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
Halloween is no longer Fright Night so much as Amateur Night. (Impossibly high expectations quenched with too much cheap booze likewise ruined New Year’s Eve years ago.) Satisfy your primeval need for cathartic autumnal chills mid-month, courtesy of legendary Danish director Carl Theodor Dreyer and Siouxsie and the Banshees cofounder Steven Severin. Reincarnated in the last decade as a go-to composer of moody, keyboard-based film scores, Severin returns to town for two performances of his entrancing original soundtrack to Vampyr (1932), the great filmmaker’s almost wordless dreamscape about innocent villagers endangered by shadowy creatures who feast on humans after dark. Made after his intimate and intense The Passion of Joan of Arc (1928), Dreyer opted for a soft-focus approach that emphasizes the dislocation of the main character (a novice occultist trying to solve the case of his life). Blood is a stand-in for other fluids, of course, in this saga of primal urges and the struggle between fate and free will. Mystery, eroticism, thick atmosphere -- this is the territory Severin has staked out (pun intended) for years. Tonight’s shows, co-presented with San Francisco Cinematheque, present art as an eerie elixir.
Mon., Oct. 15, 7:30 & 9:30 p.m., 2012