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
Pickup basketball is a weird social phenomenon where a bunch of strangers meet at a designated spot during a designated time to engage in an athletic competition governed by de facto rules established in some mythic rulebook.
During his six years of residency at Exit Theater, magician Christian Cagigal has become a subtle (by which we mean crafty, ingenious, and sly) local treasure. His illusions, which are rich but not mind-bending, owe their success to Cagigal’s wonderful ability to set tone, shape environment, and tell stories. “All magic takes place in one place: your imagination,” says Cagigal in his show. Caveat aside, the man is tireless in his work. When not performing in the theater or at gatherings such as TEDx, Cagigal travels internationally, interviewing magicians, exploring old magic shops, and collecting histories of the macabre. Since his collaboration with H.P. Mendoza, director of Colma: The Musical, some of Cagigal’s more mesmerizing escapades have been caught on film. One is the “Little Doll, Dear,” which was set in the haunted Queen Anne Hotel (once Miss Mary Lake’s Finishing School for Girls) and involves an antique doll with human hair, a phantom touch, and a mysterious smudge that appears on victims’ palms. A documentary performance film is also in the offing, which assures Cagigal’s latest show, The Collection, will be darker and more thrilling than any. The 13-night run is shrouded in mystery — Cagigal only promises plenty of bystander involvement. You’ve been warned.
April 1-13, 2012