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
Like much of South America, Argentina is home to two conflicting cultures: that of its various indigenous populations and that of the white Europeans who colonized it. In Malambo, Luis Bravo (who also created Forever Tango) brings together the artistry of these two equally vibrant traditions through an evening of dance. The performance includes examples of malambo -- an indigenous dance that feels like a cross between tap and step -- and tango, the sexy, coupled stride first practiced by European immigrants in the brothels of Buenos Aires (later picked up by the ballrooms of Paris). Accompanied by a live orchestra, the dances in Malambo are primarily male in theme, representing situations that range from a macho cowboy fight to a heated debate over ownership of a woman to a fantastical two women/one man ménage à trois. The second half of the two-hour evening is the stronger, opening with "Vampitango," a delicate yet athletic duet performed beautifully by Claudio Gonzalez and Valentina Villarroel. Another striking piece is "Su Su," shadow-danced by Fabio Narvaez and Lorena Yacono behind screens that silhouette their exquisite form. Although the event is billed as "dance/theater," there's neither dialogue nor any apparent narrative. The pieces are more akin to the rhythm-based scenes in Stomp than to the story-based segments of Contact. For that reason, Malambo would probably work better if it were at least half an hour shorter (as Stomp is). Still, the dancers perform with technical excellence, and the dances are nothing if not passionate.