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
San Francisco Film Society held their Film Society Awards Night at Bimbo's on Tuesday, May 7th. Harrison Ford was in attendance accepting the 2013 Peter J. Owens Award. Photographs by Josh Edelson for SF Weekly.
Buffy Sainte-Marie is one of the most underappreciated people in the world. Which is not to say she isn't appreciated: It's just never going to be enough. The Cree singer-songwriter, teacher, writer, painter, early adopter of digital technologies, Sesame Street stalwart, and fighter for indigenous rights is so awesome, and hot, that no one will ever fully saint her the way we feel she should be sainted. In Buffy Sainte-Marie: A Multimedia Life, director Joan Prowse mostly lets the great lady tell her own story -- a good directorial choice. But Prowse's plotline skips over much of the discrimination Sainte-Marie faced from the beginning of her public career in the early 1960s in the Greenwich Village folk scene and which she continues to face today -- an interesting directorial choice. At the dependably excellent American Indian Film Festival, A Multimedia Life screens as part of the Tribal Touring Program along with, among others, a gorgeous, updated, and subtly politicized retelling of John Steinbeck's Of Mice and Men, made by teenagers at an alternative high school in Winnipeg.
Nov. 5-13, 2010