PREVIEW Screw the consumerism of Christmas, the war imagery of Independence Day, and the inevitable disappointment of New Year's Eve. Our favorite holiday of the year is PARK(ing) Day, when individuals and groups around the world turn metered parking spots into the playgrounds of their dreams. Started in 2005 by the SF art and design collective Rebar, the event takes advantage of a legal loophole that allows any (legal) use of parking spots as long as the meter gets paid. (Think of it as miniature, short-term space rental.) Want kiddie pools and pink flamingos on Valencia Street? Read more »
It's a week of film, fun, and frolic at the Independent Erotic Film Festival, starting Saturday.
>> Secret Desires: Playing with Erotic Edges
Cleo Dubois, BDSM educator and creator of the Academy of SM Arts, will help you explore your erotic edges and demonstrate ways to play with the ones you find most exciting.
PREVIEW Good Vibrations and Vibratex co-present this year's celebration of girls (and boys, and bois, and, well, everyone) on film, and we can't decide what we're more excited about the movies themselves or the parties organized to honor them. The week kicks off Sept. 12 with a burlesque-tastic party at El Rio that includes a screening of Courtney Trouble's Speakeasy; moves straight to Dr. Read more »
>> I Deserve This
Beth Lisick and Tara Jepsen team up with Erin Markey for four nights of laugh-tastic characters, monologues, and familiar weirdness, as could only be expected from artists known for performances at Homo-a-Gogo or venues like The Cock.
Outside Lands Music and Arts Festival Golden Gate Park, SF; www.sfoutsidelands.com. 12-10pm, $89.50-$225.50. SF's best alternative to That Thing in the Desert is back for its second year, with headliners Pearl Jam, Dave Matthews Band, and Tenacious D playing for you and two thousand of your closest friends.
Eat Real Festival Jack London Square, Oakl; eatrealfest.com. Read more »
PREVIEW Good Vibrations and Vibratex co-present this year's celebration of girls (and boys, and bois, and, well, everyone) on film, and we can't decide what we're more excited about the movies themselves or the parties organized to honor them. The week kicks off Sept. 12 with a burlesque-tastic party at El Rio that includes a screening of Courtney Trouble's Speakeasy; moves straight to Dr. Carol Queen's peep show, naughty puppets, and vintage erotic cinema at Amnesia Sept. 13; thrusts into the next week with April Flores' Love Toy Art Show; and slides on into Sept. Read more »
Tie me up, tie me down: This week is bondage-a-licious, thanks to tonight's Pirate Party and Saturday's "Art of Restraint."
>> Bondage A Go Go: Pirate Party
The weekly sadistic disco hosts a costume party for pirates, slaves, sluts, and scalliwags, featuring the Bootie Beauty Contest ($200 for first prize) and treasure hunts.
PREVIEW If you believe all the hype, street food is the best thing that's happened to the Bay Area since Alice Waters opened Chez Panisse. And who's going to dispute it? It's hard to argue when your mouth's full of crème brûlée, fried frog legs, bacon-wrapped hot dogs, or any of a number of cuisines acquired from non-staraunts. In celebration of this fun, funky, recession-busting trend, La Cocina, the nonprofit dedicated to helping female food-preneurs formalize and grow their busineeses, is hosting a one-day feeding frenzy. Read more »
She's been happily teaching regular ol' women how to be pretty, pouty pin-ups in her adorable SoMa studio for years - but now Bombshell Betty wants to take her talents to television. Take a look at promo videos Miss B. hopes will get cable TV's attention below and here. If you like what you see, leave a comment. Who knows? Our girl could be the biggest busty Betty on TV since Ms. Read more »