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
Once famous throughout the league as a haven for misfits and rejects looking to resurrect their careers, the Raiders have for the last decade or more made an art from out of epically wrong personnel decisions.
"I have supported myself as a whore for the last twelve years, since it's not like writing pays the bills." That's writer and editor Mattilda, aka Matt Bernstein Sycamore, in the introduction to Nobody Passes, the well-reviewed anthology of essays on gender. At The Sex Workers Art Show, many of Sycamore's compadres in high-quality/low-pay cultural production are center stage. In smart and titillating performances, whores, phone sex operators, fetish models, and other disreputables take the spotlight: Dirty Martini and the World Famous *BOB* hold up the burlesque end of things, while Chris Kraus and local superstar author of How I Learned to Snap, Kirk Read, do literary duty. The wide range of the show is intentional: organizer Annie Oakley told Time Out New York that "The point is not to show one particular view of the industry, but many honest ones." Lorelei Lee, Erin Markey, Krylon Superstar, and Keva I. Lee are also touring with the show.
Sun., Jan. 20, 8 p.m., 2008