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
The island trend of Hawaiian-style poke, or raw fish/seafood dressed with a variety of sauces and fresh toppings, has been kicking around the West Coast mainland for a while, particularly in Los Angeles, where its lean protein-rich nature is a big hit with the diet and camera conscious.
For someone who lives in the downtown corridor — all right, the Tenderloin — the idea of going to Ocean Beach for pizza is rife with potential pratfalls: high Uber fares, lengthy Muni trips, ever-present fog, jet lag.
It's rare that an album of historic import upon its initial release remains so decades after the fact, but 1956's 'Round About Midnight is a rare album indeed, one thatcommemorates a few milestones (no pun intended) in the stellar career of Miles Davis. Davis had been at the forefront of the bebop and cool periods, both once-controversial movements in jazz; his recordings with the indie label Prestige saw him become a star, and then he signed with the major Columbia, helping garner international acclaim beyond the jazz scene. Midnight was simultaneously a summation of Davis' synthesis of the hot 'n' cool schools and an introduction to a direction culminating years later with the watershed Kind of Blue. Both Davis and his tenor saxophonist, John Coltrane, were starting to explore a different manner of expression -- the former, a muted (figuratively and literally), spacious, haunting lyricism; the latter, an angular, full-bodied tack with a tone both warm and steely. The "classic" nature of Midnight has been augmented by the inclusion of a bonus disc of previously unissued live recordings (in Pasadena!) from '56, presenting a slightly rawer edition of Davis' then-quintet performing standards (which would in a few years be abandoned entirely in favor of originals). 'Round About Midnight is primo acoustic jazz no domicile should be without.