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.
Rock stars ooze confidence on stage. They have to. Thats part of what makes them rock stars. Think about Mick Jagger even in his 60s the man looks like was born to strut. Jimi Hendrix also exuded his own brand of cool, going at his guitar with the type of accuracy and precision that would make an aerospace engineer throw his hands in the air and walk away. But how did Hendrix get to be who he was? Authors Brad Schreiber and Steve Roby can tell you, in their new book, Becoming Jimi Hendrix: From Southern Crossroads to Psychedelic London. The book, based on more than 100 interviews, traces the path of a young, shy Hendrix leaving his broken Seattle home through various blues scenes, civil rights struggles and even a stint in the U.S. Armys 101st Airborne unit. (Bet you didnt know that.) The authors appearance at Book Passage in Corte Madera is one of handful of Litquake events to take place outside San Francisco. They will answer questions and present a slide show. There will also be a raffle to give away an electric guitar and amplifier donated by the nonprofit group Guitars Not Guns. May the next young Jimi be there to walk away with it.
Oct. 8, 7 p.m., 2010