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.
Without the wonders of obscure VHS tapes discovered in thrift stores, dumpsters, and abandoned houses, we wouldn’t have the unique comic style of Tim and Eric, recent “found footage” films like Chronicle (pretty good) and V/H/S (pretty terrible) — nor, more importantly, would we have the roving annual fantasticness of the Found Footage Festival. Without the FFF, we wouldn’t have the stupendous 2011 documentary Winnebago Man, the story of Jack Rebney, RV pitchman, and the world’s angriest flubber of lines. In that film, director Ben Steinbauer becomes obsessed with viral videos of Rebney sourced from VHS tapes that were widely circulated long before they were posted to YouTube. The infectious obsessiveness that led Steinbauer to make Winnebago Man might also be attributed to the trio behind the Found Footage Festival. Since 2004, instructional videos, outtakes, obscure music videos, public access footage, misbegotten PSAs, and other oddities have been fodder for Joe Pickett, Nick Prueher, and Geoff Haas’ touring show, which combines screenings, live commentary by comedians, and special appearances by invited guests. The festival hovers between a live variation of Mystery Science Theater 3000 and channel-changing at the tail end of an all-night bender. Expect sell-out crowds.
Dec. 14-16, 2012