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.
The orchid has plenty to recommend it: Its name comes from the Greek word for "testicle." Vanilla, an orchid plant, is derived from the Latin word for "vagina." Orchids in Turkey provide the flavoring and tenacity for salepi dondurma, also known as "fox testicle ice cream," which, according to desert lore, is sturdy enough to be used as a jump rope. (Ouch!) The "city of orchids," Peru's Moyobamba, has more than 3,500 native species. The tallest orchids rise more than 50 feet, and Africa's waxflower orchid has a foot-long labellum, which is pollinated by a moth's tongue that is you better believe it a foot long. Orchids have a black market that thrives better than that of any plant, save the ones that get you high. "Several million people worldwide now grow orchids," Eric Hansen writes in Orchid Fever. "This botanical craze has already eclipsed the 19th century frenzy for orchids as well as the tulip madness that gripped the Netherlands in the seventeenth century." If any of this sounds familiar, youre sure to find a friend at Orchidfest. Presented by the S.F. Orchid Society, it features 23 local and international vendors displaying hundreds of flowers, along with lectures, demonstrations, and, with any luck, an orchid thief or two.
Sept. 22-23, 10 a.m., 2007