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
The immortal moment came decades ago: a long-suffering fan already, at 8 years old, slumped against a rail at the ballpark for what could be the last time, defeated on the field and off of it, where the Giants were planning to possibly decamp from Candlestick Park to Florida.
First staged in 1972, Hot Greeks mixed the homoeroticism of college football with the dire stakes of the Peloponnesian War. Its loosely modeled after comic playwright Aristophanes Lysistrata, in which the women of Greece withhold sex from their beaus in order to persuade them to negotiate peace with their enemies. And now, riding high on the runaway success of their bawdy Cockettes revival, Pearls over Shanghai, the Grand Guignol theater company Thrillpeddlers brings the only other scripted show from that motley drag crew back to life. Though the Aristophanes version is full of cheeky obscenity and sexy double entendres, the Cockettes took it as they always did to a more lawless level. In their rendition, Athens U. takes on Sparta Tech in an annual football match. Along the way, the Tri Thigh sorority girls boogie down to the hits of Aristophanes, anarchic kids make their way through ruins to consult the oracle of Delphi (renamed The Hot Twat of Tangier), and find victory on the gridiron thanks to quarterback Pendulum Pulaski. Sexed up, uncensored, and set to the big-band hit parade songs of the 1940s, its classic Greek theater fetishized and filtered through the imaginations of San Franciscos most legendary drag mutants.
Thursdays, Sundays, 8 p.m. Starts: May 2. Continues through June 27, 2010