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
The Cinco de Mayo holiday, whose history many of us annually forget, observes the 1862 triumph of Mexican soldiers against a platoon of invading French forces. Mirroring our own struggle for independence, it has come to represent much more than the resilience and vitality of Mexican culture. The day is a salute to the enduring spirit of underdogs everywhere who fight for freedom. Get a taste of that today for the eighth annual San Francisco Cinco de Mayo Festival. This family-friendly, alcohol-free event features Latin American music, dance, food, and art; it’s been known to draw people by the thousand. This year’s festivities include a Zumba-inspired exercise workshop; live mariachi, cumbia, and salsa music; and performances by traditional folk dance groups. Food, beverages, and other merchandise are provided by nearly 50 local vendors. Here’s to all who persevere.
Sat., May 5, 10 a.m., 2012