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
As home to Maker Faire, not to mention a lot of counterculture and counterintuitive invention, the Bay Area is no stranger to D.I.Y., but it usually takes the rest of the country a while to catch on. For years, Chris Anderson, Editor in Chief at Wired, has pointed to the far-reaching consequences of emergent ideas. And, despite some accusations of Wiki-plagiarism in his last book, he’s been pretty good. His first book, The Long Tail demonstrated just how online shopping has made the small, highly-personal niche market crucial (The Long Tail was named “Best Business Book of the Year” by the Gerald Loeb Award -- a very big deal in the world of commerce; it was also turned into a graphic novel -- a very big deal in the world of Makers). His second book, Free, argued that businesses would profit more in the long run by giving it away in the short term (after all, it’s gonna show up on the web anyway). In his latest, Makers: The New Industrial Revolution, Anderson explains how amateurs, enthusiasts, and backyard entrepreneurs will drive American manufacturing using open source platforms, 3D printing, and crowdsourcing. As Stewart Brand famously said, “Information wants to be free,” and, according to Ken Kesey, you’re either on the bus or you’re off the bus.
Tue., Oct. 23, 6 p.m., 2012