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
Making the less-traditional transition from brick-and-mortar to mobile pop-up, A16 is finally offering its hearty Monday meatballs and signature wood-fired Neapolitan pizzas without the inconvenience of needing to book a table.
Prior to its 2006 premier, the online buzz for Snakes on a Plane was so loud that New Line Cinema sent the crew back into production to add violence and vulgarity, for the cinesters who had already been making fan-fiction, trailers, songs, and poster art in its name. The most imperative addition was Samuel L. Jackson’s line, “I have had it with these motherfucking snakes on this motherfucking plane!” which was first heard in a 2005 parody created by two guys goofing off at their audiobook job. Weirdly, ticket sales for the movie didn’t reflect the hype. Seems people liked the idea of Jackson trapped in the air with man-eating vipers more than they liked paying to see it. Nonetheless, a 405-page novelization, a DC Comics adaptation, and an illustrated history of the phenomenon followed. When censors reworked the script for television the resulting homophone, “I have had it with these monkey-fighting snakes on a Monday-to-Friday plane!” became an instant Internet meme, resulting in a Colbert report and, yes, a T-shirt. So it was only a matter of time before Snakes on a Plane was honored as the season-opener of Bad Movie Night. Hosts Jim Fourniadis, John Hell, and Alexia Staniotes have been known to do great things with much less; imagine what they will do with 450 snakes and lines like “Time is tissue!”
Sun., Jan. 1, 8 p.m., 2012