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
Anyone near children should get a copy of DAulaire's Book of Greek Myths. Its weird artwork and simple, but not stupid, tellings of the old stories will engross nerdy youngsters, and cause them to do way better on their SATs. It may also cause them to be obsessed with the ancient Greek gods for the rest of their lives. Were not sure if this is exactly what happened to the organizers of the San Francisco Olympians Festival, the No Nude Men Productions theater company, but the obsession is definitely there. The festival features 12 plays, one for each of the severe egotists who occupy Mount Olympus, each written by a local playwright, and given a rehearsed staged reading by local actors. The fun thing to do with Greek myths is to monkey around, stretching them as far out of shape as you can without distorting their meaning. Tonight, the most maligned of the gods, Hera, takes her turn. Everyone, even the DAulaires', makes her out to be a giant bitch, just because she gets mad when her husband cheats on her. Veteran writer for the stage Stuart Bousel shows her as a domestic goddess, like a Real Housewife of Victorian England (see, stretching). Tomorrow, Evelyn Jean Pine gives us the mighty blacksmith, Hephaestus, onstage with his two golden robots, who as far as we know are the first mention of artificial intelligence ever. No way that could go wrong! Other mythologically themed goodies are also on hand: original visual art, chances to win stuff, and more. Afterward, youll do better on your SATs.
Thursdays-Saturdays, 8 p.m. Starts: July 8. Continues through July 31, 2010