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
There are at least four big comedy shows in San Francisco tonight and the good news is that you can’t go wrong no matter which one you pick. Greg Proops -- San Francisco native and star of Whose Line is It, Anyway? -- returns for an evening of astute, vocabulary-expanding riffs on politics, culture, and hypocrisy ($23.50, punchlinecomedyclub.com). Proops will also record an episode of his hit podcast, The Smartest Man in the World, on Dec. 30). A refugee from the empire across the pond, The Daily Show’sJohn Oliver graces us with his energetic, satirical, and often topical comedy ($35, cobbscomedyclub.com). Marga Gomez is headlining a benefit show and "comedy fiesta" along with funny lady friends like Pippi Lovestocking and Aundre the Wonderwoman ($30-$50, brava.org). Finally, “Not Your Normal New Year’s Eve” returns with a variety show headlined by the ‘80s comedy legend Emo Philips (who, some believe, is the eponym of the musical genre) with support from a master of deadpan Brent Weinbach and San Francisco’s Jill Bourque. As on almost any weekend, the city hosts some of the best comedians in the world; but in a holiday season already marred by tragedy, the emotional logic of ringing in the New Year with laughter is especially convincing.
Mon., Dec. 31, 7 p.m., 2012