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
In case you've been TaskRabbiting your way through life and haven't had the chance to leave the micro-loft to stroll the alleys and streets of central San Francisco, the number of homeless tent encampments in town is approaching epic levels — as in Hooverville and Great Depression levels.
Contemporary moviegoers often view the silent era as a kind of crude training ground deservedly relegated to the attic (with great-grandmothers scrapbooks) by the advent of talking pictures. The demonstrated cure for those ill-informed prejudices isnt a paragraph of perfumed prose, but rather any program at the impeccable yet irreverent San Francisco Silent Film Festival. Theres literally something for everyone over the course of the weekend, from epic melodrama to Czech eroticism, from psychological horror to Soviet science fiction. The fest gets off to a stampeding start Friday with The Gaucho, starring original action hero Douglas Fairbanks as an Argentine bandit and wild thing Lupe Velez as his love interest, backed by the Mont Alto Picture Orchestra debuting its original score. Film critic and historian Leonard Maltin drops by on Saturday to introduce The Wind, the path-breaking pairing of Swedish maestro Victor Sjöström and the immortal Lillian Gish, and local iconoclast Terry Zwigoff (Ghost World) warms up Sundays crowd for the W.C. Fields romp Sos Your Old Man. Truth be told, with its unparalleled access to rarities, superlative prints, and only-in-San Francisco audience participation were looking at you, Art Deco Society of California the Silent Film Fest has a gift for turning every show into a special event.
July 10-12, 2009