PREVIEW As we working stiffs watch more and more of our peers enjoying their government-funded, sun-filled funemployment, it's hard not to feel tied down by the weight of the work week. But remember: not all bondage is bad. Case in point: Mike West's Partial Suspension for Complete Sadists and the Marquis Fetish Ball, both happening this week to remind us that being told what to do can be a treat. On Thursday, the Japanese rope bondage expert will host a course featuring theories on challenging ties, installation of overhead points at home or on the go, testing a suspension ring, and the advantages of partial suspension. (Couples and singles welcome, but all must participate.) Two days later, sex educator, author, and bondage model Midori will make an appearance at MarquisAmerica.com's celebration of all things leather, latex, and laced-up. Still not convinced the leash that chains you to your job is sexy? Consider a career change and enter Marquis' live model casting.
PARTIAL SUSPENSION FOR COMPLETE SADISTS Thurs/16, 7:30pm. $25$30. Stormy Leather, 1158 Howard, SF. (415) 626-1672, www.stormyleather.com
MARQUIS FETISH BALL Sat/18, 9pm. $35$65. Supperclub, 657 Harrison, SF. www.marquisamerica.com