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 will dispense with the double entendres: Carol Doda, who we lost in November, was a San Francisco hero who will be rightly celebrated and remembered as long as the town she helped create still stands, the torch held aloft along Broadway and kept alight in neon.
Will John Dennis be our next Congressman, or next YouTube laugh riot -- or both?
Harking to the analogies you probably last dealt with on the SAT, John Dennis is to Nancy Pelosi as squirrel is to highway-driving big rig.
The Republican Congressional candidate will not beat the Speaker of the House -- guaranteed. But he will have more entertaining YouTube commercials -- also guaranteed. Dennis -- described as wearing a "too-tight tux" -- was the subject of a recent story in the Wall Street Journalabout longshot (read: no hope) candidates starring in utterly ridiculous web ads. The beefy San Francisco real estate investor is squeezed into formalwear in a James Bond parody. The Journal quotes him muttering how "this could go horribly wrong." But that depends upon your definition of "wrong."
If, by "wrong," you mean debasing races for higher office by producing videos that make old Crazy Eddie commercials look like fine cinema, then, yes, this is wrong.
But if you mean garnering metric shitloads of Internet hits and, perhaps, making a name for oneself down the road -- no, nothing wrong there. In fact, the director of Dennis' forthcoming ad -- which is not yet featured on YouTube or Dennis' site -- is Ladd Ehlinger, Jr.
You may not know Ehlinger by name, unless you're a fan of his work directing, producing, editing, writing, and starring in Hive Mind(synopsis: "The Last Man on Earth is a Conservative Talk Show Host, Fighting the Hive Mind with Half His Brain Tied Behind His Back").
On the other hand, Ehlinger created a bizarre Web ad for Dale Peterson -- in which the Republican candidate for Alabama agricultural commissioner channels R. Lee Ermey, brandishes a shotgun, and uses countrified expressions of extreme vitriol such as "give a rip." That ad has, to date, garnered nearly 1.8 million views on YouTube. But, it warrants mentioning, Peterson came third in the Republican primary and received 15 times as many YouTube hits as actual votes.
Whether his turn as a star in a Grade-Z political ad will improve his standing next time round remains to be seen -- as does the future for Dennis, who would hope to represent the GOP in the bluest section of a largely blue state.
But the San Francisco Republican's run for office hasn't been totally in vain. He did get his very own Wall Street Journal "hedcut" portrait (in which he is not wearing a too-tight tux)-- and that's something.
Joe Eskenazi was born in San Francisco, raised in the Bay Area, and attended U.C. Berkeley. He never left.
"Your humble narrator" was a staff writer and columnist for SF Weekly from 2007 to 2015.
He resides in the Excelsior with his wife, 4.3 miles from his birthplace and 5,474 from hers.