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
Used to be you had to turn the dial, adjust the rabbit ears, and hope, God willing, tonights creature feature would be a good one, like Vincent Price in Fall of the House of Usher, or a Hammer horror flick, or even some burst of vintage insanity like The Terrornauts. And because this was years ago, back when local stations filled time with local weirdness, you would get a host, too, a chatty aficionado who at commercial breaks would relish or denounce the film right along with you: On KTVU in the 1970s, it was Bob Wilkins puffing a cigar in his hornrims and rocking chair; as the age of Reagan approached, the affable John Stanley took over. And before them, San Franciscos airwaves trembled before the might of the devilish Asmodeus, host of KEMOs Shock-It-To-Me Theater in the late 60s. Their day is gone, of course, but today Michael Monahan and Lon Huber host a tribute to the hosts, Shock It to Me: Featured Creatures of Bay Area TV. The co-authors of the recent book Shock It to Me which memorializes Wilkins, Stanley, et al. tell stories, show videos, and generally dish on all of the Bay Areas fright night TV heroes and on an age when mass media still honored the local, the personal, and the goofy.
Sat., Oct. 29, 11:30 a.m., 2011