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
If you're like us, and you appreciate the slap-happy singles style of Tony Gwynn to the deep-ball threat of Barry Bonds, then the shuffleboard table at Fly Bar on Larkin and Sutter is definitely your speed.
Remember when independent labels used to put out solid punk rock collections of tunes by Bay Area bands? Probably not, since classics such as Not So Quiet on the Western Front and Can You Hear Me? Music From the Deaf Club came out, like, a bazillion years ago. Local purveyor of all things punk and former Dead Teenager Records head Sluggo does his damnedest to remedy the situation with his new imprint, Wundertaker, and its inaugural CD release, Death Rattle & Roll Volume 1. Focusing mostly on local bands bashing out raw, nitro-burning sounds that echo Seattle speed demons Zeke (who put out a live album on Dead Teenager and now run the label themselves), the comp offers a whopping 30 tracks with a commendable minimum of filler. Bottles & Skulls' minute-and-a-half frenzy "California Greenbacks," two tunes by Sluggo's own Dictators-ish combo the Grannies -- their hilarious hipster swipe "Chain Wallet" is worth the price of admission alone -- and blistering gutter-rock contributions from the Jack Saints and the Black Furies are just some of the highlights.