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
Paper or plastic. Creamy or crunchy. White or wheat. Regular or decaf. Some choices are easier to make, especially when it comes to choosing which talks to attend on BookFest Sunday, with its impressive lineup of established and emerging writers. We forgive you if you feel wracked with indecision when presented with the sheer breadth of options. In one room, join a panel discussion about the relevance of literary criticism today featuring a Skyped-in Harold Bloom, the pre-eminent scholar (in)famous for his views on who belongs in the Western canon. Across the hall, Benjamin Taylor talks about his recent project -- editing Saul Bellow’s letters -- with Joyce Carol Oates, who has also written extensively about Bellow. Meanwhile, a buzzed-about young writers such as The Flame Alphabet author Ben Marcus converses with Adam Levin (some say he’s the literary heir to David Foster Wallace). Later, learn more about the ongoing influence of Cynthia Ozick, one of the great living Jewish American authors, who’s present via video link. Psychotherapist Irvin Yalom tells the story of how the Nazis preserved the library of Jewish philosopher Baruch Spinoza during World War II, a fascinating historical footnote that serves as the background for his novel The Spinoza Problem. Talks by novelist Nicole Krauss and U.S. Poet Laureate Philip Levine bookend (ahem) the very literary day that proves books still have the power to draw a crowd.
Sun., Feb. 26, 11 a.m., 2012