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 Dilettantes perform on Thursday, Aug. 2, at 9 p.m. Admission is $10; call 861-5016 or visit www.cafedunord.com for more info.
Some might remember San Francisco's Joel Gion as the massively sideburned goof-off in the Brian Jonestown Massacre documentary, Dig! Having been perhaps the silliest yet still pretentious member of a band full of all that and more, the arrival of Gion's own combo's debut full-length portends well for those into unhinged '60s lovin'. On the Dilettantes' 101 Tambourines, that sound is reined in close to the bone, though, with mere hints of sitars, harmonies, and the psychedelic like. Fuzzed-out guitars with occasionally wiry, mind-blowing (or at least mind-breezing) solos abound ("Ready to Go," "Marzipan"). But by three songs in, the Dilettantes curve into that early-'80s L.A. take on the flower-power decade, the "paisley underground." The jangly guitars and raw but clear production of True West, Green on Red, et al, return on Byrdsy bits like "The Whole World" and "Everlasting Low." While Gion's limited vocals sound better when he goes for a lulled croon ("Like Crazy," "Brightly Lit New Dark Ages"), those lovey-dovey ditties feel a bit drab compared to the more upbeat numbers. So there's a conundrum for these Dilettantes, but being out from under the Brian Jonestown train wreck may allow for Gion to keep rolling long enough to figure it out.