Call before you visit (the center is run by volunteers and has irregular hours), or try stop by between 1 and 5 p.m. weekdays.
1519 Mission, SF. (415) 255-1155, www.sexandculture.org
FIRST FRIDAY FOLLIES
Burlesque, by its very nature, is meant to be accessible to the masses which means it should be not only lowbrow, but low cost. This monthly burlesque, music, and comedy revue takes "low" even lower by cutting out the cover charge entirely.
9:30pm. Stork Club, 2330 Telegraph, Oakl. www.myspace.com/firstfridayfollies
Part art gallery, part performance space, part community center, this nonprofit dedicated to greater visibility for women and transgendered artists has become a favorite of luminaries like Annie Sprinkle, Michelle Tea, and Carol Queen. Many events are low or no cost, and it's always free to check out the art, including this month's "Show Me Your Fantasy," featuring Malia Schlaefer's photographs addressing contemporary female sexuality.
ThursSun, 126pm. 2199 Market, SF. (415) 864-1558, www.feminapotens.org
When you're poor and bored, nothing perks you up quite like a good session of self-love. But if you're tired of the solo mission, join other like-minded men for group "therapy" every second and fourth Monday. Though a $7 donation is suggested (insert "donation" pun here), no one will be turned away for lack of funds. Just remember the rules: mandatory nudity, jack-off play only.
7:308:30pm. Center for Sex and Culture, 1519 Mission, SF. (415) 267-6999, www.sfjacks.com
ST. JAMES INFIRMARY
Run by and for sex workers, this 10-year-old nonprofit provides free STI counseling and testing, rapid HIV testing, transgender healthcare and hormone therapy, self-defense classes, legal advice, and much MUCH more to sex workers and their families.
1372 Mission, SF. (415) 554-8494, stjamesinfirmary.org
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More free stuff we love
You can watch Giants games free through the outfield fence; three-inning limit when there's a crowd ... Thrift stores all say "no dumping," but people leave stuff out in front late at night anyway ... Ask someone leaving Muni for their transfer (and always take a transfer, even if you don't need it, to share) ... There's almost always great free music at street fairs .... You can actually ski free at a lot of resorts if you do the old-fashioned thing and hike up the slopes instead of buying a lift ticket; on busy days nobody notices (obviously, this works best for short-run beginner hills) ... There's some great stuff at freecyle.org, but it's a Yahoo newsgroup and floods your inbox so you have to keep up with it ... The free stuff listings on Craigslist are also good ... Casual carpools are a great way to get a free ride across the Bay ... The Lyrics Born, Toto La Momposina, Kailash Kher's Kailasa and the San Francisco Ballet all perform free this summer at Stern Grove, Sundays at 2 p.m., see www.sterngrove.org/2009season ... Catch Wicked, Beach Blanket Babylon, Killing My Lobster, and more at the SF Theater Festival free shows; see www.sftheaterfestival.com and Yerba Buena Gardens Festival (till Oct. www.ybgf.org) ... You can get free movie passes many weeks from the Guardian ...