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
You might not think of skateboarders as early-adopter tech geeks, but in the late '90s they were among the first groups to liberate handheld cameras from the backyard barbecue. Soon, no session was complete and no handrail unequivocally nailed unless it was captured on tape. It's no surprise that more than a few of those kids ended up turning the camera onto things other than their fellow skateboarders (we're looking at you, Spike Jonze). Since 2001, the Underskatement Film Festival has brought us short pieces made by but not necessarily about skateboarders and skateboarding, and fans, according to the fest's MySpace page, "generally enjoy them very much." The goal of the fest is "to promote film as a medium that is influenced by skateboarding," which translates as: Anything goes. The films range from documentary, narrative, and animation to experimental and yes, of course there's some skating. Filmmakers include Buddy Nichols, Rick Charnoski, Jon Humphries, Laban Pheidias, Bryce Kanights, Pete Koff, Jimmie Armentrout, and Dan Wolfe. And stick around your ticket stub gets you into the after-party at Café du Nord, with music by Hightower and The Oh Sees.
Sat., Dec. 1, 7:30 p.m., 2007