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
Spring: Sex drives briefly rise from the grave, the sound of hysterical citizens on temporary leave from seasonal affective disorder fills the air, and youthful designers fuse scraps of damaged garments together to raise money for the less sheltered. Discarded to Divine celebrates the latter condition. The event features an enduring background story about St. Vincent de Paul Society Help Desk Director Sally Rosen, who was routinely sifting through a pile of ripped, stained, and generally unusable donated clothing one day, when all of a sudden the flea of inspiration bit hard. The itchy red bumps of an idea appeared shortly thereafter, compelling her to first wash everything she owned in hot water and then solicit designers to construct couture from the free pile. The story ends with an enchanted auction of mongrel garments, the proceeds used to ease the hardscrabble existence of our nation's booming homeless population. Items on parade include lusciously urbane designs by Nice Collective, resourcefully executed elegance by Colleen Quen Couture, and shapely frocks from Michael Boris. Additionally, a cadre of impressionable fashion spawn from FIDM, Academy of Art University, and City College offer up their finest silks to the vicious scrutiny of the hoi polloi.
Sat., April 26, 7 p.m., 2008