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
Since KUSF was yanked from the airwaves early last year, die-hard fans of the college radio station have been forced to tune in online. Meanwhile, they’ve begun a legal battle against the sale of the frequency in the hopes that the station will be reinstated. However, the switch to Internet streaming is the only concession the station is making to the digital era — its semi-annual Rock ’N’ Swap is approaching its 30th anniversary, and, as always, the gigantic sale of all things music-related focuses heavily on vinyl. The Rock ’N’ Swap is one of the largest events of its kind in California, meaning that it’s flooded with every record on your wish list, along with plenty of posters, CDs, books, and other memorabilia. But the size of the swap means you’re competing with some serious music buffs. Early birds will be rewarded with bagels, coffee, and first crack at rare titles, so make sure you don’t hit snooze too many times. Proceeds go to KUSF and will hopefully help the station get back on the air — just like in the good ol’ days.
Sun., Nov. 11, 6:30 a.m., 2012