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
At the height of professional roller derby, San Franciscos own Ann Banana-Nose Calvello was known for outlandish makeup, unnatural hair color, and a ferocious temper an obvious role model for the fierce, independent women who now rule the track. Today, the world of roller derby is dominated by all-female teams with an appreciation for DIY ethics and postpunk nomenclature. They drink bad beer and wear good lipstick, earning names such as Taxi Scab, Liza Machete, Kit Turbo, and Demanda Riot while pounding their opponents into submission. The Bay Area boasts three teams: The Oakland Outlaws, S.F. ShEvil Dead, and the Richmond Wrecking Belles, all of whom belong to a skater-owned and -operated league, Bay Area Derby Girls. The B.A.D. Girls are ranked ninth in the Womens Flat Track Derby Association, but it aint cheap. Tonight, they will doff their skates and get down in the muck for B.A.D. Girls Mud Wrestling. Beyond raising money to kick some ass at the WFTDA Regional in Houston, the B.A.D. Girls need to find a permanent location to hold bouts (their June 14 event was cancelled due to code violations at Dry Ice) and they are launching a charitable initiative to provide skates for low-income children.
Fri., June 27, 9 p.m., 2008