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
San Francisco Film Society held their Film Society Awards Night at Bimbo's on Tuesday, May 7th. Harrison Ford was in attendance accepting the 2013 Peter J. Owens Award. Photographs by Josh Edelson for SF Weekly.
Meryl Streep is arguably Americas greatest living musical-theater actress. Anyone who saw the two-time Oscar winner shamelessly mug and prance through the mindless movie musical Mamma Mia! earlier this year might call me certifiable, but those who caught her Mother Courage in Central Park two years ago would probably agree. John Walters new documentary, Theater of War, has many virtues, but, most importantly, it preserves bits of that performance for posterity. Walter uses the Publics production not just as a backstage docudrama, but rather as a jumping-off point for a meditation on Brecht, performance, Marxism, and war. Walters clear inspiration for Theatre of War, subtitled Five Acts About Bertolt Brecht, is Errol Morriss Fog of War: Eleven Lessons From the Life of Robert S. McNamara, which Walter emulates not just in name but also in structure and Robert Millers ominous, minimalist, Philip Glasslike score. The problem is that while Morriss film revolved around one man, Walters doc cant decide whether it wants to be about Brecht, Streep, or Mother Courage herself. What it says about all these subjects (especially in a sequence devoted to Brechts second wife, Helene Weigel, the first actress to play Mother Courage) is usually interesting and elegantly presented, but what ultimately stands out is Streeps performance of Brechts Song of the Great Capitulation. Few actors can act while they sing as effortlessly as Streep, and these minutes (which Walter shows as one long take) are almost powerful enough to carry an entire feature doc by themselvesand wipe the horrors of Mamma Mia! from memory.
April 3-7, 7 & 8:45 p.m., 2009