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
Back in 2006, Rogue Wave drummer Pat Spurgeon's kidney did what few bodily organs can do: It made national headlines. The East Baybased musician was actually born with just one kidney, and it nearly killed him in 1993. He received a transplant, but that transplant began collapsing, as they usually do. Spurgeon undertook dialysis and put his name on the California donor list a list with an average wait of six years. Around the same time, local filmmaker Jim Granato began documenting the Indiana-bred musician's search for a new organ. The resulting film, D Tour, which won the Golden Gate Award for Best Bay Area Documentary Feature at the S.F. International Film Festival earlier this year, is an unflinching look at the horrors of kidney failure. Spurgeon underwent onerous, twice-daily dialysis treatments and the endless disappointments of incompatible donors while enduring the long van rides, sleepless nights, and dingy rock clubs that define the indie-rock lifestyle. Eventually, his plight was written up in newspapers, magazines, and Web sites, and the film captures one of the resulting benefit shows, featuring performances by Ben Gibbard, Nada Surf, and John Vanderslice. While Spurgeon's predicament drives the film, the linchpin of the narrative is Rogue Wave's then-bassist, Evan Farrell, who comes off as a scruffy pixie with a heart as big as a monster truck. After the screening, director Granato talks about the making of the movie and the band plays an acoustic set, further highlighting the fragility of its graceful tunes.
Thu., Sept. 3, 7 p.m., 2009