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
Thanks to advances in technology (hello Google), the definition of "map" has evolved oh so radically in the past decade. Not surprisingly, visual artists are utilizing these high-tech tools to reconfigure cartography, and the result -- at least in this exhibit, "Here Be Dragons: Mapping Information and Imagination" -- is almost orgasmically delightful. Exhibit A: The Magic Story Table by JD Beltran and Scott Minneman, who purpose an interactive globe with audio stories from everyday people. Spin the table, zero in from space to the edges of a neighborhood, and listen in as men and women spin yarns about money, school and other central issues. There's nothing quite like it. Still, it's a low-tech map that steals this exhibit: Wendy MacNaughton's Around Here, which incorporates her hand-drawn street grid, renderings of people, and excerpts of conversations to lay out the S.F. scene along Mission between Fifth and Sixth streets. The stories of low-income residents and high-end shoppers bring a new visual context to the social and economic chasm that exists in a one-block radius. Haves and have-nots -- so close together and yet so far away.
Tuesdays-Saturdays. Starts: Oct. 21. Continues through Jan. 14, 2011