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
When employees at a store asks if they can help you find anything, it's usually a meaningless gesture, or at worst, a threat of surveillance, but when Dick Vivian asks you what you're looking for when you walk into Rooky Ricardo's Records, he wants to help you find the funkiest, silkiest tunes he has — of which he has a lot.
I'll admit I was stumped when I first saw the iPod commercial featuring "Feel Good Inc.," from Gorillaz's new Demon Days. That lazy Britpop vocal sounded so familiar atop the pretty acoustic strumming, and yet I couldn't place it. Then, before my brain could compute that, of course, it was Blur's Damon Albarn, there dropped this Cameo-esque booty-funk groove that segued into a dirty Southern bum-shake rap. Was this some obscure mash-up between a Blur B-side and OutKast? Nope. But I wasn't entirely off track. Turns out the arguable godfather of mash-ups, Danger Mouse, known for 2004's The Grey Album, a clever combining of the Beatles and Jay-Z, was at the helm with Albarn in creating this latest from the supposed cartoon band Gorillaz. Like the aforementioned song, the rest of Demon Days employs swift genre changes, with help from the likes of De La Soul, Ike Turner, and Dennis Hopper, among others. But unlike the unfortunate results (if not sales) that bands like Linkin Park have had with this similar technique, Albarn and his little Mouse friend have created a vibrant mood swing of a record that's as dark as it is danceable.