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
We've all heard the common adage "Honesty is the best policy," but when it comes to actually living it, we tend to fall short of this ideal. We fudge resumes, we weasel our way out of speeding tickets, we Photoshop unflattering pictures of ourselves on dating sites. We tell our partners, "Of course those sandals don't make your toes look fat!" Etc. Lying, in some respects, is a means of self-preservation in our increasingly public and demanding world. Behavioral economist and popular TED Talk presenter Dan Ariely knows this all too well. In tonight's talk, The (Honest) Truth about Dishonesty, based on his book by the same name, Ariely highlights the contradictory, yet all too human, behaviors that lead us to fib -- from extramarital affairs to Ponzi schemes to illegally downloading those precious Mad Men episodes. Ariely's unique insight and adept research skills promise to shed light on the fascinating misbehaviors that affect us every day. We swear you'll have a good time. Cross our hearts.
Wed., Aug. 22, 8 p.m., 2012