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
Though Adriano Paganini's restaurant specializes in Roman-style wood-fired pizzas, you'd be remiss to skip out on its appetizers, in particular the broccolini bruschetta, a dish that may very well become your new favorite way to eat these tiny trees of the produce world.
Wage has turned six. For those of you late to the non-X-rated adult-doll scene, Wage is the original Uglydoll, a wee monster created by David Horvath and Sun-Min Kim in 2001. Although the plush thing is not really ugly (it's nowhere near as ugly as, say, a Goo Goo Doll), it's beloved by legions of not-really-young people, many of whom woke up one day and thought, dolls! Since then, the Uglydoll line has grown to more than 20 monsters and achieved worldwide fame -- they even show up in Mr. Magorium's Wonder Emporium, which seems dishearteningly corporate until you realize that Dustin Hoffmann looks a lot like Wayne Coyne with his white jacket and silverly hair. Today, Ugly Con, the cutest little indie convention of them all, returns to Wage's old stomping grounds, Giant Robot. Offerings include handmade dolls, drawings, paintings, prints, and a costume contest, so break out your roll of green felt. If you're unconvinced that any of this is at all important, understand that last year people began lining up for Ugly Con at 6 in the morning, according to the site. Why? Three words: limited-edition Uglydolls. The world is so much more interesting with collectors in it.
Dec. 8-Jan. 9, 2007