ART: “Fairoaks Project: Photographs by Frank Melleno”
Melleno’s Polaroid images provide a rare look inside a San Francisco gay bathhouse, the Fairoaks Hotel, in the pre-AIDS era of the late 1970s. Melleno was part owner and night manager of the Fairoaks, which was run by a gay commune in counterculture style and hosted monthly theme parties. The photos, previously shown in Los Angeles, now make a Pride Month appearance in San Francisco at the Center for Sex and Culture in a show curated by Gary Freeman, and they portray “social and sexual behavior with celebration and no apology,” according to the gallery. There will be an opening reception tonight from 7 to 10 p.m., featuring the Boyfriend, a singing trio tracing its origin to performance artist Vaginal Davis. There will also be a closing reception from 1 to 4 p.m. on Pride Sunday, June 30. See a previous Advocate Artist Spotlight feature on the photos here.
VOD: White Frog
Director Quentin Lee’s White Frog, a coming-of-age story about a neglected teen with mild Asperger’s syndrome who struggles to deal with the death of his brother, is now available to view on VOD, with a DVD release scheduled for July 16. The film was one of the highlights of Outfest 2012 and stars Booboo Stewart (The Twilight Saga), Tyler Posey (Teen Wolf), and Harry Shum Jr. (Glee). Watch the official trailer for the film below.