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
Quiet on the Set
Historians love details. Some they work really hard to track down searching library archives or dusty file cabinets while others might be in plain sight but not easily recognized or deciphered. Historians know that facts can lead to significant discoveries. Take David Kiehn, the historian at the Niles Essanay Silent Film Museum in Fremont. Kiehn carefully deconstructed the famous short film, A Trip Down Market Street, and what he found got him featured on 60 Minutes in October 2010. For years, historians had believed that the short piece produced by the Miles Brothers film company had been shot in September 1905, well before the April 1906 earthquake. According to the museums website, this belief was based on the angle of the sun, the time on the Ferry Building clock, and the condition of buildings in the film. Then Kiehn looked closer. In A Trip Down Market Street he found a cars license plate registered in February 1906, as well as rain falling at the Ferry Building that indicated spring rather than late summer weather. Whats more, he found an advertisement for the film in a New York City newspaper dated several days after the earthquake. The ad specifies that the film had been shot only four days before the disaster, which was probably a big selling point at the time. Because of Kiehns work, A Trip Down Market Street is now considered the last known film of San Francisco before the big quake. Tonight at Unraveling the Story Behind A Trip Down Market Street Kiehn talks about what led him to investigate the making of the film and shows slides that illustrate how he did it. He screens A Trip Down Market Street (accompanied by Bruce Loeb on piano) and other works by the Miles Brothers.
Wed., Sept. 21, 7:30 p.m., 2011