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
The immortal moment came decades ago: a long-suffering fan already, at 8 years old, slumped against a rail at the ballpark for what could be the last time, defeated on the field and off of it, where the Giants were planning to possibly decamp from Candlestick Park to Florida.
Gear-head. Goon. Barbarian. Speed freak. Motorcyclists know these stereotypes — even if they’re not said out loud, they’re hidden in the assumptions some people make: Anyone who’s that into machines can’t have much of a brain. But the truth is it takes a nimble mind to survive riding in San Francisco (we know from experience), and putting yourself on the line every day can activate a love — a need — for intellectual challenge. Thus, some gear-heads are also serious lit-heads. One is Hollie Hardy. Hardy has ridden for nearly 20 years, and she’s belonged to the San Francisco Motorcycle Club for nearly 10. She also studied creative writing at SF State, where she edited the literary mag Fourteen Hills: The SFSU Review. She’s been published in numerous other journals and leads an East Bay reading series. When SF State creative writing professor Stacy Doris died in January, Hardy and fellow alum Chad Sweeney put together Wild Ride, tonight’s reading at the moto-clubhouse that’s part reunion, part memorial and followed by “drinking, dancing, and schmoozing.” Hardy reads from “Survival Poems,” based on The Worst-Case Scenario Survival Handbook. Some are quite specific (instructions on performing a tracheotomy include using “a stale Red Vine”), while others are more vague (“When the war is over, go no place in particular”). Sweeney, who’s now at CSU San Bernardino, is author of Wolf’s Milk: Lost Notebooks of Juan Sweeney, which Hardy describes as “a false ‘translation’ of a fictitious ancestor, the great Irish/Spanish poet.” Others reading tonight include Ashley Hayes, Carolyn Ho, André V. Katkov, Shali Nicholas, Matthew Sherling, and SB Stokes. So leather up and reach for your helmet and gloves. There’s a mental workout ahead.
Fri., March 23, 7 p.m., 2012