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
Mary Zimmerman's funny and sometimes enthralling Metamorphoses passed through Berkeley four years ago before its unlikely success on Broadway. It wove together a number of stories from Ovid using an onstage pool of water not just as a connecting theme or an erotic device or a source of humor (it was all of those), but also as a symbol of transformation. Nothing quite so interesting happens in her earlier play, The Notebooks of Leonardo da Vinci. The script is a collection of quotes and observations from da Vinci's disorganized notebooks, brought to life onstage by eight actors moving, dancing, interacting with scientific equipment that might have been found on Leonardo's desk, or (in one funny scene) trying to take off with his famous flying machine. The problem is that the notebooks have no dramatic arc, and Zimmerman doesn't fuse them in any trenchant, poetic way, as she did the myths in Metamorphoses (with Ovid's help). The result is a lite-intellectual romp through da Vinci's mind, which gives up a handful of brilliant insights that alone might be worth the price of admission, except that the 90-minute show feels like a science program for adults, adorned with graceful movement and dance routines instead of silly mad scientists and colored balls.