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
Making the less-traditional transition from brick-and-mortar to mobile pop-up, A16 is finally offering its hearty Monday meatballs and signature wood-fired Neapolitan pizzas without the inconvenience of needing to book a table.
You can only Peter Pan your way through the most festive night of the year so many times before you realize there might be perks to actually making plans -- free champagne, for instance, or a place to finally wear that designer gown you scored at the thrift store. If one of your resolutions for 2013 is to start acting like a grown-up, there's no better place to start than at the San Francisco Symphony's Masquerade Ball. You'll have to learn the waltz, of course, but then you can spend the night dancing (instead of twerking) to the sounds of the orchestra. Expect complimentary sparkling wine (the Symphony is classy enough to know that it's only called champagne if it comes from the Champagne region of France) and elaborate masks to be worn. If waltzing the night away isn't quite to your taste, there are quite a few other ways to ring in the new year with class. Most of the fancy hotels around town are hosting parties -- try the W for an open bar and five rooms of music, the Palace for a five-course dinner and dancing, the Westin St. Francis for a continental mixture of live art, fashion, stilt-walkers, and music, the Mark for a Moet-themed evening, and the Clift for an astoundingly opulent $15,000-per-table event with open bar, live music, and more. Finish your night responsibly with a free Luxor Cab ride home, courtesy of Berg Injury Lawyers (make sure to mention their name to the cabbie).
Mon., Dec. 31, 9 p.m., 2012