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 Kids in the Hall is among the rare series we keep on auto-repeat on Netflix streaming. We go through all five seasons of the Canadian sketch comedy show, and were ready to start again from the beginning. Its just that good. We do have one problem with the show, however: Which of the five members of the legendary troupe is our favorite? Mark McKinney? Bluesman. Headcrusher. Chicken Lady! Bruce McCulloch? Heavy-metal teenager. Hapless secretary. Cabbage Head! David Foley? Elderly executive. South American B-movie star. Mr. Heavyfoot! But for tonight, well identify Kevin McDonald and Scott Thompson as our co-favorites because they appear together in Two Kids, One Hall. The openly gay Thompson is embraced by queer populations partly because of his character Buddy Cole, the lovable proprietor of a gay bar who pushed every homo stereotype to its outer limit. He plays the dumb straight guy as well as the dumb gay guy, and the biggest queen of them all, Elizabeth II. The wiry McDonald, meanwhile, has a high-pitched, overcompensating, pseudo-confident delivery that fits his many personae including horror show host, maligned pizza cook, and well-intentioned pimp. We have no idea what theyll bring to the stage. The fact that theyre here together is all we need to know.
Sept. 15-18, 2011