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
Youd think that a person with the name John Law would always follow the rules. Youd be wrong. This John Law has spent much of his adult life getting into, onto, over, under, and around places he wasnt supposed to be, in the name of exploration and guerrilla art. Law was a founding member of a group called the Suicide Club and later the Cacophony Society whose street theater and daring acts were aimed at upending the social order as well as conquering personal fears. An example of their civil disobedience was walking across the Golden Gate Bridge in the middle of the night on the suspension wires. Anything the government does to protect me from myself, I consider tyranny, Law says. Some ideas Law helped originate caught on and have become commonplace. Ever hear of Burning Man? How about SantaCon? Law was among the founders of both events. He abandoned those efforts as soon as they took steps toward mainstream acceptance, looking for the next creative frontier. His latest? Detroit, a largely abandoned industrial wasteland thats a veritable playground for the likes of Law. In terms of the artistic community, It feels like San Francisco did around 1987, says Law, who has a new book of short stories called The Space Between. Tonight Law is interviewed as part of a roving event called Media Ecology Soul Salon MESS. Film clips of Laws uncivil acts are included. Be there to learn about San Franciscos creative past as well as its future.
Fri., Oct. 22, 8:30 p.m., 2010