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
Though Adriano Paganini's restaurant specializes in Roman-style wood-fired pizzas, you'd be remiss to skip out on its appetizers, in particular the broccolini bruschetta, a dish that may very well become your new favorite way to eat these tiny trees of the produce world.
San Francisco culture, the theory goes, has been wild and innovative from the beginning, from Joshua Norton and Lillie Coit to the Beat poets and hippies to the Mitchell Brothers and Hunter S. Thompson. But free love, free thought, and free reign haven't always been welcome. This is the town that prosecuted Lawrence Ferlinghetti, Allen Ginsberg, and Lenny Bruce on obscenity charges. In the mid-1960s, the city was under such tight moralistic control that the police would send out roving packs of officers in riot gear to clear the streets of individuals who looked wrong, which often meant transgender. It was illegal for men to wear women's clothes, and a person could be arrested, charged and pretty thoroughly beaten for wearing the wrong shirt or belt. One of the only safe places for transvestites to socialize after hours was Compton's Cafeteria in the Tenderloin. In August 1966 less than a year before the Summer of Love police raided the establishment and began to arrest drag queens. But the queens banded together and fought back. Chairs flew through windows. Fires were set. And a human-rights movement began. It's the first known act of violent resistance by a queer population, predating New York's Stonewall riots by nearly three years. Victor Silverman and Susan Stryker explore it in Screaming Queens: The Riot at Compton's Cafeteria. Through interviews with participants and police as well as still photos and archival footage, Silverman and Stryker show the oppression transgender people faced and also the strength of will that helped overcome it. It's simultaneously heartbreaking and uplifting to learn that some of the women involved in the riot are still active in the city's transgender community, and that a member of the police force was also among those who eventually led the effort to repeal the cross-dressing ordinance. Tonight KQED provides a free screening of this film as well as the documentary Stonewall Uprising: American Experience.
Tue., June 28, 9 p.m., 2011