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
What have the Harlem Globetrotters been up to since you were 12? Well, they lost a game in 2006. Other than that, theyve been trying to avoid using flat basketballs, gingerly walking a toddler onto the court during gametime, creeping behind the opposing team for ceremonial pantsing, and throwing bucketfuls of water wait, what? What? Its confetti! into the refs face. They also have 2,500 followers on Twitter and 7,000 friends on Facebook. Today, the Globetrotters play some team nobody thought to identify. Perhaps its the Washington Generals, who have lost about as many games as the Globetrotters have won. Incidentally, the Globetrotters also play in Norway today at 8 p.m. Before you accuse the Globetrotters of something crazy, like having more than one team, at least wait to see if they can pull it off history cautions us to wait for the final buzzer when it comes to the Globetrotters. Incidentally, the Generals have 250 Facebook friends. Could the team be the next Tuscan Whole Milk meme? Perhaps it already is.
Fri., April 23, 7 p.m., 2010