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
When day drinkers just could not stop pissing along the train tracks at Dolores Park, where every weekend tons of revelers gather to partake in booze and other inebriants, the city came up with a great idea to make public urination acceptable: install an outdoor urinal.
It is said that nothing except tobacco smoke spread through the British Empire as rapidly as croquet. But since its formal introduction in 1851, the rules have changed as frequently as the playing field. Today, one might play Bicycle Croquet in Austria, which allows only ten seconds per play and disallows human contact with the ground; Overland Croquet in Berkeley, which may be played throughout weeks, up mountains and over bodies of water; or Mondo Croquet in the more civilized parts of Oregon, which favors sledgehammers and bowling balls. Surely the most famous game of croquet in history employed live flamingos as mallets, hedgehogs as balls, and living soldiers as arches. Celebrate the enduring genius of Lewis Carroll and the curious delight of the game at the Alice in Wonderland Tea Party Croquet Tournament. Come in costume and play with the Queen of Hearts, the Cheshire Cat, and the Mad Hatter, who model clothes by six of the citys most innovative artisans, and enjoy a teatime performance by XOX Burlesque and Lucid Dawn Circus, a trunk sale, and plenty of sticky wickets.
Sun., June 8, 1 p.m., 2008