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 there’s a more painstaking and obsessive way of making movies than stop-motion animation, it doesn’t come to mind. Every minute comprises 1,440 frames — 1,440 shots, that is — so stop for a 24th of a second and consider the effort that goes into a feature-length flick. It involves building three-dimensional characters and sets, which are then moved and manipulated in a precisely plotted manner to create and sustain the illusion of living, feeling beings. How ambitious, cool, and nutty is that? It’s high-order grunt work that infuses stop-motion films with an idiosyncratic and handmade quality. (It’s no coincidence that the labor of stop-motion animation is rarely outsourced to South Korea or India, unlike that of computer-animated films.) The process, as much as the result, endears stop-motion movies to fans. Marketing maven Mark Shapiro treks down from the Portland-based animation company Laika this afternoon to pull back the curtain with Behind the Magic: The Making of Stop Motion Features ParaNorman and Caroline. Aimed at inquisitive adults as well as easily awed children, Shapiro’s presentation features behind-the-scenes footage and time-lapse sequences — and just may set some tyke on a career path.
Sat., Feb. 16, 3 p.m., 2013