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
This Valentine's Day weekend, we invite you to pause and look inside the heart then death-squeeze the ventricles, hack through the mitral valve, and pierce the superior vena cava, if still attached to the meat. We're referring to the cow's organ at the Family Investigation Workshop: Heart Dissection, of course. You should attend owing to your own heart, because your kids will love you to death not only do they get to watch a blood muscle get chopped into a meaty rose, but they also, if they're handy with a blade, get to perform the knifework itself. Primarily this is an educational dissection, concerning the affairs of the myogenic muscular fist that once circulated blood throughout an ill-fated ungulate, whereabouts now unknown though probably digested. Yet it's also a tender opportunity for you to instruct your brood that there is nothing in the heart that can kill them, so they should embrace it their own and others', not the cow's. The cow's heart is, like, five pounds. They should go ahead and hack that thing to ribbons, especially if no paper hearts came their way on the playground.
Sat., Feb. 12, 2 p.m., 2011