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
When Tina Butcher and Madison Young started Femina Potens in 2001 in a cramped garage in the Upper Haight, they tapped into San Francisco's energetic lesbian and transgendered arts scene. Six years later, having outgrown both the garage and a subsequent Mission District space, Femina Potens is moving into a 1,300-square-foot Castro District storefront space. Appropriately enough, the Grand Opening includes an exhibit by Francesca Berrini, whos charted new worlds with her cartographic art, in which collages of old map bits are reconstructed to form convincing imaginary lands. From a distance, the land masses look reassuringly familiar. Up close, they dissolve into strange, alien fjords and mountains. Here there be monsters -- or at least witty commentary on our desire to conquer geography. Eliot K. Daughtry also shows papercuts, ink drawings, and laserprint transfers of robots and futuristic cityscapes. His graphically pleasing silhouettes have a Jetsons-esque aesthetic. The nonprofit LGBTQ art-and-performance powerhouse celebrates its new digs with two parties: Michelle Tea's reading series "Sizzle," featuring Tea and author Inga Muscio (Cunt: A Declaration of Independence), and an art reception for Berrini and Daughtrys exhibit I Like Long Walks and Sci-Fi Movies on Aug. 18 at 7 p.m.
Aug. 18-Sept. 16