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
San Francisco Film Society held their Film Society Awards Night at Bimbo's on Tuesday, May 7th. Harrison Ford was in attendance accepting the 2013 Peter J. Owens Award. Photographs by Josh Edelson for SF Weekly.
Behind the scenes with Saint Patrick: Real name: Maewyn Succat. Backstory: Was forced into slavery by Irish raiders (dude was British!). He later returned to Ireland as a missionary because, he wrote, "the Voice of the Irish cried out, as with one voice: 'We appeal to you, holy servant boy, to come and walk among us.'" Both of these vital bits of information about green-beer rockstar Saint Patrick have been more or less cut and pasted directly from you-know-what-ipedia. Using that ecclesiastical trivia, you can now plainly see why today we celebrate Maewyn with tequila, marching bands, and pony rides at the St. Patrick's Day Festival and Parade. Kidding! In context, Mr. Patrick's day and its modern traditions make perfect sense and are a ton of fun, as you well know. Our local parade, for example, is the 158th annual celebratory promenade; so there are people watching from Colma to see that we do it right. Have a good time or else!
Sat., March 14, 10 a.m., 2009