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
Thrillpeddlers continues its revival of original Cockettes musicals with the more-than-suggestively titled Hot Greeks. Scrumbly Koldewyn, an original member of the Cockettes, San Francisco’s gender-bending theater troupe of the late 1960s and early ’70s, joins artistic director Russell Blackwood to restore the original 1972 play, an absurdist adaptation of Aristophanes’ Lysistrata. In the earliest days of satire, Aristophanes railed against the protracted Peloponnesian War in the comedic play by suggesting that the women deny men any sex until they ended the war. Hot Greeks is loosely based on the play, but it isn’t about ending a war. Instead, it’s set in the World War II era, and we’re thrust into the middle of a college football rivalry. In their quest for victory on the gridiron, the heroes bounce to a 1940s soundtrack as they make their way to the Oracle of Delphi (in this case, “The Hot Twat of Tangier”). With characters including Clitoristra, Pendulum, Mrs. Ova, and Diameter, it’s a debauched romp with comedic innuendo and double entendre at every turn. The cast performs several Cockettes musical shorts at the end of the production.
Thursdays-Saturdays, 8 p.m. Starts: March 22. Continues through May 19, 2012