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
An inconspicuous doorway off Valencia Street leads to a treasure trove of zines and 10,000-plus hours of sound and video recordings from the 1960s to the 1990s, all charting the progressive history of the Bay and its effect on global radical movements.
The Tenderloin was set to lose another irreplaceable when the Ha-Ra Club — a low-ceilinged dive of the slummiest reputation, long fallen into neglect, but nevertheless beloved for strong pours, idiosyncratic bartenders, and a long history — was taken over by the crew who run Ace's and Dobbs Ferry.
Oakland's the Lovemakers (Scott Blonde, Lisa Light, and Jason Fish) definitely do not intend their name to be ironic. Blonde and Light, who are a mighty good-looking couple, have been known to strip down to their skivvies and make out onstage in between joining the laptop-operating Fish to deliver chunky, jitterbugging bass lines and vocal harmonies worthy of their patron saints, Human League and Depeche Mode. On their self-titled debut, recently released on Weird Eye Records, the band executes an intimate instrumental duet between guitar and vibrator (only in the Bay Area), and sings about such local concerns as virtual love interfering with the real thing ("Internet Girlfriend") and sexual repression ("We Should Be Taking Our Clothes Off"). Hell, they'd all probably dry-hump Fish's synthesizers if the machines had a, er, pulse. As bawdy as all the subject matter may be, it is validated by the trio's technical chops: Light's body-rocking electric violin, Blonde's juicy-tight guitar work, and Fish's seductive rhythms. While dozens of bands nationwide have played out the '80s electro nostalgia thing to absolute maggot-ridden death, the Lovemakers avoid art-school pretension and instead focus their attention on sculpting memorable songs, not hairdos. Though they're definitely hot, there's nothing sexier than actual talent.