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 immortal moment came decades ago: a long-suffering fan already, at 8 years old, slumped against a rail at the ballpark for what could be the last time, defeated on the field and off of it, where the Giants were planning to possibly decamp from Candlestick Park to Florida.
As an adult it’s easy to forget the darker corners of the childhood mind. In 1812, when the Brothers Grimm published their first collection of children’s fairy tales, parents found fault in the swelling of terror. Since then, thinkers including Einstein and Gaiman have pointed to the moral importance of fairy tales, of finding one’s nightmares defeated again and again by virtue. Because of the Grimms, we have grown up with “Little Snow White,” “Rumpelstiltskin,” “The Fisherman and His Wife,” and dozens more. The exhibit “200 Years of Grimm Fairy Tales” comprises works from local German artists inspired by Grimm, including the lyrical paintings of Anne Siems and the powerful illustrations of Mario Wagner. Over the next month, you’re invited to recall your favorite story, and plunge into a world of dragons, witches, and enchanted forests through movies, interactive story-hours, and installations. A traveling multimedia exhibition arrives from Germany next week to offer magic lessons and hidden treasure to the kids, as well as the chance to contribute to an evolving yarn.
Mondays-Fridays. Starts: April 26. Continues through May 25, 2012