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's no secret to helping you focus better — unless you count Adderall — but studies have shown that listening to music before or while performing a task can improve attention, memory, and even your ability to perform mental math.
James Brown earned his title of the Godfather of Soul via his other title, the Hardest-Working Man in Show Business, and he ruled his funk empire like a Mafia don, exuding both discipline and generosity. In his five-decade career, Brown was a performer, bandleader, and label and radio station owner; he nurtured the careers of many musicians, including his band, the J.B.s, and singers Lyn Collins, Vicki Anderson, and Hank Ballard. From his debut with the Famous Flames in 1955 until his death on Christmas Day 2006, he influenced soul, pop, funk, and hip-hop artists around the globe. And who could top his intricate shuffling dance moves? Brown and his offshoots music can easily fill four hours or more with soul-satisfying grooves, which is what "The Godfather: James Brown Tribute Party" aims to achieve. Similar events have taken place in Atlanta, Miami, and New York since his death; the S.F. installment features DJ sets by Stones Throw artist and Beat Junkie member J-Rocc, Bugz in the Attic producer Darren Daz-I-Kue Benjamin, and Rude Movements Karl Injex. Under his Bloodfire alias and with U.K. group B.I.T.A., Benjamin has invoked Browns syncopated beats and emotional soul on a slew of international releases. Likewise, J-Roccs heartfelt '07 tribute podcast showcased his turntable mastery, as he brilliantly cut and blended Brown and all his Funky People. Although its damn near impossible to literally follow in Browns footsteps, we can all get down to his jams.
Sun., May 30, 10 p.m., 2010