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
Look closely at the paper coffee cup you picked up on the way to work this morning. Careful, the beverage you're about to enjoy is extremely hot. Some variation of this wording is standard on most disposable cups these days. Do you really need to be warned? Of course not. But someone, somewhere sued a company and won after being scalded by hot coffee, and it made sellers include words to protect themselves from litigation. Such fear has become as standard as the warning, not only in businesses but also in schools, health care institutions, and government, says Philip K. Howard, a lawyer and public policy activist. Howard claims this has led not only to nonsensical laws but to more alarming restrictions of our basic freedoms, the very rights the law is supposed to generally uphold. He proposes remedies in his talk, "Fixing Broken Government." Howard is referred to as the conservative who inspires standing ovations from liberal audiences, and his credentials show his background is indeed varied. He's been praised by conservative columnist David Brooks, he served as an adviser to Al Gore when Gore was vice president, and he blames Republicans as well as Democrats for the nation's legal and bureaucratic morass. His most recent book is called Life Without Lawyers. Howard promotes not anarchy but rather a return to common sense so that we no longer feel so paralyzed by the thicket of legalisms that have sprung up around us. Without it, maybe we can once again enjoy our coffee free of unnecessary warnings.
Tue., Jan. 18, 7:30 p.m., 2011