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
We love walking around Project Artaud Theater in the low hum of the Missions warehouse district, wondering why hardly anybody ever performs there. Thats set to change: Z Space, the organization behind the popular Word for Word literature plays, has leased the very tall former factory, which used to make cans in the 1920s and airplane parts during WWII, for the next 10 years. To celebrate, its first production is a Word for Word Off the Page staged reading of T.C. Boyles short story Killing Babies, which features a young man trying to clear his head after a bout of rehab while working in an abortion clinic haunted by right-to-life protesters. Hes trying to simplify his life. Wrong place for that! Word for Word performs every last syllable of the stories it draws from, and God knows Boyle never met a word he didnt employ, but he sticks to a tight script in Killing Babies. Its got a queasy end that should make you uncomfortable, and enough description of the right-to-lifers as zombies to make for exciting staging lets hope director Matthew Spangler runs with this one: bodies, deadweight, the zombies piled up on the steps like corpses.
Mon., Aug. 31, 7 p.m., 2009