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
In case you've been TaskRabbiting your way through life and haven't had the chance to leave the micro-loft to stroll the alleys and streets of central San Francisco, the number of homeless tent encampments in town is approaching epic levels — as in Hooverville and Great Depression levels.
Like a crass Jersey-bred Jerry Seinfeld in the grip of Adderall, Dov Davidoff is an observational comic with a manic, ADD-addled edge. His stand-up act jumps wildly from one topic to another losing his virginity to a prostitute at age 12, surly Starbucks employees, tactics for outcrazying vagrants on the street without it becoming a completely scattered and tangential free-for-all. His keen eye for bullshit and hypocrisy is present in all his jokes, and the skeptical, working-class sensibility he learned while growing up in a Jersey junkyard keeps him grounded. Though he may be most recognizable for his role in the 2006 Mark Wahlberg film Invincible, in which he played Wahlbergs hard-knock Philly buddy Johnny, Davidoff has made all the requisite stops for a comedian with an upward career trajectory. His sharp wit, Bobcat Goldthwait-esque delivery, and ability to riff on a wide variety of topics has earned him appearances on Jimmy Kimmel and Jay Leno, a regular gig ripping on celebrities on Chelsea Lately, a Comedy Central special, and the 2008 CD The Point Is ..., which was one of the years best.
Aug. 24-27, 2011