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
We don't often go out of our way for restrooms, but in the case of Macy's sixth-floor ladies room (sorry guys: you'll just have to make do with having everything else), all who pass through its doors will understand why it's worth the effort.
Ben Fountain, the fiction editor of Southwest Review, has produced a debut story collection that should give lit-rag hopefuls pause. With pieces about places like Haiti, Colombia, Myanmar, and Sierra Leone, Brief Encounters With Che Guevara is a wicked example of how to do the short form right. Fountain's prose seems effortless, a mix of sincere, literary passages and sparkling reportage, peppered with drop-dead lines about the human condition. The tales revolve around the iconic figure of the well-meaning American abroad, confounding the locals, attempting to save the world and/or himself. In "Near-Extinct Birds of the Central Cordillera," an ornithologist from Duke University who thinks himself too poor to kidnap ("I owe $20,000 in student loans," he informs curious rebels) gets abducted. After the horror subsides, he first admires his captors for their dedication to the cause, then understands that the revolution has become a business unto itself. He turns his attention and ultimately offers his life to the birds, a batch of critically endangered Purpureicephalus feltisi (crimson-capped parrots). In "Asian Tiger," an American golf pro, dropped into a Myanmar war zone to design a course (the generals love golf), turns a longing but resigned eye to the life of the local monks. Filled with smuggling, kidnappings, and crooked politics, Brief Encounters brings both a clear eye and a sense of the absurd to deal-making in the Third World.
Wed., Sept. 13, 7 p.m.