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
Nob Hill Theatre, the all-genders-welcome male strip club, is holding it down on Bush Street, and after several decades of D, it's still S.F.'s only place to see full-frontal guys up close, seven nights a week (for $20).
Peculiar woods lure familiar characters away from their dreariness to toy with magic and improve their lives. A Baker, his Wife, two Princes charming, Jack (of the lucky beanstalk), Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood, Rapunzel, a Witch, a Wolf, and a Mysterious Man are pawns in this singular retelling of feuding fairy tales. After coincidence and mishap, you can almost taste the happy endings, as granted wishes seem well within reach. If you're partial to blissful finales or musicals under two hours, leave at intermission: The second act of this three-hour journey reveals revenge, adultery, failure, and death as consequences for self-centered choices made in pursuing shallow dreams. Unfortunately, the work bypasses opportunities to capitalize, emotionally, on these weighty themes. Spirited musical numbers and too-bright costumes surround the play in a cartoonish atmosphere, but the entire cast sings beautifully; the Witch (Thursday Farrar) and the Baker's Wife (Christiane Noll) give the strongest all-around performances. The maneuvering of Jack's cow, Milky White (Bill Olson), is impressive and especially delightful for kids. Between the professional (and subterranean) orchestra and Stephen Sondheim's gift for crafting music that misbehaves in a frenzy of witty, syncopated rhythms, the tunes alone are worth the ticket.