Caitlin Donohue

When Christeene Vale plays you in the film version: 'Fourplay' screens this weekend at ATA

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She wears a Guess Collection spotted lynx coat, Manolo Blahnik boots, Isabel Marant dress, La Perla lingerie. She has to figure out how to have sex with a quadriplegic. She is gentle, the most sweet. The Christeene Vale that stars in the "San Francisco" segment of Fourplay, a collection of sex-themed shorts that will screen in part at Other Cinema's "Eros" lineup at Artist's Television Access on Sat/16 is not the same filthy drag-terror I remember slapping and dredging her sweaty stomach over the faces of other front row admirers at her Public Works appearance last year. 

In part, this is due to the fact that in Fourplay Vale (or rather, Paul Soileau, her real world alter ego) is interpreting the cross-dressing SF sex worker who is sitting across the table from me in a SoMa cafe. Her name is Chloe, and she is explaining to me why her job is a lot like being a therapist. Read more »

Suck on this: Guardian staff reviews aphrodisiac lollipops

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Hey Valentines. Did you need a libido boost to buoy you through this week of boner-killing commercialized love-things? Meet Pandora's Pops, then, a little venture headed up by Jena Chambers, a body worker who once ran a massage school and clinic in Asheville, North Carolina for six years. Chambers recently launched a Kickstarter to fund large-scale production of her pops, which are vegan, organic, herbal -- all the things.

They also purport to give you feelings. Read more »

Celebrate Black History Month with four days of sf|noir food and drink

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This month, you can observe Black History Month by attending a filmmaking discussion, a childrens dance class, by going to a lecture at USF -- check out this and this event rundown for inspiration. And given how food-oriented we are as a region, it was only natural that eventually you'd be able to eat and drink while celebrating African American heritage, not to mention the black culinary geniuses that add to it here in the Bay. 

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Love to love you: The week in sexy events

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Quit using Bang With Friends (hold up -- is that really what poking means, Forbes?) to solicit Facebook for a minute because Valentine's Day is coming. That means that sexy IRL opportunities abound over the next week as SF scrambles to find a date, or to forget that Valentine's Day exists in favor of a Ciara music video marathonRead more »

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Locally-made gifts for your boo (or you)

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caitlin@sfbg.com

STREET SEEN You are welcome to spend Valentine's Day as I will this year: corralled onto a dark dancefloor with 200 similar atheists in the face of the love goddess. But as many of you will be happily celebrating with partners (hiss!), I've assembled this four-pack of completely locally-made Valentine's Day gifts. You're welcome (pfft.)Read more »

Salute new Hi Fructose boxed set at free YBCA party tomorrow

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You could practically hear the sharpening of claws in the Guardian office when the Last Gasp-published Hi Fructose Collected 3 boxed set arrived on our proverbial doorstep. For fans of quirky, dark arts, this was the motherload: a tidal wave of a book stuffed with visual artists from around the world, all accompanied by a sweet bear (sheep? I say sheep. There was debate) mask by Mark Ryden, ready to be fastened on one's face with a lightly-colored ribbon. There was a velvet-flocked triptych by Martin Ontiveros, Skinner, and Junko Mizuno. A fantasy city on a poster. Stickers. All of it. Read more »

Hello, nudity ban: activists arrested outside City Hall for being naked

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"All you have to do is strip naked to find out if public nudity is political in San Francisco," nudist activist Gypsy Taub said into a bullhorn outside City Hall today, where a nude-in was being held on the first day of Supervisor Scott Wiener's ban on being naked in public.

Moments later at around 12:30pm, she became the first arrest made under the ban, followed by two (UPDATE: Although police officers on the scene put the total protesters arrested at three, other news outlets are now reporting that there was four detained) other protesters. An incensed crowd rhythmically chanting "shame!"

The message was clear: San Francisco is not the same city -- and y'all can keep your clothes on. Read more »

Guerrero gallery bites Zero Graffiti convention

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"The difference between art and vandalism is permission." So said Dwight Waldo, retired San Bernadino cop, at the Zero Graffiti convention earlier this month in San Francisco. The event drew law enforcement officials from multiple countries, convening them for lectures on graffiti prevention, on street art's connection to gangs and hate speech, and on ways to apprehend graffiti artists ("the Internet" figured prominently here, judging from the talks I managed to catch during the convention's public portion.) In his talk, Waldo prided himself on shutting down a graffiti-inspired legal art show because it was being organized by an illegal graffiti artist. 

But it would appear that the art community isn't satisfied with allowing those that hold the anti-graffiti wipes to be the arbiters of taste. The folks at Guerrero Gallery have branded their show opening Sat/2 with Zero Graffiti's imagery to put scrutiny on San Francisco and other cities' efforts to repress graffiti. Read more »

Nina Hartley mash notes, PETA gets naked, crafty vibes: Your week in sex events

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Everyone survive the bused-in loads of pro-lifers prancing down Market Street last Saturday? Good. FYI, the Pope's real happy with San Francisco right about now, so if you need to ask him for anything (to borrow clothes?) do it. Read more »

On a street where no buses burn: Where to hide from the Super Bowl

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It was my fault for working on my laptop behind the plate glass window of a 24th Street cafe when the Niners won... whatever game that was, last Sunday. But it is entirely your fault for spitting at my face through the plate glass window, you sad little hag of a Mission District twenty-something (sup George, remember when I interviewed you about your art a few years ago?) after screaming "DIE YUPPIES" or whatever in the door of said cafe. Read more »