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
Deserved or not, visual art has an image problem. Boring. Highbrow. Snobby. After this weekend, art might have a different kind of image problem. Salacious. Loud. Alcohol-fueled. High-carb. Because this is Pancakes & Booze. The title of the two-day event doesn’t even mention art, although it includes some 75 local visual artists. Some of these up-and-coming masters paint naked people — and in case it’s not clear, they don’t paint images of naked people, they literally paint naked people. Although once the naked people are painted, they’re no longer naked, and in fact have become works of art. But enough with the highbrow already. There is booze. There are pancakes — free ones . All you can eat. Promoters haven’t said much about who’ll be there in terms of artists or acts, but bands at previous events include Tanner Horn and the Sextronauts, who have a song called “My Perverted Mind.” Venues have included a place in Georgia called The Goat Farm. At an October iteration there was a zombie fashion show, which really put the “living” back into “living dead.” Angeleno and former cameraman Tom Kirlin created the event and has brought it to cities including Minneapolis, Denver, and Nashville as well as L.A. Kirlin said in a September interview that a lifelong love of pancakes led him to combine plentiful amounts of the “hangover food” with art, music, performance, and alcohol. “Not even IHOP serves pancakes for only $5,” he says — not to mention the naked people that come with them.
Fri., Dec. 9, 8 p.m.; Sat., Dec. 10, 8 p.m., 2011