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
Pete Holmes got his break as one of the pop culture-savvy talking heads on VH1s Best Week Ever, a charity foundation established to support comedians whose careers are either on the ascent or descent. Thanks to winning appearances on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon and Conan, and the ubiquity afforded by voicing the e*trade baby, Holmes career is clearly on the ascent. Hes entering the big leagues with this appearance, where hes recording his first full-length CD for Comedy Central Records. He is a sort of Renaissance man of contemporary comedy, appearing on TV and various places on the Internet while also contributing cartoons to the august pages of The New Yorker. Always straddling that high-low line, Holmes is also a writer for NBCs Outsourced, though well forgive him that everyone has a skeleton or two in the closet. Despite his multimedia success, hes still most at home on the stage. Theres a goofy, affable quality to his standup persona that suits his comedic style: observational bits infused with a low-key surreal quality. That can be credited to his improv roots, which are evident in his loose, anything-goes approach. But even though Holmes has a light touch and a laid-back charm, his probing observations on contemporary life reveal a sharp wit behind the easygoing demeanor.
May 31-June 1, 8 p.m., 2011