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
During the winter, San Francisco has it easier than a lot of other cities. Our mild climate keep us from freezing to death, and the season offers some of the year’s best (indoor) festivals and cultural events. Hot on the heels of SF Sketchfest and Noir City comes Silent Winter from the San Francisco Silent Film Festival, with a day-long program of silent features both familiar and foreign. Although the title is well-known in nearly every household, the 1916 live-action version of Snow White is not. One of the first features ever seen by the young Walt Disney, this rendition of the tale stars Marguerite Clark in the title role. The day’s screenings also include Raoul Walsh’s 1924 version of The Thief of Bagdad starring Douglas Fairbanks (with live accompaniment by the Mont Alto Motion Picture Orchestra); a selection of short subjects starring Buster Keaton; Mary Pickford’s last silent picture, a comedy called My Best Girl; and F.W. Murnau's monumental Expressionist adaptation of Faust. This varied program promises to leave no cineaste unsatisfied.
Sat., Feb. 16, 10 a.m., 2013