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
The immortal moment came decades ago: a long-suffering fan already, at 8 years old, slumped against a rail at the ballpark for what could be the last time, defeated on the field and off of it, where the Giants were planning to possibly decamp from Candlestick Park to Florida.
Autograph-hungry groupies may wait outside the stage doors of Broadway theaters for Julia Roberts or Kevin Spacey to emerge, but playgoers rarely think about what happens to regular actors once the final curtain goes swoosh. Dutch multimedia theater company Kassys explores the post-show comedown in its part-video, part-live performance Kommer, and judging by the title (which means "sorrow" in Dutch) it's not all about bouquets from mysterious admirers and celebratory champagne. In the first half of the show, we watch the actors respond to a piece of devastating news. They wordlessly try to comfort each other, attempt to think practically, and go for walks to clear their heads. After 45 minutes, the live performance morphs into a virtual one. Video footage follows the same group of actors from the moment they finish the play that we've just witnessed to their dressing rooms backstage and eventually home. Our glimpse into the private lives of these thespians is as comical as it is depressing. One performer works a second job as an air steward and takes out her aggression in airplane restrooms. Another deals with his loneliness by talking to goats. Yet despite its meta-theatrical theme, the show is less about the harsh realities of a career behind the footlights than a study of humanity's collective desire for community and the grief we all face as human beings.
Sept. 14-15, 8 p.m.