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
Literature of the type created by Tom Perrotta and Katherine Taylor does not usually lend itself to put-up-your-dukes type fighting. But you never know what to expect at a Literary Death Match. The very first of the Opium magazine-sponsored events saw author Stephen Elliott throw a glass of beer in the face of Zyzzyva editor (and Death Match judge) Howard Junker, which set the anything-goes tone for the series. Tonight's panel of judges suffers possible dousing from Perrotta, Taylor, Eric Puchner, and Steve Yarbrough. Perrotta is the author of Election and Little Children, both of which conquered Hollywood; Taylor wrote Rules for Saying Goodbye and has won a Pushcart Prize; Stegner Fellow Puchner penned Music Through the Floor; and Yarbrough is the author of eight books, including The End of California. Who will remain standing at the end? It's hard to say, although it usually comes down to round three, in which the final two are put to the test in things like math quizzes or sack races. Watch for flying booze and finely wrought curse words.
Mon., Oct. 6, 9 p.m., 2008