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
Once famous throughout the league as a haven for misfits and rejects looking to resurrect their careers, the Raiders have for the last decade or more made an art from out of epically wrong personnel decisions.
Soul and extreme technicality are rare companions in the art world, perhaps because the brain and the gut speak fundamentally different languages. There exist some rare artists, however, who are fluent in both. By most counts, jazz pianist Jason Moran and choreographer Alonzo King are among them. Voted Rising Star Composer three times in a row by the hallowed DownBeat Magazine, Moran draws inspiration from moody master Thelonious Monk, even if his style is an entity all its own. Kings LINES Ballet is known around the globe for dancing as visceral as it is virtuosic.
Moran reports having had a breakthrough experience watching a LINES performance, after which he approached King about collaborating. An eager partner with visionaries outside the classical ballet field, King went for the idea, and Moran set about creating his first-ever ballet score. The resulting premiere shares the bill at Alonzo King LINES Ballet Fall Home Season with a return of 2005s Moroccan Project, created in conjunction with three celebrated Moroccan composers. That score blends the blood-charging drum rhythms of traditional Gnawa ceremonies with floating strains of oud and violin, and is performed live at all performances by Moroccan ensemble El Hamideen. Moran, on the other hand, accompanies the dancers on opening weekend only, making the rare chance to catch this pairing of world-class artists even rarer.
Wednesdays-Sundays. Starts: Oct. 23. Continues through Nov. 1, 2009