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.
Remember when Bush was angling to invade Iran ASAP and televised news responded with explosion-laden road-to-war segment graphics? Way to salt the glass, guys. It's no secret that today's media isn't very hard-hitting in our various run-ups to war, bumping along on chaperoned military expeditions and politely waiting its turn with the White House press secretary. But the industry can take solace in the fact that it's been similarly gutless for the past 40 years. At least, that's the premise of War Made Easy, a documentary that details how the American media has "uncritically disseminated the pro-war messages of successive presidential administrations." Adapted from media critic Norman Solomon's book of the same name and narrated by Sean Penn, the film follows leaders from Lyndon B. Johnson to George W. Bush and draws many parallels between Vietnam and Iraq. "If you're pro-war you're 'objective,' but if you're anti-war you're 'biased,'" says Solomon. "Often a news anchor will get no flak at all for making statements that are supportive of a war and wouldn't dream of making a statement that's against a war."
March 24-25, 7:15 & 9:15 p.m., 2008