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
Making the less-traditional transition from brick-and-mortar to mobile pop-up, A16 is finally offering its hearty Monday meatballs and signature wood-fired Neapolitan pizzas without the inconvenience of needing to book a table.
The monthlong series “Bros Before Hos” explores “masculinity and its discontent” via avenues such as vintage stag movies, the bonding experience between men in Finnish saunas, and the life of strongman Stanley “Stanless Steel” Pleskun. Tonight’s short-film program “Female Trouble” navigates the twisting prism of feminine roles. In Every Woman, lissome New York performance artist Narcissister does a reverse striptease to Chaka Khan music, donning clothes removed from her own orifices. (The always-masked Narcissister made a splash on last season’s America’s Got Talent with cartwheels that revealed a third head under her petticoats, but she is a longtime favorite within the downtown art world.) Mario Montez Screen Test reintroduces us to the long-lost star of numerous Jack Smith, Andy Warhol, and Jose Rodriguez-Soltero projects. In 1977, the beloved Puerto Rican drag queen hung up his wig, hopped a bus, and dissolved into the ether. Thirty years later Conrad Ventur began collaborating with Montez, loyally re-creating films shot during Warhol’s Factory heyday. Montez has aged beautifully, and Ventur’s version of Screen Test has a poignancy and depth neither could have foreseen. Brooklyn-based curator Bradford Nordeen also brings us Steven Arnold’s Cannes-winning 1968 short Messages, Messages and an excerpt from Vaginal Davis’ ridiculous Barbi Twins Sun., Feb. 12, 2 p.m., 2012