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
In case you've been TaskRabbiting your way through life and haven't had the chance to leave the micro-loft to stroll the alleys and streets of central San Francisco, the number of homeless tent encampments in town is approaching epic levels — as in Hooverville and Great Depression levels.
The Tenderloin was set to lose another irreplaceable when the Ha-Ra Club — a low-ceilinged dive of the slummiest reputation, long fallen into neglect, but nevertheless beloved for strong pours, idiosyncratic bartenders, and a long history — was taken over by the crew who run Ace's and Dobbs Ferry.
The first release to feature Mac Dre since his murder last November is a collaboration with his one-time protégé and fellow Vallejo native Mac Mall. The MCs appear under two of their many aliases, Andre Macassi and Mall Macenroe, and like any great tennis match, the action is in the volleys. While Mall's aggressive style charges the net with semishouted rhymes, Dre counters by chillin' at the base line, lobbing effortless winners. The duo covers a lot of well-traversed territory -- mackin', pimpin', drugs -- but still manages a degree of originality. Mall's rough rhymes have an air of urgency about them, yet Dre's complex delivery (peppered with both original and regional slang) comes off sounding impossibly easy, especially over the laid-back bay funk that fills most of the album. On "Willingly," Dre reels off 16 bars of consecutive rhymes over a nylon guitar loop without breaking a sweat, and on the reggae-inspired "Murder I Wrote," the tongue-in-cheek Jamaican accents actually work. But the standout track is "Dredio," an updated version of Royalcash's 1983 electro classic "Radioactivity (Let's Jam)." This first-ever collaboration between Mac Dre and Vallejo legend E-40 has all the makings of a bay classic.