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
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.
The name William Shakespeare immediately brings to mind self-serious frippery nowadays. After all, you don’t end up with a title like “The Bard” by making dick jokes. Or do you? In Shakespeare’s own time, theatergoing wasn’t nearly as rarefied. His audiences were often made up of belligerent drunks carousing and hollering like a bunch of bros at a UFC match. For his part, Shakespeare played to the cheap seats with a steady stream of dirty jokes and ribaldry that now titillate only Elizabethan scholars and Shakespeare geeks. Among the Bard’s plays, Measure for Measure is one of the filthiest, though it’s worth noting that the name is a biblical allusion, not a double entendre. At least according to student reference site Shmoop, which gives the play a hard PG-13 rating for its extramarital sex and syphilis jokes. (Apparently genital warts and brain rot were hilarious in Elizabethan times.) This staging of Measure for Measure promises to take Shakespeare a bit closer to his roots by emphasizing the play’s fleet pacing and sharp banter as the audience knocks a few back. Still, keep in mind that it’s the 21st century, not the 17th -- you should probably save the hollering and chair-throwing for another night.
Mondays, Tuesdays, 8 p.m. Starts: Aug. 14. Continues through Aug. 27, 2012