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
Shabana Rehman's background is funny, but not necessarily what we'd call humorous. Born in Pakistan, she moved with her family to Norway, a region of Europe with a dubious record of showing tolerance toward immigrants. She must have seen humor, though, because she pursued a career in comedy and has helped start a discussion between Muslims and the rest of the world with her confrontational approach. I believe in insult and challenging other people kindly. Too much respect is the same as putting people down, she says. Poking fun at other groups, individuals, is a lovely way to say we are together, and this feels like home. Her show, Homeland Insecurity, includes standup as well as storytelling as she recounts her family's travels and describes what its like being the other on the Scandinavian stand-up circuit. The stage is her soapbox from which to shout her message of empowerment to other women as well as outsiders at large. Be an individual, be free, she says. Dont follow the group. Make your own definitions, your own reformations, and make your own connections. That message reverberates through Footloose Dance Companys 11th Annual Women on the Way Festival, of which Rehman's appearance is part.
Sat., Jan. 15, 8 p.m.; Sun., Jan. 16, 8 p.m.; Thu., Jan. 20, 8 p.m., 2011