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
If you're looking for a little more humanity and a little less apocalypse on the subject of endings, Geoff Hoyle's Geezer is a very funny one-man show about aging, decline, and death. It's back for another run after a successful run in 2011. At the beginning, Hoyle tells us that his father died at 60. Hoyle himself is now 65. "I'm starting to feel old," he admits. Then, in a brilliant bit, he imagines the last few years of life as an elaborate videogame, the savvy player dodging a disease here, an operation there. Of course, even the best player can't avoid every threat, and he soon finds himself crippled, enfeebled, and at last defeated. Game over. Hoyle is justifiably a legend among clowns, so I don't need to dwell on his long-established mastery of physical comedy. What I adored about Geezer is that it's wise and profound and true. After attending too many Marsh shows that feel solipsistic even by the standards of one-person plays, here's a performance that isn't just about the man performing it. Hoyle invites the audience to share the joy that he radiates. Hoyle possesses a rubbery face and a sharp wit, and he understands that a solo performance doesn't need to be masturbatory. Hoyle's is a generous perspective on the world at large, far removed from the pieties that usually pass for political insight on the San Francisco stage.
Thursdays, Saturdays, Sundays. Starts: Feb. 9. Continues through March 18, 2012