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
You've probably played ping pong, the miniature version of tennis once seen only in frat houses and summer camps, but has since found its appropraite place in the limelight, with help from Forrest Gump and the Olympics. But with Berlin-style ping pong, we are asked to, as the Germans never say, "sample a lederhosen of a different variety." Berlin-style ping pong takes as many people as can fit around a table, gives them all a paddle, and allows them one shot to volley the ball across the net. If they nail it, they move out of the way and rejoin the circle. If flub it, they're out, until only one person is left, reaping all the glory that can be mustered from group ping pong. Now take the awesomeness of that and add foosball, skeeball, drink specials, rickshaws for cuddling, and dance karaoke on top of it. Did your head just 'splode? No? Then also add DJ Purple, the sax-wielding karaoke maestro who's so good he makes SNL's Sexy Sax Man seem like Stuart Smalley! The karaoke part of the evening is relatively new, but Allan Hough, founder and MissionMission blogger, says, "In our 18 months of throwing Berlin-style ping pong parties, Singin' and Pingin' had by far the highest attendance." Hough also says the honor of singing while pinging has yet to be conquered, which is a challenge we can't not accept.
Fri., Dec. 21, 8 p.m., 2012