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
There are a number of reasons why you should see a show at The Regency Ballroom — its ornate, turn-of-the-century architecture and eclectic lineup of performers, to name a few — but no reason is more compelling than the venue's ample seating.
Making the less-traditional transition from brick-and-mortar to mobile pop-up, A16 is finally offering its hearty Monday meatballs and signature wood-fired Neapolitan pizzas without the inconvenience of needing to book a table.
Crime investigation and absurd humor go hand-in-rubber-glove, stretching from Inspector Jacques Clouseau of Pink Panther fame past Lt. Frank Drebin of Police Squad to any cast member of today's Reno 911! Considering the existing hysteria in this genre, comedic actors face a quandary -- how to spoof crime drama without doing what has already been done. Enter the comedy troupe Funny But Mean, whose Law and Order San Francisco Unit: The Musical (sort of)! mixes in (you guessed it) musical numbers while also adding audience participation (à la murder mystery dinner theater) for good measure. The group calls the production its "latest crime scene," incorporating characters "ripped from the television series" Law and Order (the original) as well as the Criminal Intent and Special Victims Unit franchises. Eleven cast members combine their skill, interrogation tactics, and song to solve what is claimed to be the weirdest crime wave in San Francisco history. (Can't wait to see what that is.) Funny But Mean says the audience decides the ultimate fate of the accused, so spend your Monday night doing your part for our criminal justice system. The troupe extends the run of its current production at the Exit Theatre.
Mondays, 8 p.m. Starts: Nov. 1. Continues through Nov. 15, 2010