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
Less well known than some of the Beat poets, Philip Lamantia nevertheless embodied the spirit of his times so thoroughly that his life story now seems iconic. Born in San Francisco in 1927 to Sicilian immigrants and raised in the Excelsior, he was expelled from Balboa High School for intellectual delinquency, moved to New York, hung out with cats like André Breton and Max Ernst, published his first book (Erotic Poems) when he was nineteen, experimented with peyote while living with Washoe Indians in Nevada during the 1950s, and returned to his home town where, among other things, he appeared at the seminal October 1955 Six Gallery event where Allen Ginsberg read Howl for the first time. In fact, Howl might never have existed if not for Lamantia; in Lamantias San Francisco Chronicle obit, Lawrence Ferlinghetti wrote, It was Philip who turned [Ginsberg] on to Surrealist writing. Then Ginsberg wrote Howl. If the Surrealists saw art as a means of freeing the subconscious, Lamantia went one step further: He saw it as a spiritual path. He died in 2005 at his North Beach apartment. His book of mystical poetry, Tau, which he had long declined to publish, was released by City Lights this year. Editor Garrett Caples presents the book along with rare video of the poet tonight at A Tribute to the Poet Philip Lamantia.
Wed., Sept. 17, 7:30 p.m., 2008