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
Once famous throughout the league as a haven for misfits and rejects looking to resurrect their careers, the Raiders have for the last decade or more made an art from out of epically wrong personnel decisions.
Running into a friend outside the 49 Geary building during First Thursday, we felt compelled to utter a stupidity: "Diane Arbus is a genius." Our friend, Traci Vogel, is SF Weekly's art writer -- of all people to make an obvious remark to, we had chosen poorly. Vogel is well aware that one of the United States' most famous photographers is talented. But we plead insanity: At "Christ in a Lobby and Other Unknown or Almost Known Works," standing face-to-face with actual prints -- made by Arbus herself -- can really make you feel like Hunter S. Thompson. Which is good, but crazy. Her androgynous teenagers, fuddled nudists, and those perfect little old weird ladies -- their compositions have gravitational power, and can cause head fog. The star of the show is an unfamiliar photo of a familiar subject: The beehive mom, alone in a room with the baby, sans sad husband and contorted seven-year-old, has the exact same operatic-tragedian look on her face as she does in the iconic "Woman With a Beehive Hairdo."
Jan. 7-March 6, 2010