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
Colin Tilley's video for Kendrick Lamar's "Alright"
Kendrick Lamar is from Compton, but Colin Tilley, the director of the music video for Lamar's song "Alright" — which was nominated for four MTV Video Music Awards and was performed by the artist at the 2016 Grammy Awards — is Berkeley-born and -raised.
San Francisco is overflowing with strong social and political opinions. Problem is, too many of us limit our activism to buying a bumper sticker that tells the world (or, a small segment of the driving world) what we believe. Question Authority! proclaimed the six-cylinder BMW 5 Series with leather interior. Hypocrisy in motion? Literally. What we need instead is real act of protest against the oil industry and a complacent car-centric culture. It should be risky, but it should also have a sense of humor and involve some self-deprecation. Here's one: the World Naked Bike Ride. While nudity is not required, it's encouraged along with body paint, portable signs, and outlandish costumery that furthers the message of the ride. Organizers determine the route as the riders assemble, but they say likely destinations include the Ferry Building, Fisherman's Wharf, Union Square, and United Nations Plaza. They assure participants they probably won't be arrested for wearing their birthday suits as long as they stay with the group. The ride lasts two to three hours. Organizers also encourage people to use public transportation (fully clothed, natch) to get to the ride's starting point even if that BMW 5 Series includes a really cool bike rack.
Sat., March 12, 11 a.m., 2011