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
Adam Green has come a long way since sharing the Moldy Peaches with Kimya Dawson. Or has he? The droll New York City lifer established himself early on by writing songs as easygoing as they could be grotesque, and six solo albums have only confirmed that particular skill set. His latest, Minor Love, is a collection of what feel like after-hours bedtime stories. The drum-machine fable Castles And Tassels revisits the Moldy Peaches singsong lilt, Buddy Bradley was inspired by a cult comic-book character, Give Them A Token flops along to chintzy organ, and the Lou Reed-ish single What Makes Him Act So Bad is punctuated by gargling guitar. No song on the album exceeds three minutes, and each features minimal instrumentation played by Green and such occasional guests as Little Joys Rodrigo Amarante. Though hes dropped the glaring drug references this time, Green still sings of flatulent assholes and makes other dirty turns of phrase somehow sound cool. Touring behind Minor Love, hes doing an all-ages show Tuesday followed by a 21-plus Wednesday. But expect some bawdiness from both.
April 6-7, 8 p.m., 2010