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.
There's a little disagreement over the organization of the Ethical Decalogue in the Old Testament. (Is coveting your neighbors' wife and house one sin or two?) In any case, Anglicans, Jews, Catholics, and Lutherans alike seem to agree that a big bush spoke to Moses and laid down the law. How Moses got in the headspace to accept heavenly horticulture is a long, complicated story. There was the slaying of firstborn sons by union buster Pharaoh Seti and bobbing for babies in the Nile with Princess Bithia, not to mention that big Red Sea spectacular and sheep's milk in the Sahara with the Bedouins. So many characters, so many years, so much sand. Almost makes you want to reach for The Bible for Dummies. Leave it to Impossible Productions to come up with something better, a comedic staging of The Ten Commandments: Live! Sit back and relax as the cast brings clarity to some big questions: How long must the chosen people wander through the desert asking, "Are we there yet?" The Voice of God will be played by Mikl-em, Patrick Sims, John Hell, and Sean Owens: It's a very big part.
Sat., March 1, 8 p.m., 2008