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
You wont be able to take the Central Subway to Chinatown until 2019, but don't let that stop you from heading to the iconic neighborhood. The Chinese New Year Parade has been named one of the top 10 parades in the world by the International Festivals and Events Association. Started in the 1860s in San Francisco as a way to educate and celebrate Chinese culture, the parade and festival have grown to be the largest celebration of Asian culture outside of Asia. To help kick off the new year's celebrations, the Chinese Chamber of Commerce has put together a Mini-Parade Preview and Ribbon Cutting Celebration to give a taste of what the larger Lunar New Year parade will bring. The mini-parade begins at historic St. Mary's Square, and follows the original parade route down Grant, ending at the Flower Fair. The procession includes lion dancers, giant walking puppets, costumed stilt walkers and deities, drummers, and dancers (much like the main parade on Feb. 23). The Flower Fair features over 80 booths of fruits, candies, flowers, and plants symbolizing happiness, rebirth, and new growth for the year of the snake.
Sat., Feb. 2, 10:30 a.m., 2013