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
If you think civics is what social studies was once called, you’re just one of the millions of Americans making Justice Sandra Day O’Connor incredibly nervous about the future of this country. Before Americans can address the myriad challenges of the 21st Century, the first woman appointed to the Supreme Court insists we need to engage in a national discussion about the cornerstone of our democratic heritage: the rights and duties of citizens, particularly when it comes to government oversight. Since 2009, the former Justice has been courting Americans' attention through iCivics, an organization that isn’t above video games if they entice youth. Perhaps Aristotle, who argued, “For the things we have to learn before we can do them, we learn by doing them,” would have enjoyed a turn. O’Connor rarely makes public appearances, but sustaining America’s democracy gets her out of the house any day. No stranger to the Bay Area, O’Connor received both her B.A. and LL.B. from Stanford, where she worked on the Law Review with future Supreme Court Chief Justice William Rehnquist, her erstwhile beau. O’Connor also discusses her illustrious career in conversation with Dr. Mary Bitterman, President of the Bernard Osher Foundation.
Mon., Oct. 22, noon, 2012