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 sinews of old San Francisco lie in the water: the posts standing in the Bay mud that supported the docks and piers where the shipping that made the city possible, and later allowed it to flourish, flowed.
We think like a photojournalist (natch): Shoot absolutely everything interesting, from every angle and setting, and from the bigger set you’re sure to get a handful of good shots and one that just nails it, the image that wows people and could speak for the whole shoot. Now imagine this on a grand scale — say, 500 photographers from around the world submitting work to a group of professionals. From those, the top 50 photographers are chosen, and from each a single representative image. Say hello to “Contents: Love, Anxiety, Happiness, and Everything Else.” Among the shots is Sarah Hobbs’ Untitled (perfectionist), which speaks to anyone who’s ever experienced a creative block. A small wooden desk and chair sit in a day-lit room with a hardwood floor and sea-foam green walls. Engulfing the desk — which contains a tall stack of paper and abandoned pen — is a sea of what looks like giant popcorn but is crumpled paper, scaling the walls and obscuring half the window. In stark contrast is Colette Campbell-Jones’ “Left” In, an eerie, high-contrast black-and-white shot that feels like the opening of an Edgar Allan Poe story. A streetlight silently screams in a nighttime setting that includes smokestacks, a barren tree, a shiny wet road, and six people huddled in a covered bus stop. Adding to the bizarre atmosphere, a person approaches, pushing a stroller. Other subjects in the show include explosions, freckled people, prostitutes and children in Brazil, and a senior prom at a school for the blind. The exhibit comes from a program called Critical Mass put on by the nonprofit group Photolucida. Other stops for the exhibit include Seattle and Portland, Ore.
Tuesdays-Saturdays, 6 p.m. Starts: May 10. Continues through June 15, 2012