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
Save it for the judge. Take that phrase to heart, brothers and sisters, because the judge for tonights Trannyshack costume contest is worth saving yourself for. Drag sensations Heklina and Peaches Christ, hosts of Halloween: A Party!, say theyre sworn to secrecy on his identity, but we think we know who it is. They say hell rock your world, and hes well qualified to do so because hes a heavy metal drummer. He was married to a famous faux queen, one known for her front-end customization and excess accessories. Mr. Mystery Guest is also a film legend. He and his ex starred in a well, lets call it a home movie that made its way to a lot of people outside the family. If you still dont know who were talking about, you must not be thinking clearly. Maybe youre lightheaded at the very idea of being judged by this brutal, beautiful work of art. Before you fall over, though, let us drop some names that arent secret. Drag racers include the fabulous Fauxnique, Raya Light, Exhibit Q, Toxic Waist, Pollo Del Mar, and the Rice Rockettes. Vis-a-Vis provides terrifying décor and visual effects. DJ Omar spins you into ghastly madness. And at the center of it all is that drummer, the one with the great big, uh, hi-hat.
Sat., Oct. 29, 9:30 p.m., 2011