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
Everybodys favorite historic gay movie house pumps up the local laugh quotient this month, unveiling a new monthly series of live comedy programming, complete with rib-tickling comics, guileless Bay Area gender illusionists, and consistently distressing reality television personalities. Comedy in the Castro premieres tonight with a positively gladdening line-up: Loni Love, a regular guest on wisecracking television shows like the mean-spirited late-night roundtable Chelsea Lately and commentator for VH1s tender backward glance, I Love the '70s; Nene Leakes, larger-than-life reality facet of The Real Housewives of Atlanta, whose involvement in nuanced dramas at home and between other desperate housewives have thrust her into the American publics gentle spotlight; and Sasha Soprano local drag diva and producer of the event who interviews Leakes about her new book, Never Make the Same Mistake Twice. As if all of that isnt queeny enough, the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence (including 20-year veteran Sister Roma), Mercedez Munro, and Willis Turner will be on hand to fan the flames with jibes of their own. Its a laugh riot fit for quipping queens, neighborhood nellies, and entertainment television acolytes alike.
Fri., Oct. 16, 8:30 p.m., 2009