 p.m.