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.
For every clan of WASPs gathered around the ancestral table to eat ham, turkey, or goose on Christmas Day, there's a lonely city dweller desperately looking for ways to avoid anything resembling the Baby Jesus. Why not distract yourself from the birth of Christ by taking in a little Jewish comedy at a Chinese restaurant? Kung Pao Kosher Comedy adds laughs to this unusual ethnic pairing that has become a holiday tradition. This year it features Tonight Show vet Wendy Liebman, Vietnamese-Jewish comedian Joe Nguyen, and Palo Altan Nathan Habib whose heritage includes Belgium, Latvia, Italy, and Israel. MC, comedian, and New Yorker Lisa Geduldig says the event began 17 years ago for Jews on Christmas who had nothing to do but hide under the covers, and it has since expanded to attract a wide variety of urban heretics. This year the production benefits the food pantry at Jewish Family and Children's Services as well as the Esther Weintraub Comedy Clinic, a weekly workshop for residents of the Jewish Home of San Francisco. So forget about the Messiah and have an egg roll already.
Dec. 23-26, 2010