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
Though Adriano Paganini's restaurant specializes in Roman-style wood-fired pizzas, you'd be remiss to skip out on its appetizers, in particular the broccolini bruschetta, a dish that may very well become your new favorite way to eat these tiny trees of the produce world.
Local multi-instrumentalist Ralph Carney is well-versed in countless styles, from pop to jazz to experimental, but he can make beautiful music out of pretty much anything that makes sound. Though his primary axes are saxophones and clarinets, he also plays guitar, keyboards, flute, and more unusual devices like the saw and jaw harp. Such eclectic talent has led to a world-class resume, including collaborations with iconoclastic songwriter Tom Waits, boundary-busting filmmaker David Lynch, and the late Beat poet Allen Ginsberg. So whats the tie that binds Carneys wide-roving activity? He always brings the fun. And nowhere is this more evident than on Ralph Carneys Serious Jass Project, a group that showcases the horn players affinity for the type of old-school jazz that makes you shout hallelujahs and dance in the aisles. Were talking jumpin jive grooves and swing that zings, which is only serious inasmuch as the know-how thats needed to pull off the tunes with such joyful abandon. The set list is largely drawn from Duke Ellingtons small combo songbook of the late 30s and R&B honker Big Jay McNeelys wild-eyed tracks of the early 50s. Watch for when the leader busts out multiple horns at once, channeling big-band power with only four guys on stage.
Tue., Sept. 8, 8 p.m., 2009