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
Lovers of the lively, the encyclopedic, and the lavish labyrinth of American history can take heart in a kaleidoscopic new survey of the Land of the You-Know-What. A New Literary History of America, edited by writer Greil Marcus and Harvard professor Werner Sollors, is a compendium of chronologically arranged essays expounding, with the help of a crack team of writers, on points in time and imagination where things change. This potentially wishy-washy thesis gives rise to 220 dazzling entries: Novelist and screenwriter Michael Tolkin finds the hardboiled language of the 1930s alive and well in the Big Book of AA; Ann Marlowe examines the four memoirs published by Linda Lovelace, star of the famous porn film Deep Throat; and Jonathan Lethem takes a look at the invention of motion pictures. Also: Ishmael Reed weighs in on Huck Finn, David Thomson picks apart Ernest Hemingways highly stylized persona, and Camille Paglia goes off about Tennessee Williams. A rowdy and articulate crew of writers and thinkers makes this a wide-ranging survey, fascinating from beginning to end. Tonights panel also features contributors Clark Blaise, Kathleen Moran, Bharati Mukherjee, and David Thomson.
Thu., Jan. 14, 6 p.m., 2010