Tag Archives: Jok Church

Kicking James Broughton! And it’s a Big Joy. Really…

Friend of this site Jok Church is working on Big Joy! The Adventures of James Broughton. Artist, adventurer, beatnik, and gay hippie, the subject of the upcoming Stephen Silha film was known as an all-around non-conformist. Born in 1913, he lived until 1999. The documentary biopic is in post-production and the filmmakers could use a bit of filthy gorgeous lucre to get it in the can. Can you help? Check out the trailer and consider contributing to the Kickstarter campaign.

Sights Seen at Folsom Street Fair

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Beautiful weather for this year’s Folsom Street Fair brought out the bare skin and the bear skins, the otter skins and plenty of marked up, cut, whipped, scarred and inked skins of every color. The sun shone on all. It was a good year for garden parties, with Donna Sachet‘s Castro district annual and Mike McNamee’s patio BBQ at Stomper’s Boots bookending Rob Ford’s birthday at the Howard Langton Community Garden. A fine Folsom all around.

Leather Week at SF’s Castro Magnet features Jok Church MENdalas

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 Magnet, the men’s health clinic slash community center slash art gallery in the Castro, is featuring an exhibit of digital prints on stretched canvases by the quirky, multi-talented Jok Church. A long-time gay activist, Church is also a Leatherman, a cartoonist and the creator of the children’s TV science series Beakman’s World. His web design includes the sites for the French artists Christo and Jeanne-Claude and  for the local watercolorist Richard Bolingbroke.

Church calls these highly-manipulated photographs MENdalas, a take-off on the meditative mandalas of Hindu and Buddhist iconography.  The show opened with a splashy reception that drew such luminaries as Donna Sachet, the first lady in red of San Francisco drag, and Mark Leno, State senator for district 3, which includes the city and county of San Francisco and Marin and Sonoma counties. Church is donating 100% of sales to Magnet and to the Harvey Milk Civil Rights Academy. Sales were brisk at the opening, with more than half the work sold by evening’s end. Sister Dana Van Iquity, SOPI, wrote a review for the San Francisco Bay Times. The show continues at Magnet, located at 4122 18th Street at Castro, through the end of September.