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
When day drinkers just could not stop pissing along the train tracks at Dolores Park, where every weekend tons of revelers gather to partake in booze and other inebriants, the city came up with a great idea to make public urination acceptable: install an outdoor urinal.
Al Jarnows free-association films serve as an astringent antidote to the wisecracking-animal-and-dancing-inanimate-object school of animation practiced by Pixar, Disney, and the other Hollywood studios. As the creator of Sesame Streets science-themed animated movies, Jarnow just might have gotten into many kids' heads in time to inoculate them against cutesy commercialism. (Who are we kidding?) The New Yorker did a stint as an artist-in-residence at the Exploratorium some 20 years ago, working on interactive, child-friendly exhibits and kindling an interest (and side business) that continues to this day. Hes also a painter, but the focus this week is on Celestial Navigations: The Short Films of Al Jarnow, an altogether winning program celebrating the recent release of his first DVD collection. Along with selected shorts, the bill includes a half-hour documentary, Asymmetric Cycles: The Work of Al Jarnow (its also on the DVD). Even better, Jarnow himself will be in the house for both shows. Heres what wed ask him: Say, Al, could you make an animated film about global warming that even Senator James Inhofe (R-Idiotville) could understand?
Thu., April 22, 7:15 & 9:30 p.m., 2010