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
Whats going on over there? Weve seen so many Iranians, angrily marching in the streets, getting pelted and baton-whipped and killed and arrested yet they mostly remain peaceful, united, and dignified. Obviously, something is really wrong in Iran, but the situation also has its poetic moments; unsurprising for the place that gave us Rumi. (Were thinking of the rooftop chanting that developed immediately as an alternative to the censored cellphones practical, yes, but also manifestly beautiful.) At Raising Our Voices for Iran, Reese Erlich, a Peabody Award-winning journalist who has spent a lot of time in the Persian Gulf, gives an election report, and a slate of other authors read their literary work. We hope local Iranian-Americans weigh in with reports from their families in Iran, too. We heard recently from friends, for example, that most of those protesters dont really care about Mousavi; they just want a better life. Music in the form of jazz fusion band Aleph Null features Hossein Massoudi singing in Farsi and Kurdish, with a backing band that includes trumpet and oud.
Sun., July 26, 2 p.m., 2009