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
It's Revolution, Baby
Intersection for the Arts, the pioneering arts and community development org started by Rev. Ted McIlvenna in the '60s, was originally located in the back of a Norwegian rug shop. It was created as a meeting place for homeless kids or those from bad homes to have a place of refuge day or night. It has grown and changed dramatically over the years, now partnering with over 50 community organizations, curating countless events, performances, trainings, and residencies for artists and art lovers. McIlvenna's path has appropriately intersected with IA once more, this time as the location for Mission by Penetration, a benefit for a documentary about his life called Revolutionary Sex. A few tidbits about the 80-year-old reverend: A Methodist minister sent to S.F. to solve the church's "gay problem," McIlvenna instead became a champion for LGBT rights; he created the first grad school devoted to human sexuality, which he still runs; he opened the first Erotic Art Museum in 1973 in Union Square; and he has one of the largest collections of erotic art, some of which is for sale today, and all proceeds benefit the making of the film and the Institute. Treasures include signed "tit-prints" from former porn star Annie Sprinkle (the first porn star to get a Ph.D. at the school), rare adult film posters, and erotic table placemats. Still not enticed? The event also boasts music by The Love Dimension, hoop dance by Spiral, words by the Rev. and other sex radicals, a confession booth, appetizers, and champagne. Plus, you're helping to bring a fascinating San Francisco story into the world.
Sun., Dec. 2, noon, 2012