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 immortal moment came decades ago: a long-suffering fan already, at 8 years old, slumped against a rail at the ballpark for what could be the last time, defeated on the field and off of it, where the Giants were planning to possibly decamp from Candlestick Park to Florida.
Shen Wei is known as the principle choreographer behind the opening ceremony of Beijing's 2008 Summer Olympics, but by then he was already a recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship and a Macarthur Foundation "Genius" Award, and widely celebrated as one of America's most prolific modern dance innovators. While Wei was born in Hunan during the Cultural Revolution and trained in classical Chinese Opera, it's almost impossible to imagine him working within such traditional constraints. However, his choreography and stage design, which often use paintings created by rushes of movement, wherein a stroke of color has an emotional or auditory correlation, have more in common with Chinese calligraphy than American action painting; and his "Natural Body Development" technique, which emphasizes breath, gravity, and visual focus, finds its roots in qigong. By using a dancers' individual chi to initiate movement, Wei's work has an air of constant experimentation and uniqueness. Undivided Divided brings this individuation to a whole new level. In it, the stage is transformed into an interactive grid through which the audience walks. The performers dance within a square or within a large Plexiglas box. They are shirtless, flooded with light, accentuated by paint, and submerged in a multi-track sound design. From a distance, the set brings emphasis to barriers and isolation; but once you're in the piece, with your own private dancer, the individual dynamism of the human experience becomes almost unbearably clear.
March 21-24, 8 p.m., 2013