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
There's no secret to helping you focus better — unless you count Adderall — but studies have shown that listening to music before or while performing a task can improve attention, memory, and even your ability to perform mental math.
Jazz and tap dancing have had a long history of cross-pollination and creative symbiosis, from vaudeville all the way up to the avant-garde dueling of guitarist Derek Bailey and tap dancer Will Gaines. One could hardly choose more adept and venerated representatives from each camp than pianist McCoy Tyner and dancer Savion Glover. Indeed, between Tyner's hands-on involvement in most of the great jazz developments of the second half of the last century and Glover's undisputed championship of his art, the concert McCoy Tyner Trio With Savion Glover could be seen as a potential summit of the possibilities of jazz and tap in discourse. Tyner has had a career in jazz that has traversed both the diligently formal and the expressively abandoned reaches of the form. While recent years have found him investigating more traditional music than those enamored of his '60s-'70s Impulse Records heyday might prefer (such as his recent forays into Latin jazz), he remains a musician of stirring technical virtuosity and deft emotionality. Glover, too, though sometimes finding himself in contexts that might limit the more extreme impulses of the improviser, has the sort of confluence of personal style, indomitable fundamentals, and creative vision that denotes the great virtuosi in all mediums.
Fri., March 14, 8 p.m., 2008