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 Marsh Youth Theater doesn't hold back when mounting its original production about the life of Gotama Buddha. It has assembled three award-winning playwrights, an Indian/jazz-fusion composer, three live musicians, a video artist, and a Bollywood choreographer. This doesn't even account for the beautiful hand-painted sets, colorful costumes, and 25-member cast aged 10 to 16. It's like a blockbuster junior high musical trumpeting Buddhism's message of the Middle Path. The production is impressive, though the parallel side plot of a young San Francisco girl becoming disillusioned with the materialism filling her life feels underdeveloped. One day she wakes up and suddenly gives away her iPhone, then runs off to be homeless on Valencia; it lacks credible motivation. The first act moves slowly and there is still some off-key adolescent singing (even with a vocal coach), but the message and enthusiasm is refreshing, especially amid the usual Christian holiday storytelling. The Marsh, once again, should be applauded for being a vital community resource. The Youth Theater created this show, along with accompanying classes, to provide "quality theater arts education to any child who desires it, regardless of financial limitations or past experience." Now that is truly good holiday cheer.
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