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
If you've never had the pleasure of suddenly realizing that your life is all a big joke, Philadelphia comedian Big Jay Oakerson, who spent years working as an “Elmo by day, stripper bouncer by night,” offers a wealth of insight on the topic tonight. Oakerson lends himself to the Philly/Jersey school of real-guy, brotherly-love comedy, ripping on fat chicks and frat boys American-style, all with an aversion to ever leaving the country that holds that conglomerate in abundance. Some of his older material's been done before -- the absurdities of To Catch a Predator, for instance -- but with almost 11 years in the field, Oakerson has fine-tuned his keep-it-real energy, drawing on personal anecdotes and inspiration from the Elmo era and beyond. Oakerson's don't-give-a-damn style earned him his last big gig as emcee for the Mayhem Festival, a touring metal show that included Korn and Rob Zombie. Since Comedy Central released his album, An American Storyteller, he's gathering the steam that might force him to start traveling the globe and dealing with Canadian border patrol, but he assures us he'll always be around the block holed up watching Maury, metal as ever.
July 5-7, 8 p.m., 2012