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
With neighborhood institutions like the 21 Club closing to make way for yuppie cocktail bars, Brown Jug remains an oasis — and one that takes full advantage of the state's operating hours window, 6 a.m. to 2 a.m. daily.
Jim Henson, Sesame Street's visionary founder and lead puppeteer, was famous for never looking back. Bursting with creativity, Henson moved so swiftly from one project to the next that little attention was given to curating the countless musical albums that sprang from his popular children's TV show. For collectors, tracking down unthrashed vinyl copies of "Big Bird Sings" and "Grover Sings the Blues" proved challenging: Many records came out only once, and after those little rugrats got ahold of 'em, that was it. Parents, toddlers, and pop-culture geeks alike will rejoice, then, at the new three-CD Sesame Street box set, which gathers five dozen songs from the show's 35-year history, including kiddie classics such as "I Love Trash," "Bein' Green," and "Rubber Duckie" (which was a Top 20 hit in 1970!). These melodies, indelibly hard-wired into the brains of three generations of fans, were lovingly crafted by Henson and his musical partners, Joe Raposo and Jeff Moss, who used playfulness and intelligent humor to educate preschool couch potatoes. Through the decades, a parade of pop stars and actors has joined Bert, Ernie, Kermit, and Big Bird on the small screen, and these guests make up the other half of this collection's appeal. For '70s kids, Paul Simon, Pete Seeger, and Stevie Wonder dropped in for surprise visits; in the multiculti '80s, Los Lobos, Ziggy Marley, Bobby McFerrin, and the Pointer Sisters all kept the faith. The third disc features more modern artists -- R.E.M., the Fugees, Hootie, and *NSYNC -- and also more modern monsters. If this box set has any great flaw, it's an overabundance of songs starring the saccharine-sweet, cutesy-wootsy Muppet known as Elmo (why won't he/she/it die already?), yet this is more than made up for by brilliant gems such as Billy Joel crooning "I Love You Just the Way You Are" to a disgusted, abrasive Oscar the Grouch, or Grover singing an operatic duet with Madeline Kahn. These are the monsters in our neighborhood, and it's always a treat to have them over.