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
There might be funnier comedians in the world, but none who has been written up in Chemical & Engineering News. By day, Pete Ludovice is a professor at the School of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at Georgia Tech. By night, he’s a funnyman who prowls the sweaty underbelly of Atlanta comedy clubs looking for cheap (or at least economical) laughs. In truth, Georgians should count themselves lucky. Ludovice could have become a criminal mastermind — he was voted most likely to earn a mug shot while wearing a pocket protector at M.I.T. Instead, his aberrance has found an outlet with projects such as Inside the Black Box, a weekly educational radio show about “science, only funnier,” and more recently a one-man stage show called Feel the Power of the Dork Side. While Ludovice’s view of geeks as pariahs might seem a bit outdated, his ability to turn Gaussian distribution into a giggle is unparalleled. During last years’ Fringe in New Orleans, people left the show with ear-to-ear grins and a passable understanding of statistical mechanics — a branch of physics that uses probability theory to study very large groups of particles. It’s funny, seriously. Before you know it, the Bell Curve, distribution variation, and even the business strategy Six Sigma will combine into one dynamic laugh riot. For that, you might forgive Ludovice’s Aerosmith parody. Have your pencils ready.
June 8-9, 8 p.m., 2012