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
A decade ago, Yousef Elhaj left his home and family in the West Bank and came to San Francisco. He diligently and solitarily worked his tail off, paving the way or so he hoped for his family to join him. He succeeded, up to a point; he turned the Church Street Market into a thriving neighborhood outpost. In the Palestinian territories, however, his children were growing up without their father and forging their own paths. Corner Store, local filmmaker Katherine Bruens poignant and surprising documentary, follows Elhaj back to Bethlehem for a fraught reunion with his wife and family. The purpose of the trip, ostensibly, is for Elhaj to pack up his clan, say goodbye to Palestine, and return to checkpoint-free San Francisco. You might think this would be the easy part after the lonely years of building a business and the long slog through the bureaucracy of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement. But defining home is complicated, emotional, and messy, especially when other people are involved. Corner Store allows us an intimate and privileged view of Palestine behind the headlines, even as it reminds us of the invisible forces and individual dramas shaping contemporary San Francisco.
Sun., May 22, 2 & 4:15 p.m.; May 22-24, 7:15 & 9:15 p.m., 2011