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 island trend of Hawaiian-style poke, or raw fish/seafood dressed with a variety of sauces and fresh toppings, has been kicking around the West Coast mainland for a while, particularly in Los Angeles, where its lean protein-rich nature is a big hit with the diet and camera conscious.
The Phoenix Theatre, 414 Mason
(near Post), Suite 601, S.F.
Through Aug. 31
Tickets are $15
The Baroness Elsa von Freytag-Loringhoven died of gas inhalation on the floor of a Paris hotel room in 1927, with a personal history that outshone what anyone might have predicted when she was born, 53 years earlier, as Else Plötz. She fell in love with a German novelist and got dumped by him in Kentucky. She moved to Greenwich Village and started a career as a dada queen and poet who famously feuded with William Carlos Williams before women were quite allowed to do that in print. She married a German baron who later shot himself in the mouth. Art historian Robert Hughes called her "America's first punk," so it seems natural for playwright Kerry Reid to imagine the advice Elsa might give to a woman like Courtney Love. Unhampered by Sanity shows a Love stand-in, Carlotta Monti, meeting the Baroness' ghost in a seedy Paris hotel room, shortly after the shotgun suicide of her "shithead" boyfriend. The advice is clever and sometimes wise. It's fun to watch Elsa's ghost, in a dress decorated with kitchen utensils, outdo her spiritual great-granddaughter as an anarchist (and a sharp wit), but most of the drama here relies on a generational understanding of Courtney Love. If you're too old to know who she is -- or if you don't care -- the play will be boring. Linda Ayres-Frederick does a charming job as the Baroness, with a lively, insolent German accent and a brisk manner with a dildo. "I know what I'm talking about when it comes to dead husbands," she tells Carlotta, and Carlotta seems to learn a few things about honesty, art, and grief.