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.
In the mid-1990s, the coolest thing in the world was to be a lesbian. Everyone wanted to be a lesbian. Except there was still lots of violent discrimination and stuff! But there were pictures, glossy pictures of glossy ladies, and various people made up names like "lipstick lesbian," and there was Ellen, and San Francisco was the lesbian place to be. But SF Weekly contributor Michelle Tea wrote Valencia, a book that told about one young woman's life on and around the Valencia Street of that time (very different from the one we have now!) and it was so real and so beautifully told that smart people from all over became her fans, disregarding entirely the trendy cachet of "lesbian chic." Currently, Tea has decided to make 21 films, one for each chapter of the book, to be directed by Margaret Cho, Rose Troche, Cheryl Dunye, and other brilliant types. Tonight's Valencia: 1995 -- A '90s Party to Benefit Valencia: The Movie/s features screenings, DJ Pink Lightning, a toilet photo booth with photographer (and director!) Amos Mac, and much more.
Mon., Feb. 28, 9 p.m., 2011