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
The sinews of old San Francisco lie in the water: the posts standing in the Bay mud that supported the docks and piers where the shipping that made the city possible, and later allowed it to flourish, flowed.
Lawrence Ferlinghetti was a pioneer in the business of bookselling (City Lights was the nation's first all-paperback retailer), and he turned the literary world on its head by publishing the likes of Kerouac, Ginsberg, Cassady, Burroughs, Bukowski, and himself among others. Any good San Franciscan knows this. What we might not know is Ferlinghetti — who turned 93 in March — has never strayed from the principles that drove him and the other writers and artists of the beat movement, and he has influenced generations of writers who came after him through writing and activism. In recent years he has spoken out in support of progressive initiatives such as demolishing the Central Freeway and limiting the number of chain stores in the city. He has derided the “ludicrously named” Blue Angels and their “annual attack on the city” during Fleet Week as antithetical to the local poetic culture he helped foster. Hear from the man himself — in interviews and poetry — as well as those around him tonight in Christopher Felver’s 2009 documentary Ferlinghetti/Ferlinghetti. The film includes footage of some of the original cast members who populated North Beach in the 1940s and ’50s, as well as modern-day literary icons. Also appearing are Dennis Hopper, Gary Snyder, and Robert Scheer. The documentary makes a case for Ferlinghetti being not only an accomplished poet, author, artist, and activist, but also the most influential figure in American literature since the mid-20th century.
Tue., May 8, 7 p.m., 2012