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
An epic battle between the forces of dark and light rages, as a valiant team with superpowers from the beyond continues its stand against a very old and very mighty foe. Supernatural and/or religious-mystery films and books such as Harry Potter and The Da Vinci Code are fiction, but the Council of 13 Indigenous Grandmothers vs. the Vatican is completely real. The council, which formed in 2004 to help protect land and life around the world from destruction, wrote to the pope the next year requesting the repeal of papal edicts dating back to 1493, which granted dominion to European nations over lands occupied by tribal peoples. This we find extremely badass, if the grandmothers will excuse our language. At the Spirit Rising Festival, two of these crime-fighting grandmothers (Grandmother Flordemayo and Grandmother Agnes Baker Pilgrim) appear to host drumming and dancing, bless sacred altars, and say prayers strong ones, please for the Waters.
Sat., Aug. 21, 11 a.m., 2010