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
Were not sure how our nations founders defined patriot, but in the past few decades a group of (mostly) men has mutated the word to mean person whos blindly devoted to right-wing policy and to hell with San Francisco. But we know that love of country is a more complex affair. It involves looking at all aspects of the nation, the light as well as the shadow, the glory as well as the horror, with the aim to expose and change whats shadowy and horrific. By that definition, the ideal embodiment of patriotism is the San Francisco Mime Troupe, a pack of politically absurdist performers who not only expose the shadow and horror but laugh in its collective face. In the mid-1960s, they blindsided Jim Crow in A Minstrel Show, or Civil Rights in a Cracker Barrel. Before the 2008 presidential election, they shook fear and hatred by the lapels in Red State. After the economic meltdown, they bankrupted the financial sector in Too Big to Fail. Now they look at what it takes for an arts group to get by in (they say its no longer a) recession in 2012 The Musical! In the play, theres this small theater troupe, you see, and its politically motivated. Its members, however, wonder whether they should keep trying to change the world through their performances or be the mouthpiece for the Man by accepting corporate commissions. They get an offer by a so-called green company to make a play. But what is the purpose of the production? And who is putting up the money? Can a politically minded troupe sell out just a little bit? Count on the Mime Troupe to find out.
Mondays, Saturdays, Sundays, 2 p.m. Starts: July 2. Continues through July 4, 2011