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
Pickup basketball is a weird social phenomenon where a bunch of strangers meet at a designated spot during a designated time to engage in an athletic competition governed by de facto rules established in some mythic rulebook.
In 2003, Dengue Fever captured the heart of San Francisco by performing the compilation Cambodian Rocks in its delirious entirety. This was not a mind-bending maneuver for Farfisa organist Ethan Holtzman, former Dieselhed guitarist Zac Holtzman, saxophonist David Ralicke (of Beck fame), Radar Brothers bassist Senon Williams, and drummer Paul Smith. They had found their muse lead singer Chhom Nimol two years before, performing in Long Beachs Little Phnom Penh. Years earlier, on her native Cambodian soil, Nimol had sung for royalty, executing electrifying Khmer dance moves in dazzling gowns. She was a natural star. In 2005, she returned to tour Cambodia with the band, playing Cambodian pop songs, and native fans reconnected with the music that was nearly crushed out by the Khmer Rouge. The band discovered the deeper roots beneath the music, and met Nimols family, which boasted a number of singers from the '70s on. The resulting documentary, Sleepwalking Through the Mekong, is a thrilling trip from both a musical and cultural perspective. Dengue Fever still pops up in S.F. regularly, and its always a wild excursion: This spring, they debuted a live soundtrack for the silent film The Lost World. This week, the band appears at the Outside Lands Music Festival, and members appear after Sleepwalking screenings on Aug. 27 and 28.
Thu., Aug. 27, 7:15 & 9:15 p.m.; Fri., Aug. 28, 7:15 & 9:15 p.m.; Sat., Aug. 29, 2, 4, 7:15 & 9:15 p.m.; Sun., Aug. 30, 2, 4, 7:15 & 9:15 p.m., 2009