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
Many come to appreciate opera through sheer force of will, gritting their teeth through three-hour shows in languages they don’t understand with plots they can’t follow — waiting desperately, as it were, for the fat lady to sing. There is a better way. Just as you shouldn’t go to the races without an inside line on the ponies (ever tried making sense of a racing form?), you shouldn’t attend opera as an innocent. The easiest, quickest way to get worldly is at the four-session Overture: Opera Workshop for Adults, in which you learn about writing, directing, and staging operas from the very people who write, direct, and stage operas. The course load is full of wonders, some a bit overwhelming: After mezzo soprano Renée Rapier talks about her job and sings beautifully for the class on April 30, for example, you’ll do vocal exercises — in front of mezzo soprano Renée Rapier. On May 7, director Jose Maria Condemi talks about directing, then leads the class in theatrical exercises. How about this one: At the first workshop, you’ll write a short libretti. What’s a libretti? Who the hell knows — the workshop is for newbies as well as opera snobs, so don’t worry about a thing. Even the prop guys get involved, as the final class meets at the SF Opera Scene Shop — a huge warehouse in the Dogpatch — to give you a close-up look at what goes into building and lighting those sense-scattering sets.
Mondays, 7 p.m. Starts: April 23. Continues through May 14, 2012