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
As international music icons go, Merle Haggard is kind of a weird one. He's an ex-con who writes immortal pop poetry ("Tonight the bottle let me down/And let your memory come around."). He's antiwar, pro-hick, and famously frowns on longhairs. One of his latest songs includes a few misty-eyed lines about the lasting allure of cocaine, while the decades-old "Piedras Negras" is romantically antiracist. So he's all over the place politically. We're not even sure it's possible to agree with Haggard, but hopefully, that's not why country and Western music the Bakersfield sound, especially appeals to you in the first place. Last time we saw the Hag, he was headlining Oakland's Paramount Theatre (Anti- labelmate Neko Case was the most perfect opening act ever.) He owned the stage fifty ways, sounded beautiful, looked great, and was in general instantly recognizable as a transcendent, world-class performer. The jingoism pervading his merch table won't appeal to all of us, particularly the "America First" bumper stickers, but if you want to hear "Silver Wings" and "Mama Tried," it's a small price to pay.
Mon., Feb. 11, 8 p.m., 2008