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
There are a number of reasons why you should see a show at The Regency Ballroom — its ornate, turn-of-the-century architecture and eclectic lineup of performers, to name a few — but no reason is more compelling than the venue's ample seating.
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.
Fashion magazines consistently serve up flimsy articles about "positive body image" next to parades of dangerously thin models and ads for antiwrinkle creams made with pseudoscience. Feministing.com, take us away! This smart, well-written blog tackles feminism with a no-nonsense, unapologetic vigor. Boasting nine regular editors and contributors and a user-generated component, Feministing takes on media bias, abortion, race, and class, among other heady topics. Founder Jessica Valenti has also published four books on womens issues, one of which is an anthology co-edited with Jaclyn Friedman, Yes Means Yes: Visions of Female Sexual Power and a World Without Rape. The book takes on the way people view female sexuality and the tired, dangerous stereotypes that perpetuate rape culture. Essay titles include A Love Letter from an Anti-Rape Activist to Her Feminist Sex-Toy Store and How Do You Fuck a Fat Woman? A stale rehash of your less-interesting Womens Studies courses, this is not. Valenti and Friedman read from their anthology along with a handful of contributors, including Lisa Jervis, co-founder of formerly Bay Areabased feminism and pop culture magazine Bitch, and Oakland based writer and trans activist Julia Serano.
Thu., May 7, 7 p.m., 2009