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
Pickup basketball is a weird social phenomenon where a bunch of strangers meet at a designated spot during a designated time to engage in an athletic competition governed by de facto rules established in some mythic rulebook.
The buzz of the crowd. The anticipation in the air. The roar of … pens and pencils? Yes. It’s the scene at the Monster Drawing Rally, Southern Exposure’s wildly popular annual fundraiser that uses artists as the spectacle. Of course you want to support SoEx, with its innovative exhibitions, youth programs, and Alternative Exposure grants to emerging local arts organizations. And maybe a swanky art auction isn’t quite within your means. But tonight you can watch more than 120 artists create work before your eyes, and then try to snap up those one-of-a-kind pieces. It could be a dreamy watercolor by Michelle Blade or a drawing by Kelly Lynn Jones, the mastermind behind art-print site Little Paper Planes. Perhaps you’re in a heavy metal mood, in which case go straight to Ben Venom’s corner of the room. Even though the work is priced to sell sell sell, it can be just as exciting to observe the art taking shape as it is to buy. It’s a rare chance to lurk over artists’ shoulders and try to figure out how their minds work. To help fuel the creativity, the rally also offers a selection of food trucks and plenty of beer for all, and a DJ encourages active use of the dance floor. Drinking, drawing, dancing: together once again.
Fri., June 8, 6 p.m., 2012